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ABCBS RESPONDS TO EPISODE MODEL CONCERNS

AMS and several physician groups, including representatives of the Arkansas Orthopedic Society, have been meeting regularly with ABCBS officials to work through concerns over their implementation of the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative (APII). As a direct result of these discussions, ABCBS has made changes and adjustments, some of…

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ELECTION NEWS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The Arkansas Medical Society would like to congratulate Steve Magie, MD (AMS Immediate Past President) and Deborah Ferguson, DDS (spouse of AMS Past President and current Legislative Committee Chairman, Scott Ferguson, MD) on their election to the Arkansas House of Representatives. Dr. Magie has been assigned to the…

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MEDICAID FEES TO INCREASE JANUARY 2013

Beginning January, 2013, state Medicaid programs must begin paying physicians more for providing primary care services. The Affordable Care Act boosts traditionally low Medicaid rates to Medicare levels for 2013 and 2014 for certain primary care services. For Arkansas, this will mean rate increases averaging 25 percent or…

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AMS Partner athenahealth Earnins Top Rankings

WATERTOWN, Mass.—December 14, 2012— athenahealth, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATHN), a leading provider of cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination services to medical groups and health systems, today announced that it has earned three #1, Best in KLAS rankings within the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards:…

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Dr. Robert Hopkins Featured

Dr. Robert Hopkins, AMS member and Journal Editorial Board member, was featured as the physician spotlight in the November 2012 issue of the Medical News of Arkansas. Congratulations Dr. Hopkins and thank you for the work you do on the Journal. View Article

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UAMS Digital Library Now Features the AMS Journal

The digital collections website of the UAMS Historical Research Center recently announced the addition of a new digital collection containing page images and searchable text from journals published by the Arkansas Medical Society from 1870 to 1922. You may view the collection here: http://hrcdigitalcoll.uams.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/JAM. Consulted frequently for biographical research,…

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FDA Drug Alert Issued for Xeljanz

An important FDA-approved Drug Alert for XELJANZ affecting Rheumatologists, Infectious Disease, Family Medicine/General Practice, Internal Medicine and  Emergency Medicine physicians was published on November 20, 2012. This PDR® Drug Alert was delivered electronically to all Arkansas Medical Society members within these specialties who are registered with PDR® Network. View…

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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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E-Prescribing Hardship Exemption Deadline Extended

CMS has announced that the Quality Reporting Communications Support Page will re-open beginning November 1, 2012, through January 31, 2013, to offer an additional opportunity for providers to apply for a hardship exemption to avoid the 2012 e-prescribing 1.5 percent payment adjustment on Medicare claims. The previous deadline…

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Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Update

AMS recently joined the AMA and 109 other state and specialty medical societies in sending a message to Congress to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment formula and replace it with a system having certain core principles essential to creating a "high performing" Medicare program. Medicare…

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