MAG MRC to participate in multi-county & state training exercise

The Medical Association of Georgia’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) will participate in a natural disaster response exercise that will take place at multiple sites in 31 counties in the state on March 23-31.

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Updates on key 2017 bills

The following is a rolling list of news and updates on some of the priority bills that the Medical Association of Georgia is focusing on during the 2017 state legislative session…

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AMA expresses opposition to AHCA in letter to Congress

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to Congressional leaders to express its opposition to the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which is scheduled for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives tomorrow, Thursday, March 23.

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Erlanger to host trauma symposium in Chattanooga in June

The Erlanger Health System will host its ‘Annual Trauma Symposium’ at the Chattanooga Convention Center on June 1-2. Discounted registration will be available through May 21. Contact Regena Young at regena.young@erlanger.org or 423.778.5620 with questions.

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GAMPAC to host exclusive D.C. ‘Fly-In’ on May 3-4

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians in the state to join GAMPAC’s Chairman’s Circle (i.e., $2,500 or more) so they have an opportunity to attend an exclusive “Fly-In” event that will take place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4.

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MAG urging administration to minimize MU/PQRS/VM penalties

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of nearly 90 physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that was sent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to urge the Trump administration to take steps to “minimize the penalties assessed for physicians who tried to participate in the [Meaningful Use, Physician Quality Reporting System, and Value-based payment modifier] programs.”

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Press Release: 'MAG opposing S.B. 8 substitute that would undermine ER care in Georgia'

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging Georgians to contact the members of the Georgia House of Representatives’ Rules Committee to urge them to oppose substitute language for S.B. 8, a bill that was originally designed to protect patients by closing the “surprise health insurance coverage gap” in emergency care settings.

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MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ show to address the distracted driving crisis

Ali Rahimi, M.D., a cardiologist with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia and the Southeast Permanente Medical Group, and Charles Wilmer, M.D., an interventional cardiologist and the chief of innovation at the Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta, will address the dangers associated with distracted driving when they appear on the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28. MAG Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. will also appear on the show.

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MAG, KaMMCO and others to host free MACRA dinner events in North Georgia on March 21, 22

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians to register for a free ‘Equipping Physicians for the Shift to Quality Payment Programs – Employing Data Analytics to Empower Physicians and Enhance Patient Care’ educational event that the North Georgia Mountains Medical Society will host at Rabun Manor in Dillard from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 and that the Hall County Medical Society, MagMutual Insurance Company, and Northside Gainesville Imaging will host at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22.

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MAG mourns the passing of Tony Musarra, M.D.

The Medical Association of Georgia is mourning the passing of one if its long-time members, Tony Musarra, M.D.

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Free QPP, practice transformation webinar on 5/15

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May 15

Free QPP, practice transformation webinar on 5/16

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May 16

Free QPP, practice transformation webinar on 4/25

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April 25

Free QPP, practice transformation webinar on 4/24

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April 24

CMS streamlining ICD-10 resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that. “To streamline [physician] access to resources, [it] has merged all up-to-date content from [its] ‘Road to 10’ website [with its] main ICD-10 site, www.cms.gov/ICD10.’

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‘Top Docs’ show on flight service for in-need patients now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed Angel Flight Soars – a “non-profit organization that helps medically stable and ambulatory patients who demonstrate a financial need and/or anyone who cannot use or access commercial transportation” – is now available online.

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ACS addresses AHCA concerns in letter to lawmakers

The American College of Surgeons has sent a letter to congressional leaders to express its “concern with some of the language included in the [American Health Care Act], which is the legislation introduced by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.”

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AMA responds to CBO’s AHCA estimates

The American Medical Association (AMA) has issued a response to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report that addresses “how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would affect federal spending, the health insurance market, and the number of Americans with health care coverage.”

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AHCA: Summary, budget estimates & next steps

The following summary was written by Julius Hobson, Cybil Roehrenbeck and

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AMA issues update on health care legislation

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that, “On Thursday, March 9, the [U.S.] House Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce completed consideration of draft reconciliation legislation.

