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January 2018

From the Desk of: Wendy Young, Executive Director

Providing member value is a top priority to the SCMA Team! If you have suggestions or want to be more engaged in the local physician community: 

Please call or email me directly at:
707-525-4141 |
exec@scma.org

 

Happy New Year 2018

Recovery Resources Event for Physicians and Medical Staff - Dinner

Question? Comments? Concerns?Mark Your Calendar!

Fire Recovery Resources for the Medical Community 

Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time:  6:00-9:00 PM

Location: Exchange Bank
Andrew J. Shepard Building
444 Aviation Blvd. | Santa Rosa, CA 

Cost:  No Charge - dinner included.

SCMA is pulling all the resources together into one evening just for you.  We have lots of questions and concerns related to rebuilding after the Firestorm of October 2017.  This way when the insurance guy says, "Well, you need to ask the builder or speak to the City of Santa Rosa." The panel can answer questions on the spot, and we can all move forward more efficiently.  Attendees will leave with valuable information and numerous resources for making the most of their 2018 plans for recovery and rebuilding. 

Panelists include: 
Financial: Exchange Bank
Legal: Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
Engineering: Debris clean up and erosion control
Building Contractor
Insurance: Bruce Okrepkie
Structural Engineer: MKM & Associates
Architect: Jaime Stich
City of Santa Rosa City Council Member
City of Santa Rosa Permit Department: Gabe Osborn
County of Sonoma: Tennis Wick, Permit Department

Preparing for the workshop: Please send your questions in advance to exec@scma.org by Jan. 10, if possible. I will share all advance questions with the panelists so they can be prepared to answer questions that are relevant to your concerns.  This is not meant to be just a panel of talking heads. This is a panel of experts designed to get our medical community moving forward and allaying recovery concerns.  

Note: Please share this program with anyone in our community whom you believe may benefit from this information. All are welcome to attend.  

RSVP to rachel@scma.org or by calling (707) 525-4375.


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Sonoma MedicineSonoma Medicine Wants to Hear Your Story! 

The Winter 2018 issue if Sonoma Medicine is currently in process. The topic is the 2017 Firestorms in Sonoma County, the challenges and successes of our medical facilities and the recovery process in 2018 for many in our medical community. If you have stories or photos that you would like to share with our community, please email me at exec@scma.org or call the SCMA office at (707) 525-4375. 

Advertising space is still available in this extended issue.  Call us for details and pricing.

Interested in serving on the Sonoma Medicine Editorial Board? This is the year to get involved!  Please call me at (707) 525-4375 for details.  

Click here to view the Fall 2017 Sonoma Medicine Online


Links to Firestorm videos/articles I thought you might be interested in:
Focal Point: How hard was California hit by the wildfires?
Sutter Santa Rosa Staff Helping to Save the Day | 2017 Wildfires
FIRESTORM: The First Hours - Sutter Hospital
Santa Rosa firestorm tests local health care services
Santa Rosa obstetrician saved newborns as his home burned during Santa Rosa fire
Oakland hills fire survivors' advice for Wine Country: 'You can't rush it'
Hospital shoulders the load as two others in Santa Rosa close
Nurse turned Petaluma fairgrounds into medical clinic during Sonoma County fires
Nurse turned Santa Rosa nurses who lost their home to fire welcomes new arrival of Hope
I Believe - Christina Perri
9-Year-Old Amputee Who Survived California Wildfires Joins Ellen DeGeneres

Sharing is Caring!

Dr. Bailey donated a collection of her custom 100% Natural household and personal care productsDr. Cynthia Bailey  - Thank you! 

Dr. Bailey donated a collection of her custom 100% Natural household and personal care products to SCMA to distribute to physicians who lost their homes in the Firestorms.  To see her full line of products, click on the product photo to the right. 

