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Read December Issue

Cover Feature: Physicians Leadership

12 Becoming a Physician Leader
Today’s health care environment demands that physicians possess a broad set of leadership skills
By Rik Nemanick, Ph.D.
14 Profiles in Leadership: Physicians Share Their Thoughts
Recent Physician Leadership Institute graduates discuss the rewards of leadership and why leadership is especially important today
Feature Section: Prescription Opioid Abuse
8 A New Tool to Combat Opioid Addiction in the St. Louis Region
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program targets April 2017 rollout
By Sam Page, MD, St. Louis County Councilman

9 The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and Challenges in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse
By Lawrence F. Kuhn, MD, SSM Behavioral Health – St. Louis

10 “A Good Kid” Lost to Opioid Abuse
Painkiller for broken arm leads to addiction; mother warns of dangers
By Jim Braibish, St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine
1 SCAM-Q      By Richard J. Gimpelson, MD
“I Got Your Pay,” by Barack & Hillary
4 President’s Page By Samer Cabbabe, MD, FACS, Medical Society President
Would You Encourage Your Child to Follow in Your Footsteps and Become a Physician?
6 Executive Vice President By David M. Nowak
Choosing the Path to Leadership

20 MGMA St. Louis By Melanie Reed
Point of Service Collections

24 AAIM: Advice on Issues You May Encounter in Your Practice
Read October Issue

Cover Feature: 2016 General Election

16  Where They Stand: The Candidates on Health Care Issues
Candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress and Missouri governor offer their thoughts on issues of concern to St. Louis-area physicians

22 Missouri Tobacco Tax Proposals Target Funds for Early Childhood, Transportation
By Jim Braibish, St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine
8 Profiles of Nominees for SLMMS 2017 Officers and Councilors
Election takes place online November 1-25
12 Private School Directory
Find quality educational opportunities for the young people in your family (Special Advertising Section)
23 Changes in Insurance Marketplace Could Pressure Physicians, Patients
Mergers, narrow networks and fewer ACA plans could squeeze costs, access
By Jim Braibish, St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine

1 SCAM-Q      By Richard J. Gimpelson, MD
Say It Ain’t So

4 President’s Page By Samer Cabbabe, MD, FACS, Medical Society President
Health Insurance Continues to Grow Costlier

Read August Issue

Cover Feature
St. Louis’ Thriving Medical Technology Industry
Universities, Investment Capital, Entrepreneur Support Fuel Growth
By Ben Johnson and Colleen Ward, BioSTL
SLMMS Launches Innovation Committee
Medtech Community Investment Program – New Benefit for SLMMS Members
Chronic Care Management (CPT 99490)
Medicare recognizes the value of care coordination and management for chronic conditions
By Charlene Rioux, Primary Care Case Management
Take Advantage of Your Patients!
Wearable devices offer the opportunity for continuous monitoring and health reminders
By Jerrie K. Weith, MBA, FHFMA, CMPE
Ob-Gyn Society Recognizes Resident/Fellow Research Papers
By Richard J. Gimpelson, MD
MACRA (Part II) It Is Coming!
President’s Page
By Samer Cabbabe, MD, FACS, Medical Society President
Physicians Play Central Role in St. Louis’ Flourishing Medical Technology Startup Scene

Executive Vice President
By David M. Nowak
When Breath Becomes Air


Read June Issue

Telemedicine (virtual medicine) is improving care for patients who need home monitoring or live far from major health-care centers. St. Louis’ Mercy Virtual, Advanced ICU and other local health systems are providing virtual care for patients locally and nationally. Find out more.

In this issue:


Cover Feature: Telemedicine

St. Louis-Area Telemedicine Expands With Local, National Scope
Connects specialists with rural patients; offers remote monitoring

Mercy Virtual: Health Care That Reaches a World Beyond
By Thomas H. Hale, MD PhD

Telemedicine Services Through the Four Pillars of Health Care Value
Reimbursement, regulatory, competitive and technology trends reviewed
By Robert James Cimasi, MHA, ASA, FRICS, MCBA, CVA, CM&AA and Todd A. Zigrang, MBA, MHA, FACHE, ASA

Telemedicine – The Future Is Now
By Becky York, MBA, President-Elect, MGMA of Greater St. Louis


Understanding the Process for Medical Claims Review
How does an insurer like Anthem make decisions about what to cover and what not to cover?
By Jay Moore, MD, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Advancing Quality Care
Clinicians and patients to receive access to new reporting tools from Midwest Health Initiative
By Louise Probst, St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition

SCAM-Q By Richard J. Gimpelson, MD
MACRA, May I Practice Medicine? – Part I

President’s Page By Samer Cabbabe, MD, FACS, Medical Society President
Telemedicine: A Tool for 21st-Century Consumer-Driven Medicine

Executive Vice President By David M. Nowak
Agents for Change


Read April Issue

Patient-Centered Medical Homes expand around St. Louis area, as BJC, SSM Health see positive results; Anthem supports with reimbursement; Engaging staff in the PCMH process. Also, Should nurse practitioners be allowed to practice independently? Prepare for HIPAA Compliance Audit

In this issue:


Cover Feature: Patient-Centered Medical Home

Patient Centered Medical Homes: Coming of Age
Practices see positive results in converting to PCMH as they prepare for value-based payments
By Jim Braibish, St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine

Engaging Staff in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Process
By Kathleen McCarry, MGMA St. Louis


Huge Fines Await Physicians Who Are Non-Compliant With HIPAA
Having strong policies and procedures, and completing a comprehensive risk analysis, are essential in preparing for HHS audit
By Kyle J. Haubrich and J. Thaddeus Eckenrode, Eckenrode-Maupin, Attorneys at Law

Outsourcing IT, Revenue Cycle Management and Accounting Can Complement Staff Skill Sets, Improve Efficiencies and Drive Growth
Evaluating the best option for your practice
By Brian D. Rapp, CPA, Anders CPAs + Advisors

Adam Hammer, MD
The St. Louis physician who made the first ever diagnosis of coronary thrombosis and acute myocardial infarction in a living patient
By Arthur Gale, MD


By Richard J. Gimpelson, MD

How to Improve and Preserve Your Health

President’s Page
By Samer Cabbabe, MD, FACS, Medical Society President
Should Nurse Practitioners Be Allowed to Practice Independently?

Read February Issue


In this issue:

Presidents Page:
For the Love of Medicine: 
Installation Address by 2016 SLMMS President Samer Cabbabe, MD, FACS.

Thank You for the Opportunity to Serve in 2015:
Address to the 2016 Installation Banquet by outgoing President Michael J. Stadnyk, MD

MSMA President Reviews Legislative Priorities

Fred W. Rottnek, MD, Receives Third Annual Arthur Gale Writer’s Award

Q&A with SLMMS President
Samer W. Cabbabe, MD, FACS

Photos from the 2016 Installation Banquet

Physician Compensation and the Transition to Value-Based Models
By Brian M. McCook, CPA, Anders CPAs + Consultants

Common Sense Investing – Part One
By Bill Bender, CPA, PFS, MS

MGMA St. Louis – Retrospective and Prospective
2015 accomplishments and looking ahead to 2016
By John Marshall, MBA, MGMA of Greater St. Louis

Alliance Shares Holiday Spirit
By Gill Waltman, SLMMS Alliance

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) for 2016
By Richard J. Gimpelson, MD


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