Avoid these Medical Record Mistakes

  |   Practice Management

Illegible entries Inappropriate entries Failing to document recommendations and owner declinations No consent forms No documentation on boarded animals, especially medical boards (such as diabetics) Lack of records, incomplete information No anesthetic drugs, dosages, anesthetic monitoring entries Incomplete charting of physical examination No surgery report, no suture or sponge count information Tips provided by AVMA-PLIT   Posted January 4, 2019...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

  |   Uncategorized

FDA on signing the farm bill and regulating cannabis and cannabis-related compounds - FDA CDC study validates concerns about veterinary suicides  VIN News Service Contagious poultry disease in California jumps from backyards to a commercial flock – WSDA Ag Briefs Underserved pet owners at risk of not receiving veterinary care  VeterinaryPracticeNews.com 2018: A year of buyouts, unions, cannabis, data mining and more – VIN News Service Meet Phoebe: Snoqualmie fire station first on West Coast to pilot service dog program – Living Snoqualmie   Posted January 4,...

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Happy Holidays from the WSVMA Board of Directors and Staff!

  |   WSVMA News

No matter how you celebrate the season, the WSVMA wishes you and your loved ones wonderful, joyous holidays. WSVMA Holiday hours: The WSVMA office will be closed between Christmas and New Year’s, Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. The WSVMA will re-open on Wednesday, January 2.   Posted December 21, 2018...

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FDA approves new opioid safety policy – what it means for veterinarians

  |   Federal Regulatory

The FDA has announced new safety measures for opioids in the Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). Earlier this fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new REMS that requires opioid manufacturers to provide training opportunities to health care providers who are involved in the management of patients with pain, as well as prescribers, to assist in raising awareness of the risks associated with these medications and the existence of training materials.. Prescribers, including veterinarians, and other...

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Economic update: Good news on jobs & salaries

  |   Practice Management

The second-longest U.S. bull market since 1929 has brought more employment options for veterinarians and increased starting salaries for new graduates. That was some of the good news discussed during the AVMA Economic Summit, held at the end of October. The majority of economists predict the current bull market could last until early 2021, the AVMA’s chief economist told summit attendees. There’s no guarantee, though. “The economy is both an art and a science,” said AVMA Chief Economist Dr. Matt Salois. “Future...

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