House Introduces HR 4302 as SGR Patch
The House leadership introduced the HR 4302 agreement as a patch to SGR. The AMA was notified the following day. The AMA will not support, and will actively oppose this legislation and submitted a letter of opposition, which was signed by numerous medical and physician organizations including the Montana Medical Association. The sign-on letter is provided here for your reference.
HR 4302 for your review. Latest information is that the House passed the bill on Thursday, March 27.
Medical Clearance Form Required for Youth Athletes with Concussions
The passage of the Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act during the 2013 Legislative Session brought forward a requirement for school districts to adopt a policy addressing the dangers of concussion. It also sets forth in law that a youth athlete who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion be removed from participation and that medical clearance be obtained prior to returning to participation. Click here to access the Return to Play Form.
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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MMA Establishes Ad Hoc Committee on Prescription Drug Misuse
The MMA has established a committee to address the issues and provide solutions to the Prescription Drug Misuse, Abuse and Diversion problem in Montana. The Committe Chair is Dr. Dave Jordan, and has 15 members with varying specialties from geographies across Montana. Expect to hear more about the workings of this committee in coming months.
MMA Physician Leadership Effectiveness Program announces tentative schedule for 2014/2015
The Montana Medical Association and Leadership Montana, with grant support from The Physicians Foundation, has tentatively set the schedule for the 2014/2015 class year:
September 26-27, 2014 - Billings
October 24-25, 2014 - Whitefish
November 21-22, 2014 - Lewistown
January 16-17, 2015 - Fairmont Hot Springs
February 19-21, 2015 - Helena
March 20-21, 2015 - Chico Hot Springs
April 17-18, 2015 - Great Falls
May 15-16, 2015 - Big Sky
If you are interested in attending or sponsoring the next session of this course, further details about the program can be found on the “Physician Leadership” tab on the MMA website. Contact Jean Branscum, MMA EVP at 406-443-4000 or email@example.com for more information.
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