Media Report: Who owns health data? Supreme Court may try answering that question

"The U.S. Supreme Court is considering hearing a case that could have implications for self-funded insurers nationwide and as many as 16 states that have passed laws creating healthcare data collection programs."

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Discounted rooms now available for MAG’s Summer Legislative Education Seminar

The Medical Association of Georgia will host its annual summer legislative education seminar at the Château Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.

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MAG’s Summer Legislative Education Seminar

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07.31 - 08.01

Media Report: Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies

"The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans."

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Recording of MAG webinar on maximizing patient collections now online for MAG members

A recording of the first installment of the three-part "Practice Management: What You Need to Know Now" webinar series that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) hosted on June 16 that addressed "Maximizing Patient Collections" is now available online.

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CMS promoting ‘ICD-10 Quick Start Guide’

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is promoting the availability of an ICD-10 Quick Start Guide. CMS says that, “This guide outlines five steps health care professionals should take to prepare for [the] ICD-10 [billing codes] by the October 1, 2015, compliance date.”

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CMS flagging July 1 Medicare adjustment deadline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is stressing that “Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016.”

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Media Report: Missouri federal judge limits False Claims Act claims involving vague Medicare regulations

"A Missouri federal judge has issued a summary judgment order that could serve as an important limitation on the U.S. Department of Justice’s expanding use of the False Claims Act and penalties aimed at recovering funds from government contractors."

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AMA encouraging physicians to call for ICD-10 grace period

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging physicians to contact their Congressional leaders to ask them to provide a grace period to make the transition to the ICD-10 billing codes that are scheduled to go into effect on October 1.

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GCMB releases new vaccine protocol forms

The Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) has released new documents and forms that are required by H.B. 508, legislation that mandates all vaccine protocols be filed with the GCMB by July 1.

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U.S. House votes to repeal medical device tax

On June 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to repeal a tax on medical devices that comprised part of the funding for the Affordable Care Act. The legislation repealing the tax does not propose an alternate source of funding to replace the lost revenue.

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U.S. Senate Chairmen respond to OIG report on CMS oversight of health insurance exchanges

In a letter sent on June 17, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Judiciary Commitee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) responded to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt after the release of the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) report criticizing CMS oversight of the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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MAG urging physicians in Georgia to review BCBSGA letter regarding hospital admitting privileges

On Monday, June 15, BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia (BCBSGa) mailed letters to some physicians in their Pathway Network notifying them that according to BCBSGa's records, they do not have admitting privileges to an in-network hospital.

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MAG summary addresses OIG alert on "anti-kickback" statute

The Medical Association of Georgia has produced a summary of the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) recent alert addressing fraudulent compensation arrangments with third parties.

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AMA letter urges U.S. House to repeal IPAB

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the U.S. House urging representatives to vote "yes" on H.R. 1190, which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

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Georgia DPH "Medical Cannabinoid Oil Registry" now online

The Medical Association of Georgia has produced a document for physicians explaining how to register patients with state to legally use medical cannabinoid oil.

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MAG HOD meeting

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10.17 - 10.18

CMS responds to AMA letter addressing ICD-10 implementation

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has responded to a letter from the American Medical Association (AMA) and other organizations including the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) that addressed the ICD-10 implementation process.

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RCMS membership meeting

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07.28

Dougherty CMS General Membership Meeting

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09.22

MAG to host part one of free three-part webinar series for Georgia practice staff at noon today

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians in the state to distribute this information to their applicable front office practice staff and encourage them to take advantage of a free, three-part "Practice Management: What You Need to Know Now" webinar series that MAG will host, including a "Maximizing Patient Collections" session on June 16, a "Missed Appointments = Missed Opportunities" session on July 20, and a "Front Office Success" session on August 17.

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Recording of MAG call on immunizations, GRITS now online

A recording of a town hall conference call that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) hosted on June 16 that addressed adult immunizations in Georgia is now available online.

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Physicians Institute for Excellence in Medicine EVP appears on MAG's ‘Top Docs’ show

Bob Addleton, EdD, the executive vice president of the Medical Association of Georgia's Physicians Institute for Excellence in Medicine (PIEM), appeared on the ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network on June 9.

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CMS correcting eCQM measures for 2016 eReporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it is “updating select electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) that eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will electronically report in 2016 [that were posted on the CMS website on May 1] for the annual update of the 2014 measure set."

