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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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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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The New Opioid Prescribing Law (AB474)

Well, it’s been over eight months since the new opioid law went into effect, and I think it’s safe to say that the dust has settled to some extent. Most practitioners have a good understanding of the reasoning behind the law, and the intent of the laws in an effort to battle the opioid crisis. Unfortunately, however, when the new law took effect January 1st, many prescribers were taken by surprise due to the numerous procedural changes that the new law required. Uncertainty about the law created significant confusion and heightened anxiety for those who prescribe controlled substances.

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How do you measure a year?

My, how our city and the Clark County Medical Society has changed over the past year. On 1 October, a madman with an arsenal unleashed on a country music festival and many of you rushed to local hospitals, donned surgical gowns, gloves and masks and jumped in ready and willing to help save lives, even to help perform procedures or assist in ways you hadn’t done since residencies.

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Dedication and Commitment.

We see stories about physicians all the time. Occasionally we find one that truly stands out.

Humans of New York started as a photoblog and book of street portraits. It was created by photographer Brandon Stanton. It has a tremendous social media following. In May of 2016 it ran a photograph and one paragraph story on Dr. Michael P. La Quaglia, Chief Pediatric Surgeon at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

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We are here for our physicians.

In July, the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) received the American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Profiles of Excellence President’s Award in recognition of the society’s outstanding work on educating their members about new opioid laws in Nevada. As Executive Director of CCMS, it was my honor to accept this award on behalf of this incredible organization. It is our job to help doctors do their job and provide quality health care to their patients, our community, and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many physicians of CCMS who made this program possible. There is still more work to be done, and rest assured we are still working on this important issue.

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