The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, Feb. 1, 2019
Webinar focuses on improving quality measures
The Physician Alliance is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, March 5 from 12-1pm focused on improving quality measures.

Topics included are 2019 clinical quality initiative (CLQI) updates, CLQI progress reports and diabetes management measures. The target audience for this webinar is primary care physician practices participating in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Physician Group Incentive Program (PGIP).

For more information or to register for the webinar, contact Sharon Kraydich, quality and utilization manager, at
New Affiliate Partner offers practice management support
Kona Medical Consulting joins The Physician Alliance's Affiliate Partners program to offer full scope consulting services and business process outsourcing to physicians.

Common services provided by Kona Medical Consulting include, but are not limited to:
  • Recruiting, training, and human resource services
  • 24/7 remote staffing for all practice tasks
  • Marketing, web development, and referral optimization
  • Financial audits, bookkeeping, and payroll 
  • Credentialing, billing, and accreditation compliance 
  • EMR management, training, and optimization

Prices are either subscription-based, a fixed rate, or hourly. The Physician Alliance members will receive a 40% discount off the hourly consulting rate and a complimentary initial consultation. 
Click here to view a flyer with more information. Contact Donovan at (313) 444-0167, or Dan at (312) 620-4805, .
Major Changes to Physician Documentation seminar video available
The Physician Alliance hosted a sold out seminar last week focused on physician fee schedule changes. Registration filled so quickly that a concurrent live webinar was also hosted to accommodate additional guests.

The focus included 2019 physician fee schedule changes, Medicare coding changes, coding for risk and how coding impacts future reimbursements.

A video of the seminar is now available for viewing from TPA's website . Click here to view the video.
Updates and other resources for Michigan's opioid education
The state of Michigan continues to update and expand legislation and requirements for opioid rules.

The latest update details the 'bona fide prescriber-patient relationship' and the rules for prescribing controlled substances listed in schedules 2 to 5. The legislative rule states that "except as otherwise provided....if a licensed prescriber prescribes a controlled substance under this subsection, the prescriber shall provide follow-up care to the patient to monitor the efficacy of the use of the controlled substance as a treatment of the patient’s medical condition." View the full details .

Also of note is that PA 246 of 2017 requires prescribers to provide opioid education using the state's form or similar Start Talking Form when prescribing an opioid drug. It does not have to be used when prescribing any other controlled substance that does not contain an opioid. This form must be completed and saved to the patient's medical record only when prescribing an opioid drug. Click here to access the form in English, Arabic and Spanish.

For updated information on Michigan's opioid laws, click here. This document also includes many frequently asked questions and helpful links to opioid education, the Michigan Automated Prescription System (MAPS) and more. Additional resources and education for prescribers and patients can be found at Michigan's new opioid addiction resources website.
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