Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for 2015

The annual proposed rule to govern Medicare physician payment policy in 2015 was published in the Federal Register[gpo.gov] on July 11 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Key provisions for 2015 include Chronic Care Management, RUC/CPT, Telehealth, VBM and more. Click here to see a summary of the key provisions. Physicians wishing […]

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Inspirational Physician Award

The AMA’s Women Physicians Section (WPS) is now accepting nominations for its annual Inspirational Physician Award.  Formerly the Physician Mentor Recognition Program, the Inspirational Physician Award recognizes physicians who have offered their time, wisdom and support throughout their professional journeys. The individual may have inspired you to greater heights, steered you into a specialty you […]

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Nurse Practitioners Gain Flexibility With New State Laws

Connecticut isn’t the only state facing changes in scope of practice. This Kaiser Health News story features a quote from CSMS member Robert McLean, MD. Click here to read the full article.

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CSMS Awarded CT Health Grant

The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) awarded the Connecticut State Medical Society a one-year $76,625 grant for an initiative to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in 30-day hospital readmission rates. The grant enables CSMS to continue its research in racial and ethnic readmission disparities. This initiative will be primarily focused on two conditions: uncomplicated childbirth […]

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Yale med students, volunteers commit to caring

Yale medical students and CSMS members Isha Di Bartolo, Nicole Krenitsky, Ian McConnell, and Bobby Rosen were profiled in a recent New Haven Register story about the Haven Free Clinic. Haven Free Clinic reinforces the idea that health care is not one-way. By giving, the students receive benefits to carry with them through their careers.  […]

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DeLauro, Blumenthal – New Medicare Advantage Bill

(North Haven, CT – 6/27/14) — A new Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights has been formally introduced in the US House by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro. The Senate version of the bill was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, along with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal. Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights Act (full […]

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Indoor tanning leads to early skin cancer

CSMS member Jeffrey Salomon, MD was quoted in this WFSB story about the  dangers of indoor tanning for teens and young adults. Dr. Salomon is an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at Yale University School of Medicine.    

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CT Emergency Preparedness Exercise

Connecticut just completed a statewide emergency preparedness exercise that allowed the state, local municipalities, utility companies and the private sector to enhance readiness and disaster preparedness, including mass care planning, in advance of the Connecticut’s hurricane season. The exercise, which simulated a Category 1 hurricane, took place on Saturday, June 21 and Monday, June 23. […]

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Administrative Simplification Initiatives

Learn more about Administrative Simplification initiatives and how they can simplify your practice at this CMS e-Health webinar on Thursday, June 26 from noon – 1:30 pm. Join subject matter experts from CMS and The Electronic Payments Association (NACHA) to hear about: Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Remittance Advice (ERA) Operating Rules Automated Clearing House […]

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Two Local Doctors Try New Model

CSMS members Thomas Blum, MD and Domenic Casablanca, MD were interviewed in The Day: Two local doctors try new model to offer ‘customized, enhanced primary care’.    

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Physicians Foundation Releases New ACA Report

The Physicians Foundation recently released Part II of their ACA Critical Issues white paper series, Beyond the Horizon into 2015. The white paper is organized into three chapters: The ACA: CBO Speaks, Shadow of the Mid-Term Elections, and Assessing the Initial Coverage Rollout The ACA: The Changing American Healthcare Marketplace Select Issues for Physicians in […]

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Anthem Provider Update

Anthem recently released information regarding payment for ACA-Compliant Individual and Small Group Claims. In response to concerns about the length of time needed to process these claims, Anthem has taken several steps: Expedited professional claims processing for their other products in an effort to maintain provider cash flow, and increased the frequency of professional remittances. […]

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CT Senators Helping Physicians Affected by Identity Theft

(North Haven, CT) – In a letter released today, Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy requested a briefing on the physician ID theft investigation from the Director of the US Secret Service and the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Noting that physicians are not only “vital healthcare providers in their communities but also […]

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Antimicrobial Stewardship

A Call to Action for Connecticut Physicians The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) has issued a call to action to Connecticut physicians, urging a new approach to reducing the number of antibiotic-resistant infections in our state. National and international experts recognize resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobials as a serious public health threat. […]

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Identity Theft Tax Scam Targets CT Docs

CSMS members: Click here for more information on the identity theft tax fraud investigation, and how you can protect yourself and your practice. Please note: CSMS is not contacting members by phone about this issue. CSMS staff members are only placing calls in response to member-initiated contact. If you receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming […]

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