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Effective 3/1/2017, NYS Medicaid has eliminated age restrictions when dispensing non-prescription emergency contraceptive drugs to Medicaid-enrolled females without a written order, per FDA guidelines.


NYS requires that every prescriber who holds a DEA license complete three hours of education every three years on addiction, pain management and palliative care. MSSNY is offering 3 CME webinars on Pain Managment, Palliative Care and Addiction. Course work is required by July 1, 2017. Registration is free for MSSNY Members. 


URMC's 5th Regional Stroke Management Symposium takes place on Thurs., March 30, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency. Registration information.


    MACRA Resources


    PQRS


    Workers' Compensation

    • NYS Workers' Compensation Board Form Submission Guidelines
    • The NYS Workers’ Compensation Board is creating a web-based Medical Portal, enabling users to submit medical information electronically  The first phase of the Medical Portal will be for the electronic submission of C-4-AUTH, MG-1, and MG-2 medical authorization treatment requests. They will be holding 1-hour webinars to demonstrate the Portal.

    Section 1557 Rule


    Antibiotics & Posters

    • Antibiotic Resistance Resources: The use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance and antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine. To assist you in your efforts to educate your patients about proper prescribing, the Monroe County DOH and MCMS developed a poster for use in exam and waiting rooms. The poster succinctly communicates needed information on bacteria and viruses and can be printed in either 8 1/2 x 11 or 11/17. There are numerous other promotional products at CDC's web site.  If you are interested in further exploring this topic see information at cdc.gov/getsmart/index.html
    • Snort. Sniffle. Sneeze. No Antibiotics Pleasea CDC brochure for parents explains the difference between bacteria and viruses, what antibiotics are, and how bacteria become resistant. It also answers FAQs about when a child does or does not need an antibiotic.
    • Hand Hygiene Guidelines for healthcare settings.
    • Cover Your Cough poster.

    e-Prescribing

    Opioids and Chronic Pain


    Medicare


    Medical Marijuana

    NYSDOH is offering a 4-hour medical use of marijuana course. Physicians who wish to register with the Department and certify their patients for the Medical Marijuana Program must complete this course, which covers pharmacology of marijuana; contraindications; side effects; adverse reactions; overdose prevention; drug interactions; dosing; routes of administration; risks and benefits; warnings and precautions; and abuse and dependence. Cost: $249. 4.5 hours of CME credit upon successful completion of the course. Access the course here.

    NYS Medical Marijuana FAQs


    ICD-10

    • ICD-10 glitch leads CMS to relax physician quality penalties.  The CMS issued a 2-year pass to physicians and group practices due to a glitch with quality reporting measures based on a recent update to the ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes. Only certain specialties and procedures will be impacted by this waiver of negative payment adjustments. The majority of ICD-10-CM coding changes that impacted 2016 PQRS measures were related to diabetes, pregnancy, cardiovascular, oncology, mental health and eye disease diagnosis. More info.
    • ICD-10 - Next Steps for Providers Assessment & Maintenance Toolkit, from CMS
    • CMS Will Reimburse ICD-10 Mistakes During First Year After Transition - StateLaw Q&A from Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C

    Immunization News


    Monroe County Medical Society

    7th District Branch of the Medical Society of the State of New York
    Serving Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne & Yates Counties 

    The Park at Allens Creek
    132 Allens Creek Road

    Rochester, New York 14618
    Tel: (585) 473-7573 • Fax: (585) 473-7641

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