Invoicing Scam Targeting AR Physician Offices

WARNING!

EMV COMPLIANCE SCAM!!

EVM Compliance based out of Dallas has sent one of our clients a bill for $139.50 for credit card terminal download. THIS IS A SCAM.

EVM Claims to be a liability insurance for people who use chip type credit cards. They target physician offices hoping the office manager will pay the bill without checking to see if it’s legit.  IT IS NOT.

There are two claims with the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, one from a West Memphis physician and one from our client.

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AR Mutual Scholarship Recipient: Jacquelyn Bailey

Original article from UAMS: By Benjamin Waldrum, 10/26/2017

Jacquelyn Bailey of West Memphis Receives $10,000 Arkansas Mutual Scholarship to Pursue Rural Primary Care

Corey Little, president of Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co.; College of Medicine student Jacquelyn Bailey of West Memphis; and Pope L. Moseley, M.D., UAMS executive vice chancellor and College of Medicine dean.

Oct. 26, 2017 — Jacquelyn Bailey of West Memphis has been awarded the Arkansas Mutual Medical Student Award, a scholarship for third-year medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) who want to practice primary care in rural Arkansas.

Bailey, a first-generation college graduate, found her inspiration for primary care as she learned about her grandmother, Beatrice Henderson, who died when Bailey was barely a year old.

“My mother attributes much of my grandmother’s death to the notion that doctors did not provide quality medical care because she was African-American and uninsured,” she said. “However, this was not the only instance of lack of care that she received.”

Bailey keeps a medical record of her grandmother’s that shows she had three children, but also five stillbirths. “As I thought about the period in which she lived, my heart became heavy because I knew this was the fate of many black women like her,” she said.

“My grandmother’s life and death have been my inspiration and motivation to become a primary care physician,” she said. “Although racial discrimination was and continues to be a cause for health disparities, it is now compounded by the inability of many working Americans to afford health care.”

Bailey said that she intends to practice family medicine in West Memphis. With a background in epidemiology from the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, she intends to emphasize disease prevention programs to improve community health.

Corey Little, president of Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co., the only medical liability insurance provider headquartered in Arkansas, said the company is deeply committed to improving rural health care in the state.

“We are so pleased to offer this scholarship to such a deserving student as Jacquelyn Bailey,” Little said. “She will make a very fine physician and is clearly committed to improving the health of citizens in medically underserved areas.”

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Navigating Section 1557, Effective 10/16/16

Please click here for our checklist, frequently asked questions, and resource list to navigate Section 1557.

As part of the Affordable Care Act the Department of Health and Human Services published a final rule to implement Section 1557 which prohibits discrimination in health coverage and care based on race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex. Covered Entities must take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to each individual with Limited English proficiency who is eligible to be served or likely to be encountered in their practice.

Covered Entities must provide free, accurate and timely language assistance service and protect the privacy and independence of an individual with limited English proficiency. This is obtained by offering a qualified interpreter when reasonable for oral communication and use a qualified translator to communicate directly with individuals.  The Covered Entity may not rely on bilingual/multilingual staff unless they are a qualified interpreter nor can the Covered Entity require an individual to provide his or her own interpreter.

 

Joint Statement on Physician-led Team-based Surgical Care from ACS and ASA

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has released a joint statement  on physician-led team-based surgical care that identifies that redesigned perioperative care models should be based on what is best for the patient, individual institutions, and practitioners and should include the following principles:

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