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Let’s Talk About Physician Burnout (Spring 2018, Alabama Medicine magazine)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: How Will It Affect You? (Winter 2018, Alabama Medicine magazine)

Organized Medicine: Why Physician Membership Is More Important Now Than Ever Before (Fall 2017, Alabama Medicine magazine)

Opioids in Alabama: Where Do We Go From Here? (Spring 2017, Alabama Medicine magazine)

The Changing Face of Medicine (Winter 2017, Alabama Medicine magazine)

The Impact of MACRA (Fall 2016, Alabama Medicine magazine)

Between Doctors & Patients…Technology in the Treatment Room (Spring 2016, Alabama Medicine magazine)

Rural Medicine at a Crossroads (Fall 2015, Alabama Medicine magazine)

Between Doctors & Patients…Prior Authorizations (Spring 2015, Alabama Medicine magazine)

Changing Health Care Delivery: Concierge Model Takes Hold (Inaugural Issue, Alabama Medicine magazine)

 

In the NewsCenter This Week

Week Ending Aug. 17, 2018

Association Special Committee Looks at Solving Manpower Shortage

FY 2019 ICD-10 Code Changes Released

Patients, Doctors Dissatisfied with Electronic Health Records

 

Week Ending Aug. 10, 2018

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Medicare Certification Extended

CVS Health to Begin MinuteClinic Video Visits through App

STUDY: Doctors Reduced Opioid Prescriptions after Learning a Patient Overdosed

 

Week Ending Aug. 3, 2018

Six Association Members Inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame for 2018

Physicians Giving Back: Remembering Dr. Ronnie Lewis

Front Office Transformations – First Impressions

Some Doctors, Patients Balk At Medicare’s ‘Flat Fee’ Payment Proposal

How Do You Avoid a HIPAA Penalty?

 

 

Week Ending July 27, 2018

Looking Forward to Retirement? Solo Practitioners Can Still be HIPAA Compliant as You Close the Doors

Summer’s Not Over…Hit the Road with these Safe Travel Tips from Medjet Assist!

Reducing Opioid Prescriptions for One Operation Can Have a Spillover Effect to Other Procedures

 

Week Ending July 20, 2018

What’s at Stake for Medical Professionals in “Pill Mill” Investigations?

MOC UPDATE: Working to Solve Problems with Certifications

U.S. House Passes SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act

WIC Income Guidelines Increase. Are Your Patients Eligible?

You Lock Your Doors at Night, but Do You Lock Your Internet?

 

Week Ending July 13, 2018

Association Building Task Force to Address Inadequate Health Care Manpower

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2019 Medicare Quality Payment Program

CMS Publishes 2019 Physician Fee Schedule

Do You Qualify for Tax Amnesty?

 

Week Ending June 29, 2018

Association’s Board to Evaluate Prior Authorization Process

AMA Rep Discusses Partnership with Medical Association during Opioid Council Meeting

It Began with an Email with Stephen Russell, M.D.

Do You Know How to Easily Avoid a HIPAA Penalty?

 

Week Ending June 22, 2018

Does Inflation Have an Impact on HIPAA Violations?

Plan While You Still Can

Are You Guilty of Willful Neglect in Your Practice?

Quitline: Free Help for Patients to Quit Smoking

 

Week Ending June 15, 2018

Are Your Electronic Devices Physically Secure?

This is How HIPAA Compliance Can Save Your Practice in 30 Minutes…

With Net Neutrality Gone, What’s in the Future for Physicians?

Alabama Physicians Attend AMA Meeting in Chicago to Discuss State of Health Care

Bernard H. Eichold II, M.D. Receives 2018 Laureate Award

 

Week Ending June 8, 2018

Special Report: Physician Leadership is Boosting War on Opioids

Let’s Talk About Physician Burnout

Just Call Her “Dr. Fun” with Lynn Batten, M.D. 

