Events, Conferences, and Announcements for December 18, 2015

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


The Women and Infant Health Program at the Wyoming Department of Health is focusing on prevention of preterm birth as part of our efforts to reduce infant mortality. They are conducting a survey of Wyoming providers to learn about the use of progesterone therapy, 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P), to prevent recurrent preterm delivery (in women with a prior spontaneous singleton preterm birth) and to better understand any existing barriers to its use in Wyoming. Click here to participate.

As part of the follow-up from the recent discussion at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners about the medical loss ratio, the AMA has created the attached issue brief for your use. Click here to read the brief.

The AMA also sent out its Medical Staff News and Announcements on Dec. 15, including topics such as:  Comment on Joint Commission standards; OMSS quarterly conference call; 2015 OMSS Interim Meeting highlights; and, AMA Advisory Committee on LGBT issues.

MLNConnects offers its Provider eNews for Dec. 17 which features updates on Collecting Data on Global Surgery as Required by MACRA Listening Session, as well as a January 2016 Average Sales Price Files.

MLNConnects’ Dec. 10 edition featured an ICD-10 Post-Implementation video on coding basics, 2014 National Health Expenditures from CMS, and EHR Incentive Programs: 2015 Program Requirement Resources.

The American Academy of Family Physicians sent its monthly newsletter last week and it includes entries on Medicaid coding, pre-visit planning, and ideas for reducing practice stress to avoid burning.

The American Academy of Psychiatry sent the WMS a notice it received from the Centers for Disease Control last week. CDC is developing an opioid prescribing guideline to help primary care providers offer safer, more effective care for patients with chronic pain and help reduce misuse, abuse, and overdose from these drugs. The guideline will provide recommendations to primary care providers about the appropriate prescribing of opioid pain medications to improve pain management and patient safety. Click here to see the Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

Available Products and Services

Hint Health offers a link to information on HIPPA Compliance for Direct Care Providers here.

The American College of Physicians offers its MOC Exam Prep Course here.

RTWelter and Associates is a medical service provider out of Colorado. It offers its newsletter here with an emphasis on third party payers.

Webinars, CME’s and Conferences

The American Academy of Addiction of Psychiatry offers a free archived webinar for SCOP of pain here. SCOPE of Pain is a three-part educational program that will help you safely and competently manage your patients with chronic pain.

The American College of Physicians offers an early registration for its Internal Medicine Meeting, which is slated for Jan. 31 in Washington, DC. Click here to register.

HITECH Answers offers an archived webinar on the ABC’s of MIPS, which talks about Merit Based Incentive Payments and how it impacts your bottom line. Understand critical milestones throughout 2016 towards which you can focus activities to get the most out of your efforts to do well in 2016 while preparing for MIPS.

HITECH also offers a Cybersecurity Panel Discussion on Jan. 21 at noon Mountain Time led by healthcare attorney Matt Fisher of Mirik O’Connell. Click here to register.

The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry offers an online module called Chronic Benzodiazepine in Chronic Pain:  Benefits, Risks, Abuse. This module will review evidence of benefits and harms of BZs in chronic pain, describe current practice patterns, and suggest alternatives with more favorable benefit/harm ratios.

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinology (AACE) is hosting a clinical symposium in January entitled “Advances in Medical and Surgical Management of Thyroid Cancer.”  The meeting will be held at Phoenix Marriott Tempe At The Buttes in Tempe, AZ,  January 15-16. Click here for more information.

The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide a web-based online curriculum entitled “Stop the Clot:  What Every Healthcare Professional Should Know.” This online curriculum on venous thromboembolism (VTE) provides no-cost contact hours for healthcare professionals.