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December 2012 Karen Clark, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

From the Governor

Dr. Clark

Greetings to all!!

It has been some time since my last Governor’s newsletter and we have experienced many significant intervening events on both a local and national level. First, we had a dynamic meeting at Stonewall Jackson resort on October 18-20, coordinated by Eva Patton-Tackett from Marshall. Thanks so much to Eva, the planning committee, and to Karen Frazier for another great meeting!!

Awards were presented at the meeting to several residents and students for oral and poster presentations as well as Jeopardy winners. In addition, we had the privilege of presenting Dr. Greg Rosencrance with the 2012 Laureate Award for sustained contributions to the field of Internal Medicine as well as to the ACP. Also, our Chapter again received the Chapter Excellence Award!

Photos from the 2012 state meeting can be seen on our Facebook page. To visit our page, go to ACP WV Chapter. In addition, photos are available on our web site. If anyone has pictures they are willing to share from the state meeting, or even the previous annual meeting, please forward those to Karen Frazier or myself so that we can share them with the membership.

Two particularly exciting ideas from this year’s council meeting I would like to discuss with you and hopefully get some input. The first involves creating a WV ACP volunteer project. Many of you are actively involved in local, regional and even international volunteer activities. The council felt that the state chapter could consider partnering with an established group, or developing a volunteer project of our own, possibly one without geographic borders. I am open to any ideas in this regard. Secondly, we discussed having a statewide mentoring program. Many of our IM residents and students are interested in developing a relationship with a mentor to help with career development, etc. We thought that those in private practice might be interested in participating in a program like this if we offered an easy way to connect members/fellows/masters with associates and students. Again, would welcome ideas here.

Following the meeting, we were hit with Hurricane Sandy. In Morgantown, at my home, we received about 8 inches of snow, but were fortunate enough to maintain power. I know many of you fared far worse, and some are still suffering. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you as they are with those in other areas of the country who continue to suffer from the devastation caused by this terrible storm.

Most recently, our national election occurred. I believe it is safe to say that we are going to be in for some rough times over the next several years. For those of you interested in following the ACP’s response to the election and all things political, please visit the ACP website and watch for the ACP Advocate. The ACP Advocate is a bi-weekly, e-newsletter created to provide ACP members with information about public policy issues affecting internal medicine and patient care.

Keep the National ACP meeting in mind. This year the meeting is April 11-13 in San Francisco, with Pre- courses April 9-10, 2013. Registration has started and if you did not receive mailings about the meeting, you can find a link from the national ACP website. We will be planning a WV Chapter Breakfast at one of the hotels or local restaurants so we can have an opportunity to get together while in San Francisco. When details are available, I will post them on the Chapter Web page as well as on our Facebook page.

That’s about it for now. Take care, stay warm, and best wishes for a peaceful fall and holiday season.


Strengthen Our Chapter: Participate in ACP’s Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program!

The American College of Physicians and the West Virginia Chapter encourages all members to help strengthen the voice of internal medicine by recommending ACP Membership to colleagues. By joining the College, your colleagues will enrich their clinical knowledge and skills and have access to all of the ACP member benefits that you enjoy.

To thank you for your dedication to our organization, ACP offers incentives to members and their chapters that recruit new members through the Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter (RACC) Rewards Program.

As with the national Recruit-a-Colleague Program, the RACC Program rewards successful individual recruiters with dues credits for each new full Member recruited and a chance to win a trip to the annual Internal Medicine meeting. In addition, the RACC Program also provides rewards to the recruiters’ chapters. The Recruit-a-Colleague Chapter Rewards Program runs annually from April 1 through March 15.

To participate, simply forward to your colleagues the Membership application. To qualify for the program, your name must be listed on the recruiter line of this specially coded application.

Thank you for your help in strengthening our chapter!


ACP Provides Resources for PQRS Requirement Changes

ACP offers resources to help you comply with the latest PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System) regulations. The PQRS was developed by the CMS in 2007 as a voluntary reporting program that provides a financial incentive to physicians and other eligible professionals who report on data on quality measures for covered services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries.

Due to changes in regulations, physicians will be penalized 1.5% of their Medicare payments in 2015, and 2% in 2016 and each year thereafter, unless they report through PQRS in 2013. If physicians do report in 2013, they are eligible to receive a .5 percent bonus from Medicare. ACP, along with other CMSS member organizations, has contracted with CECity to provide the PQRIwizard tool to assist their members in PQRS reporting.

The PQRIwizard is a cost-effective online tool to help collect and report quality measure data for the PQRS incentive payment program. Similar to online tax preparation software, the PQRIwizard helps guide you through a few easy steps to help rapidly collect, validate, report and submit the results to CMS for payment. ACP members can purchase PQRIwizard at a discounted rate.


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