Mutual Matters

New VA Laws on the Prescribing of Opioids & Buprenorphine

Posted by Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, PC on Jun 22, 2017 1:30:00 PM

On February 16, 2017 the Virginia Board of Medicine (“The Board”) adopted regulations entitled “Governing Opioid Prescribing for Pain and Prescribing of Buprenorphine.” The regulations were adopted under the Board’s emergency authority given that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine declared on November 20, 2016 an opioid addiction crisis as a public health emergency. The regulations quickly advanced through the approval process by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office, the Virginia Department of Planning and Budget and were signed by the Governor on March 13, 2017. The regulations became effective March 15, 2017.

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Topics: Healthcare Industry, Legal and Regulatory

GA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Provisions Overview

Posted by Medical Association of Georgia on Jun 20, 2017 1:30:00 PM

 

MagMutual and the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) are encouraging all Georgia physicians to review the following summary of H.B. 249, an omnibus bill by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) that Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law on May 4. The bill is designed to address opioid abuse in the state. Note that the bill’s provisions will go into effect at different times.

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Topics: Healthcare Industry, Legal and Regulatory

Coordination of Care: Keep Patient Info from Falling through Cracks

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Jun 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Accurate information about a patient’s past history is vital for decision making in every physician-patient interaction. In addition, proper documentation is essential for care that may be provided in the future by yourself or other physicians. Coordination of care is as much of a patient safety challenge as making an accurate diagnosis or ordering the appropriate treatment. The path of care from the initial complaint to completion of treatment is far from seamless. Sometimes it can be full of obstacles – such as the potential to misunderstand or not see important information, including details that could pose serious risks for the patient. Many medical liability cases involve poorly coordinated care that results in harm to a patient.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Healthcare Industry

Medicaid Fraud Control Units Report Nearly $2 Billion in Recoveries

Posted by Scott R. Grubman, Esq. on May 25, 2017 1:05:00 PM

On March 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) published data regarding the enforcement activities of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs) across the country during fiscal year 2016.

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Topics: Healthcare Industry, Legal and Regulatory

MACRA is here – and what you don’t know can hurt you!

Posted by Guest Writer on May 19, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you participate in Medicare Part B and if you don’t take action before October 2nd you will receive a 4% negative payment adjustment in 2019.

What is MACRA?

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) repealed the Sustainable Growth Rate methodology used to update physician fee schedule reimbursement and replaced it with a new reimbursement model, the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  Through MACRA physicians will fall into one of two tracks:

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Topics: Healthcare Industry, Legal and Regulatory

5 Tips for Physician Recruiting

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on May 18, 2017 12:27:00 PM

Physician recruiting is a fact of life for any practice. Whether it’s replacing a retiring solo practitioner, adding an employee physician to a three-person partnership, or adding additional manpower to a large, multi-specialty clinic, physician recruitment is inevitable and the financial stakes are high. 

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Topics: Hospital Management, Healthcare Industry, Practice Management

Hospital Advisory:  Should Hospital Security Officers Be Armed?

Posted by Chet Crockett on May 11, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In light of continued reports of violent incidents in healthcare facilities, healthcare professionals are debating whether arming their security officers will improve safety for patients.

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Topics: Hospital Management, Patient Safety, Healthcare Industry

Developing Resilience and Avoiding Physician Burnout, Part Four

Posted by Marshaleen King, MD on May 9, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The Road to Recovery Once Burnout Occurs

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Topics: Patient Safety, Healthcare Industry

Developing Resilience and Avoiding Physician Burnout, Part Three

Posted by Marshaleen King, MD on Apr 25, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Self-Care as a Path to Resilience

Resilient persons typically engage in positive thinking and are willing to face challenges. They seldom get frustrated when problems arise and they usually rebound from adversity. Although some people believe resilience is innate, this trait can be developed using a number of techniques. Self-care is a central component of

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Topics: Patient Safety, Healthcare Industry

Physicians Prone to Medical Liability Claims

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Apr 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM

NEJM Study shows 1% of physicians accounted for one-third of all paid claims

A study in the January 2016 New England Journal of Medicine[1] analyzed paid medical liability claims, (an indemnity payment made to an injured party), and the physician’s name was reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) to determine if the characteristics of claim-prone physicians could be identified.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Healthcare Industry