Practice Management

Federal Judge Blocks Anthem-Cigna Merger

On February 8, in a significant win for organized medicine and the nation’s patients, federal judge Amy Berman Jackson blocked the proposed Anthem-Cigna merger. The judge found that the merger would have substantially lessened competition for the sale of health insurance to national employers resulting in higher prices and diminished prospects for innovation. Judge Jackson concluded that an enhanced ability to coerce physicians to accept lower reimbursement is not a merger efficiency defense. She determined that it would not benefit consumers and “would erode the relationship between insurers and providers” and “reduce the collaboration” that is essential to innovation in payment and delivery. As of February 13, Anthem has filed a notice of appeal to reverse Judge Jackson's decision. Aetna and Humana also announced on February 14 that they will not appeal a judge’s decision to block their merger on antitrust grounds

 

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Practice Management

Submit PQRS Reporting for 2016 Before It's Too Late!

The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) is open for submission of quality reporting data for the 2016 performance period. Physicians must submit PQRS data on their 2016 performance to avoid receiving negative payment adjustments in 2018. Submission dates vary based on how physicians choose to report, so practices should check with submission vendors for deadlines. Additional details are available on ACP’s PQRS page.


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Education

NYACP Weekend Board Review Course in Buffalo
Co-sponsored by NYACP and Catholic Health Systems
Earn up to 27 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)!TM

The course will be held on Friday, March 24-Sunday, March 26, 2017
Catholic Health Administrative & Regional Conference Center • 144 Genesee Street • Buffalo, NY • 14203

Course Content:
This three-day course will cover pertinent topics you need to review for the upcoming exams. The topics will include: Cardiology, Nephrology, General Internal Medicine, Oncology, Hematology, Rheumatology, Neurology, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Infectious Disease

Board Review InformationFax BrochureOnline Registration

If there are any questions please contact Karen Tucker at ktucker@nyacp.org

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Save-the-Date!

Saturday, June 3, 2017
2017 NYACP
 Scientific Meeting

and Poster Competition

Hyatt Regency Hotel,
Rochester, NY


Program Agenda
and Registration Information

Abstract Submission is Now Open



NYACP Legal Counsel:

Laurie Cohen, Esq., Partner at Nixon Peabody, LLP and the Chapter's Attorney provides members with support and direction through articles and answering questions relevant to general practice. Now named “Law Firm of the Year” in Health Care Law by U.S. News and World Report!



MLMIC


NOW AVAILABLE - Winter 2017 Issue of MLMIC's Case Review Newsletter featuring the following cases:

...  Case #1 - Breaches in Standard of Care Lead to Meningitis

...  Case #2 - A Delay in the Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

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