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MMS News Briefs


August 2014

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Covered California "Lunch & Learn" Sept. 24

Physicians and medical office managers are invited to a lunchtime presentation Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. about Covered CA, health care reform and newly acquired practice management tips to address the influx of new information and questions. Content also includes regional data on enrollees and health plans, changes to the provider networks, grace periods, out-of-network deductibles, large patient cost-sharing for name-brand prescriptions, and other issues. This is a great opportunity for questions and answers for front office staff regarding eligibility, deductibles, etc. For the Ukiah location and to RSVP, download the event flier. For more information, contact Rachel Pandolfi at or 707-525-4375.

Two other Covered CA "Lunch & Learn" events have been scheduled for this fall. Download event fliers for more information and to register: Novato, Wednesday, Sept. 24, and Santa Rosa, Friday, Oct 24. 

Know your participation status in Covered California

CMA has created a guide: Covered California: Know Your Participation Status to assist you and your staff with resources and phone numbers to verify and answer your questions about your participation status, scheduling your patient appointments, and how to help your patients having trouble finding an in-network provider or facility. Download PDF here.

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 July 28 issue:

  A few stories from the July 14 issue:



August 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

Workers' Compensation:

August 12: Advanced Part 2: Second Bill Review Plus Managing Third Party Billers

August 19: Advanced Part 3: Requests for Authorization, Dispensed Pharmaceutical and DMEPOS Billing for Workers' Comp

Coordinated Care Initiative:

August 14: Overview

August 21: Continuity of Care

August 28: Care Coordination

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 with registration form. Registrations accepted until Aug. 13!

Institute for Medical Quality   

Sept. 29-30

CME Essentials Workshop. This workshop is for chairs, coordinators, educators, and managers of CME programs at the California Endowment in Oakland. 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available. For more information, visit; to register, click here.

Oct. 30  

IMQ 2014 Medical Staff Conference. The Institute for Medical Quality is offering physicians leading a medical staff this one-day conference that provides a foundation of knowledge, techniques, and best practices to help them succeed. 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits available. The location is the Embassy Suites SFO Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame, CA (near San Francisco International Airport). For more information, visit; to register, click here.   

IMQ CME Education & Certification Online. Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits anytime. To explore the full selection of available courses, browse the IMQ Online Education catalog. Users of Institute for Medical Quality's CME Certification service can view their transcripts online. Check your CME status, track your progress, and print transcripts anytime. Click on the CME Certification page of the IMQ website.  

To browse the full IMQ Online Education catalog, visit     

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

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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

Oct. 18
Perspectives on Pediatric Orthopaedics. Pediatricians, family practice doctors, physician assistants and nurses will meet in Sacramento for a CME seminar hosted by the orthopaedic faculty at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California, located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento. The all-day event runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 CME credits are available. The cost is $90 for physicians, $60 for nurses and physician assistants. Registration fee includes all conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch. Call 916-453-2191 or send email

FREE monthly practice resources e-newsletters. Are you receiving CMA Practice Resources? CPR is from the California Medical Association's practice management experts, focusing 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.

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QUESTIONS? Contact CMA with your questions about articles in CPR.

LINK to a few articles in the current issue:

Blue Shield data breach affects California doctors

Blue Cross begins medical chart reviews for exchange patients

CMS offering webcasts on ICD-10 clinical documentation requirements

The Coding Corner: Modifier 78 - the "complications" modifier 


The Marin Community Clinics Greenbrae Clinic is moving to 5 Bon Air Blvd. Building D, Suite 117, Larkspur and will be called the "Larkspur Clinic." The Larkspur facility will also house the clinics' new centralized call center, which will be staffed by registered nurses.


Seeking medical office
Internist seeking to lease small office or shared space starting September. Contact 415-378-4143.

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
Advertise in the fall issue of Marin Medicine. Theme/feature articles: PHYSICIAN LEADERSHIP. The deadline for reservations and ads (classified and display) is October 7.  Click here to see the rate sheet. Contact Susan Gumucio, 707-525-0102, or


David Laub, MD, Dermatology*, 591 Redwood Hwy. #2210, Mill Valley, UC San Diego 1982

Sarah Lowenthal, MD, Family Medicine*, Eating Disorders, 369 Cypress Dr., Fairfax 94930,
Univ Chicago 2001

Christopher Wadsworth, MD, Forensic Psychiatry, PO Box 305, San Quentin 94964, Univ Florida 2005

* = board certified italics = special medical interest


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