If you receive a letter from your insurance company stating that one or more of your Texas Orthopaedic Associates Physicians will no longer participate in your healthcare network effective June 2018 please rest assured this is not the case. We will still be in network with your insurance company. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions. Thank you very much! Texas Orthopaedic Associates
We have added a new specialist in non-operative and regenerative medicine to our practice. Dr Dimeff starts January 2018.
We have added a new orthopedic surgeon to our practice. Dr. Sakowski starts on September 1, 2017.
Major League Baseball in partnership with USA Baseball have created a new web site called Pitch Smart to help educate youth baseball players, parents, and coaches about how to play the game safely.
ASMI Medical Director Dr. James Andrews and Research Director Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. serve on the Advisory Committee that helped create the web site as well as the pitching guidelines offered to help protect young players’ arms.
Check out the Pitch Smart Website at http://m.mlb.com/pitchsmart/
HYDROCODONE & HYDROCODONE COMBINATION DRUGS
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that hydrocodone and hydrocodone combination products will be reclassified from Schedule III to Schedule II effective October 6, 2014.
As of October 6, 2014, hydrocodone and hydrocodone combination prescriptions and refills will no longer be able to be processed electronically or via telephone. Prescriptions will require a physician signature and will be required to be written on a special prescription pad.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
• These prescriptions will not have pre-authorized refills.
• You will need to obtain all prescriptions for these medications in person from your physician.
• Prescriptions will only be written during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday, when your physician is present in the office.
• Prescriptions will not be written on weekends or holidays or when the clinic is closed.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• Plan ahead.
• Don’t wait until you are out of medication to call your Physician.
• We encourage you to discuss this change with your Physician and discuss alternative pain medication options that may be authorized electronically or by telephone.
We understand the difficulty this will cause our patients in obtaining these types of prescriptions; however, we are mandated to comply with the new DEA regulations.