The Pulse is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan's largest physician organizations serving more than 2,200 primary care and specialty physicians.
The Pulse of The Physician Alliance
Friday, Dec. 23, 2016
Help your patients self-manage diabetes
 
Are you confident that your patients can self-manage their diabetes? MPRO is offering Diabetes Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshops at no cost to your office. This six-session workshop can be held in your office for your staff and patients. Workshops help participants understand diabetes and its risks, as well as the importance of diet, exercise, keeping regular physician exams, receiving annual foot and eye exams, managing medications and more. Diabetes PATH teaches participants how to live healthier in a fun, non-threatening environment. The workshops do not conflict with other programs or treatment and participants are referred to their physicians for all medical questions.
 
For more information or to schedule a class session, contact Andrea Boucher at MPRO at  aboucher@mpro.org or 248-465-7362.
New tip sheet offers info on HEDIS screening

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States with approximately 3 million new cases each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 5% - 15% of women of reproductive age are infected with chlamydia, and undiagnosed chlamydia causes infertility in approximately 24,000 women each year.

Chlamydia screening is a HEDIS measure. For more information, including exclusions to the measure and common billing codes, check out The Physician Alliance's new tip sheet.
New video helps understand ADT alerts

Confused about admission, discharge and transfer alerts in The Physician Alliance's disease registry, Wellcentive?

Check out the new short video that offers step by step guidance. Viewers will learn how to add ADT alerts to the Wellcentive dashboard, access the patient care summary screen to gather information on the patient's ADT activity, and more.

Watch the video now. See what other education materials are available from The Physician Alliance.
Register for upcoming education programs

Don't miss some exciting and informational programs taking place in January!

Provider Delivered Care Management billing webinar
Thursday, Jan. 19, 9-10:30am

The Physician Alliance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are hosting a webinar for Patient Centered Medical Home practices to gain valuable information on accurate billing and coding of the 13 Provider Delivered Care Management codes.

Who should attend: PCMH practice care managers, billers, office managers and physicians
Register online now

Understanding MACRA seminar
Friday, Jan. 20, 8-9:30am
St. John Oakland Hospital Education Building, Madison Heights

Attendees will learn valuable insight on the CMS final rules regarding physician reimbursements, and help get prepared for year one of the new Quality Payment Program. Information on "Pick Your Pace" practice options, MIPS and more will be shared.

Register online now!
TPA leadership attends CMS MACRA conference in DC

(L-R) Andy Slavitt and Michael Madden
Several TPA executives traveled to Washington, DC in early December to attend a conference hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that focused on changes and updates on MACRA, the new CMS quality payment program.

During the conference, Michael Madden, president and CEO of TPA, met Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of CMS. Mike had the opportunity to share information on TPA, our accomplishments, physician concerns about the payment program and how we may be able to provide input to CMS in the future.

If you're interested in attending TPA's Understanding MACRA seminar on Friday, Jan. 20, click here to register.
Special Kuerig offer expires soon

Don't miss the special offer on a Kuerig brewer! This offer expires Dec. 31, 2016!

Keurig K140 for $34.99 (regular price $138.69)  
with the purchase of four boxes of K-cups

Keurig K150 for $58.99 (regular price $294.49) 
with the purchase of eight boxes of K-cups

Download the flyer for more details.

Contact Jessica Samp at Office Depot to order today! Offer is available to all TPA practices.

HURRY - Offer expires Dec. 31, 2016. 
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