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Friday, August 26, 2022

Low back pain training incentives available

Low back pain can be frustrating for both patients and providers. There is typically no single cause for the pain that can be “fixed” with one simple approach to treatment. This can lead to divergence from evidence-based practices, unnecessary imaging studies and referrals, over-use of opioids, and dissatisfied patients who never get effective pain relief.

The Physician Alliance is part of the Michigan Back Collaborative (MIBAC), a newer statewide Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQI) supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to help streamline care for low back pain. 

To achieve these goals and better educate patients, an incentive is being provided for physician training. Training must be completed by Nov. 1, 2022. See details below on the incentive and training


A $100 reward will be provided to each primary care physician or chiropractor who completes the training. Providers must meet the following requirements:


Primary care physicians

·  Primary care physician treating adult patients

·    Must be in a PGIP physician organization (The Physician Alliance)



·    Must be a BCBSM provider

·    Did not complete training in 2021

Training MUST BE COMPLETED by Nov. 1, 2022.



MIBAC training is a one-time provider training that offers a framework for treating low back pain, treatment protocols, and a “toolbox” of resources. This training is evidence-based and will be CME/CE certified. The MIBAC online training includes a 90-100 minute required module for primary care physicians and chiropractors.


Click here to register for training. Once registered, you can click here to start the training.

Click here to view previous communications sent to eligible physicians. 

Get ready for CPT coding updates

Did you know that the current procedural terminology (CPT) codes will change on Jan. 1, 2023? Make sure that your practice is ready to capture important codes by registering now for this informative webinar!

Lunch with the Coder: 2023 CPT coding updates

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022; 12:15-1pm

Register now.

Get ready for the annual current procedural terminology (CPT) code set updates that take effect Jan. 1, 2023. Learn the latest updates to keep your practices’ coding accurate in 2023, including:

  • understand why codes have been updated
  • important new additions
  • support documentation needed
  • applying new codes

Webinars are complimentary and open to The Physician Alliance members only.

Presenter: Mary Mallory, CEMC, risk coding education manager at The Physician Alliance

Last chance to save extra on communication services


Ready to upgrade your practice's communication products and services? In need of a new telephone system, overhead paging system, security camera or white noise for privacy? Then don't miss this great opportunity to save money!

Edge Solutions, an Affiliate Partner, is offering TPA members extra savings on telephone systems and services. But, hurry! These savings expire Aug. 31, 2022. 

  • 1-year agreement: Receive 50% discount (excluding taxes) off the13th invoice
  • 2-year agreement: Receive two months FREE (valid on contract month 13 and 24, excluding taxes)
  • 3-year agreement: Receive three months FREE (valid on contract month 13, 24, and 37, excluding taxes)

These savings are on top of the regular exclusive offers for The Physician Alliance membership:

  • Discounted monthly services
  • Flat rate pricing for on-site service calls
  • Discounted hardware and rental fees

To start saving on products and services, click here

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Ways you can save

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