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Financial Times honors MAG member 401(k) plan manager

Kevin Rainwater – a managing partner at the Atlanta Capital Group who manages the 401(k) retirement plan that is available to MAG member physicians and practices – has been honored as one of the Financial Times’ ‘Top 401 Retirement Advisers.’

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MAG to host free three-part webinar series for Georgia practice staff

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians in the state to forward this email to their applicable front office practice staff and encourage them to take advantage of a free, three-part "Practice Management: What You Need to Know Now" webinar series that MAG will host, including a "Maximizing Patient Collections" session on June 16, a "Missed Appointments = Missed Opportunities" session on July 20, and a "Front Office Success" session on August 17.

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Gov. Deal signs landmark “name tag” bill into law – MAG unveils fact sheet addressing key provisions

On May 12, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a crucial bill (H.B. 416) into law that will require the vast majority of licensed health care practitioners in the state to wear an ID on their “lab coats or similar distinguishing clothing or uniforms” that states their name and license or educational degree when they are caring for a patient.

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Avalere releases ‘Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices & 340B’ report

Avalere Health LLC recently released a white paper that determined that “340B-participating hospitals were more likely than non-340B hospitals to acquire independent physician practices” – keeping in mind that “The 340B program requires manufacturers to provide certain health care providers with discounts on outpatient drugs.”

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Physicians Institute for Excellence in Medicine EVP to appear on 'Top Docs' at 2:30 p.m. today

Bob Addleton, EdD, the executive vice president of the Medical Association of Georgia's Physicians Institute for Excellence in Medicine (PIEM), will appear on the 'Top Docs Radio' program on the Business Radio-X Network at 2:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, June 9.

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HomeTown Health to host free ICD-10 readiness webinar at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday

HomeTown Health will host a free one-hour "100 Day Countdown to ICD-10" webinar beginning at 12:30 p.m. this Thursday, June 11. The program is designed for "all health care providers...not currently participating in the HomeTown Health ICD-10 Program."

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MGMA promoting free webinar series for practice managers/staff

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) is encouraging both member and non-member medical practice managers and staff to register for one or more of its free summer webinar series.

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DCH to terminate suspended Medicaid providers on June 1

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has announced that it will terminate suspended Medicaid providers who fail to revalidate their enrollment before May 30, 2015.

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White House report details consequences of state decisions not to expand Medicaid

The White House Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) has released a report on the estimated health and economic benefits that states receive if they expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

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AMA touts six characteristics of successful physician-hospital relationships

"For physicians who want to work in hospitals or health systems, or for those who are seeking to integrate their practices, the move can be confusing. New guidelines from the AMA and the American Hospital Association outline the six principles that enable successful integrated leadership."

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CMS finalizes rules for Medicare Shared Savings Program

"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a final rule updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program to encourage the delivery of high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries and build on the early successes of the program and of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model. This final rule is an effort to provide support for the care provider community in creating a delivery system with better care, smarter spending, and healthier people."

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MAG CEO featured on Fulton Government TV "Health Line" program

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is promoting a Fulton Government TV "Health Line" program featuring MAG CEO Donald Palmisano Jr. and MAG Foundation 'Think About It' Co-Chair Dallas Gay that aired late last month.

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Classified: Physicians needed to perform physicals

A private disability company is seeking physicians as independent contractors who have a Georgia medical license and board certification in family or internal medicine to perform physicals in Brunswick, Athens, Gainesville or Calhoun on Saturdays and/or Macon on Thursdays and Saturdays.

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CMS releases data on Medicare hospital and physician utilization, payment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released "new sets of data designed to increase transparency in the Medicare program."

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DCH-i addresses revalidation, paperless initiative, and long-term care background checks

The latest edition of the monthly DCH-i newsletter addresses Medicaid provider revalidation enrollment, the Georgia Medicaid paperless initiative, and the voluntary long-term care background check program.

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Media Report: Some generic medicine prices up sharply

"Reversing a long-term trend, prices for more than one in four generic medicines widely used by older Americans increased in 2013, some very sharply, according to a survey by AARP."

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Media Report: Antitrust lawsuits target Blue Cross and Blue Shield

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurers cover about a third of Americans, through a national network that dates back decades."

