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Marie T. Brown, MD, FACP, ACP Governor, Illinois
2014 has started out as a most productive and busy year for our
ACP Chapter. Your ACP strives to provide trusted educational
resources, advocate for you and your patients and bring more
"Joy to Your Practice'. I am always interested in hearing
from you about what ACP can do for our members to meet your
This newsletter will highlight some of the educational and
networking activities that are planned for 2014, invite your
participation in local ACP committees and will celebrate many of
the 2013 activities.
2014 is momentous for another reason which was brought home to
me in the office just this week. Healthcare reform has become a
reality and this was ever so tangible for me when two young
patients without health insurance for whom I have cared for greeted
me with the news that they now had health insurance! One obtained
coverage through the Exchange, and another as a result of Medicaid
expansion. Both worked part-time, had been unable to obtain
services outside of my office, and both had serious medical
The relief I saw in their eyes was profound and their entire
demeanor had changed from defeated to hopeful. Here in Illinois as
more patients are able to access health care, internists are key to
meeting their needs. ACP resources are easily available to
facilitate the team based and patient centered medical home models
needed to serve this increasing number of patients. Learn more
impact in Illinois. Download a
patient information flyer to provide you and your patients
with more information about the Exchange.
In 2013, the Illinois Chapter hosted the largest ever Residents'
and Students' Day at the Rosemont Convention Center. Over 300
abstracts from 17 residency programs were submitted. Nearly 200
posters were judged and prizes awarded. First place winners will
compete at IM 2014 in Orlando. Winning abstracts are listed later
in this newsletter. In addition, Cook County Medical Center
residents beat 15 other Doctor's Dilemma teams and will represent
Illinois Northern in the national competition at IM 2014. In
addition, three Resident of the Year Awards were presented by the
Program Directors from our Elite Status programs: Advocate Christ,
MacNeal, and West Suburban.
The ACP chapter cosponsored Vaccinate Illinois Week in December
along with the Board of Health. ACPnet, the national quality
improvement program, was launched that evening with a focus on
vaccination. This is a program free to members to assist in
recertification, PQRS with access to the Medical Home Advisor
(licensing fees valued at $1,300). The afternoon began with a
Presentation Skills Training course for any interested ACP members
and was followed by a dinner program at the beautiful Aqua
Finally, committees in the Northern Region are more active than
ever, reaching out to members and providing benefits and services
to help you care for your patients, your business, and yourselves.
Please review the list of committees below. If any committee is of
particular interest to you, we welcome your input and encourage you
to become involved. As your Governor, I am available to speak with
you individually or meet with you and your colleagues at your
An ACP Speakers Panel will be available in 2014 to speak with
you and your colleagues regarding hot new medical topics, coding
updates, and bringing more 'Joy in Practice'.
The CECP is a council comprised of physicians within 16 years of
completing their training (including residency and fellowship). The
council aims to provide opportunities for professional development,
networking, socializing and learning about topics and skills
necessary to advancing our careers and maintaining our
certifications. Examples of events include social hours at local
eateries, financial advising, and networking dinners affiliated
with the Chapter meetings. Future events include a networking and
'get involved' dinner coming up this spring and a leadership day
debriefing social hour. We are currently building our council and
are seeking individuals who would like to serve on the council
and/or participate in our hosted events. For more information
please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assist Dr. Stewart and Dr. Mena
Lora advocate for the needs of residents and fellows in
our chapter. The council of residents and fellows has activities
that vary from networking at happy hours to educational sessions on
key topics of interest for residents, such as information on career
paths in academic medicine and what to look for in contracts for
jobs after residency. Join us and help us develop these activities
and bring your own ideas for advocacy!
For more information, please contact Dr. Mena Lora.
Dr. Katherine Tynus chairs the Education
committee which is responsible for developing and implementing CME
activities for our members. Activities include the annual regional
chapter meeting when held in the Northern Region, Residents' &
Students' Day, the innovative MKSAP Study Hall Webinar series, and
the development of an ACP Speakers Bureau. You may contact Dr. Tynus with any questions.
Dr. Carlotta Rinke joins Dr. David
Ansell to co-chair this committee. The Health and Public
Policy Committee may be the forum to articulate your concerns,
participate in some informed discussion, and create some positive
energy in developing resolutions to submit to the Illinois Chapter
Council. The first meeting was a teleconference on Feb. 20th. The
committee will be entertaining ideas for resolutions. Previous
resolutions forwarded to the ACP Board of Governors have addressed
issues about AGME, ABIM certification, physician wellness,
promoting gun safety, and payer initiatives.
More recently in August 2012, the Northern Illinois Chapter
submitted a resolution supporting a single payer healthcare system,
which the ACP Board of Governors did not adopt. This year, in 2014,
the Illinois Chapter has the opportunity to react to the changing
healthcare landscape of Accountable Care Organizations. How are the
changes affecting your practice? What are unanticipated
consequences of the health care exchanges that you are seeing, that
the ACP needs to recognize and direct ACP resources to address?
