Illness in Clark County resident linked to vaping

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s first confirmed case of severe respiratory illness linked to e-cigarette products in a person under the age of 18. The youth was hospitalized with respiratory symptoms that met the case definition established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A pulmonary infection has not been identified. The patient was released from the hospital and is recovering. 

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West Nile Virus Update

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting Clark County’s sixth case of West Nile virus. The individual is a female under the age of 50 who has the neuroinvasive form of the illness. West Nile virus is considered endemic in Clark County, having first been identified in 2005. This new case is a reminder to the public of the importance of preventing mosquito bites and eliminating breeding sources around their homes. The Health District is also alerting the community to the ongoing outbreak in the mosquito population. The West Nile and St. Louis encephalitis viruses are being actively transmitted from infected birds to mosquitoes, which then places the public at increased risk for disease.

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Six Valley Health System Hospitals Earn Honors for Stroke Care

In its ongoing commitment to the rapid evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of stroke, the six hospitals of The Valley Health System (VHS) have all received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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Health District declares acute hepatitis A outbreak in Clark County

The Southern Nevada Health District has confirmed a significant increase in the number of acute hepatitis A cases in Clark County. Between January 1, 2019, and May 31, 2019, there have been 37 reported acute hepatitis A cases, compared to 17 reported cases in 2018, no reported case in 2017, and six reported cases in 2016 during the same period. People who are at increased risk for infection of hepatitis A include people who use drugs and those experiencing homelessness. Of the 37 reported cases, 86 percent were people who used drugs, and 65 percent were among people experiencing homelessness.

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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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