MAG member wins AHME poster contest

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Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) member and Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) resident Ben Hayes, M.D., won the ‘Quality Process Improvement’ category of the poster competition that took place in conjunction with the Association for Hospital Medical Education Academy’s (AHME) annual meeting that took place in Las Vegas on February 27. 

Dr. Hayes addressed the prior authorization process from a physician’s perspective, a project he initiated while he completed a one-month “advocacy internship” with MAG in 2016.

He concluded that “the current insurance and health plan mandated prior authorization process is complex and costly to physicians, pharmacists and patients and ultimately delays treatment and prescription delivery to patients – at times even preventing the acquisition of desired treatments and medications.”

Dr. Hayes’ mentor is John S. Harvey, M.D., MAG’s former president and the GMC’s Transitional Year Residency Program Director.

In addition to applauding Dr. Hayes, Dr. Harvey concluded that, “In the current GME landscape, quality improvement initiatives are becoming more important for the resident learner and are thus increasing in prevalence.”

        Ben Hayes, M.D., on the left, with John S. Harvey, M.D.

Photo by Dave Cherkis