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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.

Medical Marijuana Proposals on Missouri Ballot

Physician Organizations Cite Lack of Research and Public Health Risk Three proposals will go before Missouri voters on the November 6, 2018 ballot to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Each of the three proposals would establish regulations and licensing procedures for marijuana dispensary, cultivation, testing and marijuana-infused product manufacturing. Each would impose […]

Q&A with U.S. Senate Candidates on Health Care

The October issue of the Medical Society’s publication, St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine, sought responses on several major health care questions from candidates for the U.S. Senate from Missouri and two St. Louis-area U.S. House seats. Thanks to all the candidates who took time in their busy schedules to respond to our questions. Multiple attempts were made to […]

Q&A with U.S. House Candidates on Health Care

The October issue of the Medical Society’s publication, St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine, sought responses on several major health care questions from candidates for the U.S. Senate from Missouri and two St. Louis-area U.S. House seats. Thanks to all the candidates who took time in their busy schedules to respond to our questions. Multiple attempts were made to […]

Report Shows Rapid Progress of St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

As of September 30, 2017, the St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is available in 48 jurisdictions across Missouri, representing 71% of the state population and 88% of its health care providers.  There are 4,159 uses registered on the system (physicians and pharmacists) who are performing an average of 1,300 patient searches daily. […]

Casa de Salud Launches Mental Health Collaborative

ST. LOUIS (July 17, 2017) – Casa de Salud has begun renovations of a building that will house the organization’s Mental Health Collaborative (MHC), an effort to provide mental health services for people who are uninsured, with a focus on immigrants and refugees. The building, located at 1015 S. Compton, is owned by Saint Louis […]

Post-Dispatch Column Describes Area Man Being Denied Insurance Coverage for Cancer Therapy

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger shares this story of a St. Louis-area man being denied insurance coverage for a lifesaving cancer therapy. The SLMMS insurance survey in December 2016 reported the physicians experience many delays and denials in obtaining insurance approval, particularly involving new technology or new therapies. (93% of physicians stated that getting […]

AMA, Health Care Coalition Call for Prior Authorization Reform

Read this news release on the AMA websiteRead a summary of the 21 principles for improving prior authorization CHICAGO – Responding to unreasonable hurdles for patients seeking care, a coalition including the American Medical Association (AMA) and 16 other health care organizations today urged health plans, benefit managers and others to reform prior authorization requirements imposed […]

SLMMS President Discusses Affordable Care Act With KMOX

Medical President Samer Cabbabe, MD, discusses the Affordable Care Act in this interview with KMOX Radio.   From the website article: ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – KMOX wanted a non-partisan take on whether the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is working or not. We turned to the St. Louis Medical Society’s president Dr. Samer Cabbabe, who says there are […]

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