Apr 23, 2018, 13:49 PM
“The Absolute Best Day” for Erie Family Physician and PAMED Everyday Hero Award Winner
Kathleen Costanzo, DO, is a family medicine and sports medicine physician at Saint Vincent Family Medicine Center in Erie, Pa. She is the recipient of PAMED's Everyday Hero Award for April 2018.
Apr 20, 2018, 09:30 AM
Practice Administrator Leadership Training - Don't Miss This New Opportunity
New in 2018, PAMED will offer leadership training designed specifically for member practice administrators.
Apr 19, 2018, 08:00 AM
New Alternative Payment Model Could Bring Changes to Opioid Addiction Treatment
A new alternative payment model has been designed with the goal of improving opioid use disorder treatment through combining payment for medical and psychosocial services.
Apr 18, 2018, 16:15 PM
Secretary of Health Approves Changes to Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, MD announced that she has approved several recommendations made by the state’s Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, including one which would allow physicians to opt out of the public practitioner registry.
Apr 18, 2018, 08:30 AM
PAMED Joins Coalition to Oppose Governor’s Proposed Ambulatory Surgery Center Tax
Gov. Wolf's 2018-19 state budget proposes a 2.81 percent provider tax on Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) and endoscopy centers. PAMED has joined a coalition of 17 state medical societies to oppose the tax.
Apr 18, 2018, 08:22 AM
Pennsylvania Bill Would Expand Optometrists’ Scope of Practice Beyond Limits of Their Training
A Pennsylvania bill – Senate Bill 668 – seeks to expand optometrists’ scope of practice, including by allowing them to perform eye surgery. PAMED opposes the bill as currently written.
Apr 18, 2018, 07:58 AM
Erie physician named April’s Everyday Hero by Pennsylvania Medical Society
Kathleen Costanzo DO of Erie chosen as April 2018 Everyday Hero by PAMED
Apr 17, 2018, 08:33 AM
Have Feedback on MIPS Reporting? Apply for CMS Study, Earn Improvement Activity Credit
CMS is conducting a study on reporting burdens associated with MIPS. Those who are selected for and then fully participate in the study will receive Improvement Activity credit for the 2018 performance year.
Apr 12, 2018, 14:43 PM
New Reimbursement Opportunities: Prolonged Services
Learn more about the new 2018 codes for prolonged services related to preventive care, the health plans paying for these services, and how to properly incorporate them into your workflow and documentation.
Apr 12, 2018, 12:12 PM
Court Ruling Delays Pennsylvania’s Plan for Changes to Medicaid Managed Care Program
Pennsylvania has been in the process of choosing new managed care organizations to provide physical health services for HealthChoices, the state’s Medicaid managed care program. Here's the latest update on the process.
Apr 12, 2018, 10:16 AM
Some Medicare Claims Are Being Reprocessed Due to Federal Budget Bill Provisions
New Medicare provisions in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 require Medicare Administrative Contactors (MACs) to reprocess some types of claims. CMS has instructed MACs to begin reprocessing those claims starting April 2, 2018.
Apr 11, 2018, 10:00 AM
Want to Know If You Need to Participate in MIPS This Year? Here’s How to Find Out
Find out which clinicians are required to participate in MIPS in 2018 and how to check your participation status.
Apr 9, 2018, 11:11 AM
E. Coli Infections Increasing in Pa. – What Physicians Should Know about Diagnosis and Testing
On April 6, 2018, the Pa. Department of Health issued a health advisory concerning the increase in reports of E. coli O157:H7 infections in the state.
Apr 5, 2018, 11:10 AM
Tell Your State Lawmaker to Vote 'No' to SkimpCare, CRNP Independent Practice
More than 90 percent of Pennsylvanians want doctors and nurse practitioners working together in a coordinated manner to ensure that patients get the care they need.
Apr 5, 2018, 11:09 AM
Preliminary Performance Feedback Data for MIPS 2017 Performance Year Now Available
You can access your MIPS preliminary feedback for the 2017 performance year if you or your practice submitted data through the Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.
Apr 5, 2018, 09:34 AM
Governor Renews Pennsylvania’s Opioid Disaster Emergency Declaration
On April 4, 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he is renewing his opioid disaster declaration for the Commonwealth. Here's a look at the progress that has been made to date.
Apr 5, 2018, 09:05 AM
Syphilis Testing Guidance Issued for Pa. Counties That Exceed Case Rate Threshold
On April 2, 2018, the Pa. Dept. of Health issued a health advisory with syphilis testing guidance for counties that have reported a case rate of Primary and Secondary Syphilis that exceeds the statewide 2017 threshold case rate of 2.0 cases per 100,000 population.
Apr 4, 2018, 12:00 PM
Your MACRA Year Two Checklist: Are You Ready?
Check out these 10 steps physicians and practices can take to ensure they're ready for MACRA-MIPS during the 2018 performance year.
Apr 4, 2018, 09:15 AM
CME: How to Embrace Generational Diversity in Your Health Care Team
Approximately 20 percent of the nation’s health care workforce come from the millennial generation. And, in the health care world, millennials are typically managed by baby boomers. In this CME course, learn strategies to bridge the generation gap.
Apr 3, 2018, 13:06 PM
Open Payments ‘Review and Dispute’ Period Lasts Through May 15
The Open Payments “review and dispute” period for the 2017 Program year began on April 1, 2018 and lasts through May 15, 2018. Here's what physicians should know about reviewing their data.