October 21, 2019

UOC Continues Orthopedic Surgery at Tyrone Hospital

Altoona, PA, October 21, 2019 – Although no longer performing joint replacement surgery at Tyrone Hospital, University Orthopedics Center (UOC) will continue to perform other orthopedic surgeries in the specialties of sports medicine surgery, hand surgery, and foot and ankle surgery at Tyrone Hospital. Additionally, UOC’s Dr. Bradley Barter and physician assistant Aaron Thompson will continue to see patients at the outpatient clinic in Tyrone Hospital.  “We remain committed to providing top-quality orthopedic care at Tyrone Hospital for patients who prefer that location,” said Dr. Christopher McClellan, Director of Joint Replacement Surgery at UOC.

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March 05, 2019

PA Orthopaedic Society: Medical liability Venue Shopping Would Hike Costs, Threaten Care

Feb. 4 news conference proposes blocking legislation

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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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