Events, Publications and Announcements, March 3

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:


From time-to-time we get some odd requests and this one certainly falls into that category. The organization graphc-truths is asking for homemade comics. Graphic-truths seeks comics about your current and/or past experiences for an anthology to be published by Penn State University Press. Submissions can be single panels, or stories told in a sequence of panels and the deadline is June 30. For more information, visit

An email from the Department of Health this week alerts us to the fact Health Welch will now be heading up the state’s WyoPOLST program in the department’s Community Living Section. To contact Heather, call 307-777-7988 or email:

According to a news release, This week PIAA, the leading association representing the medical and healthcare professional liability (MPL/HPL) insurance community, praised the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary for passing the Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R. 1215)—the first significant medical professional liability (MPL) reform legislation to be approved by the Committee since 2011.

The Protecting Access to Care Act is similar to previous federal MPL measures: It is based on California’s MICRA statute—and includes caps on non-economic damages, limits on attorney contingency fees, periodic payment of future damages, and a statute of limitations.  Unlike previous federal bills, however, the bill is focused solely on healthcare professionals and entities, includes detailed flexibility for states for all its reforms, and is linked with the expenditure of federal dollars, to address states’ rights concerns.


DPC Journal caters to physicians in the field of Direct Primary Care. In this month’s newsletter it offers posts such as whether DPC is recommended for med students out of school, and the annual salary of a DPC physician.

On the subject of DPC medicine, Concierge Medicine Today sent its monthly newsletter too, releasing th Top 25 must-read books for concierge doctors among other posts.

RTWelter and Associates is a Preferred Vendor of the Wyoming Medical Society and produces a monthly newsletter. This month they touch on the issues providers are having with prior authorization, and of course its running gag, Fun with ICD-10. This week’s touches on back pain.

United HealthCare sent out its March 2017 Network Bulletin this week. The Bulletin is UHC’s monthly publication for participating care providers, featuring timely updates to procedures, programs and policies, and important administrative and clinical information. In this issue, you’ll find articles about:  Reviewing and Validating Provider Data; Administrative Guide Update; Credentialing Plan 2017-2018 Summary of Changes and more.

Mountain Pacific Quality Health Health Technology Services sent its newsletter this week. Included are posts about ensuring adequate security precations to protect health information. They also discuss what you need to know about the PQRS Transition to MACRA-QPP.

Conferences and Webinars

The Wyoming Syphilis Webinar is set for Tuesday, April 11 from noon-1 p.m. and will be held as a webinar. Among the syphilis topics are current trends of infection, clinical presentations, diagnostic approaches, and screening and treatment recommendations. This webinar is being put on by the Wyoming Department of Health and will offer an hour of CNE or CME.

Providers Clinical Support Systems for Opioid Therapies offers a webinar called Pain Care and Prescription Drug Abuse:  Current Topics, Legislation and Policy from 10 a.m. – noon on Wednesday, March 8. The presenters will discuss the major issues affecting pain care policy with a focus on the need for a balanced approach in reducing the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse, while simultaneously ensuring that patients in pain, with a legitimate need for controlled substances, have access to such medications. Presenters will discuss newly enacted federal policies and noteworthy pending federal- and state-level legislation affecting care for people with pain.

Our friends at Mountain Pacific Quality Health offer a webinar called, NRHI-Preparing Providers for MIPS:  Focus on Improvement Activities Webinar. In the second module in this series, Maine Quality Counts (Northern New England PTN) team members Lisa Tuttle and Kellie Slate Vitcavage, along with several of their community partners, will walk through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Improvement Activity category and how clinicians can leverage their current activities to meet these reporting requirements. The webinar is slated for 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, March 23.

Mountain Pacific also sent notification of a March 10 webinar (from 2-3 p.m.) on Home Blood Pressure Monitoring. his is a free webinar sponsored by the Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Hawaii office for Community Health Workers and Non-physician Care Team Members. Learn how to educate patients about the importance of self-monitoring blood pressure; Identify system level strategies to detect patients with undiagnosed high blood pressure; and Describe how to accurately and effectively measure blood pressure.

The American Cancer Society offers a webinar from 11 a.m. – noon on Colorectal Cancer Screenings. Daniel S. Reuland, MD, MPH is Professor of Medicine at University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Reuland’s research interests include developing and testing interventions aimed at improving cancer screening. Much of his work focuses on improving screening-related communication, decision making, and behaviors in vulnerable primary care populations. He is a past recipient of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians.

Providers Clinical Support for Medication Assisted Treatment offers a webinar from 10 a.m. – noon on Tuesday, March 7 called Fentanyl and its chemical cousins:  abuse patters, surveillance, and treatment.