Mississippi Academy of
Family Physicians Newsletter
November 18, 2017

It's Renewal Time

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December 8-9
Indianola, MS

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March 7, 2018
Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson

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April 20-22, 2018

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Request this tag at your county tax collector's office when you renew your license tag. Proceeds from the sale of this tag benefit the Mississippi Academy of  Family Physicians Foundation.

MAFP President Dr. Katherine Patterson gives testimony to MSBML.

  MAFP Testifies at MS Board of Medical Licensure Meeting
More than 30 people testified for over 5 hours at the State Board of Medical Licensure public hearing Nov. 15, in response to its proposed regulations that would change opioid prescribing.

MSBML members listened to public comments from individuals, medical associations and organizations to gather information from licensees and the public before adopting final regulations. MAFP President Dr. Katherine Patterson of Indianola testified on the Academy's behalf.

MAFP members Dr. Bill Grantham, left, and MSBML member Dr. Randy Easterling.
The proposed rules would limit the length of time opioids could be prescribed, require drug testing for chronic pain prescriptions, and require physicians to use the state's Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). The proposal exempts in-patient care and those patients with cancer or terminal illnesses.

Everyone thanked the MSBML for their efforts and agreed there is a problem that needs to be addressed, but felt like the new regulations were overreaching. Some said they thought the regulations represented a "shotgun" and "sledgehammer" approach to the problem.

Dr. Patterson's testimony included a story about Mary, a real patient from her practice, and how she would be affected by the regulations. "The new regulations as proposed in Rule 1.7(k) would require Mary to undergo drug testing at each encounter. The drug testing requirement isn't specific and doesn't qualify the type of test, and could cost her from $20 - $1,500, depending on the practice," Patterson said. "An extra office visit or drug screen that isn't covered by insurance could leave [Mary] choosing between another vital medication or a meal." The jam-packed room at the MSBML meeting applauded her comments.

While addressing the board, Dr. Bill Grantham of Clinton, MAFP Board Member and MSMA President, asked for three provisions to be adopted having to do with the PMP and limiting prescriptions to 7 days. Other speakers asked the board, 'Who is the problem, and how are these proposed regulations going to fix that problem?'

Dr. Patterson and Rep. Bomgar.
Dr. Sam Crosby of Hattiesburg, MAFP Past President, said his Hattiesburg Clinic was considering protocol changes for opioids, but paused their efforts when the MSBML proposed regulations were issued. He asked for clarifications on several items and requested that the board require a PMP only when prescribing Schedule II opioids.

Dr. Mary Currier, State Health Officer, asked the MSBML to consider collaborating with physicians to develop a  plan and find resources before they implement these major changes. She emphasized that stopping opioid prescriptions will drive patients to street drugs like heroin and fentanyl. Dr. Currier predicted a rise in HIV and Hepatitis C infections, and an increase in deaths if changes go into effect.

State Rep. Joel Bomgar of Madison agreed with Dr. Currier. He testified about opioid deaths using Centers for Disease Control data he had personally analyzed. He stressed that whenever the number of prescriptions written decreases, deaths unfortunately increase.

Following Wednesday's hearing, the MSBML met Thursday morning and delayed action on the proposed regulations. MAFP will continue to update members on the proposed changes.
Dr. Lindsey McCormick, left, and Dr. Samantha Mosby, right, met with MAFP's Kay-Lynn Meador at EC HealthNet last week.

MAFP Visits William Carey, ECHealthnet and Recruits 45 
New Members
Educating Mississippi's medical students and family medicine residents on MAFP and the benefits of membership is one of our prime focuses. 

Within the last week, Kay-Lynn Meador, MAFP Workforce and Foundation Director, visited with EC HealthNet residents in Meridian and took a trip to Hattiesburg to meet students at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. The visits grew out of the Workforce Committee's idea to reach out more to students and residents. The committee met in September at MAFP's Fall Conference.

The result was a lot of awareness, plus more than 45 new resident and student members. In Meridian, Dr. Moumita Biswas spoke to fellow residents about serving on the MAFP Foundation board. In Hattiesburg,  WCUCOM students Terry Moran and Anita Santpurkar discussed their MAFP experiences and encouraged their fellow students to join.
Mississippi Family Physician 
Dr. Robert Smith Awarded AMA Medal
AMA President Dr. David O. Barbe, left, presents the AMA Medal of Valor to MAFP member Dr. Robert Smith of Jackson.

Dr. Robert Smith, MD, of Jackson, was honored in November with the American Medical Association's Medal of Valor Award at its 2017 Interim Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. The award honors AMA members who demonstrate courage under extraordinary circumstances in non-wartime situations.

