Webinar to address tax incentives for preceptors in Georgia

The Georgia Statewide AHEC Network Program will host a webinar from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, August 29 that will address the Georgia Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (GA-PTIP).

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MAG encouraging physicians to register for call on Georgia’s disaster contingency plans

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians in the state to register for a conference call that it will host at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 15 to address the state of Georgia’s disaster contingency plans.

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Joseph P. Bailey Jr., M.D., resigns from Georgia’s AMA delegation

Joseph P. Bailey Jr., M.D., has resigned as a member of Georgia’s American Medical Association delegation. Dr. Bailey was a member of the delegation for 23 years, and he served as its chair since 2001.

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GMS calling for nominations for annual awards program

The Georgia Medical Society – which includes Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, McIntosh, and Long counties – is calling for nominations for its annual “Health Care Heroes Awards” program.

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Save the date & book your room...MAG HOD October 18-19, 2014

MAG's 2014 House of Delegates (HOD) meeting will be held on Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.

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MAG House of Delegates meeting

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10.17 - 10-19

MAG Foundation promoting 2015 Rx drug abuse summit

The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation is encouraging physicians in the state to make plans to attend the 2015 “National Rx Drug Abuse Summit,” which will take place at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta on April 6-9.

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CMS to host free ICD-10 sessions in Marietta and Augusta in September

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will sponsor a free one-hour ICD-10 implementation training session for clinicians at the Georgia Hospital Association office in Marietta from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, September 8.

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MAG recruiting physicians to testify at Medicaid CMO hearings

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is recruiting physicians who are interested in testifying at a Georgia Senate Medicaid Care Management Organization Credentialing Study Committee hearing.

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Georgia DCH Board approves SHBP options for 2015

“The (Georgia) Board of Community Health today voted to approve the 2015 member contribution rates and plan designs for the Georgia Department of Community Health’s State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), providing more choice in plan options for members next year."

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ACS CAN Advocacy/Issues Lunch

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10.08

ACS to host advocacy/issues lunch in Atlanta on October 8

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is encouraging physicians in Georgia to attend its annual “Georgia Advocacy and Issues Luncheon,” which will take place at the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Center at 3001 Mercer University Drive in Atlanta from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8.

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HHS issues memo on NDPB early resolution of claims payment reporting requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a memo that addresses National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) reporting requirements for early resolution of medical claims payments.

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AMA encouraging physicians to take “Open Payments” survey

The American Medical Association (AMA) is calling on physicians to complete a survey that it developed to gather information about their “experiences with registering in the Open Payments system and reviewing their data.”

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Event to raise funds for health clinics in Ghana

The Yonkofa Project will host a dinner and a wine/art auction at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13 to raise funds to build health care clinics in Ghana.

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GAAAP Fall Meeting

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10.30 - 11.01

DEA promoting new Naloxone summary for community pharmacies

The Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency is promoting the availability of a new “Naloxone Information for Community Pharmacies in Georgia: What You Need to Know” summary.

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M.D.s encouraged to register for event for health care leaders in Georgia

The newly-formed “Health Connect South” organization is encouraging physicians in Georgia to attend its inaugural event, which will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, September 15.

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GAAAP Foundation Charity Golf Classic

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09.17

Troup CMS CME meeting

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08.21

Troup CMS to host meeting at 6:30 p.m. on August 21

The Troup County Medical Society (TCMS) will host a meeting in the Heart Clinic Conference Room at West Georgia Health hospital in LaGrange at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 21.

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MAG, 100+ more express concerns over implementation of “Sunshine Act”

The Medical Association of Georgia was one of more than 100 state and national medical associations that signed a letter that was submitted to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner on August 5.

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AMA alert: Time to “Turn up the heat” on Congress

In Washington, D.C., August means one thing: summer recess for lawmakers. A five-week period when members of Congress are back in their districts hosting constituent events, such as town halls, coffee-on-the corner and in-office meetings.

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Physicians Foundation/UNC unveil forecasting tool for M.D.s, others

The Physicians Foundation and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill have unveiled a “tool to help policy makers, physicians and health systems better plan where to practice and what type of practitioners will be needed in order to meet the growing utilization of health care in the United States.”

