Compass PTN to host 'learning' meeting in Augusta

The Compass PTN has issued a save-the-date for a ‘Community Annual Learning Meeting’ that it will host at the Augusta Riverfront Marriott from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 11.

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AMA: Much of 2018 QPP proposal based on its input

The American Medical Association (AMA) says that a lot of the policies that are included in the proposed final Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule for the 2018 performance year that was recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are based on AMA’s recommendations.

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AMA opposing Senate health care bill

The American Medical Association distributed the following press release

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Opioid abuse symposium to take place in Marietta on June 29

The Davis Direction Foundation will host a ‘The Vicious Cycle – Why the Opioi

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Media report: 'Senate health care bill debuts in uncertain environment'

Georgia Health News is reporting that, "The U.S. Senate has unveiled its much-anticipated legislation to unravel the Affordable Care Act, releasing a proposal Thursday that has some key differences from the House health care overhaul."

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MAG/GMGMA to host free QPP webinar on July 14

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July 14

MAG/GMGMA to host free QPP webinar on July 14

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and the Georgia Medical Group Management Association (GMGMA) are encouraging physicians and applicable practice staff to register for a free ‘Equipping Physicians for the Shift to Quality Payment Programs’ webinar that will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 14.

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Recording of WH commission call on opioid abuse now online

The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that a recording of a recent teleconference that President Donald Trump’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis conducted is now available online.

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AMA commends CMS for QPP proposals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would “make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)…[the] goal is to simplify the program, especially for small, independent, and rural practices, while ensuring fiscal sustainability and high-quality care within Medicare.

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MAG encouraging Georgians to act on BCBS ER policy

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging Georgians who have a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBS) policy that they purchased through the federal ‘HealthCare’ exchange to research how the insurer’s policy not to cover non-emergency care that a patient elects to receive in an emergency room (ER) following a retrospective review will affect them and their family members.

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Watch AMA video on how to avoid Medicare pay penalty

The American Medical Association (AMA) has produced a short video – ‘One patient, one measure, no penalty: How to avoid a Medicare payment penalty with basic reporting’ – that “offers step-by-step instructions on how to report [on the new Medicare Quality Payment Program] so physicians can avoid a negative four percent payment adjustment in 2019.”

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DCH promoting free Medicaid EHR workshops

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) is encouraging “eligible professionals who are currently enrolled in the Georgia Medicaid EHR Incentive Program” to register for one of two free EHR ‘meaningful use’ workshops that it will host in June and July. This includes…

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CMS to issue new Medicare cards

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and protect essential program funding and the private health care and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries.

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Expert M.D. to discuss antibiotic resistance on MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show

Adrienne Mims, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, AGSF, the vice president and chief medical officer of Medicare Quality Improvement for Alliant Quality, which is Georgia’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), will discuss antibiotic resistance – “among today’s greatest public health threats” – when she appears on MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27.

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June 23

AMA releases summary of 'top stories' from annual meeting

The American Medical Association has released a summary of the “top stories” from its 2017 annual meeting, which took place in Chicago on June 10-14.

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MAG ‘Top Docs’ show with Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that featured Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. – who won a May 16 runoff election for the Georgia Senate District 32 to become the fifth physician to serve in the current General Assembly – is now available online. She discussed her legislative goals and her views on health care reform.

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Media report: ‘$155M fine for [EHR company for] kickbacks, flawed program, patient risk’

POLITICO is reporting that, “A leading electronic health records mak

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MAG files pro-physician brief in statute of limitations case

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has filed an amicus brief to support 24 On Physicians, P.C., (Jeffrey Mitchell, M.D.) and Alunda E. Hunt, M.D., in a wrongful death lawsuit that will be considered by the Georgia Court of Appeals in which the plaintiffs (a father and his daughter) allege a patient (their wife and mother) suffered brain injuries and died of hypoglycemic shock as a result of the defendants’ negligence.

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Georgia QIN-QIO promoting antibiotic stewardship program

Adrienne Mims, M.D., the vice president and chief medical officer of Medicare

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AMA launches ‘End the [opioid abuse] epidemic’ web page

The American Medical Association (AMA) has launched an ‘End the Epidemic’ web page that is focused on “reversing the nation’s opioid [abuse] epidemic.”

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MAG 401(k) Plan advisor names president/CEO

ACG Wealth distributed the following press release on June 9…ACG Wea

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GBI testing drugs tied to ODs in Central Georgia

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation distributed the following press relea

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PAI unveils MACRA QPP resource center

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently unveiled a ‘MACRA QPP Physician Education Initiative’ – a “new, PAI website-based resource center [that is] live and available to medical associations and physicians across the nation.”

