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Peer Review Law Changes

Arkansas joins other states narrowing healthcare peer review privileges for the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005

Two new peer review laws in Arkansas should make it easier for doctors to focus on the practice of medicine instead of peer review concerns ...Read More



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Peer Review Law Changes
Peer Review Law Changes

Arkansas joins other states narrowing healthcare peer review privileges for the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005

Two new peer review laws in Arkansas should make it easier for doctors to focus on the practice of medicine instead of peer review concerns.


 
Diabetic Wound Care Saves Lives, Limbs and Money for the Healthcare System | Diabetic foot ulcer, wound care, pedorthics, amputation, Ruth Thomas, Angela Driskell, orthopedics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Foot and Ankle Surgery, osteomyelitis, Becky Gillette
Diabetic Wound Care Saves Lives, Limbs and Money for the Healthcare System

One of the most common mistakes primary care providers make with diabetic patients with a foot wound is to clean the ulcer, remove all the infected tissue, bandage it and then send the patient out of the office on foot.


 
Genomically Directed Medicine Using Genetic Profile to Tailor Better Drug Treatment | Precision medicine, genetic testing, gnomically directed medicine, Jeffrey Clothier, Psychiatric Research Institute, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Bradley Schaefer, MD, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, individual genotypes, drug interactions
Genomically Directed Medicine Using Genetic Profile to Tailor Better Drug Treatment

The concept of individual genetic testing to tailor the best type of medicine and treatment for patients is no longer just theoretical.


 
Preparing for ICD-10 Conversion Part 2 | Jennifer O’Brien, ICD-10-CM
Preparing for ICD-10 Conversion Part 2
Practice management consultant shares the ‘4 Ts’ for physicians to consider

Editor’s note: The Medical News series, “Preparing for ICD-10 Conversion,” began last month with “8 Steps” for physicians to take now. This month, implementing the “4 Ts” is the focus recommendation to facilitate a smooth transition.

 
Prescription Monitoring Program Making Major Progress Combating Illicit Drug Use | Denise Robertson, PD, Arkansas Prescription Monitoring Program, illicit drug use, Jim Myatt, Arkansas Department of Health, State Drug Director Fran Flener, nonmedical use of opioid pain relievers
Prescription Monitoring Program Making Major Progress Combating Illicit Drug Use

Misuse of prescription drugs is second only to marijuana as the nation’s top illicit drug problem, and in some previous studies Arkansas ranked first in the nation in the percentage of youths aged 12 to 17 abusing prescription pain relievers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.


 


Feature Profiles

Physician Spotlight: Elylem Ocal, MD | Dr. Ocal, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, UAMS.
Physician Spotlight: Elylem Ocal, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, UAMS/Arkansas Children's Hospital

It doesn’t take long for Elylem Ocal’s personality to sparkle. The self-deprecatingly funny pediatric neurosurgeon from Istanbul admittedly has “a mix of Canadian–Arkansan English, with a Turkish accent.”


 

HEALTHCARE CONSTRUCTION FOCUS

Developing & Designing Effective Ambulatory Facilities | Healthcare Design, Healthcare Construction, Green Design, Evidence-Based Design, Healthcare Real Estate, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, OGA, Bond Oman, Ellen Taylor, The Center for Health Design
Developing & Designing Effective Ambulatory Facilities
The recession took a heavy toll on healthcare construction projects across the nation. However, as the economy has begun to improve, projects are beginning to move forward again.

 

STROKE FOCUS

Help Patients Reduce Stroke Risk: Find Their Barriers to Better Health

Primary care providers (PCPs) should never underestimate the amount of influence they can have in encouraging patients to take steps to reduce their stroke risk.


 

Grand Rounds

March 2014

 

Guest Writers


Morning Memo: Senate debate moves to round 2 - News & Observer

Morning Memo: Senate debate moves to round 2
News & Observer
Richard Burr will speak to a Raleigh high school, attend a veterans event, visit a family medicine center and appear on WPTF radio at 4:30 p.m.. The Republican candidates for U.S. Senate will debate again in Raleigh on WRAL-TV at 7 p.m.. THE BIG STORY ...

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Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:16 am CDT

When it comes to primary care, there's no place like a medical home - Chicago Tribune (blog)

When it comes to primary care, there's no place like a medical home
Chicago Tribune (blog)
The retired finance manager can get same-day appointments at the Fairfax Family Practice, e-mail his physician or drop by the practice's walk-in clinic, even on weekends. On a secure Web site, McDonald renews prescriptions and reviews test results ...

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Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:41 am CDT

Drug Take Back Day features associated food drive this year - Magnoliareporter

Drug Take Back Day features associated food drive this year
Magnoliareporter
More than 60 percent of teens report that getting drugs from family medicine cabinets is easy. More than 70 percent of abused prescription drugs have been obtained from family and friends. Since the first Take Back event in 2010, Arkansas has collected ...

Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 8:09 am CDT

Arkansas Take-Back Day is set for April 26 - Northeast Arkansas Town Crier (blog)

Hudson Valley Reporter

Arkansas Take-Back Day is set for April 26
Northeast Arkansas Town Crier (blog)
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Over half of teens report that getting prescription drugs from their parents' medicine cabinet is easy. About one ...
Legislative UpdateLittle River News
Drug Take Back Day: State prepping for '20/20 Drive'Baxter Bulletin

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Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 2:53 pm CDT

APD to collect food items, prescription drugs - Little River News

APD to collect food items, prescription drugs
Little River News
The Ashdown Police Department is participating in Arkansas's eighth Annual Prescription Drug Take Back program. For the first time, ... In one recent national study, over 60% of teens report that getting drugs from family medicine cabinets is easy ...

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Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:38 am CDT

Trail of Tears and Blessings - The New American

Trail of Tears and Blessings
The New American
Several thousand of us Cherokee moved west to the Arkansas Territory from the 1790s to the 1820s, but the mass of our people and those of the other more “advanced” American tribes remained in the southeast. ... This included his classical-Western ...

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 3:54 pm CDT


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Category: Health News
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Homes Now 'Reservoirs' for Superbug MRSA
Title: Homes Now 'Reservoirs' for Superbug MRSA
Category: Health News
Created: 4/21/2014 4:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT

Start Tornado Preparation Now, Expert Advises
Title: Start Tornado Preparation Now, Expert Advises
Category: Health News
Created: 4/21/2014 5:36:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 4/22/2014 12:00:00 AM Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:00 am CDT