Marin Medical Society

MMS News Briefs


November 2016

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Marin Medicine is on the press!

Marin MedicineWatch your mail later in November for Marin Medicine. The fall/winter issue focuses on emergency medicine and features a special section with hospital reports on emergency care in Marin. Other theme articles include the ER, patient education and Kaiser's telestroke program.

Departments cover a wide range of topics ranging from gun violence and public health to the fall House of Delegates. A Resources Spotlight offers tools and resources for solo and small group practices, and a photo spread from the MMS Awards Dinner rounds out the issue.

Longtime executive director leaving MMS

Cynthia Melody, who celebrated 25 years with the Sonoma County Medical Association in October, has announced her departure effective Dec. 31, 2016. Initially recruited to manage SCMA committees, programs and projects, Melody has served as executive director since 2000. She's also served as executive director for the Marin Medical Society since 2007 and the Mendocino-Lake County Medical Society since 2010. The three boards of directors have several meetings planned to look at current organizational structures and consider options for 2017 and beyond. Click here to view Melody's departure letter.


Thanks to MIEC Dividend Program!

Marin General receives Stroke Care Excellence Award

Marin General Hospital announced it has received the prestigious 2017 Stroke Care Excellence Award™ for the fourth consecutive year (2014-17) from Healthgrades, placing it among the top 10% of hospitals in the country for stroke care.

CMA House of Delegates

More than 500 California physicians, representing 43,000 physicians statewide, convened in Sacramento last month for the 145th Annual Session of the CMA House of Delegates. The HOD meets annually to establish broad policy on current major issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine. This year's major issues were MACRA, maintenance of certification, opioids, physician burnout, ACA changes and public health. For more information on this years' HOD, visit and view photos at

MMS applicants

Welcome, new MMS/CMA members!

David Ogden, MD, Internal Medicine*, 1300 S. Eliseo Dr. #203, Greenbrae, Rosalind Franklin Univ 1993

TPMG - 1033 3rd St., San Rafael
Jeanne-Marie Sinnott, DO
, Family Medicine*, Touro Univ 2012

TPMG - 99 Montecillo Rd., San Rafael
Dorota Wisner, MD,
Diagnostic Radiology, UC Irvine 2004

* Board certified


Nondiscrimination statement posting
Physicians who provide services to Medicare or Medi-Cal patients must comply with new nondiscrimination posting requirements effective Oct. 16. To answer questions regarding compliance, CMA has created an FAQ resource to help guide members.

New update on HIPPA and cloud computing
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently released an updated "Guidance on HIPPA and Cloud Computing" for the storage or transmission of electronic personal health information (ePHI). If using a cloud service provider to maintain ePHI, a HIPAA-compliant business associate agreement is required to avoid a HIPAA violation. For more information, see CMA OnCall document #3301 "Physician Use of Mobile Devices and Cloud Computing." On-Call documents are available free to CMA members.

CMA Practice Management Tip of the Month: November
To protect patient privacy, develop a written policy on camera and smartphone use in the office
. See monthly tip sheet for details and reminders to practice managers and physicians about CMA benefits and services.


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Medical weight-loss practice for sale / fall in love with practicing medicine again
Proven, highly recognized and profitable, established weight-loss practice in beautiful Marin County. Current multiple 6 figures, room for expansion. Work-life balance, time freedom, financial security, relationship-driven practice.

I am 100% committed to assisting the new owner with all the support necessary to ensure a smooth transition. Please contact me for more information or to schedule a visit. Gail Altschuler, MD, 415-309-6258 or

Free classifieds for MMS members!
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.

About MMS

The Marin Medical Society, a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. Founded in 1898, MMS is affiliated with the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. © 2016 MMS, 2312 Bethards Dr. #6, Santa Rosa, CA 95405