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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly a decade after Missouri last limited some civil...
(KMOV.com) – In the upcoming legislative session, some Missouri lawmakers say they’ll push for...
Kaylea Boutwell, MD a physician anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist was recently featured on...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly a decade after Missouri last limited some civil lawsuit awards, Republican lawmakers are organizing to reinstate caps overturned by the state’s highest court. Businesses can now face lawsuits with unlimited punitive damages in civil injury lawsuits after the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a $500,000 limit on the awards […]
(KMOV.com) – In the upcoming legislative session, some Missouri lawmakers say they’ll push for a prescription drug monitoring program after Express Scripts found that Missouri residents chronically use opioid painkillers at a rate of 36 percent above the national average. 16,000 people died from overdoses on painkilling opioids in 2010 and these drugs cause more […]
Kaylea Boutwell, MD a physician anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist was recently featured on “Allman in the Morning” on 97.1FM NewsTalk radio. Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) filled in for Jamie Allman while discussing physician-related topics with Dr. Boutwell including scope of practice and interventional pain procedures. Dr. Boutwell mentioned an important topic facing the […]
Starting in 2015, the small financial incentives associated with voluntary reporting of pay-for-performance measures under Medicare will turn into potentially significant financial penalties for anesthesiologists who do not meet the new mandatory quality reporting requirements. Since 2007, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offered physicians and other “eligible professionals” (including nurse anesthetists) annual […]
More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified as early as today that their payments from Medicare and Medicaid will be cut because they aren’t adequately using electronic health records in their practices, the Obama administration confirmed. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS, is telling about 257,000 eligible medical care […]
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union was the appropriate forum to resolve claims that teams damaged the players’ by routinely dispensing painkillers. “In ruling against the novel claims asserted herein, this order does not minimize the […]
On December 15, the U.S. Senate voted 51-43 to confirm Vivek Murthy, M.D., M.B.A, as the next surgeon general. Dr. Murthy was originally nominated in November 2013. The confirmation vote was among the last votes taken by the 113th Congress, which is expected to adjourn in the coming days for the holiday break. Dr. Murthy will […]
The FDA drafted new recommendations regarding the fill size for vials of injectable drugs and biologic products this summer, which prompted a response from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. In a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, ASA President Jane Fitch, MD, said the anesthesiology group “strongly supports the FDA’s recommendation that a drug product’s […]
A state representative has a personal reason to renew the effort to make Missouri the last state to adopt a prescription drug monitoring program. But she will still have to overcome a big obstacle. Every other state has the system that lets doctors and pharmacies know if someone is getting or filling multiple prescriptions for […]
An old sickness has returned to haunt a new generation PICTURE a heroin addict. “A bum sitting under a bridge with a needle in his arm, robbing houses to feed his addiction,” is what many people might imagine, believes Cynthia Scudo. That image may have been halfway accurate when heroin first ravaged America’s inner cities […]