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MMS News Briefs


July 2014

Dr. Jeff Stevenson is new president of MMS

Jeff Stevenson, MD, an occupational medicine physician in Novato with a special interest in general practice, is the new president of MMS. The summer issue of Marin Medicine features a wide-ranging interview—watch for it in August.

The other members re-elected to the MMS executive team are Drs. Peter Bretan, urology (president-elect and past president); Michael Kwok, internal medicine (secretary/treasurer), and Dr. Irina deFischer, family medicine-TPMG (immediate past president). Others already on the MMS board of directors include Cuy Goodwin, UCSF Psychiatry resident; Lori Selleck, internal medicine-TPMG (past president), and Paul Wasserstein, pathology.

Top stories from CMA Alert

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

A few stories from the June 30, 2014 issue:

* Provider access issues plague Anthem and Blue Shield as DMHC begins investigation

* State budget includes $7 million for primary care residency slots

* Sugary drink warning labeling bill stalls in Assembly Health committee

A few stories from the June 16, 2014 issue:

* California Teachers Association joins campaign to defeat MICRA lawsuit measure

* CMA files brief in case challenging the constitutionality of MICRA

* CMA concerned about possible widespread contract terminations by Tenet Healthcare Corp.

* California budget does not restore 10 percent cut to Medi-Cal providers


July CMA Webinars begin at 12:15 p.m. and run until 1:15 p.m.or later. To register, visit Seminars are free for CMA members and their staff; cost for nonmembers is $99 per person. Questions? Contact CMA Member Help Center: 800-786-4CMA (4262) or

July 16
Recipe for Financial Success: Key Steps to Increasing Your Net Income

July 30
What to Expect From a Medi-Cal Audit

July 31
HIPAA Breach Notification and California Requirements

SCMA supports the Northern California Center for Well-Being in Santa Rosa for patient chronic disease self-management. Physicians are encouraged to refer patients to the Center's summer classes in diabetes management, smoking cessation, healthy weight and many more. For more details visit

Stepping Up to Leadership courses cover a variety of important skills for successfully running a medical staff, particularly issues of communication, problem solving, and improving outcomes for patients and staff. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit available for Successful Leadership: What It Really Takes; The Role of the Physician In Patient Safety: Using CME as an Organizational Improvement Tool; and 2014 Legal Update by Greg Abrams, Esq. covering hot medico-legal topics in California. To browse the full IMQ Online Education catalog, visit

July 25
The annual Health Information Exchange (HIE) conference will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park on Friday, July 25. Titled "Connecting California to Improve Patient Care in 2014," the conference will focus on practical solutions for securely sharing electronic clinical information between unaffiliated health care facilities, such as outpatient practices, hospitals, laboratories, imaging centers, long-term care, home health and public health. Conference attendees will learn best practices in clinical informatics, patient safety, and clinical data interoperability. Click here to register.

Aug. 14
The 2nd annual Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum, hosted by the Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program, will be Thursday, Aug. 14, from 1:30-6:30 p.m. at the Vista Family health Center. This year's focus will be on immigration and health care. Download informational flier.

Oct. 5-9
A conference on Integrating Mind-Body Medicine into Clinical Practice will be held in San Francisco Oct. 5-9. Sponsored by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the conference offers a maximum of 31 Category 1 credits. The focus is on medical techniques to address stress, anxiety, trauma, insomnia and chronic illness. To register, visit

Oct. 16
The 22nd annual Latino Health Forum on Thursday, Oct. 16, runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Flamingo Conference Resort in Santa Rosa. This year's forum includes: A snapshot of the overall health of the Latino Community; Valuable information on health care service and prevention models; Current Research, and Culturally and linguistically competent health programs. Breakout sessions present: Local innovative health care service and prevention models; and Tools and resources to improve communication, health literacy and patient satisfaction. To register, or to sponsor a student registration, visit

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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.

Advertise in Marin Medicine
Last chance! to advertise in the fall issue of Marin Medicine. Theme/feature articles: SLEEP. Extended deadline for reservations and ads (classified and display) is Monday, July 14. Click here to see the rate sheet. Contact Susan Gumucio, 707-525-0102, or


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John Maa, MD, Surgery*, Health Care Policy, 5 Bon Air Rd. #101, Larkspur 94939, Harvard Med Sch 1994

* = Board certified


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