MAG applauds lawmaker for introducing measure to address distracted driving

The office of Georgia Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) has released a press release addressing H.R. 282, a measure he addressed to create a House study committee on distracted driving.

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House HHS chair addresses "wrong and dangerous" eye care bills on MAG's ‘Top Docs Radio’ show

Georgia Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) – the chair of the Georgia House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee – discussed several bills that she believes would place thousands of Georgians at risk of blindness and other serious eye complications when she appeared on a special edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network on February 23.

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MAG promoting free HealtheParadigm webinars

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MAG, KaMMCO and others to host free MACRA dinner events in North Georgia on March 21, 22

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians to register for a free ‘Equipping Physicians for the Shift to Quality Payment Programs – Employing Data Analytics to Empower Physicians and Enhance Patient Care’ educational event that the North Georgia Mountains Medical Society will host at Rabun Manor in Dillard from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 and that the Hall County Medical Society, MagMutual Insurance Company, and Northside Gainesville Imaging will host at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22.

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Lawmaker to discuss medical marijuana on ‘Top Docs’ show

Georgia Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) will discuss legislation that he has sponsored to expand the list of conditions that are covered by the state law which allows Georgians who have specific conditions – including children who have seizures – to possess cannabinol oil when he appears on the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28.

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GMCF receives grant to provide QPP training & education

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer. CMS intends to invest up to an additional $80 million over the remaining four years.

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CTCA to offer PC CME course in Newnan on 2/25

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is encouraging physicians to register for an ‘Advancements in Cancer Management in Primary Care’ CME course that it will host at the Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan on Saturday, February 25.

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‘Top Docs’ show on ‘surprise coverage gap’ now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that featured two of the state’s leading advocates for ensuring that patients have access to fair health insurance coverage in emergency care settings is now available online.

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Physicians Foundation addresses 2016 physician survey results

The Physicians Foundation President and CEO – Walker Ray, M.D., and Tim Norbeck – wrote an article (‘Why the physician workforce needs to be rejuvenated’) that was posted on KevinMD.com on February 14. It highlights the results of The Physicians Foundation’s ‘2016 Survey of America’s Physicians.’

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Remember to make plans for MAG’s HOD, legislative meetings

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October 20

DPH issues standing order for naloxone prescriptions

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., has issued a standing that authorizes pharmacies to “dispense naloxone in any of the forms [that are outlined in Exhibit A of the standing order).”

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Climb to the top of the BOA building to raise funds for ALA

The American Lung Association (ALA) is promoting ‘Fight for Air CLIMB’ – a “unique challenge event where participants take to the stairs of Bank of America Plaza [in Atlanta] and climb the 55 flights of stairs on Saturday, April 22.”

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Media Report: 'Tom Price is confirmed as Health Secretary'

The New York Times is reporting that, "The Senate early Friday approved the nomination of Representative Tom Price to be secretary of health and human services, putting him in charge of President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act."

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MAG Medical Reserve Corps wins prestigious award

The Medical Association of Georgia’s Medical Reserve Corps (MAG MRC) will receive a $15,000 ‘MRC Challenge Award’ from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in 2017. The funds will be used to recruit young physicians to join the MAG MRC.

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AMA issues statement on Anthem-Cigna court ruling

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement that is attributable to AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., on February 8…

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Media Report: 'Anthem’s bid for Cigna blocked by judge as anticompetitive'

Bloomberg is reporting that, "After 18 months of courtship and court cases, two massive deals that would have reshaped the U.S. health insurance industry have both been declared dead, blocked by judges who said they’d do unacceptable harm to competition in the industry."

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DPH issues phone survey scam warning

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) says that is has received complaints from residents of Georgia and other states who have received suspicious phone calls that are related to a health care survey that appear to come from a DPH phone number.

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AMA supports DACA bill

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a letter that it sent to U.S. Senate leaders to support a bipartisan bill that they sponsored that would “would provide protection from deportation for undocumented young immigrants – often called ‘dreamers’ – who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.”

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Mercer seeks physicians to 'share [their] story' to preserve profession’s history

The Mercer University School of Medicine is conducting a research project to “preserve a written history of the practice of medicine in the state of Georgia by compiling a collection of interviews and stories from Georgia physicians.”

