Home > Tools You Can Use > Topics > Public Health > General You Can Use:Topics:Public Health:General<p>Stay updated on important news and information involving medicine in Pennsylvania and beyond. Increase productivity, save money, and reduce your worries about changes in medicine with these tools.</p> Digital Data Logger Requirements for Pennsylvania’s Vaccines for Children Program<p>​Starting on Jan. 1, 2018, new digital data logger/continuous temperature monitoring requirements take effect for Pennsylvania's Vaccines for Children program.<br></p>’s How Physicians Can Get Forms Required by Pa.’s New School Immunization Rules <p>Pennsylvania’s new school immunization regulations will take effect on Aug. 1, 2017, just in time for the 2017-2018 school year. Here's how physicians and practices can get the certificates of immunization and medical certificates required by the new rules.<br></p> Key Changes to Pennsylvania's New School Immunization Regs<p>Here are five changes to keep in mind after ​Pennsylvania's new school immunization regulations go into effect on Aug. 1, 2017.</p>Physicians;# Responds to PA's Superbug Case<p>​<span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;">On May 31, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a media call-in regarding the recent superbug case in which a PA woman was found to carry E. coli bacteria carrying the mcr-1 gene that can withstand colistin, one of the antibiotics of last resort. </span></p>’s DHS Shares Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedules <p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-5 ms-rteFontSize-2"></span><span style="line-height:107%;font-family:"calibri",sans-serif;font-size:11pt;">On April 15, 2016, Pennsylvania's Department of Human Services (DHS) issued a Medical Assistance Bulletin regarding 2016 recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedules. DHS has updated its immunization guidelines to confirm to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines. Access the guidelines here.</span></p> Can Physicians Better Detect and Treat Those at Risk for Suicide?<p>​A Feb. 24 alert issued by the Joint Commission says that suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more lives than traffic accidents and more than twice as many as homicides. The Joint Commission identified a need for improved patient assessment, psychiatric assessment in particular. </p> Program Will Provide Drug Coverage for Uninsured Pennsylvanians with Hepatitis C and HIV<p>Pennsylvania’s Department of Health announced that the state’s Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program is implementing a pilot program offering no cost coverage of hepatitis C antiviral medications for individuals with a dual diagnosis of HIV and hepatitis C. ​</p> to Help Your Practice Implement Routine HIV Testing and Comply with Informed Consent Requirements <p>This information can help physicians implement routine HIV testing in their practices and how Act 59 of 2011 changed the requirements for informed consent.</p> and DOH Team Up to Offer Important Reminders on Preventing the Flu <p>​Pennsylvania Physician General and PAMED member Rachel Levine, MD, discussed the state’s “Stopping the Flu Starts with YOU” campaign at a press conference held in partnership with PAMED at the Philadelphia County Medical Society on Dec. 21.</p>Physicians;#Media Professionals;# Updates Rules Regarding Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling for Prescription Drugs<p>The FDA issued a final rule regarding human prescription drug and biologic products, which regulates the content and format of prescription drug labeling information related to the potential effects of a drug on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and reproduction.</p>Physicians;# Issues Supplemental Measures to Enhance Duodenoscope Reprocessing<p>​The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a detailed list of supplemental duodenoscope reprocessing measures.</p>Physicians;#Practice Administrators;# flu testFDA Expands Approved Use of Rapid Flu Test to Include Physician Offices​A rapid molecular flu test that provides results in as little as 15 minutes using a nasal swab and can be performed in front of the patient is now available to physician offices, emergency rooms, health department clinics, and other health care facilities.Physicians;#Practice Administrators;# DonerFAQ: Organ DonationsAnswers to the most common questions about organ donation.Physicians;#Practice Administrators;#Media Professionals;# Decision MakingPAMED Publishes Informed Decision-Making Form for Screening Tests and VaccinesThe Pennsylvania Medical Society is providing an informed decision-making form to aid in the care of patients for whom physician practices have recommended screening tests or vaccines.

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