AMA comments on MACRA proposed rule

The American Medical Association (AMA) sent the following letter on the proposed regulations to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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MAG calling for members to submit email addresses

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging its members to submit their email addresses to dwilliams@mag.org.

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MAG one of 100+ groups to weigh in on MACRA proposal

MAG is one of more than 100 state and national physician advocacy organizations that signed a detailed letter that was sent to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to submit comments on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that is related to the implementation of the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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MAG’s Summer Legislative Education Seminar

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging its members to click on the link below to register for MAG's annual 'Summer Legislative Education Seminar,' which will take place at The Westin Jekyll Island on Friday, July 29 and Saturday, July 30.

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MAG’s Summer Legislative Education Seminar

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07.29 - 07.30

AMA applauds California commissioner for stand on mergers

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

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News and notes for MAG's 2016 House of Delegates

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

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

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

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Media Report: ‘[Savannah] Metro police add overdose antidote kits to patrols’ (features MAG)

"Deadly drug overdoses are now a growing concern for the Hostess city. Metro police are preparing to add a new tool for their patrol officers hitting the streets."

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AMA leader to discuss opioid abuse & MACRA on ‘Top Docs Radio’

Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A., the chair of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Board of Trustees and the chair of AMA’s Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, will discuss the steps that AMA is taking to address the nation’s opioid drug abuse epidemic as well as the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) when she appears on the ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

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GPPA Summer CME Meeting

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DMS Nepal Medical Camp

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10.20

RCMS Summer Meeting

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07.26.16

Gov. Deal signs MAG’s legislative priorities into law

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

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‘Top Docs’ show on “why manners matter” now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that featured Barry Silverman, M.D., and Saul Adler, M.D., discussing a book that they wrote on the need for manners and civility is now available online.

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MAG names new government relations director

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has announced that Derek Norton will become its director of Government Relations on July 1.

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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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HHS promoting Zika planning resources

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is promoting the availability of an ‘About the Zika Virus Planning Resources’ summary.

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Amerigroup “ready” to administer Medicaid pay increase

Amerigroup has announced that “its systems are configured and ready to pay the increased rate for [Georgia Medicaid] ACA attested primary care providers, OB-GYN providers, specific rural hospitals, children’s intervention services, and advance life support emergency transport effective July 1, 2016.”

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AMA/JAMA assessing social media as CME tool

The American Medical Association (AMA) and The Journal of the American Medical Association are sponsoring a pilot program to assess how “social [media] conversations could be structured and moderated to be a resource worthy of awarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for CME.”

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MAG Alliance receives national award

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

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

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

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MAG to host medical student abstract competition

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) will host a medical student abstract competition for MAG member students in conjunction with its annual House of Delegates meeting – an event that will take place at the Hyatt Regency Savannah on Saturday, October 15.

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MAG flagging key HOD deadlines

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is stressing that resolutions and annual reports for this year’s HOD meeting must be submitted by the end of the day on Wednesday, August 31.

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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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AMA unveils ‘MACRA Action Kit’

The American Medical Association (AMA) has created a ‘Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization (MACRA) Action Kit’ as a resource for physicians and medical practice staff.

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OIG: Fraud recoveries up five-fold in three years

In its most recent ‘Semiannual Report to Congress’ – which covers October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 – the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports that “CMP (civil monetary penalties) recoveries [for fraud] have increased almost five fold over the past three years, and [it] is on track to exceed prior recoveries in FY 2016.”

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CMS promoting specialty-specific ICD-10 resources

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

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AMA, others call for change in EHR interoperability measures

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

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United Health Foundation releases senior health report

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

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MAG House of Delegates

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MAG to offer powerful data analytics tool

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) and KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) have established a partnership that will transform the state’s health care system by developing a health IT solution that will enable physicians to generate sophisticated patient data reports that they can use to improve outcomes and fulfill the new quality-based payer metrics.

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

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

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AMA “pleased” with FDA okay of implant to fight opioid addiction

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement that is attributable to its chair-elect, Patrice A. Harris, M.D., on May 26…

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

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

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MCG dean wins award for clinical psychiatry

Peter F. Buckley, M.D., the dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, recently won the University of Pennsylvania’s Edward A. Strecker, M.D. Award for “outstanding contributions to the field of clinical psychiatry.” Dr. Buckley is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia – and he is the co-chair of the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association's CME Committee.

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MAG releases list of pro-physician candidates

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has released a list of pro-physician candidates who have received MAG’s support and who are running for state office and who are being opposed in the election that will take place on Tuesday, May 24.

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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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Media Report: ‘State document hints at downside to insurance mergers in Georgia’

"Two pending mega-mergers, if approved, would tighten an already compressed health insurance market in Georgia, a state insurance department document suggests."

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GOS Annual Meeting

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09.22

Dougherty CMS holiday social

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12.01

HHS promoting new Zika virus resources

The U.S. Department of Human Services (HHS) is promoting the availability of some new ‘What You Need to Know about Zika Virus’ resources for health care providers.

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Carter Center to host mental health forum

The Carter Center Mental Health Program is encouraging physicians to attend the annual ‘Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum,’ which will take place at The Carter Center in Atlanta on May 20.

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GSA Summer Meeting

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07.22

MAA Annual Meeting

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06.16

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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CMS extends EHR hardship application deadline to July 1

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the application deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process for eligible professionals until July 1, 2016.

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DCMS Riverfront Run

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10.01

AMA unveils ‘Block the Mergers’ campaign

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

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PAI calls for DOJ to block insurer mergers

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

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MAG encouraging Georgians to oppose health insurer mergers

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

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