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Georgia Society of Rheumatology Annual Meeting

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June 2

Emory Brain Center to host conference on neurological disorders

The Emory Brain Health Center in Atlanta will host a ‘Partners in Treatment Innovation for Functional Neurological Disorders: Patients, Families and Providers’ conference on March 3-4.

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Media Report: 'Senate Finance Committee OKs Tom Price, MD, for HHS Chief'

U.S. News and World Report is reporting that, "Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee pushed President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary through to the full Senate on Wednesday, bypassing Democrats who were boycotting the vote for the second day in a row. GOP members of the committee suspended its rules – which typically require at least one member of both parties to be present for such a vote – to advance Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services."

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CTCA to offer PC CME course in Newnan on 2/25

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February 25

Sponsored: Vinings MC seeks part time/locum family physician

Vinings Medical Center, P.C., a private outpatient family medicine practice, has an opening for a part-time family medicine physician. We have a great work environment, excellent support staff, and are able to work with you to achieve a flexible work schedule.

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MAG promoting ‘End the Surprise Insurance Gap’ video

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians and medical practice staff across the state to promote a new ‘End the Surprise Insurance Gap’ video with their patients and thru any social media channels.

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MAG promoting ‘Trauma Awareness Day at Capitol’

The Medical Association of Georgia and the Georgia Society of American College of Surgeons (GSACS) are encouraging physicians and other applicable health care providers in the state to register for ‘Trauma Awareness Day at the Capitol,’ which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7.

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MAG ‘Top Docs’ show featuring House HHS chair now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that featured Georgia Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) – the chair of the Georgia House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee – is now available online.

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Dr. Fonda Mitchell makes the case for GAMPAC (video)

Given the historic 2016 elections, it has never been more important for us, as physicians, to be united in our advocacy efforts in Georgia.

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Sen. Isakson writes op-ed supporting Rep. Tom Price for HHS role

An op-ed that U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson wrote to support U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., for the role of secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, appeared in USA Today on January 25.

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‘Physicians’ Day at Capitol’ deemed 'great opportunity' and 'big success'

Some 75 physicians and 25 legislators attended the 2017 Georgia ‘Physicians’

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UGA leader recommends law enforcement have naloxone

The University of Georgia System’s (UGA) Chief of Police, Bruce Holmes, has issued a statement that says that, “[UGA] Board of Regents Chairman [C. Thomas Hopkins Jr., M.D.] recommends all [UGA System] law enforcement agencies that do not have Naloxone make it available for use by officers in the field.”

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MAG president says ruling to block Aetna-Humana merger 'great news'

A federal judge has blocked the pending Aetna-Humana merger, an action Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) President Steven M. Walsh, M.D., described as “great news for both patients and physicians.”

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MAG Foundation reminding physicians about its ‘Distressed Physicians Fund’

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Foundation is reminding physicians who were affected by the recent storms in south-central Georgia that it has a ‘Distressed Physicians Fund’ that “provides financial assistance to Georgia physicians and spouses who experience financial hardships that are caused as a result of natural disasters or other circumstances that are beyond their control.”

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2nd Rep. Price HHS hearing set for 10 a.m. today

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D. – who has been nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – will appear before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24.

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Media Report: 'Aetna-Humana merger blocked on antitrust grounds'

According to Modern Healthcare, "A U.S. District Court Judge ruled against the $37 billion merger between national insurers Aetna and Humana on Monday, effectively blocking the controversial tie-up that would have altered the Medicare Advantage landscape."

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DCH issues Medicaid revalidation message

The Georgia Department of Community Health’s Division of Medicaid is encouraging applicable physicians to review a summary document that it issued that addresses the “Termination of Providers Who Have Not Submitted a [Medicaid] Revalidation Enrollment Application.”

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ABIM responds to AMA resolution

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has responded to a resolution (607-I-16) that the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates adopted in 2016.

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ACEP president weighs in on 'surprise' medical bills

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has released a statement to respond to media coverage that is related to a letter that addressed “surprise” medical bills that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Media Report: ‘Judge to block mega-merger of Anthem and Cigna’

The New York Post is reporting that "a federal judge is expected to block a proposed deal between health insurer Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) and Cigna Corp (CI.N) as soon as Thursday."

