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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

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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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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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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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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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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