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MMS News Briefs


April 2013

• April 3 Future of Primary Care conference features awards, guest speaker

• Sign up now for April 16 Legislative Leadership Conference

• Marin still the healthiest county in California

• Physicians invited to Immunization Coalition meeting on May 9

• Marin physicians invited to Sonoma Wine & Cheese Reception on May 9

• Potluck dinner for women physicians on May 16

• Leadership Academy heads to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

• Top stories from CMA Alert






April 3 Future of Primary Care conference features awards, guest speaker

Dr. Naureen Shaikh of Sausalito will receive the Marin County Family Physician of the Year award at the annual Future of Primary Care conference on Wednesday evening, April 3. The event, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vista Family Health Center in Santa Rosa, features a lecture by Dr. Wayne Jonas, one of the nation’s leading family physicians. His topic is “Creating optimal healing environments.”

All local physicians are invited to attend this free event, which is sponsored by the North Bay chapters of the California Academy of Family Physicians. Space is limited, however, so RSVPs are required. Light refreshments will be served.

To RSVP, contact Erika Goodwin at For more details, visit

Sign up now for April 16 Legislative Leadership Conference

Want to make your voice heard in state government? If so, you’re invited to attend CMA’s free Legislative Leadership Conference in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 16--one day after income taxes are due. Hundreds of physicians from all over California attend this annual event.

The morning includes speeches from key legislative leaders. Speakers for 2013 haven’t been confirmed yet, but last year Gov. Brown addressed the conference. In the afternoon, attendees go to the Capitol to meet with their legislators on health care issues.

To RSVP for the conference, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 707-525-4375 or

Marin still the healthiest county in California

Despite high rates of alcohol consumption, Marin was ranked the healthiest county in California for the fourth year in a row by the annual County Health Rankings survey. Low smoking rates and several other factors kept the county atop the charts. Larry Meredith, director of Marin’s Department of Health and Human Services, noted that policies such as San Rafael’s smoke-free housing ordinance contribute to healthy outcomes for local residents.

Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Willis welcomed the results but observed that they don’t tell the whole story. “There is plenty here to be celebrated,” he said, “but it’s important to recognize that not everyone in Marin enjoys high levels of wealth and health.”

With tobacco control measures in place, county officials are turning their attention to the local drinking rate. According to the survey, Marin has one of the highest rates of excessive drinking in California.

Physicians invited to Immunization Coalition meeting on May 9

Local physicians interested in raising immunization rates for vaccine-preventable diseases are encouraged to attend the May 9 meeting of the Marin Immunization Coalition. The meeting--to be held at the Marin County Office of Education, 1111 Las Gallinas Drive, San Rafael--will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Immunization Coalition is a nonprofit group focused on raising immunization rates and providing immunization education for all age groups in Marin County. Current members include physicians of diverse specialties, nurses and pharmacists.

To RSVP for the meeting, or for more details, contact Dr. Clark Hinderleider at 415-244-6203 or

Marin physicians invited to Sonoma Wine & Cheese Reception on May 9

Marin physicians are invited to attend the annual Sonoma Wine & Cheese Reception, to be held at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville on Thursday evening, May 9. This popular event--which features collegial conversation and a sampling of fine wines and cheeses--is absolutely free for MMS members and their spouse or guest. Cost for nonmembers is $55 per person.

The event, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m., features CMA President Dr. Paul Phinney, a Sacramento pediatrician. He will give an informal “President’s Message” touching on what CMA is doing for you, current issues, and opportunities to get involved in MMS and CMA.

To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at or 707-525-4375. For more information about the winery, visit or download the flyer below.

2013 SCMA Wine & Cheese Reception flyer

Potluck dinner for women physicians on May 16

All women physicians in Marin County--MMS members and nonmembers alike--are invited to an informal potluck dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening, May 16. The dinner, hosted by Dr. Irina deFischer, is a great opportunity to gather with your female colleagues in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. To RSVP and receive the address, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 415-924-3891 or For more details, see the flyer below.

2013 Women Physicians Potluck Dinner flyer

Leadership Academy heads to Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

The annual California Health Care Leadership Academy will be held May 31 through June 2 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Presented by CMA, the California Medical Group Management Association and the CMA Foundation, “Increasing the Odds of Success” will cover a variety of issues to help physicians succeed in the rapidly changing health care landscape.

Hear from the experts and leaders of change and attend a comprehensive slate of practice management seminars and workshops to position your practice for success. For details, contact Cynthia Melody at 707-525-4375 or, or visit

Top stories from CMA Alert

Here are the top stories from the latest CMA Alert, the California Medical Association’s biweekly email newsletter. For a free subscription, visit

CMA now offering CME for free member webinars

Act now to avoid Medicare penalties in 2015

Medi-Cal extends 2012 EHR attestation deadline to April 30

CMA announces 2013-14 sponsored legislation

New breast density notification law goes into effect April 1


Dr. Naureen Shaikh, a Sausalito family physician, has been named the Marin County Family Physician of the Year by the North Bay chapters of the California Academy of Family Physicians. Shaikh will receive her award at the April 3 Future of Family Medicine conference in Santa Rosa.


The following CMA webinars are scheduled for April. Webinars begin at 12:15 p.m. and run until 1:15 or later. To register, visit Seminars are free for CMA members and their staff; cost for nonmembers is $99 per person.

• Strategic planning from vision to action (April 3)

• CMS quality reporting programs: What physicians need to know (April 9)

• Preparing for EHR implementation (April 10)

• Valuing, selling, buying or transitioning a practice (April 17)

• California’s Health Benefit Exchange: How it will impact your practice (April 24)

On April 1, UnitedHealth Military & Veterans Services (UMVS) began providing managed care services to 2.9 million TRICARE beneficiaries in the 21 western states, including California. UVMS took over the contract previously held by TriWest. To help physicians understand the impact the transition will have on their practices, CMA has published a toolkit, TRICARE Transition Guide: What physicians need to know. The toolkit is available free to members at Questions about the TRICARE transition should be directed to CMA’s Center for Economic Services at 916-551-2061.

The 20th annual HIV/AIDS Review will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Hilton Hotel, 3555 Round Barn Blvd., Santa Rosa. Topics include HIV elimination, substance use and HIV, and psycho-social issues of aging. The event qualifies for up to 5 hours of Category 1 credit. For information and reservations, contact Danielle Jones at 707-303-8904 or


Family physicians needed

Family medicine positions available with Annadel Medical Group in Sonoma County. Contact

Physician wanted

Physicians: Retired w/license? Want to cut back to one or two days a week? Rewarding alternative care office in Marin County looking for California licensed MD for consultative work. Part time, excellent compensation. Contact James Gould at 760-703-3767 or

Urodynamic monitor for sale

Urodynamic monitor--$2900. Like new. Bard 4-channel urodynamic monitor with extra supplies. I left private practice and joined a large group and no longer need this monitor. It is in great condition and was hardly used. I am in the Santa Rosa area but can arrange delivery to other Bay Area locations. Contact Janet at 650-814-7155 or

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 Linda McLaughlin at or 707-525-4359.


Ruth Rubin, MD, Internal Medicine*, 21 Tamal Vista Blvd. #200, Corte Madera 94925, UC Davis 1983

* = board certified; italics = special medical interest


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