What's on your mind? Lots of unanswered questions; this is an
opportunity to let ACP hear your voice! Join us! Contact
Keeku for meeting details.
Chaired by Luke Hansen, MD, FACP, the Hospital Medicine
Committee was created in 2012 with the goal of facilitating
professional networking and collaborative learning among
hospitalists in the Northern Illinois Chapter. The Committee is
composed of elective members and welcomes ACP members interested in
planning events related to hospital medicine practice. Previous
events have included a dinner forum with former Society of Hospital
Medicine President John Nelson and collaborative happy hour events
with the chapter's Council of Young Physicians.
The Committee will host a dinner panel conversation in May 2014
at which hospitalists practicing in area hospitals with high levels
of patient satisfaction and low rehospitalization. Further
information will be available in the coming weeks. If you would
like further information on the activities of the Hospital Medicine
Committee, please contact Committee Chair Luke Hansen.
The Illinois ACP Information Technology Committee is charged
with counseling the ACP Illinois Governors and ACP Illinois Council
on medical informatics, health information technology (HIT), and
technology solutions to communicate with and assist Illinois ACP
members. The goals of the committee are to advise the Governor and
If you are interested in participating on the committee please
ACP is planning to host a forum for our Med Peds colleagues
possibly as early as this May in Chicago. The intent is to develop
an ACP section that will assist the Med Peds physician in
navigating the waters of both the ABIM and ABP with maintaining
dual board certifications, and advocating on their behalf in
finding balance within professional opportunity and clinical
The goals of the forum will be:
The next steps after the forum will be to analyze and prioritize
the needs and concerns of the group; determine the areas that ACP
might provide structure and support; formally establish the Med
Peds subgroup of the ACP; and have ACP provide the network
capabilities for cohesion and expansion.
If anyone is interested in being a part of this exciting
development, please contact Colleen Keeku.
Dr. Abha Agrawal chairs this committee and is
available to facilitate a forum for the Governor or a Council
member to meet with you at your institution, clinic or offices to
learn more about ACP. This committee can also help you understand
the various pathways to ACP Fellowship and help you navigate the
The deadline for data submission for PQRS is approaching fast.
The 2013 reporting year will be the last year to participate in
PQRS and receive an incentive payment of 0.5% of the total allowed
charges for Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) covered services
during 2015. In addition, failure to participate in PQRS during
2013 triggers a 1.5% reduction in Medicare reimbursement in
The specific deadlines for the data submission are dependent on
a physician's reporting method:
ACP offers several resources to help in meeting the PQRS
reporting requirements. The PQRSwizard is an online tool, similar
to tax preparation software, designed to help physicians and other
eligible professionals quickly and easily participate in the PQRS
requirements. ACP members can purchase the PQRSwizard at a
discounted rate. More information available on the Medicare
Physician Fee Schedule is available online as well as information
on the PQRSwizard : acp.pqrswizard.com
An instructional video, sponsored by the Council of Medical
Specialty Societies (CMSS), provides an overview of PQRS reporting
options and a demonstration of the PQRSwizard registry.
For more information on upcoming important dates related to a
variety of regulatory, payment, educational and delivery system
changes and requirements, visit ACP's Physician and Practice
This new group, led by Dr. Babs Waldman,
addresses the needs of our colleagues who work in Safety Net
settings. Members interested in this group can contact
Residency programs reaching Elite Status (90% of residents are
ACP members) were given the opportunity to recognize a resident who
demonstrates exemplary qualities personally and professionally, and
is a leader among colleagues. Each honoree will receive up to $750
in reimbursed travel expenses to attend IM 2014 in Orlando.
We are honored to recognize the Residents of the Year from
Advocate Christ Medical Center, MacNeal Hospital, and West Suburban
Albara Said, MD, Advocate Christ Medical
CenterSunny Sharma, MD, West Surburban Medical
CenterSri Rama Kattula, MD, MacNeal Hospital
Sunny Sharma presented with Resident of the Year Award by Dr. Max
Harris and Dr. Karen Weinstein
Dr. Albara Said presented with Resident of the Year Award by Dr.