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Alliant seeks Medical Management Services VP/CEO

Alliant Health Solutions Inc. “seeks a vice president and chief medical officer to oversee Medical Management Services (MMS) clinical services as well as the initiation of strategic planning and quality improvement activities intended to enhance service quality and contract performance.” The position is based in Atlanta.

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Don’t forget to register for next week’s ‘Physicians' Day at the Capitol’

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is reminding physicians in the state to register for the 2017 Georgia 'Physicians' Day at the Capitol,' which will take place at the State Capitol in Atlanta from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Wednesday, January 25.

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MAG MRC member running for State Senate

Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. (fifth from the left) is running for Georgia’s 6th District Senate seat. Dr. Kirkpatrick serves as a regional coordinating physician in the Medical Association of Georgia’s Medical Reserve Corps (MAG MRC).

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MAG files amicus brief to support physician, Resurgens

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has filed an amicus brief to support Resurgens Orthopaedics and Tapan K. Daftari, M.D., in a case that has been appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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AMA weighs in on creation of new commission on vaccine safety

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement that is attributable AMA Board of Trustees Chair Patrice A. Harris, M.D., on January 10…

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CMS releases key 2017 Medicare QPP benchmark information

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that he Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted key information on the Medicare Merit-Based Payment System (MIPS) on the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.

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BCMS, MAG & KaMMCO to host free MACRA dinner event in Macon on January 31

The Medical Association of Georgia is encouraging physicians to register for a free ‘Equipping Physicians for the Shift to Quality Payment Programs – Employing Data Analytics to Empower Physicians and Enhance Patient Care’ educational event that the Bib County Medical Society will host for its members and other physicians and practice staff in the area that will take place at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31.

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Atlanta one of three CDC ‘6/18 initiative’ listening session sites

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host three regional “listening sessions” – including one in Atlanta on Tuesday, February 28 – to “explore the role of physicians in implementing the CDC’s 6/18 Initiative.”

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‘Top Docs’ show on MAG’s 2017 legislative goals now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed MAG’s goals for the 2017 state legislative session is now available online. The show featured Donald J. Palmisano Jr., who is MAG’s executive director and CEO.

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Atlanta Post Polio Association to celebrate new website

The Atlanta Post Polio Association (APPA) will officially launch its new webs

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​Gov. Deal declares state of emergency

Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency for much of the state as a result of the winter storm that is expected to reach Georgia during the evening hours on Friday, January 6.

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MAG outlines key HC reform points in letter to Gov. Deal

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has submitted a letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to highlight some of the key factors lawmakers should consider as they assess ways to reform the nation’s health care system – keeping in mind that Congressional leaders have asked Gov. Deal and Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens for their views on the subject.

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Don’t forget to register for January 25 ‘Day at Capitol’

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is reminding its members to register for the 2017 Georgia 'Physicians' Day at the Capitol,' which will take place at the State Capitol in Atlanta from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25.

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Savannah surgeon wins MAG’s Facebook contest

Christopher L. Wixon, M.D., will receive a $200 Amazon.com gift card for winning the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Facebook “Like” contest.

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AMA addresses ACA, HC reform in letter to Congress

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that the U.S. Senate will begin to consider a “budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions intended to enable the repeal of significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).”

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GCT2 to host free QPP/MIPS webinar on 1/12

The Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2) is encouraging physicians and applicable practice staff to register for a free ‘2017 Quality Payment Program – MIPS Overview’ webinar that it will host from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12.

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Don’t forget to register for a HealtheParadigm webinar

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians in Georgia to register for a free, 90-minute ‘HealtheParadigm: Equipping Physicians for the Shift to QPP’ webinar that will be offered at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 10 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 11.

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GCMB addresses medical assistants, naloxone & 2017 General Assembly

The Georgia Composite Medical Board distributed the following newsletter on December 30…

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‘Top Docs’ show on depressive disorder now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed depressive disorder is now available online.

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DEA reverses decision on registration renewal process

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reversed a decision that it recently announced and will not allow “a grace period for registrants who [fail] to file a timely renewal application [beginning on January 1, 2017].”

