2017 Medical Records Fees Posted

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E-cigarettes are dangerous, too

The surgeon general’s latest report should spur state and local action

By Drs. Karen Hacker and Lawrence R. John

Last week, the surgeon general issued a report on the hazards of electronic cigarettes, the first of its kind. Of particular note is that e-cigarette use has increased 900 percent among youths nationwide over the past five years.

In Allegheny County, according to a Pennsylvania survey, 25 percent of 10th-graders and 28 percent of 12th-graders smoke e-cigarettes compared to a range statewide of 20 percent to 27 percent.


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ACHD.net – View/download Public comments and health department responses PDF, opens in new window to regulations pertaining to the use of e-cigarettes.



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December 2016 BULLETIN Available

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Feature ………………………….. 452
2016 ACMSF award winners
Christina E. Morton

Materia Medica ……………….. 458
Combination inhalers for COPD
Maria Kiraly, PharmD

Legal Report ………………….. 460
Macranomics: Summary and timetable
Michael A. Cassidy, Esq.

Materia Medica ……………….. 462
Suvorexant (Belsomra) for insomnia
Nathan Lamberton, PharmD
Nicole Payette, PharmD, BCPS

Legal Report ………………….. 464
Pennsylvania’s new opioid laws and how they impact physicians
Lauren N. Rulli, Esq.

Special Report ……………….. 466
International refugees have unique medical needs
Kerry McGee, MD

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Survival of Physicians in a Value-Based World

We’re past the tipping point as we proceed headlong into new market-driven accountability for quality, cost, and value. As employers and payers demand proven, value-based health care, and the market shifts from rewarding volume to rewarding value, physicians must be able to demonstrate the highest standard of care to effectively remain competitive for the foreseeable future. It’s not something we should do — it’s something we must do.


Information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and commercial payers indicates this value shift will account for a significant portion of physician reimbursement within just a few short years.


As payment models quickly change, employers and payers are demanding greater accountability. Physicians are in a unique position to work together to co-create meaningful solutions that result in the highest quality of patient care available and the appropriate rewards for its delivery.

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