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December 2016

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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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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.

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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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

October 2016

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November election ballot measures

CMA's Board of Trustees has approved positions on several ballot measures for the November 2016 election. Visit cmanet.org to see comments and endorsements.



Drs. Minkoff, Barth and Nied to receive SCMA awards Dec. 6

Three physicians will be honored at the annual SCMA Awards Dinner: Dr. Jerry Minkoff, for Outstanding Contribution to Sonoma County Medicine; Dr. Gary Barth, for Outstanding Contribution to the Community; and Dr. Rob Nied, for Outstanding Contribution to SCMA. Partnership HealthPlan will receive a Recognition of Achievement, and the Article of the Year award recipient will soon be determined. Tickets are FREE for SCMA members. For more details and to RSVP, see the SCMA Awards Dinner invitation.


Just published! Fall Sonoma Medicine

The fall issue of Sonoma Medicine has been mailed and features articles on epidemiology. Read about Zika and other emerging arboviruses; ending the HIV epidemic in Sonoma County; diabetes prevention: stemming the tide; chronic disease: building a new approach; and public health epidemiology: the demand for high-quality, cross-sector data.

You can view the PDF and text versions at scma.org. Call Susan Gumucio at 707-525-0102 to subscribe or request additional print copies.


Oct. 25: Physician Aid-in-Dying forum

In June, California became the fifth state to allow physicians to prescribe medication for terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives through provisions of the End of Life Option Act. SCMA's Physician Aid-in-Dying Task Force is hosting a meeting at Partnership HealthPlan on Oct. 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to discuss requirements of the California End of Life Option Act. Attendees will also hear first-hand about the "Oregon Experience," a panel discussion, and wrap-up with an understanding of the resources needed for physicians and their patients. The $20 cost includes registration and dinner, sponsored by Partnership HealthPlan. Reservations are required; seating is limited to 50. Please RSVP to rachel@scma.org.

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Oct. 25: Operation Access Healthy Spirits volunteer celebration

Join this festive event at Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The evening will include live music, craft beer and wine, a gourmet banquet, and an awards presentation celebrating medical volunteers and partners who received the national Make A Difference Day All-Star Award from USA Today. In lieu of a set ticket price, give what you can to support OA and volunteers' work. Click here for details and tickets.


SCMA applicants

Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

SMGR
Gary McLeod, MD,
Family Medicine*, 131B Stony Circle, Santa Rosa, UC San Francisco
Peter Valenzuela, MD, Family Medicine*, 717 Center St., Healdsburg, Univ Texas

TPMG - 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa
Lian-Song Chen, MD, Pathology*, Hunan Med Coll 1986

*board certified


PEOPLE

Operation Access is recognizing the following physicians at the Healthy Spirits Volunteer Celebration Oct. 25: Dr. Allen Cortez, 2016 Legacy Award Honoree; Dr. Jay Belani, 2015 Unsung Hero Award Honoree; Dr. Joel Erickson, 2015 Spirit Award Honoree; Dr. Allan Hill, 2015 Champion Award Honoree; and Dr. Susana Gonzalez, 2016 Champion Award Honoree. See article above for event information.

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PRACTICE RESOURCES & CME

Seeking business development strategies for your practice?
SCMA is pleased to offer a collaborative network designed to provide professional development opportunities and solutions to challenges that come with managing an independent practice. The NEW Practice Managers Forum (PMF) offers a wide array of activities and access to information covering issues and areas of common interest. Click here to learn more about joining the forum.

Nov. 7: "New Laws for 2017 and How They Will Affect Your Practice"
Reserve your spot now for this PMF lunchtime seminar that will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Partnership HealthPlan in Santa Rosa (495 Tesconi Circle). The $20 cost includes a complimentary lunch. Open to all, but RSVPs are required. See registration form for details.

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Nov. 10: Latino Health Forum in Santa Rosa
The 24th annual conference will focus on "Racism & Discrimination: Impacts on Health." CME units are offered to registered nurses and social workers; students and interns are invited to apply for registration scholarships. For more information, contact Liseth Magana at latinohealthforum@gmail.com or see latinohealthforum.org.

CMA Practice Management Tip of the Month
"Proactive scheduling strategies can reduce disruptions and long patient wait times"
is the focus for October. Click here to download CMA's tip sheet.


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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