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AMA chair responds to AJC article

American Medical Association Board of Trustees Chair Patrice A. Harris, M.D., submitted the following letter to the editor to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to respond to an article – ‘AMA tackles sex abuse – of doctors, by doctors’ – that appeared in the AJC on June 5.

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Report: 'Hospitalizations, deaths possibly tied to street drugs being sold in Georgia'

The Georgia Department of Public Health issued the following press releas

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AAFP offering Medicare wellness visit resources

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is promoting the availability of several resources it developed to address Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV), including a ‘Get Paid with the AWV’ web page, a sample letter to encourage patients to get their AWV from their primary care physician, and a FAQ fact sheet that addresses how to check a Medicare patient's billing and AWV history.

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MAG member sworn into office as state senator

Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. (R - Marietta) was officially sworn into her first term as a Georgia State Senator during a ceremony at the State Capitol today.

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ACEP: New Blue Cross Blue Shield ER policy violates federal law

The American College of Emergency Physicians and its Georgia Chapter distributed the following press release on June 1…

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Georgia SC rules in favor of MAG, physicians in key case

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Resurgens Orthopaedics and Tapan K. Daftari, M.D., in a case that involved a patient who maintains that a lower court erred when it excluded the testimony of a nurse – a “surprise witness” – who worked at the hospital where he says he received negligent care that led to him to become paralyzed from the waist down.

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BCBS says it won’t cover non-emergency ER visits starting 7/1

According to an article that appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) on May 31, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBS) has sent a letter to its customers advising them that “starting July 1 it would no longer cover non-emergency visits to emergency rooms.”

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DPH promoting ‘Immunize Georgia’ conference

The Georgia Department of Public Health is encouraging physicians to make plans to attend its annual ‘Immunize Georgia’ conference, which will take place at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center on Friday, September 15.

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Northside to host cardiovascular risks in pregnancy conference

Northside Hospital’s Department of Medical Education is encouraging physicians to register for a ‘Heart of the Matter: Managing Cardiovascular Risks in Pregnancy’ conference that it will host at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta on August 18-19.

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AMA: Less than 50% of patient care physicians have stake in practice

Less than half of patient care physicians had an ownership stake in their medical practice, according to a newly updated study on physician practice arrangements by the American Medical Association (AMA). This marks the first time that physician practice owners fell below a majority portion of the nation’s patient care physicians since the AMA began documenting practice arrangement trends.

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CMS unveils 2017 MIPS participation status tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is promoting the availability of an interactive tool that will enable physicians to determine if they should participate in the Medicare Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2017.

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MAG ‘Top Docs’ show on MACRA now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed the steps that physicians should be taking to avoid a cut in pay under the provisions of the 2015 Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is now available online.

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GBI issues alert on counterfeit pills

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is issuing a public safety alert regarding counterfeit pills. Since January 2015, the crime lab has received 454 exhibits of counterfeit pills. Counterfeit pills contain drugs other than those indicated by the markings. For example, the crime lab received a pill with markings consistent with oxycodone.

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AMA reacts to CBO’s AHCA score

The American Medical Association distributed the following statement that is attributable to its president, Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., on May 24…

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AMA suggests ways to improve AHCA

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently sent a letter to U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to respond to his request for health care organizations to suggest ways to improve the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4.

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MAG member wins election to become 5th physician in legislature

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is pleased to announce that one of its members, Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., won a May 16 runoff election for the Georgia Senate District 32 and will become the fifth physician to serve in the current General Assembly.

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Gov. vetoes PA hydrocodone bill, signs/issues order on eye care bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed nine of the bills that passed during the 2017 legislative session, including “Senate Bill 125 [which would have authorized] physicians to delegate their authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products to physician assistants.”

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AMA report: Opioid prescriptions dropped 17% from 2012 to 2016

The American Medical Association has released a new ‘Physicians’ progress to reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic’ report that says that, “Between 2012 and 2016, the number of opioid prescriptions decreased by more than 43 million – a 16.9 percent decrease nationally. Every state saw a decrease in opioid prescriptions during this time period.”

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AMA urges Senate leaders to focus on sustaining insurance coverage

James L. Madara, M.D., the CEO and executive vice president of the American Medical Association (AMA), sent the following letter to U.S. Senate leaders on May 15…

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MAG ‘Top Docs’ show on bad outcomes now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed how physicians should handle bad patient outcomes is now available online.

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MAG among groups calling for SSNRI adjustment

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is one of a number of physician groups that signed a letter that was sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) to express concern over the planned enactment of the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI).

