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By Susan Sprau, MD, MACP
October 20, 2013
California ACP was well represented at the 2013 CMA House of
Delegates held at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA on October
11-13. Angie Chen, FACP (No CA), Chester Choi, MACP (So CA Region
1), Darin Latimore, FACP (No CA), Mel Sterling, MACP (So CA Region
2) and myself (So CA Region 1) were the ACP delegates to the
Specialty Delegation. Ashley Ruby, CA ACP Services Executive
Director, provided support for our deliberations and was able to
meet key ACP members and CMA staff in person. In addition there
were many ACP members participating as part of county delegations
and mode of practice forums, including Gordon Fung, FACP, (No CA
Governor). Darin Latimore brought 5 medical students from UC Davis
to observe the deliberations in an effort to increase medical
student awareness of how healthcare policy is developed.
CA ACP has several members in leadership positions at CMA. Lee
Snook, FACP (No CA) was elected President-Elect of CMA in a
contested election. Richard Thorpe, FACP (No CA) became President
of CMA and Steve Larson, FACP (So CA Region 2) is currently
President of the Board of Trustees of CMA and is running for
President-Elect for 2015. They have all expressed interest in
furthering ACP policy/principles through CMA.
At the HOD, CA ACP had 2 resolutions accepted by CMA. Dr. Mel
Sterling authored the resolution to oppose the current Center for
Medicare Services (CMS) outpatient observation (2 night) policy for
hospital stays. National ACP has already sent a letter to CMS
requesting this policy be modified in several ways, including to
protect patients from increased costs when hospital care is
considered "outpatient" and to oppose the CMS 3-day rule for a
patient to qualify for payment for skilled nursing care. Our second
resolution requires that all insurers/IPAs/HMOs have a
retro-authorization policy for all tests/treatments which have a
prior authorization requirement.
CMA announced significant changes to its governance structure so
that all CMA members will be able to submit policy resolutions year
round via the Internet and that these resolutions will be reviewed
by standing committees (rather than the current House of
Delegates/Reference Committee process). We have an opportunity to
nominate ACP members (who are also CMA members) to these standing
committees. We currently have representation on the CMA Council on
Legislation (Darin Latimore) and CMA Council on Scientific Affairs
(Mel Sterling). If you are interested in participating in CMA on
standing committees, or as an ACP delegate to the CMA House of
Delegates next year, please contact
me or Ashley Ruby.
We are also continuing to reach out to medical students and
residents/fellows who are interested in participating more in CMA.
If you are not yet a CMA member, membership is free for medical
students and residents/fellows and can be completed on the CMA web site. If you have difficulty
please contact your county medical society or our ACP Executive
Director, Ashley Ruby, to