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Walgreens Policies

A number of weeks ago, AMS was advised by a number of physicians that Walgreens pharmacists were requesting ICD-9 codes, medical records and/or treatment plans before filling prescriptions for some medications.  After further requests for information from our physicians, it became apparent that Walgreens had begun a new…

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HIPAA Changes to Come, Is Your Practice Ready?

AMS and SVMIC will host a half day seminar to bring your staff up to date on changes to the HIPAA law.  The changes will take effect  September 2013. The event is June 20, 2013, in North Little Rock at the Independent Insurance Agency Building. Registration information will…

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Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program

We are pleased to announce that the Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program is now accessible to prescribers and pharmacists.  You may create an access account at www.arkansaspmp.com. Click the Practitioner/Pharmacist tab on the left, then the highlighted link “Training Guide for Arkansas Practitioners and Pharmacists."  The guide will provide…

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Public Workgroup Meetings

As the Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative continues to move forward, four public workgroup meetings have been scheduled to present information on new episodes that are being considered. This is your chance to voice your opinion on those conditions that may affect your practice. These meetings will…

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CMS Releases Final Regulations

CMS recently released the final regulations governing the implementation of the Medicaid primary care rate increase to 2009 Medicare rates for calendar years 2013 and 2014. AMS has been working with Arkansas Medicaid to implement this program. To qualify for the increased payment, the physician must meet one…

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ARKANSAS HEALTH CARE PAYMENT IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE

The Arkansas Department of Human Services will continue the monthly Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative webinars on Monday, January 14, with the perinatal episode. DHS has committed to provide information regarding episodes of care on a monthly basis. AMS staff attended the first webinar and found it…

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