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Arkansas Autism Partnership Accepting Applications

The Arkansas Autism Partnership is currently accepting applications for an intensive intervention program for young children with a confirmed medical diagnosis of autism. Children must be between the ages of 18 months and five years. They must also meet the financial and level of care eligibility requirements. This…

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Announcement of a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for all extended-release/long-acting opioid analgesic drug products due to their risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, and overdose.

Extended-release and long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesics are approved for the management of chronic moderate-to-severe pain in the U.S., and can be safe and effective in appropriately selected patients when used as directed. However, opioid analgesics are also associated with serious risks and are at the center of a…

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“Meaningful Use” Stage Two Final Rule Released

The American Medical Association has provided ongoing input since the inception of the EHR incentive program and has urged greater flexibility to make the program more reasonable and achievable for physicians. In a letter submitted by the AMA and signed by AMS, recommendations were outlined to eliminate physician…

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CPCI Clinics Selected for Participation

Applications for the Coordinated Primary Care Initiative (CPCI) have been processed and the physicians that have been selected for the pilot project were announced August 22, 2012. Arkansas was among the seven geographical areas targeted for participation. Primary Care Physicians were asked to go through an application process…

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Possible Measles Cases in Northwest Arkansas

The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has been notified of 3 siblings (ages 10,14 and 17 years) with presumptive measles. One of the three siblings recently returned from travel to Romania, Italy and Switzerland and developed symptoms consistent with measles shortly after returning to Arkansas on August 9th.…

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The AMS Welcomes 40 New Members

The following physicians have recently illustrated their commitment to improving health care in this community and our state by joining the Arkansas Medical Society. "As a society members, these physicians are part of a statewide network of over 4,000 Arkansas physicians, residents and medical students, dedicated to protecting the interests…

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Arkansas Physicians Support Medicaid Expansion

August 16, 2012 - Little Rock - Citing the tremendous health care needs of Arkansas poorest citizens, the statewide association for Arkansas physicians on Wednesday voted to support Medicaid expansion. On Wednesday, the Board of Trustees of the Arkansas Medical Society adopted a motion to support Medicaid expansion in…

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AMS Member Authors “Amazing Nature” Column

Dr. Michale Pafford, an internist from Benton, recently authored a column in the Benton County Courier. His work about the "Arkansas Sabertooth" which was published in the Sunday, August 12 edition of the paper, can be found below. Mysterious cave in the Buffalo National River Forest intrigues…

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Important Drug Warning from Amylin

An important FDA-approved Drug Alert for Bydureon affecting Family/General Practice, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants was published on August 1, 2012. This PDR® Drug Alert was delivered electronically to all Arkansas Medical Society members within these specialties who are registered with PDR® Network. To ensure…

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