The X-Waiver Is No More

Among the bills appropriations bills signed by President Joe Biden on Dec. 29 was legislation to officially eliminate the X-waiver for physicians and other providers who treat patients with substance use disorder. That means any member of the care team with a Drug Enforcement Agency registration that includes Schedule III medications may now prescribe buprenorphine.…

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State WIC Program to Drop Temporary Formula Approvals in February

In response to the voluntary recall of Abbott infant formula, the Washington State Department of Health temporarily added 93 formulas to its approved list. The additional formulas were added thanks in part to a waiver from the US Department of Agriculture. Those waivers, however, will begin to expire on Feb. 28. Because of this, WIC…

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CMS Investigating Data Breach Which May Involve Personal Information

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is investigating a data breach at one of its subcontractors. The data breach may affect as many as 245,000 Medicare beneficiaries, and both personally identifiable information and protected health information may have been compromised. Although it is unclear where the affected patients may reside, CMS is asking physicians…

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Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming Bree Collaborative Events, Information

The Bree Collaborative, established by the state legislature in 2011 to bring together public and private stakeholders to identify improvements to health care quality, outcomes, and affordability, is spotlighting two of its recommendations this month. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at noon, the Collaborative will highlight its recommendation on opioid prescribing in older adults. During the…

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WAFP, WSMA, WCAAP Release Statement on Preventive Measures to Combat Surge in RSV Cases

WAFP, along the with the Washington State Medical Association and the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, released a joint statement urging the public to take precautions as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) spike throughout Washington. Hospital emergency departments are frequently at capacity, and the problem is even worse at pediatric hospitals. The statement…

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Nominations Open for WAFP Family Medicine Educator of the Year

While the Oxford Dictionary defines an educator as “a person who provides instruction or education; a teacher,” we know an educator is so much more! True educators ignite passions for learning, offer endless encouragement, challenge assumptions, and construct an environment in which their students thrive. Do you know a Family Medicine Educator who has impacted their…

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Washington Medical Commission Recruiting for Vacancies

The Washington Medical Commission, which establishes, monitors, and enforces qualifications for licensure, consistent standards of practice, and continuing competency, will have openings for several commissioners beginning July 1, 2023: WMC is also recruiting for two public members who are not physicians. Commission members are appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee. The commission usually meets eight times…

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