Letter from Health Commissioner on Respiratory Illness and E-Cigarettes

Aug 20, 2019
Dear Colleague, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing consultation to health departments about clusters of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette use, “vaping” or “dabbing”(vaping marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates), primarily among adolescents and young adults...
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Medical Society of Virginia Statement on the Passing of Dr. Hughes Melton

Aug 2, 2019
Updated Aug 6, 2019 RICHMOND, Va. (Aug 2, 2019) – The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) is extremely saddened by the death of Dr. Hughes Melton, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and longtime MSV member. MSV extends its deepest sympathies to Dr. Melton’s...
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Statement on Recent Car Accident Involving Dr. Hughes Melton

Aug 1, 2019
The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) is devastated to receive the news of the car accident that resulted in the death of Hailey Green and critical condition of Dr. Hughes Melton, a longtime MSV member. MSV expresses its deepest sympathies to Ms. Green’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers...
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ABMS Letter to Hospitals on Vision Commission Recommendation

Jun 6, 2019
On June 5, ABMS sent the below letter to over 6,600 chief medical officers (CMOs) and executive leaders for hospitals and health systems throughout the country. The goal of the letter is to fulfill in part a recommendation of the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission that...
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Ending Surprise Medical Bills Means Putting Patients First

May 21, 2019
Ending Surprise Medical Bills Means Putting Patients First via Richmond Times-Dispatch In early May, President Trump announced efforts to end the practice of surprise medical billing, saying “For too long, surprise billing…has left some patients with thousands of dollars of unexpected and...
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Virginia Is The First State To Require That Health Insurers Count Coupons And Copay Assistance Toward A Patient’s Deductible

Mar 28, 2019
During the 2019 General Assembly session, MSV supported HB 2515 and SB 1596 and played a significant role in these bills becoming Virginia legislation. HB 2515 , carried by Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville) and SB 1596, carried by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico) are bills requiring any insurance...
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Legislative Update - February 22, 2019

Feb 26, 2019
2019 General Assembly Session Comes to a Close Thank you to our members, specialty and local society presidents, members and staff, and partnering groups for your commitment to the work required to make this year’s session successful. Read an update from this week below. A full 2019 legislative...
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Legislative Update - February 15, 2019

Feb 18, 2019
The 2019 session is in the final stretch but there are still important bills that need your support. See this week’s updates and how to help. Medicaid Reimbursement Rates ACTION NEEDED - SEND A MESSAGE AND SHARE WITH 5 COLLEAGUES Thank you to the leadership of Del. Scott Garrett, MD and Sen. Emmett...
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Legislative Update - February 1, 2019

Feb 4, 2019
Thank you to all of our physicians, physician assistants, and medical students who participated in our January White Coats on Call Lobby Day! Over 100 doctors, PAs, and medical students visited with over 65 legislators to advocate for the practice of medicine and patients in Virginia. Key Issues...
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Medicaid Common Core Formulary "Quick List" for Physicians

Feb 1, 2019
Virginia Medicaid implemented a Common Core Formulary - a “core” list of covered drugs for all Medicaid members enrolled with the Fee-for-Service, Medallion 4.0 and Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (CCC Plus) Managed Care programs across the Commonwealth - effective on December 1, 2018. The...
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