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Missouri’s David Barbe, MD, Elected American Medical Association President-Elect

Congratulations to Missouri’s David Barbe, MD, on his election as president-elect of the American Medical Association. A family physician from Mountain Grove, Mo. with Mercy, Dr. Barbe will serve a year-long term as president-elect before assuming the office of AMA president in June 2017. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be elected by […]

AMA Adopts Updated Code of Medical Ethics, Ethical Guidance for Telemedicine

In two actions June 13 during its Annual Meeting in Chicago, the American Medical Association: — Adopted a modernized Code of Medical Ethics. Guided by an open and collaborative process that incorporated substantial invited feedback from the medical community, the modernization project accomplished three primary objectives: * To improve relevance, the Code has language that applies to […]

Nominations Open for Outstanding St. Louis Women in Health Care

The St. Louis chapter of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association is requesting nominations for a new award program, the Healthcare Accomplishment Recognition Award, honoring women who have made outstanding contributions to health care in the St. Louis region. More information   Award selection criteria: — Made an extraordinary contribution in healthcare that has addressed a pertinent […]

CMS Fact Sheet: MACRA Flexibilities and Support for Small Practices

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a fact sheet for small practices, many of which have expressed concern about the financial burden of MACRA as stated in the recently announced proposed rules. Highlights, according to the American Association of Family Physicians, include: – low-volume exclusions from the MIPS payment adjustment for clinicians or […]

CMS Announces Proposed Medicare Payment Regulations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on April 27 announced proposed regulations on the new Medicare payment models prescribed under the Medicare and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Starting in 2018, physicians can choose to be compensated under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track or the Alternative Payment Model (APM) track. These tracks will […]

HHS announces major commitments from healthcare industry to make electronic health records work better for patients and providers

Read full announcement Read AMA pledge of support U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on Feb. 29 that companies that provide 90 percent of electronic health records used by U.S. hospitals, the nation’s five largest private healthcare systems, and more than a dozen leading professional associations and stakeholder […]

St. Louis County Proposes Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch) (Read article) Legislation has been presented to the St. Louis County Council that would establish a prescription drug monitoring program in St. Louis County. The legislation, proposed by Councilman (and Medical Society member) Sam Page, MD, and endorsed by St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, would establish a database to monitor the dispensing of OxyContin and […]

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