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Late Breaking News
- Created on Thursday, 09 October 2014 10:00
The 26th Annual Aloha Conference took place October 27-31, 2014 and was another resounding success! More practicing Hawaii PAs participated than ever before.
Federal Rules Change Announced which will have significant impact on PA practice and health care delivery in Hawaii. Effective October 6, 2014.
The AG's Office and LRB provided minor, technical amendments to the proposed rules. We will now be sending the rules to the Small Business Regulatory Review Board for its consideration at its next meeting of November 19, 2014. (Their last meeting was on October 15.)
Keith Kamita from NED has been advised re: Fast Tracking and says that he will work with the NED administration to update forms and have them available online, hopefully from the day that the Governor signs the new rules change. We should have more news Tuesday.
Hydrocodone Combination Products
became Schedule II Drugs as of midnight 10/6/2014,
coincidentally National PA day and the beginning of PA week
HAPA has been advised by the Executive Director of the Hawaii Medical Board
that implementation of the Schedule II rules change is being "fast tracked" as promised.
To date it has passed through 11 of the 17 step process.
We are still a minimum of 40 days away from implementation.
At this point, the only "Controlled Pain Medications" that PAs can write for are
Tramadol and Tylenol with Codeine products.
Stay tuned to the HAPA website for updates.
CMS Releases 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule Payment Rule November 5, 2014On Oct. 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule.
This rule sets payment rates for calendar year 2015 and finalizes numerous coverage policy issues for the Medicare program. Key aspects of the fee schedule rule impacting PAs include:
A new CMS policy to allow patients who are treated exclusively by PAs to be assigned to accountable care organizations under Medicare’s shared savings program.
Increased employment flexibility for PAs who deliver care in certified rural health clinics, allowing PAs to work as independent contractors as long as at least one authorized professional is a W-2 employee of the clinic.
Inclusion of PAs as covered medical professionals for performing Medicare’s newly added telemedicine services and for chronic care management service.
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