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"News You Can Use" <> October 1, 2015



Join Us for the Top Doctors Celebration on Sat., Oct. 10, 6:30–9:30pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaview: $25 from every ticket goes to benefit your SDCMS Foundation! Live band inside, DJ and dance floor outside under the stars, craft beer tasting, and casino table. Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Executive Director Note: We need “all hands on deck” in order to influence decision-makers; we need at least 1,500 responses — please take five minutes! ➥ Please Take SDCMS's 2015 Physician Workforce & Compensation Survey: We need your input — irrespective of mode of practice — to make it accurate. All answers are de-identified, anonymized, and cannot be traced back to individual submitters. It only takes five (5) minutes of your time. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY NOW

Executive Director Comment: The day of reckoning has come — ICD-10 is here! Members have a panoply of resources to help! ➥ ICD-10 Tools and Resources for SDCMS-CMA Members Only: ICD-10 transition guide; one-on-one assistance; discounted ICD-10 education and training; ICD-10 news alerts; and more. Visit CMA’s ICD-10 Resource Center.

You Have Until Friday Evening at Midnight to Submit Online Testimony for the 2015 House of Delegates: Click here to view individual resolutions and reports and to submit testimony online. Click Here for Details

Residents, Fellows, and Young Physicians, Join Us at Our Nov. 7 “Preparing to Launch: Making Your Way After Residency / Fellowship” Workshop: Click here for details and to register — space limited, registration required!



Question: I have prior authorizations for patients I will see in October. These prior authorizations have ICD-9 codes on them. Will these still be valid after October 1? Click Here for the Answer



Sept. 1 County of San Diego Tuberculosis Report — New Report Clinicians Can Sign up to Receive: Click Here



Oct. 6 "Uncovering Medicare Mysteries" In-person Seminar by Noridian at the Crown Plaza, 8–11:30am: Click Here



CMA Stops Massive Transfer of Negotiating Power From Physicians to Health Plans by Defeating AB 533: Click Here

Pharmacy Board Announces Special Circumstances to Help Patients Affected by Wildfires: Click Here



Physicians / Practice Administrators / Office Managers: Please Spend Five (5) Minutes Taking SDCMS’s 2015 Medical Office Salary Survey: All answers are de-identified and cannot be traced back to individual submitters. Everyone who completes the survey will receive a copy of the results once they are compiled. Why does it matter? It will give San Diego physicians and office managers countywide, job-specific data to make salary and personnel decisions. Click Here to Take the Survey Now ➥NOTE: When responding to survey questions asking for salary numbers, enter only numbers into these fields, i.e., no letters or symbols!

Nominate Your Office Manager to Be San Diego County’s “Outstanding Medical Office Manager” for 2015: SDCMS will recognize San Diego County’s most outstanding medical office manager, i.e., someone who goes above and beyond her or his job description, who anticipates problems before they arise, who works efficiently with the practice’s time and resources, and who strikes the right balance between exercising control and boosting morale when supervising staff. SDCMS member physicians can nominate their office managers by explaining in writing (up to 600 words) why their office manager is the best in San Diego County. Email nominations to KLewis@SDCMS.org by November 2, 2105.

Achieving Meaningful Use Woes? The SDCMS Foundation can provide FREE technical assistance for primary care AND specialists working to attest for Medi-Cal incentive funds. Working to attest for Medicare incentive prior to year-end? Help is at hand as well. Contact Victor.Bloomberg@SDCMS.org.



Breaking Bad News Workshop for Physicians Thurs. Evening, Oct. 22: You will learn skills to communicate bad news regarding diagnosis to patients and family with greater skill and ease, assess communication, and recognize when more information may not be helpful. Presenter: Holly Yang, MD, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialist • Credit: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ • Cost: $30 (Includes Dinner & CME) • Presented by the SDCMS Foundation • RSVP: Email Liz.Brave@SDCMS.org or Call (858) 300-2789

Start a Team for the SDCMS Foundation's Sat., Nov. 14 Solana Beach Sunset 5K Run / Walk to Fight Type 2 Diabetes: Click Here for Details

Help Spread the Message of Health by Making a Brief Presentation in Your Community: Educate children, adults, seniors, and employees on how to improve their lives and take charge of their health through the Live Well Physicians’ Speakers Bureau. Email Barbara.Mandel@SDCMS.org to say YES, you will volunteer just one or two times a year, quarterly, or however your schedule allows.


“I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” — Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

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