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NYSDOH Health Advisory: Statewide Increase In Legionellosis Cases

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control (BCDC) have issued a Health Advisory regarding Statewide Increase In Legionellosis Cases on October 8, 2021.

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Consequences of Refusing a Required COVID-19 Vaccination

A physician, dentist, or any other healthcare provider that lost privileges, or got terminated for refusing a required COVID-19 vaccination can be reported by their hospital or practice to the National Practitioner Data Bank. If you lost your privileges for more than 30 days or have been terminated, there’s a due [...]

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FDA Update to Clozapine Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) Requirements

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has issued an advisory on 10/01/2021 regarding Federal Drug Administration (FDA) updates to the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for the pharmaceutical Clozapine.

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DFS Emergency Measure Clarifying that Audio-only Visits Will Continue to Fall Within Meaning of Telehealth

On October 1, 2021, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) amended  11 NYCRR 52 (Insurance Regulation 62) clarifying that an audio-only visit falls within the meaning of telehealth.

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Advisory: Board for Professional Medical Conduct – COVID Virus Misinformation

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has issued a high advisory on September 30, 2021, regarding COVID-19 virus misinformation.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Booster Shots for Nursing Home Residents and Staff

The New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) has issued guidance to Skilled Nursing Facilities on September 28, 2021, regarding COVID-19 vaccination booster shots.

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Failure to Diagnose Appendicitis – A Frequent Source of Malpractice Claims

Posted by: Sanford Goldberg M.D. and Philip Robbins M.D. Co-Chief Medical Officers for EmPRO Insurance Company Appendicitis related claims are a relatively common source of medical-surgical malpractice claims1. Appendicitis is often confused with other intra-abdominal processes and should be considered in any patient who presents with acute abdominal pain. An individual [...]

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OSHA: “Blood and Other Infectious Material”

Please note that when the OSHA regulations mention “blood”, it is referring to human blood or human blood products. “Other infectious materials” (OIM) refers to body fluids that could be contaminated by blood. Healthcare providers should know that purulence, and human tissue that was biopsied, is considered OIM. Until next week, [...]

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Suicidality Awareness: Identifying Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine

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Communication Skills for Physicians working with the Unvaccinated Patient

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