Welcome

Mitchell D. Forman, D.O., FACR, FACOI, MACP
NSMA President 2014-2015

Every Nevadan is affected in some way by the members of the NSMA. They are not only your physicians, but your neighbors, friends and advocates in the health care delivery system.

Nevada physicians organized into a state medical society in 1875. As the state's oldest and largest physician advocacy group, today's NSMA mission remains consistent with those pioneer doctors: to serve the practice and professional needs of Nevada physicians so they can serve the needs of their patients. Our diverse membership includes practicing physicians and surgeons, medical researchers, educational faculty and institutional administrators.

Though this site has information restricted to our membership, there is also much information available for the public and the health care community. Development of this site and available resources will continue to expand, so bookmark the NSMA and come back often!

We are proud to represent organized medicine in Nevada, and proud to be your physicians of the Nevada State Medical Association. Is your physician a member?

CCMS Margin Tax Town Hall Meeting

The Clark County Medical Society Margin Tax Town Hall Meeting will be held on October 9, 2014 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Before you go to the polls please attend this Town Hall to hear how the Margin Tax will impact you and your business practice.

RSVP

Town Hall Flyer

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UNSOM Distinguished Speaker Series 2014

Dr. Bill Thomas
“The Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life”
Dr. Thomas is an international expert on elderhood and geriatric medicine. The Wall Street Journal highlighted Dr. Thomas as one of the nation’s “top 12 innovators,” changing the future of retirement in America, and US News and World Report named him as one of “America’s best leaders.” The magazine noted his “startling common-sense ideas and his ability to persuade others to take a risk,” and concluded that “this creative and wildly exuberant country doctor has become something of a culture changer – reimagining how Americans will approach aging in the 21st century.” Dr. Thomas is the founder of the Eden Alternative and Green House Project, an author and musician. His most recent book, Second Wind, will be available for purchase and signing at both event locations.

Please register by Tuesday, October 28 at http://bit.ly/thomas14

Reno Event
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Reception 5:00 p.m.
Presentation 5:30 p.m.
Milt Glick Ballrooms, 4th floor
Joe Crowley Student Union
University of Nevada, Reno
Information for community guest parking available at: http://bit.ly/reno-map
Reno streamed live at: http://dhs.unr.edu/watch-live

Las Vegas Event
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Reception 5:30 p.m.
Presentation 6:00 p.m.
Keep Memory Alive Event Center
Cleveland Clinic
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
888 W. Bonneville Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Parking and directional map at: http://bit.ly/lv-map

Presented by the University of Nevada, Reno Division of Health Sciences, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Sanford Center for Aging, and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

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The 2014 Northern Nevada Candidate Mixer will be held Tonight at 5:30 p.m.

The 2014 Northern Nevada Candidate Mixer will be held TONIGHT, September 25.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at The Washoe Steakhouse Gathering Room, 4201 W. Fourth Street, Reno, Nevada.

Event Flyer

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2014 Northern Nevada Candidate Mixer

The 2014 Northern Nevada Candidate Mixer will be held tomorrow, September 25.

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at The Washoe Steakhouse Gathering Room, 4201 W. Fourth Street, Reno, Nevada.

Event Flyer

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Things to Know About Hydrocodone Reclassification

If you prescribe hydrocodone combination products, prescribing these medications to the patients who need them to alleviate pain just became more complicated. A new rule from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) taking effect Oct. 6 reclassifies these drugs as Schedule II controlled substances, prohibiting refills and establishing other restrictions that will require major changes to prescribing practices.

  • Refills aren’t allowed for prescriptions that are written beginning Oct. 6. Be prepared to issue new hard-copy or electronic prescriptions for patients. Note that eScripts can only be used if state law permits and the prescriber is certified to ePrescribe Schedule II substances. Pharmacies also must be certified to accept eScripts for controlled substances.
  • Prescriptions issued before Oct. 6 won’t necessarily qualify for refills. The DEA rule and Nevada regulation allow for refills of prescriptions issued before Oct. 6 to continue until April 8, 2015, but other factors, including some pharmacy quality and safety processes, could prevent patients from getting those refills. Some states also have stricter requirements than Nevada does.
  • Prescriptions can’t be called in or faxed. Make sure to plan ahead for any patients who may need refills. The new rule prohibits pharmacies from filling prescriptions delivered over the phone or via fax, so you’ll need to issue written scripts.  The only exception to this rule is emergency treatment, which would allow physicians to call in a limited quantity of the medication to cover the emergency period only. Pharmacies are required to report prescribers to the DEA if they make such a request and do not give the pharmacy a written prescription within seven days.
  • Multiple prescriptions may be issued at one time under certain circumstances. The new rule does allow a patient to receive prescriptions that would total a 90-day supply, if the prescriber has determined it is appropriate to see the patient only once every 90 days. Each prescription must include written instructions that specify the earliest date it may be filled.  In addition to sound medical judgment and established medical standards, make sure to base your practice’s policy on issuing multiple prescriptions on relevant federal and state laws.
  • Patients should be notified of the new requirements and processes. Make sure your patients understand that their new prescriptions will not be refilled and are aware of the procedures they will need to follow going forward.