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Former MAG COL, GMGMA member Keener Lynn passes away

Former Medical Association of Georgia Council on Legislation member James Keener Lynn passed away on July 29. Lynn, 58, also served as the president of the Georgia Medical Group Management Association.

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CMS encouraging providers to submit ICD-10 test claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says that, “Providers (and other stakeholders) are welcome to submit (ICD-10) acknowledgement test claims anytime up to the October 1, 2015, implementation date.”

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AMA: President expected to sign VA bill

The American Medical Association (AMA) has reported that President Obama is expected to sign the “Veteran’s Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014.”

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CMS distributes releases on Rx drug premiums and psychiatric & rehabilitation & skilled nursing facilities

CMS recently distributed press releases that address several Medicare topics and issues.

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MAG’s 2014 “Legislative Update” meeting gets rave reviews

More than 20 key state legislators attended the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) “Summer Legislative Update Meeting” at The Jekyll Island Club Hotel on Jekyll Island on July 25-26.

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CHOA "Strong4Life" childhood obesity, asthma and wellness webcast

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08.28

IOM committee says U.S. GME system needs dramatic change

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a report that says that the graduate medical education (GME) system in the U.S. needs to change in dramatic ways.

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CMS unveils ICD-10 transition tool for small practices

CMS is promoting the availability of a free “The Road to 10” resource that is “intended to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition.”

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GAMPAC candidates all prevail in run-off elections

GAMPAC – which is MAG’s non-partisan political action committee – has announced that all three of the candidates that it supported in the July 22 primary run-off elections in Georgia were victorious, including P.K. Martin in Senate District 9 (Gwinnett area), Harold Jones II in Senate District 22 (Augusta area), and Beth Beskin in House District 54 (Brookhaven/Buckhead area).

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CMS awards additional QIO contracts, including GMCF

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it has “awarded additional contracts as part of a restructuring the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program to create a new approach to improve care for (its) beneficiaries, families and caregivers.”

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Federal courts divided on health care insurance subsidies

Just two hours after media reports that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia “struck down (the) subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act in states that use federal marketplaces to buy coverage,” Modern Healthcare says that, “Federal judges in (the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals) in Richmond, Virginia (have) unanimously upheld the legality of (the) subsidies for insurance exchanges in every state…”

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AMA releases new telemedicine coverage/payment summary

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a new two-page “Coverage of and payment for telemedicine” summary.

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14 GRU physicians (and MAG members) make “Top Doctors” list

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia at the Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta distributed the following press release on July 21. All 14 physicians are members of the Medical Association of Georgia.

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Athens-Clarke County PD installing Rx drug disposal boxes

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) has announced that it has installed a prescription drug disposal box in the lobby of its East Precinct Police Headquarters at 3035 Lexington Road in Athens, and it will add a second prescription drug disposal box in the lobby of its West Police Precinct at Georgia Square Mall at 3700 Atlanta Highway on August 1.

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Study finds efforts to reduce Rx drug misuse appear to be working in Georgia

Quest Diagnostics reports that it conducted a study that shows that Georgia is one of the five states that have had the highest rate of decline in prescription drug misuse in the U.S. in recent years.

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Mercy Care looking for physicians to volunteer at clinics in metro Atlanta

Mercy Care is looking for physicians and other health care providers who are willing to serve as volunteers at its clinics in the Atlanta metro area.

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Richmond CMS meeting

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10.28

MAG reports that 200+ physicians have signed up for VA registry in state

More than 200 physicians who completed a survey that was distributed by the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) on July 1 have expressed an interest in seeing patients (i.e., they signed up for a registry) who are in the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system in the state.

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Recording of MAG forum on HIPAA-compliant risk assessments now online

A recording of an exclusive Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) conference call that addresses the steps that practices should take to conduct a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant risk assessment is now available online.

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AMPAC endorsing three candidates in runoff elections

AMPAC – which is the non partisan political action committee of the American Medical Association – has endorsed the following candidates for the run-off elections that will take place next Tuesday, July 22.