President Trump Signs VA Mission Act

It’s Time to Make HIPAA Compliance a Priority

 

Week Ending June 1, 2018

In Memoriam: Former Board Member Dr. Ronnie Lewis, 1957-2018

President Trump Signs Right-to-Try Act

Lead From Where You Are

 

Week Ending May 25, 2018

Demand for Non-Physician Providers Rose to Make Up for Physician Shortage

MOC Update: Two Certification Programs Transition from Pilot to Permanent

New Alabama Mothers Encouraged to Complete PRAMS Survey

You Can Avoid a HIPAA Fine. Here’s What You Need to Know.

 

Week Ending May 18, 2018

Trump Administration Releases Drug Pricing Blueprint

The HIPAA Horizon: What Changes Can We Look Forward to in the Near Future?

What’s the Future for Physicians without Net Neutrality?

AMASA Scholarships Help Students Achieve a Dream

 

Week Ending May 11, 2018

Medical Association Receives Board of Midwifery Rule Withdrawal

Four Takeaways from Trump’s Plan to Rescind CHIP Funding

Four Dangerous Words Physicians Regularly Say

 

Week Ending May 4, 2018

Eat Your Veggies with Dr. and Mrs. Bryan Strickland

Trends in False Claims Lawsuits

NIH’s “All of Us” Research Program Kicks Off in Birmingham on May 6

 

Week Ending April 27, 2018

Meet Our New Board Members

DON’T MISS THIS: Take This MOC Survey – Be Part of the Solution

CMS Rebrands Meaningful Use to Highlight New Changes

Successful Take Back Alabama Week Ends with Opioid Summit

 

Week Ending April 20, 2018

Jefferson Underwood III, M.D., Named President for 2018-2019

Meet Our Award Winners from the 2018 Annual Meeting

Take Back Alabama Week Begins April 23

Navigate the New Medicare ID Transition in 9 Steps

You Need to Know When to Hold ’em and Know When to Merge ’em

 

Week Ending April 13, 2018

New Medicare Cards Are Here. Here’s What You Need to Know…

 

Week Ending April 6, 2018

Burnout Proof – Healing the Healers with Debbie Booher Kolb, M.D.

Phishing Schemes Can Paralyze Your Medical Practice

Alabama SB39: Another Shot in the Opioid Battle

Alabama Medicaid Meaningful Use EHR Incentive Payment Program Update

Dr. Eugene Lammers Named AGS Clinician of the Year

 

Week Ending March 30, 2018

Third Annual Doctors’ Day: Physicians Take Care of Alabama

MOC UPDATE: Working to Solve Problems with Certifications

Webinar: Best Practices for Dealing with Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

New Medicare Cards Coming April 1. Here’s What You Need to Know…

“Physician Leadership” Must Never be an Oxymoron

 

Week Ending March 23, 2018

UPDATE: BCBS New Opioid Management Strategy Effective April 1

Alabama Legislature Considers State Law on Cybersecurity

ICYMI: Cardiology and Radiology Prior Authorization Program Update

 

Week Ending March  16, 2018

Cyber Security: Five Common Phish Attack Schemes

How is Tax Reform Impacting Physician Practices?

 

Week Ending March 9, 2018

Are You on the National Registry to Perform DOT Physicals?

Twenty States File Lawsuit against Government for the ACA

CMS Announces New Funding Opportunity for Quality Payment Program (MACRA)

 

Week Ending March 2, 2018

Alabama’s Physicians Contribute Billions to State Financial Health

Breathing Easier with Amy CaJacob, M.D.

Medical Association Chooses PCIHIPAA to Help Benefit and Protect Its Members

STUDY: Independent Practice Declines Due Partially to EHRs

Liquid Gold or Reimbursement Trap? Payor Reimbursement Policies for Urine Drug Testing

 

Week Ending February 23, 2018

Just 5 Weeks Left to Avoid the MIPS Penalty!

FDA Officially Classifies Kratom as Opioid

HIPAA Guidance for Mass Shootings and Other Tragic and Emergency Situations

State Committee of Public Health Appoints New State Health Officer

How to Keep the Medical Association in Your Facebook News Feed

 

Week Ending February 16, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: How Will It Affect YOU?

Tips for Preserving Tax Deductions in 2018

The Providers Role in the New Medicare ID Transition

 

Week Ending February 9, 2018

Bipartisan Budget Act Boosts Health Programs

Physician Groups Issue Joint Statement in Support of Raising Alabama’s Legal Tobacco Age to 21

State of Alabama Files Lawsuit against Purdue Pharma

 

Week Ending February 2, 2018

Association’s Governmental Affairs Conference a Success!

