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May 2012

From the Governor

My main reason for distributing this newsletter is to bring you up to date with some of the exciting changes and potential opportunities that are developing within ACP and of particular interest to the Indiana Chapter. The ACP is a source of excellent educational materials and provides a forum to discuss issues of mutual interest. 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


2012 Annual Meeting Recap

Internal Medicine 2012 is over, and for those that attended, I think that you would agree that the sessions were excellent and applicable. Earlier I posted some photos from Convocation and the Chapter Reception. I’m looking forward to Internal Medicine April 11-13, 2013 in San Francisco and hope to see you there.


Council Member Featured in TV Clip

Dr. Deepak Azad, one of our own Chapter Council members, is featured in this video discussing Medicare cuts to physicians.
Please check it out:



Leadership Day 2012

Leadership Day 2012 will be June 6-7, 2012 in Washington, DC. Our Chapter delegation is ready to go have our voice heard on Capitol Hill. Information on Leadership Day can be found on the ACP Advocacy web page. Obviously dramatic changes in the Healthcare Reform Act are expected. If you need clarification, an update on the status of reform, a better explanation of what the reform provisions are and how they will impact you as a physician I highly recommend you visit the web page, or read the physicians’ guide to healthcare reform. Bob Doherty has been our advocate on Capitol Hill and provides the best insights into the workings of the government.


Board of Governors Resolutions Update

I received excellent input from our Chapter Council concerning the resolutions that were put before the Board of Governors at our April meeting in New Orleans. The Board of Regents (BOR) approved the following two resolutions referred from the Board of Governors (BOG) with the indicated actions:

5-S11. Investigating Possible Work-Related Abuses for Physicians Working Under the Conrad-30 Program (Referred to the ACP Delegation to the AMA for implementation)

1-S12. Studying the Financial Consequences of Provider-Based Billing on the Value of Health Care (Referred to the Medical Practice and Quality Committee for implementation)

The following two resolutions were considered by the BOR as reaffirmation of College Policy:

5-S12. Collaborating with the ACP Foundation to Help Patients Become More Prudent Consumers of Health Care

7-S12. Developing a Strategy to Become the Leader in Use and Development of Technical Innovations in Communication, Education, and Membership Outreach

The following resolution was sent by the BOG for study and report back to the BOG:

6-S12. Pursuing a Joint ACP-Hospitalist Membership and Dues Structure with the Society of Hospital Medicine

The remaining resolutions considered at the Spring 2012 BOG meeting were not adopted.


General Interest

A new analysis of health care spending reported the major reasons for high health care spending in the U.S. are high prices, availability of expensive technology, and obesity. The report also states (as has been noted before): "Health care quality in the U.S. varies and is not notably superior to the far less expensive systems in the other study countries." The link can be found here:



Indiana Medical Malpractice Law Challenge

The fate of our state’s medical malpractice law is now with the Indiana Supreme Court. The Indiana State Medical Association was at the Indiana Supreme Court May 3 for oral arguments in the case of Plank vs. Community Hospital. For more than two years, the ISMA has been involved in this case challenging the constitutionality of the medical malpractice damages cap. If the plaintiff is successful, the case would result in elimination of the $1.25 million damages cap, leaving physicians and all other health care providers with unlimited liability in cases. I have high hopes that this is resolved in favor of our outstanding malpractice laws in existence.


ACP Indiana Online Learning Webinars

This month we are initiating a series of webinars on various topics. The first sessions will focus on Young Physicians and Leadership.

Effective Presentations for Physicians – ACP Indiana Chapter Young Physicians Series
Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:30 pm EST
J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, FACP


1. Realize the importance of effective presentations for physicians.
2. Understand the common mistakes that beginning presenters make in their presentations.
3. Learn ways to organize and communicate your information effectively.
4. Realize the importance of tailoring your presentation to a particular audience.

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education credit for physicians and designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

Please register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/239112558
CME Certificate Link (will be emailed to you after completion): http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9V7LZJ5

Although the presentation will be recorded and archived for later viewing, please note that CME credit will be granted for the live webinar only.


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: 623-225-5527

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