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AMA applauds CMS for expanding payment models

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement from its president, Andrew W. Gurman, M.D, on December 20…

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‘Top Docs’ show on Medicare’s new payment program now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians is now available online.

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New attestation process alert for Medicaid PCP & OB-GYN

The Department of Community Health (DCH) and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise have implemented an “electronic H.B. 751 rate increase attestation process for physicians and physician extenders” – and DCH stresses that “paper attestations will [no longer] be accepted.”

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DCH to launch next PA portal phase on February 1

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has announced that it will launch the next phase of its Centralized Prior Authorization (PA) portal –Outpatient Behavioral Health services for Care Management Organization (CMO) members – on February 1.

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Georgia removes naloxone from list of dangerous drugs

At the request of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy has approved an emergency rule to remove naloxone – which can be used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses – from the list of dangerous drugs in the state and to change its classification to an exempt, Schedule V drug.

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AMA: DEA changing registration renewal process

The American Medical Association (AMA) is reporting that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will change its registration renewal process in “significant” ways.

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Governor appoints GAPI past president & MAG member to GBPW

The Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage (GAPI) has announced that Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed one of its past presidents – Indran B. Indrakrishnan, M.D. – to serve on the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce (GBPW), adding that he will be the first physician of Asian descent to serve in this capacity.

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AMA issues statement on VA rule on APRNs

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement – which can be attributed to AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, M.D. – on December 13…

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AMA issues statement on rising opioid OD deaths

Keeping in mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics reports that the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. involving opioids rose from 28,647 in 2014 to 33,091 in 2015, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued the following statement that is attributable to Patrice Harris, M.D., the chair of AMA’s Board of Trustees, on December 9…

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AMA seeking leaders for Council on Medical Education groups

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging physicians who are interested in applying for a leadership position on one of AMA’s Council on Medical Education groups to contact Mary O'Leary at mary.oleary@ama-assn.org.

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Physicians Foundation highlights biennial survey results

The Physicians Foundation President Walker Ray, M.D., highlighted the key findings of its ‘2016 Biennial Physician Survey’ – which represents the views of 17,000 physicians from across the U.S. – in the winter 2016 edition of its ‘E-Newsletter.’

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Video of AMA/MAG/CMS QPP session now online

A video recording of the educational session that the Medical Association of Georgia co-hosted with the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Atlanta, the Cobb County Medical Society, and the DeKalb Medical Society in Atlanta on December 1 that addressed Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (QPP) is now available online.

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Sponsored message: CareSource – A different kind of Medicaid CMO partner

CareSource is health care with heart. Over 1.5 million members in four states already benefit from our unique and caring approach to providing Medicaid assistance. Now, we’re excited to put down roots in Georgia.

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Reimbursement webinar now available for MAG members

A recording of a ‘Get Ready for the New Reimbursement Landscape’ webinar that

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AMA to host free MACRA QPP webinar

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging physicians to register for a free, one-hour webinar that it will host to help them “prepare [for] and understand what the final [Quality Payment Program that was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)] rule means for their practice.”

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MAG promoting December 14-15 ‘Health IT’ event

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is promoting a ‘Health IT Series’ event that Healthcare Informatics will host at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta on December 14-15.

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AHRQ to host free webinar on workplace violence

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will host a free ‘Reducing Workplace Violence with TeamSTEPPS®’ webinar that will address “how teams can manage and care for aggressive and disruptive patients while maintaining quality and safety” from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14.

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MAG to host ‘new reimbursement landscape’ webinar

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) will host a free ‘Get Ready for the New Reimbursement Landscape’ webinar for its members and their practice staff from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6.

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MagMutual acquires Tift Area Captive Insurance

MAG Mutual Insurance Company has announced that it has acquired Tift Area Captive Insurance Company, which was “owned by a series of multi-specialty Georgia physicians.”

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Nominations for 10th GPLA class due January 13

The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation’s Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy’s (GPLA) Selection Committee will be accepting nominations for candidates for the 2017-20187 GPLA class (X) through Friday, January 13.

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AMA 'strongly supports' Rep. Price HHS nomination

The American Medical Association strongly supports the nomination of Dr. Tom Price to become the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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MAG endorsing U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., HHS nomination

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is endorsing the nomination of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., to become the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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‘Top Docs’ show on MagMutual Patient Safety Institute now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed MAG Mutual Insurance Company’s Patient Safety Institute is now available online.

