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, September 14, 2018
Medicaid providers need to enroll in state billing system 
 
Michigan health care providers must enroll in a Medicaid billing system to receive payments for services to Medicaid beneficiaries, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  
 
Prior to providing services to Medicaid patients on Jan. 1, 2019 or after, physicians must enroll in the Community Health Automated Medicaid Processing System (CHAMPS), the state's online Medicaid enrollment and billing system. Failure to do so will prevent contracted Medicaid health plans and dental health plans from making payments to providers.  
 
For more information on the requirement and enrollment, read the press release and visit Michigan's website
 
A heart healthy promotion on AED device 

The Physician Alliance members can be better prepared for emergencies with a life-saving AED in the practice. J&B Medical Supply, a partner in TPA's Affiliate Partners Program, is offering a special, limited time promotion to help practices purchase a Zoll AED Plus package for only $1,399 - a savings of $400. The ZOLL AED Plus Package includes:

* AED Plus with AED cover
* One-piece adult electrode pad (CPR-D-padzĀ®)
* Pedi-padzĀ® pediatric electrode ($95 value)
* One sleeve of ten lithium 123A batteries
* Soft carry case
* Free onsite training

For more information, click here to view the flyer or contact Chris Respondek at 248-896-6211 or crespondek@jandbmedical.com .
SAVE THE DATE - Avoiding medical malpractice claims

The Physician Alliance and Coverys are hosting a seminar focused on avoiding medical malpractice claims in the physician practice. The seminar, held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 8am, will help participants recognize  and identify problems in the physician office that commonly lead to litigation, review malpractice professional liability closed claims data for the practice, and more. 
 
Registration is available for this event. Physician CME and nursing  activity hours are available. More information will be shared in the coming weeks, but save the date now for this important education opportunity for TPA members! 

Tips for purchasing medical professional liability insurance 

You've invested a great deal of time and effort in your profession. Medical professional liability insurance is a vital component of protecting your career and your reputation. Choosing the company and the coverage that are right for you deserves careful consideration and a thorough understanding of your needs and options. 

WHAT IS MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE? WHY DO I NEED IT? 
Sometimes adverse outcomes happen despite your best efforts, and a lawsuit can be a devastating experience. Medical professional liability insurance protects you and your assets in the event of a claim or suit. 

Medical professional liability insurance is designed to cover you for professional services you render or, in some cases, fail to render. You'll want to make sure that the company and the coverage you choose will fit your needs and provide you with the best possible protection. Your insurance policy should clearly define what professional services it covers. 

TYPES OF LIABILITY COVERAGE 
There are two types of liability coverage: 
  • Direct liability, which covers you for the services you personally provide. 
  • Vicarious liability, which covers people for whom you may be legally liable if you are providing supervision and direction (e.g., employees, students, volunteers). 
Depending on your particular exposure, you may need additional coverage, including but not limited to general liability for premises or damage to property of others, employer liability, or Coverys Protection Plus, which includes cyber/regulatory liability coverage. Read more about purchasing medical professional liability insurance.

Source: Coverys , a member of TPA's Affiliate Partners Program , provides comprehensive medical malpractice insurance and risk management services. Contact Tina Dowler at 517-886-8345 or tdowler@coverys.com for more information.

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