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‘Top Docs Radio’ to address MAG 401(k) plan

ACG Wealth (formerly the Atlanta Capital Group) Managing Partner Kevin Rainwater will discuss how physicians and medical practices can save time and money and retain their employees by participating in the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) MEP 401(k) Plan when he appears on MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12 p.m. today, Tuesday, April 25.

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MAG calling on physicians to urge Gov. Deal to veto S.B. 153

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is encouraging every physician in the state to contact Gov. Nathan Deal as soon as possible to urge him to VETO S.B. 153, a measure that would allow optometrists to perform injections in and around a patient’s eye once they are enrolled in or have completed a 30-hour certification training course.

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Free MACRA events set for Atlanta & Albany on May 23-24

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 DeKalb County Medical Society will host at the Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 and that the Dougherty County Medical Society will host at the Merry Acres Inn and Event Center in Albany from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24.

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Data shows retail opioid Rx filled down in every state

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released data from QuintilesIMS that shows that the number of retail opioid analgesic prescriptions that were filled in the U.S. dropped in every state during the 2013-2016 timeframe.

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AMA welcomes HHS opioid strategy

The American Medical Association (AMA) said today it looks forward to working with the Trump Administration as it implements a new strategy for combating the nation’s opioid epidemic. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price [M.D.] outlined the strategy Wednesday at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.

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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 calling on physicians to promote safe opioids use, storage & disposal

The American Medical Association (AMA) Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse released today new recommendations for physicians to promote safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription opioids. These new recommendations are part of the Task Force’s ongoing efforts to empower and enable physicians to take steps that can help reverse the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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DCH to host free EHR MU workshops in Waycross & Thomasville

The Georgia Department of Community Health’s (DCH) Division of Health Information Technology is hosting free EHR ‘Meaningful Use’ workshops in Waycross and Thomasville that are “designed for eligible professionals currently enrolled in the Georgia Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.”

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DCH to host free Medicaid Fair on May 2

The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) will host a free Georgia Medicaid Fair at the Cobb Energy Centre in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 2.

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‘Top Docs’ show on risk-adjusted reimbursement now online

A recording of a recent Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed “patient risk scoring” and what steps physicians and practice staff can take to succeed under the new value-based, pay-for-performance system is now available online.

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‘Top Docs’ show on unique medical finance solution now online

A recording of a recent special, sponsored edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ show that addressed CopernicusMD – a unique medical finance solution – is now available online.

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AMA, others call for action to ensure CSR funding

The American Medical Association (AMA) joined organizations that represent health insurers, hospitals, health plan purchasers, and other physicians’ advocacy organizations in signing letters that were sent to President Donald Trump and congressional leaders to “take quick action to ensure CSR (cost sharing reductions) are funded.”

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Carter Center to host mental health forum on May 12

The Carter Center Mental Health Program is encouraging physicians to register to attend the 22nd annual ‘Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum,’ which will take place at The Carter Center in Atlanta from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 12.

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MAG mourns loss of past president, Joe Nettles, M.D.

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is mourning the loss of Joe L. Nettles, M.D., who served as MAG’s president in 1989-1990. His memorial service was on April 10. Dr. Nettles was an orthopedic surgeon in Savannah for more than 30 years.

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NCCPA soliciting applications for board seat

The National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA) is soliciting applications for a new physician director-at-large position on its board of directors.

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Physicians Foundation releases 2016 review

The Physicians Foundation recently released its ‘Year-End Review: Physicians Foundation 2016 Initiatives’ report – which features a column by Physicians Foundation President and Medical Association of Georgia member Walker Ray, M.D., as well as the results of national, 2016 patient and physician surveys.

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AMA outlines Medicare QPP recommendations

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a document that outlines a series of recommendations that it is promoting to improve the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

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AMA promoting Rx drug education resources

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse is encouraging physicians to take advantage of two new resources that they can use to educate their patients about the proper use and storage and disposal of prescription drugs, including a ‘Promote safe storage and disposal of opioids and all medications’ fact sheet and a ‘Safe Storage and Disposal of Opioids’ recommendations web page.

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Media Report: ‘Distracted driving – Urging companies to crack down’

A recent article on CNN.com highlighted the deadly distracted driving issue.

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MAG delivers great results during 2017 General Assembly

The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) enjoyed another exemplary state legislative session in 2017, according to MAG President Steven M. Walsh, M.D., and MAG Council on Legislation (COL) Chair W. Scott Bohlke, M.D.

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