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April 2016

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SCMA NEWS

Register now for CURES 2.0 with streamlined registration

The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) is a database of Schedule II, III and IV controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in California. Effective July 1, 2016, physicians with an active medical license and a Drug Enforcement Agency certificate must be registered for access to CURES. To register using the new fully automated system, visit oag.ca.gov/cures.

Have questions or need help registering?

  • CURES 2.0 webinar: Navigating the State's New Prescription Drug Monitoring Database. This webinar gives physicians an overview of the registration process and key features of the newly upgraded system. The webinar is FREE for members and nonmembers and is available on-demand in the CMA Resource Library.
  • Physicians experiencing problems with the new system can call CMA's member help line at 800-766-4262 or email memberservice@cmanet.org

Join us for Hidden Talents Art Show May 5

All local physicians, along with their families and friends, are urged to attend the Hidden Talents Art Show to enjoy the wealth of artistic talent in the local medical community. Sponsored by the SCMA Alliance Foundation, the event will be held at the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa on Thursday, May 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The show will also include an outdoor stage for performing artists to entertain guests with music, poetry and storytelling. A La Heart Catering will offer a delicious array of appetizers, and complimentary wine will be provided by a generous donation from Kendall Jackson Wines. A silent auction will feature a painting donated by Bob Nugent, well-known artist and former curator of the Imagery Winery Gallery. The winner will be announced during the show. The event is family friendly, with on-site child care and art activities available to SCMA members with children 12 and under. For more information or to purchase tickets ($50), visit the Foundation website.


Wine & Cheese Reception May 19 at Orpheus Wines

Join your colleagues at SCMA's annual Wine & Cheese Reception, to be held at Orpheus Wines in Kenwood on Thursday evening, May 19. The popular event, hosted this year by Orpheus owners Dr. Rachel Friedman and her husband, runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and features a delightful sampling of fine wines and cheeses. The event is absolutely FREE for SCMA members and their spouse or guest. Cost for nonmembers is $55 per person.

To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at rachel@scma.org or 707-525-4375. For more information about the winery, visit www.orpheuswines.com.

Dr. Peter Sybert nominated as SCMA president-elect

SCMA President Dr. Mary Maddux-González and incoming President Dr. Regina Sullivan, announce that Dr. Peter Sybert, a Santa Rosa anesthesiologist, has been nominated as SCMA president-elect. Others nominated to the SCMA Board of Directors are Drs. Brad Drexler (treasurer), Patricia May (secretary), Richard Powers (West County district), Peter Sybert and Jan Sonander (Santa Rosa district), James Pyskaty (TPMG), and five nominees for the CMA delegation: Drs. Rob Nied, Richard Powers and Jeff Sugarman (delegates); and Regina Sullivan and Stephen Steady (alternates).

SCMA members will receive ballots by postal mail in May. For more information, contact Cynthia Melody at cmelody@scma.org or 525-4375.


SCMA applicants

Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

Ryan Kime, MD, Emergency Medicine*, 533 Shagbark St., Windsor
Jonathan Rutchik, MD, Neurology*, 20 Sunnyside Ave. #A321, Mill Valley, Hahnemann Univ 1990
* Board certified

 

PRACTICE RESOURCES & CME

NEW! 2016 PQRS updates
For physician groups subject to payment adjustments, two new documents are available from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Value Modifier Results and Payment Adjustments Based on Performance on Quality and Cost Efficiency Measures.

NEW! Practice Management Tip of the Month (April)
Make sure your practice isn't penalized under the new provider directory accuracy law (SB 137). The new law requires payors to maintain accurate and current directories, and also requires physicians to keep information up-to-date. Failure of practices to comply may result in payment delays, removal from directories and contract termination. Click here for more information and how to sign up for the April 27 webinar on SB 137.

 

April 22, Buck Institute seminar
Buck's Formal Research Seminar Series on Friday, April 22 features "Lessons from the Worm: Novel Insights for the Nrf2 Cytoprotection Pathways," presented by Sean Curran, PhD. The seminars are held at the Buck Institute for Aging, 8001 Redwood Blvd., Novato, in the Drexler Auditorium from 11 a.m. to Noon.

