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MMS News Briefs


May 2014

Dr. Stevenson Nominated MMS President

Dr. Jeffrey Stevenson, an occupational medicine physician practicing in Novato, has been nominated as 2014-15 MMS president, succeeding 2013-14 president, Dr. Irina deFischer, on July 1. Dr. Stevenson heads the list of nominees on this year's MMS election ballot, which will be mailed to all members in mid-May and is due back by May 31.

Other physicians nominated to the MMS board of directors include Drs. Peter Bretan (president-elect), Michael Kwok (treasurer/secretary), and Lori Selleck (director). For a complete list of the board of directors, visit About MMS/Leadership.

In addition, Dr. Jeffrey Stevenson has been nominated to the CMA delegation. For more information, contact Cynthia Melody at or 707-525-4375.

June 18 Dinner Features Philippine Relief Presentation & MICRA Campaign Update: The Attack on our Medical Profession

All local physicians and their spouse or guest are invited to the Marin Medical Society's Membership Dinner on June 18. The dinner, to be held at Jason's Restaurant in Greenbrae, features two presentations. The first is a report by Dr. Peter Bretan on the recent relief mission to the Philippines. The second is an update on the campaign to preserve MICRA, California's landmark Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act.

The dinner is free for MMS members. Additional tickets are $45 per person. Dinner choices include baked salmon, ribeye steak, chicken with rice, or mushroom gnocchi. To RSVP and identify your dinner choice, contact Rachel Pandolfi at 415-924-3891 or For more details, see the attached flier.  Download PDF flyer

Spring Marin Medicine Is Online

The spring 2014 issue of Marin Medicine, "Elder Care," is viewable online: click here to open the PDF version (text and images). The text-only version is posted HERE, as are archive issues of the magazine.

Coalition To Defeat MICRA Lawsuit Initiative Grows

Last week, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, representing 700,000 working people in all 58 California counties, announced its strong opposition to the trial lawyer-backed anti-MICRA ballot measure.

In a statement announcing their opposition, California SEIU State Council President Laphonza Butler noted that the initiative would "reduce access to health care and damage California's health care safety net, especially for the working poor and underserved communities" at a time when the state is still working to implement the largest expansion of care seen in generations.

Recently, the coalition to defeat the anti-MICRA measure also added as members the California Chamber of Commerce and the American Civil Liberties Union of California.

These recent announcements add to a diverse and growing coalition of trusted doctors, community health clinics, hospitals, family-planning organizations, local leaders, public safety officials, businesses and working men and women urging Californians to oppose the proposed MICRA ballot measure.

To see a complete list of the organizations opposing the MICRA lawsuit initiative, or to know more about the hidden costs, consequences and flaws present in the initiative, visit the "Stop Higher Health Care Costs/Protect Access to Care" website at

Covered California Learning Opportunity for Office Teams

Physicians and Medical Office Managers: Would you or members of your office staff like to attend a FREE Lunch and Learn workshop regarding Covered California? The CMA Foundation, through a grant from Covered California, is providing physicians and health care teams a variety of opportunities to learn more about Covered California, the new health care law and the impact on physician practices.  

If you or your staff members would be able to attend a weekday luncheon with a CMA Physician Educator in June or July, please contact Rachel Pandolfi or 707-525-4375 by May 23. If enough interest exists, MMS will work with the CMA Foundation to schedule a North Bay event (date and location TBD).

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Are You Overpaying for Workers' Comp Insurance? SCMA-CMA members can call a Mercer Client Advisor at 800-842-3761 for a free, no-obligation quote.

Annadel Medical Group is continuing the pediatric practice of recently retired Damian Marsden, MD, expanding pediatric care with offices in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and now Healdsburg. Healdsburg Pediatrics can be reached at 433-8223.

The following CMA webinars are scheduled for May. The one-hour webinars are usually 12:15 -1:15 p.m., offer 1 CME credit, and are free for CMA members and their staff; cost for nonmembers is $99 per person To register, visit

 May 6 - Workers' Compensation Basics Part 1: Don't Be Afraid of Workers' Compensation 
 May 13 - Workers' Compensation Basics Part 2: Being Prepared Means Being Paid for Workers' Compensation Treatment 
May 14 - Merging Practices-Strategies to Remain Independent 
May 20 - Workers' Compensation Basics Part 3: Billing Strategies-Getting Paid for Treating Injured Workers 
May 21- Workplace Rights for Patients and Caregivers: Leaves of Absence and Accommodations 


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