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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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Volunteers Needed for the Doctor of the Day

The Arkansas Medical Society will again sponsor the "Doctor of the Day" program for the 2013 session of the Arkansas legislature. This program has been provided by the Society for a number of years and has enhanced the effectiveness of our political efforts. The legislative session will convene…

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AMS Welcomes 58 New Members

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

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No Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis in Arkansas

News Release: Arkansas Department of Health   For More Information Contact: Office of Health Communications and Marketing Ed Barham, (501) 280-4147 October 9, 2012 (Little Rock) - A multistate investigation of cases of fungal meningitis in at least ten states is being conducted by the Centers for Disease…

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No Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis in Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Health: (Little Rock) – A multistate investigation of cases of fungal meningitis in at least ten states is being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but no cases have been reported in Arkansas so far. This outbreak has been linked to patients…

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FDA-approved Drug Alert Issued

An important FDA-approved Drug Alert for BONIVA affecting Family Medicine/General Practitioners, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and Obstetrics & Gynecology was published on October 1, 2012. This PDR® Drug Alert was delivered electronically to all Arkansas Medical Society members within these specialties who are registered with PDR®…

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