Mitchell D. Forman, D.O., FACR, FACOI, MACP
NSMA President 2014-2015

Every Nevadan is affected in some way by the members of the NSMA. They are not only your physicians, but your neighbors, friends and advocates in the health care delivery system.

Nevada physicians organized into a state medical society in 1875. As the state's oldest and largest physician advocacy group, today's NSMA mission remains consistent with those pioneer doctors: to serve the practice and professional needs of Nevada physicians so they can serve the needs of their patients. Our diverse membership includes practicing physicians and surgeons, medical researchers, educational faculty and institutional administrators.

Though this site has information restricted to our membership, there is also much information available for the public and the health care community. Development of this site and available resources will continue to expand, so bookmark the NSMA and come back often!

We are proud to represent organized medicine in Nevada, and proud to be your physicians of the Nevada State Medical Association. Is your physician a member?

Educational Symposiums on Comprehensive Error Rate Testing

Noridian, the Medicare Administrative Contractor for Nevada, is offering educational symposiums on  Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) and documentation compliance. Noridian invites all Medicare providers: physicians, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and others that bill Medicare. The meeting is to assist providers to understand current billing errors with a goal of preventing future errors. Following the presentation small group discussions will be available to answer your questions. You may register online; there is no fee for attendance.

Please access the link below to register.


Dates and Locations

December 8 & 9, 2014
Hampton Inn & Suites

1340 West Warm Springs Road

Henderson, NV 89014

December 10 & 11, 2014
Hilton Garden Inn Reno

9920 Double R Blvd.

Reno, NV 89521

Daily Schedule

To help accommodate busy schedules, two sessions each day are available. Because the information will be the same at both sessions, attendance is recommended at one session only.

Workshop #1: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • Presentation: 9:00 – 10:00
  • Small Group Discussion: 10:00-11:30

Workshop #2: 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Presentation: 1:00-2:00
  • Small Group Discussion: 2:00-3:30
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2014 Open Enrollment Starts November 15

The second open enrollment for the Nevada health insurance exchange runs from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. There is no rollover from previous plans so everyone who needs insurance must re-apply!

To sign up or for more information, visit: www.nevadahealthlink.com. Previous enrollees also can call 1-855-7NVLINK (855-768-5465) or e-mail customersupport@nevadahealthlink.com.

First-time enrollees can call 1-800-318-2596 while businesses purchasing plans starting this period can call 1-800-706-7893.

The LAS VEGAS Enrollment Store Opens Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Boulevard Mall
3528 South Maryland Parkway #384
Las Vegas, NV 89169
844-386-1189 (toll-free)

It is Open 7 Days a Week:
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Noon-7 p.m.
Extended hours on the 15th of each month: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

The RENO Enrollment Store Opens Saturday, November 15, 2014
3937 S. McCarran Blvd.
Reno, NV 89502
844-386-1189 (toll-free)

It is Open 7 Days a Week: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Extended hours on the 15th of each month: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Reno Gazette Journal

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AMA Health Workforce Mapper

The AMA Health Workforce Mapper illustrates the distribution of physicians and nonphysician clinicians by specialty, state, county, or metropolitan areas. It provides a useful visual tool to demonstrate to law- or policy-makers the geographic distribution of the healthcare workforce in a given state or nationally, to assist them in making appropriate, evidence-based decisions.  The Mapper allows the user to build a rich display of factors relevant to the health care workforce. Users can layer geographic and health policy data such as hospital locations or health professional shortage areas, population indicators, landmarks and other topographical features. The user can also display the ratio of physician or nonphysician clinician to population in any given region or nationally. The Mapper can be used to distinguish possible areas of both deficiency and overlap, and to identify high-priority areas for workforce expansion.

AMA Members (Full Access)

Non Members (Limited Access)

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Third Party Payer Conference

The third annual Third Party Payer Roundtable Conference will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2014.  There will be two half day conferences, registration for the first will start at 8.00 a.m., and registration for the second will start at 1.00 p.m.  The events will be held at 5400 Mill St, Reno, NV 89502.

This event will be free for all NSMA, WCMS and MGMA members and their staff, and the cost for non-members will be $99.

For additional information, please contact Susan Lynch at susan@nsmadocs.org -or- (702) 493-1384.

Event Flyer

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CMSto reopen Meaningful Use Hardship Exemption

Due to significant pressure from the AMA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the reopening of its Meaningful Use (MU) hardship exception application for physicians and hospitals to avoid the 2015 penalty.  The new deadline will be November 30, 2014.  Previously, the hardship exception application deadline was April 1, 2014 for hospitals and July 1, 2014 for physicians.

While all Medicare physicians have until February 28, 2015 to attest to any 90-day reporting period in 2014 to obtain an MU incentive, Medicare physicians who started the program this year were required to attest by October 1, 2014 to avoid a penalty of up to 2 percent in 2015.  Those new to the MU program can now apply for a hardship exception to avoid this penalty if they missed the October 1 deadline.  In addition, even if you are prepared to attest by February 28, 2015, you can still apply for a hardship exception as a fallback precaution to avoid the penalty.  We believe this hardship exemption will be interpreted broadly by CMS and we therefore encourage all physicians who meet the following criteria to apply by the November deadline.

