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Federal Rules on Telehealth Eased During COVID-19

Note: The following is condensed from a report by the Lashly & Baer law firm. Click here for the full report. For more information, contact: Stuart Vogelsmeier at Lashly & Baer, The federal government has responded to the COVID-19 public health emergency by providing guidance regarding the expanded use of telehealth services by licensed […]

St. Louis Physicians Discuss How COVID-19 Is Affecting Their Practices

The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered daily life around the world. Physician practices are experiencing major changes as well. These vary widely by specialty. Yet several common themes run through all practices. Non-essential appointments and procedures are being postponed. Consultations are being done by phone when possible. Protections are being instituted against infected patients. St. […]

COVID-19 Q&A with Emily Doucette, MD, St. Louis County Department of Public Health

The St. Louis community is fortunate to have physicians Dr. Sam Page and Dr. Emily Doucette in senior leadership positions in this time of crisis. Dr. Doucette, acting co-director of the St. Louis County Department of Public Health, took a few minutes from her long and intense days to update physicians in this Q&A with […]

History Lesson: How St. Louis Reduced the Death Toll With Swift and Broad Closures in the 1918 Flu Pandemic

In the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed millions worldwide, St. Louis was a leader in implementing social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the flu. Among the 10 largest U.S. cities at the time (St. Louis was sixth-largest), St. Louis achieved the lowest death rate. Credit is given to city Health Commissioner Dr. Max […]

New Resources Added to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

The St. Louis County Department of Public Health has announced two important enhancements to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)  that covers much of Missouri including the entire St. Louis metropolitan area: Prescribing Summaries will now be sent quarterly to providers in the Missouri jurisdictions covered by the PDMP. The Prescribing Summary breaks down the […]

MIPS 2019 Data Submission Now Open/Check Your Initial 2020 MIPS Eligibility on the QPP Website

The MIPS 2019 Data Submission Period is Now Open MIPS Eligible Clinicians Can Start Submitting Data for 2019 through March 31 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the data submission period for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians who participated in the 2019 performance period of the Quality Payment Program. […]

Wilmott Named to Lead Saint Louis University School of Medicine, SLU Care

(This article previously published by Saint Louis University SLU Newsroom) Saint Louis University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., has appointed Robert Wilmott, M.D., as Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the University School of Medicine, effective August 14. His term will run until Dec. 31, 2021. Wilmott had been serving as Acting Dean […]

Free to Care Report Outlines Physician-Led Roadmap to Patient-Centered Care

In the August-September issue of St. Louis Metropolitan Medicine, Scott Hardeman, MD, describes the national grassroots campaign to reclaim health care for patients and physicians, Free to Care. The five tenets of the campaign are: 1. Drive down drug prices and increase supply. 2. Strengthen the safety net for the vulnerable. 3. Foster fresh models to pay […]

Sam L. Page, MD, Appointed St. Louis County Executive

St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society member Sam L. Page, MD, was appointed as St. Louis County Executive by vote of the St. Louis County Council on April 29, 2019. He succeeds former County Executive Steve Stenger who resigned. The Medical Society congratulates Dr. Page on this appointment.Practicing in anesthesiology and pain management with Western Anesthesiology […]

Washington University Commits $100 Million to MD Scholarships, Education

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has committed $100 million over the next decade to provide scholarships allowing as many as half of its future medical students to attend tuition-free and many other students to receive partial tuition support. The funding also will support current efforts to enhance and modernize the school’s medical […]

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