MMA and DPHHS Joint Letter On Infection Control and Triage
Read a joint announcement from the MMA and Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services on infection control and triage regarding serious communicable diseases like MERS and Ebola virus disease.
Click here for MMA's webpage featuring resources on infection control and triage, with information on Ebola for providers and patients. The page will be continually updated.
Click here for complete infection control guidance from the CDC.
Click here for a health care provider preparedness checklist for Ebola virus disease.
2015 MMA Membership Campaign: Join Today!
The Montana Medical Association has commenced it membership campaign for 2015. We look forward to you joining your physician colleagues in the largest statewide professional association representing physicians and the practice of medicine.
Look for the 2015 invoice in the mail or find information via the on-line renewal page by clicking here. In addition, we are offering new member benefits, and an updated Loyalty Membership program. Loyalty Membership is rewarded with a 15% dues discount for those that have now been members for only 5 years or more, and make a commitment of three more years of membership going forward. If you qualify, please apply for the Loyalty Membership option on the bottom of your invoice. The MMA appreciates your involvement and wants to reward those members that provide continued support. This is particularly important now with all the pending challenges in the health care arena.
In addition to your current benefits, new benefits are always being reviewed to support you and your practice. The latest offering added is a discount for Tamper-resistant Prescription Pads and Rx Paper through Rx Security. All member benefits can be viewed with specific details on how to receive the benefits from the Member Website area.
Support your association that supports you and your profession! Join Today!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Click here for registration fees and information.
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