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AMA: Termination of Anthem/Cigna deal 'clear victory'

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement that is attributable to its president, Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., on May 12…

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MAG delivers great results during 2017 General Assembly

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) enjoyed another exemplary state legislative session in 2017, according to MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D., and MAG Council on Legislation (COL) Chair W. Scott Bohlke, M.D.

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Longstreet Clinic honored with interior design award

The Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers has recognized The Longstreet Clinic Breast & Surgery Center with its Silver Award of Excellence.

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Don't forget to register for MAG’s ‘Legislative Education Seminar’

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is reminding its members to register for MAG’s 2017 ‘Legislative Education Seminar,’ which will take place at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris on the evening of Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24.

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MAG encouraging physicians to review H.B. 249/PDMP overview

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging every physician in the state to review the following summary of H.B. 249, an omnibus bill by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law on May 4. The bill is designed to address opioid abuse in the state. Note that the bill’s provisions will go into effect at different times.

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Gov. Deal signs MOC bill into law

On May 8, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law that will prevent the state’s Medical Practice Act from being used to require Maintenance of Certification (MOC) as a condition of licensure or to require MOC to be employed by a state medical facility or for the purposes of licensure, insurance panels, or malpractice insurance.

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MCG names new dean – David Hess, M.D.

David C. Hess, M.D., stroke specialist, honored educator, biotech entrepreneur, and longtime leader at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, has been named dean of Georgia’s public medical school and executive vice president for medical affairs and integration for the university.

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Gov. Deal signs bills to combat Rx drug abuse

Georgia Gov.

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Media Report: 'House Passes ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill'

The Associated Press is reporting that, "Relieved Republicans muscled their health care bill through the House Thursday, taking their biggest step toward dismantling the Obama health care overhaul since Donald Trump took office. They won passage only after overcoming their own divisions that nearly sank the measure six weeks ago."

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AMA president weighs in after House passes AHCA

The American Medical Association distributed the following press release by its president, Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act on May 4…

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Event to support camp for children who have hemophilia

Hemophilia of Georgia will host a ‘Trot to Clot Walk’ event to raise money for Camp Wannaklot – “Georgia’s only camp dedicated to children who have hemophilia or other inherited bleeding disorders” – at SunTrust Park in Atlanta on Saturday, May 6.

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AMA says proposed changes to AHCA 'do not remedy shortcomings'

None of the legislative tweaks under consideration changes the serious harm to patients and the health care delivery system if AHCA passes. Proposed changes to the bill tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill – that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result of this proposal.

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MAG Journal ad leads could result in $100 gift card

Physicians and practice staff who suggest an advertising prospect (e.g., medi

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GCMB’s latest newsletter now available online

The Georgia Composite Medical Board’s (GCMB) most recent newsletter – which addresses “Certified PA Jobs,” the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and GCMB’s new licensing unit manager – is now available online.

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Claims experts say to be on lookout for increase in denials

MedRevenue Solutions, LLC’s Karlene Dittrich, a certified ERISA/PPACA claims recovery and appeal specialist, is encouraging medical practices to “keep an eye out for an increase in claim denials, audit attempts, and refund demands involving [Anthem and Cigna Corp.] and to take action to protect your revenue of any potential attempts made to recover their unexpected financial losses” in light of a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a lower court ruling that blocked the two insurers from merging on “grounds that the combination would harm competition, particularly in the national employer market.”

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MGMA flagging CMS Medicare/MIPS eligibility letters

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is alerting medical practices that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has “begun mailing letters to Medicare enrolled practices with MIPS eligibility information for the 2017 performance year.”

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AMA applauds ruling to uphold rejection of Anthem-Cigna merger

The American Medical Association (AMA) today applauded the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upholding a lower court ruling halting the proposed $54 billion mega insurance merger between Anthem and Cigna.

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‘Top Docs’ show on MAG 401(k) plan now online

ACG Wealth (formerly the Atlanta Capital Group) Managing Partner Kevin Rainwa

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AMA: Proposed AHCA revisions won’t address shortcomings

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives’ leadership to emphasize that the “proposed revisions to H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will not address the shortcomings of the original legislation, so the AMA remains opposed to its passage.”

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MAG Foundation announces graduating & incoming GPLA classes

A diverse mix of physicians from across the state graduated from the ninth class of the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation’s (MAG Foundation) Georgia Physicians Leadership Academy (GPLA) in a ceremony that took place in Atlanta today, announced GPLA Steering Committee Chair John Sy, D.O. The members of the 10th GPLA class were also introduced during the ceremony.

