SFMMS/CMA Membership Benefits

As the collective voice for medicine and all specialties, SFMMS strives to enhance the professional development and quality of life for its members. From education, advocacy, practice assistance, mentoring and networking, to local and national representation, SFMMS provides programs, products, and services of interest and value.

Medical Practice Marketing

Online and Phone Patient Referral Service is provided free of charge to the general public. SFMMS makes over 6,000 referrals annually to SFMMS members. Please help us supply accurate information to patients by updating your profile today.

Personal Physician Webpage housed on the SFMMS website is provided to all SFMMS physician members. Members are encouraged to customize their pages with office hours, practice website, and additional information to highlight their practice.

Exclusive access to member-only networking events to connect with local physicians and expand referral base. 

SFMMS Membership Desk Reference is the only comprehensive pictorial directory of San Francisco and Marin physicians and used by many health care professionals on a daily basis for physician referrals.

DocBookMD: HIPAA-Compliant Communication

Doc Book MD

Members enjoy exclusive and complimentary access to DocBookMD, a next-generation HIPAA-compliant multimedia smartphone app enabling physicians to communicate with physicians in San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties. Physicians can instantly exchange patient information with other physicians at the point of care, and even transmit high-resolution images of a wound, condition, x-ray, EKG, or other pertinent diagnostic images right along with your text message. DocBookMD also provides convenient access to physicians' contact information and local pharmacies right from your smart phone or tablet.

Visit www.docbookmd.com to download the app and use your six-digit SFMMS/CMA ID to gain free access. The registration process takes less than four minutes to complete.

Legislative Advocacy

Desai ArtiAs the voice of San Francisco and Marin physicians, SFMMS advocates on behalf of physicians and patients. From giving testimony at meetings of the Board of Supervisors, to spearheading coalitions of local health care organizations, to lobbying members of Congress and the State Legislature, the SFMMS ensures that physicians have a seat at the table when it comes to public policy impacting the profession of medicine.

SFMMS/CMA advocacy efforts help preserve the health care safety net and public health programs in times of severe budget cuts, including advocacy for Medi-Cal reimbursement and protection of MICRA.

Interested in legislative advocacy? Members are eligible to participate in our annual Legislative Leadership Conference/Lobby Day to gain advocacy skills and meet with local legislators.

Practice Management Assistance

Practice Management AssistanceCenter for Economic Services provides one-on-one assistance to physician members and their staff on reimbursement and practice operations issues. Assistance ranges from coaching and education to direct intervention with payors or regulators. Click here to contact CES.

Free access to Payor Contract Analysis at www.cmanet.org/ces that includes objective written analyses of major health plan contracts designed to help physicians understand their rights and options when contracting with a third party payor, as well gaining an understanding of contract provisions that are prohibited by California law.

Practice & Liability Consultants offers free and discounted webinars and seminars to members on various topics of practice management and malpractice prevention. Please contact (415) 764-4800 or visit www.practiceconsultants.net for more information.

Employment Contract Review service with CMA contracted attorneys specializing in contract review at reduced rates. Click here to download the contract review form.

Credit Card Processing from 360 Payment Solutions, a local Bay Area-based credit card processing company that specializes in working with medical practices. Special pricing available for SFMMS members. Contact Jenelle Bouchard to request more information or a free review at JBouchard@360payments.com or (408) 755-0360.

News & Information

Members enjoy complimentary access to all SFMMS/CMA publications, including:EHR Update

San Francisco Marin Medicine, our award-winning journal that is highly regarded as a vital resource to the Bay Area medical community. Published nine times a year, the journal prides itself on giving emerging and established physicians the information needed to navigate and thrive in the ever-changing health care environment. Click here to view current and past issues of the journal.

SFMMS eNews, our monthly e-newsletter, offers time-sensitive news, legislative updates, event listings, and other information pertinent to the physician community.

SFMMS Pictorial Membership Directory & Desk Reference, produced annually in print and now online, is a widely used resource for Bay Area health care professionals and patients.  

CMA Practice Resources, a monthly bulletin providing tips and tools to assist physicians and their office staff improving practice efficiency and viability.

Legislative Hot List, published weekly during the legislative session, provides a summary and the current status of CMA-sponsored bills, as well as the progress of other significant legislation.