CME April 30, Annual HIV/AIDS Review. This year's annual HIV/AIDS Review will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Finley Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event features an educational seminar and luncheon for physicians, mid-levels and pharmacists who provide care to people with HIV and AIDS. Click here for details.

NEW member benefit! 5% discount on Workers' Compensation rates SSCMA/CMA is pleased to welcome Preferred Employers Insurance Group as the sponsored carrier. Call Mercer at 800-842-3761, email CMACounty.Insurance.service@mercer.com or visit www.CountyCMAMemberInsurance.com for more information.

CMA publishes the biweekly e-newsletter, em>CMA Alert, to keep its members up-to-date on critical issues affecting the practice of medicine in California. Click here to view the current issue.


CLASSIFIEDS

Steal my practice; I'm retiring.
Fall in love with practicing medicine again. Proven, profitable weight loss practice in Marin County. Multiple 6 figures, ready to take it to the next level. Work-life balance, time freedom, financial security, relationship-driven practice.

I'm 100% committed to all the support necessary to ensure a smooth transition. Call for more information or to schedule a visit. Gail Altschuler, MD, 415-309-6258.

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

March 2016

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SCMA NEWS

Meetings with legislators planned for April 13

Want to make your voice heard in state government? If so, you're invited to attend CMA's free Legislative Leadership Conference in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 13. Hundreds of physicians from all over California attend this annual event, which includes speeches by key legislative leaders and meetings with local legislators on health care issues. Speakers haven't been confirmed, but last year Gov. Brown addressed the conference. To RSVP for the conference, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or rachel@scma.org. Click here for more information.

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NEW! Contract Renegotiations: Making Your Business Case

To help physicians prepare to negotiate or renegotiate, CMA has created a new resource, which includes step-by-step instructions on how to create a thoughtful renegotiation request as well as a sample letter. The resource is available FREE for CMA members at www.cmanet.org/ces under "Payor Contracting." The resource is not available to nonmembers.


Wine & Cheese Reception May 19 at Orpheus Wines

The annual SCMA Wine & Cheese Reception will be held at Orpheus Wines in Kenwood on Thursday evening, May 19. The event, hosted this year by Orpheus owners Dr. Rachel Friedman and her husband, runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and features collegial conversation and a sampling of fine wines and cheeses. The event is absolutely free for SCMA members and their spouse or guest. Cost for nonmembers is $55 per person.

To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at rachel@scma.org or 707-525-4375. For more information about the winery, visit www.orpheuswines.com.

SCMA strategic plan update

In January all physicians practicing in Sonoma County were invited to participate in a survey regarding issues of professional concern. THANK YOU to all who responded; your feedback will help SCMA better serve our community, physicians, and your practice and patients. The survey responses also helped guide the SCMA Board of Directors when they met on Saturday, March 5, to consider updating SCMA's strategic plan for 2016 and beyond. Watch for a full report in April.

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SCMA applicants

Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

NCMA - 3536 Mendocino Ave. #200, Santa Rosa
Kimberly Brayton, MD, Cardiovascular Disease*, UC San Francisco 2007
Vishal Patel, MD, Cardiovascular Disease*, Baylor Coll Med 2007
* Board certified


Entries needed for Hidden Talents Art Show

Physicians, spouses and partners are invited to participate in the Hidden Talents Art Show to share the wealth of artistic talent in the local medical community. The event, sponsored by the SCMA Alliance Foundation, will be held at the Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa on Thursday, May 5, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Entrants are invited to submit paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, collages, quilts and jewelry: anything artistic. The show will also include an outdoor stage for performing artists to entertain guests with music, poetry and storytelling. April 16 is the deadline for entry forms, attached here. The exhibit is not juried, and there is no fee to enter. The event is family friendly, with on-site child care and art activities available to SCMA members with children 12 and under. For more information, visit the Foundation website or contact Cecile Keefe at hiddentalents@scmaa.org.

PEOPLE

Parul Kohli, MD, has recently joined Northern California Medical Associates' Santa Rosa Internal Medicine, a group of eight prominent internal medicine physicians practicing in Santa Rosa. Dr. Kohli is now accepting new patients..

