Events, Conferences, and Announcements for December 17

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:


Ever wonder how Doctors get elected to Congress or your state legislature? Considering a run for office for yourself? Join The AMPAC February 17-19 at the AMPAC Candidate Workshop in Washington, DC and they will teach you how to run a winning political campaign, just like they have taught many of your AMA colleagues over the years. The Candidate Workshop is designed to help you make the leap from the exam room to the campaign trail and give you the skills and strategic approach you will need to make a run for public office. For more information visit us at AMPAC online. To apply simply fill out the online registration form or email us at:

The AMA-OMSS regularly reviews and comments on proposed revisions to Joint Commission and other accreditation organization standards to ensure promotion of high-quality patient care. Assist us in our efforts to shape accreditation standards by completing a two-minute questionnaire regarding your experiences and area(s) of expertise; if interested, we will contact you when accreditation, legislative and regulatory issues arise to leverage your perspective.

Jessica Kianmahd, a second year graduate student at Stanford School of Medicine, has reached out to the Wyoming AAP chapter asking for its members to fill out a short survey for her. She is working with Dr. Jon Bernstein, her faculty advisor, investigating factors influencing the use of genetics services by primary care providers caring for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. The research will be used in her Master’s Thesis project. The survey may be taken by clicking here.


The new Overtime Rule law implemented by the Department of Labor REQUIRES you to modify how you pay some of your full-time salaried employees, or fall victim to expensive lawsuit nightmares. RT Welter and Associates offers an overview of the rule.

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health offers blogs for Meaningful Use reporting, PQRS or MACRA.  Details are in the attached PDF file or you can visit our blog homepage for the latest content. Subscribe to our blogs and get updated information sent directly to your inbox. Questions, comments and shared advice are welcome.

KEPRO has release the fall edition of Case Review Connections, a quarterly e-newsletter from your Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO). The links below provide success stories, frequently asked questions, information about appeals, and more. We hope you find Case Review Connections informative and welcome new topics you would like to see featured. Here is a link for acute care providers, and this is for post-acute providers.

Say this for the folks at MLN Connects, they are consistent enough at sending out the Provider E-Newsletter to set their watch by. They have sent several editions since we last released our own newsletter. The Nov. 23 edition includes stories on post-acute care QRP Data Submission Exceptions for Hurricane Matthew, as well as new Quality Payment Program Resources.

The Dec. 1 Provider e-News offering includes posts on CMS finalizes measuring under considering list for pre-rulemaking; National Handwashing Awareness Week, and more. Just when you thought you were done with MLN Connects, they come back with its Dec. 8 issue, with posts called Keeping Medicare’s Promise with MACRA, and National Influenza Week. Finally, the Dec. 15 editionoffers posts discussing average sales price files, and CMS’ release of person and family engagement strategy.

The latest edition of Concierge Medicine Today features its Top Concierge Doctors of The Year call for nominations, and a who’s who in concierge medicine listing.

The 2016 AMA-OMSS Interim Meeting was held Nov. 10-12, in Orlando, Fla. More than 100 medical staff leaders and representatives from across the country gathered for three days of networking, education and policy discussions. Click here for their meeting summary presentation.

The United Healthcare’s Network Bulletin for December features stories about:  CMS-Required Model of Care Training; Communication Effectiveness Survey; Improving HEDIS Rates; and much more.

The Doctors Company published a piece called, “Why All Patients Should Be Screened for Suicide Risk. Any patient—in any setting—could be at risk for suicide. For physicians and practices, the tragic loss of a patient to suicide could pose potential legal threats. Learn how a consistent, formal screening process and response plan may help protect your patients and your practice.

SourceMed sent the WMS a blog post called, Opening A New Outpatient Surgical Facility: What To Consider.

Webinars and Conferences

Providers’ Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT) will provide at no cost the required 24 hours of coursework for nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorders. PCSS-MAT will offer an eight-hour DATA-waiver course, as well as an additional 16 hours of coursework. Once NPs and PAs have completed the required 24 hours of training, they may apply for a waiver to prescribe to up to 30 patients beginning in early 2017. To keep up to date with announcements, you may sign up for SAMHSA’s Buprenorphine Waiver Management email list.

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry offers a webinar on Jan. 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. Mountain Time called Strategies for Incorporating Universal Education about Healthy Relationships into Clinical Practice to Reduce Substance Use and Intimate Partner Violence. It also offers an on-demand recording called Under the Influence and on the Clock: Opioid Misuse and the Impact on the Workplace.