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July 2012


From the Governor

This edition of the newsletter includes a welcome to our new Internal Medicine residents, information on the recent Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act, an ACGME update, 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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Welcome New Internal Medicine Residents

I would like to welcome all the incoming residents to our three Internal Medicine residency programs: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, and St. Vincent Hospital. We look forward to your participation in the Indiana Chapter and presence at the Indiana Chapter meeting this year. Please do not hesitate to contact me (jneal6@iuhealth.org), Chrissy Doan (your Associates’ Council Chair, ctdoan@stvincent.org), our Immediate Past Governor, Dr. Michael Sha (mcsha@iupui.edu), or our Executive Director, Donna Seawards (donnaseawards@gmail.com) if you have any questions about ACP.

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Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Decision Update

I am certain that you have heard by now of the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision to uphold the ACA. Details on the decision and ACP’s stance on this issue can be found here.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced a waiver of the mandate for low-income residents in states that opt out of Medicaid expansion: View the article

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ACGME Update

As many of you know, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is in the process of revamping its accreditation system which, in the past, has relied heavily on periodic site visits and completion of complex PIFs (Program Information Forms). The progression will be towards the Next Accreditation System (NAS), an outcomes-based system in which our trainees will be measured for their competencies and attainment of milestones during training. This will involve more “continuous” evaluation (with emphasis on competency achievement and qualify standards) and the generation of more information on regular intervals. More information can be found on the ACGME Web site.

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Local Internist Recognized at White House for EMR Implementation

Wishard Health Services CEO and Medical Director Dr. Lisa Harris was recognized by the White House and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on June 12. Dr. Harris is a highly accomplished medical leader and was one of eighty-two healthcare providers from across the country who were recognized for their successful implementation of electronic health record (EHR) technology. She was recently elected to Direct Fellowhsip in ACP, an honor bestowed upon rare individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to internal medicine. More information can be found here.

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IU Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and Indianapolis Medical Society Event

The IU Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and the Indianapolis Medial Society is hosting an event on Thursday, July 26 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Tobias House (5 E. 71st Street) to welcome the new women physicians in the area. It is the hope that this event will welcome and create strong bonds among the female physicians in the area as well as promote two fabulous programs: the WOW bus and Project Health. For additional information, download the flyer.

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New Resolutions

Several new resolutions have been proposed by various chapters and will be discussed at our next Chapter Governor’s Council meeting later this month. After our discussion, these will be voted on at the September Board of Governors’ meeting in Vancouver and then forwarded to the Board of Regents, the College’s policy-making body.

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Medical Schools Plan for PCMH Models in Curriculum

This article from American Medical News details the burgeoning efforts of medical schools to instruct students in the new concept of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Preparation of the doctors of tomorrow in this innovative outcome-based system will be essential in the new frontier of accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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Young Physician Leadership Webinars

July 25, 2012 6:30 pm EST - “Running an Effective Meeting”
Speaker: J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, FACP

Objectives:
1. Realize the importance running an effective meeting in leadership roles.
2. Understand the common mistakes that beginning chairpersons make in running meetings.
3. Develop strategies for dealing with attendees who stray from meeting agenda and are counterproductive to the meeting.

Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/300918262

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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