Limited Tickets Available for 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala

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Limited tickets are available for the 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala to celebrate triumphs in LGBTQ health equality

Las Vegas local celebrity Brian Keith will be master of ceremonies.

GLMA: Health professionals advancing LGBTQ equality announces limited tickets are available for the 2018 GLMA Achievement Awards Gala to be held Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 from 7-10:00 PM at the Keep Memory Alive Center at 888 W. Bonneville Ave. in Las Vegas.

This highly anticipated event celebrates outstanding contributions by individuals and organizations to LGBTQ health and LGBTQ equality. The gala is the capstone of the 36th GLMA Annual Conference on LGBTQ Health.

Limited tickets are available through GLMA’s website. Individual tickets are $175, but are selling quickly. Brian Keith, local celebrity female impersonator, will serve as the entertainment and MC. Award recipients include John Phoenix, APRN, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner from Las Vegas who is being honored for his commitment to providing exemplary and culturally competent care to the LGBTQ community of Southern Nevada.

“We hope local LGBTQ residents and allies of Las Vegas and surrounding communities will join us in celebrating on this momentous occasion, “ said Hector Vargas, GLMA Executive Director.

About the 36th Annual GLMA Conference on LGBTQ Health

GLMA’s annual conference is the premier, interdisciplinary LGBTQ health conference and the world’s largest scientific gathering devoted to LGBTQ health issue and concerns.

About GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

GLMA is the world’s largest and oldest association of LGBTQ health professionals and allies. Since 1981, GLMA has been committed to ensuring health equality for both patients and health professionals. For more information visit or contact Shyam Patel at

John Packham – HCCN Interactive Manual

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Las Vegas HEALS Workforce Taskforce Members,

We are pleased to announce our next meeting at the new Las Vegas HEALS location in Summerlin at the Roseman University of Health Sciences, One Breakthrough Way, Las Vegas, NV 89135.  Please join us Tuesday October 30th at 11:30 AM, as we engage in identifying challenges and proposed action items for addressing the issues that keep Human Resource Teams and leaders in the Healthcare community up at night.

We have included a light lunch to help us fit this important time into your busy calendars.  We also plan to identify a day and time for a recurring monthly lunch meeting going forward.

We have a special guest speaker in John Packham, PhD (Associate Dean, Office of Statewide Initiatives with University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Reno), so we know you will not want to miss this opportunity.  Please access the following links to preview Dr. Packham’s reports …

Download 2018-2019 HCCN Interactive Manual

Download Physician Workforce in Nevada 2018

Local High School Students Experience a Day in the Life of a Doctor

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Local high school students who are interested in a career in medicine will get the opportunity to shadow a doctor for a day, courtesy of the Clark County Medical Society’s Youth MiniMED Internship program.

The program, which will take place October 1-11, helps students from local magnet, private, and public high schools who are interested in a career in medicine experience a half or full day “internship”, where they will be able to follow a physician through appointments, surgeries, and more.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to encourage these students to pursue a career in medicine,” said Dr. Thomas Hunt, Secretary of the Clark County Medical Society (CCMS) and Chair of the department of Family Medicine at Roseman University. “Not only does the Clark County Medical Society help practicing physicians here in Southern Nevada, we also work very hard to help cultivate the next generation of doctors in our community, and then keep them here.”

This year over 20 physician members of the Clark County Medical Society will provide shadowing experiences for about 70 high school students from around the valley.

“It’s a rewarding experience not only for the students, but for the physicians as well,” Hunt said. “We are inspired by these incredible young people who want to dedicate their lives to helping others.”

The program concludes with the Recognition Dinner on October 11 at Northwest Career and Technical Academy, sponsored by the UNLV School of Medicine and Touro University. At the dinner, students and physicians are encouraged to share their experiences and insight into the day-to-day inner workings of medical practices and hospitals.

For more information on this event and other CCMS programs, go to


About Clark County Medical Society

The Clark County Medical Society was chartered on July 15, 1955 by the Nevada State Medical Association and has grown to 2,000 members. We are proud to have served Southern Nevada physicians and their patients for the past 63 years.


