David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, a family physician from Mountain Grove, Mo., was sworn in as the 172th president of the American Medical Association (AMA). In leading the nation’s largest physician organization, Dr. Barbe will focus his tenure on advancing the AMA’s strategy to improve health outcomes for Americans living with pre-diabetes and hypertension; accelerate change in medical education and prepare students for today’s health care system; and enhance physician satisfaction and practice sustainability. Dr. Barbe, an MSMA Past President, has been seeing patients in his hometown of Mountain Grove since 1983 and is also vice president of regional operations for Mercy Springfield Communities.
The Value of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program for Physicians
In the absence of a statewide prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), St. Louis County has launched its own program, and a growing number of other counties and municipalities have joined that effort as subscribers. Missouri is the only state without a PDMP, and the new local effort allows physicians and other prescribers to consult a database to examine a patient’s use of prescribed controlled substances. Watch MSMA member Dr. Sam Page discuss the St. Louis County PDMP, how to sign up, and why it is an important tool for physicians to use. Click on this link, or click on the video below.
Physician Mentors Needed for New Student Support Program
Federal Appeals Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger!
On April 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a federal court ruling that blocked the proposed merger of the two health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna.
MSMA strongly objected to the merger at both the state and federal level, citing the unhealthy concentration of market power the newly-combined entity would have. MSMA, the AMA, and others loudly warned that the resulting anti-competitive insurance environment would be harmful to the public, with higher premiums, greater out-of-pocket costs, narrow provider networks, and reduced access to care.
The lower court, with the appellate court now concurring, sided with the U.S. Department of Justice which filed the original lawsuit against the proposal. The court found that the merger would have worsened an already highly-concentrated market, and likely would have raised prices. The court also found that Anthem did not defend its allegation that “all providers, no matter their size, location, or financial structure, are operating at comfortable margins well above their costs.”
This is an important victory for physicians and their patients, and comes on the heels of an equally significant court ruling in January that blocked a similar merger between Aetna and Humana. Don’t let your non-member colleagues tell you that organized medicine doesn’t do anything for you.
Federal Court Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger!
On February 8, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling that blocked the proposed merger of the two health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna...read more.
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ACA’s Nondiscrimination Rule Goes Into Effect - Get Details and Forms
All covered entities, no matter how large or small, must post information in a conspicuous place notifying individuals that the entity/practice does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.