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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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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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Expert to stress MACRA’s 'not going away' & practical coping mechanisms on ‘Top Docs Radio’

Sidney Welch, Esq. – the chair of Health Care Innovation at Polsinelli PC – will discuss 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) when she appears on MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23.

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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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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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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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CMS unveils 2017 MIPS participation status tool

CMS unveils MIPS participation status tool

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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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