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MMS News Briefs


September 2014

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Covered California "Lunch & Learn" Sept. 24

Physicians and medical office managers are invited to a lunchtime presentation Wednesday, Sept. 24, 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 Novato location and to RSVP, contact Rachel Pandolfi:
or 707-525-4375, or download the event flier.

Two other Covered CA "Lunch & Learn" events have been scheduled for this fall. Download event fliers for two more Lunch & Learn events: Ukiah, Wednesday, Sept. 10, and Novato, Wednesday, Sept. 24.


Khurram Abbass, MD, Rheumatology, 750 Las Gallinas Ave. #110, San Rafael 94903, Univ Punjab 2000


Has your practice, medical group, or hospital signed up to formally oppose Prop. 46? Visit the campaign website to add your name to the growing list of groups and organizations opposing Prop. 46.

Do you need a CMA staff member to speak to your group, hospital or specialty society? Let us know so we can ensure you're hearing from the right people about the most recent campaign updates.

As the health care future unfolds, we know many of you face challenges to keep your practices open, and to ensure patients have timely access to care. If this ballot measure passes, patients will be faced with rising health care costs, threats to their personal privacy and the potential of physicians being forced to reduce services and, in some cases, close their doors. Together we can defeat this measure! SCMA-CMA is committed to providing you, your group and hospital medical staff with tools to help fight this attack on medicine. Contact Cynthia Melody at Click here for the form to order campaign materials. You can also order materials online at


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 August 25 issue:


Sept. 10
HIPAA Update: Are You Compliant with the Final Omnibus Rule? The Final HIPAA Rule went into effect in 2013. There are so many changes to HIPAA privacy, security, breach and enforcement that this rule is referred to as an "Omnibus Rule." Many changes have a profound impact on medical practice workflow. Changes are also relevant if you use an electronic health record. This webinar provides an overview of the HIPAA changes and key steps medical practices can take to comply with HIPAA. HIPAA enforcement penalties can be severe for medical practices that are not compliant!


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. 1
Family Medicine, Frontline of Care. This CMA webinar reviews strategies to help the provider deal with competing pressures from patients, payors, and third-party vendors.


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


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.


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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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