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Saturday • October 23, 2021

 

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Frank J Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR to deliver 74th Carman Lecture

Frank J. Lexa, MD, MBA, FACR

Dr Lexa is Chief Medical Officer of the Radiology Leadership Institute.
He is also Professor of Clinical Affairs and Operations, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Arizona Medical Center and author of “Leadership Lessons for Healthcare Providers.”
He will be delivering the 74th Carman lecture on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

There is no cost to attend the lecture and no preregistration required.

More information about Dr Lexa here.

MSMA Virtual White Coat Day

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Virtual White Coat Day – Tuesday, March 2, 2021

White Coat Day registration is officially open! You can find our full list of speakers at https://www.msma.org/white-coat-day.html, as well as issues they will be discussing. Let’s make the voice of organized medicine a top priority in the legislature, and this the best attended White Coat Day yet.

MSMA membership is not required for attendance – all Missouri physicians are welcome and encouraged to join us. Please feel free to share White Coat Day information and registration links with your colleagues, residents, fellows, and medical students. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Please note that although the speakers and topics are broken into different regions of the state, you are more than welcome to participate in as many of the events as you can.

Visit https://www.msma.org/white-coat-day.html or contact Shantel Dooling at shantel@msma.org for more information.

MORADS Member Amy Patel, MD Profiled in ACR Bulletin

Congratulations to Changemaker Amy K Patel, MD who is profiled in the February 2021 issue of the ACR Bulletin.  For the full story see here.

ACR Webinar on Medicare Health Plan Choices

Stop Drastic Medicare E/M Changes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule on Dec. 1. The ACR is very disappointed in the CMS’ decision to implement the evaluation and management (E/M) policy, which will result in significant reimbursement cuts to radiology.

With the legislative calendar waning, ACR members must contact their Senators today to urge Congressional action to mitigate the negative impact of the finalized E/M policy before the end of the year.

Tell your senators today to stop the CMS from implementing these cuts.

ACR Opposes Medicare Pay Cuts, Asks for Your Help

The Radiology Advocacy Network is calling on members to get involved in opposing the proposed 11% Medicare pay cut in radiology set to be implemented Jan. 1.

Use the link below to quickly and easily notify your Congressional Representative.

Act Now to Halt Impending Medicare Cuts.

 

ACR, Others Back Bill to Delay Medicare Cuts During Pandemic

The ACR and 73 other medical groups support the prevention of planned Medicare reimbursement cuts for radiologists and other specialties by offering temporary additional payments to health providers for two years, and urged Congress to approve the bill. “Any Medicare payment cuts can only worsen the financial instability of healthcare provider practices already reeling from the pandemic and limit patient access to potentially lifesaving care,” ACR Board of Chancellors Chair Dr. Howard Fleishon said in a statement.

ACR Announces Virtual 2021 Meeting

The ACR Council Steering Committee has decided to hold the ACR 2021 Annual Meeting  virtually May 15-19, 2021. The virtual meeting will include governance essentials, as well as educational programming and networking opportunities.  Learn more.

RAD-AID Virtual Conference Features MORADS Member

RAD-AID conference on  international radiology and global health will be held virtually November 7 – 8, 2020.

RAD-AID International is a global health organization, founded in 2008, bringing radiology and medical imaging technologies, equipment, education, and clinical support to low-resource hospitals in medically underserved regions.

MORADS member, Carlin Ridpath, will be the moderator for the workshop “Progressive Work in Nepal.”

For further information and to register see here.

 

Legal Update

HHS delays major data sharing deadline due to pandemic

By Mohana Ravindranath

10/29/2020 12:05 PM EDT

Health care providers, IT developers and health information exchanges will now have more time to comply with a federal rule aimed at removing hurdles for transmitting patient data, HHS said on Thursday.

The department’s National Coordinator for Health IT extended the compliance deadline for information blocking until April 5, 2021. Providers were facing a Monday deadline to comply. That deadline had been extended six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While there’s “strong support” for the measure, health care organizations “also must manage the needs being experienced during the current pandemic,” Don Rucker, national coordinator for health IT, said in a statement. He emphasized that the department was only allowing more time for compliance and wasn’t removing any requirements.

The deadlines for meeting health IT certification standards and for adopting standards for allowing patient data to flow into apps were also extended until Dec. 31, 2022, among other delays.

The background: HHS’ data sharing measures stem from the 21st Century Cures Act, a sweeping health law that banned health organizations from interfering with the transfer of patient data and clinical notes. ONC released a final rule in March outlining certain exceptions, including instances in which sharing data leads to patient harm.

Several health care provider groups had called for the extension in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 2 deadline, warning that the technical requirements would take focus and resources away from patient care during a pandemic; some patient advocates worried that delaying compliance would make it harder for them to access their own data during a public health crisis.

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