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MAG rallying support for RAC reform bill

The Medical Association of Georgia is encouraging physicians to contact their Congressional leaders to encourage them to co-sponsor the Fair Medical Audits Act of 2015 (FMAA) by Rep. George Holding (R-NC).

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Physicians Foundation promoting free ICD-10 tool

The Physicians Foundation is encouraging physicians to take advantage of a free ‘ICD-10 Charts’ resource that was designed to help medical practices make the transition to the ICD-10 billing codes that will go into effect on October 1, 2015.

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GAO report addresses 2012-2013 Pioneer ACO results

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a “Medicare: Results from the First Two Years (2012-2013) of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model” report.

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Group promoting free cardiac/diabetes health webinars

The Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2) will host a number of free webinars in 2015.

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MAG calling for nominations for 2015 awards

MAG is encouraging county medical society leaders and MAG members to nominate those individuals who they believe deserve to be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the medical profession.

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PAI supports bill addressing Medicare audits

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) is encouraging lawmakers to pass the “Fair Medical Audits Act of 2015” – a bill by U.S. Rep. George Holding (R-NC) that PAI says “addresses many concerns that physicians have with regard to the extraordinary lack of transparency and expensive, time-consuming and often unfair processes that plague the current Medicare audit program.”

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MAG CEO featured in Bloomberg article on Humana in Georgia

"Obamacare has been great business for U.S. health insurers. Just not everywhere."

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Alliant Quality gets CMS award to improve immunization rates

Alliant Quality, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Georgia and North Carolina, has been awarded a new project by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve adult immunization rates in Georgia.

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Recording of MAG call on POLST, end-of-life issues now online

A recording of a town hall conference call that the Medical Association of Georgia hosted on May 18 that addressed the role of a physician order for life-sustaining treatment (POLST), POLST legislation in Georgia, the Institute of Medicine’s 2014 “Dying in America” report, and the resources that are available on the Georgia POLST Collaborative website is now available online.

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Oconee County Jail wins MAG’s ‘Spivey’ award

The Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Correctional Medicine Committee awarded its Herman E. Spivey, M.D., Award for Excellence to the Oconee County Jail during a ceremony that took place in Watkinsville on April 20.

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TV pilot to feature ‘Think About It’ co-chair...studio seats available

The MAG Foundation is encouraging physicians in the Atlanta metro area to sign up to be a member of the studio audience for a pilot episode of Generation Nation with Bobbie Battista, which will feature Tennent Slack, M.D. – the co-chair of the MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse.

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MAG members assume key roles at Physicians Foundation

Two Georgia physicians will serve in key leadership positions at The Physicians Foundation for the next three years – including Walker Ray, M.D., as president and Alan Plummer, M.D., as vice president.

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House HHS vice chair appears on MAG’s monthly ‘Top Docs’ show

Georgia Rep. Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper) – the vice chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee – joined Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director and CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr. and MAG Government Relations Director Marcus Downs on the 'Top Docs Radio' program on the Business Radio-X Network on May 12.

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CMS flagging deadline for last MAC/CEDI ICD-10 test

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says that, “During the week of July 20 through 24, 2015, a final sample group of providers will have the opportunity to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor.” CMS will accept volunteers through May 22.

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New AMA documents address H.R. 2 details, timeline

The American Medical Association has produced two documents that address the recently-enacted “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (H.R. 2), including “a detailed section-by-section summary…[and] a chronological list that shows when some of the major provisions will take effect.”

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New CMS newsletter includes fraud/abuse program update

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has distributed its “Spring Edition of the CMS Pulse,” which includes an update on the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program.

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MAG & AMA encouraging physicians to thank Congress for Medicare reform

The Medical Association of Georgia and the American Medical Association are encouraging physicians to thank to the Congressional leaders who supported the “Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act” (H.R. 2) by posting a message on their social media accounts.

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CMS releases mid-year 2014 QRUR reports

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the “2014 Mid-Year Quality and Resource Use Reports” (MYQRURs) for physicians who participated in the Shared Savings Program or a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) or the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative in 2014.

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Georgia gets B grades on telemedicine reports

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has released two state reports that assign “grades ranging from A-to-F based on telemedicine reimbursement and physician practice standards.”

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MAG encouraging HOD attendees to reserve room ASAP

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) will hold its House of Delegates meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18.

