Shown: Outgoing Society President Alexander Weingarten MD, left, passes the gavel to incoming President, Richard Gasalberti MD.
Shown: HEADACHE: AN ARMCHAIR DISCUSSION with Board Director, Dr. Grace Forde at Podium. Seated Left to Right – Dawn Buse PhD, Robert Duarte MD, and special guest lecturer Roger Cady MD.
Shown: Insys Therapeutics Scholars with Alexander Weingarten MD, center, Ted Stanley MD, center rear, and Robin L. Hoyle, JD, Executive Director, NYSPS, second from right.
Utah Attorney General, Sean D. Reyes States, Abuse-Deterrent Formulations (ADF) Is A Smart Way To Battle Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse has reached epidemic proportions in communities across our country. Approximately 15 million adolescents and adults abused prescription drugs in the past year. Abuse is the leading cause of accidental death in the country, with 44 Americans dying each day from overdosing on prescription painkillers.
No state is immune. In my own state of Utah, abuse has gone up by nearly 400 percent in recent years, with 24 people dying each month because of prescription drug overdoses. Utah now ranks fourth among states for drug poisoning deaths, and deaths have outpaced fatalities from other factors, such as motor vehicle crashes.<read more>…
New York Medical Treatment Guidelines | Effective December 15, 2014
Below are the latest editions of the New York Medical Treatment Guidelines, which are effective for dates of treatment on or after December 15, 2014. Each of the guidelines is available FREE in PDF format for download and printing <read more…>
CPT has updated the documentation requirements for the “Social History” portion of the Consult/Visit codes for new patients. This change is mandatory for all dictations which represent a comprehensive history (required to bill either Level 4 or Level 5 new patient encounters); because this change originates with CPT it will be mandatory for all insurance carriers. Previously the requirements for “Social History” were:
“An age appropriate review of past and current activities that includes significant information about:
- Marital status and/or living arrangements
- Current employment
- Occupational history
- Use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
- Level of education
- Sexual history
- Other relevant social factors”
The bulleted list has now been expanded to also include:
- Military history
Therefore, if the patient is of an age where past/current military service might be possible, it should be questioned and documented as you dictate. If that patient did not serve in the military that should also be documented as part of the history.