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All posts by Dominique Perkins

Conquering Pain: a team sport With Patrick W. Hogan, DO

By Dominique Perkins Growing up, Patrick Hogan, DO, used to visit his mother at work. She was an oncology nurse, and she brought him into the hospital unit to meet her coworkers. To a young boy, the bustling atmosphere and colorful uniforms had an instant appeal, and an interest in[…]

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Turning the Tide on Opioid Misuse and Abuse

by Cara Christ, MD, MS, Arizona Department of Health Services Director More than 600 Arizonans died from opioid abuse in 2015, averaging almost two deaths per day. This is an issue that has likely touched your practice and maybe even your family. While acknowledging that even one death because of[…]

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Public Health in Arizona – New Opportunities

By John Middaugh, MD For the past eight years, the United States has focused on its healthcare system in the aftermath of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its complexity and cost have guaranteed controversy. With a new Republican president and Congress committed to repealing the ACA, no clear[…]

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Unpredictable, not unbeatable: Flu in Arizona

By Lisa Villarroel, MD MPH, Medical Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services Flu is unpredictable. Flu peaks every February, except when it peaks in March (2015-2016). Flu hits the very young and very old, except when it hits the younger and middle-aged (2013-2014). Flu can be prevented[…]

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Changing How We Pay Doctors is Key

By Jason Fodeman As they were heading out the door, the Obama Administration decided to scrap a plan to change how Medicare reimburses physicians for administering drugs in their offices. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ultimately made the right decision as the changes would have jeopardized patient care and[…]

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Congressional Corner: U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema

As I travel around Arizona, I hear almost daily from families, seniors, and businesses about the uncertainty surrounding health care. Unfortunately, partisan gridlock in Washington currently prevents an honest, fact-based discussion from occurring. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a mixed bag for Arizonans. On the upside, kids can[…]

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AZ Bills Impacting Physicians & Patient Care

  By Pele Fischer, JD Action is unfolding at a brisk pace at the Capitol during the First Session of the 53rd Legislature in 2017. We’ve not seen a particularly large number of bills filed in the new session, but that is to be expected with a new freshman class[…]

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