December 1, 2023

IN THIS ISSUE: The Lingering Impact of COVID-19 on Physician Burnout | Blue Jackets Game with the CMA | PLA Launches 10th Class | Ask an Expert: Buying Your First House | Medicare Rates Threatened | Capital Campaign Goal for ADAMH Crisis Center Met | Help Support the CMA Foundation for a Healthier, Brighter, and More Secure Future for Central Ohio

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The Lingering Impact of COVID-19 on Physician Burnout

A conversation with Dr. Joseph Gastaldo

"You know, as physicians, we don't have special powers, especially when it comes to resiliency, I think we are all wired to be overachievers and stoic.”

The CMA's Communication Specialist, Destiney Davis, sat down with Infectious Disease physician, Joseph Gastaldo, to talk about the challenges doctors face even years out from the COVID-19 pandemic. Check it out!

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Physicians Leadership Academy Launches 10th Class

The Physicians Leadership Academy (PLA) is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the orientation and fall retreat for its tenth class of dedicated doctors. These 22 professionals have immersed themselves in an enriching journey. The orientation and retreat served as a foundation for their upcoming journey, providing them with valuable insights, skills, and a strong sense of camaraderie.

As PLA’s 10th class moves forward, there will be many exciting topics and opportunities awaiting new doctors throughout the rest of the year. Their dedication and passion for making a difference in the healthcare field are evident, and the PLA team is excited to see the impact they will undoubtedly make. PLA looks forward to sharing more milestones and achievements as our tenth class of doctors continues their journey.

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Columbus Blue Jackets Healthcare Appreciation Night - CMA Seating Block

Join your local physician colleagues and their families at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday, January 2nd at 7 pm for the Columbus Blue Jackets Healthcare Professionals Appreciation Night!


The Blue Jackets will take on the Boston Bruins!

The CMA has reserved a seating block that includes:

  • Specially priced tickets of $42/per person in the Upper Side area
  • One Pair of exclusive CBJ compression socks for every two tickets purchased
  • $5 food/beverage voucher for every two tickets purchased
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Ask an Expert: Buying Your First House

The CMA teamed up with sponsor WesBanco to provide this informative video all about buying your first home. It covers how to create your home-buying team, when to buy, and how to ask about special programs just for physicians.

Check it out!

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Medicare Rates Threatened for 2024

Patient access to care may be reduced if the recently announced Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final plans for physician payment schedules are realized. CMS took action that resulted in a 3.4% reduction in Medicare's physician payments for 2024.

Congress has a chance to adjust funding and prevent this from happening; however, if Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, these proposed cuts will go into effect. 

The AMA and other physician organizations are asking doctors to weigh in directly with elected officials in Washington.  

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Capital Campaign Goal for ADAMH Crisis Center Met

Last week, Erika Clark Jones, CEO of ADAMH Board of Franklin County, announced that the capital campaign goal for the construction of the adult-serving Franklin County Crisis Care Center had been met.

The Columbus Medical Association Foundation contributed $500,000 to this initiative and helped start the community discussion almost 10 years ago.

The CMA and its Affiliates are excited for the future of this project.

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From our Sponsors: GCS

Learn Difference of the Three Types of Medicare Wellness Visits

Medicare covers 3 types of wellness visits that provide opportunities to promote patient health, disease screening and early detection, and advance care planning:

  • Initial preventive physical exam, offered once per lifetime
  • Initial annual wellness visit (AWV), offered once per lifetime
  • Subsequent AWVs, offered annually

Here are a few simple steps to help you reduce the number of denied claims and to gain efficiencies in the time and resources spent on delivering these visits:

  1. Check patient eligibility on myCGS. Billing the wrong visit or at the wrong time can result in a denied claim; checking myCGS can help avoid denied claims.
  2. Team up with clinical staff who can perform wellness visits. This brief training video is a step-by-step guide for clinical staff on how to perform these visits.
  3. Learn more about Medicare wellness visits. This printable flyer provides an outline of each visit, its requirements, and billing guidance. 

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