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CMS flagging March 13 deadline for 2016 EHR program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is stressing that “eligible professionals (EP) that participated in the 2016 Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System by Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.”

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Reserve a room for MAG’s summer seminar for $189/night

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging its member physicians to reserve a room 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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MAG member appointed to GCMB

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal recently appointed Barby Simmons, D.O., to the Georgia Composite Medical Board. Dr. Simmons is a primary care physician with the Southeast Permanente Medical Group in McDonough. She is a member of the Medical Association of Georgia.

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MAG promoting free QPP, practice transformation webinars

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians to register for one of the free ‘Transformative Health Care in 2017’ webinar that HealtheParadigm will present on Monday, April 24, Tuesday, April 25, Monday, May 15, and Tuesday, May 16. The one-hour events will all begin at 6 p.m.

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AMA says American Health Care Act 'critically flawed'

The American Medical Association distributed the following press release on March 8…

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Media Report: House Republicans unveil plan to replace health law

The New York Times is reporting that, "House Republicans unveiled on

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MAG member wins AHME poster contest

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.

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AMA urges DOJ to reject offers to settle Anthem-CIGNA litigation

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (JOJ) to express its alarm “regarding recent statements by Anthem, made in the Delaware Court of Chancery, asserting that the company expects to close its merger transaction with CIGNA through ‘resolution with a new DOJ.’”

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Press Release: Georgia House HHS chair says eye care bills 'wrong and dangerous' on ‘Top Docs Radio’

Georgia Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) – the chair of the Georgia House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee – said she believes that two bills state lawmakers are now considering would place Georgians at risk of blindness and other serious eye complications when she appeared on a special edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network on February 23.

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MAG applauds lawmaker for introducing measure to address distracted driving

The office of Georgia Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) has released a press release addressing H.R. 282, a measure he addressed to create a House study committee on distracted driving.

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MAG promoting free HealtheParadigm webinars

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians in the sta

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Remember to make plans for MAG’s HOD, legislative meetings

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October 20

DPH issues standing order for naloxone prescriptions

Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., has issued a standing that authorizes pharmacies to “dispense naloxone in any of the forms [that are outlined in Exhibit A of the standing order).”

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Climb to the top of the BOA building to raise funds for ALA

The American Lung Association (ALA) is promoting ‘Fight for Air CLIMB’ – a “unique challenge event where participants take to the stairs of Bank of America Plaza [in Atlanta] and climb the 55 flights of stairs on Saturday, April 22.”

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AMA issues statement on Anthem-Cigna court ruling

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement that is attributable to AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, M.D., on February 8…

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DPH issues phone survey scam warning

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) says that is has received complaints from residents of Georgia and other states who have received suspicious phone calls that are related to a health care survey that appear to come from a DPH phone number.

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Mercer seeks physicians to 'share [their] story' to preserve profession’s history

The Mercer University School of Medicine is conducting a research project to “preserve a written history of the practice of medicine in the state of Georgia by compiling a collection of interviews and stories from Georgia physicians.”

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Georgia Society of Rheumatology Annual Meeting

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June 2

MAG promoting ‘End the Surprise Insurance Gap’ video

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging physicians and medical practice staff across the state to promote a new ‘End the Surprise Insurance Gap’ video with their patients and thru any social media channels.

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Dr. Fonda Mitchell makes the case for GAMPAC (video)

Given the historic 2016 elections, it has never been more important for us, as physicians, to be united in our advocacy efforts in Georgia.

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MAG president says ruling to block Aetna-Humana merger 'great news'

A federal judge has blocked the pending Aetna-Humana merger, an action Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) President Steven M. Walsh, M.D., described as “great news for both patients and physicians.”

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ABIM responds to AMA resolution

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has responded to a resolution (607-I-16) that the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates adopted in 2016.