Marc Silver and Dr. Armand Krikorian
Dr. Sri Rama Kattula presented with Resident of the Year Award by
Dr. Sajan Thomas
Dr. Jim Foody with Northwestern Residents
Hila Calev, Univ of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Dr. Jay Oberoi, West Suburban Medical Center
Dr. Meredith Seller, Northwestern University
Dr. Steve Potts thanks Chiefs from Loyola and Mercy for organizing
Hazem Alhawasli, St. Joseph Hospital Poster
Title: Coronary Myocardial Bridging in Noonan Syndrome - A Case
Dima Dandachi, St Francis Hospital
Poster Title: Painless Enlarging Breast Mass: What Could it
Ifechukwude Ebenuwa, University of Chicago
Northshore Program (Northshore University Health System) Poster
Title: Cutaneous Lichen Amyloidosis in two sisters - earliest
sign of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia 2A
Peter Hountras, Loyola University Medical
Poster Title: Impact Ventilation-Feedback Plus Exercise
Training on Respiratory Muscle Performance in Patients with
Laneshia Thomas, Loyola University Medical
Poster Title: Does Wrist Plus Ankle Actigraphy Accurately
Quantify Sleep Architecture in Patients Weaning From Prolonged
David Smith, Loyola University Medical
Poster Title: Frail Elderly Patients with NSCLE Are More Likely
to Discontinue Chemotherapy for Disease Progression Than For
Adverse Treatment Effects
Michael Chen, Loyola University - Stritch
School of Medicine
Poster Title: Restoration of the Gut-Liver Axis After Burn
Injury in Intoxicated Mice Attenuates Pulmonary
Atique Ahmad, MD, Lake In The HillsAlfred L. Amin Shehata, MD, SpringfieldCraig Alan Backous, DO, NorridgeTina C. Bansal, MD, RoselleNathan R. Bolden, MD, ChicagoMeredith H. Brauer, MD, BridgeviewShawn Brickner, MD, ChicagoAmber K. Brown Keebler, MD, ChicagoRyan J. Buck, MD, ChicagoTimothy W. Caprio, MD, ChicagoSandeep Chandra, MD, Palos HeightsWilliam J. Cotter, MD, WilmetteNayana P. Dave, MD, GlenviewAnjali J. Desai, MD, ChicagoNeetha Dhananjaya, MD, ChicagoElizabeth Engman, MD, NapervilleAdeshola A. Ezeokoli, MD, ChicagoHenry Chihang Fung, MD, ChicagoVictoria A. Greenfield, MD, ChicagoYing Hensel, MD, WinnetkaBaudelio Herrada, MD, Burr RidgeBrian Hugh, DO, Evergreen ParkChristine Jun, Des PlainesAli Raza Khan, MD, ChicagoJeehyun Lee, MD, ChicagoOwais Lodhi, MD, ChicagoKatherine Louise Maietta, La Grange ParkRoman Mandzij, DO, WinnetkaDave Mante, MD, AuroraLatha Mariyappa, MD, Villa ParkRena C. Mehta, MD, South ElginMohammed I. Memon, MD, NapervilleMaher Mourad, MD, WestmontLawton Moy, MD, ShorewoodDenyce Nichols, MD, ChicagoNaveen Reddy, MD, ChicagoMadhavi E. Ryali, MD, WestmontLisa J. Shives, MD, EvanstonSanya Siraj, MD, RockfordMatthew A. Strauch, DO, StreamwoodThomas E. Woike, DO, LibertyvilleMohammad K. Zaheerullah, MD, Morton Grove
Shashi K. Bellam, MD, FACP, EvanstonHenish A. Bhansali, MD, FACP, ChicagoRachel N. Caskey, MD, FACP, ChicagoJoseph Cyriac, MD, FACP, Burr RidgeAnanya Gangopadhyaya, MD, FACP, ChicagoMohammad A. Khan, MBBS, FACP, Oak ParkJoseph A. Kowalczyk, MD, FACP, Oak LawnTheresa M Kristopaitis, MD, FACP, Oak BrookMay M. Lee, MD, FACP, ChicagoJose Magana, MD, FACP, Sugar GroveSavio G. Manatt, MBBS, FACP, Olympia FieldsJeffrey A. Murawsky, MD, FACP, BolingbrookBina Patel, MD, FACP, MaywoodJochen Reiser, MD, PhD FACP, HinsdaleAnkur Sethi, MD, FACP, ChicagoFaten Suhail, MD, FACP, Oak LawnRajiv K. Udani, DO, FACP, Highland ParkParameswaran Venugopal, MD, FACP, Chicago
April 10 - 12, 2014
Internal Medicine 2014: Orlando, Florida
Details related to the meeting, registration, lodging, and air
travel can be found on the College website.
April 10, 2014
The Illinois Chapter Reception will be Thursday, April 10, from 8 -
10 pm, following Convocation. Join us at Maggiano's Little Italy
(9101 International Dr. Bldg #5, Suite 2400) to network with
colleagues and celebrate Illinois Chapter award winners, new
Fellows, new Masters, and new members!
April 14, 2014 After Hours with ACP Webinar
Applying for Subspecialty Fellowship
Featured Speaker: Janet Jokela, MD, FACP & Andrew
Varney MD, FACPRegister
May 19, 2014
After Hours with ACP Webinar
Advancing to ACP Fellowship
Featured Speaker: Susan Hingle, MD FACPRegister
Hospitalists Panel Discussion
October 10, 2014 Residents' and Students' Day, hosted by UIC and
Advocate Christ UIC Student Center East
November 7 & 8, 2014
Save the Date for the Illinois Chapter Scientific Meeting, Friday
& Saturday, at the iHotel in Champaign. Watch for details!
Every Tuesday night from 8 - 9 pm. MKSAP Study Hall keeps you
up-to-date as well as prepares you for the recertification exam in
a fun and engaging format.