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Today’s Rundown

  1. Doc groups happy to see mandatory drug demo nixed
  2. Telemedicine a top concern for state medical boards
  3. CEO reinvigorated by returning to his life as a surgeon
  4. Brain injuries are one more toll of the opioid crisis

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Doc groups happy to see mandatory drug demo nixed

December 19, 2016 | By Joanne Finnegan Numerous organizations applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ decision to cancel its proposed Part B payment model demonstration, which would have been mandatory for all providers and suppliers that furnish and bill for Medicare Part B drugs.

Top Stories

Telemedicine a top concern for state medical boards

Monday, December 19, 2016 With a broader focus on expanding telehealth services to more patients, the majority of state medical boards around the country view regulations about providing remote care as a top priority in the coming year. Medical marijuana and opioid prescribing also made the top five.

CEO reinvigorated by returning to his life as a surgeon

Monday, December 19, 2016 There’s one big reason that Robert Pearl, M.D., looks forward to the holidays. During the week between Christmas and New Year’s, Pearl, the CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, gets back into the operating room. “It’s a magical time for me, contrasting dramatically with my world as CEO,” he says.

Brain injuries are one more toll of the opioid crisis

Monday, December 19, 2016 One little-talked-about result of the country’s opioid crisis is an increase in brain injuries in people who have survived drug overdoses. That’s the case in New Hampshire where close to 4,000 people were revived from drug overdoses using the lifesaving drug Narcan during 2014 and 2015.

News of Note

Physicians Who Care, a patient advocacy and physician referral service, continued its 20-year Christmas tradition, with local doctors and healthcare workers and their families taking young children shopping in East Gadsden, Alabama. The (Gadsden) Messenger article Pfizer Inc. says that the Food and Drug Administration will no longer require its smoking-cessation pill Chantix to carry a stringent warning about a potential link to suicide, depression and hostile behavior. Announcement An etiquette columnist says that doctors and medical offices should acknowledge the receipt of holiday gifts from patients with a thank you note. FortWayne News-Sentinel article Note: The Dec. 15 issue of FiercePracticeManagement contained a news of note about a survey conducted by Capital One Spark Business about challenges facing physician practices in 2017. Here is the correct link to the survey.

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