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ACEP president weighs in on 'surprise' medical bills

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has released a statement to respond to media coverage that is related to a letter that addressed “surprise” medical bills that was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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MAG files amicus brief to support physician, Resurgens

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has filed an amicus brief to support Resurgens Orthopaedics and Tapan K. Daftari, M.D., in a case that has been appealed to the Georgia Supreme Court.

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CMS releases key 2017 Medicare QPP benchmark information

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that he Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted key information on the Medicare Merit-Based Payment System (MIPS) on the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.

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MAG outlines key HC reform points in letter to Gov. Deal

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) has submitted a letter to Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to highlight some of the key factors lawmakers should consider as they assess ways to reform the nation’s health care system – keeping in mind that Congressional leaders have asked Gov. Deal and Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens for their views on the subject.

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GCMB addresses medical assistants, naloxone & 2017 General Assembly

The Georgia Composite Medical Board distributed the following newsletter on December 30…

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DEA reverses decision on registration renewal process

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reversed a decision that it recently announced and will not allow “a grace period for registrants who [fail] to file a timely renewal application [beginning on January 1, 2017].”

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Georgia removes naloxone from list of dangerous drugs

At the request of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy has approved an emergency rule to remove naloxone – which can be used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses – from the list of dangerous drugs in the state and to change its classification to an exempt, Schedule V drug.

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AMA: DEA changing registration renewal process

The American Medical Association (AMA) is reporting that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that it will change its registration renewal process in “significant” ways.

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AMA issues statement on VA rule on APRNs

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement – which can be attributed to AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, M.D. – on December 13…

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AMA issues statement on rising opioid OD deaths

Keeping in mind that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics reports that the number of overdose deaths in the U.S. involving opioids rose from 28,647 in 2014 to 33,091 in 2015, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued the following statement that is attributable to Patrice Harris, M.D., the chair of AMA’s Board of Trustees, on December 9…

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Physicians Foundation highlights biennial survey results

The Physicians Foundation President Walker Ray, M.D., highlighted the key findings of its ‘2016 Biennial Physician Survey’ – which represents the views of 17,000 physicians from across the U.S. – in the winter 2016 edition of its ‘E-Newsletter.’

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Video of AMA/MAG/CMS QPP session now online

A video recording of the educational session that the Medical Association of Georgia co-hosted with the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Atlanta, the Cobb County Medical Society, and the DeKalb Medical Society in Atlanta on December 1 that addressed Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (QPP) is now available online.

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MAG endorsing U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., HHS nomination

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is endorsing the nomination of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., to become the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Save June 23-25 for MAG’s 2017 ‘Legislative Education Seminar'

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June 23

Georgia DOI issues directive on preventive colorectal screenings

Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has issued a directive that addresses in-network preventive care services (in the context of the Affordable Care Act) that says that “all services directly related to a preventive colonoscopy, including an associated facility, anesthesia, pathology, polyp removal, physician fees, and pre-operative examination and consultation, are to be provided with no member, subscriber or insured cost sharing.”

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GAMPAC supports 150 candidates in 2016

GAMPAC has released a list of the 150 candidates that it supported with campaign contributions during the primary and general elections in 2016. The list is only available for MAG members.

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Georgia AG issues key, pro-physician PDMP opinion

The Georgia Attorney General's office has released an opinion that says that, "O.C.G.A. § 16-13-60(c)(1) authorizes physicians to delegate their authority to access the Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (“GAPDMP”) to registered nurses or licensed practical nurses who are (1) members of the physician’s staff and (2) accessing the GAPDMP solely for the purpose of determining whether misuse, abuse, or underutilization of prescribed medication has occurred."

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AMA releases MACRA QPP provisions summaries

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released two new summary documents

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AMA flagging 2017 Medicare payment adjustment reports

The American Medical Association (AMA) says that, “Two new reports are now available with information on 2015 cost and quality data that indicate which physicians or practices will see related Medicare payment adjustments in 2017.”

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CMS issues Medicare fraud/ID theft fact sheet

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is promoting a new fact sheet that was developed to “assist beneficiaries [to guard] their Medicare number from Medicare fraud and identity theft.”

