September 15, 2017

Tools to Fight MOC Burdens

Mississippi physicians have struggled with MOC for years, andnow there's help--the MOC Playbook developed by MSMA. The Playbook is a set of communication tools ready to deploy to your national specialty boards and local hospitals. By engaging with boards and hospitals on MOC reform, the decision-making power stays with you. The MOC Playbook can be a valuable tool going forward on this issue. Please contact us if you have any questions about it.

AQ/AQ Program Put in Place

Quality Measures Replace Chart Review
The State Board of Medical Licensure still requires a physician to review charts of a collaborating APRN. However, the Mississippi Board of Nursing recently changed its rules and removed the requirement that an APRN have a percentage of charts reviewed by a collaborating physician. The new rule went into effect July 29. The Board of Nursing has replaced chart review with a formal Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) program to analyze quality of care being delivered by the APRN and collaborating physician.
But New Commission Could Delay Rule
This rule will be subject to the oversight of the newly created Occupational Licensing Review Commission (OLRC). All new regulations must first be reviewed by the new Commission, which could approve, veto or modify them.

CME in the Superdome!

See the Saints & Get CME!
The first Saints Party Bus will be heading to the Big Easy this Sunday as the New Orleans Saints host the New England Patriots. On the way, physicians will earn five hours of CME in prescribing controlled substances. If you missed the chance to go, no problem. OnNov. 5, we're taking another bus down for CME and a chance to watch the Saints play division rivals the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.You can purchase Saints tickets here. And sign up for CME here.
For more information, contact Kim Mathis at 601-853-6733, ext. 302. We'll see you at the Super Dome!

Opioid Town Hall in Indianola!

Healthcare Confusion in Washington

Sen. Sanders Proposes 'Health Care for All'
DACA, tax reform and a budget deadline have dominated the conversation on Capital Hill after the Labor Day break. But one big issue remains unaddressed: Repealing and replacing Obamacare. Two senators--Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA)--yesterday announced their plan for overturning the Affordable Care Act. The bill includes, among other things, cuts to Medicaid and eliminating the individual mandate. Like the previous attempt in the Senate, the bill will need 50 of the 52 Republicans to pass.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the idealogical spectrum, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced his proposal for "Medicare for All," a logical extension of his presidential campaign assertion that health care is a right. While the idea is expected to go nowhere, that view of the debate is being talked about openly more and more in Washington.

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CME with Mickey Mouse in November!

Up to Nine CME Hours Available!
Join MSMA this November for four days at Walt Disney World® for CME with Mickey Mouse! You can earn up to nine hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. This event is a great way to learn about new advances in medicine and to network and socialize with colleagues while having fun with your family at the happiest place on earth. Register here or email Becky Wells. We'll see you in Orlando this November!

Get the CME You Need at Your Convenience

24/7 Availability
Most of our members know that MSMA is your best source for CME. And that our online CME catalog is available around the clock to give you maximum flexibility.
Think of the options this gives you: You set the schedule for the CME that works; you pick from a variety of options; you stay up to date; you access the catalog anywhere you have a computer and internet.
We're proud to bring these options to you, our members. Start your online CME here.

Private Online Network—DrKnow!

Looking for feedback or insight from your fellow physicians? DrKnow is just the place to go. With forums on a multitude of topics, it's easy to start a conversation and see where it goes. Discussions are open on a variety of subjects, including: Opioids, vaccines, CME, MOC Requirements, PMP, Risk Management and more!

Join the DrKnow community by emailing Sid Scott. He'll get you set up, then you can join a conversation or start your own. For a video explanation of how DrKnow works, just go here. And for a quick reference guide on posting and commenting the site, go here.

The FREE Mississippi Drug Card Works!

Discounts on Prescriptions for Your Patients
If your patients have trouble paying for medication, tell them about the Mississippi Drug Card. MSMA is proud to partner with the Drug Card and bring discounts on necessary prescriptions to your patients. The card is FREE and it works all over the state. No need to qualify. No catches or caveats. The card can be found and printed here and can be used immediately.

State Medical News

Despite recent criticisms of Mississippi Medicaid's managed care program, some patients say services they receive from the two companies -- Magnolia and UnitedHealthcare -- make all the difference.

In recent years, Mississippi has fallen from first place to second on a nationwide list of the fattest states. But it's not because Mississippi is tightening its collective belt.