Controlled substance prescribers face new state requirements

Effective October 1 or 60 days after the data has been integrated in the statewide health information exchange, prescribers are required to obtain a “patient utilization” report from the Arizona Controlled Substance Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (CSPMP) before prescribing opioid,…

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PCHD releases latest Epidemiology Enhanced Surveillance Report

Providers are our eyes and ears in the community.  Please report immediately unusual numbers of patients presenting with similar symptoms, unusual symptoms, or unexplained infectious diseases in healthy individuals.  Do not wait until laboratory results become available. This report includes:…

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No-cost QPP and MIPS assistance available

The Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) report they can provide “No-cost” technical assistance and education for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). It offers: Phone and email support for all QPP questions Assistance with selecting…

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What is the price of physician stress and burnout?

Becoming a physician is a not just a career choice, it is “a calling” and a lifelong commitment.  Making life and death decisions, keeping patients and families satisfied and maintaining the highest professional standards can absolutely take its toll. Simply…

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Federal medical tort reform faces uphill climb

Around 15 years ago, U.S. state capitals were regularly besieged by large numbers of physicians demanding legislatures do something about skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance rates. Before one such rally in Connecticut in 2003, Henry Jacobs, an obstetrician and head of…

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