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Latest Announcements

FREE Seminar: Opioids — The Epidemic that YOU Can Cure

The Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners in Medicine and Surgery, Arizona Medical Board and Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants invite you to attend this CME on prescribing opioids. Developed by the University of Nebraska Medical Center - Center for Education, this course covers risk evaluation, examination, chronic pain management, statistics of abuse, and mitigation strategies.

You are invited to attend one of the following Saturday sessions - all sessions 9 am - 1 pm:

  • Sierra Vista: August 16, 2014 - Ethel C. Berger Center

  • Kingman: September 27, 2014 - Kingman Regional Medical Center (East Campus)

  • Phoenix: October 11, 2014 - A.T. Still University, Mesa, AZ

  • Tucson: October 25, 2014 - Tucson Osteopathic Medial Foundation

Advance registration is requested. Register by email or call 602.771.2521


4.0 hours of Category 1-A CME Credits are anticipated for this program.

Save the Date for the Valley Fever for the Primary Care Physician Conference

Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) for the Primary Care Physician
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8 am - 12 pm

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
1111 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix

Two-thirds of all worldwide Valley Fever infections occur in Arizona; most of those in Maricopa County. Are you testing your patients with community-acquired pneumonia for Valley Fever? The 7th annual FREE conference is open to physicians, nurses and healthcare providers.

Endorsed by the Maricopa County Medical Society as an Honor Roll Activity.

St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

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A FREE CME Activity - 3rd Annual Arizona Diabetes Symposium

3rd Annual Arizona Diabetes Symposium: Focus on Comorbidities, Current Therapies, Insulin Administration, and Patient Engagement

Saturday, September 13, 2014

7 am - 1 pm

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

To register visit or call 888-968-7231

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Save the Date - 3rd Annual "Current Trends in Liver Disease" and Gastroenterology Board Review

Save the Date!

Friday, September 26, 2014
7:30 am: Check-in and breakfast
8 am - 4:30 pm: Symposium

Endorsed by the MCMS as an Honor Roll Activity

Topics discussed by local experts and guest faculty will include information on the current and developing therapies for Hepatitis B and C, NASH, and hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cancer treatment options, and an update on current listing criteria for liver transplantation. Physicians preparing for gastroenterology or hepatology board certification will find the sessions helpful for Hepatology content review.

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Recent News

Medicare Testing Payment Options that Could End Observation Care Penalties

Written by Susan Jaffe, published in Kaiser Health News

Open Payments System Reopens, Extends Physician Registration and Review Period

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and, as needed, dispute financial payment information received from healthcare manufacturers. The system was taken offline on August 3 to resolve a technical issue. To account for system down time, CMS is extending the time for physicians and teaching hospitals to review their records to September 8, 2014.

What Ails Appalachia Ails the Nation

Written by Laura Ungar, published in USA Today

Diabetes is slowly ravaging Alisha Blankenbeckler's body — stealing her eyesight, impairing her kidneys and damaging her nerves so severely she can barely walk across a parking lot without help. And she's only 48.
"I try to stay upbeat no matter how bad I feel," she says, mostly so she can keep caring for a husband with dangerously high blood pressure. "It's difficult, though. Dying is something I think about every day."
The couple's travails are common in this corner of Appalachia, one of the nation's unhealthiest regions, a place plagued by poor health habits and sky-high levels of chronic disease that some experts say may be a harbinger of where the country is headed if we don't rein in epidemics like obesity. This week, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden made a "house call" to find out more about the underlying causes of the region's ills and how to treat them — and in the process gain traction against the rising burden of chronic disease that ails the nation.
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