You may have heard rumors about a federal mandate that requires dentists to begin utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) or have "paperless" offices by 2014. These rumors are not accurate. There are no mandates that require electronic health records in 2014. However, dentists who accept Medicare patients and are eligible for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will face a payment reduction in their Medicare reimbursement for failure to implement “meaningful use” of EHRs starting in 2015.
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The Washington Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is a great resource for all licensed prescribing healthcare professionals throughout the country. Also known as Prescription Review, the PMP is a secure online database used to improve public health by giving practitioners access to their patient’s prescription history information before prescribing or dispensing controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and V); this enables practitioners to look for any drug interactions, duplicate prescribing, possible misuse, or other potential concerns
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing recommendations regarding a more restrictive classification of hydrocodone-containing combination drug products (HCCs). These recommendations are the result of an increasing concern related to the abuse and misuse of opioid products, which over the years has become a prevalent issue in certain parts of the United States, especially among teens and adults.
Last Friday, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held a public meeting to discuss ongoing business before the commission. Here are the highlights: