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Special SDCMS “News You Can Use” <> It's Finally Over: The SGR Is Dead!

Thursday, April 16, 2015 After a decade of battling, the U.S. Senate, in a whopping vote of 92–8, passed HR 2 on Tuesday, the monumental, bipartisan Medicare SGR Payment Reform and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act — both Senators Feinstein and Boxer voted in the affirmative. Two weeks ago, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the legislation in a landslide vote of 392–37. A 21% cut to physicians’ Medicare payments was set to take place on April 15. Instead, HR 2 provides positive annual payment updates of 0.5% starting ...

"News You Can Use" <> April 7, 2015

CONTENTS Senate Delays Vote on SGR Until mid-April • CMS to Delay 21% Cuts Until Mid-month Mingle, Socialize, and Network With Your Fellow Physicians on Friday, April 24 Supreme Court Limits Avenues Providers Can Use to Sue States Over Medicaid Funding CMA Submits Letter to CMS Requesting Assessment of Medi-Cal Rates So What Have We Done for Our Members Lately? Work-Life Balance Workshop on Saturday, May 2 June ...

"News You Can Use" <> October 8, 2014

CONTENTS Read SDCMS’s Special Oct. 3 “News You Can Use” on Ebola Virus Disease Read CAHAN San Diego's October 8 Alert on Travel Histories and Ebola Preparedness Top Docs Gala at the Birch Aquarium The SDCMS Foundation's 5K Run/Walk Was a Great Success! No on 46 Updates Free Tickets to the “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” Event on October 21, 6–9pm Leader’s Toolkit Seminar on October 25–26 for SDCMS ...

"News You Can Use" <> May 13, 2014

CONTENTS Seminar on Financial and Legal Life Skills SDCMS’s 2014 White Coat Gala on Saturday, June 14, 2014 East County Physician Networking Opportunity & Mixer on July 10  SEIU California Has Joined the Broad-based Coalition to Defeat the Trial Lawyer-backed Anti-MICRA Ballot Measure Got “Access-to-Care” Horror Stories From Covered California or Medi-Cal? Two Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Cases in the U.S. Pertussis Cases Increase in San Diego ...

Urgent "News You Can Use" <> Please Act Today to Repeal & Replace the SGR!

Physicians: Call Your Congressperson and Senators Today to Repeal and Replace the SGR! A bill to permanently repeal Medicare’s fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is finally before Congress: The SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (HR 1415 / S 2000). There is significant pushback from non-physician groups, so Congress needs to hear from every San Diego County physician today that this matters and that it must pass! We don't want Congress to kick the can down the road AGAIN! 1) Please Contact All Three of Your Federal ...

"News You Can Use" <> January 10, 2014

CONTENTS Executive Director Comment on the Governor's 2014-15 Budget Eliminating the Retroactive 10% Medi-Cal Cuts Download CMA's "Surviving the First Month of Covered California" Tip Sheet Trying to Figure Out Life After Residency? Practice Managers / Office Managers: Please Take the 2013 SDCMS Medical Office Salary Survey! Meet Dr. Madara, the CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), at a UCSD/AMA Evening Reception Influenza Updates President Signed Law ...