Marin Medical Society

MMS News Briefs


July 2015

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July ICD-10 training opportunities for staff and physicians

1. ICD-10 training July 13 & 14 in Santa Rosa
STILL TIME TO REGISTER: a few spots left! 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.

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 is posted on the MMS website. The issue also features Marin County Public Health and Marin Community Clinics updates, as well a eulogy to a well-loved physician assistant.


Julie Griffith, MD, Neurology, 1099 D St. #208, San Rafael 94901, UC San Francisco 1991

Lizellen La Follette, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology*, 599 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. #301, Greenbrae 94904, Case Western Reserve Univ 1988

* board certified

Featured member benefit: Home and auto insurance discounts

CMA members receive 8 percent off auto insurance from Mercury Insurance. For more details, call Mercury Insurance Group at 888-637-2431 or visit


CMA and DOJ reach short-term solution to CURES upgrade problem

In response to concerns raised by the California Medical Association (CMA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) has agreed to a short-term solution to prevent thousands of Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) prescribers and dispensers from losing access with the anticipated launch of CURES 2.0. DOJ has committed to keeping the current version of CURES accessible for users until January 2016, and will test the new version in a real world setting with a small group before phasing in more users over the next few months. Click here for more information.

CMS rule reduces Meaningful Use burdens; CMA advocates for more change

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California State Auditor releases report outlining flaws with Medi-Cal program

Click here for report summary and a link to the full report.

Physicians receiving notice from CHPI encouraged to verify data accuracy by July 31

The California Healthcare Performance Initiative System (CHPI) recently notified physicians of their "quality rating." Physicians who wish to verify the accuracy of the data used to calculate their scores and identify and report any errors must do so by July 31, 2015. Click here for additional details.

CMA newsletter available biweekly
CMA publishes the biweekly e-newsletter, CMA Alert, to keep its members up-to-date on critical issues affecting the practice of medicine in California. To view the current issue, click here.


Webinars, ICD-10 transition
Click here to access archived webinars offered at no cost to SCMA/CMA members and staff. Nonmember cost is $99. For more information, contact CMA's Member Help Center, 800-786-4262 or

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.

CMA Practice Resources (CPR) is a free monthly e-bulletin from the California Medical Association's practice management experts that focuses on critical payor and healthcare 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. To view the current issue, click here.


Seeking licensed MD for part-time consultative work
Retired with license? Want to cut back to one or two days a week? Rewarding work in friendly alternative care office in Marin looking for CA-licensed MD for consultative work. Part-time, excellent compensation. Please email CV or call James Gould, 760-703-3767.

Share beautiful medical suite in Novato
Share on Wednesday and Thursday only. ALL YOURS other weekdays and Saturday!
Lovely reception area, furnished patient rooms, plenty of parking, and utilities included.
Call 415-897-9800.

Medical condo for sale
Located on South Eliseo Drive in Greenbrae. 415-435-8589.

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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