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Emory hosting older adult care conference in July

Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine will present a ‘Southeast Review and Update on Medical Care of Older Adults’ conference at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain on July 7-9.

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MAG calling on physicians to urge Gov. Deal to veto S.B. 153

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging every physician in the state to contact Gov. Nathan Deal as soon as possible to urge him to VETO S.B. 153, a measure that would allow optometrists to perform injections in and around a patient’s eye once they are enrolled in or have completed a 30-hour certification training course.

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Free MACRA events set for Atlanta & Albany on May 23-24

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 DeKalb County Medical Society will host at the Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 and that the Dougherty County Medical Society will host at the Merry Acres Inn and Event Center in Albany from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24.

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Data shows retail opioid Rx filled down in every state

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released data from QuintilesIMS that shows that the number of retail opioid analgesic prescriptions that were filled in the U.S. dropped in every state during the 2013-2016 timeframe.

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AMA welcomes HHS opioid strategy

The American Medical Association (AMA) said today it looks forward to working with the Trump Administration as it implements a new strategy for combating the nation’s opioid epidemic. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price [M.D.] outlined the strategy Wednesday at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.

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AMA calling on physicians to promote safe opioids use, storage & disposal

The American Medical Association (AMA) Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released today new recommendations for physicians to promote safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription opioids. These new recommendations are part of the Task Force’s ongoing efforts to empower and enable physicians to take steps that can help reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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AMA outlines Medicare QPP recommendations

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a document that outlines a series of recommendations that it is promoting to improve the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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MAG promoting free QPP, practice transformation webinars

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians to register for one of the free ‘Transformative Health Care in 2017’ webinar that HealtheParadigm will present on Monday, April 24, Tuesday, April 25, Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16. The one-hour events will all begin at 6 p.m.

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DCH to host free EHR MU workshops in Waycross & Thomasville

The Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) Division of Health Information Technology is hosting free EHR ‘Meaningful Use’ workshops in Waycross and Thomasville that are “designed for eligible professionals currently enrolled in the Georgia Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.”

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DCH to host free Medicaid Fair on May 2

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) will host a free Georgia Medicaid Fair at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 2.

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‘Top Docs’ show on risk-adjusted reimbursement now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed “patient risk scoring” and what steps physicians and practice staff can take to succeed under the new value-based, pay-for-performance system is now available online.

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‘Top Docs’ show on unique medical finance solution now online

A recording of a recent special, sponsored edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed CopernicusMD – a unique medical finance solution – is now available online.

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AMA, others call for action to ensure CSR funding

The American Medical Association (AMA) joined organizations that represent health insurers, hospitals, health plan purchasers, and other physicians’ advocacy organizations in signing letters that were sent to President Donald Trump and congressional leaders to “take quick action to ensure CSR (cost sharing reductions) are funded.”

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Carter Center to host mental health forum on May 12

The Carter Center Mental Health Program is encouraging physicians to register to attend the 22nd annual ‘Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum,’ which will take place at The Carter Center in Atlanta from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 12.

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MAG mourns loss of past president, Joe Nettles, M.D.

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is mourning the loss of Joe L. Nettles, M.D., who served as MAG’s president in 1989-1990. His memorial service was on April 10. Dr. Nettles was an orthopedic surgeon in Savannah for more than 30 years.

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Physicians Foundation releases 2016 review

The Physicians Foundation recently released its ‘Year-End Review: Physicians Foundation 2016 Initiatives’ report – which features a column by Physicians Foundation President and Medical Association of Georgia member Walker Ray, M.D., as well as the results of national, 2016 patient and physician surveys.

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NCCPA soliciting applications for board seat

The National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA) is soliciting applications for a new physician director-at-large position on its board of directors.

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AMA promoting Rx drug education resources

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse is encouraging physicians to take advantage of two new resources that they can use to educate their patients about the proper use and storage and disposal of prescription drugs, including a ‘Promote safe storage and disposal of opioids and all medications’ fact sheet and a ‘Safe Storage and Disposal of Opioids’ recommendations web page.

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Media Report: ‘Distracted driving – Urging companies to crack down’

A recent article on CNN.com highlighted the deadly distracted driving issue.

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‘Top Docs’ show on distracted driving now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed the dangers associated with distracted driving is now available online.

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AMA applauds administration for forming opioids commission

The American Medical Association distributed the following press release on March 30…

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AMA survey: 90% of physicians satisfied with career choice

Today, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced new survey findings that explore the experiences, perceptions, and challenges facing physicians in the rapidly changing health care environment.

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MAG applauds physicians on National Doctors' Day

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) thanks and applauds every physician in the state today, which is National Doctors' Day.