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Amerigroup to host sessions on care for children who have experienced trauma

Amerigroup Community Care is hosting “(behavioral health) provider information sessions to discuss the need to develop a system of trauma-informed care for medical providers who work with children who have experienced trauma” from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5.

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CDC to host Twitter event on vaccinations on July 28

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host a “Twitter #vaxchat” on vaccinating teens and preteens from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 28.

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GAMPAC endorsing three candidates in state run-off elections

GAMPAC Director Marcus Downs reports that GAMPAC has endorsed three candidates in the primary run-off elections that are taking place in the state.

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GAACP annual meeting

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10.24 - 10.26

MAG Board of Directors organizational meeting

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10.19

GPLA reception and dinner

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10.17

MAG Board of Directors meeting

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10.17

CMS says Medicaid/CHIP enrollment up by 11+ percent in U.S. in less than year

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says that, “As of the end of May (2014), 6.7 million more individuals were enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as compared to the baseline period from July through September 2013, an increase of 11.4 percent.”

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MAG president-elect featured in ‘Georgia Magazine’

MAG President-elect Manoj Shah, M.D., is one of the health care providers who is featured in a “Take Charge of Your Health” article that ran in the July edition of Georgia Magazine.

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Georgia insurance commissioner issues directive on QHP, grace period claims

Georgia Commissioner of Insurance Ralph Hudgens recently issued a directive to “Qualified Health Plans (QHP) Issuers” in the state to clarify the “interplay” between the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (45 CFR § 156.270(d)(3)) and Georgia law – including the requirements that cover the “grace period” that is related to payments for health insurance claims.

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Insurer gets award for test to improve outcomes for young adults in foster care in Georgia

Health insurer Amerigroup will receive a U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) award of as much as $5.8 million to conduct a test that is designed to “improve outcomes for transitional young adults ages 17 to 20 who are transitioning out of foster care and who will receive health care coverage until the age of 26 for the first time under the (Patient Protection and) Affordable Care Act (PPACA).”

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MAG honors correctional facility in Milledgeville

The Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Correctional Medicine Committee awarded its Bliven Award for Excellence to The GEO Group, Inc./Riverbend Correctional Facility during a ceremony in Milledgeville in June

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PAI weighs in on NAIC’s managed care model

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently sent a letter to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) that outlines the key issues that it believes NAIC should address as it revamps its ‘Managed Care Plan Network Adequacy Model Act.’

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New White House report addresses Medicaid expansion

The U.S. Council of Economic Advisers – which is an agency within the Executive Office of the President – has released a ‘Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid’ report that “details the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies.”

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GaHIN to host webinar on health info exchange on July 9

The Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN) will host a “Closing the Information Gap and Improving the Quality of Care Throughout Georgia” webinar from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9.

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MAG Foundation and Walgreens announce effort to reduce Rx drug abuse in Georgia

The Medical Association of Georgia Foundation (MAG Foundation) has announced that Walgreens stores in Georgia will support its ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse in the state by distributing informational leaflets to patients who have their prescriptions filled at Walgreens pharmacies beginning today.

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MAG one of 80+ M.D. groups to call for delay in CoPs rule changes

MAG was one of more than 80 physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that calls for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to take immediate action to delay the implementation of the final rule regarding Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that will dramatically alter the make-up and efficacy of hospital medical staffs nationwide.

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Rx prescribing course to take place in Sandestin on August 8-10

The Medical Association of the State of Alabama (MASA) and other organizations will host a “Prescribing of Controlled Drugs” course at the Sandestin (Florida) Golf and Beach Resort on August 8-10.

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DCH names insurers for SHBP for 2015

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has announced that it has named the insurers for the State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP) for the 2015 plan year, which will begin on January 1, 2015.

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ISHIB to host conference on diabetes/comorbidities in African Americans

The International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) will host a “Management of Diabetes and its Comorbidities in African Americans: New Insights to Drive Effective Integrative Action” conference at the National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta on October 10-11.

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SCOTUS: Businesses can seek exemptions for insurance mandate for birth control

On a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that business owners can seek an exemption from the provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that requires them to provide health insurance that covers birth control on religious grounds.

