New Physician-directed HIE Launching in Missouri
MSMA recently announced a new partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) in support of their mission to improve the health of Missouri through both interoperability and transformative data analytics. An MSMA physician-led advisory committee is now working with KHS to establish the Show-Me Health Information Network of Missouri (SHINE), a statewide health information exchange (HIE). This statewide exchange will allow connected physicians to share patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety.
Fight Anthem's New Emergency Services Policy
MSMA has joined forces with the Missouri Hospital Association, the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians to fight a new cost-shifting scheme by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield to deny coverage for emergency services when it decides after the fact that the services were not for a true emergency. Seeing the new policy as dangerous for patients and an unacceptable violation of state and federal patient protection laws, the coalition is working for a remedy.
An important part of the coalition’s strategy is to generate data and real-life examples of the negative impact the Anthem policy has on health care providers and patients. A website is now open to allow providers and patients to confidentially tell their stories.
If you have been impacted by the new Anthem policy, or know someone who has, please help the cause by putting the website to good use. Tell Your Story Here!
Video shows how to avoid Medicare payment penalties
The Quality Payment Program (QPP) is the new physician payment system created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and is administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Because the QPP is new this year, MSMA and the AMA want to make sure physicians know what they have to do in 2017 to participate and the QPP’s “pick your pace” options for reporting. This is especially important for those physicians who have not participated in past Medicare reporting and programs and may be less knowledgeable about the steps they can take to avoid being penalized under the QPP.....read more
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Renew Your Membership!
Start the fall season by renewing your MSMA membership. Watch your mailboxes and email to ensure you don’t miss out on important member benefits, including legislative support, member advocacy, and communication services. Paying your MSMA dues on time during the first 2018 billing cycle saves your dues dollars for Association programs. As MSMA bills members, postage costs for the extra billings can add up to thousands of dollars. If you have questions about your membership invoice, contact the MSMA membership division at 800-869-6762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.