Critical Care Neurology, NeuroTerrorism & Disaster Management Symposium

The following is an announcement from Robyn G. Young, MD, FAAN, President of the California Neurology Society:

The California Neurology Society (CNS) is pleased to announce a summer CME program, "Critical Care Neurology, NeuroTerrorism and Disaster Management."

Tax Identity Theft Scam Targets Physicians Nationwide

This week, staff of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) met with Arizona FBI and IRS agents about an IRS tax scam directed at physicians and other health care providers. The FBI is working on identifying how the intrusion occurred, and the IRS is working to identify perpetrators through the financials process. The breech has also triggered engagement of the United States Secret Service so three key agencies are now involved. According to reports, fraudulent federal income tax returns using physician names, addresses and Social Security numbers are being filed electronically.

New Arizona Law Assures Insurance Navigators Can't Have Criminal Background

For those worried that standards were too low for navigators who help the uninsured find health coverage on the exchange, Governor Jan Brewer signed the Navigator Bill into law.

The goal is to keep criminals from gaining access to personal information of those seeking health coverage under the Arizona Insurance Marketplace, created under the Affordable Care Act.

University of Arizona Steele Center to Study Preventing Deadly Intestinal Disease in Premature Babies

A researcher at the University of Arizona Steele Children's Research Center plans to measure bile acid levels in premature babies to predict and prevent Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC), an intestinal disease that is fatal to nearly one in five infants who develop the most severe form.

Melissa Halpern, PhD, associate professor, said NEC is a potentially deadly inflammatory gastrointestinal disease that afflicts approximately 9,000 premature infants in the United States every year. The cause is unknown and no treatments for the disease exist.

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
1:30 - 3pm EST

Medicaid Program Integrity: What is a Prescriber's Role in Preventing the Diversion of Prescription Drugs? Fact Sheet Released

The "Medicaid Program Integrity: What is a Prescriber's Role in Preventing the Diversion of Prescription Drugs?" Fact Sheet (ICN 901010) was released and is now available in a downloadable format. This fact sheet includes information regarding practices to prevent, the impact of, and the penalties for drug diversion.

Eligible Professionals Must Start Medicare EHR Participation in 2014 to Earn Incentives

If you are an eligible professional for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program, 2014 is the last year you can start participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program in order to receive incentive payments. Eligible professionals who begin participation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program after 2014 will not be able to earn an incentive payment for that year or any subsequent year of participation. If you choose to participate in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program for the first time in 2014, you should begin your 90-day reporting period no later than July 1, 2014 and submit attestation by October 1, 2014 in order to avoid the payment adjustment in 2015.
Note: October 1 is the attestation deadline for eligible professionals in their first year of participation to avoid the payment adjustment. However, eligible professionals who miss this deadline can still demonstrate meaningful use during the last 90-day reporting period of the year (October through December 2014) and earn an incentive payment for 2014.

Review Your 2013 PQRS Interim Claims Feedback Data

Do you want to check your progress towards meeting the 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reporting requirements? Now you can. The 2013 PQRS Interim Feedback Dashboard is available through the Physician and Other Health Care Professionals Quality Reporting Portal, with individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) sign-in.

Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care Now Coordinates Physical and Behavioral Health Services for AHCCCS SMI Patients

Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care now serves as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) for the greater Maricopa County region under a contract with the state. As a RBHA, it will provide managed care behavioral health services for its members, but it will also coordinate physical health services and behavioral health services for people with serious mental illness (SMI) who have AHCCCS coverage.

Measles in Maricopa County

Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed that an unvaccinated individual returning from Europe has measles.  While in Maricopa County, this individual visited multiple public locations and likely exposed others to measles.

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