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AMA promoting 'modernized' code of ethics

In 1847, physicians representing 22 states and the District of Columbia came together to establish America’s first national professional association for physicians, the American Medical Association (AMA).

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MAG MRC to participate in multi-county & state training exercise

The Medical Association of Georgia’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will participate in a natural disaster response exercise that will take place at multiple sites in 31 counties in the state on March 23-31.

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AMA expresses opposition to AHCA in letter to Congress

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to Congressional leaders to express its opposition to the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which is scheduled for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives tomorrow, Thursday, March 23.

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Erlanger to host trauma symposium in Chattanooga in June

The Erlanger Health System will host its ‘Annual Trauma Symposium’ at the Chattanooga Convention Center on June 1-2. Discounted registration will be available through May 21. Contact Regena Young at regena.young@erlanger.org or 423.778.5620 with questions.

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MAG urging administration to minimize MU/PQRS/VM penalties

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of nearly 90 physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that was sent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge the Trump administration to take steps to “minimize the penalties assessed for physicians who tried to participate in the [Meaningful Use, Physician Quality Reporting System, and Value-based payment modifier] programs.”

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Press Release: 'MAG opposing S.B. 8 substitute that would undermine ER care in Georgia'

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging Georgians to contact the members of the Georgia House of Representatives’ Rules Committee to urge them to oppose substitute language for S.B. 8, a bill that was originally designed to protect patients by closing the “surprise health insurance coverage gap” in emergency care settings.

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MAG mourns the passing of Tony Musarra, M.D.

The Medical Association of Georgia is mourning the passing of one if its long-time members, Tony Musarra, M.D.

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CMS streamlining ICD-10 resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that. “To streamline [physician] access to resources, [it] has merged all up-to-date content from [its] ‘Road to 10’ website [with its] main ICD-10 site, www.cms.gov/ICD10.’

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‘Top Docs’ show on flight service for in-need patients now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed Angel Flight Soars – a “non-profit organization that helps medically stable and ambulatory patients who demonstrate a financial need and/or anyone who cannot use or access commercial transportation” – is now available online.

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ACS addresses AHCA concerns in letter to lawmakers

The American College of Surgeons has sent a letter to congressional leaders to express its “concern with some of the language included in the [American Health Care Act], which is the legislation introduced by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

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AMA responds to CBO’s AHCA estimates

The American Medical Association (AMA) has issued a response to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that addresses “how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would affect federal spending, the health insurance market, and the number of Americans with health care coverage.”

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AHCA: Summary, budget estimates & next steps

The following summary was written by Julius Hobson, Cybil Roehrenbeck and

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AMA issues update on health care legislation

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that, “On Thursday, March 9, the [U.S.] House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce completed consideration of draft reconciliation legislation.

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CMS flagging March 13 deadline for 2016 EHR program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is stressing that “eligible professionals (EP) that participated in the 2016 Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System by Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.”

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Reserve a room for MAG’s summer seminar for $189/night

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging its member physicians to reserve a room for MAG’s 2017 ‘Legislative Education Seminar,’ which will take place at the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris on the evening of Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24.

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MAG member appointed to GCMB

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently appointed Barby Simmons, D.O., to the Georgia Composite Medical Board. Dr. Simmons is a primary care physician with the Southeast Permanente Medical Group in McDonough. She is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia.

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AMA says American Health Care Act 'critically flawed'

The American Medical Association distributed the following press release on March 8…

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Media Report: House Republicans unveil plan to replace health law

The New York Times is reporting that, "House Republicans unveiled on

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MAG member wins AHME poster contest

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) member and Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) resident Ben Hayes, M.D., won the ‘Quality Process Improvement’ category of the poster competition that took place in conjunction with the Association for Hospital Medical Education Academy’s (AHME) annual meeting that took place in Las Vegas on February 27.

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AMA urges DOJ to reject offers to settle Anthem-CIGNA litigation

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (JOJ) to express its alarm “regarding recent statements by Anthem, made in the Delaware Court of Chancery, asserting that the company expects to close its merger transaction with CIGNA through ‘resolution with a new DOJ.’”

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Press Release: Georgia House HHS chair says eye care bills 'wrong and dangerous' on ‘Top Docs Radio’

Georgia Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) – the chair of the Georgia House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee – said she believes that two bills state lawmakers are now considering would place 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 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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MAG promoting free HealtheParadigm webinars

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians in the sta

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

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Save the Date

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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GCMB addresses medical assistants, naloxone & 2017 General Assembly

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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AMA releases MACRA QPP provisions summaries

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

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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 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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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: 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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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, 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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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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