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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.

Mountain Vista Medical Center Offering Discounted Breast Cancer Screening in May

Breast cancer screening available for $75 in May

On weekdays through May 2014, the hospital is offering a $75 breast cancer screening in honor of the day dedicated to Moms. Mammograms can help detect tumors and increase the chances of a successful fight against breast cancer.

Midwestern University's Health Careers Institute for High School Students

The Health Careers Institute for High School Students is an annual, free-of-charge summer medical program offered by Midwestern University designed to give Arizona high school students an in-depth and hands-on look at healthcare professions and procedures. During the eight-day program, students will have a chance to perform basic surgical techniques such as suturing, venipuncture, and vital signs monitoring in supervised lab settings, perform diagnostic tests on Midwestern University’s advanced patient simulators, and learn many new fascinating facts about the world of healthcare.

This year's event is July 10-19 at the Midwestern University Campus in Glendale.

Deadline to register is May 1st. 

Call (623) 572-3353 to request an application.
Visit the MWU Health Careers Institute for High School Students Web site for more information and to find the application online.

Optometrists Assemble at Midwestern University to Share Most Challenging Cases

Midwestern University: Arizona College of Optometry is presenting Residents' Day: Grand Rounds Case Studies of Challenging Patients. Optometrists are welcome to attend this FREE event featuring eight optometric residents giving Grand Rounds presentations on some of the most challenging cases they have encountered.

Friday, April 25, 2014 from 1-3:30 pm
Midwestern University Auditorium
19555 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ

Pre-register online or contact Kevin Helmuth, OD by email or phone at (623) 806-7227.

People on the Move at the UA College of Public Health, Phoenix

Faculty members Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS and Chengcheng Hu, PhD, MS, have taken on additional roles at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health-Phoenix campus. 

“I’m pleased to announce these new appointments, because they signify an important direction in the expansion of our programs in Phoenix,” said Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH, dean and professor of the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health. “Our significant growth over the past few years demands that we devote more attention to handling that growth in a systemic way, and support our faculty in their goal of helping each student succeed.  We owe it to our students to make sure the support systems for our academic programs and the people who lead them are outstanding.”

Free Community Health & Wellness Day on April 12

A.T. Still University (ATSU) invites the general public to its annual Free Community Health & Wellness Day at Adelante Healthcare in Mesa.

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8-11 am

Where: Adelante Healthcare-Mesa | 1705 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85202

What: In additional to free giveaways of food, baby formula, and clothing, ATSU students and faculty will provide an array of healthcare services free of charge. Students from dental, osteopathic medicine, audiology, athletic training, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and physician assistant studies will provide services and health education to community participants.

Other activities include prizes, games, water, fire, food, and car seat safety demonstrations, a bounce house and face painting.

*Spanish-speaking representatives will be onsite.

UA Med Students in Phoenix Learn Next Destination at Match Day

Class of 37 from Downtown Phoenix Campus Will Be Fourth to Graduate

Nearly half of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix students set to graduate in May learned on Friday they will begin their residency training in Arizona.

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