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June 2012 Julie A. Blehm, FACP, ACP Governor

From the Governor

Dr. Blehm


The American College of Physicians was held in New Orleans, LA this year from April 19 to April 21st. The pre-courses were held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17th and 18th. Several of our ND members attended – I ran into many of you but know also missed many. As usual, it was an excellent meetings covering most areas in internal medicine including professionalism, complementary and alternative medicine, communication skill and ethics and health policy. Health Information Technology was also a popular topic this year along with all of the expected internal medicine areas.

Participants enjoyed great foods and numerous activities including the night life.

Health policy was another area of great interest to many attendees at the national meeting. As of today, June 21, the Supreme Court has not released its decision on the Affordable Care Act. According to people who follow this area closely no one is sure what their decision will be.


Articles of interest

This is a very good article on Making opiates safe, efficient in the office. It is from the June issue of the ACP Internist.

An article in the American Medical News titled “Medicare’s Bet on Primary Care.”


State Meeting

Our state ACP meeting is being held October 12, 2012 in Bismarck. We are excited about returning to Bismarck for our annual meeting as it has been several years since we have held our meeting in Bismarck. It will be held at the new UND School of Medicine facility at 701 East Rosser Avenue so this will give all of you an opportunity to see the new facility.

Our cosponsors for the meeting this year our North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc. and AMDCP, the American Medical Directors Association.

The ND Medical Association is also meeting in Bismarck at this time and we are invited to the dinner and program that will be held at the Radisson Hotel on Thursday, October 11. For hotel reservations at the Radisson Hotel, call 701-255-6000. Our program will feature lectures and discussions on Transitions in Care, Osteoporosis, Hepatitis C, Palliative Care and Abdominal Compartment Syndrome.


Leadership Day

In the July newsletter look for Dr. Jennifer Raum’s report on Leadership Day which was held in Washington, DC on June 6th and 7th.

Julie Blehm


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Contact Information

Julie A Blehm, MD FACP
ACP Governor
North Dakota Chapter

Pam Heisler
North Dakota Chapter Staff
Phone: 701-780-6129
Email: pheisler@altru.org