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Medicine triumphs in fight against insurance mega-mergers

Apr 28, 2017
Medicine Challenged Insurance Mega-Mergers and Won Landmark ruling upheld, protects U.S. patients and physicians On April 28, a federal appeals court upheld the lower court’s ruling to block industry giant Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna. This is a monumental win for America’s patients and...
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Clinicians: MIPS Participation Status Letter

Apr 27, 2017
CMS is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), an important part of the new Quality Payment Program (QPP). In late April through May, you will get a letter from your Medicare Administrative Contractor that...
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Revised CMS-588: Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Agreement

Apr 21, 2017
Providers and suppliers must use the revised CMS-588 form (Electronic Funds Transfer Authorization Agreement) beginning January 1, 2018. CMS will post the revised form on the CMS Forms List by early summer. Medicare Administrative Contractors will accept both the current and revised versions of the...
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New Quality Payment Program Resources Available

Apr 21, 2017
Learn more about Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation and the Improvement Activities Performance Category. CMS recently posted three new resources to the Quality Payment Program Educational Resources webpage to help clinicians successfully participate in the first year of the...
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MIPS Group Web Interface and CAHPS Reporting: Registration Period Open through June 30

Apr 7, 2017
The registration period for groups who choose CMS Web Interface or Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Survey as their data submission method is April 1 through June 30, 2017. For individual or group participation, registration...
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Tricare changes coming in October

Mar 31, 2017
by Jamie Berger There are changes coming to Tricare! Tricare is currently divided into 3 regions – North, South & West. The North is handled by Health Net Federal Service (HNFS), South is handled by Humana Military and West by United Healthcare. In October 2017, Health Net Federal Services will...
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Call for Participants: Step 2 Clinical Skills Workgroup

Mar 24, 2017
MSV is initiating a new workgroup to discuss and identify opportunities to improve the Step 2 Clinical Skills exam. The Step 2 Clinical Skills test, which is a USMLE-sponsored exam required for all medical students as condition of licensure, seeks to assess practical skills through three exam...
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A statement on the American Health Care Act

Mar 9, 2017
Earlier this week, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was introduced as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. The American Medical Association (AMA) was quick to release a statement on the AHCA, which can be read in full here . MSV believes strongly in its responsibility to keep you informed...
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A Legislative Update from MSV, 02.02.2017

Feb 2, 2017
White Coats on Call On Monday morning, over 130 physicians representing pediatricians, psychiatrists, otolaryngologists, surgeons, eye physicians and surgeons, orthopaedists, Richmond Academy of Medicine and Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, among others came to Richmond for our second White Coats on...
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Open Seats for Commonwealth Health Research Board

Feb 2, 2017
The Commonwealth Health Research Board was established to provide financial support in the form of grants, donations, or other assistance for research efforts that have the potential of maximizing human health benefits for the citizens of the Commonwealth. If you are interested in serving in this...
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