The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, July 19, 2019
Local diabetes prevention program classes available to patients
Engaging patients in their health outcomes can be a major factor in successfully lowering their risk for diabetes. More than 80 million Americans are at risk for developing pre-diabetes. There are many opportunities to help patients lower their risk, including a diabetes prevention program.
Lifestyle change programs have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of developing diabetes. The attached list highlights local prevention program classes through September. Practices are encouraged to share this information with patients who can benefit from a diabetes prevention class. Ascension-sponsored classes can also be found by clicking here , then type the keyword “diabetes” to search for “diabetes prevention" - there are no out of pocket costs for courses offered through Ascension.
The Physician Alliance created materials to educate patients on diabetes prevention and management. Posters, action plans and more can help initiate conversations with patients on these important health topics. Click here to view.
Back to school and office discounts available for TPA members
The Physician Alliance members can benefit from discounts on thousands of office supplies, ranging from paper to folders to print cartridges to furniture through the Affiliate Partners Program .

The special discount card and code can be used for school supplies too! Stock up on notebooks, pens and more in store or online. Any practice staff is eligible for the savings.

Office Depot provides several opportunities to save:

  1. Download a store discount card to use when shopping in stores
  2. Click here for a web discount code 
For information on Office Depot's participation in TPA's Affiliate Partners Program, click here or contact Christina at or 855.337.6811 Ext.12734.
Is your practice compliant with coding?
Understanding Practice and Coding Compliance Rules

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Be proactive in preventing compliance issues! This presentation will help participants understand:
  • Best practices for auditing and updating the practice's compliance plan
  • Biller’s/coder’s legal duties regarding compliance
  • Consequences of not abiding by the legal requirements of compliance 

Presenter: Lori-Ann Rickard, Rickard & Associates.
Lori-Ann Rickard opened her private law practice after serving as an associate and partner in private practice at a large Detroit corporate law firm and in-house as corporate counsel for the St. John Health System. She is a certified professional coder (CPC), certified ambulance coder (CAC) and has also been certified by the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in Probate and Estate Planning.
Location:  Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital Education Center, 27321 Dequindre, Madison Heights
Light breakfast will be served.

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Featured Affiliate Partner
Huntington Bank offers a premier mortgage program to physicians and residents looking to buy or refinance a home. TPA members can receive exclusive benefits including discount closing costs, down payment assistance options and more. Special rates on deposits, specialty lending programs and more are also available.

Learn more about these services.
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