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Recognition and Reporting of Child Abuse Important Notice
​For licensed physicians in Pennsylvania, a three-hour child abuse reporting course only counts as two hours towards your 100 total hours for licensure renewal according to both state boards of  medicine. CME deadline is Dec. 31 for MDs. Don't wait until the deadline to take the course. Once you complete state-approved training, it must be processed by the state before you can renew your license. Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) offers an approved online course.
 
See more on license renewal.

PAMED President Speaks About Two Challenges: Opioids, ACA
As the newly sworn in president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, Dr. Charles Cutler discussed two major concerns with Philadelphia Inquirer readers. Dr. Cutler, a long time Norristown internist and PAMED and MCMS member for more than 35 years, spoke recently about where medicine is and where it is headed. Read the article.

MCMS Physician Magazine Call for Articles 
MCMS Physician provides comprehensive information on issues concerning quality health care in Montgomery County. Members are encouraged to  submit articles for our upcoming winter issue and subsequent issues.
The deadline to submit articles for the winter issue is Dec. 12, but again we can accept articles for subsequent issues. Submissions and inquiries should be sent to Toyca Williams, MCMS Physician Deputy Editor,
mailto:montmedsoc@verizon.net


Pa. Senate Holding Regional Telephone Town Halls on Opioid Abuse
There were 3,383 drug-related overdose deaths reported in Pennsylvania in 2015, an increase of 23 percent over 2014, according to a recent Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report. It's clear that the Commonwealth is in the midst of an opioid abuse crisis, and Pennsylvania legislators are among those taking action to address the epidemic.

Sen. Gene Yaw and the Senate Republican Caucus are holding a series of Telephone Town Hall events over the coming months to offer Pennsylvania residents the opportunity to connect with and learn from local experts on the heroin and opioid crisis. The Southeast region tele-town hall is scheduled for Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. Read more for call-in details.


Pennsylvania Bill Limiting Retroactive Denials by Insurers Signed into Law
On Nov. 4, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill which will ban retroactive denial of reimbursement by insurers to health care providers under certain circumstances. The law represents a significant improvement from current retroactive review practices. Learn more.


Get Answers on How New State Laws Affect Physician Responsibilities Connect to the PDMP
PAMED has heard from physicians asking for clarification on new laws that updated the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) law and also set certain prescribing practices for opioids and benzodiazepines. PAMED’s Quick Consult answers common questions and explains how prescriber responsibilities differ from the original PDMP law. Learn more.


By the Numbers: A Fall 2016 PDMP Update for Pa. Physicians
Now that the state's PDMP has been live for more than two months, physicians have been asking how the program is progressing. Check out the latest numbers and news.
Learn more.


Physician Leaders Address Maintenance of Certification, Call for Financial Transparency from ABIM 
At the Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates (AMA HOD) on Nov. 12-15, PAMED continued its role as a national leader in the fight to ensure a fairer Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process for all physicians. PAMED called for financial transparency by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and AMA policy related to MOC that addresses issues of significant and continuing concern to physicians.
Read more for details.


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