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SB 273 – New Limits on Opioid Prescriptions Change the Game for West Virginia Hospitals and Physicians

SB 273 - limits on opioids in West Virginia

On March 27, 2018, Governor James C. Justice signed SB 273, which among other dramatic actions limits initial opioid prescriptions in emergency rooms and also subsequent prescriptions by physicians in West Virginia, effective as of June 7, 2018.  Read More ›

Ohio Physician Alert: Application Available to Become Certified to Recommend Medical Marijuana

Ohio Physicians Can Recommend Medical Marijuana

Ohio doctors can now apply to become certified to recommend medical marijuana for treatment. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program released a statement on Monday, March 19, 2018, stating that the State Medical Board of Ohio is now accepting applications for a certificate to recommend. Read More ›

10 Ways to Avoid Losing your Medical License: Part II

How to Avoid Losing your Medical License: Part 2

This is the second article in a three-part series designed to inform physicians and other health care providers about proactive steps that can be taken to avoid licensure discipline by their respective state Department of Health. Read More ›

10 Ways to Avoid Losing your Medical License: Part I

Stethoscope and Gavel part 1

This is the first article in a three-part series designed to inform physicians and other health care providers about proactive steps that can be taken to avoid licensure discipline by their respective state Department of Health. Read More ›

West Virginia Rolls Out Comprehensive Opioid Response Plan

The response at the federal and local level is rapidly evolving to meet the overwhelming need to stem the opioid crisis. The numbers of deaths due to opioids in the United States increased from 28,647 in 2014 to 33,091 in 2015 and 42,249 in 2016 (an increase of 47% in two years). Read More ›

West Virginia Continues Cultivation of Medical Cannabis Rules

Medical Marijuana greenhouse

The West Virginia Medical Cannabis Advisory Board (“Advisory Board”) met on February 6, 2018, to review and consider comments made to proposed rules governing growers, processors, dispensaries, participating physicians and patients wishing to participate in the medical cannabis program. Read More ›

Direct Primary Care - New Delivery Model Gains Traction

Concierge medicine direct primary care

"Direct Primary Care,” or DPC, is a patient care delivery model gaining attention and some degree of utilization by physicians, particularly in the eastern part of the United States. Read More ›

Ohio Hospitals: Are You Ready for Medical Marijuana?

Physician recommended medical marijuana

Physicians interested in recommending medical marijuana are already completing the two hours of continuing medical education credit necessary before applying for a Certificate to Recommend from the State of Ohio. Read More ›

eNLC Means More Nurses Practicing Telehealth Across State Lines

Stethescope and computer screen

Down goes a jurisdictional barrier to telehealth: Nurses interested in expanding their practice can now practice via telehealth in multiple states under the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC) multistate license. Read More ›

New Medicare Bundle Promotes Care Coordination to Achieve Increased Quality, Lower Spending

Doctor holding a piggy bank

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced January 10 a new, voluntary bundled payment model, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). Read More ›

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Brian F. Higgins is an associate in FBT's regulated business group with a focus on health care, and he has a history as corporate counsel to Medpace, Inc., a pharmaceutical clinical research organization.

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