CME & PRACTICE RESOURCES

CME April 16-17, Family Medicine Clinical Forum. Take a family medicine vacation with your peers in San Francisco. The California Academy of Family Physicians is also offering CMEs, optional workshops, resident poster session, and an exhibit hall. For more information and registration, visit www.familydocs.org.

CME April 30, Annual HIV/AIDS Review. This year's annual HIV/AIDS Review will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Finley Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event features an educational seminar and luncheon for physicians, mid-levels and pharmacists who provide care to people with HIV and AIDS. Click here for more information.

NEW member benefit! 5% discount on Workers' Compensation rates
SCMA/CMA is pleased to welcome Preferred Employers Insurance Group as the sponsored carrier. Call Mercer at 800-842-3761, email CMACounty.Insurance.service@mercer.com or visit www.CountyCMAMemberInsurance.com for more information.

PFMC grant proposals due April 2
NNonprofit health organizations in Sonoma County are encouraged to apply for Community Grants from the Pacific Foundation for Medical Care. The grants, generally in the $10,000 range, are awarded twice a year by the nonprofit foundation to support local projects that enhance health services. The application deadline for the next round of grants is April 2. For application materials, contact Kathy Pass at 707-525-4281 or kpass@rhs.org. For additional information, visit www.pfmc.org.

May 13-15, Western Health Care Leadership Academy, San Francisco
Save the date for the 2016 Western Health Care Leadership Academy, which will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15. Event details.

CMA publishes the biweekly e-newsletter, CMA Alert, to keep its members up-to-date on critical issues affecting the practice of medicine in California. Click here to view the current issue.


CLASSIFIEDS

For sale: well-established medical weight loss practice in Marin County
Fall in love with practicing medicine again. Create work-life balance and achieve financial freedom. Work with highly motivated, capable people, excelling in many facets of their lives, who have struggled with their weight and know clearly that they cannot do it alone.

This all-cash practice offers a flexible schedule and provides other income streams besides doctor visits. In addition, the practice presents a significant growth opportunity. This is and will continue to be an active, ongoing practice. The seller will enable a smooth transition. Email now BariatricPracticeForSale@gmail.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

February 2016

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SCMA NEWS

Feedback sought on health insurance mergers by Feb. 12

Aetna has reached a $37 billion deal to purchase Humana, and Anthem has agreed to purchase Cigna for $48.4 billion. Regulators want to know the prospective effects of these possible mergers on your practice and patient care. The survey should take about 8-9 minutes to complete. Please take the survey by Friday, Feb. 12. Click here to take the survey.




Help needed to collect signatures for Tobacco Tax initiative

SCMA is helping CMA collect signatures to qualify an initiative for the Nov. 8 ballot. The initiative, "California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of 2016," will increase California's cigarette tax (one of the lowest in the nation) by $2.00. To help collect signatures:

  1. Email your name and mailing address to SCMA@scma.org, and we'll mail you a petition and instructions.
  2. Collect the signatures of eight registered Sonoma County voters.
  3. By March 31, mail your completed petition(s) to California Medical Association Attn: Molly Weedn, 1201 J Street, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA 95816.

The initiative will help to reduce smoking, save lives, and fund critical health care programs in California. For more information, visit www.SaveLivesCalifornia.com



Health officer provides Zika virus resources

Information and guidance regarding Zika virus disease continues to evolve. Recently, the Sonoma County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Milman, shared with practicing physicians the Jan. 19, 2016, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Zika Virus Health Advisory. An updated Health Advisory from CDPH was issued on Feb. 8, 2016, and is posted along with additional materials on the CDPH website. A Sonoma County-specific Health Advisory will be issued by Dr. Milman soon. It will be posted on the Health Department's Health Alerts webpage.



Save the date: Wine & Cheese Reception May 19 at Orpheus Wines

Mark your calendar for the annual SCMA Wine & Cheese Reception, to be held at Orpheus Wines in Kenwood on Thursday evening, May 19. This popular event, hosted by owners Dr. Rachel Friedman and her husband, runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and features collegial conversation and a sampling of fine wines and cheeses. The event is absolutely free for SCMA members and their spouse or guest. Cost for nonmembers is $55 per person.