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MAG encouraging medical staffs to update bylaws to account for Medicare CoPs changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently changed 42 CFR 482.12 and 482.22, which are related to the Medicare Conditions of Participation for Hospitals (CoPs).

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AMA: Insurers now required to offer e payments using ACH

The American Medical Association (AMA) is stressing that health plans are now “required to offer electronic funds transfer (EFT) payments using the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network to physician practices that request this method of claims payment.”

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Recording of exclusive MAG CEO interview with workers’ comp judges now online

A recording of an exclusive interview that Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director and CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr. recently conducted with Judge Frank McKay, who is the chairman of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, and Judge Tasca Hagler, who is an administrative law judge with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, is now available online.

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GDNA stressing practitioners in Georgia can issue Naloxone prescriptions

The Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency (GDNA) is stressing that, “As of April 24, 2014, Georgia practitioners were authorized to begin issuing prescriptions for opioid antagonists…these Naloxone prescriptions can now be filled and dispensed (in the state).”

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BCBSGa webinar to address cancer care quality program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. (BCBSGa) will host a webinar from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 26 that will address the new WellPoint Cancer Care Quality Program.

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GASCO annual meeting

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09.05 - 09.06

GOS annual meeting

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09.18 - 09.21

Georgia OBGyn Society annual meeting

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08.21 - 08.24

Richmond CMS meeting

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09.23

AMA urging president to act to help vets, creating M.D. registry

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates recently passed Substitute Resolution 231, which calls for AMA to urge President Obama to “take immediate action to provide timely access to health care for eligible veterans using the health care sector outside the Veterans Administration (VA) until the VA can provide care in a timely fashion.”

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New report highlights value of physicians leaders

The American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) has released a “Value of Physician Leadership” white paper that demonstrates the link between physician leaders and high-performing heath care facilities

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MAG Blue Cross/Blue Shield town hall recording now online

A recording of a town hall conference call that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) hosted on June 16 that addresses the steps that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) is taking to address the concerns that MAG has received from physicians and medical practices in the state related to BCBSGA’s policies and procedures is now available online.

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MAG honored for website for sixth time

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) recently won a Web Health Awards’ bronze award for its www.mag.org website.

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Report: UHC may offer plans in state exchange in 2015

Georgia Health News is reporting that, “UnitedHealthcare says it’s considering offering health plans in Georgia’s insurance exchange for 2015.”

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Top wealth advisor to run MAG 401(k) plan partner’s coastal region

The Atlanta Capital Group distributed the following press release on April 2…

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CMS says ‘Open Systems’ portal up and running

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that its Enterprise Portal is now available for physicians who want to begin the registration process for the Open Payments system.

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DCH says it won't pay practices for costs associated with SHBP recoupment

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has advised the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) that DCH will “not provide financial enhancements to the provider community as a result of the retroactive (State Health Benefits Plan or SHBP) design changes.”

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Organization seeks M.D.s to participate in APRNs study phone survey

The Health Access Program at Georgia Watch is recruiting physicians and other health care providers in the state to participate in a telephone survey that is part of a study that the Georgia Health Foundation is conducting in order to write a comprehensive policy report on the status of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) in Georgia.

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UHC to reduce Medicare Advantage network in Georgia by about 10 percent

UnitedHealthcare (UHC) has advised the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) that it will reduce the size of its Medicare Advantage network in Georgia by about 10 percent.

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CMS/ONC proposal would allow CEHRT flexibility, extend Stage 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would allow providers who are participating in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs to use the 2011 edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) for the 2014 calendar and fiscal year.

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CMS promoting EHR Stage 2 attestation guide

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is promoting the availability of a new (Medicare EHR Incentives Program) “Stage 2 Attestation User Guide for Eligible Professionals.”

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GAMPAC summarizes results of May 20 primary elections

GAMPAC has released a summary and chart explaining the results of the primary elections that were held on May 20.

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BCBSGA responds to MAG letter, physician concerns

BlueCross and BlueShield of Georgia (BCBSGA) has responded to a letter that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) sent to BCBSGA President C. Morgan Kendrick on April 23 to address growing concerns within the physician community in the state over BCBSGA’s “policies and practices and behaviors.”

