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THE

BULLETIN

A PUBLICATION OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Message From the President.......................................................................5 Howard Sutkin, MD

From the Editor’s Desk.................................................................................6 Joseph S. Andresen, MD The OIG recommends that practice audits be conducted at least annually, and that they be used to identify risk areas such as coding and billing, reasonable and necessary services, and documentation requirements. More on page 8

How to Perform a Physician Practice Internal Billing Audit.....................8 CMA’s 35th Annual Legislative Leadership Conference . .......................12 Addressing Climate Change in the Health Care Setting: A New Climate of Action.........................................................................14 Cindy Russell, MD

Survey of Pregnant Patients Found Significant Risk Factors Associated With Tobacco, Alcohol, And Other Drug Use........................................15 Santa Clara County Public Health Department

“You’ve Been Served:” Despite these symptoms, the physician is expected to manage the lawsuit, prepare for a trial if necessary, and carry on with his or her practice. More on page 16

Coping With the Stress of Malpractice Litigation.................................16 NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company

Awards Banquet Invitation.......................................................................20 Coding Q&A................................................................................................22 Sandie Becker, CMC

New Obesity Resources..............................................................................23 Welcome 89 New Members.......................................................................25 Currently, we spend obscene amounts of money trying to influence our “elected” officials and those who wish to be elected. More on page 32

MEDICO News.............................................................................................28 Now is the Winter of Our Discontent........................................................32 Lawrence Daniel Stern, MD

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