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CMR releases 2014 eCQMs for 2016 reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its annual update for the 2014 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) for eligible hospitals and eligible professionals.

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Sponsored message: Senoia practice looking to sublease office space

A family practice in high-growth Senoia, Georgia is looking to sublease 1,700 square feet.

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CMS to host webinars on proposed EHR rules, comment submission

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging health care providers to register for two webinars that will address the “Proposed Rules for EHR Incentive Programs and Comment Submission.”

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Dougherty County MS names new executive director

The Dougherty County Medical Society (DCMS) has announced that Susan Workman will serve as its executive director beginning on May 1.

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MagMutual to “allocate millions for loyal policyholders”

MAG Mutual Insurance Company distributed the following press release on April 23…

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MAG wins 7th award for mag.org

For the second year in a row, the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has won an Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts’ (AIVA) Communicator Award for its mag.org website – which brings the number of awards the organization has received for the website to seven.

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DPH to host ‘Immunize Georgia’ event on September 11

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09.11

DPH to host ‘Immunize Georgia’ event on September 11

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging health care providers to make plans to attend the 22nd Annual Immunize Georgia Conference, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia on Friday, September 11.

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CMS releases “Five Facts about ICD-10” summary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a “Five Facts about ICD-10” summary that addresses “common (physician) misperceptions about the transition to ICD-10.” CMS says…

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WellStar/Piedmont physician in urgent need of bone marrow donor

Tod Rubin, M.D., with the WellStar Health System is calling on physicians in Georgia to help to find a bone marrow donor for William Dablah, M.D. – “a popular and beloved anesthesiologist who is affiliated with the WellStar and Piedmont Health Systems.”

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CMS releases FAQ on CME/Open Payments reporting

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has released a FAQ resource that addresses when Continuing Medical Education (CME) needs to be reported in the Open Payments System.

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Recording of MAG call on health informatics now online

A recording of a town hall conference call that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) hosted on April 20 that addressed how health informatics can improve the quality and efficiency of health care is now available online.

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MAG CEO addresses health insurance, payer developments on ‘Top Docs Radio’

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. discussed key health insurance and third party payer developments on the ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network on April 14 – and a recording of the program is now available online.

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CMS unveils ‘Hospital Compare’ website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced “Hospital Compare, the agency’s public information website, to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver.”

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CMS addresses plans for Medicare pay

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has confirmed reports that President Obama is expected to sign the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 into law “shortly.”

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Senate passes Medicare bill, which president is expected to sign into law

The U.S. Senate passed the “Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act” (H.R. 2) by a vote of 92-to-8 late Tuesday. The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that President Obama is now expected to sign the bill into law.

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CMS issues proposed rule to align EHR stages

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs to “align (the) Stage 1 and Stage 2 objectives and measures with the long-term proposals for Stage 3.”

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AMA expresses concerns about report on Medicare bill

The American Medical Association (AMA) has expressed a number of concerns about a report that the Office of the Actuary (OACT) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released that addresses the estimated financial effects of H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

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Physicians who practiced in Pennsylvania may receive settlement refund

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) reports that physicians who practiced in the state in 2009-2012 or 2014 may be eligible for a “refund payment” from the Mcare Fund, which is “a medical liability coverage fund that is operated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is funded by assessments on physicians and other health care providers.”

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Physician Sunshine Act/Open Payments data now available

The American Medical Association (AMA) is reporting that physicians can now register for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) “Open Payments System” and review their 2014 CY data.

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CMS issues statement addressing plans for Medicare pay

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a statement that addresses its plan to pay physicians under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in the event Congress does not take action to address the negative update for physician payments under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula before March 31.

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MAG CEO completes 100-mile run to raise $40K for ‘Think About It’ campaign

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director and CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr. and outside legal counsel Trey Reese with Hall Booth Smith, PC raised $40,100 for the MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse in the state.

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MCG/GRU ad: 67 grads to stay in Georgia for residency

The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University (MCG/GRU) recently ran a full-page advertisement in The Augusta Chronicle that highlighted where its 2015 graduates will conduct their residency training.

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Mercy Care to host “health care for the poor” event

Mercy Care will host a “Healthcare for the Poor: An Interfaith Dialogue” event that will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

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MAG reports key developments on final day of 2015 legislative session

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) reported three key developments on April 2, the last day of the state legislative session…

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MAG subsidiary exec to be featured at ‘healthy living’ for physicians event

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is promoting a “Work. Life. You: Healthy Living for Today’s Physician” event that the Florida Medical Association (FMA) will host at the Disney Yacht & Beach Club Resort in Orlando on May 29-30.

