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Two networks join Medicare cost-lowering

The Arkansas Health Network, owned by the St. Vincent Health System, and Arkansas Accountable Care LLC, formed by the Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas, will join hundreds of "accountable-care" organizations participating in a program where they will be able to earn rewards for lowering the cost of providing…

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SVMIC Supports AMS Leadership Development

John Mize, president and CEO of State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, presented the Arkansas Medical Society with a $22,000 check in support of leadership development during the recent AMS Fall Board Meeting. AMS deeply appreciates this contribution and continued support.

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Opportunity to Serve as an AMS Trustee

AMS District Trustee nominations are now being accepted through February 1, 2014.  District Trustees will be elected by AMS members in the respective districts, with voting taking place from February 17-28, 2014.  Eligibility criteria: must live and/or practice in the district you wish to represent; be an Active, Direct…

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SGR Fee Schedule Rule Announced

SGR cuts of 24% for 2014 were announced by CMS on Wednesday, November 27th.  Because of the lateness of this announcement, physicians will have until the end of January 2014 to change their Medicare participation status, if so desired. Congress must repeal the SGR, or put another temporary…

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New Information On Acetaminophen

FDA Acetaminophen Limits in Combination Products   Effective January 14, 2014, it will become unlawful to purchase or sell any narcotic/acetaminophen combination products that contain greater than 325mg of acetaminophen.  This ban on high dosage acetaminophen in prescription combination products was first passed by the FDA in January 2011. …

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AMS Leadership Meets With Arkansas Congressional Delegation

Tuesday, November 19, AMS leadership met with the entire Arkansas Congressional delegation in Washington, DC, to discuss issues of concern.  Legislative Committee Chairman, Scott Ferguson, MD; past president Michael Moody, MD; immediate past president, Gene Shelby, MD; past president, Joe Stallings, MD and President-elect, Alan Wilson, MD; along…

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Legislators Press ABCBS on Fee Changes

In a public hearing on November 4, legislators on the Joint Interim Committee on Insurance & Commerce pressed representatives of ABCBS on their decision to reduce their current fee schedule by 15 percent for "non-primary care" specialties.  The reduced fee schedule applies to the new products being offered…

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AMS Welcomes 48 New Members

The physicians listed below have illustrated their commitment to improving health care in this community and our state by joining the Arkansas Medical Society. “As society members, these physicians are part of a statewide network of over 4,000 Arkansas physicians, residents and medical students, dedicated to protecting the…

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