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AMA resources help practices prepare for MACRA

The American Medical Association (AMA) has developed a number of resources that will help physician practices prepare for the transition to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) payment system.

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MAG encouraging Georgians to get flu vaccine

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging Georgians to get vaccinated for the flu by the end of October.

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AMA: Physicians making progress to reverse opioid epidemic

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a new fact sheet that shows that physicians are making progress to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic.

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MAG revenue cycle webinar now online

A recording of a ‘Best Practices in Revenue Cycle Management’ webinar that the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) recently hosted for its members and their practice staff is now available online.

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Physicians Foundation promoting book on poverty/health care

The Physicians Foundation is promoting a book – Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform – that it commissioned the late Richard ‘Buz’ Cooper, M.D., to write.

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MAG offers 'Medical Cannabinoid Oil Registry' fact sheet

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is reminding its members that it off

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MAG signs letter to oppose VA APRNs proposal

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of nearly 100 physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a letter that was sent to the Under Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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MAG calling for emails to block mergers as Georgia AG joins DOJ lawsuit to do the same

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is calling on Georgia physicians and practice staff to take a few moments to send emails to mergercomments@oci.ga.gov by the end of this week to urge Georgia’s Division of Insurance (DOI) to block the pending Aetna/Humana merger.

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MAG supporting bill to clarify Sunshine Act

The Medical Association of Georgia is one of many physicians’ advocacy organizations that signed a June 29 letter that was sent to U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, M.D., to support a bill, S. 2978, the ‘Protect Continuing Physician Education and Patient Care Act.’

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Like MAG, consumer groups opposing Anthem/Cigna and Aetna/Humana mergers

The following letter and comments were submitted to the Georgia Department of Insurance (DOI) on behalf of Consumer Action, Consumers Union, Consumer Federation of America, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and Consumer Watchdog on June 28.

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CMS promoting Medicare revalidation resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is stressing that it has established a requirement for “all enrolled providers/suppliers to revalidate their Medicare enrollment information under new enrollment screening criteria.”

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MAG, OB-GYN groups file brief to support medical practice

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) recently joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society in filing an amicus brief to support the Atlanta Women’s Health Group in a lawsuit that is pending in the State Court of DeKalb County.

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CMS promoting specialty-specific ICD-10 resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding health care providers that it offers a series of guides that compile “key information about ICD-10 codes for each specialty.”

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AMA, others call for change in EHR interoperability measures

The American Medical Association (AMA) and 36 specialty medical associations recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Health Information Technology (ONC) to urge them to “rethink the way [they] measure the interoperability of electronic health records.”

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Physicians Foundation releases patient survey report

The Physicians Foundation has released the results of its first comprehensive patient survey, which “found that the physician-patient relationship remains strong, with nine out of 10 U.S. adults reporting high levels of satisfaction with their primary care physicians (PCP).”

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CMS issues MACRA fact sheet for small practices

The American Medical Association (AMA) reports that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a ‘MACRA – Flexibilities and support for small practices’ fact sheet that outlines aspects of the proposed MACRA regulation that were intended to address the needs of smaller physician practices.

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MAG president GHN op-ed: Mergers would be “disastrous” for patients and physicians

Medical Association of Georgia President John S. Harvey, M.D., addressed why be believes the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers would have “disastrous results for patients and physicians in this state” in an op-ed that was posted on the Georgia Health News web site on April 18.

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MAG CEO urges state commissioner to block Aetna/Humana & Anthem/Cigna mergers

Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Executive Director Donald J. Palmisano Jr. has called for Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens to block the pending Aetna/Humana and Anthem/Cigna mergers.

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AMA unveils ‘Block the Mergers’ campaign

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Advocacy Resource Center is promoting a new ‘Block the Mergers’ (i.e., Antitrust Reform) campaign, which addresses the proposed Aetna-Humana and Anthem-CIGNA mergers. The Medical Association of Georgia and AMA have both urged the U.S. Department of Justice to block the mergers.

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