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Almost 50 percent of physician groups reported that they have not heard from their electronic health record vendor about when ICD-10 software changes or upgrades will be available for their practice, according to a report by Medical Group Management Association- American College of Medical Practice Executives.
The average per capita expenditure for a professional service was $1,566 and surgery made up 17.4 percent of spending, according to an HCCI report.
Published in Practice Management
A new report from the Vermont Medical Society's Education and Research Foundation shows physicians in the state are stressed about their vital role in the fight against prescription drug abuse, according to Vermont Public Radio.
Published in Pain Management
Physicians, healthcare professionals and medical students should be wary of social media blurring the line between their professional and personal lives, according to a recent British Medical Association report.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has proposed a bill that would require physicians and pharmacists to use an electronic database of a patient's prescription history when writing and filling a prescription for certain narcotics, according to a Times Union report.

Physicians and pharmacists would use the database, called the Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing and which has up-to-the-minute information on pertinent patient information and prescription details, before dispensing narcotics such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and Xanax, the report said.

Physicians or pharmacists who fail to report information to the database, fail to review patient data before prescribing or disclose and dispense private patient information to a third party may be fined.

The report said the proposed bill aims to stop drug seekers and curb prescription drug trafficking.

Read the Times Union report on I-STOP.

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Roughly 81,000 physicians in hospitals, clinics and private offices have registered for help to apply for electronic health record bonuses, but only 31,000 work in small group practices, according to an ONC figure in an iWatch News investigative report.
According to a report by ABC News, Florida authorities report that 34 pain patients treated just in 2011 by Joseph Hernandez, MD, are dead and they are considering pressing charges against him for those deaths.
Published in Pain Management
The trial for Dewey C. MacKay, MD, an orthopedic surgeon who is accused of prescribing 3.5 million painkillers over a four year period, is set to begin soon, according to a Cache Valley Daily report.
Published in Pain Management
A U.S. Army task force has recommended shifting from simply dispensing pain medications to using a much wider armamentarium of pain management techniques, according to a report by the Marine Corps Times.
Published in Pain Management

As part of its crackdown on pill mills, Ohio is now requiring physicians engaged in pain treatments to take continuing medical education courses on pain management, according to a report by PainWeek.

Published in Pain Management
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