For more information navigate to the AMA’s page on hydrocodone rescheduling.

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Employed Physician Seminar

The Nevada State Medical Association Employed Physician Seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 between 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m at the Sunrise Auditorium, 3186 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89109.  The event will feature a selection of national healthcare experts and will focus on physician integration options, physician practice integration concerns, and employment contract considerations.

Event Agenda, Flyer, and Registration

The Nevada State Medical Association Employed Physician Seminar will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 between 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m at the Sunrise Auditorium, 3186 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89109.  The event will feature a selection of national healthcare experts and will focus on physician integration options, physician practice integration concerns, and employment contract considerations.

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Tomorrow is the Last Day to Register for ECMS Lecture Series

The Elko County Medical Society Lecture Series, which will be simulcast to many of Nevada’s Hospitals, is almost here!  If you wish to attend this event please register no later than tomorrow, September 3, 2014.

The Elko County Medical Society and the Nevada State Medical Association, in conjunction with Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians and the University of Nevada School of Medicine, has arranged two CME opportunities for all licensed MDs, DOs, PAs and APRNs and their guests on September 9 and September 10.

The series will be held at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital with videoconferencing to remote sites in Battle Mountain, Caliente, Ely, Fallon, Hawthorne, Lovelock and Winnemucca.  Nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Herbert Fred, has chosen topics appropriate for our rural communities.  Through the generosity of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians, the Nevada State Medical Association, Great Basin Surgical Center and participating hospitals, the CME lecture series is being offered at no cost.

Invitation to ECMS Lecture Series, September 9 and 10

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ECMS Lecture Series Registration due September 3

The Elko County Medical Society Lecture Series, which will be simulcast to many of Nevada’s Hospitals, is almost here!

The Elko County Medical Society and the Nevada State Medical Association, in conjunction with Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians and the University of Nevada School of Medicine, has arranged two CME opportunities for all licensed MDs, DOs, PAs and APRNs and their guests on September 9 and September 10.

The series will be held at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital with videoconferencing to remote sites in Battle Mountain, Caliente, Ely, Fallon, Hawthorne, Lovelock and Winnemucca.  Nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Herbert Fred, has chosen topics appropriate for our rural communities.  Through the generosity of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, the Nevada Academy of Family Physicians, the Nevada State Medical Association, Great Basin Surgical Center and participating hospitals, the CME lecture series is being offered at no cost.

Invitation to ECMS Lecture Series, September 9 and 10

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Healthcare Summit on Margin Tax

Come to the Healthcare Summit on the Margin Tax tomorrow!

The Nevada State Medical Association encourages northern physicians to attend a special healthcare summit that addresses the impact the margins tax, also known as the Education Initiative or Question 3, will have on physicians and the practice of medicine.

The Margin Tax Initiative, question 3 on Nevada’s November 4 statewide ballot is a tax increase proposal that would impose a significant new tax on Nevada’s major employers and small business owners.  The proposal would cause a 2% tax on gross revenues that would equate to a 14-15% average corporate income tax.  Proponents suggest that funds raised will bolster education funding, but the initiative’s language provides no protection for the monies.

A Healthcare Summit event is being held by The Coalition to Defeat the Margin Tax Initiative on August 27th in Reno.  The coalition represents thousands of large and small employers and individual consumers.  They hope to discuss the potential impact of Question 3 with regional healthcare professionals and would be grateful for your attendance.

Please RVSP with Nicole Willis-Grimes at nicole@theferrarogroup.com if you can attend on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 between 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at Saint Mary’s Medical and Wellness Fitness Center.

Event Flyer

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Touro University Telemedicine CME

Touro University will be offering a Telemedicine and Teledentistry continuing medical education course on Sunday, October 26.  The event will be held in Lecture Halls 1 and 2 at the Touro University Nevada Campus.  The activity is designed to help lawyers and physicians examine the legal and ethical concerns of telemedicine and teledentistry.

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