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Save June 23-25 for MAG’s 2017 ‘Legislative Education Seminar'

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June 23

‘Top Docs’ show on infectious diseases now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed important infectious diseases issues and the need for more young physicians to go into the specialty is now available online.

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Georgia DOI issues directive on preventive colorectal screenings

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has issued a directive that addresses in-network preventive care services (in the context of the Affordable Care Act) that says that “all services directly related to a preventive colonoscopy, including an associated facility, anesthesia, pathology, polyp removal, physician fees, and pre-operative examination and consultation, are to be provided with no member, subscriber or insured cost sharing.”

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GAMPAC supports 150 candidates in 2016

GAMPAC has released a list of the 150 candidates that it supported with campaign contributions during the primary and general elections in 2016. The list is only available for MAG members.

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Gov. Deal names new DCH, DBHDD commissioners

Gov. Nathan Deal today tapped new leadership for the Department of Community Health (DCH) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). Following the appointment DCH Commissioner Clyde Reese III to the Georgia Court of Appeals, Gov. Deal appointed DBHDD Commissioner Frank Berry as the new DCH Commissioner. The appointment will take effect on December 1.

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Georgia AG issues key, pro-physician PDMP opinion

The Georgia Attorney General's office has released an opinion that says that, "O.C.G.A. § 16-13-60(c)(1) authorizes physicians to delegate their authority to access the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (“GAPDMP”) to registered nurses or licensed practical nurses who are (1) members of the physician’s staff and (2) accessing the GAPDMP solely for the purpose of determining whether misuse, abuse, or underutilization of prescribed medication has occurred."

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MAG honors Waycross M.D. with distinguished service award

S. William Clark III, M.D., received the Joseph P.

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MAG honors late J. Harold Harrison, M.D., for humanitarian efforts

The late J. Harold Harrison, M.D., was honored with the Jack A. Raines Humanitarian Award during a ceremony that took place in conjunction with the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) 162nd House of Delegates meeting in Savannah on October 15.

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AMA releases MACRA QPP provisions summaries

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released two new summary documents

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MAG honors DPH leader with award for contributions to medicine

J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D., received the Lamartine Hardman Cup during a ceremony that took place in conjunction with the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) 162nd House of Delegates meeting in Savannah on October 15. The MAG award is given to a physician who has solved an outstanding problem in public health or made a discovery in surgery or medicine or a contribution to the science of medicine.

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Roswell anesthesiologist installed as MAG's 162nd president

Steven M. Walsh, M.D., was sworn into office as the president of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) during a ceremony that took place in conjunction with the organization’s 162nd House of Delegates meeting in Savannah on October 15.

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MAG honors four legislators with 'Friend of Medicine' award

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has honored four state legislators with its ‘1849 Friend of Medicine Award’ to recognize them for their efforts during the General Assembly in 2016.

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AMA flagging 2017 Medicare payment adjustment reports

The American Medical Association (AMA) says that, “Two new reports are now available with information on 2015 cost and quality data that indicate which physicians or practices will see related Medicare payment adjustments in 2017.”

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CMS releases fact sheet on MA-VBID model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a fact sh

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CMS issues Medicare fraud/ID theft fact sheet

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is promoting a new fact sheet that was developed to “assist beneficiaries [to guard] their Medicare number from Medicare fraud and identity theft.”

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DEA warns carfentanil '10,000 times more potent than morphine'

[The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency] has issued a public warning to the public and law enforcement nationwide about the health and safety risks of carfentanil.

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Results of Physicians Foundation survey troubling

The Physicians Foundation says that the key takeaway message from its fifth ‘Biennial Physician Survey’ is that “physicians are struggling to maintain morale levels, adapt to changing delivery and payment models, and to provide patients with reasonable access to care.”

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AMA resources help practices prepare for MACRA

The American Medical Association (AMA) has developed a number of resources that will help physician practices prepare for the transition to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) payment system.

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MAG encouraging Georgians to get flu vaccine

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging Georgians to get vaccinated for the flu by the end of October.

