Marin Medical Society

MMS News Briefs


June 2015

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Upcoming ICD-10 training opportunities

  1. ICD-10 training July 13 & 14 in Santa Rosa
    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 MMS-CMA members (a $200 savings), $499 for CA-MGMA members, and $599 for nonmembers. 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.
  2. CMA offers online physician ICD-10 documentation training
    Earn 3 CMEs online for ICD-10 Documentation Training for Physicians. These 3-hour courses are offered by medical specialty and teach ICD-10-CM documentation requirements for physicians to maintain reimbursement once the ICD-10 transition occurs. To register, call CMA at 800-786-4262, download informational flier, or view info and register online.

Dr. Michael Kwok confirmed as MMS president-elect

The MMS election results are in, and Dr. Michael Kwok, internal medicine, Novato, has been confirmed as 2015-16 MMS president-elect. He will become president in July 2016. The current president-elect, Dr. Peter Bretan, will serve as president from July 2015 through June 2016 (his fifth term as president).

Others elected to the MMS board of directors include Drs. Larry Bedard (treasurer/secretary), Paul Wasserstein, Jeff Stevenson, and Michael Kwok. Two members of the CMA delegation confirmed in the election are Drs. Irina deFischer (delegate) and Larry Bedard (delegate).

Join us for Beer & Burgers Aug. 26

Mark your calendars! MMS's second Beer & Burgers social will be at Moylan's Brewery and Restaurant in Novato on Wednesday evening, Aug. 26. This popular event, which runs from 6-8 p.m., features collegial conversation and a sampling of fine craft brews. The gathering is absolutely free for MMS members and their spouse or guest (bring a nonmember!). Cost for nonmembers is $45 per person.

To RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi at or 415-924-3891. For more information, download the event flier.

Read the latest issue of Marin Medicine in print and online

A combined spring/summer issue of Marin Medicine magazine, featuring articles on birth and an interview with incoming MMS president Peter Bretan, MD, has been published and mailed to physicians and other subscribers in Marin County. View the online PDF here; the text-only version will publish on the MMS website the week of June 22. The issue also features Marin County Public Health and Marin Community Clinics updates, as well a eulogy to a well-loved physician assistant.

Call for nominations to CMA councils and committees by June 22

CMA's Nominations Committee is currently accepting nominations for 2016 councils and subcommittees including: Council on Science and Public Health; Medical Services; Ethical, Legal and Judicial Affairs; Health Professions and Quality of Care; Membership, Governance and Bylaws; and Council on Legislation. Subcommittees include Medicare, Medi-Cal, Workers' Compensation, Health Information Technology, Professional Liability, and Continuing Medical Education. Click here for informational flier. For assistance with your application or nomination, please contact Rachel Pandolfi at or 415-924-3891.

"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 MMS and SCMA members, and $45 for all others. Save the date! Click for registration form.

Featured member benefit: ICD-10 training

The California Medical Association has partnered with the largest and most respected coding organization, AAPC, to provide CMA members with a complete suite of ICD-10 solutions at steeply discounted rates. Learn about on-site classes in Santa Rosa here, other on-site classes in California here, and online courses for physicians here.


Representing solo and small group practice physicians in CMA's Tenth District (which includes Sonoma, Marin, and counties north to the Oregon border) Richard Powers, MD, has been elected to CMA's Solo and Small Group Practice Forum. The Forum's next meeting will be at the 2015 House of Delegates session scheduled for Friday, Oct. 16 through Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

Top stories from CMA ALERT

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

TOP STORY from June 15 issue:

Vaccination bill clears Assembly Health Committee after nearly five hours of discussion, testimony

Senate Bill 277, which would bar parents from skipping school vaccination requirements due to personal philosophies, passed its first test in the state Assembly last Tuesday. Policymakers in the Assembly Health Committee approved the bill on a 12-6 vote.

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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 in Santa Rosa.


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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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