July 10th, 2017
MOCEP Continues Fight for Missouri Patients
MOCEP has been working with national and state medical groups to protect Missouri patients and their emergency care coverage. The May announcement by Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS) stating they would no longer cover a list of nearly 2,000 diagnosis they consider to be non-emergent is a clear violation of the national prudent layperson standard.
MOCEP members have been distributing Letters to the Editor and working with local media to help spread the word of what we believe to be a violation of the Prudent Layperson Standard. Recent coverage includes:
Healthcare Dive, August 8, 2017
Fierce Healthcare, August 7, 2017
AMA Wire, August 7, 2017
St. Louis Post Dispatch, August 4, 2017
St. Louis Public Radio
St. Louis Post Dispatch
June 16th, 2017
Opioid Crisis Video and Toolkit
For several years MOCEP has been actively working with the Missouri State Medical Association, Missouri Hospital Association and other medical groups, to create a plan to address the opioid crisis in Missouri. Now that a majority of Missouri cities and counties have signed on to the St. Louis County Prescription Drug Monitoring Program we need to make sure physicians are signing up to participate in the program. Below is a video with Sam Page, MD, discussing the value of this new program.
An Opioid Toolkit has also been developed by the Missouri Hospital Association which includes strategies to reduce opioid misuse.