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AMA: Data show U.S. 'needs more competition in health insurance'

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following press release on September 21…

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MAG opposing measure to preempt state telemedicine laws

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of nearly 50 state medical associations that signed a letter to Congressional leaders to express concern over federal telemedicine legislation that would “preempt state laws governing medical licensure, medical practice, and professional liability by changing the originating site of care from where the patient is located to where the physician is located.”

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AMA: Physicians making progress to reverse opioid epidemic

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a new fact sheet that shows that physicians are making progress to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic.

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Study finds 'significant' number of physicians leaving private practice

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) has released a "Physician Practice Acquisition Study: National and Regional Employment Changes" that was conducted by Avalere Health that “confirms a significant, nationwide increase in the number of physicians leaving private practice and entering into employment arrangements with hospitals and health systems.”

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AMA unveils Medicare Payment/MACRA web page

The American Medical Association has unveiled a ‘Medicare Payment Reform/MACRA’ web page, which features a physician/medical practice preparation checklist, information on AMA’s advocacy efforts to improve the rule, and details on the new merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and alternative payment models (APMs).

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MAG revenue cycle webinar now online

A recording of a ‘Best Practices in Revenue Cycle Management’ webinar that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) recently hosted for its members and their practice staff is now available online.

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Physicians Foundation promoting book on poverty/health care

The Physicians Foundation is promoting a book – Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform – that it commissioned the late Richard ‘Buz’ Cooper, M.D., to write.

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MAG members can get 15% off & free shipping on Rx pads & EMR paper thru October

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) members who order 40 or more tamper-resistant prescription pads or 2,000 or more sheets of EMR printer paper from Rx Security will receive free shipping through October 31. This is in addition to the normal 15 percent MAG member discount.

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MAG Sponsor Profile: Angel Flight Soars

Angel Flight Soars will be one of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) House of Delegates (HOD) meeting sponsors in 2016.

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GBI arrests NP for PDMP infraction

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced that on July 28 it arrested a nurse practitioner for “illegally accessing and disseminating sensitive patient prescription information stored within the PDMP (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) database.”

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MAG offers 'Medical Cannabinoid Oil Registry' fact sheet

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is reminding its members that it off

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MAG calling for 2017 ‘Doctor of Day’ volunteers

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians in the state to serve as a MAG ‘Doctor of the Day’ program volunteer during the 2017 legislative session, which will run from January 9 until the middle of April.

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MAG signs letter to oppose VA APRNs proposal

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of nearly 100 physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that was sent to the Under Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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MAG Foundation: Naloxone credited with saving Gordon County man

The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation reports that a Gordon County deputy recently used naloxone to save an overdose victim’s life.

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MAG calling for emails to block mergers as Georgia AG joins DOJ lawsuit to do the same

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is calling on Georgia physicians and practice staff to take a few moments to send emails to mergercomments@oci.ga.gov by the end of this week to urge Georgia’s Division of Insurance (DOI) to block the pending Aetna/Humana merger.

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AMA applauds DOJ for filing lawsuit to block mergers

The American Medical Association (AMA) is applauding the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for filing a lawsuit to block the pending Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna mergers.

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MAG calls for VA to reject proposed APRNs scope rule

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is calling for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reject a proposed rule that would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) – including nurse anesthetists – to provide services to VA health care system patients without the clinical oversight of a physician (i.e., ‘RIN 2900-AP44-Advanced Practice Registered Nurses’ aka the ‘VA Proposed APRN Rule’) because it would undermine their care.

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MAG supporting bill to clarify Sunshine Act

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of many physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a June 29 letter that was sent to U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, M.D., to support a bill, S. 2978, the ‘Protect Continuing Physician Education and Patient Care Act.’

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MAG responds to AJC article

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) believes that an article (‘Exposed and vulnerable patients violated in every state – yet the doctors were forgiven’) that appeared on the front page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 6 that said that sexual abuse by physicians “occurs far more often than any of us would have expected” is misleading and irresponsible.

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Like MAG, consumer groups opposing Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers

The following letter and comments were submitted to the Georgia Department of Insurance (DOI) on behalf of Consumer Action, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and Consumer Watchdog on June 28.

