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, Nov. 25, 2016
Limited time Keurig brewer offer warms up your practice

Office Depot and Keurig brewed up a great, limited time offer for TPA members!

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. 
Updated tip sheet available for specialty value based reimbursement

The value-based reimbursement (VBR)* is the primary method for rewarding specialists in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Physician Group Incentive Program (PGIP). This
program rewards specialists who actively collaborate with primary care physicians and their physician organization leadership to c reate improved systems and care processes, implement evidence-based care and promote efficient and effective care.
In 2016, The Physician Alliance has 809 specialty physicians, representing 250 practices, earning the VBR from BCBSM. The measures BCBSM uses to select which specialists receive the VBR are population-based, not practice or provider, and reward specialists who serve patient populations with higher overall performance.

For more information on eligibility and determining VBR amounts, view TPA's tip sheet.
*The VBR was formerly called the specialty fee uplift.  
Earn CME credits at health care compliance program

The Michigan State Medical Society is hosting a seminar, Practical Guidance for Health Care Compliance, on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10am-3pm in East Lansing.

Across the board, health care compliance concerns face every practice no matter what the specialty or practice setting. The seminar will help physicians bring order to the current regulatory environment and offer practical guidelines to ensure compliance. Topics include:
  • Understanding Medicare Payment Reform
  • Making MACRA work for you
  • Meeting state and federal program deadline challenges
Space is limited. Click here for additional program information and to register for the program. Participants can earn up to four AMA PRA Category 1 credits.  
An easy tip to promote your practice

Looking for an easy opportunity to promote your practice to current and potential new patients? Submit a blog article on a topic related to your specialty! Share tips on managing allergies, preventing injuries during winter, adjusting to life with a new baby, why patients should receive flu shots and more. Your blog will be posted on TPA's website and the Patch online community news website.

Submit 300-500 word articles to Kathryn at Have ideas but need help writing the article? Contact Kathryn for some brainstorming tips.   
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