Teenagers, no matter how smart, sometimes do senseless things. There are countless viral challenges and trends online, ranging from silly to downright dangerous, that physicians and parents should be aware of.Need a few examples? Two Tennessee teens died in mid-January after drinking "dewshine," a toxic mixture of racing fuel and Mountain Dew.That same week, a [...]
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PETERS, CANNATA & MOODY PLC© All rights reserved. TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2016 Legislative Action Stalled as Election LoomsNumerous study committees will convene later this year to evaluate a wide variety of policy topics, but for now, the Capitol is quiet as legislators focus on their re-election campaigns and other political goals. With many long-time legislators leaving [...]
July 2016Ashby Wolfe, MD, MPP, MPHChief Medical Officer, CMS Region 9San Francisco, CAHere at CMS, we’ve been working for several months on some of the new programs and initiatives created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act signed of 2015. Additionally, we are now seven years in to the concerted launch of a truly [...]
Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)http://www.aafp.org/practice-management/payment/medicare-payment.htmlWhat Can I do TODAY to prepare for MACRA implementation?If you haven’t reported data on quality measures through the PQRS or as part of meaningful use, start as soon as possible. Penalties for not reporting or for low quality may impact you this year. More information on [...]
May 10, 2016PETERS, CANNATA & MOODY PLCThe legislature worked through Friday night to process more than 250 bills and end the 2016 legislative session at 5:45 on Saturday morning. The final hours of the session had both congeniality and tension. A small number of bills failed, while some bills failed only to be revived on [...]
Arizona law requires all medical practitioners, including MDs and DOs, who are licensed under Title 32 and who possess a DEA registration to also possess a current Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) registration issued by the State Board of Pharmacy. Earlier this year, we reported in AzMedicine on the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) [...]
Dear Vaccines for Children (VFC) Provider,Early each year the Immunization Program Office must Pre-book Flu vaccine doses for the subsequent flu season. That time is quickly approaching. In an effort to ensure that we have pre-ordered the doses that are most desired by VFC Providers we are asking that you complete this brief survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/227958X. [...]