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AMA urges Senators to consider impact to Americans during health care debate

“During consideration of proposals related to the Affordable Care Act, the American Medical Association urges Senators to consider the impact their votes will have on the health of all Americans. Their efforts must not increase the number of Americans without health insurance, further weaken the individual insurance market, undermine critical safety net programs, or make it harder for low and moderate income Americans to obtain quality, affordable health insurance.

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PAI’s QPP Resource Center

The Physicians Advocacy Institute (PAI) recently activated a free ‘QPP Resource Center’ for physicians.

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MAG carefully watching health care legislation

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to take up the debate of the American Health Care Act, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May, to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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Media report: 'Pence breaks tie, Senate takes up health bill'

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that, "The Senate has voted to move ahead on health care legislation aimed at dismantling the Obama health law."

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AMA urges Senate to reject efforts to repeal or replace ACA

The American Medical Association distributed the following press release

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DPH: NPI required for PDMP registration/access

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is advising physicians that they must have a ‘National Provider Identifier’ (NPI) number before they can register for and access Georgia’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).

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Media report: 'Health care overhaul collapses as two republican senators defect'

The New York Times reported Tuesday that, "Two more Republican senators declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing, for now, a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement."

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AMA responds to CMS fee schedule update

The American Medical Association (AMA) responded today to policies outlined last week in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) physician fee schedule proposed rule. The AMA finds a number of positive proposed changes that would improve patient care and save taxpayer dollars.

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MAG calls for Blue Cross to disclose data it used as basis for retrospective ER policy

The president of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is calling for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to disclose the data it used as the basis for its new policy to reject claims for care that patients who obtained their insurance through a federal ‘HealthCare’ exchange plan receive in an emergency room if the company retrospectively determines it was not an emergency.

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Alliant Quality promoting free QRUR webinar

Alliant Quality – Medicare’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization in Georgia – is encouraging physicians and applicable practice staff to register for a free ‘Understanding Cost in MACRA (aka Quality Payment Program) through your personalized Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR)’ webinar from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2.

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MAG ‘Top Docs’ show on opioid abuse now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed the steps that the American Medical Association (AMA) is taking to address the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic is now available online.

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Compass PTN to host 'learning' meeting in Augusta

The Compass PTN has issued a save-the-date for a ‘Community Annual Learning Meeting’ that it will host at the Augusta Riverfront Marriott from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 11.

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Media report: 'Compare Proposals to Replace The Affordable Care Act'

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has published a chart of Affordable Care Act replacement proposals.

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AMA: Revised Senate bill 'does not address key concerns'

The American Medical Association (AMA) distributed the following statement that is attributable to its president, David O. Barbe, M.D., on July 14…

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Media report: 'New Senate bill retains Medicaid cuts, provides more money to stabilize individual market'

Modern Healthcare reported today that, "A revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act retains significant cuts to Medicaid, despite the protest— and defection—of Republican centrists."

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Media report: 'Dr. Rob Schreiner tapped to lead WellStar Medical Group'

Modern Healthcare recently reported that, "WellStar Health System has named Dr. Rob Schreiner executive vice president and president of WellStar Medical Group."

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Physicians Foundation highlights “essential” health care values

The Physicians Foundation has released the summer, 2017 edition of its ‘E-New

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Gov. Deal names interim DPH commissioner

Following President Trump’s appointment of Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald [M.D.] to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Gov. Nathan Deal today named J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D., as interim commissioner at the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH). Prior to this role, which takes effect immediately, Dr. O’Neal served as the director of health protection at DPH.

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Media report: 'Trump administration names Georgia health official as new CDC director'

The Washington Post has reported that, "The Trump administration has named Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most crucial public health positions in the U.S. government given the agency's role in tracking and stopping infectious disease outbreaks nationally and globally."

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AMA addresses CDC report showing drop in opioid prescribing

The American Medical Association released the following statement on July 6 that addresses a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‘Vital Signs: Changes in Opioid Prescribing in the United States, 2006–2015’ report that shows that opioid prescribing in the U.S. is down. The statement is attributable to Patrice Harris, M.D., MA, the immediate past chair of AMA’s Board of Trustees and the chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force.

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