December 2017
Introducing NOMA's New Newsletter
Welcome to the first edition of NOMA's new newsletter. Planned to be a monthly email, the newsletter will bring you the latest information important to you and your patients on the practice of Osteopathic Medicine in Nevada. The newsletter is just one benefit of your NOMA membership.

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President's Update
As part of NOMA's continued commitment to you, I would like to report on recent meetings that I have had with the Governor's Staff regarding the implementation of AB474 or "the controlled substances bill." I attended a meeting on November 30th along with many other professional societies and practice groups to review samples of documentation forms that will be required after January 1, 2018 to prescribe controlled substances for pain. Specifically, we have repeatedly asked for clarification from the Pharmacy Board and have received a verbal answer at these meetings that INFORMED CONSENT, the CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE MEDICATION AGREEMENT and the RISK FOR ADDICTION ASSESSMENTS are STRICTLY FOR CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES FOR PAIN (i.e.: opiates). This is despite the law in its final form being somewhat unclear on this.  

Currently no one (i.e.: licensing boards or State) will put out a written clarification on this matter. I intend to push harder for this, and I will keep you informed.

Otherwise we were able to agree on format and language on the prescriptions but still have issues to iron out on sample forms for the other documentation. especially the informed consent. Again I will keep you posted.

You can click these links to find a sample prescription, the Pharmacy Board's One Page " Cheat Sheet," and the Nursing Board's extensive flow sheet to approaching these patients on our website. We are also working on our own concise and easy to understand flow sheets.

Again NOMA will be monitoring and trying to help alleviate fears regarding the new law's impending implementation.

God Bless,

Bruce Fong, DO
President
December Membership Drive
As a NOMA member, your active support is critical to the Association's efforts to be the voice of Osteopathic Physicians and patients across Nevada. Current membership is less than 10% of active licensees and we need your help in recruiting new members. You can print a membership application here or direct a potential new member to join on-line here. As an added incentive, you will receive a $75 voucher good towards any NOMA CME program for each referral that becomes a member (up to five) in December! That means with five referrals and your member discount, your next CME could be free!
Continuing Medical Education
We are about to enter the last year of the AOA's 3-year CME cycle. if you are still in need of CME, click the link below for information on NOMA's Winter CME Symposium in beautiful Lake Tahoe!

Remember, NOMA member's receive a $100 discount on meeting registration - another way your NOMA membership provides you a great value.


Planning for the 65th Anniversary NOMA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas this spring is already underway. This will be the best opportunity to earn economical CME credits in 2018 since the Western States Osteopathic Convention for 2018 has been cancelled. Additional information will be forthcoming and posted to the website.
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