February 2006 Chapter Email Newsletter
- Citizens' Health Care Working Group
- Annual Session 2006
- Formation of the Indiana ACP Services (501c6)
- Leadership Day 2006
Citizens' Health Care Working Group--coming to Indianapolis March 11 (Saturday)
You are invited to become a part of an historic discussion taking place right now across America where citizens like you get to tell the policymakers in Washington what you like and don't like about our nation's health care system, and what tough choices our country should make to turn it into one that works for all Americans. Your opinions will help form a citizens' action plan that President Bush and Congress are required by law to consider as they work to make health care work for all Americans. The Citizens' Health Care Working Group is a panel of 14 consumers, providers, employers and workers, including St.Vincent Indianapolis President, Patricia A. Maryland, DrPH. The group's purpose is to provide for a nationwide public debate about improving the health care system to provide every American with the ability to obtain quality, affordable health care coverage. The Indianapolis meeting will be held March 11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Butler University's Atherton Student Union, Reilly Room, 4600 Sunset Avenue. Admission is free but registration is required. To register visit www.citizenshealthcare.gov/register or call Dave Coats at 274-3826.
Annual Session 2006 will be held on April 6-8th in Philadelphia. Over 260 course offerings! Learn the latest clinical pearls or expand your set of office-based procedures at the Herbert S. Waxman Learning Center. Earn those important CME credits while socializing and networking with colleagues from across the country in a wonderfully historic city. The new Constitution Center is open and directly across from ACP headquarters. More information (and meeting and hotel registration forms) can be found at ACP Online.
The national ACP Services has just approved our request to incorporate "Indiana ACP Services". As we work on developing our companion corporation, the dues structure will also have to change. For 2006-07, the dues will be $35 for the 501c3 (Indiana Chapter) and $10 for the 501c6 (Indiana ACP Services). All dues for 2006-07 will be tax deductible. (These dues do not apply to Medical Student and Associate members).
Why not change our 501c3 corporate structure to a 501c6? First, 501c3 nonprofit organizations are primarily charitable and educational in nature. These will remain among the Chapter's primary areas of focus. Second, the national ACP corporation is a 501c3. Lastly, developing these counterpart organizations will expand our ability to serve the interests of our patients and our membership. We will continue to maximize the value of our Chapter members' dues.
Leadership Day 2006 will take place on May 16-17 (Tues-Wed) in Washington, D.C. Want to influence Congress? Or want to learn how? Plan to attend. The Chapter does sponsor a delegation to attend. Reply back to me or your Chapter Governor, Robert M. Lubitz, MD, MPH, FACP if interested. Space is limited.
If you are interested in becoming more involved with the Chapter or Indiana ACP Services, please contact your local Council member. We also welcome any ideas or suggestions.
As always, your Chapter Governor's Council would like to hear from members with any questions or concerns. Feel free to contact your Chapter Governor, Robert M. Lubitz, MD, MPH, FACP, directly at email@example.com or Michael Sha, MD, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Indiana Chapter Governor:
J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, FACE
(765) 747-4350; Fax (765) 751-1451
4319 West Clara Lane, PMB #288
Muncie, Indiana 47304