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MAG one of more than 70 groups calling for meeting to address MOC reform

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is one of more than 70 physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that was sent to the American Board of American Specialties (ABAS) to express physicians’ concerns surrounding maintenance of certification (MOC) process.

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Support MAG’s CEO as he runs 100 miles to combat distracted driving

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging member physicians and other individuals and corporate sponsors to support MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. with a tax-deductible donation when he participates in the 100-mile ‘Javelina Jundred’ trail run in Arizona on October 28-29 to raise funds for a campaign that the MAG Foundation is developing to reduce distracted driving in the state.

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‘Top Docs’ show to address the ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign

The next MAG ‘Top Docs Radio’ program – which will air at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22 – will address the ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign in Georgia.

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Northside and Gwinnett Health System announce plans to merge

Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System (the parent of Gwinnett Medical Center) announced today that they have submitted their proposed merger agreement to the State of Georgia Office of the Attorney General for review and approval. Depending on the review process, the five-hospital Northside-Gwinnett Health combined system could be operational in early 2018.

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CMS announces proposed rule related to CJR model

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule to reduce the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (Innovation Center) Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model from 67 to 34. In addition, CMS proposes to allow CJR participants in the 33 remaining areas to participate on a voluntary basis. In this rule, CMS also proposes to make participation in the CJR model voluntary for all low volume and rural hospitals in all of the CJR geographic areas.

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Rep. Scott to host free health fair in Jonesboro

U.S. Rep David Scott will host a health fair for his constituents from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 19 at Mundy’s Mill High School in Jonesboro. The event will feature free “breast cancer screenings, prostate cancer exams, HIV testing, blood pressure checks, blood donation, body mass index, dental, glucose, kidney function tests, cholesterol, orthopedic, spinal, general vision, glaucoma…”

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MAG promoting physicians caucus reception

The Medical Association of Georgia is encouraging physicians in the state to attend the ‘First Annual Physicians Caucus Reception,’ which will take place at The Georgian Club in Atlanta from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12.

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AMA promoting new Medicare QPP tools

As physicians across the country prepare for the first comprehensive changes in Medicare payment in three decades, the American Medical Association (AMA) is unveiling new resources to encourage and simplify participation in the program. The new, customizable MIPS Action Plan will help physicians pursue the right course of action for their practice, take recommended steps to meet program requirements, and measure their performance against important milestones. The AMA also released a short video, entitled ‘One patient, one measure, no penalty: How to avoid a Medicare payment penalty with basic reporting.’

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MAG encouraging physicians, staff to register for free PDMP webinar

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians and applicable practice staff to register for a free ‘Physicians' Best Practices for PDMP Review Before Prescribing Opioids’ webinar that Alliant Quality will host from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6.

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‘Top Docs’ show on cancer care now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that featured J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D. – the deputy chief medical officer in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer with the American Cancer Society (ACS) – discussing advancements in cancer care is now available online.

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GEMA encouraging Georgians to get solar glasses to view eclipse

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) has issued an alert that addresses the eclipse of the sun that will take place on Monday, August 21.

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Media report: 'Medical board sending Georgia’s doctors to opioid training'

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that, "Every doctor in Georgia must get training on proper prescribing of opioids under a rule approved Thursday morning by the Georgia Composite Medical Board."

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MAG’s CEO elected to AAMSE Board of Directors

The American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) installed a new president and board members at its annual conference in Minneapolis.

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GCT2 to host free opioid safety webinar on 8/23

The Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2) is encouraging physicians and applicable practice staff to register for a free ‘Opioid Safety and the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain’ webinar that it will host from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23.

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Media report: 'Anthem takes harder line on ER visits'

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that, "Frustrated that people are continuing to show up at the emergency room with problems that aren’t life-threatening, Anthem Inc., Indiana’s largest health insurer, is pushing a new message: Save the ER for emergencies, or you’ll be responsible for the cost, which could easily run to thousands of dollars."

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Media report: 'Is Anthem's ER policy legal? Health executives want [Missouri] insurance director to weigh in'

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that, "A few health care industry executives have sent a letter to Missouri’s insurance director, asking her to take a 'hard and earnest look' at Anthem’s emergency room policy and whether it is legal."

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Georgia PHP: Helping physicians & PAs for five years

The Georgia Professional Health Program (Georgia PHP) is pleased to announce our five-year anniversary. This month we celebrate five years of continuous service to physicians, physician assistants and respiratory therapists in Georgia. By helping our health care providers, we are improving the health of everyone who receives medical care in our state.

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Media report: 'Blue Cross agrees to stay in counties where there’s no other exchange option'

Georgia Health News is reporting that, "Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has agreed to offer coverage in the state insurance exchange in the 85 counties that will have no other health plans in 2018."

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Expert M.D. to address progress in cancer care on ‘Top Docs Radio’

J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D. – the deputy chief medical officer in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer with the American Cancer Society (ACS) – will address advancements in cancer care when he appears on the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8.

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AMA: Physicians should 'act now' to avoid penalties/succeed in MIPS

The American Medical Association (AMA) is encouraging physicians to take advantage of free resources that it developed to help them succeed under Medicare’s new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). This includes a short ‘One patient, one measure, no penalty: How to avoid a Medicare payment penalty with basic reporting’ video and a web page that features a sample CMS-1500 claim form, links to quality measures on the CMS web site, and a link to the CMS MIPS eligibility tool.

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