To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at rachel@scma.org or 707-525-4375. For more information about the winery, visit www.orpheuswines.com


Sign up now for April 13 Legislative Advocacy Day at the Capitol

Want to make your voice heard in state government? If so, you're invited to attend CMA's free Legislative Leadership Conference in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 13. Hundreds of physicians from all over California attend this annual event, which includes speeches from key legislative leaders and meetings with local legislators on health care issues. Speakers haven't been confirmed, but last year Gov. Brown addressed the conference. To RSVP for the conference, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or rachel@scma.org Click here for more information.


Sonoma Medicine now online

The winter 2016 issue focuses on mental health, featuring articles by local experts that cover mental illness and mass shootings, integrated behavioral health care, advances in child and adolescent psychiatry, and mental health services at the county jail. The magazine was mailed in January and is now available online at www.scma.org.


Call for artists: SCMA Alliance Hidden Talents Art Show

The SCMA Alliance Foundation is seeking talented artists in the medical community for the 2016 Hidden Talents Art Show. All Sonoma County physicians and their spouses or partners are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of media. Celebrate the creativity that often goes unseen in our community and experience a casual evening featuring the best Sonoma County has to offer: from artistic talent and wine to good food and camaraderie. Savor the spectacular views from Paradise Ridge Winery while enjoying the artwork on display. Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 5, and watch for forthcoming invitations. This is an event not to be missed!

For additional information and entry forms with guidelines, contact Cecile Keefe at alliance@scmaa.org or 707-849-4882. All entry forms must be received by March 1, 2016, and artwork must be received by April 28, 2016.

www.scmaa.org

Win an iPad through SCMA's "Passport to Participation"

To encourage physician collegiality and the advancement of community health, PASSPORT TO PARTICIPATION acknowledges Sonoma County physicians' active engagement with SCMA, CMA and community activities by awarding points for participation.

For each participation point, your name is entered into a drawing for a chance to win an iPad. The winner will be drawn at SCMA's Wine & Cheese Reception in May 2016. Last year's iPad winner was Dr. Jeff Sugarman.


Applicants

Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

David Kitts, MD, Surgery*, 652 Petaluma Ave. #D, Sebastopol, Med Coll Wisconsin 1985

TPMG - 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa
Armand Braun, MD,
Psychiatry*, Carol Davila Univ 1982
Hali Sherman, MD, Pediatrics*, UC Los Angeles 2003
Yevgeniy (Gene) Veltman, MD, Urology*, Univ Miami 2008

Annadel Medical Group
Amy Shaw, MD, Family Medicine*,121 Sotoyome St., Santa Rosa, UC Davis 1989

* Board certified

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PEOPLE

Drs. Susan Buren, Don Carlos, Carol Castillo, Gary Coomber, and Parker Duncan are winners of the five $20 VISA gift cards for completing the recent SCMA strategic planning survey, which received a 10 percent response rate. Survey results will help guide SCMA board members as they consider updating SCMA's strategic plan for 2016 and beyond.

Sebastopol urologist Dr. Peter Bretan led one of the largest medical missions ever to the Philippine Islands Jan. 17-22. This annual mission, organized by the Philippine Medical Society of Northern California, brought together 50 physicians (including GYN, urology, plastic surgery, general surgery, ENT, ophthalmology, optometry, dermatology, dentistry, pediatrics, internal medicine, anesthesiology, and pharmacy), 125 support staff, and 25 pre-med students from all over the United States. The mission saw 7,500 patients, distributed thousands of prescription eyeglasses, and performed 1,200 surgeries (including hysterectomies; thyroidectomies; tumor, cataract and glaucoma surgeries; incarcerated hernia repairs; and more). Dr. Bretan also practices in Marin (Novato) and Mendocino (Willits) counties. He is serving his first term as PMSNC president, and his fourth term as Marin Medical Society president.

Drs. Jason Pope, John Hau, and Michael Yang, featured in the Feb. 9 Press Democrat, are offering a new treatment for chronic pain utilizing a battery-powered device that uses electrical pulses to block pain signals. Click here to read the full story.

