Provider News Summer 2016

Articles:

More than a half-ton of unwanted medication disposed in new kiosks during first six months

Fibromyalgia pain control in primary care, by Shepard Greene, MD, Chief Psychiatrist, Shasta County HHSA

Protect older patients from falling

Annual Morbidity and Mortality Report and chronic disease costs

Briefs:

Register for CURES: If you have both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substances and a Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate (DEA Certificate), you must register to use the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by July 1, 2016. This is required by California law, and is a helpful tool for physicians, as it helps identify patients who are obtaining controlled drugs from multiple sources. Learn more about the upgraded system at CURES 2.0 or watch this on-demand webinar. Need help? Call the DOJ CURES Help Desk at (916) 227-3843 or cures@doj.ca.gov.

Sign up for CalREDIE’s convenient online provider portal: Providers are encouraged to sign up for CalREDIE’s Provider Portal, a secure, web-based interface with the California Department of Public Health’s communicable disease reporting and surveillance system. Providers can transition from paper and fax reporting to electronic reporting. They can also submit Confidential Morbidity Report (CMR) data directly to the health department with documentation of their submission, all electronically secure. To register, fill out this form and return it to Jennifer Black, Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency epidemiologist, at jblack@co.shasta.ca.us or by fax at 225-5074.

Use of life-sustaining treatment form expands: Nurse practitioners and physician assistants acting under the supervision of a physician and within their scope of practice are now authorized to sign Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). This is a medical order that gives seriously ill patients more control over their care. Signed by both doctor and patient, POLST specifies the types of medical treatment that a patient wishes to receive at the end of life.

Testing for Zika: Zika Virus is an ever-changing situation. You can find the most current information here. If you think someone meets CDC criteria to be tested, find the lab forms by clicking here and scrolling down to Zika.