CMS Issues New Physician Fee Schedule

In early July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017.…

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HHS Announces New Actions To Combat Opioid Epidemic

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced several new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The actions include expanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder, a proposal…

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New CDC Flu Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. CDC continues to recommend annual flu vaccination, with…

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PCHD Releases Updated Zika Guidance

The Pima County Health Department has released the following guidance to answer questions about identifying and testing for Zika. This information is intended to inform the way providers in Pima County consider Zika virus infection as a  diagnosis for their…

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VA Proposes Scope Of Practice Expansion For Nurses

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released its proposed rule regarding Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.  It grants independent practice to all APRNs in the VA health system, including nurse anesthetists. While nurse practitioners (NPs) and certified nurse midwives (CNM) can…

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PDMP

The Prescription Drug Monitoring program is now law.  The mandate to use the system is effective October 1, 2017, and 60 days after the Arizona Health-e Connection has integrated the PDMP data into the state health information exchange. It’s important…

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Keep AMB Contact Info Current

The Arizona Medical Board (AMB) is urging physicians to keep their contact information current. In an email, physicians were reminded of their statutory obligation to maintain their contact information with the Arizona Medical Board. In part the email read: As…

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