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ABCBS and ICD-10 Coding

Representatives from ABCBS and its family of companies have been reaching out to the Arkansas provider community for more than two years about the need to be prepared for ICD-10. They have been offering providers the opportunity to perform ICD-10 testing since mid-2013. Providers are encouraged to test…

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SVMIC Becomes Exclusive Sponsor

At the October 31 meeting of the AMS Board of Trustees, the Board approved a new "exclusive sponsorship" agreement with State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company. The AMS requested proposals from five of the major medical malpractice carriers in the state, received proposals from three of those carriers and…

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Latest Edition of AMS NewsBriefs Released

Articles from our latest newsletter and other news items can now be viewed in the news section. This edition’s articles include Technical Error Involving PCP Supplemental Payments Yelvington Named New AMS Board Chairman CMS Grants Relief for Stage 3 Meaningful-Use Hydrocodone Drugs Moving to Schedule II Oct 6

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Latest edition of AMS NewsBriefs Released

Articles from our latest newsletter and other news items can be viewed in the news section. This edition's articles include: AMS and AMA Seek Intervention to Support Peer Review Fairness Act AFMC Partners with Aledade Credentialing Process Issues AMS' Newest Resource UAMS Receives Funds to Train Primary Care…

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January Edition of AMSNewsBriefs

The January edition of AMS NewsBriefs is now available. You will find articles from the newsletter on the latest news page. AMS members can access the entire NewsBrief as a pdf in the publications section.

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VACANCY ON THE ARKANSAS STATE MEDICAL BOARD

A vacancy will occur December 31, 2013, on the Arkansas State Medical Board. The Medical Board consists of fourteen members appointed by the Governor for six-year terms. Ten of those members are physicians appointed upon the recommendation of the Arkansas Medical Society representing each of the four congressional…

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Beebe Signs “Private Option” Into Law

Today (April 23, 2013) Governor Mike Beebe signed the bi-partisan "private option" alternative to Medicaid expansion. The AMS strongly supported this bill that will set up the mechanism to provide private health insurance to those with incomes up to 138% of Federal poverty level. The bill promotes personal…

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Arkansas Payment Initiative Update

Episode of Care Model - October 1 marked the start of the twelve month reporting period for Medicaid's initial three episodes (Acute Upper Respiratory Infections, ADHD, and Pregnancy). The next two episodes will begin in January (knee/hip replacement and CHF). Meanwhile, ABCBS has sent contract amendments to physicians…

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