Public Health

COVID-19 Weekly Updates

The Arkansas Medical Society will be providing updates on this rapidly changing COVID-19 situation to our members on a weekly basis. You can read the latest email udpate here. Latest Statistics - 3-13-2020 On March 11, a patient at Jefferson Regional Medical Center was determined to be the…

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Update on COVID-19 from the AMA

From the American Medical Association's Senior News Writer, Sara Berg February 21, 2020 Note:  The AMA encourages physicians to stay up to date on this fast-moving situation and as provided 19 resources for doctors, other health professionals, and the public.  As the number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)…

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Update from ADH on Coronavirus

The Arkansas Department of Health has issued an update and guidance for providers on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.  Below is their statement: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan…

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Severe Pulmonary Disease Among Those Who Report Vaping

UPDATE: The FDA has created a Consumer Update to provide information for consumers to help protect themselves, as well as a new Lung Illnesses Associated with Use of Vaping Products webpage to provide an overview of these incidents and FDA’s actions to date, as well as recommendations for…

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ADH Update on TB Testing

The Arkansas Department of Health is in the process of updating its Tuberculosis (TB) rules based on latest guidelines released by CDC for screening and testing healthcare workers (these include staff at hospitals, nursing home, medical offices, clinics and other related medical facilities). We are also updating rules…

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Arkansas Drug Take Back Day – April 27

With the launch of the nARcansas app coinciding with the 17th Arkansas Drug Take Back Day, the theme is “I can. You can. We can. Save a life with Narcan!” “The main goal of every project, every act we participate in is to save lives,” said Arkansas Drug…

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Will Medical Marijuana Help Reverse the Opioid Crisis?

Article originally appeared in the July 2018 issue of The Journal. For my colleagues who have been practicing medicine for at least 20 years, the path leading to the current opioid crisis is familiar.  With the conceptualization of pain as a “fifth vital sign” by the American Pain…

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Opioid Fight

An April 15 article in the Democrat-Gazette took aim at doctors for the opioid epidemic. The blame game makes for great headlines, particularly during a crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 100 people die every day in America due to an overdose of opioid drugs. Prescription medications…

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Free Weekly CME Pain Consultation Service

AR-IMPACT was created to improve multi-disciplinary pain care and treatment for Arkansas physicians. The weekly interactive tele-video consultation program offers free CME credit to better manage chronic pain patients and those who need their opioid dosage reduced. The interactive conferences will begin with a brief didactic presentation about…

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Public Hearing on “Excessive Prescribing”

The Arkansas State Medical Board will hold a public hearing on April 5, 2018, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on revisions to the proposed amendments to Regulation 2.4 concerning definitions for "excessive prescribing." The Board held an informational hearing at their last meeting and have since made several very helpful changes…

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