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SMCMA Benefits

by: SMCMAMay 7, 2014
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When you join SMCMA/CMA, you hire a powerful professional staff to protect the viability of your practice. By protecting your practice from legal, legislative, and regulatory issues, your SMCMA/CMA membership allows you to focus on what’s really important: your patients.

Insurance Services - Your membership includes access to discounted programs and services on Workers’ Compensation (savings of 5%-15%), health insurance, employment practices liability, long-term disability, 10- and 20-year term life, AD&D, group universal life, dental, long-term care, business overhead, and business owners liability coverage.  Call (800) 842-3761 or click here for more information.

Discounts on Credit Card Processing Services from 360 Payment Solutions. Call (408) 295-8360, x 235, or email for info.

Reimbursement Advocacy Assistance - SMCMA works directly with commercial and government payers to resolve reimbursement or other disputes on your behalf. We are also here to help with general practice management concerns, coding issues, EHR implementation assistance and navigating governmental regulations. Contact the SMCA for assistance.

Medical Office Staff Wage & Salary Survey - In an ongoing effort to provide you with information to help manage your practice, the San Mateo County Medical Association surveys members . regarding salaries and benefits provided to office staff. The information collected through this survey can assist SMCMA members in establishing competitive levels of compensation and benefits. Physician members who participate receive complimentary copies of the survey. Copies of the reports are available to non-participating SMCMA members for a fee; survey results are not available to non-members. Contact the SMCA for the most recent survey.

Legal Advice - Through an agreement with a health care law firm, the SMCMA offers its members telephone advice regarding the business and practice of medicine. Contact the SMCMA to access this service. 

Physician-Patient Mediation - The SMCMA serves as a mediator between patients and physicians by reviewing patient grievances. We attempt to resolve issues before they escalate to the Medical Board of California and potential lawsuits. This service is offered through SMCMA‘s Professional Relations, Medical Review and Advisory and Fee & Insurance Mediation Committees. According to most professional liability insurance carriers, a great number of lawsuits are due to poor communication or miscommunication between patients and their physicians. Our Committees are quite successful in putting out these small fires before they become uncontrollable. Contact the SMCA for assistance.

Practice Management Templates and Tools - The San Mateo County Medical Association  and California Medical Association and have teamed with PrivaPlan—a company that developed a comprehensive and detailed step-by-step approach to HIPAA compliance, assessment, and customization. The PrivaPlan ToolKit is designed to provide a complete compliance solution for practicing physicians, with forms and instructions on how to get compliant, access to an excellent listserv, and a complete form policy and procedure manual. Members are eligible for a significant discount. 

Tax Audit Defense - Did you know that physicians are in a high-risk category for being audited by the IRS? An endorsed company, TaxResources, is a unique prepaid audit defense program composed of highly trained, tax-audit specialists. In addition, TaxResources’ annual membership fee is often tax-deductible.  Contact the SMCMA to access this service.