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AFMC Telemedicine Webinar – Friday (3\26), 12:30 p.m.

Reduce the impact of COVID-19 on your practice with Telehealth: A Panel Discussion Friday, March 27 12:30 p.m. The COVID-19 health crisis is driving us to change the way we practice medicine in Arkansas. In recent days, Governor Hutchinson released an executive order encouraging treatment and communication by…

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Improving Doctor-Patient Communication

In the March edition of The Journal, we talk about how to improve doctor-patient communication. "“Most people believe they are effective communicators,” said SVMIC Vice President of Medical Practice Services Stephen A. Dickens, JD, FACMPE. “The key is not that you understand what you’re talking about, but that…

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Arkansas Health and Wellness STAT Lab Policy Rescinded

The Arkansas Medical Society was made aware of an issue regarding a new policy with the Arkansas Health and Wellness called Short Turnaround Time (STAT) laboratory that was originally designed to limit in-office laboratory procedures to specific codes. Since it's implementation on December 1, 2019, many member physicians…

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SVMIC Launches New RiskView Tool

State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company (SVMIC) strives to find new, creative ways to provide guidance and education regarding the most current areas of liability. There is a growing need for accessible and easy-to-use options for navigating office-based patient care and the administrative responsibilities associated with running a medical…

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DEA Warns of Alarming Increase of Scam Calls

The Drug Enforcement Administration urges its DEA-registered practitioners and members of the public to be cautious of telephone calls from criminals posing as DEA or other law enforcement personnel threatening arrest and prosecution for supposed violations of federal drug laws or involvement in drug-trafficking activities. DEA continues to…

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CMS 2019 Updates You Need to Know

CMS is finalizing a number of documentation, coding, and payment changes to reduce administrative burden and improve payment accuracy for office/outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) visits over several years. For calendar years (CY) 2019 and 2020, CMS is implementing several documentation policies to provide immediate burden reduction, while…

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Free Weekly CME Pain Consultation Service

AR-IMPACT was created to improve multi-disciplinary pain care and treatment for Arkansas physicians. The weekly interactive tele-video consultation program offers free CME credit to better manage chronic pain patients and those who need their opioid dosage reduced. The interactive conferences will begin with a brief didactic presentation about…

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