CMS Issues Hospital Inpatient Payment Regulation

The final rule issued on August 4 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) adopts improvements in the quality of care that limit payment for hospital acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions.

Congratulations MCMS Business Partner GPE!

GPE Companies, a long-time business partner of the MCMS, has secured the exclusive leasing assignment for a new office/medical project being developed by The Mahoney Group in one of Phoenix’s highest-growth areas. The Mahoney Group, Arizona’s largest independent Insurance agency, will be relocating one of their Phoenix offices to the new project.

This new Class A building will be located on the northeast corner of 19th Ave and Loop 101—ideally situated between Route 101 and the I-17, within one mile of the John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital.

Register Now for the Fall Buffmire Lecture

The Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine - founded in 1997 through the support of the Flinn Foundation - continues to bring renown medical practitioners and thinkers to Arizona.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix is honored to introduce a physician who quite literally helped write the book on how to teach medicine.

Medicare Experiment Could Signal Sea Change for Hospice

Written by Michelle Andrews, published in Kaiser Health News

Trustees Report Shows Continued Reduce Cost Growth, Longer Medicare Solvency

The Medicare Trustees today projected that the trust fund that finances Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, four years beyond what was projected in last year’s report. Due in part to cost controls implemented in the Affordable Care Act, per capita spending is projected to continue to grow slower than the overall economy for the next several years.

Arizona's Infectious Diseases Manual

The Arizona Department of Health Services has released a manual for physicians about Arizona's infectious diseases. This includes information on Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Plague, Tularemia, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome, State Reporting Requirements and Expedited Partner Therapy. Please see the attached manual. 


Save the Date - Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) for the Primary Care Physician

Sat., Nov. 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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Opioids: The Epidemic That YOU Can Cure - Free Seminar

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:

10th Annual Midwestern Hospital Medicine Conference

October 2-4, 2014

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, Illinois

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Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to: 

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Improved Care Transitions - Register Now

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

To Register: Visit MLN Connects Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.

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