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Nevada Governor's Newsletter May 2018

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Evan M. Klass, MD, FACP, FACE, ACP Governor

Evan M. Klass, MD, FACP, FACE, ACP Governor


Governor's Message

ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2018

Colleagues- I am writing on my way home from our ACP Annual Meeting in New Orleans. This was a special meeting for me- I was last in New Orleans in 1980 and that trip was for the ACP Annual Meeting during my Chief Resident year. What a wonderful city for our annual meeting. In all 49 Nevada Chapter members attended. It was fun seeing our Chapter members and catching up with former colleagues.

The meeting was excellent covering all aspects of Internal medicine and with programs specifically targeted to Internists in ambulatory practice as well as a very strong hospital medicine program. My personal favorites were the Clinical pearls sessions and the Thieves Market. There was a strong focus on physician wellness which, I think, has evolved from a discussion of resiliency to a more comprehensive assessment of the things that need to change.

Dr. Stanley Shane, MD, MACP was inducted as a new Master of the College- an extraordinary honor. Stan is only the second Master elected from Nevada.

Three or our Chapter members attended Convocation and were inducted as new Fellows of the College. They are Israel J. Alvarado, MD, FACP, Jasprit Takher, MD, FACP, and Ricardo J. Velazquez, MD, FACP. Congratulations all.

Our students and residents presented 3 exceptional posters. Their hard work and superb preparation demonstrate both their intelligence and commitment and the support of their faculty and program leadership. Our Doctors Dilemma team from UNLV SOM made a valiant effort but were unable to advance to the second round. Frankly, I am amazed at the difficulty of the questions!

The Board of Governors considered 23 resolutions submitted by College members through their chapters. The Board voted to empower the Board of Regents to actively lobby for the elimination of the CMS rule requiring a 3 day hospital stay before a patient can be transferred to a skilled nursing facility, to advocate for a uniform one year filing deadline for all insurance programs, and for the elimination of insurance plan ability to terminate a physician's participation without cause. In addition, a resolution calling for the Board of Regents to advocate for streamlining credentialing was approved.

Dr. Brian Callister attended the meeting and participated in the Board of Governors meeting in his role as Nevada Governor-elect designee. At the conclusion of the meeting he advanced to Governor-elect, a position he will hold until the close of the next annual meeting next year at which time he will succeed me as the Nevada Chapter Governor. I am so grateful to have Brian on board and we will work hard over the next year to insure a smooth transition.



Well-Being Champions

Two of our chapter members, Sandyha Wahi-Gururaj, MD, FACP and Lauren Maxham, MD participated in a training to become Chapter Wellness Champions and they will be developing and disseminating tools to our members following a chapter survey this summer. We are planning for them to visit with members in the fall in both Las Vegas and Reno to discuss implementation of this new knowledge.



Save the Date!

The 2018 Nevada Chapter Meeting will be held October 19-20, at the Vegas PBS, 3050 E. Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada. An email blast save the date will be sent out soon with a registration link. The planning committee is finalizing the agenda and I know it will be a great meeting.



ACP Publishes New Paper Examining Ways to Achieve Gender Equity in the Medical Profession

ACP published a paper on April 17, 2018 in Annals of Internal Medicine that examines ways to achieve gender equity in the medical profession. Achieving Gender Equity in Physician Compensation and Career Advancement provides a set of recommendations aimed at addressing the challenges women in medicine face, including equity in physician compensation, career advancement, and bias.

Promoting gender equity and eliminating the inequities in compensation and career advancement that physicians can face is a longstanding goal of ACP. In order to foster an inclusive environment that promotes growth and development for female physicians, ACP's paper calls for the adoption of equitable compensation policies in all organizations that employ physicians, investment in leadership development, negotiation and career development programs, and parental and family leave policies.



ACP Calls for a Time Out to Assess and Revise Approach to Performance Measurement

In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, ACP reports that the majority of quality measures for ambulatory internal medicine in Medicare's Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program are not valid based on criteria developed by ACP. The College performed this analysis in response to physician concerns that the current measures are not meaningful in improving patient outcomes.



New Fellows

Israel J. Alvardo, MD, FACP
Jasprit Takher, MD FACP
Ricardo j. Velazques, MD, FACP



New Members

Gnaneswer Billakanti, MBBS
Ruth W Chan, DO
Joseph Debellis, MD
Jennifer A Harrison, DO
Edsel Iway, MD
Aashish Khullar, MD
Jacqueline O King, MD
Sharon Landers, MD
Gowri Radhakrishnan, MBBS
Peter Rajacic, MD