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Banu E. Symington, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
The Idaho Chapter of ACP had a productive meeting at the annual
Hindson Winter conference held in McCall last week. Your Governor,
Banu Symington discussed the state of the chapter
and activities over the past year. One glowing accomplishment - the
Idaho chapter submitted a resolution advocating for legislation
empowering the federal government to negotiate Medicare drug prices
that was passed with amendments. Special thanks to Drs.
Mark Christenson, Lisa Nelson, and John
Freeman for their help on the first Idaho resolution ever
We also discussed the chapter's second resolution currently
awaiting debate at the Spring BOG meeting. The resolution is
titled, "Stopping Unnecessary Distracted Driving Deaths -
Especially Newly Licensed Youth (SUDDDENLY)". The proposed
resolution addresses injuries and deaths attributed to distracted
driving and ask the Board of Regents to develop a strategy for
comprehensive education for members to advocate responsible
positions on individual health, particularly to young adults and
parents of newly licensed youth, and provide educational resources.
The need for this is great as the CDC claims nine people are killed
every day and more than a thousand are injured in distracted
driving incidents. The resolution is not current College policy and
is subject to change or revisions, and has not yet been
Dr. Symington announced a new chapter development activity that
seemed to inspire members looking to make the chapter more
proactive in the healthcare improvement area. The chapter submitted
a chapter development application to ACP that was fully funded for
forming a new healthcare improvement committee. As we look to the
future, it would be good to have a chapter development committee
that would work towards developing and submitting future CDA
grants. Eventually, these projects might become the basis for an
Highlights of the Hindson Winter Conference included Dr.
Mark Servis who presented a clinicians survival guide for
personality disordered patients. Dr. Servis suggested we all wonder
if we fit into one of the disorder groups he presented such as
narcissism and antisocial personality disorders, but assured
meeting participants it is normal if you fit into many. Dr.
Gilbert Welch gave a presentation on two misleading
statistics: relative change and survival. Welch had his audience
quite amused as he explained statistics, did the math for the
audience, and explained survival rates and mortality.
Melissa "Call me Moe" Hagman and Bill
Weppner lead the MOC modules and kept the sessions lively
The McCall Pancake House across the street from the Hunt
The national American College of Physicians Center for Quality
is partnering with the ACP Idaho Chapter, ACMEC, and St. Luke's
Idaho Health System to support a breakfast grand rounds on March
4th, 2015 at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center - Anderson Center from
8:00 - 9:00 AM. The title of the symposium is, "I Raise the
Rates: The Why and the How to Increase Adult Immunizations."
National expert, Dr. Robert Hopkins will provide an update on
recommended adult immunizations including Influenza, Pneumococcal,
Td/Tdap, Zoster, and HPV, and discuss strategies for patient
education and outreach within your practices. The program is
approved by ABIM for 20 MOC practice assessment (part IV) points.
In addition, participants will gain CME and access to a host of
online tools and expert support for implementing immunizations into
your practice. This program was made possible by resources from a
cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. For more information and to register.
As mentioned before, the Idaho chapter has an exciting new
committee underway. We applied for chapter development funding and
were approved for the full amount to develop a "Healthcare
Improvement Committee". This novel concept we believe can
break new ground at ACP, improve national healthcare, and improve
the day-to-day work environment for physicians.
The Healthcare Improvement Committee will collaborate on
challenges facing the national health care system and develop
programs, specific for Idaho, to address those issues. The
committee will develop "pilot programs" for their own areas or
practices, addressing problems and working together to measure
their success. The ultimate goal of these pilot programs is to
develop solutions that can be used on a national level (by starting
small at the state level) to improve the physician and patient
experience and deliver quality care. Because physicians know the
everyday problems, physicians should be able to come up with
solutions to healthcare system issues.
We would like to find a committee chair and ten to fifteen
members to collaborate and begin working on how to coordinate
solutions. An example could be how to establish better
communication between PCP and specialist for sucessful referrals
and subsequent development of tools to address the issue such as
referral and response checklists or other resources deemed
appropriate. Another example could be Dr. Symington's pet project
of more widely promoting HPV vaccines or even health care system
Once a group has been established, we plan to have a speaker
familiar with healthcare issues to get the meeting going and a
dinner, probably in the Boise area. Future communications of the
committee should include general feedback from participants,
program maintenance issues, associated costs (if any), and
viability. Ideally, the committee should appoint one or two project
coordinators for reports of the programs success. A Skype account
for the Idaho Chapter will be available for periodic progress
meetings and email communication to project coordinators are needed
to ensure successful progression of committee goals.
If you are interested in this new chapter opportunity, please
Dan Fairman, MD, KetchumMagdelena Greene, MD, MoscowShanda Grooms, MD, BoiseMagni Hamso, MD, BoiseNicholas Knighton, DO, BurleyGuillermo Mudad, MD, MoscowOlawale Olaniyi, MD, NampaPatrick Villazon, MD, Meridian
Tina Esther Bronner from BoiseJudith Csanky from Filer
The Idaho Chapter received the Chapter excellence award for
2014. To achieve the Chapter Excellence Award, chapters must meet
all basic criteria and seven optional criteria. Criteria include
such activities as formulating an effective Governor's Council and
committees, communicating frequently with membership, providing
educational opportunities, recruiting and advancing members and
celebrating membership through local awards. We are on track to
receive this award again in 2015. This monetary award helps the
chapter by allowing us to do more like sending a medical student to
Leadership Day or other chapter activities.
ACP is partnering with the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless
Program (BHCHP) to benefit from a charitable activity in
conjunction with ACP's 100th anniversary celebration at Internal
Medicine 2015 in Boston. As part of the "Docs for Socks"
initiative, ACP will be collecting donations of socks and underwear
to benefit the BHCHP's constituents during Internal Medicine 2015
and will also be offering tours of the BHCHP to interested
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) was founded
in 1985 as one of the first Health Care for the Homeless programs
in the country. BHCHP strives to provide or assure access to high
quality health care for homeless men, women, and children in the
greater Boston area. BHCHP cares for more than 12,000 individuals
each year by providing an integrated model of care that includes
primary care, behavioral health care, and dental care. Here is the
BHCHP website for additional
We appreciate your help to benefit the Boston Healthcare for the
Homeless Program in conjunction with ACP's 100th anniversary.
CMS has released a new rule on the meaningful use of electronic
health records (EHR) systems. The rule added some flexibility to
the requirements for reporting in 2014, allowing physicians
different options to successfully complete reporting. However, the
rule also established onerous requirements for 2015, requiring
reporting for the entire year. Under the meaningful use program
physicians demonstrate that they are using certified EHR systems in
their practice to improve patient care. Read more
about what ACP has to say about the Meaningful Use program and the
Don't forget to visit the Idaho Chapter Facebook
page. Your executive director regularly posts interesting and
relevant articles from various sources.