A front-page profile of Dr. Harry Richardson and his wife Dee in the Jan. 29 Press Democrat described their decades-long philanthropic spirit. Click here to read "For them, it's all about community."

Dr. Tetsuro Fujii, who practiced family medicine in Sebastopol for over 40 years, died in January at the age of 90. Born in Fresno, he graduated from UC Berkeley Medical School. After completing residency, he served in post-war Korea as a Captain in the Army Medical Corp. Upon his return to Sebastopol, he set up a private practice from which he retired in 1998. He and his wife Rose enjoyed traveling and watching their children and grandchildren's many activities.

Longtime Sonoma County physician, Dr. Laurel Warner, died Jan. 1. Growing up in the Midwest, she traveled abroad as an AFS International Exchange student during high school, graduated from Allegheny College, and earned her MD and PhD from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious disease at Harvard, becoming board certified in both specialties. She headed the Infectious Disease Clinic at the VA Hospital in San Francisco, practiced infectious disease and internal medicine in Sonoma County, and was married to Dr. Charles Elboim. The Sonoma County Medical Association presented Dr. Warner with the Outstanding Contribution to Sonoma County Medicine award in 2015.

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LOCAL NEWS

Scope for Hope Fun Run & Walk April 9

Sutter Health's second annual Scope for Hope 5K/10K Fun Run & Walk will be held April 9 at Julliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa. Scope for Hope encourages teams and family-friendly underwear costumes, and holds a hilarious underwear costume contest. Proceeds from this event will fund colonoscopies for uninsured people in our county. For more information, or to register for the event, go to www.sutterpacific.org/events

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KP supporting Petaluma Health Center expansion

As part of its continuing Community Benefit program, Kaiser Permanente is supporting Petaluma Health Center's (PHC) expansion at its Rohnert Park site with a $250,000 grant. Kaiser Permanente grants support local efforts to improve access to health care coverage and services, mental health, oral health, and promote healthy eating and active living.

PFMC grant proposals due April 2

Nonprofit health organizations in Sonoma County are encouraged to apply for Community Grants from the Pacific Foundation for Medical Care. The grants, generally in the $10,000 range, are awarded twice a year by the nonprofit foundation to support local projects that enhance health services. The application deadline for the next round of grants is April 2. For application materials, contact Kathy Pass at 707-525-4281 or kpass@rhs.org. For more information, visit www.pfmc.org.

Annual HIV/AIDS Review April 30

This year's annual HIV/AIDS Review will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Finley Community Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event features an educational seminar and luncheon for physicians, mid-levels and pharmacists who provide care to people with HV and AIDS. Click here for more information.


TOP CMA STORIES

CMA endorses marijuana ballot initiative to regulate and monitor substance
The California Medical Association has formally endorsed the ballot measure known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. Click here for details.

CMA publishes the biweekly e-newsletter, CMA Alert, to keep its members up-to-date on critical issues affecting the practice of medicine in California. Click here to view the current issue.


CALIFORNIA NEWS

IMQ surveyors needed

Are you looking for a new activity? The Institute for Medical Quality is looking for physicians who may be interested in becoming surveyors for the Ambulatory Care, Corrections, or CME Review programs. The Ambulatory Program accredits surgery centers, offices, and medical groups in California. The Corrections Program reviews the health care in jails and juvenile facilities, and the CME Program reviews providers of CME. Click here for more information or contact Jill Silverman at 415-882-5151 or jsilverman@imq.org, or visit www.imq.org.


RESOURCES / WEBINARS / CME

Zika virus resources

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End of Life Option Act
On Oct. 5, 2015, California became the fifth state in the nation to allow physicians to prescribe terminally ill patients medication to end their lives. Click here to access CMA's ON-CALL document #3459 "California End of Life Option Act." This document discusses the requirements of the End of Life Option Act.

POLST in 2016
NPs and PAs are now allowed to sign Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms and make them actionable medical orders. Visit the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California website for more information for health care providers, for patients and loved ones, for 24/7 online POLST training, and to download POLST forms.

CMA Webinars (Click here for full list)
Feb. 24 - HIPAA Compliance: Key Risks All Physicians Should Know. 12:15 p.m.
March 9 - Closing a Medical Practice. 12:15 p.m.

