The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, March 15, 2019
Diabetes Prevention Programs offered in southeast Michigan
More than 80 million Americans are at risk for developing prediabetes. There are many opportunities to help patients lower their risk for prediabetes and diabetes, 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 for March - May. 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.
The Physician Alliance releases new patient education posters
The Physician Alliance continues to expand the selection of patient education materials with the addition of three new posters.

The posters include:
  • 6 reasons to get a diabetic eye exam
  • Care management services available
  • Accurately measure blood pressure

More than 20 posters and other materials are available on a variety of health topics to help improve patient care and quality metrics. Click here to download and print the posters to display in your practice. These posters are also available to order from TPA via the online order form (complimentary to TPA practices only).
Seminar shares Provider Delivered Care Management updates
The Physician Alliance and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are hosting a seminar on Thursday, April 18 from 8-9:30am to share updates on the Provider Delivered Care Management program.

Provider Delivered Care Management provides care coordination within the primary care physicians’ practice by trained care managers. The BCBSM PDCM program reimburses for care management and care coordination activities for BCBSM members through the billing of care management codes. There is also a new reimbursement opportunity for unlicensed staff (medical assistants).

This seminar will help you gain:
  • A better understanding of validating eligibility for PDCM services
  • Improved proficiency in the billing of the 12 PDCM codes
  • Increased awareness of PDCM changes for 2019
Speaker: Lori Boctor, senior analyst, BCBSM Value Partnerships-Reimbursement team

Location: Ascension Oakland Hospital-Education Building, 27321 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights
Who should attend: TPA P GIP physicians, office managers, billing staff, care managers, practice directors and coders

Register today for this seminar.
Using social media to improve your reputation and engage patients
The Physician Alliance hosted a seminar in February focused on the benefits and importance of implementing social media strategies in physician practices. The seminar video is now available on TPA's website .

4MJ Social , one of TPA's Affiliate Partners , provides a low cost, turn-key social media and digital marketing solution that includes social media management, search engine optimization, professional writers and more. TPA members are offered a significant discount on all packages and services.
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