Marin Medical Society

MMS News Briefs


May 2015

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Cast your vote in the annual MMS election by May 31

As a member of MMS, you are entitled to vote for officers and board representatives, and for local representatives to the CMA House of Delegates. To vote, complete and sign the 2015 MMS Ballot and email to,  fax to 415-924-2749 or mail to MMS, PO Box 246, Corte Madera, CA 94976

DDo you enjoy reading Marin Medicine magazine?

Are you interested in writing? MMS is recruiting physicians to its editorial board, which is responsible for the magazine's editorial content. The editorial board ensures that the magazine provides a forum for local physicians and medical professionals to share their knowledge about medicine and to express their views on topics of interest. It meets quarterly to identify topics and potential authors, and reviews manuscripts requiring the editorial board's approval. For more information, contact Cynthia Melody at


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ICD-10 training July 13 & 14

Learn to code for ICD-10-Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and prepare for the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment. Conducted over two days, July 13 & 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendees will receive 16 hours of intensive general ICD-10 code set training along with hands-on coding exercises focused on ICD-10 format and structure, guidelines, and coding tips. Pricing varies: $399 for SCMA-CMA members (a $200 savings), $499 for CA-MGMA members, and $599 for non-members. To register, call CMA at 800-786-4262 or view info and register online (Sonoma, Marin, and Mendocino-Lake counties). Click here to download informational flier.

"Mastering the Art of Disclosing an Unexpected Outcome" July 22

MIEC (Medical Insurance Exchange of California) has created an interactive workshop that examines the elements of providing a timely and effective disclosure when an unexpected outcome occurs. The workshop will be held on Wednesday evening, July 22 at the Hilltop 1892 in Novato. Scheduled from 5:30-9 p.m., the program includes dinner. Cost is free to SCMA and MMS members, and $45 for all others. Save the date! Click for registration form.

Featured member benefit: Workers' Compensation

With workers' compensation insurance rates in California continuing to move upward, there's never been a better time to shop the sponsored workers' compensation plans offered through Mercer as a California Medical Association (CMA) member benefit.

Don't just sit back and accept higher rates: call Mercer to see if you can get a better deal through the CMA. Working with Mercer as the program administrator, CMA sponsors best-in-class insurance plans at competitive premiums. By becoming involved with the sponsored plans you will receive valuable protection for your practice and employees. Take control of your workers' compensation costs. Call 800-842-3761 now for your free, no-obligation quote, or visit  for more information and to download an application or premium indication form.


 Marin breast cancer surgeon receives Healing Professional Award
Breast surgical oncologist Dr. Leah Kelley, Medical Director of the Breast Program at Marin General Hospital, was honored as the 2015 Healing Professional by Zero Breast Cancer at its annual Honor Thy Healer awards program May 7. Dr. Kelley was recognized for her dynamic leadership, a passion for excellent care and an enthusiasm for everything she does for patients and for the Breast Program at Marin General Hospital.

Colonel (Ret.) James P. Geiger, MD passes away
Dr. Geiger passed away peacefully at home on April 16, 2015. Born and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania, Dr. Geiger graduated from Washington and Jefferson College, and earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After serving 23 years in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army in Europe, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and postings across the United States from West Point, NY to San Francisco, he concluded his military service as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

After his military retirement, he continued his medical practice as a cardiothoracic surgeon for 27 years at St. Mary's Medical Center and at Marin General Hospital. Donations in memory of Dr. James P. Geiger may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

Top stories from CMA ALERT

CMA Alert is a biweekly newsletter for members of the California Medical Association.

TOP STORY from May 4 issue:

Vaccine bill gains more supporters, soars through Senate Judiciary Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill requiring most school children to be vaccinated as a condition of enrollment. In its third hearing in the state legislature, Senate Bill 277 (Pan/Allen) was once again the center of attention, attracting hundreds of people to the state Capitol to hear the discussion in the Senate Judiciary Committee. READ MORE

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ICD-10 transition

Is your office working on ICD-10 compliance? Click here to see a number of members-only resources, including CMA's ICD-10 Transition Guide for Physicians. Download flier for info about ICD-10 training July 13 & 14, hosted by SCMA.

CPR: CMA Practice Resources

CPR is a free monthly e-bulletin from CMA's practice management experts that focuses on critical payor and health care industry changes and how they directly impact the business of a physician practice. Each issue includes tips on reimbursement and contracting-related issues along with information on the latest practice management news. Read the current issue here. Titles include:



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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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