In Honor of Las Vegas' Doctors

Over the past few years, I have been incredibly fortunate enough to receive a few honors and awards.  I received the annual Philanthropic Award from Planned Parenthood, awarded the “Healthcare Hero” Award from Las Vegas HEALS and the Person of the Year Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Then, I was fortunate enough to get to become President of the Clark County Medical Society, which was a very proud moment in my life.  To be honest, I am fairly vain and every time I receive a plaque or an award, I hang it on my office wall.  My medical partner makes fun of me asking me when I plan to hang my Junior Varsity wrestling letter on my wall.  So, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, the award that I accepted on behalf of the physicians of the Clark County Medical Society in January for the heroic actions of October 1st, is, by far, the most honored that I have ever been in my life.

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AB474: Is Your Practice Ready?

Every Nevadan, whether physician, patient, or citizen, has been impacted by the prevalence of opioids in our community. In response to the nationwide opioid epidemic and the effects felt in Nevada, Governor Sandoval brought forth legislation known as the Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Act (AB474). Passed unanimously by the legislature, AB474 goes into effect on January 1, 2018 and will impact all prescriptions for controlled substances, although most provisions of the law uniquely apply to controlled substances prescribed to treat pain.

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Kicking into High Gear

Clark County Medical Society has kicked 2018 off in high-gear with a few positive changes here at CCMS, including new staff, new programming, our long-awaited new and improved website and database management system. This means a simpler process for you to update your contact information, pay your dues, and reserve your spot for CME’s and other quality CCMS programs.

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Preventing and controlling influenza - February SNHD Update

After the first of the year, flu activity increased throughout most of the United States and reports questioning the effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine were widespread in the media. Many of these reports were based on Australia’s interim estimate of the vaccine’s benefit against one flu virus (H3N2) that circulated during past flu seasons. Because vaccine effectiveness cannot be accurately predicted during a current season, it is too soon to evaluate this year’s match to the strains of flu currently circulating. However, last season’s vaccine effectiveness in the United States was estimated at 39 percent, and the effectiveness against H3N2 viruses was only slightly lower at 32 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that these estimates are better at forecasting the flu vaccine benefits for the United States. This is assuming there are minimal changes to the current viruses that are circulating. 

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Working Together on AB 474

Well, it is finally here. AB 474 and all of its components are now the law of the land. If you are a physician that does not to have to prescribe scheduled medications, you can consider yourself lucky. It is rare to see physicians from every specialty and subspecialty united in something, however, it seems that every physician that I know is united in the fact that they do not like this law. Obviously, there are physicians that over-prescribe opioids, however, the other 99 percent of physicians are now forced to understand all the aspects of this law before they write a prescription, or their license could be revoked.   

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