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"News You Can Use" <> April 22, 2015



Hillcrest Area Doctors — Members and Nonmembers — Mingle, Socialize, and Network With Your Fellow Physicians THIS FRIDAY, April 24, 5:30pm–8:00pm, Near Scripps Mercy: Complimentary munchies, wine & beer. Click Here for Details

June 6 Workshop on Financial & Legal Life Skills: Covering investing, insurance, real estate, taxes accounting, and much more. Saturday, June 6, 8am–12pm. For SDCMS members only. Email me at Gehring@SDCMS.org for information or to RSVP.

So What Have We Done for Our Members Lately? Here’s a Great Example: A 32-year member needed assistance after finding out his license had expired. His practice had to cancel all of his surgeries the day of the expiration, and his office manager contacted SDCMS. As a result of SDCMS-CMA advocacy, this physician had his license changed to renewed and current status within hours of reaching out to us. SDCMS members and staff are encouraged to contact Marisol Gonzalez, your SDCMS physician advocate, at MGonzalez@SDCMS.org or at (858) 300-2783.



Question: I am looking for an ICD-10 workshop to help me prepare for the ICD-10 switch on October 1, 2015. Will SDCMS be running any courses? Click Here for the Answer



Senate Bill 277 Clears Senate Education Committee Today 7–2: SB 277 will remove the personal belief exemption option from school and childcare enrollment requirements. Click Here

April Is National Organ Donation for Life Month • Be a Hero • Sign up to Save Lives: Click Here



It’s Finally Over: The SGR Is Dead! Click Here to Read SDCMS’s Special April 16 “News You Can Use”

How Will SGR Reform Affect Medicare Reimbursement? Click Here

Open Payments Physician and Teaching Hospital Review and Dispute Period Begins April 6 and Will Last for 45 Days: Click Here



California Bill That Would Increase Medi-Cal Rates Wins Unanimous Committee Vote: The bill took its first step through the state legislature on April 14, receiving unanimous approval from the Assembly Health Committee. Click Here

United Healthcare Automatically Opts Physicians in to Core Narrow Network Product: Click Here



ICD-10 Boot Camp in San Diego on June 25–26: SDCMS is partnering with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) to present a two-day workshop on June 25 and 26 at SDCMS's offices. It will be $399 for SDCMS members and staff (a $200 discount!). October 1 is closer than you think!!! Click here for details and to register.

SDCMS Members: Take Advantage of Discounted Services for Help With EHR Meaningful Use!

  • Physicians and practices challenged by the adoption and implementation of electronic health records, help is at hand! From selection through attestation for Meaningful Use Stages 1 & 2, the SDCMS Foundation can provide technical assistance to make you and your staff’s lives easier. The fee is $90 per hour for SDCMS members, $150 per hour for nonmembers. For more information, email Victor.Bloomberg@SDCMS.org.
  • Meaningful Use Pre-attestation audit services now available! SDCMS members can now obtain an inexpensive, pre-attestation audit for their Meaningful Use submissions to either Medicare or Medi-Cal. Members receive a $50 discount each for the low cost of $250! The audit will ensure that your reporting and documentation is complete and assist you in putting together an audit binder. Collectively, the services will ensure you are more likely to pass an audit — 10% of all eligible professionals are audited! For more information, call PrivaPlan at (877) 218-7707.

Members: Click Here to Watch Previously Recorded SDCMS Seminars, Including:

  • How to Hire the Right Fit for Your Practice (2015.04.02)
  • HIPAA & EHRs: What Every Practice Must Know (2015.03.04)
  • Medicare Updates and Changes for 2015 (2015.01.29)
  • Covered California: What Your Healthcare Team Needs to Know (2014.11.13)
  • Payor Denials & Appeals: Effective Management and Best Outcomes (2014.10.09)

Email Membership@SDCMS.org for assistance in logging in.

MedlinePlus Connect — Linking Patient Portals and EHRs to Consumer Health Information: A free service that allows health organizations and health IT providers to link patient portals and EHR systems to MedlinePlus, an authoritative, up-to-date health information resource for patients, families, and healthcare providers. Click Here for an Overview



It’s Free & It’s Fun — Mingle, Socialize, and Network With Your Fellow Physicians on Friday, April 24, 5:30pm–8:00pm Near Scripps Mercy: Complimentary hors d'ouvres and hosted wine and craft beer. Bring a nonmember — everyone welcome! Where: 57 Degrees, 1735 Hancock Street, San Diego 92101. Questions? Contact Jen Ohmstede at (858) 300-2781 or at JOhmstede@SDCMS.org. RSVPs required as space is limited — click here to RSVP. We hope to see you there! This event is sponsored by the Cooperative of American Physicians.

Can You Help Spread the Message of Health by Making a Brief Presentation in Your Community? The SDCMS Foundation is partnering with the County of San Diego to educate community members on how to improve their lives and take charge of their health by launching a Live Well Physicians’ Speakers Bureau. Contact Barbara.Mandel@SDCMS.org to say YES, you will volunteer just one or two times a year, quarterly, or however your schedule allows.


“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford, American Industrialist (1863–1947)

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