PracticeLink Magazine

Spring 2019

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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42 S PRIN g 2019 R E F O R M R E C A P For more information, contact Holly Lestage, Provider Recruitment Manager 508-973-2765 More than medicine. Southcoast Health is one of the largest and fastest growing health systems in New England. Since its inception in 1996, Southcoast has become a sought-after destination for health care professionals. As a thriving part of the New England medical community, Southcoast Health offers practice excellence in an environment you want to call home. Southcoast Health is backboned by the Southcoast Physicians Group which has grown to 400+ providers, and we're still growing. This integrated multi-specialty group spans our three hospitals in Southeastern Massachusetts and extends into parts of Rhode Island. We strive to recognize each community's identity while sharing one mission: To care for and improve the health and to promote the wellness of the individuals and communities we serve. We currently have openings in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, GI, Dermatology, Endocrinology, ID, Neurology, Rheumatology, Hospitalist, OB/GYN, ENT, and Thoracic Surgery. Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research." The report stated there was evidence to support use of cannabis or ca n nabi noids for treati ng multiple conditions. On the negative side, the report said evidence suggested "cannabis use is likely to increase the risk of developing schizophrenia, other psychoses, and social an xiety disorders, and to a lesser extent depression." Guidelines for recommending marijuana Among the organizations issuing guidelines to physicians on the topic is the Federation of State Medical Boards. These guidelines were adopted in 2016 and have much in common with general medical standards: • D o c u m e n t a n a p p r o p r i a t e physician-patient relationship • Collect and document relevant m e d ic a l h i s to r y, i n clu d i n g substance abuse and addiction • Discuss risks and benefits of marijuana treatment • Review other measures attempted to ease suffering • M a ke recom mend at ions for marijuana consistent with current standards of practice as well as with state laws and regulations • Set a specific duration of treatment not longer than 12 months • W here available or requ ired, register with appropriate oversight agency and check state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program • Make referrals, as needed, for substance abuse disorders or mental health issues • Do not have a n off ice i n a dispensary or have a compensation arrangement with a dispensary or cultivation center P h y s i c i a n s s h o u l d c o n s u l t licensing boards and professional organizations for standards that may be applicable to them. JEFF ATKINSON ( is a professor for the Illinois Judicial Conference and has taught health care law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

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