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GMCF receives grant to provide QPP training & education

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year program to provide on-the-ground training and education about the Quality Payment Program for clinicians in individual or small group practices of 15 clinicians or fewer. CMS intends to invest up to an additional $80 million over the remaining four years.

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‘Top Docs’ show on ‘surprise coverage gap’ now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that featured two of the state’s leading advocates for ensuring that patients have access to fair health insurance coverage in emergency care settings is now available online.

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Physicians Foundation addresses 2016 physician survey results

The Physicians Foundation President and CEO – Walker Ray, M.D., and Tim Norbeck – wrote an article (‘Why the physician workforce needs to be rejuvenated’) that was posted on KevinMD.com on February 14. It highlights the results of The Physicians Foundation’s ‘2016 Survey of America’s Physicians.’

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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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Media Report: 'Tom Price is confirmed as Health Secretary'

The New York Times is reporting that, "The Senate early Friday approved the nomination of Representative Tom Price to be secretary of health and human services, putting him in charge of President Trump’s efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act."

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MAG Medical Reserve Corps wins prestigious award

The Medical Association of Georgia’s Medical Reserve Corps (MAG MRC) will receive a $15,000 ‘MRC Challenge Award’ from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in 2017. The funds will be used to recruit young physicians to join the MAG MRC.

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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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Media Report: 'Anthem’s bid for Cigna blocked by judge as anticompetitive'

Bloomberg is reporting that, "After 18 months of courtship and court cases, two massive deals that would have reshaped the U.S. health insurance industry have both been declared dead, blocked by judges who said they’d do unacceptable harm to competition in the industry."

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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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AMA supports DACA bill

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a letter that it sent to U.S. Senate leaders to support a bipartisan bill that they sponsored that would “would provide protection from deportation for undocumented young immigrants – often called ‘dreamers’ – who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.”

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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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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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Emory Brain Center to host conference on neurological disorders

The Emory Brain Health Center in Atlanta will host a ‘Partners in Treatment Innovation for Functional Neurological Disorders: Patients, Families and Providers’ conference on March 3-4.

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Media Report: 'Senate Finance Committee OKs Tom Price, MD, for HHS Chief'

U.S. News and World Report is reporting that, "Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee pushed President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary through to the full Senate on Wednesday, bypassing Democrats who were boycotting the vote for the second day in a row. GOP members of the committee suspended its rules – which typically require at least one member of both parties to be present for such a vote – to advance Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services."

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CTCA to offer PC CME course in Newnan on 2/25

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is encouraging physicians to register for an ‘Advancements in Cancer Management in Primary Care’ CME course that it will host at the Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan on Saturday, February 25.

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Sponsored: Vinings MC seeks part time/locum family physician

Vinings Medical Center, P.C., a private outpatient family medicine practice, has an opening for a part-time family medicine physician. We have a great work environment, excellent support staff, and are able to work with you to achieve a flexible work schedule.

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MAG promoting ‘Trauma Awareness Day at Capitol’

The Medical Association of Georgia and the Georgia Society of American College of Surgeons (GSACS) are encouraging physicians and other applicable health care providers in the state to register for ‘Trauma Awareness Day at the Capitol,’ which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7.

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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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MAG ‘Top Docs’ show featuring House HHS chair now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that featured Georgia Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) – the chair of the Georgia House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee – is now available online.

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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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