ABMS Issues Statement about MOC Update

Creating a World Where Every Person Matters

Congress’ Inaction Threatens Family Medicine Training

Three Common Mistakes in Transferring Ownership of a Medical Practice

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Venture into Health Care Industry

Updates to 2017 Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Policy for MIPS Clinicians

 

Week Ending January 26, 2018

CHIP Renewed For Six Years As Congress Votes To Reopen Federal Government

MACRA: Rolled Out and Still Rolling

CMS Updates Open Payments Data

Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council Issue Formal Report

 

Week Ending January 19, 2018

ADPH to Hold Special Flu Shot Clinics

Possible Government Shutdown with CHIP in the Balance?

Study: Flu May be Spread Just by Breathing

 

Week Ending January 12, 2018

Governor Declares Public Health Emergency Due to Flu in Alabama

Alabama Physician Health Program Announces Reorganization

As CHIP Funding Lags, Doctors and Parents Scramble to Cover Kids’ Needs

Changes in Patient Access

New Research Shows Americans with Mental Illness use Opioids at Alarming Levels

Social Media & HIPAA: When Sharing is Not Caring

 

Week Ending January 5, 2018

BCBS New Opioid Management Strategy Effective Feb. 1

The Many Hats of Richard Freeman, M.D.

The New Department of Justice Initiative: Aggressively Investigating and Prosecuting Opioid-Related Cases

Children’s Insurance, Other Health Programs Funded – For Now – In Bill

NOW AVAILABLE: CMS Data Submission System for Clinicians in the Quality Payment Program

 

2017 ARCHIVES

Week Ending December 15, 2017

Medical Association’s 2018 State and Federal Agendas

Organized Medicine: Why Physician Membership is More Important Now than Ever Before

Medical Association Works to Ease MOC Frustrations

UPDATE: FCC Votes to Repeal Net Neutrality

An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs

 

Week Ending December 8, 2017

HIPAA and the Holidays

Why Should You Care about Net Neutrality?

Pace of U.S. Health Spending Slows In 2016

 

Week Ending December 1, 2017

Capturing Memories with Joseph Wu, M.D.

Centreville Physician Receives National Recognition

Annual Session Poster Symposium Winner Presents in Hawaii…and Wins!

AG Steve Marshall Speaks at November Education Weekend

Office of Civil Rights Issues Guidance on HIPAA in Light of Opioid Crisis

Study: Range of Opioid Prescribers Play Important Role in Epidemic

 

Week Ending November 22, 2017

Three Simple Steps for Increasing Medicine’s Influence

 

Week Ending November 17, 2017

CMS Issues Final Rule on 2018 Medicare Reimbursement

Alabama’s Infant Mortality Rate Increased in 2016

Tell Congress Not to Compound Student, Resident Debt Burden

What Eight Things You Should Do to Protect Your Business from Cyber Threats

 

Week Ending November 10, 2017

PDMP Software Change Coming Soon

Participate in Field Testing of Episode-Based Cost Measures by Nov. 15

 

Week Ending November 3, 2017

CMS Announces New Medicaid Policy to Combat Opioid Crisis

CMS Issues More Protections to Physicians from Health Plan Credit Card Fees

Legislative Update: What Happened This Week in Washington…

 

Week Ending October 27, 2017

CBO Analysis of Proposed CHIP Funding Bill Causes Doubt

Judge Rejects Bid to Revive ACA Subsidies

Metro Areas Increasingly Dominated by Single Insurance Companies

Participate in Field Testing of Episode-Based Cost Measures by Nov. 15

 

Week Ending October 20, 2017

Pres. Trump’s Executive Order Creates Confusion

Extending Federal Funding for CHIP: What is at stake?

CDC Reports Rising Rates of Drug Overdose Deaths in Rural Areas

 

Week Ending October 13, 2017

Before You Lock the Door and Turn Out the Lights . . .

