From the Desk of: Wendy Young, Executive Director
(and the entire Team from the Sonoma County Medical Association
and Mendocino/Lake County Medical Society)
(707) 525-4141 |
Psychology of Investing

Thursday, February 20 | 6-8:00 p.m.
Location: Ca'Bianca
835 2nd St., Santa Rosa

Topic:  How to Cure S&P Envy
Guest speaker :  Jennifer Foster, VP, BlackRock* (From: Chicago, IL) 

[Note: This program was sold out in October 2019 but was cancelled due to the Kincade Fire. We already have 16 registered to attend. Only room for 10 more attendees.]

*BlackRock is the world's largest asset manager with $6.84 trillion of managed assets.

No cost to SCMA/MLCMS Physician Members! Includes Wine and Dinner.
RSVP: (707) 525-4375 |
Medicare Changes 2020 and Beyond
Cheryl Bradley, Presenter
Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Partnership HealthPlan
495 Tesconi Cir, Santa Rosa

COST: $25 includes lunch
Bring a friend for just $15
RSVP: (707) 525-4375
Why Family Physicians Should Not “Just” Be Family Physicians:
Rethinking Physician Roles in Community Health Centers and Beyond
By Christine Hancock, MD, MS, Jared Garrison-Jakel, MD MPH, Veronica Jordan, MD, MSC,
Tara Scott, MD, and Jessica Les, MD, MSC.

Primary care in the United States and around the globe is in crisis. Retention of inspired, engaged physicians and other clinicians is a crucial piece of the fight to preserve and expand it. Yet primary care physicians are suffering from epidemic levels of burnout. Attending to the well-being of those who deliver care should be a corner-stone of current health care reform efforts in America.

A major cause of this crisis is an unbalanced clinical role that focuses predominantly on individual outpatient clinical visits and separates physicians from most organizational innovation and strategy, as well as the colleagues, staff, and communities they serve. We propose broadening primary care clinician roles through innovative time-budgeting, meaningful participation in quality improvement, changing reimbursement models, expanding group visits, and softening the divisions between clinical and administrative work.  Continue reading article.
Beyond Burnout: Addressing System-Induced Distress
Jay Winner, MD, and Clif Knight, MD

Physician burnout is an epidemic that affects approximately 44 percent of physicians. For family doctors, the situation is worse: A recent study found that in 2017 more than half of family physicians reported burnout. This was an improvement from 2014, however, the incidence of burnout was still unacceptably high. This same study indicated that just 28 percent of the general U.S. working population reported burnout. This implies that, compared with the general population, family physicians face additional factors.
Burnout increases medical errors and reduces patient satisfaction, which makes it everyone’s problem. Some have labeled it a public health crisis. 

Left: Yong Liu, MD - SCMA Board of Directors - Sonoma physician to be honored at Celebration of Women
Nancy Cline and Dr. Yong Liu have the “pulse” of the Sonoma Valley’s health needs at their fingertips. That’s why the two have been named as recipients of this year’s Pulse Awards, given annually by the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation to recognize outstanding Sonoma Valley women who have made significant contributions to the community through their volunteerism, community involvement and philanthropy.

Cline and Liu will be honored at the Foundation’s 15th annual Celebration of Women luncheon on Thursday, May 14 beginning at 11 a.m. at Hanna Boys Center in Sonoma. Read more
2020 California Laws of Interest
to Physicians
Download this summary of laws affecting health care coverage, drug prescribing, public health and mental health issues. Download Summary
Deadline Approaching: CalHealthCares Loan Repayment Program
The 2020 application cycle for the  CalHealthCares loan repayment program  is approaching! 

CalHealthCares  will award $340 million in loan repayments to recently graduated physicians and dentists over the next five years to encourage and incentivize providers to provide care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has contracted with Physicians for a Healthy California (PHC) to administer this program.
CalHealthCares  has approximately $58.6 million for physicians and $10.7 million for dentists for this application cycle for loan repayments of up to  $300,000  in exchange for a five-year service obligation. Qualifying dentists can also apply for a practice support grant in exchange for a 10-year service obligation. Please visit our website to view the updated information.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Sonoma Medicine
Fall/Winter 2019-2020
is now available.

On the cover: Rajesh Ranadive, MD
2020 SCMA President
Taking a break from practice while exploring Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa.

Feature articles: Health and the Environment
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
Have an item to submit for the News Briefs Bulletin Board? Free for SCMA and MLCMS members; $1 per word for nonmembers. Contact Susan Gumucio at 707-525-0102 or .
Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency:

Ishika Arora, DO
Steve Babson, MD
Michelle Baer, MD
Jenna Jorgensen, MD
Kathryn O’Rourke, MD
Ryan Wei, MD
Garyn Worrall, MD
Sutter Medical Group of the Redwoods (SMGR) Physicians:
Jonathan Albeg, MD

The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) Physicians:

Christie Campbell, DO
Jovauna Currey, MD
Aleksey Zakinov, MD
Jonathan Weiner, MD
Tram-anh Duong, DO
Virginia Heller, MD
Thuanthien Ho, DO
Jonathan Kramer, MD
Quangminh Ly, MD
Nicolas Mottola, MD
Lauren Pallis, MD
Samuel Peaslee, MD
Jessica Saenz, MD
Joe Saenz, MD
Rashmi Sridhara, DO
Gordon Tam, DO
Jenny Vesona, MD
Shu-Qing Yang, MD
Anita Baghaee, MD
Jennifer Cato, MD
Dennis Diokno, MD
Carla Fracchia, MD
William Leggett, MD
James Qui, MD
Even with the Best Preparations,
Errors Will Happen

The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) is pleased to share the following featured “Case of the Month” article encapsulating the back story and outcome of an actual medical liability claim.

When addressing adverse events, we frequently try to identify some action or inaction that, if addressed differently, might have led to a better outcome. Though thankfully rare, errors nevertheless can occur even with a spotless work-up.
A 53-year-old patient first visited Dr. GS, a general surgeon, complaining of a lump in her right breast. An ultrasound from two months earlier showed a lesion at 10 o’clock, and upon examination, Dr. GS noted a small but definite non-mobile mass. Dr. GS recommended an excision and several months later, he performed a right breast lumpectomy. Read more .

I nterested in reading more case studies?  Request a free copy  of  Medicine on Trial ,  a publication featuring more than 80 litigated cases summarized by CAP’s General Counsel, Gordon Ownby, that physicians can learn and benefit from.

As a leading California medical professional liability provider, CAP is committed to protecting our physician members with superior coverage. CAP members also receive valuable risk and practice management benefits specially designed to help physicians succeed.

Find out how much you can save by switching your medical malpractice coverage to CAP.  Request an  instant quote   on our website or call 800-356-5672.
Let us help you with your 2020 marketing and business development plan and budget!
SCMA offers a number of ways for local businesses to connect with physicians and the local medical community, one of which is our comprehensive Business Partnership Program.

The program provides local physicians with vetted and committed professional and personal business resources. We ask our partners to commit to a benefit or pricing structure that is unique to SCMA members. [Click the cover image to the left to view the partnership details.]