Value-based, quality and performance reimbursement programs continue to evolve

By William H. Maruca, Esquire on May 1, 2019 11:34:39 AM

Quality of care and efficiency are elusive concepts that third-party payors have been struggling to measure as they attempt to transition away from traditional fee-for-service reimbursement models. One recent local approach may impact both primary care physicians (PCPs) and specialists depending on how the payor uses the data it has gathered.

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January 2019 Bulletin Available

By Allegheny County Medical Society on Jan 23, 2019 11:11:00 AM


Editorial - 6
New Year’s resolutions
Deval (Reshma) Paranjpe, MD, FACS

Editorial - 8
Therapeutic nihilism and psychiatry
Robert H. Howland, MD

Perspective - 10
Interconception Care: Preventive care for future pregnancies
Sukanya Srinivasan, MD, MPH

Perspective - 11
Should we recommend yoga to patients?
Tanmayee Bichile, MD

Perspective - 14
The 50th anniversary of the heart transplant
Kris A. Gopal, MD, FACS


Society News - 16
• Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society
• Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division
• 2018 ACMS board chair recognized
• ACMS announces publication of history of medicine book
Activities & Accolades - 20


Feature - 22
2019 ACMS president and officers

Materia Medica - 26
FDA approves first direct-to-consumer pharmacogenetic test
Karen M. Fancher, PharmD, BCOP

Legal Report - 29
Pa. Patient Test Result Information Act imposes new notice requirements
Basil G. Joy, Esq.
William H. Maruca, Esq.
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Opioid update: New federal law and physician subpoenas for records and depositions

By Danielle Dietrich, Esq. on Jan 4, 2019 2:11:09 PM

On Oct. 24, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and  Communities Act, also known as the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (H.R.6).1 According to the White House, this Act “addresses the opioid crisis by reducing access to and the supply of opioids and by expanding access to prevention, treatment and recovery services.”2

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Mandatory Opioid Training – Know the Requirements

By William H. Maruca, Esquire on Oct 25, 2018 2:46:13 PM


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Federal and Pennsylvania Telehealth Developments

By Mike Cassidy, Esq on Sep 17, 2018 12:38:00 PM

  1. Introduction

CMS has been actively promoting telehealth since 2000, when Social Security Act §1834(m) was adopted, and CMS has continued to expand the covered telehealth services. Pennsylvania is a late comer to the telehealth legislative field, but its proposed Telemedicine Act is a comprehensive payment parity and state licensing/enabling piece of legislation.

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September 2018 Bulletin Available

By Allegheny County Medical Society on Sep 15, 2018 12:32:00 PM

Medical Editor.......................330
Explore Pittsburgh’s Hottest New Restaurants
Deval (Reshma) Paranjpe, MD, FACS

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