From the Desk of: Wendy S. Young, Executive Director | (707) 525-4141
January/February 2019 News Brief
Calling all:
Physicians & Practice Managers
please join us:
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Partnership Healthplan
Medicare Changes 2019 and Beyond
Guest Speaker: Cheryl Bradley
[Click on flier to the right for more details]
Call (707) 525-4375 to RSVP
Covered California Changes in 2019

In 2018, Covered California, California's health benefit exchange, enrolled approximately 1.48 million individuals in qualified health plans. With a limited number of changes set to occur for 2019, it remains critical that physician practices understand their participation status, which products are being offered and what changes to expect. To see some of the most significant changes for Covered California in 2019 and to understand how these changes will affect physician practices, the California Medical Association has published a new tip sheet,  “Surviving Covered California: Preparing for changes in 2019.”  The tip sheet is available free to members at .
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Congratulations to Dr. Eric Culbertson who has officially announced that he has earned certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Jacobs and the rest of the team at the Jacobs Center for Cosmetic Surgery are thrilled and proud of Dr. Culbertson's achievement. We congratulate him on this distinguished accomplishment.

Beginning January 1, 2019, Siyan Clinical Research (SCR), a nonprofit clinic headquartered in Santa Rosa, California will expand Medications Assisted Treatment (MAT) to target crisis rates of opioid use disorders (OUD) among residents ages 18+ in rural areas of Northern California – specifically, in the opioid hot spot of Lake County, as well as Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties.

Project Hope is federally-funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The desired outcomes include: 1) an increase in the number of individuals with OUD receiving MAT and 2) a decrease in illicit opioid drug use and prescription opioid misuse at six-month follow-up.
Dr. Anish Shah (CEO of Siyan Clinical Research), will expand the SCR clinic's MAT program serving rural, underserved Northern California communities. This project will treat 300 adults with OUD from 9/29/2018 to 9/30/2021; an average of 100 annually. The program will use Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone daily tablet), Vivitrol (naloxone monthly injection), or naltrexone daily oral tablets to help patients manage opioid cravings and control opioid withdrawal. MAT will be delivered in conjunction with comprehensive, evidence-based psychosocial and recovery support services.

Please join SCR for a partner meeting on Wednesday, February 27 from 11:30-1:30 PT at  480 Tesconi Circle, Suite B, Santa Rosa, California. SCR will provide a more in-depth overview of Project Ho pe and discuss opportunities to work together in the delivery of these important services. 
SCMA is proud to be a partner of the “Year of Air Pollution & Health,” a public education and engagement campaign around air pollution, climate change and health led by the American Lung Association.

This new campaign is focused on celebrating progress in reducing pollution in the air we breathe and highlight remaining obstacles to healthy air for all. Each month, the campaign will focus on different themes, such as how air pollution harms health, who is at risk and ways to take action to protect our communities and achieve healthy air for all.

  • January’s Year of Air Pollution & Health theme is “Why does healthy air matter to you?” This month we are focusing on how air pollution impacts the lives of people across the country.

  • Thanks to the Clean Air Act, air quality in the United States has improved dramatically over the past several decades. However, more must be done to reduce pollution and fight climate change to ensure healthy air for all.

  • Air pollution is unhealthy for everyone, but particularly dangerous for children, older adults, pregnant women, individuals with pre-existing health conditions like lung or heart disease, low-income communities, and many communities of color.

  • Air pollution takes a toll on the health and the lives of millions of Americans. Health harms resulting from breathing air pollutants are numerous and widespread. Two of the most common pollutants – ozone and particle pollution - can cause asthma attacks, heart attacks, stroke, respiratory and cardiovascular harm, and even early death. Particle pollution causes lung cancerEmerging research is linking air pollution to other risks, including reproductive harm and cognitive problems. 

  • Climate change is making it harder to reduce air pollution. Longer and hotter heat waves contribute to ozone pollution (known as smog), and smoke from more frequent and intense wildfires produce harmful particle pollution that is linked to heart attacks, asthma attacks, and premature death.

Why does healthy air matter to you and your family? Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey to share your view. Every voice matters: If you breathe air, we want to hear from you! Real stories make all the difference. 
Invitation: Webinar on Air Pollution, Climate Change and Health

  • When: January 31, 2019; Noon PST
  • What: A webinar for health, medical and policy professionals covering findings of three recent major reports on climate change, air pollution, and health:
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C”
  • United States’ 4th National Climate Assessment
  • 2018 Lancet “Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change,” and the corresponding U.S. Brief

Speakers:  Authors of these reports - Kristie Ebi (PhD, MPH), Jeremy Hess (MD, MPH), and Renee Salas (MD, MPH, MS) - will join us to discuss key report findings and what they mean for the health and medical community.
To register:
2019 SCMA Calendar of Events
Don't miss out on these SCMA events for physicians and/or their office staff.

15: Large Group Dinner/Board Meeting
28: Sonoma Medicine Editorial Meeting

13: Jack London Hike - Physician Wellness
16: SCMA Executive Committee Meeting
22: Sonoma Medicine Editorial Board
24: CMA Legislative Advocacy Day
TBD: End of Life Option Act Meet-up

6: Medicare Changes 2019 & Beyond
11: SCMA President's Luncheon
19: SCMA Executive Committee
TBD: Women in Medicine
TBD: Fire Recovery Workshop
TBD: Homebound Reception
TBD: Solo/Small Physician Meet-up

4: Santa Rosa Human Race - SCMA Team
14: SCMA|MSSC Board Meeting
TBD: Young Physician's Meet-up
TBD: Physician Appreciation Mixer

12: SCMA Board Meeting
TBD: Young Physicians Meet-up
16: Physician Wellness - Meditative Hike
30: National Doctors Day

9: SCMA Board Meeting
22: Sonoma Medicine Editorial Meeting
26: SCMA/NBBJ Healthcare Conference
2019 SCMA Professional Partners
SCMA’s Business Partner Program adds valuable benefits for SCMA members. The program is dedicated to offering products and services designed to support the business and personal needs of practicing physicians. Physicians benefit from discounts and referrals to quality services, and partners benefit from ongoing visibility with the medical community. Endorsed Partner and Partner levels are available to qualified companies.

The programs are open continuously for new annual memberships beginning at the date of approval.  Download the application  or contact Susan Gumucio at 707-525-0102 or
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