February 01, 2019

Conemaugh Nason Elects New Medical Staff President, UOC's Dr. Angela Rowe

Roaring Spring, PA (January 29, 2019) – Conemaugh Nason Medical Center’s medical staff recently elected Angela Rowe, DO, FAOAO as its president. Dr. Rowe’s leadership responsibilities will include providing leadership and guidance to the medical staff and work as their liaison to the administration team.She will hold the position for two years. She most recently served as Vice President of the medical staff, 2017-18. 

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January 04, 2019

Paper Opioid Prescriptions, A Visage of the Past

On October 24, 2019, paper opioid prescriptions will be a visage of the past.  That’s because Governor Tom Wolf signed into law HB 353, POS’s signature initiative to require e-prescribing of controlled substances.  With Act 96, the state government took a great stride toward eliminating illegal opioid medication diversion to the streets. 

The Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society led the way on this important legislation.  To be part of the solution to the opioid addiction crisis, POS conceived the legislation, recruited legislative sponsors, and shepherded the bill through the General Assembly.  HB 353 passed both the House and Senate with no dissenting votes.  Governor Wolf signed Act 96 into law on October 24, 2018.  The statute is effective in one year. 

Introduced by State Representative Tedd Nesbit (R, Mercer, Butler), Act 96 ensures opioid prescriptions go directly from a physician’s office to the patient’s chosen pharmacy electronically.   Paper prescriptions and prescription pads will no longer be available for criminals to steal, sell, forge or alter.  Act 96 will do more to prevent this illegal drug trade than any other measure the General Assembly has considered in the past four years.  Senator Richard Alloway (R, Adams, Franklin, York) introduced a companion Senate Bill.

The statute contains 11 exceptions to the e-prescribing mandate, however.  Among them are hospice and veterinarian prescriptions; when e-prescribing is not available to be issued or received due to a temporary technological or electrical failure; when a practitioner or health care facility does not have internet access or an electronic health record system; and prescriptions generated from an emergency department. 
 

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November 28, 2018

Dr. Ruben Echemendia, Clinical Director of UOC Concussion Care Clinic in State College, PA is a Co-Principal Investigator on a $14.7M grant from the NFL to Boston Children’s Hospital that will examine the 20-year neurologic health outcomes in former NFL players

Boston Children’s Hospital has received $14.7 million from the National Football League to study potential long-term neurologic health consequences of concussions and sub-concussive injuries sustained by former NFL players. 

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September 28, 2018

Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society's President Dr. Rowe and Invited Speaker Dr. McClellan to Attend 2018 Fall Scientific Meeting

Altoona, PA September 2018 –  Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (POS) President Dr. Rowe and invited speaker Dr. McClellan will be attending the 2018 Fall Scientific Meeting, The New Age of Arthroplasty from October 25-27, 2018 in Hershey, PA. Along with many other famous experts, they will focus on topics such as: Outpatient Joint Replacement Arthroplasty: Is it safe?  Also, Simplifying Treatment of the Terrible Triad, Shoulder Arthroplasty in the Young Patient, What do I do with the glenoid?  Sporting Activity after Arthroplasty, and Avoiding Opioids in Shoulder Surgery, What Works? 

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