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Media Report: Providers can't sue state Medicaid agencies over rates, Supreme Court rules

The following article was published in Modern Healthcare on March 31...

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MAG applauds physicians on National Doctor’s Day

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is thanking and applauding every physician in the state on National Doctors' Day, which is today, Monday, March 30.

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MAG CEO completes 100-mile run to raise $40K for ‘Think About It’ campaign

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director and CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr. and outside legal counsel Trey Reese with Hall Booth Smith, PC raised $40,100 for the MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse in the state.

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Recording of MAG town hall on chronic care management/billing online

A recording of a town hall conference call that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) hosted on March 16 that addressed the criteria for providing and billing for chronic care management (CCM) is now available online.

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Rep. Price introduces ‘Medicare Patient Empowerment Act’

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., issued the following press release on the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act (H.R. 1650) on March 26 – the “same day that the House passed bipartisan legislation to replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and make additional reforms to the Medicare program”…

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MAG, AMA & other states call on Congress to pass bill to repeal SGR

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) joined the American Medical Association and other state medical associations in signing a letter that was sent to Congressional leaders to urge them to pass H.R. 2.

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AMA: Lawmakers to consider “modified” Medicare payment bill

The American Medical Association (AMA) is reporting that “the Medicare physician payment reform legislation (that is under consideration has been) modified to include budget offsets, policy extenders, and other provisions and reintroduced by Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX) as H.R. 2, the ‘Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act’ (MACRA).”

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NRMP: 2015 resident match “largest” ever

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) says that its 2015 Main Residency Match® was the largest in history – as it reports that there were “more than 41,000 applicants vying for over 30,000 residency positions in 4,756 programs.

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HHS: Uncompensated costs for hospitals down under ACA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) recently released two fact sheets that address how the Medicaid and health insurance provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have affected hospitals.

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CMS & ONC release rules on Stage 3, certified EHR

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Stage 3 “meaningful use” rule for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentives Program, while the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has released its rule addressing the next version of certified EHR.

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Media Report: “CMS issues draft Stage 3 rules for EHR incentive program”

"Draft regulations the CMS issued Friday would add a third and final stage to the federal incentive program that requires doctors and hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health records."

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Media Report: “House, Senate leaders unveil permanent 'doc fix' bills”

"Congressional leaders Thursday announced a bipartisan, bicameral deal to permanently repeal Medicare's loathed sustainable growth-rate formula for paying doctors. Bills containing terms of the deal were introduced in both chambers of Congress."

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GAFP promoting webinars on Practice Transformation Networks

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) is encouraging physicians in the state to register for a one-hour webinar that will be offered at both 12 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 that will address Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs).

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MAG one of 750+ groups to sign letter calling for SGR repeal

The Medical Association of Georgia was one of more than 750 state and national medical associations to sign that a letter that was sent to U.S Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehnar on March 16 that urged him (and fellow lawmakers) to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR).

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MedPAC issues report with 2016 Medicare FFS recommendations

In its most recent (and mandatory) “Medicare Payment Policy” report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is recommending no fee-for-service (FFS) updates for 2016 for five FFS payment systems, including ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient dialysis, long term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and hospice.

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MAG Foundation encouraging physicians to attend Rx Drug Abuse Summit

The MAG Foundation is encouraging physicians in Georgia to attend the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit that will take place at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta on April 6-9

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‘TopDocs’ interview on Georgia Medical Reserve Corps now online

A recording of the interview that Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) President-elect John S. Harvey, M.D., and MAG Director of Health Policy and Third Party Payer Advocacy Susan Moore and emergency response/crisis management expert Paul Hildreth recently conducted to discuss a medical reserve corps that is under development in the state on the 'Top Docs Radio' program on the Business Radio-X Network is now available online.

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CDC/AMA unveil joint effort to prevent type 2 diabetes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have announced a joint “Prevent Diabetes STAT” initiative that is designed to prevent type 2 diabetes in the U.S.

