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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 […]

AMA Releases New MACRA Tools to Assist Physician Practices

With pending 2017 changes to Medicare that come as a result of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) law, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released some new resources and additional tools to help physician practices prepare for the transition. Click HERE to access the AMA Wire and the summary of tools and […]

Healthcare Providers Must Post Nondiscrimination Notice by October 16, 2016

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.  The law and the rule prohibit health care providers from refusing to treat or otherwise discriminate against any individual based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  The rule applies […]

CMS Announces Flexibility for MACRA 2017 Reporting

CMS announced it is offering providers several options for MACRA reporting starting January 1, 2017. This is intended to help providers select the level and pace at which they begin reporting. “During 2017, eligible physicians and other clinicians will have multiple options for participation. Choosing one of these options would ensure you do not receive […]

Surgeon General Announces TurnTheTideRx Campaign Against Prescription Opioid Abuse

The U.S. Surgeon General has announced a new campaign, TurnTheTideRx, to encourage health care providers to follow strict prescribing guidelines for opioid painkillers, as a way to help reduce the opioid abuse epidemic.   Below is the text of the Surgeon General’s letter sent to health care providers across the United States: Dear Colleague, I […]

St. Louis County Approves Tobacco 21 Measure

The St. Louis County Council on Sept. 6 enacted a “Tobacco 21” measure banning sales of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21. The measure goes into effect Dec. 1. The bill was sponsored by Second District Councilman and Medical Society member Sam Page, MD. Columbia, Mo., and 18 Kansas City-area cities already have Tobacco […]

Saint Louis University Appoints Kevin Behrns, MD, as Medical School Dean

Kevin Behrns, MD, has been appointed vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He succeeds Philip Alderson, MD, who is retiring. Dr. Behrns’  appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2017. Dr Behrns is currently the chair of the department of surgery at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine. He […]

Useful Links to MACRA Resources

Here are links to useful tools and resources on preparing for the new Medicare payment system under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA): American Medical Association MACRA Resource Center http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/advocacy/topics/medicare-physician-payment-reform.page Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services MACRA Section https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs.html CMS, “Flexibilities and Support for Small Practices” https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/MACRA-MIPS-and-APMs/Small-Practices-Fact-Sheet.pdf American Association of Family Physicians MACRA […]

SSM Health Unveils Plan for New Saint Louis University Hospital

SSM Health has unveiled a Master Facility Plan for their new $550 million academic medical center in the City of St. Louis, a 316-bed, 802,000-square-foot replacement hospital and new outpatient care center for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. Developed in partnership between SSM Health and Saint Louis University, the Master Facility Plan establishes a […]

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