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, May 11, 2018
Updated tip sheets and resources on website
The Physician Alliance creates a variety of tip sheets, coding and billing materials, and other resources to assist practices in improving quality metrics, revenue and patient care.

The resources focus on general resources, HEDIS measures, primary care and specialty physicians. Many of these have been updated to reflect changes occurring in the new year. Check out all of the available information on TPA's website by visiting the Learning Center.   
Download free test to measure patients' diabetes risk
An astonishing 84 million Americans (1 in 3) have prediabetes and are at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Nearly 90 percent of people with prediabetes don't know they have it or that it can be reversed.

The Physician Alliance is working with practices to focus on diabetes prevention through education and screening of patients. TPA is in the process of creating letter templates, tip sheets and patient education posters and handouts. In the meantime, the American Diabetes Association, American Medical Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created an easy to follow diabetes risk assessment. This form can be printed and distributed to patients to determine their risk factors. It's a helpful tool to initiate conversations with patients on diabetes prevention.

Click here for the English version of the risk assessment or click here for the Spanish version.

Webinar shares tips on implementing telehealth in practices
The Physician Alliance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are hosting a webinar, Implementing Telehealth into Your Practice, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 from 5-6pm.

Topics discussed during the webinar include:
  • How to implement telehealth into your practice
  • Examples of telehealth visit cases
  • Documentation
  • Coding and billing
Who should attend: Physicians, care managers and office managers

Presenter: Dr. S. George Kipa is deputy chief medical officer at BCBSM and an internal medicine physician. He is involved with PPO network management and serves on the telemedicine workgroup.

Click here to register for the webinar. Instructions for accessing the webinar will be emailed after registration.  
Videos available for recent seminars
The Physician Alliance recently hosted a coding seminar and a provider delivered care management seminar for our physicians and practice staff. Videos of these seminars are now available on TPA's website - click here.

 Don't forget you can also access other helpful education materials throughout the website, as well as posters and self-management forms to assist with patient education.    
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