Summerlin Report – October 2018

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As the fall season approaches, it brings new educational opportunities. On the Summerlin Campus, Roseman University’s Neighborhood Health Series (NHS) kicked-off the season with a presentation on immune-boosting supplements by Manas Mandal, PhD, a faculty member of the College of Pharmacy as well as an adjunct faculty member of the College of Medicine. The NHS is beginning its third year and was developed by Vanessa Maniago, Roseman special advisor to the president. These monthly presentations are a time for community members to visit our newest campus in Summerlin, meet new friends or sit with regulars, and learn about vital topics of interest to the community. A light dinner is provided, a volunteer from American Sign Language is present and signing, and the entire evening is free for our guests, courtesy of Clark County Credit Union. Come join us for October’s offering!

Also on the Summerlin Campus, the College of Medicine’s DiscoverMED program reached a new audience in September! This past month it not only hosted the Adelson Education Campus, for a second time, but it was also privileged to serve its first public school, Arbor View. The College of Medicine (COM) has desired to reach into the public schools, and this year, after conversations with key individuals of the Clark County School District (CCSD), the COM is able to include this offering in CCSD’s curriculum.

In DiscoverMED, area high school students spend the day exploring a single medical case through the eyes of various medical specialties. During four specific lab experiences, collaboration with their classmates, and mentoring from COM faculty and community volunteer physicians, they discover their own skills in critical thinking and discovery.

Several new public schools are interested in participating this fall, and we are looking forward to increasing our imprint in the CCSD. To date, we have reached over 320 families with this program. Imagine the far-reaching impact of this one program in our community, on behalf of Roseman. The College of Medicine, on the Summerlin Campus, considers it a privilege to play a part in the education of high school students, inspiring young minds to consider a career in healthcare and giving them practical experience in clinical diagnostic skills. Follow the COM on Twitter: @RosemanMedicine and the hashtag #DiscoverMED2018, for enjoyable photos.

Mark A. Penn, MD, MBA
Chancellor – Summerlin Campus
Roseman University of Health Sciences

Beyond Stark: Nevada’s Lesser-Known Physician Self-Referral Laws

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By J. Malcolm DeVoy, Attorney, DeVoy Law

Nevada law imposes obligations upon physicians that are under-appreciated and may foil an otherwise effective compliance program. Medical providers are aware of the federal penalties for kickbacks and impermissible self-referrals under the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Stark Law, which can include civil monetary penalties, exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid, and even criminal prosecution. Many providers believe that if they do not accept Medicare or Medicaid, then their regulatory burden is all but eliminated. This is only partially true. Nevada has long had its own laws against self-referrals that apply to all referrals made by physicians—or others acting at their behest1—regardless of payment source.2

Nevada’s prohibition on self-referrals is similar to the Stark Law, but distinct enough that compliance with federal law alone does not ensure compliance with state law. Nevada prohibits a physician from referring a patient for any goods or service “related to health care” to any health facility, laboratory, imaging center, or broadly defined “commercial establishment,”3 in which the referrer has a financial interest.4 A “financial interest” is defined as an “ownership or other interest” held by the referrer or the referrer’s family member, including immediate family, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and certain in-laws as well.5

To satisfy this definition, the referrer’s interest must provide compensation to the physician (or family member) that varies based on the volume or value of goods and services provided due to referrals.6Regulations provide examples of what payments would qualify under this definition. These include finder’s fees, income-sharing agreements, debt instruments, leases, or other relationships where the referring physician’s compensation is tied to the value or quantity of goods or services referred to the business.7

Like the Stark Law, Nevada’s prohibition on self-referrals contains exceptions to its application, and several of the exceptions under Nevada law are similar to the exceptions that exist for the Stark Law. For example, referrals within a group practice of physicians are permitted.8 Similarly, referrals to large, publicly traded companies in which the physician is an investor are allowed.9 Recognizing the challenges faced in rural Nevada as well, certain referrals that otherwise would be prohibited are permitted based on geographic factors.10

These exceptions to Nevada’s prohibition on self-referrals are narrowly drawn and limited in number. Nevada’s prohibitions on physician self-referral have fewer exceptions than the Stark Law, which sets forth exemptions within the statute itself, and still more exceptions within the Code of Federal Regulations. The exceptions to the Nevada law that do exist are less developed than those accompanying the Stark Law, which have been examined and explained by the United States Department of Health and Human Services over the span of decades.

Any violation of this law, which is written to impose strict liability, is a misdemeanor.11 Physicians may also face professional discipline for violating Nevada’s self-referral prohibitions,12 or an investigation by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services.13 Loss or impairment of a professional license, and one’s livelihood, is never worth the short-term gain of improper referrals. For that reason, it is crucial for physicians to ensure their referral practices comply not only with federal law, but even Nevada’s lesser-known laws as well.