 

Week Ending October 6, 2017

Lawmakers Back to the Drawing Board for CHIP Funding Renewal

STUDY: Patients Prescribed Opioids in the ER Less Likely to Use Them Long Term

Young Physicians Have New Opportunities at Annual Meeting

How to Make HIPAA Disclosures During Mass Tragedies

 

Week Ending September 29, 2017

CVS Pharmacy, Others to limit Prescriptions for Opiods

Gov. Ivey Proclaims September Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month

CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design; Strengthens Fraud Protections

 

Week Ending September 22, 2017

Physicians Spend More Than Half of Work Day on Electronic Health Records

Managing Your Practice: Is Your Practice Cyber Secure?

AMASA Scholarships Help Students Achieve a Dream

 

Week Ending September 15, 2017

ProAssurance Establishes the Nation’s First Academic Research Program Dedicated to Physician Wellness

Before You Lock the Door and Turn Out the Lights…

U.S. Senate Announces 5-Year CHIP Funding Program

Five Keys Will Make Your Retirement Dreams Come True

 

Week Ending September 8, 2017

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

 

Week Ending September 1, 2017

Climbing Cost of Decades-Old Drugs Threatens to Break Medicaid Bank

Still the New Guy with Mayor Howard Rubenstein, M.D.

 

Week Ending August 25, 2017

Fewer Physicians Could Be Audited under a New CMS Program

CMS Cancels Some Bundled Payment Proposals

 

Week Ending August 18, 2017

Association Voices Concern with MOC in Letter to ABMS

Physicians Maintain High Standards

Mylan Finalizes Settlement on Medicaid Rebate Classification for EpiPen Auto-Injector

 

Week Ending August 11, 2017

Free AQAF Assistance: Transition to MACRA’s Quality Payment Program

The Impact of MACRA

 

Week Ending August 4, 2017

Medical Association Joins 132 Medical Groups to Oppose H.R. 2276

To See The World on Two Wheels with Shirley Lazenby, M.D., and Michael Roberts, M.D.

Is Your HIPAA Contingency Plan Adequate?

Study: Many Still Sidestep End-Of-Life Care Planning

 

Week Ending July 28, 2017

The Medical Association Supports Replacement of ACA with Workable Health Care System

Alabama Medicaid to Pursue an Alternative to RCOs

Opioid Prescribing Still High and Varies Widely Throughout U.S.

Report: Deaths from Cancer Higher in Rural America

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Repair Medical Liability System

 

Week Ending July 21, 2017

Rural Patients Wait Longest for EMS

Have You Properly Obtained Informed Consent?

Report: EMR Industry Must Reckon with Physician User Frustration

Congress Squares Off Over Drug Pricing and a Controversial Drug Discount

 

Week Ending July 14, 2017

CMS Proposes 2018 Payment and Policy Updates for the Physician Fee Schedule

Report: Deaths from Cancer Higher in Rural America

Opioid Prescribing Still High and Varies Widely Throughout U.S.

 

Week Ending July 7, 2017

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Repair Medical Liability System

The Accidental General with Gen. Shane Lee, M.D.

 

Week Ending June 30, 2017

Joint Statement: Physicians Express Grave Concerns with the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Taking CDI into the Physician Office Setting

Meaningful Use and the Costs of Noncompliance

Are You a Medicare Provider Without an EHR? Avoid MIPS Penalty by Participating this Year

A Risk Analysis is Your Entity’s Annual HIPAA Checkup

 

Week Ending June 23, 2017

U.S. Senate Releases Draft of Health Care Overhaul Bill

CMS Updates Proposed Rule for MACRA; Eases Burden for Some Physicians

New Quality Payment Program Resources Available

Opioids in Alabama: Where Do We Go From Here?

 

Week Ending June 16, 2017

A Refresher in the Medicare Claims Appeals Process

AMA Adopts Policy Aimed to Bolster Transparency of Prescription Costs

Physician Frustration with Prior Authorizations Hits New High

States Lag in Keeping Medicaid Enrollees Out of Nursing Homes

 

Week Ending June 9, 2017

What is the ProAssurance Legal Defense Endorsement?

