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Recent News

Recent News

May
10

The 2018 Legislature passed new laws related to opiates, prescribing, and continuing education requirements that will impact providers. Specifically, LB 931, signed by the Governor on April 4, creates new requirements providers must consider when prescribing opiates. And secondly, LB...>>Read more...

May
03

In the recently released 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is advancing an overhaul of the Meaningful Use (MU) program to improve flexibility, reduce physician burdens and advance health-information...>>Read more...

Apr
19

Robert Wergin, MD, a family physician from Seward, Neb., was recently honored to be selected to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Dr. Wergin was contacted by Alex Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human...>>Read more...

Feb
13

The first NMA Leadership Academy is coming to a close, which means it's time to accept applications for the second group of future leaders in medicine.

The Leadership Academy was made possible by a generous grant from...>>Read more...

Feb
09

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) recently announced the administration’s first new Medicare alternative payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).  This voluntary model includes 29 inpatient and 3 outpatient clinical episodes.  Please join AMA...>>Read more...

Feb
06

Important update from the AMA - Tuesday, February 6, 12:49 p.m.

As a result of advocacy by the American Medical Association (AMA) and other physician groups, language extending the misvalued code offset has changed for the better.  Earlier reports were...>>Read more...

Dec
19

Dear Physician Colleagues,

As current president of the Nebraska Medical Association, I am reaching out to you to highlight the importance of Nebraska’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and ask that you take the simple steps necessary to participate.

As...>>Read more...

Dec
12

The NMA has been actively participating in a Heritage Health Stakeholder Coalition, which is made up of service and medical providers across the state. This Coalition continues to work with Heritage Health to find resolutions and create an easier means...>>Read more...

Dec
06

The American Medical Association (AMA) has provided the following statement, attributed to David O. Barbe, M.D., M.H.A., president of the  AMA, in response to inquiries related to the Aetna CVS merger.

“This proposed $69 billion transaction - one of the...>>Read more...

Nov
29

On November 3, 2017, the Director of the Department of Insurance approved the recommendation to increase the surcharge to the Excess Liability fund to 40% for 2018, up from 26% in 2017. This change was necessary due to an increase...>>Read more...

Nov
10

Physicians can download different materials from CMS to help raise awareness with patients regarding new Medicare cards. The new Medicare cards will be mailed in 2018. Learn more on CMS's website....>>Read more...

Nov
07

The AMA has released summaries and highlights of both the Quality Payment Program and Physician Fee Schedule. CMS released the final rules, totaling up to 3,000 pages of information, on November 2.

Quality Payment Program Summary

Physician Fee...>>Read more...

Nov
07

As a result of President Trump declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, new guidance regarding when and how physicians and other health care providers can share the personal information of someone involved in an opioid event or crisis...>>Read more...

Oct
18

Lincoln – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services continues to take action to help prevent prescription drug overdose in Nebraska. The department developed and is now releasing a new opioid prescribing resource for providers.

“Although opioids can be...>>Read more...

Oct
17

In an important step toward the use of episode-based cost measures in Medicare, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is pilot testing eight new measures that it expects to use in the future to determine physician scores in...>>Read more...

Oct
10

Health tech companies are looking for physician ideas and input! As influencers in health care, physicians are invited to join the AMA Physician Innovation Network, the platform that connects physicians and health tech companies.

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Oct
06

The Physicians Foundation has revealed the results of its second biennial patient survey. This survey provides insight as to how patients feel about physician interaction and care. The survey includes key takeaways such as the fact that 95% of those...>>Read more...

Sep
29

On September 8, 2016, the Federal Register posted the final rule Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. The regulation went into effect on November 16, 2016. Health care providers and suppliers affected by the rule are required...>>Read more...

Sep
11

(Lincoln, Neb., September 11, 2017) - Rob Rhodes, MD, of Lincoln was installed as 2017-18 president of the Nebraska Medial Association at its annual membership meeting and House of Delegates on September 8. The event was held at the Embassy...>>Read more...

Sep
07

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed LB 487, which creates a Good Samaritan drug overdose immunity law for the state of Nebraska. The bill, effective September 2017, works like this:

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