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Alert: Electronic medication history data may contain errors. Surescripts has determined that one data source for its “Medication History Acute” and “Medication History Ambulatory” services may contain inaccurate information that could jeopardize patient safety, according to a new alert from the National Alert Network. The potential inaccuracy relates to the strength of a drug reported in the medication history drug description field, and results from missing special characters such as a decimal point, forward slash, or percentage in some records, the network said.
Anthony L. Jordan Health Clinic offers a Hepatitis C treatment program that includes a peer educator, educational classes, coordinator to guide patients through treatment. This program is under the oversight of Steven Fine, MD Infectious Disease Specialist, and Mary Angerame, ANP. There is access to a hepatologist to consult as needed. Download: Anthony L. Jordan Hepatitis C Clinic Referral Form
MCMS' Integrative Health Care Committee will host the 7th Annual Jeffrey K. Harris, MD Memorial Integrative Health Care Series on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The accredited continuing education conference, Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health Care, will be held from 8 am – 5 pm at the TWIG Auditorium at Rochester General Hospital. Click here for a brochure and registration form.
CDC Telebriefing: Update on Flu Activity and Vaccine Effectiveness Estimates. Click here to read transcript.
Volunteers and summer staff are need for Camp Good Days and Special Times. The 2014 summer season is July 7 - Aug. 22. Staff training is June 23-27 and July 1-3. Some positions will be hired in March and April. Positions include: Office/Store Manager, Camp Rangers,Sports & Games Specialist, Camp Photographer, Arts & Crafts Specialist, Full Time Lifeguards, Music & Drama Specialist, General Staff, Kitchen Staff. Apply at online at www.campgooddays.org or call Christina Woods at (585) 624-5555.
A Plant-Based Diet: Eating for Happiness and Health will be held Tuesdays for 6 weeks, March 4 through April 8, 2014, 6:45 pm to 9 pm at the JCC of Greater Rochester. Cost: $100 for JCC members; $125 for nonmembers. Additional cost to physicians taking course for credit: $125. All profits donated to charity. Accreditation: U of R School of Medicine and Dentistry is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Certification: U of R School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Click here registration info. and syllabus.
The Rochester Regional Family Medicine Conference is Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Monroe Community College. The schedule includes a clinical track and a SAM (Self-Assessment Module) track. The conference is worth approximately 5.5 CME credits; those guests registering for the SAM modules, will be able to claim approximately 13.5 credits. Click here for more information and to register. Or, contact Kelly Madden, Director of Education for NY State Academy of Family Physicians, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 489-8945.
Health Advisory from NYSDOH: Four Imported Cases of Measles in NYS With Recent Travel
The Monroe County Department of Health has confirmed that a patient recently treated at Strong Memorial Hospital has tested positive for measles. The patient has since recovered, but some staff, patients and visitors may have been exposed. Strong is checking the immunization records to confirm that all staff who may have been present when this individual was treated are compliant with required immunizations. The Monroe County Department of Health is asking all providers to report IMMEDIATELY any cases of suspect measles to the Health Department and can assist with expedited testing of serologic or viral specimens. See letter from the University of Rochester Medical Center for more information.
DME Administrative Contractors has published a letter concerning the detection of DME scams in physician’s offices.
Health officials say two central New York residents have died of complications from the flu strain that's hitting young and middle-aged adults hard this year. Read more.
Jan. 8, 2014 - Governor Andrew Cuomo Delivers Fourth State of the State Message. Click here for a summary. After the Governor’s presentation concluded, a State of the State Message booklet was released. It contains additional information on the items presented by the Governor during his presentation.
Health Advisory from the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control: Rapidly-growing nontuberculous mycobacterium infections associated with travel to the Dominican Republic for cosmetic surgery procedures.
Mindful Practice: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring, and Resilience will be held on May 7-10, 2014. This event is hosted by The Center for Experiential Learning, University of Rochester Medical Center. Click here for more information.
The Art of Self-Healing Seminar Series Class Two: Accepting the Grace of Belonging will be held on Wed., Dec. 11, 2013 with Dr. Melanie Kates. Class will focus on belonging to your true self and how to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Click here for more information.
A new public health law requiring hospitals and privately practicing primary care physicians to offer a Hepatitis C screening test to individuals born between 1945 and 1965, becomes effective on January 1, 2014. The new law also provides that should a screening test be positive or reactive, the provider shall offer follow-up health care including a Hepatitis C diagnostic test or refer the individual to a provider who can. For more information about the new requirements, please refer to this letter from Commissioner Shah.
NYSOFA's Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance (HIICAP) program provides free, accurate and objective information, counseling, assistance and advocacy on Medicare, private health insurance, and related health coverage plans
How do the FCC’s robocall rules apply to your practice? Click here for information.
MSSNY's archived I-STOP Implementation webinar is now available for CME credit. Registration is required and is free for MSSNY members with their MSSNY ID number. There is a fee of $100 for non-members, which can be applied towards a MSSNY membership. Register here.
HIPAA Self-Audit – Is Your Practice Ready? Make sure you have forms, policies and procedures in place to comply with HIPAA. Click here to download self-audit tools, developed by Kern Augustine Conroy and Schoppmann, P.C.
The new I-STOP law that goes into effect on August 27 requires physicians and other prescribers to consult the NYS database before prescribing Schedule II, III and IV medications. The duty can be delegated to staff, including unlicensed staff. There are several exemptions to the Duty to Consult. See attached for more information. Please note, the inpatient exemption does not apply when the prescription is being written at discharge. Click here for a brochure on How to Establish a Health Commerce System Account and Using the Health Commerce System.
ICD-10 Transitioning: It's not too early for practices to begin preparing for the ICD-10 transition that takes effect in October 2014. MCMS has prepared an FAQ to help your practice prepare. CMS and the CDC have created a GEMS FAQ, which will assist with the conversion to ICD-10.
Mindful Practice: Enhancing Quality of Care, Quality of Caring and Resilience: Upcoming CME workshops designed for medical practitioners.
Session I (Oct 9-12, 2013) for those who have not previously attended a mindful practice workshop.Session II (May 7-10, 2014) offers advanced mindful communication skills.
Primary Care Rate Increase (PCRI): Effective for dates of service on and after January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014, the NYS Medicaid Program (including its Managed Care Plans) will pay the Medicare rate for specified primary care services to providers who attest to qualification for the Primary Care Rate Increase (PCRI). Download the PCRI attestation form and FAQ sheet.
Risk Retention Groups: When considering the professional liability coverage offered by an RRG, physicians should be aware of the risks involved and should understand how the type of coverage presented relates to the amount of premium to be paid. More
NY SAFE Act:The New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act requires “mental health professionals” to report to the county Director of Community Service or designee when a person(s) for whom they are currently providing mental health treatment services is “likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others.” For more information, click here.
Prompt Payment Hotline for Physician Complaints: The NYS Department of Financial Services (DFS) maintains a “Prompt Payment Hotline” for physicians to file complaints about insurance companies when they inappropriately delay or deny payment of claims. The phone number is 1-800-358-9260. There is also an on-line portal.
NYS Breast Density Inform Legislation: MCMS Quality Collarborative has developed speaking points on the legislation that went into effect January 19, 2013. Understanding Breast Density: Frequently Asked Questions: Download the one-page flier. The American College of Radiology has issued a position statement on the topic. (April 24, 2012)
Reminder to Update Physician Profile: NY state law requires that every licensed physician update his/her physician profile information within six months prior to the expiration of the physician’s registration period, as a condition of registration renewal. More For instructions on how to compile your physician profile update requirement, click here.
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