1 – NAC 439B.5402.
2 – NRS 439.425.
3 – NAC 439B.5207.
4 – NRS 439B.425(1).
5 – NAC 439B.530(1).
6 – Id. 439B.530(1)(a).
7 – Id. 439B.530(2).
8 – NRS 439B.425(2)(c) and (5)(a); see also NAC 439B.5404(1) and (2).
9 – NRS 439B.425(2)(f).
10 – Id. 439B.425(2)(a) and (g).
11 – Id. 439B.425(1) and (3).
12 – Id. 630.305(1)(c) (specifying a violation of NRS 439B.425 as a ground for professional discipline); see also Id. 633.131(1)(c) and 2(a) (describing prohibited referral-based compensation that may be a basis  or discipline).
13 – NAC 439B.5408.

Health District, Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium offer free HIV screenings for National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

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The Southern Nevada Health District and the Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium will offer rapid HIV screenings, syphilis testing, and additional health services on Saturday, October 13 to commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day. In the United States, Hispanics/Latinos accounted for approximately 26 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2016 although they are only approximately 18 percent of the population. The testing event will take place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 at Bonanza Plaza, 4250 E. Bonanza Rd., Las Vegas, NV. For more information, contact Rosita Castillo, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Inc., (702) 239-6217.

The Southern Nevada HIV Awareness Consortium is a group of community partners working together to fight HIV/AIDS in the community. National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of testing, promote effective prevention strategies, and to fight HIV stigma in the Hispanic/Latino community.

This year’s theme, “Ending HIV is everyone’s job,” is a call to action to present existing tools to help end HIV and ask members of the community to do his or her part to take an HIV test, consider PrEP as a prevention treatment, to stay in HIV treatment so the virus becomes undetectable, and to use condoms. Only about half of Hispanics/Latinos living with HIV have achieved viral suppression.

Hispanics/Latinos tend to have delayed HIV diagnoses. A delay in seeking care increases the risk of developing AIDS. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there could be several factors that contribute to members of the community not accessing testing, including a stigma associated with HIV and language barriers, among others. The CDC reports that among Hispanics/Latinos who received an HIV diagnosis in 2016, 87 percent were men and 12 percent were women. Approximately 1 in 4 new HIV diagnoses among young (13-24 years old), gay, and bisexual men are Hispanic/Latinos; HIV infection rates for Hispanic women declined 16 percent between 2011 and 2015. For more information, visit the CDC’s HIV Among Hispanics/Latinos page.

The Sexual Health Clinic provides HIV/AIDS services that include testing, counseling, case management, outreach efforts, and community referrals. In addition, the Sexual Health Clinic offers STD screenings. Testing is $40. The Clinic is open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday at 280 S. Decatur Blvd. For information, call (702) 759-0702. All testing is confidential.

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UMC Celebrates Burn Center’s 50th Year with Large Reunion

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University Medical Center is celebrating 50 years as the state’s first and only burn center.

A large reunion took place Friday between burn survivors and hospital staff at at Texas Station hotel and casino in North Las Vegas.

Nearly 200 people attended.

When the Lions Burn Care Center first opened in 1968, it started with only four hospital beds. It’s grown significantly since then, serving a population now of 2 million people across the valley.

A former patient who was treated for a flesh-eating bacteria attended the event to thank the staff.

“I’m the only quadruple amputee in the world that is a head coach of a softball team. And the way I do it, the way I handle it, it’s pretty amazing. Within five minutes of talking with a girl, they don’t see the limitations. They don’t see the physical limitations, they don’t see missing hands, they don’t see missing feet, they see Coach Eddie. That is why I am able to go back and do what I do,” said Eddie Garcia, former UMC burn center patient.

UMC shared they are one of fewer than five hospitals in the entire nation as a burn center, verified by the American Burn Association as well as the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

Flu Vaccine Available at the Southern Nevada Health District

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If it’s not too early to order a pumpkin spice latte, then it’s not too early to protect yourself and your family from the flu! The beginning of fall means that flu season is just around the corner, and the Southern Nevada Health District is offering the injectable quadrivalent (four-strain) flu vaccine as well as the high-dose vaccine for people age 65 and older at its public health centers. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered by most insurance with no copay. For more information, visit the Immunization Program’s Flu Vaccine Clinic page or call the clinic at (702) 759-0850.

