Marin Medical Society

MMS News Briefs


October 2014

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Oct. 8 - CMA Webinar, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Protect and Preserve Your Patient Relationships.
Presented by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), this webinar will help you increase understanding and awareness of the impact of fraud, waste and abuse on patient care, and discuss methods to prevent abuse and ways to preserve the integrity of the physician/patient relationship. Free for all attendees; register here.

Oct. 18
Perspectives on Pediatric Orthopaedics.
Pediatricians, family practice doctors, physician assistants and nurses will meet in Sacramento for a CME seminar hosted by the orthopaedic faculty at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California, located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 CME credits are available. The cost is $90 for physicians, $60 for nurses and physician assistants. Registration fee includes all conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Call 916-453-2191 or send email

Oct. 28
Managing Pain Safely Forum.
Partnership HealthPlan of California is hosting an all-day forum offering an opportunity for providers, prescribers, quality leaders and staff to learn how others in our communities are managing to balance the use of opioids for healing while avoiding harm. The forum will be held at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and topics include opioid overuse as a public health issue, rational and irrational use of opioids, alternatives to opioid treatment, broaching the subject of overuse with patients, and the art and very little science of tapering. The registration fee is $40 and $60. Download the event flier; click here for details and to register.

Oct. 29 - CMA Webinar, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Managing Up! For Managers.
Managers, Administrators and CEOs in medical practice positions need to successfully learn to supervise staff or manage down but also to achieve results by influencing their physician bosses by managing up. Free to members; $99 nonmembers. 1 CEU credit. Click for more info.


Oct. 30
IMQ 2014 Medical Staff Conference.
The Institute for Medical Quality is offering physicians leading a medical staff this one-day conference that provides a foundation of knowledge, techniques, and best practices to help them succeed. 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available. The location is the Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, CA (near San Francisco International Airport). For more information, visit; to register, click here.

Oct. 31
Learn more about
Covered California local networks and specialty care issues among other topics from Patricia Bigay, Blue Shield. Physicians and office managers are invited to attend the upcoming Covered Marin Coalition meeting on October 31 from 10-11 a.m. at the Health and Wellness Campus in San Rafael. RSVP to Julie Michaels at or 415-473-6873.


Six candidates are vying for three seats on the Marin Healthcare District board in the upcoming November election. Incumbents Dr. Larry Bedard and Jennifer Rienks, are being challenged by Evelyn Foster, a retired business owner, Jennifer Hershon, a nurse administrator, Joe Salama, a mediator/attorney, and Michael Whipple, a certified public accountant.

Open house welcomes Dr. Khurram Abbass
The medical community is invited to an open house welcoming Khurram Abbass, MD and his staff to the area on Thursday, Oct. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 750 Las Gallinas Ave. Ste. 110 in San Rafael. Dr. Abbass is a board-eligible rheumatologist and board certified in internal medicine. He recently completed his rheumatology fellowship at the University of Minnesota. For more information, contact Dr. Abbass at 415-785-7154, or  Visit his Facebook page at


Kaiser Permanente has awarded Community Benefit grants to 14 Marin nonprofit organizations. The grants, ranging from $7,500 to $20,000, support efforts to address some of the most crucial health issues in Marin County. The 2014 grantees and their programs are: Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), Farm Fresh Incentives for CalFresh Families; Canal Alliance, Latino Immigrant Behavioral Health Services; Center for Domestic Peace, Domestic Violence Safety Net Services; Healthy Marin Partnership, Partnership Support; Huckleberry Youth Programs, Huckleberry Teen Health Program; Jewish Family and Children's Services, BOOST Older Adult Mental Health; LIFT for Teens, Davidson Community School Health Hub; Marin Center for Independent Living, Breast Cancer Benefits Planning; Marin City Community Services District, The Marin City Action Academy; North Bay Children's Center, Garden of Eatin' Obesity Prevention Program; Novato Youth Center, Behavioral Health Promotion; Parent Services Project, Canal Promotores-Access to Care; Rotacare Free Clinic of San Rafael, Operations Support; and San Geronimo Valley Community Center, San Geronimo Valley Health Access.


MMS members get free classifieds!
MMS members can place free classified ads in News Briefs or Marin Medicine. Cost for nonmember physicians and the general public is $1 per word. To place a classified ad, contact Susan Gumucio at  or 707-525-0102.


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