What you need to know about MACRA in 2018

On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule governing its Medicare Quality Payment Program in 2018. The program, enacted under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), will affect participating physicians’ payment in…

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Wendell B. Whitacre 1927-2017

  Wendell B. Whitacre, MD, plastic surgeon and 50-year member of the Pima County Medical Society, died of a sudden illness on October 20, 2017. He was 90. Whitacre was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1927 and graduated from medical…

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McDannell Named ArMA Executive Vice President

Libby McDannell, CAE, was named Executive Vice President of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) effective November 27, 2017.  McDannell will replace Chic Older, who will retire in December. Older has been the Executive Vice President of ArMA for 30 years and…

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Are physician incomes falling?

Physician incomes have been a topic of controversy for years, with physician compensation being criticized as one of the leading causes of high health care costs. Recently, there have been more reports suggesting that physician income has taken a hit,…

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AZ KidsCare Threatened

Funding for Arizona’s KidsCare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), expired several days ago even though the program is authorized through Oct. 1, 2019; Congressional action is need to reauthorize funding. KidsCare is available to children in families that don’t…

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Opioid overdose reporting requirements extended

Opioid poisoning-related reporting will continue beyond the Enhanced Surveillance Advisory time frame established by the Governor’s August 10 Executive Order. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has amended the rules in 9 A.A.C. 4 to include Article 6 –…

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Grant Helps UA Connect Providers With Rural Patients

Helping health-care providers connect with patients in some of the most underserved areas of the Southwest is the mission of the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC), which recently received a $975,000 cooperative agreement grant from the federal Office for the Advancement of…

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