Archived webinars are free to SCMA-CMA members and staff. Non-member fee: $99. For more information, contact CMA's member-help center, 800-786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

Western Health Care Leadership Academy May 13-15, 2016
Save the date for the 2016 Western Health Care Leadership Academy, which will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15.


Wednesdays at Hospice House
""Folktales of Ever-Lasting Love: Storytelling & Healing Sound." Hear traditional folktales and myths about all kinds of love that warm the heart and nourish the soul. Feb. 17 at Memorial Hospice, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For details, visit www.sonomacountyhospice.org.

Free online CME: Child Abuse Prevention, Recognition, and Reporting
When is a child's bruise from an accident or something more? Do you know what, when, and how to report? Take this complimentary course to learn essential signs that should be reported. Free CMEs available. Pre-register for this free course on the IMQ website.


CLASSIFIEDS

For sale: well-established medical weight loss practice in Marin County, CA
Fall in love with practicing medicine again. Create work-life balance and achieve financial freedom. Work with highly motivated, capable people, excelling in many facets of their lives, who have struggled with their weight and know clearly that they cannot do it alone.

This all-cash practice offers a flexible schedule and provides other income streams besides doctor visits. A motivated doctor can take advantage of a significant opportunity to continue to grow this referral-based practice. This is and will continue to be an active, ongoing practice. The seller will enable a smooth transition. Email now BariatricPracticeForSale@gmail.com.

SCMA members get free classifieds!
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

January 2016

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SCMA NEWS

Countywide physician survey

As part of SCMA's ongoing commitment to address issues and activities that concern local physicians, we invite you to participate in a brief survey. It will only take a few minutes to complete. Your feedback will help SCMA better serve our community and you, your practice and your patients.

Survey results will help guide SCMA board members as they consider updating SCMA's strategic plan for 2016 and beyond. All responses are anonymous. However, if you wish to be entered in a drawing for one of five $20 VISA gift cards, please provide your name and email address at the end of the survey. Card winners will be selected at random.

Click here to access the survey. Please complete by Friday, Jan. 29, 2016; the online survey will be closed after that date. Survey results will be published in a future issue of Sonoma Medicine. The report will also include comparisons of results from the 2013 and 1996 physician surveys.

Thank you in advance for your valued input!



135 new health laws in 2016

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, public health issues and end-of-life care. Click here to access the list of significant new health laws of interest to physicians (PDF download).



Still time to receive a 5% discount on dues

Pay your dues by Jan. 15, 2016 and save 5%. The discount is already calculated on SCMA invoices, and you can pay by check or credit card. For questions regarding your invoice, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or rachel@scma.org.



Watch for Sonoma Medicine this month

The winter 2016 issue focuses on mental health, featuring articles by local experts that cover mental illness and mass shootings, integrated behavioral health care, advances in child and adolescent psychiatry, and mental health services at the county jail. The magazine will be mailed later in January and will also be available online at www.scma.org

SCMA member donations create new scholarship funding high!

The Holiday Greeting Card, now celebrating its Golden Anniversary, has almost reached its goal of $50,000 in recognition of funding more than 800 scholarship awards during the past 50 years. This achievement has been made possible by the generosity of donors who raised the bar on their annual giving for scholarships. Three donors joined the Circle of Champions with $1,000 gifts and an unprecedented seven donors gave gifts of $500 each. To date, $19,000 in donations has been received for the card fund.

These funds will be added to the $20,000 contribution from SCMAAF's Gala85 and the 2015 Garden Tour. An investment with the Sonoma County Community Foundation will also factor in, as well as a pending grant from the Pacific Foundation for Medical Care. Holiday Greeting Card chair, Barbara Ramsey, thanks everyone for their contributions benefiting local students who pursue a career in medicine. For more information about the scholarship fund and other SCMA Alliance activities, visit www.scmaa.org


Join us at the Capitol for Legislative Advocacy Day April 13

SCMA members, you are invited to join your peers at CMA's annual Legislative Advocacy Day on Tuesday, April 13, at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. Attended by more than 400 physicians, medical students and alliance members, this conference provides an opportunity to meet with local legislators regarding pressing health care issues. For more information contact Dr. Brad Drexler at b9drexler@gmail.com,  or Cynthia Melody at 707-525-4375, cmelody@scma.org

Applicants

Welcome, new SCMA/CMA members!

