Opioid overdose reporting requirements extended

Opioid poisoning-related reporting will continue beyond the Enhanced Surveillance Advisory time frame established by the Governor’s August 10 Executive Order. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has amended the rules in 9 A.A.C. 4 to include Article 6 –…

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Grant Helps UA Connect Providers With Rural Patients

Helping health-care providers connect with patients in some of the most underserved areas of the Southwest is the mission of the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC), which recently received a $975,000 cooperative agreement grant from the federal Office for the Advancement of…

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Disasters Remind First Responders to Update Hazmat Training

Arizonans don’t have to worry about hurricanes, which have caused the release of hazardous materials. However, the Southwest does experience flash floods, high winds, haboobs and wildfires that can trigger leaks of toxic substances into communities, posing serious health risks.…

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Marvin Weisbard, MD 1928-2017

Marvin Weisbard, MD, Tucson psychiatrist and neurologist, died August 12, 2017. He had just celebrated turning 88. Born August 10, 1928, in New York, New York, Weisbard started practicing psychiatry in Tucson in 1969 after completing an internship and residency…

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PMP compliance takes effect in just a few weeks

The Arizona Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) requirements to check the PMP goes into effect on October 16; the requirements require prescribers to obtain a patient utilization report.  It’s important that you understand the new law before it goes…

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Encouraging patients to post online reviews

Of course, doctors love it when someone writes something positive, but it can be really discouraging when someone writes something negative. But there are ways to turn a negative review around or having the complaint removed. “While you can’t always…

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Iserson featured in 20/20 segment Sept. 13

Ken Iserson, MD, Professor Emeritus of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona and PCMS member, is featured in an upcoming ABC 20/20 segment on improvised medical practices used to save lives. Iserson is in one of four segments on…

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CMS takes steps to end bundled payment initiatives

CMS has proposed canceling the cardiac and expanded joint replacement bundled payment models. The rule, which was sent to the Office of Management and Budget last week, would cancel the mandatory bundled payment programs for heart attacks and bypass surgeries…

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