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Federal Cures Act “Information Blocking” Compliance Date Approaching

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), passed by Congress in 2016, included a provision in Title IV, Section 4004 against “information blocking,” defined in the Act as a practice or practices, “likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage access, exchange, or use of electronic health information.”  The Act further required the Office of […]

Investing in Rural Medicine for the Future

Investing in Rural Health Care in Alabama remained a top priority for the Medical Association this past Legislative Session and will be going forward.  Ensuring affordable, high quality and physician-led access to quality care for rural residents not only means a healthier Alabama, but is also a piece of the economic development puzzle for maintaining […]

Proposed 2023 physician pay schedule deepens Medicare’s instability

The Medical Association is working with the AMA and many national specialty societies to analyze and comment on CMS proposed 2023 fee schedule. The following article was prepared by the AMA and outlines efforts to address problems that have been identified with the proposed fee schedule: After a thorough analysis, the AMA has weighed in with […]

Discussions with Decision Makers: Representative Jeff Sorrells

Representative Sorrells is a member of the Alabama House of Representatives from the 87th District, serving since 2018. He is a member of the Republican party and serves on the House Health Committee. Rep. Sorrells was previously the mayor of Hartford, Alabama and is a vice president of the First National Bank of Hartford, Alabama. What first […]

Opioid Prescriptions in Alabama Fall for 8th Consecutive Year

Contact: Jeff Emerson, 205-540-2247MONTGOMERY – Alabama physicians are taking action to reduce the number andpotency of opioid prescriptions and to increase access to medication that rapidlyreverses opioid overdoses, according to a new report released Thursday from theAmerican Medical Association. The report shows:• Opioid prescriptions in Alabama decreased 41.6 percent from 2012-2021. From2020-2021, opioid prescriptions in […]

Prepare Your Practice for Expanded Information Blocking Requirements

By: Catherine (Cat) Kirkland, Burr & Forman LLP Is your practice ready? Starting October 6, 2022, physicians and group practices will be required to make full electronic health information available for access, exchange, and use to patients (among others) in a reasonable manner. This deadline marks the end of a multi-year phase-in from the U.S. […]

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