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  •    Top ISMS Headlines September 26, 2014


    Effective October 6

    Hydrocodone Combination Products Reclassified in Effort to Combat Drug Abuse

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a final rule to reschedule highly addictive hydrocodone combination products (HCPs)from Schedule III to Schedule II, effective Oct. 6, 2014.

    ISMS encourages physicians to notify patients who have HCP prescriptions regarding the steps required to obtain prescriptions after October 6.

    While the DEA has indicated that valid refills for prescriptions filled prior to October 6 can be honored up until April 8, 2015, most pharmacies will not honor refills: new prescriptions will be required.

    Check out ISMS' newly updated medical legal guideline,Rules Regarding Prescription of Schedule II Controlled Substances, covering the DEA's final rule on HCPs. 


    Soon Patients Can Access their Own Lab Reports - and Might Beat You to It

    Effective October 6, patients will be able to access their lab results directly from the laboratory that performed the service.

    Currently, only the ordering practitioner, the treating practitioner or the performing lab are allowed direct access to patients' lab reports.

    In about a week, patients may begin accessing their reports … maybe even before you had a chance to review them!

    Learn what this means for your practice by accessing ISMS' new Issue Brief, Amendments Will Allow Patient Access to Lab Reports. For members only.

    This change is a result of amendments to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

    Questions? Please contact the ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or by email.

    Medicare EHR Incentive Program

    Window Closing for 90-Day Reporting Period this Year - Must Start no Later Than October 3

    Attention first-year Medicare eligible professionals new to meaningful use: To still fit in the 90-day reporting period during 2014, the last day you can start attesting to demonstrate meaningful use is October 3.

    And don't forget: To receive incentive payments and avoid payment adjustments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, you must attest to demonstrating meaningful use every year.

    Learn more.

    Questions? Please contact the ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or by email.


    Audiologists Want to "Bypass" Physician Referral for Medicare Patients

    ISMS joins other state and national medical societies in a letter to Congress to oppose H.R. 5304, which would provide audiologists unlimited direct access to Medicare patients without a physician referral and amend the Social Security Act to include audiologists in the definition of "physicians."

    Audiologists are not physicians and should not be considered as such under the Medicare program.

    A physician-led health care team with coordination of services is the best approach for providing the highest quality care for the health and well-being of America's seniors.


    Ramp Up Your Knowledge on the Risks for Opioid Misuse

    Don't miss this free webinar that will cover the historical context for today's widespread misuse of opioids in the United States. Also up for discussion: what to consider in the assessment and treatment of pain, treatment challenges in primary care and more.

    The webinar takes place Thursday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to noon (CST), sponsored by the Providers' Clinical Support System for Opioid Therapies (PCSS-O).

    Register today!

    Be Proficient with PECOS

    If you have never accessed the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) and want to master the process, join this webinar on Tuesday, October 7 from noon to 1 p.m., hosted by National Government Services.

    Submit your Medicare enrollment applications via PECOS for faster processing than paper submissions and fewer opportunities for errors.

    Register today


    EliminateReduce Payment Glitches with Transfirst

    It's 2014, so your patients expect to use their credit or debit cards for payment. But did you know customizing your payment processing needs can save your practice time and money?

    Now you do.

    Start by letting TransFirst, an ISMS Benefit Partner, complete a complimentary analysis of your credit card payment costs. With no set-up (lease/purchase equipment) or early termination fee, there's nothing to lose.

    Learn more

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