Dr. Smith, a Lifetime member, has been part of the Academy since 1972.  Dr. Smith was an instrumental figure during the civil rights movement in Mississippi, providing consistent health care to those with little or no access. A founder of the Medical Committee for Civil Rights and the Committee for Human Rights in the mid-1960's, Dr. Smith and other health care professionals aided and treated civil rights workers and many other Mississippians during the Freedom Summer of 1964. Read more about his story.  

MAFP Headquarters 
Lights Up the Night
Dramatic new exterior lighting for the MAFP headquarters has been installed this month, making the building more visible on Lake Harbour Drive in Ridgeland. Spotlights now shine on the building's brick exterior and illuminate several trees. 

The new lighting was made possible by a recent contribution by Dr. George R. Bush to the MAFP Foundation's "Sign On for the Sign" fund. Additional lighting and grounds maintenance is planned for the parking lot side of the building pending additional funding. 

MAFP Foundation board member Dr. Lakeisha Chism of Verona, recently made a $2,000 donation toward this effort. Dr. Bush's and Dr. Chism's names join others on the plaque displayed at the MAFP office, recognizing their contributions.   

All donors making a minimum donation of $100 will be recognized here and on a wall plaque in the MAFP Libary.  Here's how to "Sign On for the Sign" to help the Foundation.  All donations go to defray the cost of upgrading and maintaining the grounds, landscaping, sign and lighting.

Time to Renew Your Membership
Paying your 2018 dues is easy through the American Academy of Family Physicians online dues payment service, Quick Pay.

Quick pay allows any individual (member, office staff, spouse of a member, etc.) to pay a member's dues invoice without logging in to the member's AAFP account. The only information that is required to make a payment is the member's AAFP ID number and dues invoice number. It's as simple as that.

Continue to enjoy your Academy membership benefits by remitting your payment today by visiting the AAFP website, through Quick Pay, or by calling the AAFP at 800.274.2237.  Your MAFP membership is appreciated!
It Is Not Too Late - "Test" Your Data to Avoid a Negative 4% Payment Adjustment to Medicare Part B Claims
The initial performance period for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) began on January 1, but it is not too late to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019.  If your practice chose not to submit full or partial data before the October 2 cutoff date, you can still submit data for one quality measure, OR one improvement activity, OR the four required ACI measures and avoid the 4% negative payment penalty in 2019.

Reporting as little as one measure for one patient in the quality category of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) by Sunday, December 31, will position you better for future value-based payments. Failure to report any data in 2017 will result in a negative 4% payment adjustment to Medicare Part B claims in 2019.
Although time is running out, you can still Pick Your Pace by testing your data system. Read a practice scenario to better understand the test option.
Oschner Value Summit in New Orleans Offers Physicians CME Hours
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The Ochsner Health Network (OHN) announces the OHN Value Summit, presented by The Kinetix Group, in partnership with American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and McCann Managed Markets on December 1-2, 2017 at The Sheraton New Orleans.
This unique event is the first opportunity of its kind for healthcare industry decision makers to come together to explore new ideas and share best practices for delivering high-quality care in a value-based environment. The Summit will feature engaging discussions on important topics ranging from challenges and opportunities in the shift to value-based care delivery, the payer-provider relationship dynamic, and managing risk-based populations.
The conference is eligible for 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits .  Some of the topics of interest include: Managing Risk-Based Populations: The Building Blocks to Success; Using Collaboration and Leadership as Tools for Success; and The Role of the Pharmaceutical & Device Industry in Value-Based Care Success.
The conference is scheduled on Friday, December 1, from 9 am to 5:45 pm. On Saturday, December 2, it lasts from 7 am to 1:30 pm. The Exhibit Hall will be open from 9 am to 6:45 pm Friday and 7 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday.
The Summit will attract administrative and clinical healthcare leaders from health systems, accountable care organizations (ACOs), hospitals, group practices, payer organizations, and life science companies throughout the US.
Attendees will hear from some of the country's leading voices in healthcare innovation, including:
  • Warner Thomas, President & CEO of Ochsner Health System
  • David Carmouche, MD, President of Ochsner Health Network
  • Bruce Broussard, CEO of Humana
  • Steve Udverhelyi, CEO of BCBSLA
  • Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, SVP & Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at Cedars-Sinai
  • Eric Newman, MD, VC of Innovation at Geisinger Health
  • Jerry Penso, President & CEO of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA)
Registration is $250.00 for non-OHN health system attendees. Get more details here , or examine the printed agenda . Online registration is available .