The hardship exception, however, only provides relief from the MU penalty and will not earn you an incentive.  Meaningful Use incentives are still available for those who are able to meet and attest to the Stage 1 or Stage 2 measures by the February deadline.

This reopened hardship exception period is for Medicare physicians and hospitals that:

·         Have been unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRT availability; and

·         Physicians who were unable to attest by October 1, 2014 and hospitals that were unable to attest by July 1, 2014 using the flexibility options provided in the CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule.

The CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule allows physicians to use older certified EHR technology (Version 2011), a combination of old and new technology (Version 2011 and Version 2014), or just new technology (Version 2014) to attest for their 2014 reporting period.  A more in-depth review of the rule can be found on our website under “Avoiding meaningful use penalties / Hardship Exceptions.”  Unfortunately, the CMS system was not ready to accept attestations by the October 1, the last date Medicare physicians new to MU could attest to avoid a penalty.  This is part of the reason why CMS elected to re-open the hardship filing period, ensuring more doctors avoid a 2015 penalty.

For more information, and for a link to the hardship exemption application, visit the CMS website.

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Ebola – Open Letter to All U.S. Healthcare Professionals

As a frontline healthcare provider, you play an essential role in protecting the health and well-being of our nation. In light of the recent presentation of an Ebola-positive patient in Texas, we wanted to remind all healthcare professionals that simple steps can be taken to prevent the spread of this disease. You can contribute to our country’s response by being ready to detect a potentially infected patient; protect yourself, your colleagues, and other patients from exposure; and respond with appropriate patient care. Specifically, you should be ready to:

·         Detect: Ask All Patients with Non-Specific Complaints About Recent Travel

A travel history should be taken as early as possible in your encounter with all patients.

Although the signs and symptoms of Ebola are nonspecific (e.g., fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.), Ebola can be virtually eliminated from your differential by ruling out travel to the affected area.

·         Protect: Use Good Infection Control Practices

Consistent and correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE), frequent hand washing, and proper decontamination of surfaces and equipment are key to reducing or eliminating the transmission of Ebola and other communicable diseases (e.g., HIV, influenza, hepatitis, and Enterovirus-D68).

·         Respond: Have a Plan

All healthcare workers should know what to do when encountering a suspected Ebola patient.  It is critical to know who to notify and to make that notification immediately.  Remember, Ebola is a nationally notifiable disease and must be reported to local, state, and federal public health authorities.

The CDC website has many important resources for clinicians to learn more about Ebola.  In addition, the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is always available at 770-488-7100 or eocreport@cdc.gov.

In the last decade, our nation has made great strides in healthcare system and public health emergency preparedness. As a result of our efforts, we are confident in our collective ability to control the spread of Ebola domestically. Thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to national health security.

Best regards,

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

RADM, U.S. Public Health Service

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

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Southern Nevada Candidate Mixer TONIGHT

The Southern Nevada Meet the Candidates Legislative Mixer will be held tonight, October 2, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Mercedes Benz – Fletcher Jones Imports on 7300 W. Sahara Avenue.  Come meet the candidates for the 2014 general elections.

Event Flyer

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CCMS Margin Tax Town Hall Meeting

The Clark County Medical Society Margin Tax Town Hall Meeting will be held on October 9, 2014 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Before you go to the polls please attend this Town Hall to hear how the Margin Tax will impact you and your business practice.


Town Hall Flyer

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UNSOM Distinguished Speaker Series 2014

Dr. Bill Thomas
“The Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life”
Dr. Thomas is an international expert on elderhood and geriatric medicine. The Wall Street Journal highlighted Dr. Thomas as one of the nation’s “top 12 innovators,” changing the future of retirement in America, and US News and World Report named him as one of “America’s best leaders.” The magazine noted his “startling common-sense ideas and his ability to persuade others to take a risk,” and concluded that “this creative and wildly exuberant country doctor has become something of a culture changer – reimagining how Americans will approach aging in the 21st century.” Dr. Thomas is the founder of the Eden Alternative and Green House Project, an author and musician. His most recent book, Second Wind, will be available for purchase and signing at both event locations.

Please register by Tuesday, October 28 at http://bit.ly/thomas14

Reno Event
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Reception 5:00 p.m.
Presentation 5:30 p.m.
Milt Glick Ballrooms, 4th floor
Joe Crowley Student Union
University of Nevada, Reno
Information for community guest parking available at: http://bit.ly/reno-map
Reno streamed live at: http://dhs.unr.edu/watch-live

Las Vegas Event
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Reception 5:30 p.m.
Presentation 6:00 p.m.
Keep Memory Alive Event Center
Cleveland Clinic
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
888 W. Bonneville Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Parking and directional map at: http://bit.ly/lv-map

Presented by the University of Nevada, Reno Division of Health Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Sanford Center for Aging, and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

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The 2014 Northern Nevada Candidate Mixer will be held Tonight at 5:30 p.m.

The 2014 Northern Nevada Candidate Mixer will be held TONIGHT, September 25.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at The Washoe Steakhouse Gathering Room, 4201 W. Fourth Street, Reno, Nevada.

Event Flyer

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