Recognizing that the current payment structure for physicians who provide outpatient opioid addiction treatment is not working, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) have come up with an alternative payment model. In a recently released 39-page brief, the two medical associations suggest that those treating patients addicted to…

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Healthcare professionals and pharmacies take note: If you are prescribing or dispensing what appears to be an unusual or disproportionate amount of controlled substances, there’s a good chance the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) could come knocking on your door. The federal government recently announced that for 45 days during February and March it “surged” its…

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Late last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill (HB 37) allowing physicians, chiropractors and group practices to sign direct primary care agreements (DPC) with patients without having to worry about violating insurance laws. Such agreements are becoming increasingly popular. According to a survey from the American Academy of Family Physicians, nearly 3 percent…

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