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Read Dr. Kimberly Becher’s new blog- Diagnosis Dangerous: “What Do You Do When a Patient is Armed, Hostile?”
The AAFP has been working diligently to make sure you and your practice know all the ins and outs of the the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that was signed into law in April 2015. It’s setting up groundbreaking changes to the way physicians are paid by Medicare, and we want YOU to be aware of how this legislation can impact your practice.
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April 15, 2016 – Jeffrey Ashley MD, a family physician from Charleston, WV was the recipient of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians highest award – Family Doctor of the Year for 2016. The award was presented by Adam Breinig, DO during the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (WVAFP) 64th Annual Scientific Assembly banquet on April 15th, 2016 at The Clay Center in Charleston, WV. Dr. Ashley was surrounded by his family – wife Gail and four children – Aaron, Isaac, Caleb and Rachel, along with CAMC Family Practice Residency Program staff and residents.
The Family Doctor of the Year Award honors an outstanding, community-minded family physician who provides compassionate, comprehensive care. In addition to his role as Medical Director for the Doc for a Day program, Dr. Becker was recognized for being a role model to medical students and resident physicians as well as to his physician colleagues. He is noted for his tireless devotion to improving the quality of life for his patients and bettering his community.
Dr. Jeffrey Ashley, R.PH, MD, FAAFP, FASAM graduated from WVU Pharmacy School in 1980, practiced as a retail pharmacist in Kingwood, WV from 1980 to 1981, graduated from WVU Medical School in 1985, and completed his residency at WVU Charleston Family Practice Department in 1988 where he joined their faculty. He established rural practice in Sissonville in 1988 through the WVU Charleston Family Practice Department and served as Program Director for 1992-1999. He is currently the Chair of the CAMC Family Practice Department (formerly WVU-Charleston Program). In addition, he initiated and maintained a medication assisted treatment program for opiate abuse at Prestera in Dunbar and Danville, WV from 2008 to present, obtained Board Certification in Addiction Medicine 2014, and became a Fellow in 2016.
Founded in 1948, the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians represents more than 1,000 physicians and medical students statewide. It is the largest medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care. The West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians is a chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP’s positions on issues and clinical are, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit www.aafp.org/media. For information about healthcare, health conditions and and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer Web site, www.FamilyDoctor.org
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.
Attention: PHYSICIANS, PA’s, NP’s & Chiropractors
DOT TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NATIONAL
REGISTRY OF MEDICAL EXAMINERS
Thursday, April 14, 2016 @ 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Embassy Suites, Charleston, WV
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.
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.
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.
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: