The Solano 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. SCMS 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 1904, SCMS is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit association governed by a board of directors composed of local physicians. SCMS 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 SCMS and CMA by completing a simple, one-page application.
Community Health Initiatives
SCMS 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.
SCMS members serve in leadership positions for many health care organizations, including the Solano Coalition for Better Health, Partnership HealthPlan of California, and the Napa-Solano Area Agency on Aging.
- Solano Coalition for Better Health is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the health and quality of life of communities and neighborhoods in Solano County. Physicians, safety net providers, hospitals, and other community organizations work collaboratively to address the health needs that affect the low-income and uninsured residents of Solano County. All services are culturally appropriate for the neighborhoods served.
- Partnership HealthPlan of California is a public/private organization designed to provide a cost-effective health care delivery system to Medi-Cal recipients in Solano 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.
- Napa-Solano Area Agency on Aging plans, coordinates and advocates for the development of local programs to meet the needs of older persons, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers. They are committed to providing services that support seniors in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.
Free medical-legal information. SCMS/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. SCMS encourages physician collegiality in Solano County by sponsoring two annual events. At the Wine & Cheese Reception, held in the fall, SCMS presents the Physician of the Year award to a local doctor. The Napa & Solano Joint Meeting, held each spring, allows physicians to interact with their colleagues in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.
CMA Meetings. SCMS/CMA members regularly participate in meetings sponsored by the California Medical Association. Each fall, delegates from SCMS attend the House of Delegates, which establishes the policies that guide CMA. During the spring, SCMS/CMA members enroll in the CMA Leadership Academy, which helps physicians develop leadership skills and understand the latest trends in health care.
Legislative Advocacy. Physicians consistently indicate that influencing public policy is a top priority. SCMS/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:
- Health Careers Scholarship Committee provides two scholarships to medical and nursing students at Touro University in Vallejo.
- Legislative. Organizes meetings with local legislators and candidates for public office.
- Medical Review. Reviews medical malpractice claims involving SCMS members. Also investigates the quality or efficacy of medical services and tries to resolve complaints through mutual understanding and education.