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"News You Can Use" <> June 8, 2015



SDCMS’s 2015 White Coat Gala Is This Saturday, June 13, at the Hyatt La Jolla from 6:00pm to 11:00pm: Honoring our SDCMS Foundation, outgoing president Steve Poceta, and incoming president Will Tseng. Email JOhmstede@SDCMS.org for ticket information.

Can’t Figure Out That Leadership Thing? Four spots still open for SDCMS's Leader’s Toolkit seminar on July 11–12. Email me at Gehring@SDCMS.org for details.

Physicians: Have You Completed Your Top Docs 2015 Ballot? Voting for board-certified San Diego County physicians ends on June 19. SDCMS members have received multiple emails with usernames/passwords and links. If a member needs voting instructions, email James.Beaubeaux@SDCMS.org, and he will provide you what you need. Nonmembers may vote but must click here with identifying information to obtain username/password and links.

DHCS Extended Meaningful Use Attestation Deadlines for 2014 to June 14, 2015: Click Here for Details



Question: I have Medicare / Medi-Cal patients who are upset because they were passively enrolled into a health plan where they will no longer be able to see me for care. These patients don’t understand the Cal MediConnect program and want to be able to discuss their options with someone. Who can they contact for this information? Click Here for the Answer



Medicare-eligible Professionals: Take Action by July 1 to Avoid 2016 Medicare Payment Adjustment: Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception. To file a hardship exception, you must:

  • Show proof of a circumstance beyond your control.
  • Explicitly outline how the circumstance significantly impaired your ability to meet meaningful use.

For more information, please visit the EHR Incentive Programs website.



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

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


“Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.” — Sun Tzu, Chinese Military General, Strategist, and Philosopher (544–496 BCE)

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