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Way Medicare Pays Doctors May Change (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

St. Louis Post-DispatchFebruary 2, 2014 Expectations are high this year that Congress will finally reach an agreement to overhaul the way Medicare pays doctors for services, scrapping a method that’s been the target of criticism for more than a decade. 2014 SLMMS President Joseph A. Craft III, M.D. was interviewed for this article. To read […]

AMA President: Five top federal issues that will affect physicians in 2014

5 top federal issues that will affect physicians in 2014 An AMA Viewpoints post by AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD  The new year is only just beginning, but it’s safe to say it will be another eventful one. On the schedule are weighty issues that could have a significant impact on physicians and patients […]

Physicians brace for ACA insurance eligibility headaches in January (Medical Economics)

Physicians brace for ACA insurance eligibility headaches in January Medical Economics JAN 02, 2014 With more than 1 million newly insured patients entering the healthcare system in the first round of Affordable Care Act enrollments, there will no doubt be confusion among physicians and patients across the country in the first months of implementation. Many […]

Commentary: Insurers, Pharmacy Benefit Managers Increasingly Control Practice of Medicine

Not What the Doctor Ordered: Increasingly, the practice of medicine is being controlled by pharmacy benefits managers and insurers Commentary published Dec. 5, 2013 in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Link to article) By Kenneth G. Poole, Jr., MD President, Mound City Medical Forum As the fight for Missouri Medicaid expansion forges on, decision-makers in our […]

Free Prescription-Drug Take-Back Program Available at Nine Police Stations

Missouri Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal (P2D2), a non-profit organization, has expanded its prescription drug take-back program from four to nine local police stations. Now, local residents who have medicines they no longer need can dispose of them at permanent collection boxes across St. Louis County.  The service is free, anonymous and provides an environmentally-responsible […]

Prevent Doctor Shortages by Preserving Graduate Medical Education

Washington University medical student Landon K. Oetjen authored this commentary published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Sept. 11, 2013 Prevent doctor shortages by preserving graduate medical education By Landon K. Oetjen The wait times to see your doctor in offices across America are about to get much longer, and the St. Louis region may be especially […]

Christian Hospital ER is area’s busiest, report says

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch profiled the emergency department of Christian Hospital, which the newspaper’s data reports was the busiest in the St. Louis area in 2012. In large part this is due to patients using the ER for primary care services, the report says. Read the article. Following are the number of emergency department visits in […]

Missouri House and Senate Begin Hearings on Medicaid Reform

The Missouri House and Senate have appointed special committees to study reform of the state’s Medicaid system and the issue of Medicaid expansion funded under the Affordable Care Act. These committees have begun holding hearings. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that one of the groups, the House Interim Committee on Citizens and Legislators Working Group […]

Three Medical Society Members Appointed to Medicaid Reform Panel

Three SLMMS members have been appointed by Missouri House of Representatives Speaker Tim Jones to serve on a 50-member panel that will study reform of the state’s Medicaid system.  They are: emergency medicine specialist Randy Jotte, MD; family physician Ed Weisbart, MD; and internal medicine physician Charles Willey, MD. This Citizens and Legislators Working Group on Medicaid […]

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