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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New Year’s resolutions
Deval (Reshma) Paranjpe, MD, FACS
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Therapeutic nihilism and psychiatry
Robert H. Howland, MD
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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
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• Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society
• Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society – Western Division
• 2018 ACMS board chair recognized
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2019 ACMS president and officers
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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.
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
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.