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New PCMS Partnership Provides Cost Saving Benefits on PPE

PCMS is excited to announce a new COST SAVING benefit for our members on an American made, quality N95 folded respirator (mask) manufactured here in our home state of Arizona by Triviciti Health. Negotiated pricing for our members is up to 50 percent off the manufacturer’s retail sales website – the price per mask is $2.29 – $2.79, depending upon quantity ordered. 

We are also excited to announce a second additional new COST SAVING benefit for our members on difficult to get medical grade Synmax blue hybrid vinyl-nitrile glove mix, which are also rated for chemo. These gloves are FDA 510 K cleared and are available immediately for our members at a generous discount. The price per box is $19.49 – $23.99, depending on if you purchase masks along with the gloves.

To access the special pricing being offered for these masks and gloves, you can go to the special Triviciti Health – PCMS website at trivicitipcms.com or click on the link on our website, pimamedicalsociety.org so you can take advantage of both of these great benefits, great pricing, quick delivery and a quality product. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues, associates, family and friends who need respirator masks and gloves. 

Details can be found by clicking here.

Find Vaccine

Arizona Department of Health Services

Click here to find where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pima County Health Department

Click here to find where you can get a COVID-19 vaccine and to sign up (if you are in the qualifying phase group).

Click here to view the Arizona COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization chart.

2020 ArMA Legislative Report is now available

Arizona Medical Association is pleased to present the 2020 Legislative Report. The report not only provides valuable information on ALL the bills tracked by the ArMA advocacy team during the 2020 Legislative Session, it also includes details on the critical issues addressed during the COVID-19 state of emergency so far. Following the early adjournment of the 2020 session, the ArMA advocacy team worked on a number of Executive Orders issued by Gov. Doug Ducey in response to the pandemic, ranging from scope of practice issues to liability protection to telemedicine access. These are detailed in the report for your review.

The 2020 Legislative Report also provides significant insight into some of the advocacy priorities anticipated for the 2021 session. Since the unexpected end of the 2020 session halted progress on key ArMA legislation, many of these bills are expected to be taken up once again in 2021—take a look at the report and read about these bills that ArMA hopes to “fast track” next year.

The 2020 Legislative Report is what ArMA is doing for every physician in Arizona. You need to be a member of ArMA to view the report. Click here to sign up.

Recommended public health sources

When reading information about COVID-19 virus make sure you confirm your sources. Pima County Medical Society recommends these sources:

Our World in Data – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – Statistics and Research

The mission of Our World in Data is to make data and research on the world’s largest problems understandable and accessible. Click here to read more about COVID-19.

University of Arizona: COVID-19 and Reentry Updates

This link serves as the central location for updates and guidance from the University of Arizona on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and UA’s plans for reentry for fall 2020.

The website also provides:

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Arizona Medical Board
8545 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
(480) 551-2700
http://www.azmd.gov

Arizona Medical Association
810 W. Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013
(602) 246-8901
http://www.azmed.org/

Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
5150 N. 16th St., Ste. A-122
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 266-6699
http://www.az-osteo.org/

Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation
3182 N. Swan Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
Phone: 520.299.4545
Fax: 520.299.4609
https://www.tomf.org/

Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program (THMEP)
http://www.thmep.com/

Pima County Community Health Needs Assessment 2015

Maricopa County Medical Society
326 E. Coronado Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-2015
http://www.medical-society.com

AZ Hospital & Healthcare Assoc
2901 N. Central Ave, Ste 900
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 445-4300
http://www.azhha.org

National Board of Medical Examiners
3750 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 590-9500
http://www.nbme.org

American Board of Medical Specialities
1007 Church Street, Ste 404
Evanston, IL 60201
(866) 275-2267
http://www.abms.org

Federation of State Medical Boards
PO Box 619850
Dallas, TX 75261
(817) 868-4000
http://www.fsmb.org

MICA
2602 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
1-800-352-0402
http://www.mica-insurance.com

Arizona Healthcare Guide

2020 Hospital & Healthcare Guide

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

On July 29, 2019, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released three payment proposals pertaining to the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS), the physician fee schedule, and the end stage renal disease (ESRD) and durable medical equipment prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) Calendar Year 2020 proposed rules.  You may access detailed information regarding the proposed rules from the following links. Links included are to CMS’ press release, fact sheet and the Federal Register, which includes instructions on how interested parties can submit their written comments to CMS for consideration.

Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) (CMS-1717-P)

Physician Fee Schedule (CMS-1715-P)

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) (CMS 1713-P)

Caring.com

Caring.com is a senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.

Many aging adults are unaware of the available care options and programs that can help them maintain their independence and quality of life. Caring.com created a free resource, which provides comprehensive information on topics like financial support and care options that are available in their area.

Social Work Links

Guide to Mental and Psychiatric Social Work
https://socialworklicensure.org/types-of-social-workers/psychiatric-social-worker/

Guide to Social Work Licensure in Arizona
https://socialworklicensure.org/state/social-work-licensure-arizona/

Guide to Becoming a Social Worker
https://socialworklicensure.org/articles/become-a-social-worker/

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