Professional Development

On-Demand Webinars and In-Person Seminars ranging from business essentials for physicians, personnel management, EHR adoption best practices, and effective coding and billing strategies are offered to members free of charge (webinars) or at member-only rates (seminars). Visit the Events section for a list of upcoming member-only webinars and seminars.

Western Leadership Academy extends a member-only discount to SFMS members. The Academy is the state's premier opportunity for physicians and practice managers to learn about leading-edge trends and developments in our rapidly changing health care marketplace.

CME Tracking/Credentialing service certifies CME activity for credentialing purposes to the Medical Board of California, as well as to hospitals, health plans, specialty societies, etc. at $30/year. Contact (415) 882-5151 or www.imq.org for details. 

Legal & Financial Assistance

Member-only Legal Helpline is staffed by legal experts to provide immediate member assistance for HR, medial regulatory, or legal questions. Contact (800) 786-4262.

Access to Online Health Law Library is provided free of charge for members and their staff. The resource library contains over 4,500 pages of on-demand documents and information on health laws and analyses.

Student Loan Refinancing options are available from SoFi, a leader in marketplace lending, to provide members with a variety of student loan refinancing options, including low-variable and fixed rates with terms ranging from five to 20 years. CMA/SFMMS members also qualify for an additional rate discount of 0.25 percent off the approved loan rate.

State & Local Advocacy

Health Care AdvocacySFMMS is represented in a number of community organizations and coalitions including the San Francisco Health Commission, San Francisco Health Plan, HealthShare Bay Area, Tobacco Tax Fund Distribution Committee, SF Immunization Coalition, Medical Leadership Council on Cultural Proficiency, and more.

SFMMS has spearheaded community health issues in San Francisco and Marin including co-sponsorship of Hep B Free, anti-tobacco legislation and education, formation and continuation of the Healthy San Francisco program, advocacy on reproductive and end-of-life issues (POLST), and much more.

Health Information Technology

Assistance with EHR Adoption and Implementation is provided through SFMMS partnership with CalHIPSO and Lumetra. Both organizations provide technical assistance, guidance, and information on best practices to support and accelerate providers’ efforts to become meaningful users of certified EHR technology. Please contact Kimbelee Snyder at KSnyder@lumetrasolutions.com or (415) 677-2162.

Insurance Services

Medical Insurance Exchange of California (MIEC), a not-for-profit, physician-owned medical professional liability insurance company, offers an instant online premium quote without requiring a name or email. For low and stable rates, contact (800) 227-4527 or visit www.miec.com.

Mercer offers discounted rates on insurance products—workers’ compensation, long-term disability, long term care, life, employment practices liability, etc.—for medical practices of all sizes. Contact (800) 842-3761 for more information. Click here for Mercer's personal insurance concierge services program.

Mercury Insurance Group extends a 10% discount on auto insurance to members. Contact (888) 637-2431 for details. 

Dispute Mediation

The Professional Relations & Ethics Committee of the San Francisco Marin Medical Society serves the public by mediating complaints between member physicians and patients, physicians to physicians, and problems with insurers or managed care organizations. Contact (415) 561-0850 extension 270. 

Discounts on Supplies & Services

 

Staples: Save up to 80% on office supplies and equipment from Staples by clicking here.

MedicAlert: Members and their patients save $10 on new adult enrollments and $2.95 on Kid Smart Enrollments by visiting www.medicalert.org/cma. MedicAlert has over 50 years of experience identifying and providing medical information to emergency personnel for over 4 million members worldwide.

Security Prescriptions: Receive 15% off temper-resistant security prescription pads and printer paper with Rx Security, www.rxsecurity.com/cma.php.

Magazine Subscriptions: 50% off subscriptions to hundreds of magazines for your medical office. Contact Subscription Services Inc. at www.buymags.com/cma or (800) 289-6247.

Prescriber’s Letter: Receive 43% off subscription service for physicians and other prescribers to stay up-to-date on new developments in drug therapy. Visit www.PrescribersLetter.com/CMA for rate details.

Car Rentals: Save up to 15% on car rentals from Avis and Hertz with your membership.

California Academy of Sciences: Save 15% on tickets using the code 'sfmms'. 

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I am a SFMS member because I believe—when I joined SFMS as a new doctor 25 years ago, and still believe now—that physicians need the advocacy of organized medicine to represent them and their patients with insurance companies, legislators, and public policy. The SFMS has often led the way with health initiatives that benefit our patients and our profession.

Toni Brayer, MDCEO of Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation