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WVAFP Represented at the 2016 Family Medicine Congressional Conference on Capitol Hill

Tracy Hendeshot, MD; Kimberly Becher, and MD Louie Olive, with Representative Evan Jenkins

Tracy Hendeshot, MD; Kimberly Becher, and MD Louie Olive, with Representative Evan Jenkins

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Deadline for Un-enrolled Medicaid Prescribers Extended

At the January meeting of the Medical Services Fund Advisory Council Vicki Cunningham, BMS Pharmacy Director, reported that as of March 14, 2016, Medicaid would not pay for prescriptions if they were not written by a WV Medicaid enrolled provider. CMS has given states an extension on this deadline and it is now June 1, 2016. It is important to note that you may be employed by an entity that bills West Virginia Medicaid for your medical services, prescriptions written by you cannot be covered unless you are also enrolled.

To enroll as a West Virginia Medicaid provider, please contact Molina Provider Enrollment at 888-483-0793. If you are a physician assistant, the practice or physician with whom you are employed must call Molina Provider Enrollment to enroll you as an ordering/rendering provider. If you have questions, please contact the Pharmacy Services Program at 304-558-1700 or at DHHRMedicaidPharmacist@wv.gov.

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Update Regarding Posting and Use of Driver Examination Forms

Update Regarding Posting and Use of Driver Examination Forms

The Medical Examiner’s Certification Integration final rule requires certified Medical Examiners (MEs) to continue using the current driver examination forms found on the FMCSA website until December 22, 2015 and to use the newly revised driver examination forms discussed in the final rule beginning December 22, 2015.

As a result of the unexpected delays in posting the final versions of the newly revised driver examination forms and recognizing that MEs need to have access to the forms prior to the effective date for a number of reasons, FMCSA will allow MEs to use both the current and newly revised versions of the Medical Examination Report Form and Medical Examiner’s Certificate from December 22, 2015 until April 20, 2016. The Agency has published a Federal Register notice announcing this guidance which is accessible by clicking the link below.

Federal Register Notice Use of Driver Examination Forms

Both the current and newly revised versions of the driver examination forms are available on the FMCSA website. In addition, the final versions of the newly revised driver examination forms have been posted in the Resource Center of the National Registry website and are accessible by clicking on the links below.

Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA-5875

Medical Examiner’s Certificate (MEC), Form MCSA-5876

A sample CMV Driver Medical Examination Results Form, MCSA-5850 has been posted in the Resource Center of the National Registry website and is accessible by clicking on the link below. Because the CMV Driver Medical Examination Results Form, MCSA-5850 is an electronic form and only available through the ME’s National Registry account, the sample is a representation of what MEs will see when entering CMV driver examination results into the National Registry system. MEs are required to continue to report CMV driver medical examination results by accessing their National Registry accounts and completing the MCSA-5850 online.

CMV Driver Medical Examination Results Form, MCSA-5850 (Sample)


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov
Medical Review Board Website: mrb.fmcsa.dot.gov
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Website: nrcme.fmcsa.dot.gov

Please do not respond to this email. If you have questions or comments about FMCSA, the MRB, or the National Registry, please send an email to fmcsamedical@dot.gov.

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Tracy Hendershot, MD presenting at South East Forum in Norfolk, VA on Aug. 14, 2014

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New AAFP Physician’s Blog Post From One of Our Own: “Do No Harm”

Do No Harm: When Is a Physician Too Sick to Work?

More than 80 percent of health care professionals go to work when they are sick, potentially putting patients and colleagues at risk. Read what one of our own WV AAFP members, Kimberly Becher, M.D., has to say in the latest Fresh Perspectives blog post. Click the clink below:

http://blogs.aafp.org/cfr/freshperspectives/entry/do_no_harm_when_is

 

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Million Hearts: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model

“The Million Hearts®: CVD Model is a randomized-controlled trial that seeks to bridge a gap in cardiovascular care by providing targeted incentives for providers to engage in individual CVD risk calculation and population-level risk management. Instead of focusing on the individual components of risk, participating practices will engage in risk stratification across a patient panel to identify those at highest risk for ASCVD. ”  Read more about the above exert at the link below:

http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Million-Hearts-CVDRRM/

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NEW Educational Program- Rethink Prescription Opioids for Chronic Pain

If you are confused or frustrated with respect to some aspects of opioid prescribing, you are not alone.1 We as health care professionals are responsible for providing relief to our patients with chronic pain without exposing them or others to unnecessary risks.2 With opioid therapy, this may be easier said than done.
While the real and growing problem of prescription opioid abuse may cause some of us to avoid prescribing these medications,1  the Rethink Opioids initiative presents a different approach. Our approach was developed through the joint efforts of a diverse Steering Committee and the sponsor of the initiative, Pfizer Inc.—a collaboration referred to as PROJECT ROOT. We believe that, by rethinking opioid medications for chronic pain, we can help encourage clinically appropriate use of these agents as part of an overall pain management plan, while helping protect patients, their families, our practices, and society from the known risks of opioids.
Click HERE to find practical information, resources, and tools to help you cultivate appropriate opioid prescribing in your practice. We hope you will join us in this effort.
Sincerely,
The PROJECT ROOT Steering Committee,
for the
Rethink Opioids initiative

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