Measles Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting 465 cases of measles in 19 states so far this year. This is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated in 2000. The Southern Nevada Health District reported two confirmed cases of measles in Clark County the last six months. The CDC is urging people to protect themselves before traveling, especially to international destinations.

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March 30th is National Doctor's Day!

Did you know there is a National Doctor’s Day? Yes, it’s for real and in the United States, it is a holiday which is celebrated annually on March 30th. National Doctor’s Day honors physicians for the work they do for their patients, their communities, and society as a whole. On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and our loved ones.

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Medical Education in Nevada: a Team Approach

It is no surprise that Nevada, and moreover Las Vegas, needs more physicians. We are near the bottom of physician to patient ratios and would need to add thousands of new physicians just to get to the 50th percentile. Recruitment of physicians can be problematic, as some see Las Vegas as the party destination it is portrayed as in the movies—they do not see the schools, community, and cultural offerings such as the Smith Center or Nevada Ballet Theatre that many of us have fallen in love with as residents of this great city. There are few places better to move one’s family and practice medicine—though reimbursement rates continue to be an issue, opportunity abounds.

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The Vaping Epidemic.

The Surgeon General of the United States has declared that vaping is an epidemic among U.S. teens.

An epidemic refers to an increase, often suddenly, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area. A pandemic refers to an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting many people.

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Health District issues call-to-action to achieve 90-90-90 goal in Nevada

The Southern Nevada Health District issued a call-to-action to community partners and health care providers to implement HIV/AIDS interventions and strategies to achieve the goal of 90-90-90 in Nevada. The 90-90-90 concept is part of a broader framework of goals introduced by the United Nations to eliminate HIV/AIDS as a public health threat. It is based on the principle that 90 percent of people who are infected with HIV will be diagnosed, 90 percent of those diagnosed will be treated with antiretrovirals, and 90 percent of those receiving treatment will be virally suppressed.

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How Technology is Advancing Medicine and Saving Lives

The Clark County Medical Society is proud to partner with the Las Vegas Medical District, the city of Las Vegas, Valley Hospital Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain health, Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging and UMC to host a free town hall for the general public and stakeholders focusing on cutting-edge technology and innovation used by medical facilities within the Las Vegas Medical District.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We hope your 2019 is off to good start -- I also hope that in the past year, you noticed all the changes underway at CCMS. From the hiring of new staff to rolling out a new website, expanding and creating new programs and preparing to unveil a new database system that will ease all of our lives - 2018 was definitively a year for the books.

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Prior Authorization Must Go.

Prior Authorization (PA) is a process that requires physicians and hospitals to obtain approval from an insurance company or other payer to qualify for payment before they can deliver the prescribed treatment or ordered service their patients need. It is used by payers as a utilization-management tool to control costs and, traditionally, was applied mainly to newer or more expensive services and medications. Physicians have reported an increase in prior-authorization burdens, and this may in part be due to payers placing PA requirements on commonly prescribed drugs and services that are neither new nor costly.

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2018: A Year in Review.

It’s been an eventful year at the Clark County Medical Society! We’ve added two new members to the team (soon to be three), upgraded our County Line Magazine and CCMS website, and hosted a series of great events and programs for our members and the community as a whole. Before we hit the ground running in 2019, Let’s look back on some of the incredible things your medical society has been up to.

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Happy Holidays from CCMS!

Happy Holidays from the team here at the Clark County Medical Society! Tis the season to celebrate and be joyful for the blessings in our lives and our organization. There is much to celebrate here at CCMS, including advancements in technology, our strong leadership and Board of Trustees, our partners, and of course you, our members.

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1000 Cases.

After the infamous Libby Zion case, there was a movement to limit medical resident work hours. At that time, our General Surgery program had us doing in-house call 3 days a week, and typically working upwards of 120 hours a week.

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Local high school students experience a day in the life of a doctor

Local high school students interested in a career in medicine got the opportunity to shadow a doctor for a day, courtesy of the Clark County Medical Society’s Youth MiniMED Internship program.

The program, which will took place October 1-11, helped students from local magnet, private, and public high schools who are interested in a career in medicine experience a half or full day “internship”, where they were able to follow a physician through appointments, surgeries, and more.

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