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Urgent: Deadline extension for new Prescription Blanks — Sept. 20
NJAFP
The NJ Division of Consumer Affairs is extending the last date to use old prescription blanks. You may use the old and new prescription blanks through Sept. 19, 2014. Effective Sept. 20, 2014, prescriptions must be issued only on the new prescription blanks.

If you have not already placed your orders for new prescription blanks, do so immediately. Do not delay; order your new prescription blanks today. A list of approved printer vendors is available on the Division's website at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/njpb.

The new prescription blanks are already being accepted. Prescriptions written on or before Sept. 19, 2014 for patients on the old prescription blanks will also be accepted by the pharmacy if filled after the deadline. Effective Sept. 20, 2014, new prescription blanks must be used.

NJAFP is urging you to order now, if you haven't already, so that you have no issue as the new deadline approaches. There have been reported delays for delivery dates from vendors on the new blanks. We have also been advised that you should also look at any orders you have received since March 2014 as your delivered stock may be in the "new" format since vendors have not be permitted to produce the "old" blanks since March 2014. In addition, check with your EMR provider to see if the software will automatically update to reflect the new prescription blanks come Sept. 20, 2014.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Training physicians for empathy
HealthLeaders Media
The healthcare industry is rife with change, and how it trains new doctors is no exception. Healthcare organizations, already challenged to meet the demands of a growing patient population, are looking to develop fresh methods to teach young students how to care for segments of the patient population that may be neglected and underdeveloped. One attribute providers are eager to teach is the importance of empathy and emotional intelligence.
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The best EHRs and why some physicians are opting out altogether
Business Solutions Magazine
Physician use of EHR systems has taken some interesting shifts recently that you’ll want to be aware of. Medscape conducted a survey of 18,575 physicians across 25 specialties around their use of EHR systems, challenges using them and their intended use in the future. Here are some highlights of the study.
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CMS postpones launch of physician payment website amid concerns
iHealthBeat
CMS said it will delay the public launch of its physician payment website for an unspecified amount of time in order to investigate a reported issue with the site, The Hill reports. In February 2013, CMS released a long-awaited final rule on the Physician Payment Sunshine Act — also known as the OPEN PAYMENTS system — and outlined a timeline for its implementation. The Sunshine Act requires medical industry companies to disclose consulting fees, travel reimbursements, research grants and other gifts that they give to physicians and teaching hospitals.
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Washington's $10 billion search for healthcare's next big ideas
Kaiser Health News
The Affordable Care Act was supposed to mend what President Barack Obama called a broken healthcare system, but its best-known programs — online insurance and expanded Medicaid for the poor — affect a relatively small portion of Americans. A federal office you've probably never heard of is supposed to fix healthcare for everybody else. The law created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to launch experiments in every state, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid, building networks between caregivers and training them to intervene before chronic illness gets worse.
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Telemedicine could yield $6 billion annually in healthcare savings
Health Data Management
Telemedicine has the potential to deliver more than $6 billion a year in healthcare savings to U.S. companies, according to an analysis by global professional services company Towers Watson. Thirty-seven percent of employers surveyed said that by 2015 they expect to offer their employees telemedicine consultations as a low-cost alternative to emergency room or physician office visits for non-emergency health issues, and another 34 percent are considering offering telemedicine for 2016 or 2017.
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Physician assistants more than double in a decade
Medscape
The number of certified physician assistants grew 219 percent from 2003 to 2013, almost 6 percent alone during the last year of that decade, according to the 2013 Statistical Profile of Certified Physician Assistants published online by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. The number of certified PAs stood at 95,583 across the United States at the end of 2013, compared with 90,227 in 2012 and 43,500 in 2003. PAs practice in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to the NCCPA, the only certifying organization for PAs in the country.
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Study: Patients benefit from coordinated healthcare, proactive approach
NJ Spotlight
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield wants to get more providers and insured members to sign up for coverage in which "care coordinators" work with patients. Citing improved healthcare for about 200,000 patients, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is trying to get more insured members and healthcare providers to participate in reforms aimed at improving coordination and bolstering preventive care.
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Lawmaker: NJ health practices would quickly stop an Ebola outbreak
Courier-Post
New Jersey is prepared to handle Ebola or any other infectious disease that may appear in the state, Republican Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey said. Congress is not in session, but Smith, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on global health, called an emergency hearing before the panel to address the Ebola outbreak.
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