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"News You Can Use" <> December 16, 2016

Hello Physicians: Click here to watch my latest (1'45") video update. Thank you to all San Diego County physicians who’ve renewed their SDCMS-CMA memberships for 2017. Bipartisan support of organized medicine has never been more important than it is now, with Democrats soon to hold super-majorities in both houses in Sacramento and Republicans set to take control of both houses in Congress. We need every physician’s voice to protect the practice of medicine and our patients’ health and wellbeing. Thank you for your commitment to doing right by your colleagues and by your patients. Have a safe and joyous ho liday season, and, until next year, be well! Mihir Parikh, MD, President, SDCMS


  • Congress Approved $6.3 Billion Medical Innovation Legislation • CLICK HERE
  • Total Nominal U.S. Healthcare Spending Rose 5.8% in 2015 • CLICK HERE
  • Ambra Health and San Diego Health Connect Partner to Image-Enable HIE Portal • CLICK HERE
  • Court Proceedings Begin in Anthem-Cigna Mega-merger Suit • CLICK HERE
  • CDC Releases Core Elements for Prescribing Outpatient Antibiotics • CLICK HERE
  • Dec. 31 Is the Last Day to Change Your 2017 Medicare Par. Status • CLICK HERE
  • New Data Show Coverage Gains in California Continue • CLICK HERE


  • Be Prepared for Covered CA Changes in 2017 • CLICK HERE
  • Explore Covered California Enrollment by ZIP Code • CLICK HERE
  • Verify Your Patients’ Eligibility and Benefits for 2017 • CLICK HERE
  • Sign up to Attend SDCMS’s Feb. 9 Physician Social • CLICK HERE
  • Make Sure You’re Ready for 2017’s New Health Laws • CLICK HERE
  • Consult CMA’s MACRA Resources Center • CLICK HERE
  • Use CMS’s MACRA Quality Measures Selection Tool for Physicians • CLICK HERE
  • Take Advantage of SDCMS’s Newest Member Benefit (SBA Loan Discounts) • CLICK HERE


  • “Dr. Ted Mazer Becomes State Leader Amid Changing Healthcare Landscape” • READ HERE
  • Dr. Parikh’s Dec. 14 SDCMS Video Update (1'45") • WATCH HERE
  • CMA’s Dec. '16 / Jan. '17 Practice Resources (CPR) • READ HERE
  • “Dr. Leon Kelley, Beloved Pediatrician in Southeastern San Diego, Retires” • READ HERE
  • The MBC’s 2015–16 Annual Report • READ HERE
  • Surgeon General’s Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health • CLICK HERE
  • The County of San Diego’s Dec. 13 Influenza Watch • READ HERE
  • “Evolving Patient-Facing Technologies” by The Doctors Company • WATCH HERE

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
― C.S. Lewis, British Novelist … (1898–1963)

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