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, October 13, 2017
Don't miss this great opportunity to get resources to assist patients

If you missed this week's Community Resource Fair hosted by The Physician Alliance, no worries! There's still another opportunity to gather valuable information and contacts from more than 25 local nonprofit, health organizations and other resources for patients.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017; 8:30-10:30am 
Providence Park Hospital, Novi Campus (Heart Institute entrance - conference room A, B, C) 
47601 Grand River Avenue, Novi 48374

Click here for a list of participating organizations on Oct. 18.

Light breakfast provided.   
TPA works to resolve ADT message problem at practices

Physician practices recently experienced some latency issues with the admissions, discharge and transfer (ADT) feed using The Physician Alliance Wellcentive Outcomes Manager tool. TPA contacted Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN), which helps coordinate the electronic exchange of health information between providers, and learned interface messages from Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC)  Health Information Exchange were queuing but inadvertently not being pushed to MiHIN since Oct. 4, 2017. MiHIN determined this to be the root cause of the decrease in ADT message volume within Wellcentive.
The error has been resolved by GLHC and all queued ADT interface messages have been pushed and are now appearing in Wellcentive. If your practice is still experiencing low volume of ADT messages, please contact so TPA can monitor the severity.
Behavioral health webinar can help with MIPS

Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network is hosting a webinar on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 from 12:30-1:30pm focused on the connection between behavioral health and chronic health conditions. Learn how behavioral health factors and social determinants can impact the health of your patients, and learn strategies to implement integrated behavioral health care into your practice.

For practices participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), behavioral health integration at the practice level is part of this payment model.  
Click here to register for this webinar.
Save on paper and office supplies

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Need to stock up on copy paper, coffee, office supplies? As one of TPA's Affiliate Partner, Office Depot/Office Max offer The Physician Alliance members discounts on thousands of products and office supplies.

Need copy paper? Buy a case (10 reams) of Boise letter size paper at a low price of $28.99 (discounted from $55.99).

Open an Office Depot business account to shop from your practice! Comparison shop on a variety of products, view purchase history, deliver items directly to the practice, save on thousands of office supplies. Or download a store discount card to shop at any Office Depot or Office Max store! Contact Christina Leza, our Office Depot representative, at (855) 337-6811 ext. 12734 or

Neuroscience symposium focuses on common clinical challenges

The Van Elslander Neuroscience Center of Excellence is hosting the 8th Annual Neuroscience Symposium on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the Marriott Auburn Hills-Pontiac.   
The event provides practitioners with information on the latest advances in neuroscience, including various diagnostic and therapeutic challenges commonly encountered in clinical practice. Morning workshops focus on stroke, while the main symposium topics include multiple sclerosis, self-care, vertigo, sleep disorder, dementia and more.

To register by Friday, Oct. 27, call St. John Providence Health Connect at (866) 501-3627 (select option 3). Contact Andrea Parks at or (586) 753-0659 with questions or if you need additional information.  
Turning cyber awareness into cyber preparedness

Do you think your organization is cyber ready? Do you have an incident response plan (e.g., who does what when you find out all of your office desktop PCs are locked up with ransomware?)? October is Cyber Security Awareness month and given recent hurricanes and fires and other unexpected events, the idea of preparedness in the event of a disaster makes good sense. Similarly, preparedness in the event of a cyber disaster should be on your to-do list this month too!

A few things for your checklist:
  • Draft or revise a cyber incident response plan, including specifics of your response team (and when they're out of office, too)
  • Contact a vendor for a network security assessment (or update)
  • Teach your team about email phishing scams and ransomware
  • Write out your policy for how your organization handles wire transfers of funds to reduce the risk of fraudulent requests
  • Convene a meeting of your cyber response team to run scenarios or review roles and responsibilities
Does your practice have cyber liability insurance? A majority of physicians are unaware that their traditional liability insurance coverage (malpractice, general liability, and D&O) typically exclude or limit coverage for this type of exposure. Physicians may not realize they have exposure in cyber liability with their access to patients' private information. If you are subject to a data breach, the fines, penalties and expenses may be significant.  

Source: Huntington Insurance is a partner in The Physician Alliance's Affiliate Partners program. Contact Rick Loss at 419-720-7911 or for  more information on cyber liability insurance available to TPA's members. 

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