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MIPS 2019 Data Submission Now Open/Check Your Initial 2020 MIPS Eligibility on the QPP Website

The MIPS 2019 Data Submission Period is Now Open MIPS Eligible Clinicians Can Start Submitting Data for 2019 through March 31 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period of the Quality Payment Program. […]

Wilmott Named to Lead Saint Louis University School of Medicine, SLU Care

(This article previously published by Saint Louis University SLU Newsroom) Saint Louis University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., has appointed Robert Wilmott, M.D., as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University School of Medicine, effective August 14. His term will run until Dec. 31, 2021. Wilmott had been serving as Acting Dean […]

Free to Care Report Outlines Physician-Led Roadmap to Patient-Centered Care

In the August-September issue of St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine, Scott Hardeman, MD, describes the national grassroots campaign to reclaim health care for patients and physicians, Free to Care. The five tenets of the campaign are: 1. Drive down drug prices and increase supply. 2. Strengthen the safety net for the vulnerable. 3. Foster fresh models to pay […]

Sam L. Page, MD, Appointed St. Louis County Executive

St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society member Sam L. Page, MD, was appointed as St. Louis County Executive by vote of the St. Louis County Council on April 29, 2019. He succeeds former County Executive Steve Stenger who resigned. The Medical Society congratulates Dr. Page on this appointment.Practicing in anesthesiology and pain management with Western Anesthesiology […]

Washington University Commits $100 Million to MD Scholarships, Education

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has committed $100 million over the next decade to provide scholarships allowing as many as half of its future medical students to attend tuition-free and many other students to receive partial tuition support. The funding also will support current efforts to enhance and modernize the school’s medical […]

SLMMS Member George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, Assumes Presidency of American Academy of Dermatology

SLMMS past President George J. Hruza, MD, MBA, began a one-year term as president of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in March. The world’s largest dermatologic society, the AAD represents more than 20,000 physicians specializing in the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions. Dr. Hruza will also […]

Kaiser Health News Establishes Midwest Health Bureau in St. Louis

Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) and KFF (the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation) have entered into a new long-term partnership to establish a KHN (Kaiser Health News) Midwest Bureau, based in St. Louis, Missouri. KFF – the trusted source of health policy information – produces health policy analysis, polling, and journalism, and KHN is its […]

Actions Urged to Improve Chronic Pain Management

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC) has released a policy paper on chronic pain prevention and treatment, particularly among the underserved.   Four major recommendations are offered: Recognize chronic pain as a public health problem Educate patients and providers about chronic pain Treat chronic pain as a chronic disease, using a holistic, collaborative, and […]

Third Annual Million Hearts Missouri Conference to Focus on Prevention Innovations in Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Missouri, taking the lives of 14,000 Missourians each year. The third annual Missouri Million Hearts conference will highlight innovative methods to prevent cardiovascular disease that align with the mission of the Missouri Million Hearts partnership. The partnership works to address the cardiovascular needs of underserved and […]

St. Louis Physician Alliance ACO Celebrates 2017 Gainshare

SLPA ACO, the accountable care organization of the St. Louis Physician Alliance (SLPA), has announced that the ACO achieved more than $9 million in total savings in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2017, its third year in the program.  To read the full press release from the SLPA, click HERE.

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