The Napa County Medical Society, a component medical society of the California Medical Association, supports local physicians and their efforts to enhance the health of the community. NCMS and CMA offer a wide array of legal, collegial and advocacy benefits to their members, and they are involved with several community health initiatives.
Founded in 1903, NCMS is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association governed by a board of directors composed of local physicians. NCMS welcomes all physicians, respects diverse interests and acts as a unifying force in the community. Interested physicians with MD or DO degrees can join both NCMS and CMA by completing a simple, one-page application form.
Community Health Activities
NCMS enhances the health of the community by helping local residents gain the knowledge, motivations and opportunities needed to make informed decisions about their health. The medical society supports local, state and national efforts to promote healthy behaviors, create healthy environments and increase access to high quality health care. NCMS members serve in leadership positions for many local health organizations, including Partnership HealthPlan, Napa Vally Hospice and Adult Day Care Services, Clinic Ole, and local hospitals.
- Partnership HealthPlan of California is a public/private organization designed to provide a cost-effective health care delivery system to Medi-Cal recipients in Napa and other counties. The HealthPlan’s goals are to improve access, quality and cost-effectiveness through a managed care system. The HealthPlan links each member with a primary care provider and has been successful in reducing inappropriate emergency room usage, providing an appropriate level of inpatient care, developing innovative case management programs and providing more services locally.
Free medical-legal information. NCMS/CMA members can call the CMA Member Help Center at 800-786-4262 for assistance with general, legal and reimbursement issues. In addition, members can access the CMA Medical-Legal Library, an online resource containing over 3,000 pages of medical-legal, regulatory and reimbursement information. These documents are free to members; nonmembers pay $2 per page.
Collegial Events. NCMS encourages physician collegiality in Napa County by sponsoring two annual events. During the popular Awards Dinner, held in the fall, NCMS presents Physician of the Year and Professor Emeritus awards to local doctors.
CMA Meetings. NCMS /CMA members regularly participate in meetings sponsored by the California Medical Association. Each fall, delegates from SCMA attend the House of Delegates, which establishes the policies that guide CMA. During the spring, NCMS/CMA members enroll in the CMA Leadership Academy, which helps physicians understand the latest trends in health care.
Legislative Advocacy. Physicians consistently indicate that influencing public policy is a top priority. NCMS/CMA members regularly meet with local representatives and with candidates for public office. Members are also invited to participate in the annual Legislative Day, when physicians from around the state convene in Sacramento to meet with legislators and other government officials.
Members who are interested in influencing public policy, upholding professional standards or reviewing publications can participate in NCMS committees, including:
- Medical Review. Reviews medical malpractice claims involving NCMS members. Also investigates the quality or efficacy of medical services and tries to resolve complaints through mutual understanding and education.
- Community Health. Provides collaboration with representatives from hospitals, County Public and Mental Health, and other health-related careers.
- NCMS and Alliance Holiday Card. Provides scholarships to students interested in pursuing health careers.
- Government Relations. Organized meetings with local legislators and candidates for public office. Reviews vital health legislation that impacts physicians.