WMS is actively participating in the Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Committee meeting in Cheyenne representing phyisican interests. The two day meeting, beginning January 9 and concluding January 10, features agenda items to include Medicaid Expansion, licensure of hospitals, back injuries related to WY workforce services and Dept. of Health reports. Check the WMS twitter at WyoMedSociety for current updates on Committee work.
Wyoming Board of Pharmacy promulgates rules and regulations allowing pharmacists to administer vaccinations to individuals age 7 and older.
The Wyoming Legislature enacted House Bill 94, "Immunizations by Pharmacists" during the 2013 legislative session. CLICK HERE to read the enrolled act. After Governor Matt Mead signed the legislation into law, the Board of Pharmacy was charged with promulgating rules and regulations to implement the law.
The Board has promulgated rules that can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. WMS opposed this legislation in light of individual pharmacists, the Board of Pharmacy and the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy all raising concern with the legislation and practice feasibility.
The Board of Pharmacy is currently taking public comment and will continue to do so through 5 pm on November 4, 2013. Read the public release by CLICKING HERE, or email the Board of Pharmacy directly at BOP@wyo.gov expressing your concerns and asking that the Board limit the allowed vaccines to be administered by a pharmacists to anyone under the age of 18 to influenza.
The Wyoming Dept. of Health announced upcoming changes to physician obstetric procedure codes. Read more...
Codes will transition from a percentage of billed charges based reimbursement to a Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) based reimubrsement using 2013 Relative Value Units (RVUs) beginning August 1, 2013.
To read the letter sent to all Wyoming OB providers serving Medicaid, Click Here. To read the white paper published by the Department explaining the history of this issue and providing detail on the current status, Click Here.
Monday, April 1, a 2% across-the-board cut in Medicare provider payments took effect.
The AMA developed information to assist physicians. Noridian Administrative Services, LLC also provided a number of different links to end user agreements of which physicians should be made aware. CLICK HERE to view an AMA Frequently Asked Questions document regarding the 2013 Sequestration.
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The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability, announces a $21 million dividend which is made possible by the excellent claims experience of our members.
Since 1976, The Doctors Company has paid $228 million in dividends to its members. The 2012 dividend credit, approved by The Doctors Company’s Board of Governors, will provide a premium reduction of 12 percent to eligible members in Wyoming. Dividend percentages are based on the loss experience of individual states. 2012 marks the sixth consecutive year that the company has awarded dividends. Dividend distributions will appear as premium credits effective with renewals beginning July 1, 2012. Eligible members of select specialty societies may also receive a dividend. Societies receiving the dividend benefit include the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Physicians, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®. Founded by doctors for doctors in 1976, The Doctors Company (www.thedoctors.com) has 71,000 members and $4 billion in assets, and is rated A by both A.M. Best Company and Fitch Ratings.
WMS Leadership and Staff completed another successful Annual Meeting at the Jackson Lake Lodge.
With over 30 hours of CME, specialty society meetings, over 20 exhibitors and over 100 attendees, much was accomplished. If you were not able to attend, below are some important links with informaiton of what was discussed.
Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming 2013 Annual Meeting. Please take a few moments to provide your opinion and answer these 11 questions: WMS Annual Meeting Survey
- Annual Meeting Information Brochure
- CME Presentations Available for Download
- Practice Wyoming--Recruitment Site
WMS is responsible for identifying WY physicians for appointment to the WY Admissions Committee for the University of Washington School of Medicine's WWAMI medical education program.
Letters will be sent to WMS members in the coming week with more detailed information. Anyone interested in applying to serve on the committee for a six-year term can CLICK HERE to review the application and return it to the WMS office no later than April 1, 2012.
Congress reached a last-minute compromise that will avert the 27.4 percent cut in Medicare physician payment that would have gone through Jan. 1, 2012.
The U.S. House of Representatives agreed to vote on and pass the Senate tax bill, which will provide a two-month extension of the Medicare physician payment rate as well as a two-month extension of Social Security payroll tax cuts and federal unemployment benefits.