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August 2012


From the Governor

This edition of the newsletter includes information on upcoming events and webinars, information about the delay of the launch of ABIM's New MOC program, several items of interest, and more. As always I would like to hear back from ACP members about we can be doing to bring new initiatives to the chapter. I can be contacted at jneal6@iuhealth.org or (765) 747-4350.

J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, FACP
Governor, Indiana Chapter

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Reminder of Indiana Chapter Meeting: November 9-10, 2012

Reminder of the Indiana Chapter meeting November 9-10 at Marten House and Lilly Conference Center in Indianapolis. Our conference committee has done an excellent job of organizing another great conference, and I hope you can attend some of the sessions. Please contact me at jneal6@iuhealth.org or Donna Seawards at donnaseawards@gmail.com for more information.

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ACP Indiana Chapter Young Physicians’ Event – Contract Negotiation

Julie Reed, General Counsel for ISMA, will be giving a free seminar on “Negotiating Contracts” from 6:30 to 7:30 at ISMA headquarters (see map) on October 9. The seminar is free of charge and food and drinks will be provided. If interested in attending please contact Donna Seawards at donnaseawards@gmail.com.

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ABIM's New Maintenance of Certification Program Launch Delayed

ABIM contacted the College recently to let us know that the launch of its new continuous Maintenance of Certification program will be delayed to a later date. The new program was originally projected to begin in January 2013. ABIM is in the process of determining a new roll-out date, which will be determined in part by the completion of the technological infrastructure needed to implement the program. We will continue to keep you updated about a new launch date as we receive information from ABIM.

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Items of Interest

Healthcare Reform Likely To Worsen Nation's Shortage Of Physicians

On its front page, the New York Times (7/29, Lowrey, Pear, Subscription Publication) reported that expanded health insurance and Medicaid will not translate to all the healthcare needed in the US, in part because the country dramatically lacks the number of doctors it needs to deliver that care. The Times uses Riverside, California, as a base for explaining the dilemma, pointing out that "the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025. ... Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000." The Times examines some underlying causes and says experts suggest changes in healthcare delivery, such as "building more walk-in clinics, allowing nurses to provide more care and encouraging doctors to work in teams."

Conservative Critics Mounting Broad Effort Against Medicaid

The Los Angeles Times (7/31, Levey) reports "conservative critics of the massive government health insurance program for the poor are readying a new push to dramatically scale it back if Republicans control the White House and Congress next year," with Republican governors refusing to implement ACA Medicaid expansion and "rolling back coverage...arguing that the program is ineffective and unaffordable. At the same time, congressional Republicans, backed by influential conservative activists, are renewing calls to convert Medicaid into a series of smaller grants to states, reprising the successful GOP strategy that cut cash welfare programs in the mid-1990s."

Nurse Staffing Levels, Burnout May Be Linked To Higher HAI Rates

Modern Healthcare (7/31, McKinney, Subscription Publication) reports, "Targeting nurse staffing levels and burnout may help hospitals reduce their rates of certain types of healthcare-associated infections [HAIs]," according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control. Investigators found that "large patient loads and high levels of exhaustion among nurses were associated with greater rates of urinary-tract and surgical-site infections among patients."

Findings Mixed On Whether ICU Telemedicine Saves Hospitals Money

Reuters (7/31, Grens) reports that, according to a study published in Chest, it is unclear whether ICU telemedicine saves hospitals any money. After looking at data on several studies on the topic, researchers found that the studies came to varying conclusions regarding the financial impact of telemedicine systems.

Sports Medicine Expert Emphasizes Importance of New Concussion Law

WTHR-TV Indianapolis (7/31, 6:03 a.m. EDT, Kirschner) reports, "More Central Indiana schoolchildren are headed back to class today, and that means more football teams are taking to the practice field." Under a new state law, high school athletes are required to sit out practice or games if they've had a concussion. "The student has to buy into it," said Dr. Terry Horner of Methodist Sports Medicine, "because one of the biggest ways we diagnose concussions is symptoms. We can't look at the athlete and see symptoms, they have to tell us." Those symptoms include nausea, light-headedness, irritability, and the inability to sleep and concentrate. This story was also available on the station's website.

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Young Physician Leadership Webinars

“Writing for Publication” - August 23, 2012 6:30-7:30 pm EST

J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, FACP

Registration Link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/857565342

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the components of an effective abstract and article.
2. Understand the common mistakes that beginning authors make in medical writing.
3. Be able to recognize common errors in manuscript writing.
4. Understand the process of refereed manuscript review.

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Contact Information

Indiana Chapter Governor:
J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, CPE, FACP, FACE
Email: jneal6@iuhealth.org
(765) 747-4350; Fax (765) 751-1451

Donna Seawards
Executive Director
Email: donnaseawards@gmail.com
Ph: 224-356-6101

Chapter Address:
4319 West Clara Lane, PMB #288
Muncie, Indiana 47304