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October 17, 2018

FMA 2018 Annual Meeting Resolutions Update

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September 11, 2018

AWARENESS TIP SHEET

Throughout the year dozens of health awareness days, weeks and months are designated and supported by organizations in an effort to bring attention to health and social issues.  The Indian River County Medical Society is pleased to alert you to both national and local activities that will hopefully prove useful as you plan editorial and talk show content and topics for speakers.

Attached below are just a few of the important awareness dates for September and October.  For more information or questions, contact DeAnna Hines at deannahines60@gmail.com or 404-509-4324.

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July 13, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: 772-562-0123, Shelley Stuven, Executive Director

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY INSTALLS 2018 OFFICERS; PRESENTS WE CARE AWARDS

VERO BEACH –The Indian River County Medical Society installed its 2018 officers at a meeting, held at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.

The Indian River County Medical Society, founded in 1947, is a non-profit, professional association comprised entirely of M.D. and D.O. physicians.

On hand to conduct the installation was Florida Medical Association President-Elect Cory L. Howard, M.D., who also updated members about current legislative issues affecting physicians and patients.

The 2018 IRCMS officers are: Laurie Welton, D.O., President; James Shafer, M.D., Vice President; Arley Peter, M.D., Secretary and Diego Maldonado, M.D, Treasurer. Outgoing President Harold Cordner, M.D., was presented with a plaque for his two years of service as President.

Also during the meeting, the annual We Care Awards were presented to four We Care volunteer physicians for providing service to the We Care program and patients above and beyond what was expected. Presented by Dennis Saver, M.D. and Nancy Baker, M.D., the 2018 awards were given to: Omar Hussamy, M.D.; Charles Mackett, III, M.D.; Michael Munz, M.D.; and William Stanton, M.D.

The We Care Program, founded in 1991, offers free specialty health care to indigent Indian River County residents, which is provided by over 130 volunteer physicians and other health care professionals.

The next meeting of the IRCMS will be September 5, 2018 at Capt Hirams Resort in Sebastian.

For more information about the Indian River County Medical Society visit on line at www.IRCMS.org; We Care Program at www.WeCareofIRC.org or call 772-562-0123.

HB 21: FLORIDA'S NEW LAW ON CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PRESCRIBING
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Highlights of Key Provisions

Acute Pain:
The normal, predicted, physiological, and time-limited response to an adverse chemical, thermal, or mechanical stimulus associated with surgery, trauma, or acute illness.

Does not include pain related to (1) Cancer; (2) a Terminal Condition; (3) Palliative Care; or (4) a Traumatic Injury with an Injury Severity Score of 9 or greater.

Prescribing Limits:
When prescribing a Schedule II opioid for the treatment of acute pain, you may not exceed a 3-day supply. UNLESS, in your professional judgment, more than a 3-day supply is medically necessary to treat the patient’s acute pain, AND you indicate “ACUTE PAIN EXCEPTION “ on the prescription, AND you document in the patient’s medical records the acute medical condition and lack of alternative treatment options that justify deviation from the 3 day supply, then you can prescribe up to a 7-day supply.

If you write a prescription for any Schedule II controlled substance (not just an opioid) for chronic pain, or for pain that is excluded from the definition of acute pain (see above), then you must indicate “NONACUTE PAIN” on the prescription.

Emergency Opioid Antagonist:
If you prescribe a Schedule II controlled substance for the treatment of pain related to a traumatic injury with an Injury Severity Score of 9 or greater, you must concurrently prescribe an emergency opioid antagonist.

Florida’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program:
Prior to prescribing or dispensing any controlled substance (except for a non-opioid Schedule V) to a patient 16 or older, you must first review the patient’s controlled substance dispensing history in the E-FORCSE database. If the database is nonoperational or cannot be accessed because of a temporary technological or electrical failure, you do not have to check the database but you must document the reason why and you cannot prescribe more than a 3-day supply of the controlled substance.

Continuing Medical Education:
If you have a Florida license to practice medicine, and you are registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe controlled substances, you must complete the mandatory 2-hour controlled substance prescribing course prior to January 31, 2019.

For more information on obtaining CME’s through the FMA go to:
http:/www.flmedical.org/florida/ (CME cost: FMA members, free; non-members $75)

(This is a summary of the provisions of HB 21, provided for convenience purposes only. For complete information please consult the text of the legislation at https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/21/BillText/er/PDF or access the state-mandated course at https://flmedical.inreachce.com)

**GUIDE AVAILABLE**
The Opioid Practice Risk guide published by The Doctors Company is available upon request – contact Shelley Stuven at the IRCMS office at ircdocs@bellsouth,net or 772-562-0123.

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