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This newsletter marks my final communication with you as your
ACP Governor. The Chapter will be extremely capably served by the
leadership of Dr. Phil Bressoud, our new Governor.
He can be reached via KentuckyACP@gmail.com, which has
been transitioned to his control.
It has been the greatest privilege to serve these years as your
ACP Governor. We have pursued a number of initiatives, some new,
some longstanding to continue to serve you ever better as members
of ACP. In recognition of these efforts the Kentucky chapter is now
continuing a four year streak in receipt of the ACP Chapter
Additionally, for the chapter's work with House Bill 1,
including providing testimony, education, and meeting with other
stake-holders in the Commonwealth Kentucky is a nominee for an
Evergreen award. This is the first time since the recognition of
our resident's retreat at Shakertown that Kentucky is under such
The work with pain management in primary care has also led to
the genesis and completion of a paper on controlled
substance prescribing by ACP. Some of these same principles
also contributed to an earlier paper on governmental
intrusion regulating the physician-patient interaction.
Also, in a first of its kind program, Kentucky ACP has partnered
with ACP nationally in receiving a grant from the Physicians
Institute for Excellence in Medicine/Pfizer IGLC. As was
communicated earlier this year Kentucky ACP will be working with
several participating practices that are in ACOs, or PCMHs studying
and (hopefully) improving pain management practices in primary
KY ACP continues to be blessed by the exceptional individuals
and leadership who compose the governor's advisory council. The
chapter's successes would not be possible without each one of them.
I want to personally thank each one of them for their ceaseless
dedication, input, friendship and availability over these years, as
well as their ongoing commitment to serving the needs of all
Kentucky members. Thank you also to you, as a member of ACP. We are
in the midst of turbulent times in medicine. I applaud and thank
you for your membership in ACP. As a member of ACP you are a part
of the search for solutions for the future of American
Maintenance of Certification is a topic of great importance and
emphasis at this time. Compliance with MOC, as well as the
impending issue of Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) by the Federation
of State Medical Boards has the attention of most licensed
ACP has resources
available for you.
ACP offers a variety of ABIM recertification resources to help
you earn both ABIM Maintenance of Certification points and CME
credits through the same educational program. All ACP MOC modules
are free or included in the price of the product/meeting, with the
exception of the live courses to complete ABIM modules.
ABIM has announced changes to the Maintenance of Certification
(MOC) process for board certified internal medicine specialists and
subspecialists, effective January 2014.
Beginning in 2014, ABIM will report two credentials for
board-certified internists: whether you are Board Certified, and
whether you are Meeting MOC Requirements. If you are not sure how
the changes will affect you, check out the details at the ABIM website.
ABIM is an independent organization and its certification
programs adhere to common standards established by the American
Board of Medical Specialties. ACP recognizes the medical
profession's responsibility to ensure quality medical care and
supports the concept of lifelong learning and professional
accountability. ACP believes that methods of internal medicine
recertification should be relevant to a variety of practice
settings, not redundant, and accommodate different learning styles
and be sensitive to cost and time. However, ACP does not review,
edit, comment or vote on certification or recertification
requirements promulgated by the ABIM. Given our commitment to
lifelong learning and high quality care, we strive to assure that
ACP members understand the requirements of Maintenance of
Certification and have access to effective education to help them
with certification and MOC requirements.
Once you've enrolled in the ABIM's Maintenance of
Certification program, you can turn to ACP for help earning the
required points and preparing thoroughly for the internal medicine
recertification exam. You're in good company when you use our
reliable resources. Many internists report that they found the MOC
process more fulfilling when they used our resources to earn points
and keep up to date.
Over the past year, and especially over the past month, Congress
had tried to pass comprehensive legislation to finally rid
physicians of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and
move Medicare physician payments to a system that focuses on
quality and value. Unfortunately, last night, despite the urging of
many physician organizations including ACP and phone calls from
Advocates, the Senate followed the House and passed,
64-35, the 17th SGR patch legislation, delaying the scheduled
24 percent SGR cut until April 1, 2015.
statement on the Senate vote expresses deep disappointment and
frustration over yet another patch and the inability of Congress to
resolve its differences over the budget and pass comprehensive SGR
repeal legislation, as agreed to by the Medicare committees. The
House passed the same SGR patch legislation by voice vote last
Thursday. Read ACP's
statement on the House vote. President Obama is expected to
sign it into law, averting the 24 percent SGR cut that technically
takes place today, but also, unfortunately, forestalling permanent
With the patch in effect through March 31, 2015, Congress has
tried to push permanent SGR repeal and Medicare payment reform to
next year and the new 114th Congress. The policies of this
comprehensive legislation, however, already have the unprecedented
of over 600 physician organizations (encompassing all states
and specialties), and the Democrats and Republicans on the three
committees with jurisdiction over Medicare issues (two in the
House; one in the Senate) supporting it.
Washington, D.C. Leadership day is again approaching. The 22nd
annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill will be held May 21-22 at the
Westin Washington, DC City Center, 1400 M Street, NW, in
Leadership Day enables the College to increase its presence on
Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers.
Participants receive a comprehensive orientation and briefing on
ACP's top legislative priorities and have an opportunity to meet
with legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill. Kentucky has a
long tradition of strong participation. We have been able to meet
constructively with national as well as our own
The KY ACP chapter meeting will again be held this September in
Louisville, in conjunction with the KMA meeting. Please watch
closely for communications regarding both the educational program
as well as the evening chapter business meeting. It is at the
evening program that awards are given to medical students,
residents, teachers and other chapter award recipients. This
meeting will include opportunities to interact with
Governor Bressoud as well as other KY ACP leaders
as well as to explore ways that you can become involved in the
chapter, including participating in policy and event creation.