ABIM to create longitudinal MOC option 

Friday September 4, 2020

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The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has announced that it will create a longitudinal assessment option for maintenance of certification – adding that the “traditional long-form assessment and Knowledge Check-In will remain options for those physicians who prefer them.” ‘ABIM to Develop Longitudinal Assessment Option’ blog ABMS ‘What Is Longitudinal Assessment’ web page

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AMA releases 2020 PFS/QPP proposed rule summary

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The American Medical Association has prepared a summary of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program. The proposed rule covers an array of issues, including Evaluation/Management (E/M) office visit services and a new participation framework in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). AMA summary

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CMS launches ‘modernized’ Medicare plan finder

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services distributed the following press release on August 27… For the first time in a decade, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today launched a modernized and redesigned Medicare Plan Finder. The Medicare Plan Finder, the most used tool on Medicare.gov, allows users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. There are more than 60 million people with Medicare coverage. The updated Medicare Plan Finder also provides them and their caregivers with a personalized experience through a mobile friendly and easy-to-read design that will help them learn about different options and select coverage that best meets their health needs. The new Plan Finder walks users through the Medicare Advantage and Part D enrollment process from start to finish and allows people to view and compare many of the supplemental…

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MAG president-elect appointed to Georgia Senate study committee

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The office of Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan distributed the following press release on August 7… Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced today the members of two Senate Study Committees: Senate Resolution 464 (Senate Education Outcomes Study Committee) and Senate Resolution 433 (Senate Reducing Georgia’s Cost of Doing Business Study Committee). “To keep Georgia the number one state for business, we have to make sure our higher education system is innovative and our economy is strong,” said Lt. Gov. Duncan. “Both of these committees will take a look at these important issues in the coming months in order to make deliberate, informed decisions to better our citizenry.” The Senate Education Outcomes Study Committee will be chaired by Sen. P. K. Martin. The Senate members appointed to serve on this committee are… Sen. Sally Harrell Sen. Sheikh Rahman Sen. Lindsey Tippins…

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Georgia Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., to serve on three study committees

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The office of Georgia Sen. Kirkpatrick, M.D., distributed the following press release on August 22… Georgia Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D. (R-Marietta) was appointed by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan to serve on three study committees: Senate Study Committee on Evaluating and Simplifying Physician Oversight of Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Senate Study Committee on Protection from Sexual Predators, and Senate Study Committee on Educational Development of African American Children in Georgia. “It is an honor to serve on each of these study committees,” said Sen. Kirkpatrick. “These committees will provide us the opportunity to study critical subjects in-depth over the next few months so we have the background needed to propose legislation for the 2020 legislative session, if necessary. I would like to thank the Lt. Governor for recognizing the importance of these committees, and I look forward to…

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Physicians Foundation weighs in on social determinants of health

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The Physicians Foundation is encouraging physicians and other stakeholders to read a new, three-page ‘Viewpoints: Social Determinants of Health’ summary that it recently distributed. The Physicians Foundation believes that “there is an urgent need to account for poverty and other health-related social needs as central to any truly effective health care system.” Among the key issues that the summary addresses are “payment and delivery reform” and “physician burnout.” Physicians Foundation Viewpoints: Social Determinants of Health

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Physicians Foundation distributes Board meeting summary 

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The Physicians Foundation recently distributed a summary of its most recent Board of Directors meeting, which took place in Colorado Springs on August 1-2. The Medical Association of Georgia’s representative on The Physicians Foundation’s Board is Joy Maxey, M.D. MAG members can contact Dr. Maxey at jmaxaccc@mindspring.com. Physicians Foundation Board meeting summary

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MAG members can get 50% discount on Health Connect South  

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Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) members can get a 50 percent discount for ‘Health Connect South 2019,’ which will take place at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on Thursday, September 26. Health Connect South is a “non-profit serving as the premier platform for regional health collaboration in the Southeast. Its mission is to breakdown the silos in health, gather the top health leaders (decision makers, innovators, next generation of health leaders) from each of these silos, and create collaborations and partnerships to advance health.” Health Connect South is expected to draw some 400 health care leaders from across the region and beyond. The net cost for MAG members is $171.23. Contact Mark Jarboe at Mark.Jarboe@healthconnectsouth.com or 404.668.3314 with questions. ‘Health Connect South 2019’ website Register for ‘Health Connect South 2019’ Note: To get the MAG discount, enter ‘MAG’ in the ‘Enter Promotional…

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TV stations in region to change channels  

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Four television stations that are in the region recently announced that they will be changing channels in the near future, including… – WZRB-TV in Columbia, South Carolina, which will change its frequency from channel 47 (668 – 674 MHz) to channel 25 (536 – 542 MHz). – WPXK-TV in Jellico, Tennessee, which will change its frequency from channel 23 (524 – 530 MHz) to channel 18 (494 – 500 MHz). – WPXH-TV, which will change its operating frequency from channel 45 (656 – 662 MHz) to channel 33 (584 – 590 MHz). – WPXA-TV in Rome, which will change its operating frequency from channel 31 (572 – 578 MHz) to channel 16 (482 – 488 MHz). These changes could all go into effect as soon as September 6. Contact Michael Lasky at Mike.Lasky@Widelity.com with questions.

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LuCa offering free online lung cancer CME course for PCP 

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The LuCa National Training Network at the University of Louisville is offering a free online ‘Lung Cancer and the Primary Care Provider’ CME/CE course that addresses lung cancer screening and results management, tobacco cessation/treatment, shared decision making, treatment advances, palliative care and clinical trials, survivorship care, stigma, and collaborating with cancer treatment specialists. Email to lucatraining@louisville.edu with questions. Enroll  

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