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AMA applauds California commissioner for stand on mergers

The American Medical Association applauds California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones for taking a strong stand to prevent a near total collapse of competition in the state’s health insurance market. He has taken the right approach to protect California by opposing the Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers.

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News and notes for MAG's 2016 House of Delegates

MAG’s 2016 HOD meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16. MAG’s Board of Directors will meet at the Hyatt in Savannah on Friday, October 14.

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U.S. Sens. call for DOJ to block mega mergers

A number of leading U.S. Senators have called for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to block the proposed Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana mergers.

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Gov. Deal signs MAG’s legislative priorities into law

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed three of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) legislative priorities for 2016 into law on April 26. This included…

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CMS promoting Medicare revalidation resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is stressing that it has established a requirement for “all enrolled providers/suppliers to revalidate their Medicare enrollment information under new enrollment screening criteria.”

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MAG Alliance receives national award

The Medical Association of Georgia Alliance (MAG Alliance) – which is a network of physicians' spouses who volunteer to improve the health of all Georgians – was honored with the American Medical Association Alliance LEAP Award for its grassroots efforts to pass the Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act (H.B. 649) in 2016.

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California insurance commissioner calls for DOJ to block Anthem/Cigna merger

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has “urged the U.S. Department of Justice to block the merger deal between Anthem, Inc., and Cigna Corporation.”

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MAG, OB-GYN groups file brief to support medical practice

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) recently joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society in filing an amicus brief to support the Atlanta Women’s Health Group in a lawsuit that is pending in the State Court of DeKalb County.

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CMS promoting specialty-specific ICD-10 resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding health care providers that it offers a series of guides that compile “key information about ICD-10 codes for each specialty.”

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AMA, others call for change in EHR interoperability measures

The American Medical Association (AMA) and 36 specialty medical associations recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Health Information Technology (ONC) to urge them to “rethink the way [they] measure the interoperability of electronic health records.”

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United Health Foundation releases senior health report

The United Health Foundation has released its ‘America’s Health Rankings Senior Report’ for 2016. The group says the study “offers a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 35 measures of senior health.”

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AMA says VA proposal to give APRNs "full authority" would undermine patient care – physicians urged to comment

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that the Veterans Health Administration has published a proposed rule that “would give full authority to four categories of APRNs: Certified Nurse practitioner (CNP), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), or Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM).”

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Order: Aetna/Humana deal would violate Missouri’s standards

Medical Association of Georgia Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. reports that the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Regulation has issued an order that says that the proposed merger between Aetna and Humana would violate competitive standards and that the health insurers would not be allowed to conduct business in the state if the merger goes through – though the companies will be given additional time to propose corrective action.

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Physicians Foundation releases patient survey report

The Physicians Foundation has released the results of its first comprehensive patient survey, which “found that the physician-patient relationship remains strong, with nine out of 10 U.S. adults reporting high levels of satisfaction with their primary care physicians (PCP).”

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CMS issues MACRA fact sheet for small practices

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a ‘MACRA – Flexibilities and support for small practices’ fact sheet that outlines aspects of the proposed MACRA regulation that were intended to address the needs of smaller physician practices.

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MAG president GHN op-ed: Mergers would be “disastrous” for patients and physicians

Medical Association of Georgia President John S. Harvey, M.D., addressed why be believes the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers would have “disastrous results for patients and physicians in this state” in an op-ed that was posted on the Georgia Health News web site on April 18.

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MAG CEO urges state commissioner to block Aetna/Humana & Anthem/Cigna mergers

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. has called for Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens to block the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers.

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AMA unveils ‘Block the Mergers’ campaign

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Advocacy Resource Center is promoting a new ‘Block the Mergers’ (i.e., Antitrust Reform) campaign, which addresses the proposed Aetna-Humana and Anthem-CIGNA mergers. The Medical Association of Georgia and AMA have both urged the U.S. Department of Justice to block the mergers.

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PAI calls for DOJ to block insurer mergers

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) is urging the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to use its authority to block the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna health insurer mergers.

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MAG encouraging Georgians to oppose health insurer mergers

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging Georgians to contact Courtney Faust at cfaust@oci.ga.gov or 404.463.2825 or Scott Sanders at ssanders@oci.ga.gov or 404.657.7742 to urge Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens to oppose the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers.

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