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Open Payments Data Released

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released on September 30, 2014, the first round of Open Payments data. The AMA recommends that physicians who weren't able to review their data by September 11, 2014, do so now to flag any disputed information in the initial public data release. 

   Physicians still have until December 31, 2014, to file disputes for any inaccurate information that should be corrected in the next data release. View instructions for doing so on the AMA's Sunshine Act Web page.

Important Change to Hydrocodone Rx Rules

   Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II, effective October 6, 2014Prescriptions for HCPs issued before October 6, 2014 that have authorized refills may be dispensed in accordance with DEA rules for refilling, partial filling, transferring, and central filling Schedule III-V controlled substances until April 8, 2015.  
  The AMA warns that due to state laws, insurance limitations, and some pharmacy processes, some health insurers and pharmacies may not honor refills on or after October 6, 2014. The AMA has issued a series of items for physicians to take in preparation for the switch.

 

 



 



Public Health Alerts: Guidance on Ebola 

 

On October 8, 2014, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States died in Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).    
  The CDC is encouraging physicians to take patient travel histories, isolate patients who report a travel history to an Ebola-affected
country and immediately notify the local/state health department. Health professionals are encouraged to visit the CDC's Ebola Website for the most updated information. They may also see an Open Letter from the US Department Health and Human Services.

Enterovirus D68 Spreads to DC Area 
 
The CDC reports a nationwide outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), including the DIstrict of Columbia, associated with severe respiratory illness.

Department of Health Director Joxel Garcia issued a statement on surveillance and investigation of EV-D68




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  October 22, 2014

  6:00 - 9:00 PM

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  November 9, 2014
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  Schlesinger Hall,   Alexandria VA
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