 


See 2017 Holiday Gala photos

BULLETIN BOARD

SCMA NEW MEMBERS/APPLICANTS 

William Chernoff, MD, Otolaryngology*, Cosmetic Surgery, 1701 Fourth St. #100, Santa Rosa, Univ Saskatchewan

RRGI, Redwood Radiology Group, Inc., 121 Sotoyome St., Santa Rosa
Vivek Sahani, Vascular & Interventional Radiology, Univ New Jersey

SJHMG, St. Joseph Health Medical Group
Benjamin Dickey, MD, Family Medicine, 2323 Bethards Dr., Santa Rosa, Med Coll Wisconsin
Chad Krilich, MD, Family Medicine*, 1165 Montgomery Dr., Santa Rosa Tufts Univ 2001

TPMG, 3900 Lakeville Hwy., Petaluma      
Thienly Huynh, DO, Family Medicine*, Touro Univ
Jaclyn Klekman, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Med Coll Wisconsin
Tamar Segev, DO, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Midwestern Univ Coll Osteo Med

TPMG, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa                             
Lakshmi Aggarwal, MD, Internal Medicine*, Drexel Univ
Benakar Batista, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology*, Univ Connecticut
Melinda Carol, MD, Occupational Medicine, Drexel Univ
Radha Chirumamilla, MD, Internal Medicine*, Virginia Univ
Miriam Davis, MD, Emergency Medicine*, Jefferson Med Coll 
Colin Iberti, MD, Internal Medicine, Mt. Sinai Sch Med 
William Kerridge, MD, Diagnostic Radiology, Wayne State Univ
Audra Lehman, MD, Family Medicine, Univ Tel Aviv 
Maayan Lieberman, MD, Psychiatry*, Saba Univ                                                
Jaime Martinez MD, Family Medicine*, Univ Caribbean                             
Matthew Olsen, DO, Internal Medicine, Kirksville Coll Osteo Med
Robert O'Malley, MD, Internal Medicine, Drexel Univ
Tejas Patel, MD, Diagnostic Radiology, Univ Illinois           
Aurora Selpides, MD, Family Medicine, UC San Francisco 
Pocholo Selpides, MD, Family Medicine, UC San Francisco 
Olga Sokolova, MD, Psychiatry*, Ural State Med Univ
Dane Stevenson, MD, Emergency Medicine
Duc Tien, MD, Otolaryngology, UC Los Angeles    
Bridgit Travinsky, MD, Internal Medicine, Tulane Univ
Anshu Vashishtha, MD, Rajasthan Univ
Victor Wong, MD, Plastic Surgery, Boston Univ

* = Board Certified | Italics = Medical Interest

BULLETIN BOARD/CLASSIFIED ADS

Multiple Houses for Rent to Physicians: SCMA is maintaining a list of homes from people whom are willing to rent their homes only to our community. Please contact SCMA at (707) 525-4375 if you are looking still looking for a place to call home. Our list includes large homes, small homes, rooms for rent, cottages for rent, etc. located in Healdsburg, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Bodega Bay.

Office Space for Rent: Beautiful office for lease in medical complex: Prime location in Santa Rosa with easy parking; prix fixe lease includes full amenities (wi-fi, PG&E, janitorial, maintenance). Ready-made practice opportunity via neighboring referrals. Contact Kendy Fallentine at 707-544-0141.

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ABOUT SCMA

The Sonoma County Medical Association, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. Founded in 1858, SCMA is affiliated with the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association.

© 2016 SCMA, 2312 Bethards Dr. #6, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

December 2016

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Happy Holidays

News


New 2017 health laws: Are you ready?

The California Legislature had an active year, passing many new laws affecting health care. In particular, there was a strong focus on health care coverage, drug prescribing, public health and workers’ compensation issues. CMA has published a summary of the most significant new health laws of interest to physicians. For more details, see "Significant New California Laws of Interest to Physicians for 2017."


SCMA Awards Dinner attracts full house

The Rose Ballroom at the Vintners Inn was full on Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, as SCMA honored Drs. Jerry Minkoff, Gary Barth, and Rob Nied with Outstanding Contribution awards. Dr. Veronica Jordan received the Sonoma Medicine Article of the Year award, and Partnership HealthPlan of California received a Recognition of Achievement. SCMA President Dr. Regina Sullivan acted as emcee for the gala event, holding with alacrity the attention of more than 100 doctors, spouses and guests.