Cuyler Goodwin, DO, Psychiatry, Touro Univ

Oreoluwa Ogunyemi, MD, Urology, 6880 Palm Ave., Sebastopol, UC Los Angeles

Sonoma County Indian Health Project
Meredith Coble, DO, Family Medicine, 144 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa, Touro Univ


PEOPLE

In November, HIFU Prostate Services, LLC, a leading provider of minimally-invasive prostate cancer treatment using High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), announced that physician partner and Medical Director, Michael J. Lazar, MD treated the first prostate cancer patient in California with minimally invasive HIFU, in San Francisco at the San Francisco Surgery Center. This was the second patient ever treated in the country using Sonablate HIFU technology.


CALIFORNIA NEWS

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine opening in 2019

Kaiser Permanente announced plans to open the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine as part of the organization's ongoing effort to lead in meeting America's demands for 21st century health care. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019 and will be located in Southern California. Shifts in the U.S. population have created more diverse communities, which require greater cultural competency and understanding. The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will teach advanced skills in decision-making, teamwork, the use of technology, evidence-based medicine and communication tailored to specific populations.


State launches CURES 2.0 and streamlined registration

The upgrade to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) prescription drug monitoring system was rolled out Jan. 8, 2016. Commonly referred to as "CURES 2.0," it is available to all users in compliance with the system's security requirements. The upgraded database promises an improved user experience and features-added functionalities, including the ability to delegate report queries and new practitioner-identified patient alerts.

Also a streamlined, fully-automated registration process enables licensed health care prescribers and pharmacists to request access to CURES and validate their credentials entirely online using a secure web browser.

All individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substances and a Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate must be registered to use CURES no later than July 1, 2016. To register using the new automated system, visit http://oag.ca.gov/cures.

Physicians who experience problems with the new system are encouraged to contact CMA's member help line at 800-786-4262 or email memberservice@cmanet.org


TTOP CMA STORIES

CMA publishes the biweekly e-newsletter, CMA Alert, to keep its members up-to-date on critical issues affecting the practice of medicine in California. Click here to view the current issue

RESOURCES / WEBINARS / CME

CMA Practice Resources (CPR) is a free monthly e-bulletin from the California Medical Association's practice management experts. It focuses on critical payor and health care industry changes and how they directly impact the business of a physician practice. Each issue includes tips on reimbursement and contracting-related issues, along with information on the latest practice management news. View the current issue.

New 2016 POLST form
Proposed revisions to the California POLST form were approved by the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) Commission at their December meeting, allowing providers to move forward with full implementation of the provisions of Assembly Bill 637. AB 637 (Wolk) authorizes nurse practitioners and physician assistants (under the supervision of a physician and within their scope of practice) to sign POLST forms and make them actionable medical orders. The bill went into effect Jan. 1, 2016. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Webinars (click here for full list of titles and descriptions)
CMA Federal Advocacy Update. Jan. 20, 12:15 p.m.
CMA Priorities: Health System Transformation and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization. Jan. 27, 12:15 p.m.
HIPAA Compliance: Key Risks all Physicians Should Know. Feb. 24, 12:15 p.m.
Closing a Medical Practice. March 9, 12:15 p.m.

 Archived webinars
CMA's archived webinars are free to SCMA members and staff. Nonmember fee: $99. For more information, contact CMA's member-help center, 800-786-4262 or memberservice@cmanet.org.

Free online CME: Child Abuse Prevention, Recognition and Reporting
When is a child's bruise from an accident or something more? Do you know what, when, and how to report? Take this complimentary course to learn essential signs that should be reported. Free CMEs available. Click here to pre-register for this free course.

 Western Health Care Leadership Academy. May 13-15, 2016
Save the date for the 2016 Western Health Care Leadership Academy, which will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square from Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15. Click here for more information.


CLASSIFIEDS

SCMA members get free classifieds!
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.

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