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HHS announces final rule for exchange and insurance market standards for 2015 and beyond

"Today, [the] U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare, issued the final rule for Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and beyond."

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Medicare “Strike Force” charges 90 with false billing

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services distributed the following press release on May 13.

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CMS: Medicare rule will save $660 million per year

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) has announced that it has issued a new rule that “will save nearly $660 million annually, and $3.2 billion over five years” by reforming “Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on hospitals and other health care providers.”

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Free MAG member HIPAA-compliant IM app adds options for non-M.D. team members & large groups

Medical Association Georgia (MAG) members have free and exclusive access to DocbookMD – a smart phone app that enables them and other MAG member users to exchange patient information in a secure, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant manner.

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New MagMutual institute promotes patient safety, best practices

With a supporting pledge of $50 million from MagMutual Insurance Company, the MagMutual Patient Safety Institute was established this past October to offer physicians and other health care providers a wide range of resources and practical tools designed to promote the adoption of best practices to improve safety and decrease exposure to risk.

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Composite Board adopts new Georgia telemedicine rule

The Georgia Composite Medical Board has adopted a new rule that governs the practice of telemedicine in Georgia. Rule 360-3-.07, “Practice Through Electronic or Other Such Means,” sets the “minimum standards of practice while providing treatment and/or consultation through the use of telemedicine.”

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New AMA report confirms that physicians are “essential” part of Georgia’s economy

According to an “Economic Impact of Physicians in Georgia” report that was just released that was prepared by IMS Health for the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians in Georgia “created a total of $29.7 billion in direct and indirect economic output (i.e., sales revenues) in 2012….each physician (in the state therefore) supported $1,559,494 in (economic) output.”

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AMA addresses physician-specific Medicare claims data release

The American Medical Association (AMA) is reporting that “the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) [has] posted searchable, physician-specific Medicare claims data on its web site. The spreadsheet files show for each physician their NPI, name and address, average charge and Medicare payment amounts, unique beneficiary counts, and other information for the various Medicare services they provide.”

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AMA weighs in on CMS plans to go public with Part B data

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has plans to “provide the public (with) unprecedented access” to individual physician and certain other health care professionals’ Medicare Part B data...

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CMS: Medicare PQRS & eRx programs participation rising

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a “2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Experience Report” that it says shows “a significant increase in participation in two key (Medicare) programs (PQRS and eRx incentives) that allow eligible professionals to earn incentive payments through voluntary participation.”

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CMS outlines plans for Medicare claims

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reporting that (in the event a scheduled Medicare pay cut goes into effect) it has “instructed the Medicare Administrative Contractors to hold claims containing services paid under the MPFS (Medicare Physician Fee Schedule) for the first 10 business days of April…hold would only affect MPFS claims with dates of service of April 1, 2014, and later."

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AMA: Physicians to get “short reprieve” from RACs

The American Medical Association (AMA) is reporting that, “Physicians and hospitals will get a short reprieve from Medicare’s recovery audit contractors (RAC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced.

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U.S. House passes bill to repeal Medicare SGR

In a vote of 237 to 182, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014” (H.R. 4105).

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AMA provides update on efforts to repeal Medicare SGR

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently provided the Medical Association of Georgia with an update on the efforts to pass legislation that would repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

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AMA issues update on Medicare SGR legislation

The American Medical Association is reporting that “(House) Ways and Means Chairman David Camp (R-MI) introduced the anticipated amendment to offset the costs of H.R. 4015, the ‘SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014,’ with a five-year delay in implementation of the ACA’s tax penalties for individuals who do not purchase health insurance.”

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AMA calling for grassroots support for Medicare SGR bill

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging physicians to contact their U.S. Representative and their U.S. Senators as soon as possible to urge them to pass H.R. 4015 to repeal the Medicare SGR.

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MAG expressing conditional support for bill to repeal/replace Medicare SGR

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is supporting the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act” (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) – which would repeal the formula that is used to pay Medicare physicians and replace it with a new system – “as long as one medical specialty does not benefit to the detriment of another” and pending its review of the “offsets” (i.e., funding mechanisms) that are included in any final legislation.