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CBO estimates costs for trauma care/funding bills

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has developed cost estimates for H.R. 647, the Access to Life-Saving Trauma Care for All Americans Act, and H.R. 648, the Trauma Systems and Regionalization of Emergency Care Reauthorization Act.

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Physicians urged to call on lawmakers ASAP to repeal SGR to avoid “massive (pay) cuts”

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging physicians to contact their U.S. legislators as soon as possible to urge them to repeal the Medicare SGR.

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CMS responds to MAG’s call to rectify backlog of appeals

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has responded to a letter that Medical Association of Georgia President Manoj H. Shah, M.D., sent late last year that urged CMS to rectify the two-year backlog of Medicare and Medicaid appeals.

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MAG applauding Rep. Price's efforts to address SGR

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) applauds you for your ongoing efforts to protect patients, physicians and health care professionals in your district, the state of Georgia, and the rest of the country.

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MAG one of 100+ to detail ICD-10 concerns in letter to CMS

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of more than 100 state and national organizations that signed a March 4 letter that was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to express its concerns over the “implementation plans for moving to ICD-10, a code set named under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that will be required for use by physicians and others starting October 1, 2015.”

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Donor to match up to $10K as MAG CEO, Hall Booth attorney to run 200 miles to fight Rx drug abuse

An anonymous donor has significantly bolstered Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr.’s efforts to raise money for the MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ campaign to reduce prescription drug abuse in the state by offering to match any donations that came in beginning on Monday, March 2 up to $10,000.

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SCOTUS: NC board “suppressed competition” in non-dentists/teeth whitening case

"State professional regulatory boards may seek out more state supervision or even change their membership makeup because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday against a North Carolina dental board accused of illegally suppressing competition."

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MAG one of 150+ to ask NGA to emphasize OD prevention & treatment

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of more than 150 state and national organizations that signed a letter that urged the National Governors Association (NGA) to turn “the nation’s discussion about prescription drug abuse and diversion into one that places increased emphasis on overdose prevention and treatment.”

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Medicare QIN/QIO promoting heart health, HIT & PQRS/VBPM initiatives

Alliant GMCF – which is the Quality Innovation Network/Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Medicare in Georgia – is promoting the availability of three new initiatives for physicians and other health care stakeholders in Georgia.

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Recording of MAG “D.C. Issues” town hall now online

A recording of a 45-minute “D.C. Issues Update” conference call that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) hosted on February 16 is now available online.

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PAI weighs in on Medicare RAC audit reform

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently submitted a letter to a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee to outline PAI’s “key policy goals for reforming the (Medicare) RAC audit program.

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Avalere issues report addressing drugs used for complex diseases in ACA plans

Avalere Health has issued a report that “analyzes cost-sharing for drugs used to treat complex diseases in health plans offered on the Affordable Care Act’s Exchanges.”

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‘TopDocs’ interview on MAG’s correctional medicine program now online

A recording of the interview that Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. and MAG Director of Correctional Medicine Clyde Maxwell recently conducted on the ‘TopDocs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network to discuss MAG’s Correctional Medicine program is now available online.

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AMA promoting free advocacy training webinar

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging physicians to register for a free “advocacy training webinar” that it will host at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, February 17. The webinar will focus on “effective grassroots advocacy tools and techniques to facilitate interaction between physicians and lawmakers during the upcoming National Advocacy Conference as well as in the district.”

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AMA encouraging physicians to attend National Advocacy Conference

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging physicians to attend its National Advocacy Conference, which will take place at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. on February 23-25.

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Payscape Advisors corrects phone number in MAG Journal ad

The telephone number that was noted in the advertisement that Payscape Advisors ran in the most recent edition of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia was incorrect.

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MAG, PAI encouraging physicians to take virtual credit cards survey

The Medical Association Georgia and The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) are encouraging physicians in Georgia to complete a short survey that was developed by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) that addresses virtual credit cards.

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Listen to MAG Town Hall & ‘Top Docs Radio’ interviews

MAG members can click here to listen to every MAG Town Hall & ‘Top Docs Radio’ interview.

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Blog: ABIM leaders announce significant changes to MOC program

"Today, ABIM announced substantial changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program and indicated a desire to work more closely with the internal medicine community. I reached out to our diplomates via e-mail to open a conversation about how we can work together to improve MOC."

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Study sheds light on views of CMS, QIOs

Market Connections conducted a study to measure the perceptions of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs).

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