Match Day 2017 Successful for Alabama’s Medical Students

Law Allows Alabama Students to Apply Sunscreen at School

 

Week Ending  June 2, 2017

A Physician is Leaving Your Practice – “Must Have” Employment Agreement Provisions (Part III)

Always Do Something You Enjoy with Suzanne Blaylock, M.D.

House of Delegates Passes Policy Opposing Further Imposition of MOC

Emergency Physicians: Georgia BCBS Policy Violates Federal Law

Would You Like to Comment on Proposed Changes to the EHR Incentive Programs?

 

Week Ending May 26, 2017

What If No One Was On Call in the Alabama Legislature?

 

Week Ending May 19, 2017

“WannaCry” Ransomware Holds True to its Name

Questions about Your MIPS Participation Status?

FSMB Releases Updated Guidelines for Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics

 

Week Ending May 12, 2017

STUDY: Opioid Abuse Drops When Doctors Check Patients’ Drug History

Survey: U.S. Physicians Overwhelmingly Satisfied with Career Choice

Public Restrooms Become Ground Zero in the Opioid Epidemic

 

Week Ending May 5, 2017

U.S. House Passes the American Health Care Act

Have You Received Your MIPS Participation Status Letter?

Back in Time with the Mobile Medical Museum

STUDY: Opioid Abuse Drops When Doctors Check Patients’ Drug History

 

Week Ending April 28, 2017

The Lowdown on Public Wi-Fi

Walgreens Medication Disposal Program Collects 72 Tons of Unused Medications in First Year

Texting and Emailing in the World of HIPAA

Keep Primary Care Close to Home for all Americans

Poor Payroll Management? Let’s Fix It!

 

Week Ending April 21, 2017

Medical Licensure Compact Goes Live

Research: Physician Shortage Likely to Have Severe Impact on Patient Care

A Physician is Leaving Your Practice – “Must Have” Employment Agreement Provisions (Part II)

 

Week Ending April 7, 2017

Physicians Giving Back with Lee Irvin, M.D.

Medical Association Joins Coalition for PA Reform

How to Avoid a HIPAA Mega Breach

Medical Association Celebrates Second Annual Doctors’ Day in Alabama

What You Need to Know about the Business of Practicing Medicine

 

Week Ending March 24, 2017

Are Tax Cuts Coming for the Small Business Owner?

Medical Association Urges CMS to Reduce EHR and MU Burden on Physicians

Federal Regulations Stipulate Physicians Need a Translator…

 

Week Ending March 17, 2017

Close Patient Care/Diagnosis Gaps with New Informational Claim Process

Is a Physician Leaving Your Practice? Here are Your “Must Have” Employment Agreement Provisions (Part I)

 

Week Ending March 10, 2017

The Changing Face of Medicine

New American Health Care Act Comes Under Fire

Four Types of Identity Fraud on the Upswing

 

Week Ending March 3, 2017

Physicians Giving Back: Meet Dr. Dyrc Sibrans

Medical Association Joins Call to CMS to Delay EHR Certification Requirements

RCO Implementation On Schedule; New Regions Offered to Other Probationary RCOs

 

Week Ending February 24, 2017

Keep Calm & Carry On… Insight for Changes in Post-Election Uncertainty

What is a Business Associate Agreement, and Why Should You Care?

Survey: Majority of Opioid Medications Not Safely Stored in Homes with Children

 

Week Ending February 17, 2017

Federal Regulations Stipulate Physicians Need a Translator

U.S. House Leaders Outline Plan to Repeal/Replace Obamacare

Florida’s Physician “Gun Gag” Overturned on Appeal

 

Week Ending February 10, 2017

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Reporting Deadline to March 13

Celebrating Black History Month: Meet Alabama’s First African-American Physician

Physicians Call for Prior Authorization Reform

 

Week Ending February 3, 2017

Government Affairs Conference in Washington A Success!

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

Physicians Giving Back: Keeping Promises with Irene Bailey, M.D.

