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Fine Lines in Medical Spa Regulations

Posted In Compliance, Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Medical Spas

Medical spas (also known as ‘medspas,’ ‘medispas,’ or ‘esthetic salons’) combine advanced medical esthetic services that would have previously only been found at plastic surgery clinics or dermatologists’ offices (such as Botox injections, laser hair removal, chemical peels, injectable fillers, and acne treatments) with those found in a traditional day spa. Often, these procedures require the supervision of a licensed physician or nurse practitioner, creating a unique regulatory issue. As medspas have generated billions in revenue annually across the country and involve several types of healthcare and cosmetology professionals, it is critical for healthcare professionals offering services at a medspa to understand their specific obligations to maintain compliance with the law and prioritize patient safety. More >

Compliance: Include Prescribing Practices!

Since the implementation of House Bill 1 in 2012, the restrictions on prescribing controlled substances have become more and more stringent, which is a response to the opioid epidemic sweeping Kentucky and the nation. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, the Kentucky Board of Nursing, and the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy are vigilant in policing prescribing practices and have tools through KASPER to closely monitor the prescribing practices of physicians and other practitioners. With the addition of new medications like Gabapentin to the controlled substances hit list, practitioners must be particularly careful to ensure that their prescribing is consistent with regulatory requirements, particularly when patients have been on this medication previously.   Physicians and practitioners must continually monitor compliance as even a minor violation can give rise to investigations, complaints and regulatory penalties.  Assessment of regulatory penalties, even when characterized as “Agreed Orders,” can have devastating consequences for physicians and practitioners’ practices and ability to maintain provider contracts, including Medicare and Medicaid. More >

KBML Issues Guidance to Help Physicians Get the Most out of MOST

Posted In Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (“KBML”) issued a recent opinion regarding the Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (“MOST”) form. The stated purpose of the opinion is to “encourage and promote clarification of a patient’s treatment preferences into medical orders for care; and…encourage and promote transfer of information among healthcare professionals in a reliable and consistent format.” These goals coincide with the broader focus by both the healthcare industry and government at both federal and state levels in improving the continuum of care of patients through patient-centered care and information sharing. The MOST form, in particular, also evinces a focus on patient preference for end-of-life care. More >

Medication-Assisted Therapies, Behavioral Health Services Organizations and Issues Facing Behavioral Health Providers, Part Two

Posted In Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure

This is part two of this article of a two-part article. Part one was posted on Tuesday. More >

Medication-Assisted Therapies, Behavioral Health Services Organizations and Issues Facing Behavioral Health Providers, Part One

Posted In Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Kentucky’s Department for Medicaid Services

Kentucky seems to be losing physicians who treat opioid addicted patients with buprenorphine therapy as tough new standards for prescribing the medication have been enacted by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (“KBML”). At the same time, Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services has created new types of providers that can offer behavioral health and substance disorder services, and, the Department of Medicaid Services (“DMS”) has eliminated the ability of physicians to provide medication assisted therapy to Medicaid patients in a cash only practice. Physicians facing increased regulations must be vigilant about compliance with these new regulatory hurdles, but may also find opportunity in providing the same services through a provider other than a private practice. More >

What a PA Should Know When Searching for a Supervising Physician

Posted In Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Physician Assistants

Although supervising physicians are required to follow regulatory guidelines, it is also important that physician assistants (“PAs”) understand their role in the authority delegated to them and the specifics of regulatory compliance for supervision. More >

What Physicians Should Know About New Kentucky Law Regarding Physician Assistants

Posted In Compliance, Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Physician Assistants

During the 2015 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly, HB 258, was approved by lawmakers and signed by Governor Beshear.  This legislation amends KRS 311.854 to allow a physician to supervise up to four physician assistants (“PAs”) at the same time. This amended regulation goes into effect on June 24, 2015. More >

Telehealth/Telemedicine: An Opportunity for Physicians and Providers to Add a New Line of Service

The cost effectiveness of providing health care via telemedicine or telehealth promises to be an effective tool to increase coverage and reimbursement of healthcare provided remotely or through telehealth. Towers Watson, a national consulting company, recently published a 2014 study that suggests that telemedicine could save $6 billion annually for the health care industry. "Achieving this savings requires a shift in patient and physician mindsets, health plan willingness to integrate and reimburse such services, and regulatory support in all states," according to Dr. Allan Khoury, a senior consultant at Towers Watson.[1] Recent studies have assigned significant cost savings generated by telehealth use that include cost savings of $537 million per year for emergency departments using telehealth to reduce transfers and spending reductions of 7.7% to 13.3% per person per quarter in the cost of care for chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries using a health buddy via telehealth. [2] As the cost effectiveness of providing services via telehealth and telemedicine is proven, Medicare, most state Medicaid programs and commercial insurers are increasing coverage as well as reimbursement for telehealth services. State law requirements for providing telehealth and coverage differ greatly. Consequently, physicians and health care providers should be aware of the complexity of providing telehealth and its requirements, but should also incorporate telehealth services into their practices as a new way of providing services and a new line of business. More >

Voluntary Surrender of DEA Registration: Proceed With Caution

Posted In Agreed Order, Drug Enforcement Agency ("DEA"), Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, Licensure Requirements

All too often, the Drug Enforcement Agency (“DEA”) asks a physician to surrender his or her DEA registration when the physician enters into a prescribing-related Agreed Order with the applicable state licensing authority. A DEA registration is important because, in order to write prescriptions for controlled substances or dispense controlled substances in-office, physicians must be registered with the DEA. More >

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure Adopts the Model Policy, cont.

Earlier this week, I began the discussion about the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure adopting the Model Policy. While the Model Policy serves as a cautionary reminder of the hazards of social media, it also emphasizes the “enormous potential” social media has for both physicians and their patients. As telecommuting grows, electronic health records are implemented, and smart phones find their way into more and more physicians’ hands, it is obvious that shying away from technology is no longer an option. Nor should it be, as the use of social media really does have its benefits: reduced costs, improved physician-to-physician sharing and learning opportunities, the crossing of geographic boundaries, and a way to provide important information to the public. More >

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