Events, Conferences, and Announcements for September 2, 2016

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:


In a policy statement issued this month by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the AAP urged primary care providers to treat their adolescent and young adult patients who have opioid use disorder with FDA-approved medication assisted treatment. The group recommended:

  • an increase of resources for medication-assisted treatment within primary care and access to developmentally appropriate substance use disorder counseling in community settings;
  • offering medication assisted treatment to their patients;
  • more research be conducted that focuses on developmentally appropriate treatment of opioid use disorder.

AAP will soon offer free buprenorphine waiver training to its members through PCSS-MAT. More information coming soon.

The 2016 AMA’s OMSS Interim Meeting will be held November 10-12 in Orlando. The meeting will present a variety of unique opportunities for medical staff leaders from across the country to discuss and take action on issues vital to organized medical staffs and their members. Additionally, the meeting will feature a series of innovative and interactive education programs on today’s most pressing medical staff matters. Contribute to the discussion by submitting a resolution for consideration at the meeting. Resolutions are due October 1. Visit the Interim Meeting webpage to learn more about the meeting.


The MLN Connects Provider eNews comes out twice-a-month and contains information from CMS for providers. In the Aug. 11 edition features posts on Medicare announcing participants in an effort to improve access, quality of care in rural areas; as well as TEP on IMPACT Act quality measures.

The Doctors Company published a paper offering what it considers effective strategies to fight cybercrime. TDC claims cyberattacks are now the leading cause of healthcare breaches. The guide offers tactics to prevent a cyberattack, as well as ways to monitor cybersecurity and respond to data breaches.

KEPRO is a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, working to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. Last week KEPRO released its summer edition of Case Review Connections, a quarterly e-newsletter. The newsletter contains stories about Higher Weighted Diagnosis-Related Group reviews, FAQ’s, hospital discharge, and post-acute appears. Acute care providers should click here for their newsletter, while post-acute care providers should click here.

RTWelter and Associates of Denver, Colo. is healthcare services company which does everything from medical billing to credentialing. In its latest newsletter, it offers a list of Quick Facts on the 2017 Medicare Fee Schedule; a new coding calculator, and more.

Webinars and Conferences

V2V Management Solutions offers a webinar at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 called Beyond MACRA: Preparing for the Future of Health Care, is led by Deb Wiggs, the past-chair of MGMA and Nancy Babbitt, a former HIMSS Davies award winner. The webinar is designed specifically for the practice manager, physician-owner, network executive, or reimbursement expert.

HITECH offers a webinar at noon on Aug. 30 called HIPAA, Cyber Hacking and ePHI Security. The webinar will look forward to discussing the state of cyber hacking techniques, ePHI security, and HIPAA compliance.

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health offers a webinar called Mobile Technology in Health Care – Privacy and Security Considerations from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Join Susan Clarke, Health Care Information Security and Privacy Practitioner at Health Technology Services, a department of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, for a discussion on this important topic.

PCSS-MAT offers a new module called Methadone:  Its Role in Opioid Addiction Treatment vs. Pain Management. The module describes key pharmacological differences of methadone for the two indications, including methadone dosing and monitoring considerations.  The module reviews the history of methadone and the unique regulations that apply to the use of methadone in treating opioid use disorder compared to its use in treating pain.

PCSS-MAT training offers another module called Prescribing Naloxone to Patients for Overdose Reversal sponsored by American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine. The use of naloxone for overdose reversal by bystanders will be discussed, as well as how to prescribe naloxone to those at risk of experiencing or witnessing an accidental overdose.

PCSS for Providers offers a webinar called A Pain Management in Dentistry – A Changing Landscape at 1 p.m. on Sept. 2. Beyond providing a prescription for 20 tablets of an opioid-containing analgesic, several strategies have now become accepted in dental practice to improve the efficacy of acute postoperative pain management.

Join AMA on Tuesday, September 13, at 6 pm to learn about the innovative SafeMed care transitions model, which has been shown to decrease hospital and emergency department utilization and improve outcomes for the target patient population. Register for free now for this regularly scheduled OMSS medical staff update event, which is open to OMSS representatives as well as others interested in the activities of the Section (e.g., other AMA member physicians, medical staff professionals, health law attorneys, medical society staff, etc.).