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MAG EC votes to support SGR bill on conditional basis

During its meeting on March 2, the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Executive Committee voted to support the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act” (H.R. 4015/S. 2000) – which would repeal al the Medicare SGR and create a new Medicare payment system – “as long as one specialty does not benefit to the detriment of another specialty” and pending a review of “pay for/offsets” (i.e., funding mechanisms) in any final legislation.

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House GOP M.D. group supporting SGR measure pending review of final bill with offsets

The U.S. House of Representatives GOP Doctors Caucus has sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate stating that it “agreed to the policies contained in the (H.R. 4015/S. 2000), the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act…it is our hope that leaders in the House and Senate will move as expeditiously as possible to negotiate acceptable offsets that we can support.”

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New AMA summary addresses SGR legislation

The American Medical Association has created a “SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 – H.R. 4015/S. 2000” summary.

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Court upholds injunction blocking Georgia’s prompt pay law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued a ruling that upholds a U.S. District Court injunction that blocked Georgia from enforcing its prompt pay law that was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013.

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AMA says debt ceiling bill includes $2.3 billion SGR “transitional” fund

The American Medical Association (AMA) is reporting that, “The debt ceiling extension legislation posted online by the House Rules Committee (on February 10) calls for extending the sequester for an additional year, through 2014, in order to offset the cost of restoring retired military pay benefits that were reduced in the budget bill passed last December.”

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Update on legislative negotiations to repeal the Medicare SGR

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that, “Staff for the chairmen and ranking minority members of the three Congressional committees of jurisdiction briefed physician groups this afternoon (February 6) on the results of their bicameral, bipartisan negotiations on repealing the (Medicare) SGR.

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CMS: Medicare EHR EPs may be subject to adjustments in 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is says that “Eligible professionals (EPs) participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program may be subject to payment adjustments beginning on January 1, 2015. CMS will determine the payment adjustment based on meaningful use data submitted prior to the 2015 calendar year.

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MAG supports bill to expand Georgia's medical marijuana law

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has announced that it supports the legislation (H.B. 885) that Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon) introduced at the State Capitol today that would expand the state’s law permitting the use of marijuana in strictly controlled research programs to patients who suffer from seizures. Georgia’s existing law only covers patients who have cancer or glaucoma.

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AMA matrix highlights key provisions of bills to repeal SGR

The American Medical Association has created a matrix that shows how the three bills that Congressional leaders are considering to repeal the Medicare SGR differ from the existing law.

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AMA reports that Congress has okayed three-month Medicare update

The American Medical Association (AMA) is reporting that, “Congress has adopted a 0.5 percent update to Medicare payments for three months, following a bipartisan vote of 64 to 36 in the U.S. Senate Wednesday afternoon.

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AMA promoting model bill to address ACA ‘grace period’

The American Medical Association (AMA) is promoting a model state-level bill

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Surgical societies oppose Medicare SGR/pay bill, call for delay

Sixteen surgical societies – including the American College of Surgeons – have sent letters to Congressional leaders to oppose the “SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2013” in its current form, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

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MAG president dismisses survey with ties to Patients' Compensation Act (S.B. 141), explains why bill is losing proposition

The president of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) dismisses the results of a survey that was conducted by the Virginia-based firm of McLaughlin and Associates that was hired by advocates for the Patients’ Compensation Act (S.B. 141) that suggests that MAG doesn’t reflect the views of physicians in the state.

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AMA releases resources addressing SGR, physician pay proposal

According to the American Medical Association (AMA) “(on December 5) the (U.S.) House Committee on Ways and Means and the (U.S.) Senate Committee on Finance released revisions to their bipartisan, bicameral proposal to repeal Medicare’s SGR formula and reform the physician payment system.”

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Modifications to SGR Discussion Draft of SGR Repeal & Medicare Physician Payment Reform

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MAG/AMA file brief addressing lawsuit challenging Georgia’s prompt pay law

Last week, the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and the American Medical Association (AMA) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that addresses a U.S. District Court injunction that blocked Georgia from enforcing its prompt pay law that was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013.

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