The Health District and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend routine annual flu vaccine for people age 6 months and older without any contraindications. Flu shots are especially recommended for people who are at a higher risk of flu complications including pregnant women; people over the age of 65; or anyone with a chronic medical condition like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, or respiratory conditions. Because babies younger than 6 months old cannot receive a flu vaccine, people who care for them should also be vaccinated.

There are several different flu vaccines approved for use in the United States for the 2018-2019 season. Any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate vaccine can be used, and this includes individuals with a history of egg allergy of any severity. Anyone who has questions about which flu vaccine is appropriate should contact his or her health care provider. For additional information about flu shot recommendations, visit the CDC’s  Get Vaccinated page.  

The Health District is offering flu shots at its clinics. Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow time for processing: 

  • Main Public Health Center, 280 S. Decatur Blvd., Las Vegas

Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

  • East Las Vegas Public Health Center, 560 N. Nellis Blvd., Suite E12, Las Vegas

Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

  • Southern Nevada Health District Henderson Clinic, 874 American Pacific Dr., Henderson

Monday — Thursday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Closed daily 1 p.m. — 2 p.m.

By appointment only. Call (702) 759-0960.

  • Mesquite Public Health Center, 830 Hafen Lane, Mesquite

Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Closed noon — 1 p.m.

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Urology Specialists of Nevada Welcomes Stephen DelCasino, Jr., PA-C

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Urology Specialists of Nevada announces the arrival of Stephen DelCasino Jr., PA-C. as its newest health care provider.

DelCasino is a certified physician assistant who has been practicing most recently with Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine and has served as Adjunct Clinical Professor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Program. “PA DelCasino’s experience and certification as a first assist for the da Vinci® Surgical System, as well as his expertise in nerve blocks makes him a great addition to our practice,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, founder of Urology Specialists of Nevada.

DelCasino attained his medical training at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is a member of the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants and a member (Fellow) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

About Urology Specialists of Nevada

Urology Specialists of Nevada (USONV) is one of the largest urology groups in Southern Nevada with fourteen providers and four convenient locations. The practice has been serving Southern Nevada since 1996 and is committed to providing the highest quality and most advanced and comprehensive care to its patients. USONV is the only urologic cancer provider in Nevada offering the full array of the Calypso® System, the da Vinci Surgical System and the MRI Fusion System for the treatment of prostate cancer. For more information:


Roseman University and ACS Hosting Cancer Research Symposium

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Roseman University and the American Cancer Society Host Cancer Research Symposium in Summerlin

Roseman University of Health Sciences and the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer chapter for Southern Nevada will host a first-ever cancer research symposium at Roseman’s Summerlin campus on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

The symposium features presentations by Michael Melner, PhD, the American Cancer Society’s Director of Molecular Genetics and Thomas Graeber, PhD, the Director of UCLA’s Metabolomics Center. Melner will be presenting an overview of American Cancer Society funding opportunities, processes, and best practices in securing funding. Dr. Graeber will speak about his work as a cancer researcher and share his perspectives on the methods and infrastructure required to execute top quality research, as well as how to build Nevada’s cancer research community.

Melner is responsible for three Peer Review Committees in the Extramural Grant department of the American Cancer Society. Graeber was the 2017 recipient of the Society’s prestigious Giants of Science Passion Award. He is also faculty at UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology.

The Nevada Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer is reaching out to institutions and companies to advance medical research within the Silver State, and Roseman has stepped forward to partner with them.

About the American Cancer Society:
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit

About Roseman University of Health Sciences:

Founded in Henderson, Nevada in 1999, Roseman University of Health Sciences is a non-profit, private institution of higher learning training the next generation of undergraduate and graduate level healthcare professionals that serve, collaborate and set new standards in their communities and within their professions. With campuses in Henderson and Summerlin (Las Vegas), Nevada and South Jordan, Utah, the University is comprised of a College of Dental Medicine, College of Pharmacy, College of Nursing, and a healthcare-focused MBA program. The University will also offer a Doctor of Medicine through its College of Medicine once it becomes accredited. More than 5,000 Roseman graduates are caring for patients, conducting research, and engaged in public health and policy in Nevada, Utah and across the country. Roseman University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.