Events, Conferences, and Announcements for April 1

Each week the Wyoming Medical Society receives a number of webinar, CME, and other conference opportunities which we share with our members without endorsement. This week’s list includes:


The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) seeks workshops, papers, and presentations for its 27th Annual Meeting, Dec. 8-11 in Bonita Springs, Florida. Submissions must be submitted online no later than June 1, 2016 and can be either paper presentations; posters; or workshops. Please click here for a copy of the online submission form and to submit your proposal.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance intended to support industry in their development of generic versions of approved opioids with abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) while ensuring that generic ADF opioids are no less abuse-deterrent than the brand-name drug. Today’s actions are among a number of steps the Agency recently outlined in an action plan to reassess its approach to opioid medications. The plan is focused on policies aimed at reversing the epidemic, while still providing patients in pain access to effective relief.
Federal Register Notice in pre-publication

The American Medical Organization’s Medical Staff Section’s Annual Meeting is set for June 9-11 in Chicago and will feature innovative and interactive education programs on a range of highly relevant topics, including:
• Quality improvement,
• Peer review done right,
• Intro to MACRA,
• Creating successful physician leadership development programs,
• Health information exchanges,
• EHR usability,
• And more!

Register online now for free, or visit the Annual Meeting webpage to learn more.


The MLN Connects Newsletter came out twice since we have posted last. The March 24 edition can be found here. It contains stories on Medicaid Shared Savings Program ACO; PECOS for Physicians and non-Physician Practitioners. The March 31 edition found here, offers posts about long-term care hospital prospective payment systems, and Medicare Ambulance Transports Booklets.

The United Healthcare monthly bulletin offers stories on the 2016 United Healthcare West Capitated Administrative Guide, as well as an important change to network of home sleep testing providers.


SAMHSA offers a webinar called Primary Care Providers Working in Mental Health Settings: Improving Health Status in Persons with Mental Illness. It is an online curriculum created by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network to acquaint you with the unique aspects of behavioral health settings, the people you’ll see in these settings and the opportunities you have to improve the health of people living with mental illnesses. This self-paced course includes five modules where you’ll review the importance of creating access to primary care within behavioral health settings, strategies for recognizing the physical signs of behavioral health concerns (and vice versa) and to maximize your role on the care team.  The course is available for free and for you to access at your own pace. If you are interested in earning continuing education credits, then for a small fee you can now earn 3.0 hours of CME, CNE, NAADAC or NBCC credits.

HITECH Answers offers a webinar to become a Incentives/MU Audit Specialist (CMAS) in two days (Just one hour per day). The course starts April 27 This two-hour course will be led by Jim Tate and will pull back the curtain and provide detailed real world information into the CMS EHR Incentive audit program. Based on best practices gleaned from years of direct involvement in responding to audits, the information provided reveals timelines, best practices, documentation requirements, potential problem areas, appeals, and more for building your “Book of Evidence.”

HITECH also offers a podcast on HIPAA Compliance and CyberSecurity at noon on April 26. From public policies and Federal initiatives to privacy and security, join host Matt Fisher as he and his guests discuss a smorgasbord of topics, giving hospitals, physicians, vendors and patients a seat at the table. On the debut webcast, Matt will chat with Deven McGraw, Deputy Director for Health Information Privacy of HHS Office of Civil Rights.