Special Note for Residents and Fellows: For FSPMR’s 2018 Annual Meeting, there will be a $50 “friends and family” discount for fellows and residents….this is not advertised.
For detailed instructions on how to register at that rate, please contact Michelle Byers, FSIPP Executive Director, email@example.com.
Further, they are accepting abstracts too, and Michelle can give more information to those who are interested.
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AAPMR’s 2018 General Assembly
FSPMR Will Join AAPM&R for 2018 Annual Assembly
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October 25 – 28, 2018,
Orlando Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
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Great news - Sen. Debbie Mayfield and Rep. Ralph Massullo, M.D., have refiled the bait-and-switch bills for consideration in the upcoming 2018 Legislative Session! We’re so grateful to our sponsors for their continued support. You might recall that the bill passed the full Senate during the 2017 Session, but the House bill stalled after passing out of the Health Innovation Subcommittee. The links to the newly filed bills...
I hope this addition of our newsletter finds you doing well. It is hard to believe another year has passed and the holiday season is upon us. It is a season to give thanks, reflect and prepare for the upcoming year.
I would like to thank the FSPMR Board Members and Executive Director Lorry Davis for all of their hard work and dedication. You can find them here. They strive to keep our membership informed and up-to-date on the latest happenings that affect us as PM&R physicians. I want to also thank my wife, Jane, for her love and support of me in life (much patience required), in my practice and my duties as president. Believe me when I say, nothing would be accomplished without a great team working with me.
In 2017 we had a great meeting with AOCPM&R and had some fantastic continuing education lectures from FSPM&R physicians.
Thank you to Dr. Mark Rubenstein, FSPMR Treasurer, who continues his hard work for us with the FMA on various legislative activities including pain medicine prescribing, allied health care over reach, and the opioid/heroin crisis. Please see Dr Rubenstein’s article in this newsletter issue entitled “Controlled Substances Prescription Update for FSPMR.”
Thank you to Dr Jesse Lipnick who attended the FMA’s Opioid Task Force meeting in early October. The FMA is working to protect physician practices as well as patients.
CMS came up with new rules, so remember to do your MACRA/MIPS documentation so you don’t get dinged four percent in 2019 on Medicare reimbursement. The AAPM&R (http://www.aapmr.org/) and AANEM (http://www.aanem.org/) have good succinct instructions on their websites. You still have time to complete the process by the end of December.
Please be aware that Walgreens is starting to charge and dispense Narcan, without a physician’s order, with every opioid prescription. It is definitely out of the scope of practice for pharmacists. We, as a board, are trying to decide how to proceed. Please let us know if you’re seeing this type of dispensing in your area.
It is also time to pay your dues for 2018. Please go onto the website or click here to pay. FSPMR is now offering an automatic renewal option. Ask your PM&R friends to join (same link) so they can stay informed as well.
Please put our 2018 annual meeting on your calendars. The meeting will be held in Palm Beach at The Breakers in conjunction with FSIPP. The meeting dates are July 19 – 22, with a PM&R Breakout that Saturday morning and the FSPMR Annual Business Meeting and Dinner being that Saturday evening, July 21. Please reach out to any corporations you work with that may be interested in sponsoring the dinner and/or having an exhibit space.
I hope you have a fantastic Holiday Season and get to enjoy time with family and friends. I look forward to working with you in 2018. Please reach out to myself, the Board Members or Lorry Davis if you have any concerns. Let’s make it a great year.
Matthew D Imfeld MD
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