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Dec. 16 last chance to update your 2017 directory listing

SCMA is accepting updates for the 2017 Sonoma County Physician Directory until Dec. 16. Contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or rachel@scma.org. The directory features photographs and detailed listings for all SCMA members, including their specialty(s), special medical interest and medical training. Basic information for nonmember physicians is included as well.


2016 directories discounted to $10 while supplies last

Need extra copies of the 2016 Sonoma County Physician Directory? Get them now for $10 while they last: that’s a $20 discount! Contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or rachel@scma.org.


Longtime executive director leaving SCMA

Cynthia Melody, who celebrated 25 years with SCMA in October, announced her departure effective Dec. 31, 2016. Click here (link to pdf A) to view Melody’s departure letter. Initially recruited to manage SCMA committees, programs and projects, Melody has served as executive director since 2000. She’s also served as executive director for the Marin Medical Society since 2007 and the Mendocino-Lake County Medical Society since 2010.

MMS is in negotiations with the San Francisco Medical Society to merge the two organizations into the San Francisco-Marin Medical Society. MLCMS will be administered by the California Medical Association. For details and a description of the new SCMA executive director position, contact Mike Steenburgh at mike@cmsservices.org.

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PRACTICE RESOURCES & CME

CMA Management Tip of the Month: December
In addition to the featured tip, this monthly one-page publication is a great reminder for practice managers and physicians about other CMA benefits available. Click here to see "Don't lose revenue by not working denials." 

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Fertility clinic for sale - Santa Rosa Revenue $1.7 million on 32 MD hours/week. 3,800 square feet includes OR, 3 exam rooms, 9 offices/private, 2 storage rooms, embryology lab, and blood/sperm lab, plus kitchen. Very attractive, atrium-style building. Independent appraisal available; photos available. Offered at $815,000. Contact Medical Practices USA for more information at Info@MedicalPracticesUSA.com. 800-576-6935.

Free classifieds for SCMA members! SCMA members can place FREE classified ads in News Briefs or Sonoma Medicine. Cost for nonmember physicians and the general public is $1 per word. To place a classified ad, contact Susan Gumucio at susan@scma.org or 707-525-0102.


ABOUT SCMA

The Sonoma County Medical Association, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. Founded in 1858, SCMA is affiliated with the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. © 2016 SCMA, 2312 Bethards Dr. #6, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

November 2016

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News


RSVP now for Dec. 6 SCMA Awards Dinner

Support your colleagues and attend the Awards Dinner! It's a great evening of recognition and appreciation for our medical community. Three physicians will receive Outstanding Contribution awards: Dr. Jerry Minkoff, for Outstanding Contribution to the Community; Dr. Gary Barth, for Outstanding Contribution to Sonoma County Medicine; and Dr. Rob Nied, for Outstanding Contribution to SCMA. The Sonoma Medicine Article of the Year award will be presented to Dr. Veronica Jordan and Partnership HealthPlan will be honored with a Recognition of Achievement.

Tickets are FREE for SCMA members. For more details about the gala evening and to RSVP, see the dinner invitation.


Longtime executive director leaving at the end of the year

Cynthia Melody, who celebrated 25 years with SCMA in October, has announced her departure effective Dec. 31, 2016. Initially recruited to manage SCMA committees, programs and projects, Melody has served as executive director since 2000. She's also served as executive director for the Marin Medical Society since 2007 and the Mendocino-Lake County Medical Society since 2010. The three boards of directors have several meetings planned to look at current organizational structures and consider options for 2017 and beyond. Click here to view Melody's departure letter.

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CMA House of Delegates

More than 500 California physicians, representing 43,000 physicians statewide, convened in Sacramento last month for the 145th Annual Session of the CMA House of Delegates. The HOD meets annually to establish broad policy on current major issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine. This year's major issues were MACRA, maintenance of certification, opioids, physician burnout, ACA changes and public health. For more information on this years' HOD, visit www.cmanet.org/hod and view photos at www.facebook.com/cmaphysicians.


