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President Signs Bills Lifting Pharmacist ‘Gag Clauses’ on Drug Prices

Earlier this week, President Trump signed two bipartisan bills into law that will allow pharmacists to tell patients they can save money on drugs by paying cash or trying a lower-cost alternative. At issue was the “broken” drug pricing system in the U.S. that was forcing patients to make decisions, which could have negatively impacted […]

POLL: Rural Americans “Profoundly Worried” about Opioid Crisis

BOSTON — According to a new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll, rural Americans cite drug/opioid abuse as the biggest problem facing their local community (25 percent), followed by economic concerns (21 percent). The poll of 1,300 adults living in the rural United States found that a majority of rural Americans […]

PIPA Open Enrollment During October

The Physicians Insurance Plan of Alabama through Blue Cross Blue Shield is available for qualified* members of the Medical Association providing you, your family and staff with strong benefits at affordable premiums as compared to other options. The PIPA health coverage rates for 2019 will have a decrease of 4.5 percent and dental coverage has […]

CMS Updates LCD Determination Process

On Oct. 3, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced updates to Chapter 13 of the Medicare Program Integrity Manual, which deals with Local Coverage Determinations. According to CMS, the updates are intended to “increase transparency and patient engagement.”[1]  These changes call for informal meetings with interested parties before a formal request is […]

Does Your Workforce Know Its Privacy/Security Officials? They Better.

As a health care compliance attorney for more than 12 years, I may not have seen it all, but I’ve definitely seen a lot. An unfortunate, yet common, pattern is a lack of compliance with some of the most basic state and federal regulations. There are some documents and practices that are required to be […]

Association Announces New Online, OnDemand Education Center

Did you know that as a member of the Medical Association, you have access to our new online, OnDemand Education Center? Featured are seven Alabama Opioid Prescribing courses that meet the Alabama Board of Medical Examiner requirements for holders of an ASCS and are FREE to Medical Association members. The Medical Association’s new OnDemand Education Center […]