ALBME Names New Executive Director

Alabama Power Warns of Power Scam

 

Week Ending January 27, 2017

The Medical Association Is On Call for You

ALBME Issues Final Opioid Rule

 

Week Ending January 20, 2017

The Cost of Non-Compliance with HIPAA Regulations Can Cripple Your Practice

Alabama Medicaid Pushes RCO Start Date to October 2017

CVS Out of BCBS Alabama Network but Does Not Affect PIPA Policies

UAB Medicine Launches CME-Approved Series of Podcasts

 

Week Ending January 13, 2017

Understanding MACRA: Lectures Coming to a County Near You

Opinion: All Americans Need Access to Affordable, Quality Care

How Can You Benefit from Hiring a Payroll Processing Service?

 

Week Ending January 6, 2017

Physicians Giving Back: From the Treatment Room to the Classroom with Wick Many, M.D.

Watch the AMA Honor Dr. Jeff Terry

Managing Your Practice: Is Your Practice Cyber Secure?

 

Week Ending December 23, 2016

Save Money and Time with Our Partners

 

Week Ending December 16, 2016

The Impact of MACRA

ABCs of MACRA

Did You Miss the November MACRA Webinar?

MACRA 911: More Resources in the NewsCenter

Not Happy with MACRA? Let Your Voice Be Heard in Washington!

 

Week Ending December 9, 2016

The Impact of MACRA

Medical Association Applauds U.S. Rep. Tom Price, M.D., for HHS Secretary

Can You Trust That Shopping App?

 

Week Ending December 2, 2016

Physicians Giving Back: All in the Family with the Smiths

RCO Implementation Changes and Service Delivery Network Timelines

Help Your Patients Save on Their Medications

 

Week Ending November 25, 2016

Medical Association Joins AMA to Release Opioid Education and Resource Toolbox

MACRA Education from the AMA

AMA Posthumously Honors Dr. Jeff Terry

 

Week Ending November 11, 2016

Fighting for Change as Only a Family Physician Can

Medicare Releases 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Cruise Deals for Alaska in 2017

 

Week Ending November 4, 2016

More Information about Section 1557: The ACA Nondiscrimination Provisions

Help Your Patients Save on Their Medications

Physicians Giving Back with Richard McGlaughlin, M.D.

2017 Chronic Care Management Changes and Outsourcing Chronic Care

Save More Than $1,300 on Last-Minute Disney Cruises

What is Medical Waste Management?

 

Week Ending October 28, 2016

Free Webinar on MACRA

What You Said about MACRA

Deadline for Seeking Review of Potential Payment Penalties

Applications Open for 2017 AMASA Medical Student Scholarships

The Importance of Accurate Timekeeping

Planning a Vacation Next Year?

 

Week Ending October 21, 2016

Second Annual Resident and Student Research Poster Symposium

New CDC Study Shows Changes in Breast Cancer Death Rates by Age Group

The Surgeon General is Calling on Us to Lead

 

Week Ending October 14, 2016

CMS Releases MACRA Final Rule (Oct. 14, 2016)

What You Need to Know About Section 1557: The ACA Nondiscrimination Provisions (Oct. 14, 2016)

Health Care Personnel Need Flu Shots, Too (Oct. 14, 2016)

 

Week Ending October 7, 2016

What You Need to Know About Section 1557: The ACA Nondiscrimination Provisions (Oct. 7, 2016)

Physicians Giving Back: Reading Gives You Wings with Marsha Raulerson (Oct. 7, 2016)

NewsCenter Gets a New Look (Oct. 7, 2016)

There’s Still Time to Enroll in PIPA! Open Enrollment Ends Oct. 31. (Oct. 7, 2016)

Zika Update: New Study Supports Biological Link Between Zika Infection, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (Oct. 7, 2016)

 

Week Ending September 30, 2016

MACRA 911: Will MACRA Make Interoperability Better? (Sept. 30, 2016)

 

Week Ending September 23, 2016

Primary Care Cut Restored; Physicians Must Re-Attest to Qualify (Sept. 23, 2016)

Open Enrollment for PIPA is October 1-31 (Sept. 23, 2016)

Dr. John Meigs Named AAFP President (Sept. 23, 2016)

MACRA 911: Will MACRA Make Interoperability Better? (Sept. 23, 2016)

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer! Meet Dr. Jimmy Robinson, September’s Physician Giving Back (Sept. 23, 2016)