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Friday, May 8, 2020
The Pulse quarterly newsletter shares news and updates
The latest issue of The Pulse quarterly newsletter is now available !

In this issue:
  • Special President's Message
  • Succeeding in a narrow network
  • COVID-19 Key Information Sources
  • New Blueprint for Affordability program focuses on narrow network risk-sharing
  • Specialists recognized for improved quality of care
  • A Physician's Perspective: Why should doctors care about coding?
  • Patient Centered Medical Home designation extends to two years
  • Coding Corner: Coding for coronavirus

Click here to read the issue. Don't forget that past newsletter issues are available on The Physician Alliance's website .

Due to print and mail challenges during the pandemic, this issue will not be mailed to offices. Please note that The Pulse quarterly newsletter will be moving to an electronic magazine in July. This will allow us to provide more in-depth information, distribute to a broader audience (to include practice staff) and lower costs. If there are some hot topics that you would like to learn more about to help your practice and/or patients, please send suggestions to heather.hall@thephysicianalliance.org .
Multi-language coronavirus posters available
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention offers free resources including video, fact sheets, and posters, to support COVID-19 recommendations.

Print materials, available in multiple languages , include a myriad of topics such as:


Click here to view the print materials - alternative language availability is listed next to each poster. All materials are free for download and may be printed on a standard office printer.
Free accommodations for COVID-19 first responders
Cancer Support Community (CSC) and Airbnb are partnering to provide free short-term accommodations for healthcare workers responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The program connects first responders with clean, convenient places to stay that allow them to be close to their patients — and safely distanced from their own families.

Program highlights:

  • All medical professionals working in hospitals or medical centers managing COVID-19 patients are welcome to the program. 
  • Health care workers may have a maximum stay of one month. 
  • All options are non-shared space only.
  • Requests for housing must be made or confirmed by the administrator of the hospital or medical center.

For more information and to apply for the program, visit the Cancer Support Community .
Don't miss this important coding webinar
Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding webinar

Wednesday, June 10, 2020; 12-1pm

Attend this informative webinar to gain valuable insights on:

  • The importance of chronic conditions in care coordination
  • Hierarchical condition category (HCC) coding, concepts, and documentation examples
  • What a risk adjustment factor score says about a patient
  • Ways to keep HCC coding applicable for your practice

Presenter: Mary Mallory, CEMC, ambulatory coding education specialist, The Physician Alliance

Who should attend: Physicians, office managers, billers, practice directors, and coders

Register here! Webinar access information will be emailed after registration. Download the flyer.

Don't forget that upcoming events are posted on TPA's website (click Events from the homepage or visit the Learning Institute ).

Education focuses on practice safety, employees and more
Michigan State Medical Society has started a weekly tele-town hall on COVID-19 topics for physicians. Guest speakers will provide brief presentations and take questions on a wide range of topics important to physicians. Upcoming topics include safe office procedures for seeing patients, new employment policies and a conversation with Governor Whitmer. Click here to view all upcoming meetings and topics and to register.
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