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, February 17, 2017
Help patients control blood pressure

Did you know that one in three Americans (nearly 80 million adults) have high blood pressure? According to research, high blood pressure can lead to major health issues, including heart attack, heart failure, kidney failure and more. High blood pressure costs an estimated $48.6 billion each year, from medications to health services to missed work.

The AHA and AMA partnered to launch Target:BP, national initiative aimed at reducing the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging medical practices, health service organizations, and patients to prioritize blood pressure control. Target:BP supports physicians and care teams by offering access to the latest research, tools, and resources to reach and sustain blood pressure goal rates of less than 140/90 mmHg within the patients populations they serve.

For more information on the Target:BP initiative, register for an upcoming webinar on Feb. 22 at 1pm. Visit the Target:BP website to check out the free resources and information.  
Understanding MACRA seminar video available

If you missed the Understanding MACRA seminar hosted by TPA in January or want to watch the presentation again, a video of the program is now available. The seminar provided an overview and updates on the new CMS program. Click here to watch the program.

Thank you to our speakers, Holly Standhardt and Michelle Dewey from MPRO, for providing an informative presentation.
Upcoming risk adjustment and appropriate coding webinar

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is hosting a 2-part webinar for providers and practice staff to understand the importance of coding correctly as it pertains to risk adjustments and CMS' use of Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) coding in their payment models.

The webinars are on:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21 (Part 1) from 7-8:30am and Thursday, Feb. 23 (Part 2) from 7:30-9am OR
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 5-6:30pm (Part 1) and Thursday, March 23 from 5-6:30pm (Part 2).

For more information and to join these webinars, download the February webinars flyer and/or the March webinars flyer

Learn about BCBSM/BCN Performance Recognition Program

The 2017 BCBSM and BCN Performance Recognition Program will be discussed during a webinar on Thursday, March 9 at 8am. The provider incentive programs covered include BCN Commercial HMO, BCN Advantage HMO-POS, and BCBSM Medicare Plus Blue PPO.

Target audience includes primary care practice managers, billers and/or quality coordinators. Download the flyer for details on joining this webinar.
Do you have something to share?

Many thanks to our physician members who have been submitting helpful articles for our blog! A blog post is a great way to promote your practice to other physicians and the general public. The blog can include tips, new treatment options or information related to your specialty. Topic samples include 5 tips for choosing a primary care physician, managing arthritis in the winter, tips for helping your child eat healthier and why antibiotics aren't always necessary. The blogs are posted to TPA's website and the Patch online news community (general public audience).

Please submit your 300-500 word article to Kathryn at Feel free to include a head shot.
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