SCMA applicants

Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

NCMA
Ashwani Bedi, MD
, Cardiac Electrophysiology, 3536 Mendocino Ave. #200, Santa Rosa, Punjabi Univ
Brian Stater, MD
, Otolaryngology, 1701 4th St. #120, Santa Rosa, Columbia Univ

RRGI - 121 Sotoyome St., Santa Rosa
Gary Roper, MD
, Diagnostic Radiology, Univ Colorado 2010
Christopher Trebino, MD
, Diagnostic Radiology, New York Med Coll 2009

TPMG - 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa
Jodee Brandon, MD
, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Univ Iowa 1996
Naima Bridges, MD
, Obstetrics & Gynecology, UC San Francisco 2012
Michelle Gavin, DO
, Family Medicine*, Western Univ 2013
Mark Grabovac, MD
, Anesthesiology*, UC San Francisco 1991
Jacqueline Kelly, MD
, Internal Medicine, Ross Univ 2013
Tamara Kelly MD
, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ross Univ 2010
Jahanzeb Khan, MD
, Psychiatry, Baqai Med Univ 2002
Khashayar Khosraviani, MD
, Internal Medicine*, Arak Univ 2005
Tara Kulkarni, DO
, Family Medicine, New York Coll Osteo Med 2013
Siamack Nemazie, MD
, Internal Medicine, Kasturba Med Coll 1999
Ivan Osredkar, MD
, Family Medicine*, George Washington Univ 2013
Kyle Shih, DO
, Family Medicine, Touro Univ 2012

*board certified


PEOPLE

Dr. Enrique Gonzalez-Mendez was featured in the Press Democrat recently for his utilization of culture in patient treatment. A family physician in Santa Rosa and a clinical professor at UCSF, he delivers health care that honors a patient's social, cultural, linguistic and spiritual needs and is teaching other doctors how to honor the cultural needs of the underserved. For more than 30 years, Gonzalez-Mendez has been treating low-income patients at the Vista Family Health Center and modeling cultural competency for medical students affiliated with the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency, sponsored by Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital and affiliated with UCSF. Click here to read the full article.

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PPRACTICE RESOURCES & CME

Nondiscrimination statement posting Physicians who provide services to Medicare or Medi-Cal patients must comply with new nondiscrimination posting requirements effective Oct. 16, 2016. To answer questions regarding compliance, CMA has created an FAQ resource to help guide members.

New update on HIPPA and cloud computing The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released an updated "Guidance on HIPPA and Cloud Computing" for the storage or transmission of electronic personal health information (ePHI). If using a cloud service provider to maintain ePHI, a HIPAA-compliant business associate agreement is required to avoid a HIPAA violation. For more information, see CMA On-Call document #3301 "Physician Use of Mobile Devices and Cloud Computing." On-Call documents are available free to CMA members.

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CMA Practice Management Tip of the Month: November To protect patient privacy, develop a written policy on camera and smartphone use in the office. See monthly tip sheet for details and reminders to practice managers and physicians about CMA benefits and services


CLASSIFIEDS

Fertility clinic for sale - Santa Rosa Revenue $1.7 million on 32 MD hours/week. 3,800 square feet includes OR, 3 exam rooms, 9 offices/private, 2 storage rooms, embryology lab, and blood/sperm lab, plus kitchen. Very attractive, atrium-style building. Independent appraisal available; photos available. Offered at $815,000. Contact Medical Practices USA for more information at Info@MedicalPracticesUSA.com. 800-576-6935.

Medical weight-loss practice for sale / fall in love with practicing medicine again Proven, highly recognized and profitable, established weight-loss practice in beautiful Marin County. Current multiple 6 figures, room for expansion. Work-life balance, time freedom, financial security, relationship-driven practice. I am 100% committed to assisting the new owner with all the support necessary to ensure a smooth transition. Please contact me for more information or to schedule a visit. Gail Altschuler, MD, 415-309-6258 or drgail@marinweightloss.com.

Free classifieds for SCMA members! SCMA members can place FREE classified ads in News Briefs or Sonoma Medicine. Cost for nonmember physicians and the general public is $1 per word. To place a classified ad, contact Susan Gumucio at susan@scma.org or 707-525-0102.


ABOUT SCMA

The Sonoma County Medical Association, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. Founded in 1858, SCMA is affiliated with the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. © 2016 SCMA, 2312 Bethards Dr. #6, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

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