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"News You Can Use" <> June 3, 2015



California Medical Association Removes Opposition to Physician Aid in Dying Bill: Click Here

Executive Director Commentary: ICD-10, if you don’t prepare for it, could have a major disruption on your cash flow in October. Please, please take the time to prepare now. Here is how your Medical Society is helping members to avoid “October OMG” moments …

Is Your Office Working on ICD-10 Compliance?

  • Click here for a number of SDCMS members-only resources. Email Membership@SDCMS.org for login assistance. 
  • Click here for information on SDCMS’s June 25–26 ICD-10-CM Code Set Boot Camp (8:00am–5:00pm each day) — $399 for SDCMS members and staff (a $200 discount!).
  • Click here for a number of CMA members-only resources, including its ICD-10 Transition Guide for Physicians.

October 1 is closer than you think!!!

June 6 Members-only 3.5-hour Workshop on Legal & Financial Literacy: We'll cover key questions and issues with Money / Investing, Legal / Lawyers, Insurance, Real Estate, Taxes / Accounting, Major Life Event Planning, and Negotiation. Email Gehring@SDCMS.org for information or to RSVP.



Question: I will be leaving the practice where I am currently employed. The medical group will be taking over all of my patients when I leave. Will I need to communicate this to my patients, even though they will continue to be cared for? Click Here for the Answer



ER Visits Continue to Climb Under Affordable Care Act: Click Here



Vaccine Bill Receives Overwhelming Support From Senate, While Calif. Democratic Party Adopts Policy on Issue: Click Here

Governor’s Revised Budget Contains No Significant Increases for Medi-Cal: Click Here

Broad CMA-led Coalition Launches Campaign to Fully Fund Medi-Cal: Click here for details. Physicians: Tell us your real-life stories about the impact of low Medi-Cal rates so that we can help make the case to local media — email Gehring@SDCMS.org.

Anthem Blue Cross Announces Changes to Reimbursement Policies and Claims Software: Click Here

United Healthcare to Alter Premium Designation Criteria: Click Here

Special Application Cycle Open for Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Award: The Health Professions Education Foundation (HPEF) will be taking applications through June 26, with primary care physicians specializing in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics eligible to apply. Click Here for More Information and to Apply

CMA Files Amicus Brief Before the California Supreme Court in La Vida IPA Nonpayment Case: Click Here

DHCS Reopens Window for NICU / PICU Claims Submission Under ACA PCP Rate Increase: The original deadline to submit the “claim to ACA modifier spreadsheet was October 1, 2014. However, DHCS is reopening the window to allow physicians a second opportunity to submit their spreadsheet. Spreadsheets must be received no later than June 15, 2015, to be considered for payment. Click Here for Details



It’s Free & It’s Fun! All Physicians: Mingle, Socialize, and Network With Your Fellow Docs on Friday, July 10, 5:30–8:00pm Near Sharp Grossmont Hospital: RSVPs required as space is limited — click here to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

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

  • Social Media Update and Best Practices: Essentials for 2015 (2015.05.28)
  • Guidance to Effective Disciplinary and Termination Practices (2015.05.21)
  • 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) 

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



Regarding SB 323 on nurse practitioners’ scope of practice: State Sen. Ed Hernandez is again trying to change California law to allow untrained, unprepared, and already overworked nurse practitioners to practice medicine. When we talk about access to care, it’s equally if not more important to talk about the quality and safety of the care our patients receive. Shifting the burden of care from one profession to another is not the answer, especially when their scopes of training are vastly different. SB 323 does very little to address the training needed to ensure that nurse practitioners can perform medical procedures safely. It’s time we looked to solutions that have long-term impact, address the real problem and ensure that the people of California receive quality and safe medical care, not simply “expand it.”
— Sherry L. Franklin, MD, Communications Chair, San Diego County Medical Society (Click Here

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 children, adults, seniors, and employees 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.


“As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found — in himself.” — Erich Fromm, German Philosopher (1900–1980)


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