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02-05-2014: 2014 Coding Training: Web-based Coding Training for Physicians.  Courses throughout the year, go to link for detailed course information and schedules.  
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2014 MMA Annual Membership and Board of Trustees Meeting a Success

Physician colleagues met in Helena on September 12 and 13 to engage in "Igniting Change in Healthcare Delivery" at the Annual MMA Membership and Board of Trustees Meeting. Physicians learned how they can drive change with a focus on delivering best patient care, understand how new physician payment models will change how you deliver care, and discussed with candidates the top national healthcare policy issues.  

CME learning sessions with nationally known speaker Dr. Brian Wong, CEO of The Bedside Trust and national consultant David Liff from SSB Solutions were held on Friday afternoon.  The presentations are available below:

Presentation by Brian Wong, M.D, MPH - CEO of The Bedside Trust, "Where Patient-Centered Care Actually Begins"

Presentation by David Liff, Partner, SSB Solutions, "Brave New World of Value-Based Reimbursement:  What Physicians Need to Know"

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AMA Summarizes Key Provisions of Physician Fee Schedule Proposed for 2015

The AMA drafted a summary of the key provisions of the annual proposed rule that governs Medicare physician payment policy in 2015 as published in the Federal Register at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-11/pdf/2014-15948.pdf on July 11 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Comments are due on Tuesday, September 2, with a final rule to be issued on or around November 1 for implementation on January 1, 2015. It is anticipated that the AMA will follow-up with draft comments for your review prior to the comment deadline.

Please provide your comments to Jean Branscum at jean@mmaoffice.org, or call (406) 443-4000.

MMA Calls for CMS to Put Brakes on New Medical Staff Rules

A final rule revising Medicare’s conditions of participation for hospitals could impact physicians’ role in hospital governance and patient care activities. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) needs to give the rule more thought and institute an immediate delay before implementation, the MMA, AMA and more than 80 other medical associations told the agency in a letter sent in early July.

The AMA and other medical societies, including the MMA, are calling on CMS to delay the rule’s effective date until May 12, 2015, a year after the rule was published.

“We think this is an ill-conceived policy that will disenfranchise physicians and hinder their input into hospital programs, especially for those physicians in rural or geographically distant hospitals,” the letter said.  “We have also expressed serious concerns about the negative effects that this structure may have on patient care as well as the negative repercussions for system-wide care coordination activities.”

FRAUD ALERT: Physician Social Security Numbers Possibly Compromised – Fraudulent IRS Tax Filings: 

The Montana Medical Association has been made aware the Social Security numbers of many MT physicians and physician assistants may have been compromised resulting in fraudulent tax returns being filed with the IRS.  Physicians are becoming aware only after attempting to file their 2013 income tax returns with the IRS.  We are aware that this has occurred in other states. 

If you have been impacted, please contact Jean Branscum at 406/443-4000 or jean@mmaoffice.org.


MMA CDL Medical Examiner Online Training 

The Montana Medical Association is offering an on-demand, web-based CDL Medical Examiner Training Course to physicians in Montana to meet the requirements of the FMCSA.  This on-demand web-based training will provide CME credits and qualify participants to take the NRCME certification exam. 

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