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G. Alan Yeasted, MD, FACP, Governor
As the saying goes, "The only constant is change."
Four years ago, when I assumed the position of ACP Governor for
Western Pennsylvania, my goal was to change the perception that ACP
was a "top down" organization not in touch with the challenges
facing its general membership. As my term as Governor nears its
completion (May 2016), I am very pleased to report that not only
has ACP changed, but from everything that I am hearing from
members, so has the perception that ACP doesn't understand
Your ACP leaders have heard you and they have tirelessly worked
on your behalf. The struggle and ultimate victory with the ABIM was
perhaps their greatest accomplishment. Every time I spoke with
Internists during the past four years, I heard repeatedly that ACP
must make the ABIM change…and it did. Your ACP listened and
effected this change. Additionally, the ACP website has changed.
MKSAP has changed. Even our logo has changed!
Each of you in Western Pennsylvania has experienced remarkable
changes in the practice of medicine in the past four years. With
the ongoing changes related to the Affordable Care Act and with the
never-ending insurance battles in Western Pennsylvania, all of us
have seen changes that we could not have imagined.
And now, as we approach a change in the Western Region, with
Dr. Thomas Grau assuming the position after the
Spring Internal Medicine 2016 meeting in Washington, DC, let me
reflect on some of the things which have not changed. First, our
patients' expectations that we maintain our clinical excellence and
practice in a compassionate and ethical manner remain constant. The
need for us to work together as colleagues and to speak with one
voice has not changed and is now more important than ever. The need
to maintain a work/life balance and remember the needs of our
families, in addition to those of our patients, will never change.
And finally, the understanding that we are still a profession and
need to conduct ourselves professionally if we expect to be
respected as such will not change.
Finally, I wish to thank all of you for the trust you placed in
me four years ago. I implore you to continue to be active in the
American College of Physicians. Direct it. Lead it. Support it.
And, assist Dr. Thomas Grau, our Governor-elect,
as he assumes the role of Governor next year. Dr. Grau will do a
superb job as Governor, but he needs the active support of the
Western Pennsylvania members.
Again, thank you and good luck!
G. Alan Yeasted, MD, FACP
Governor, Western Region
Last year was a year of transition in PA, with a new Governor,
new legislative leadership, and new cabinet leaders. One of the
Governor's first actions, encouraged by PA-ACP, was statewide
Medicaid expansion and acceptance of federal funding, and
elimination of the state's tiered programs and screening
requirements. This led to more than 500,000 Pennsylvanians being
added to Medicaid coverage in 2015.
Legislatively, several bills supported by the PA-ACP were passed
into law, including amendments to limit pharmacists to providing
influenza vaccines for children, legislation governing health
insurance exchanges and navigators, tort reform legislation and
legislation making impersonation of a physician illegal.
After a record six-month impasse, the Governor signed most of a
budget bill, releasing funds for school districts, counties and
social service agencies, and funding most of government operations.
However, he vetoed or reduced many items, about $7 billion in
programs, with the bulk of the cuts coming from the basic education
subsidy, state prisons, and medical assistance capitation. He also
cut about $200 million in legislative initiatives, including
funding for hospital systems and disease education programs in the
Department of Health. While all parties agree that releasing some
funding is a step in the right direction, there still remains
significant work to be done to ensure government operations, and no
one is certain how that will happen. The Governor's 2016-2017
budget proposal is due in February.
PA-ACP has revisited its legislative priorities, because of the
ongoing battles over budget and state funding/revenue increases.
For 2016, those priorities include:
We expect the House and Senate to take up credentialing
legislation in 2016, and have hopes that the Insurance Committee
will also consider several bills actively supported by the PA-ACP
including limits on retroactive denials of payments beyond 12
months, and non-compete agreements.
After several years of pressure from CRNPs, the House
Professional Licensure Committee held a hearing on legislation to
eliminate collaborative agreements and effectively allow CRNPs to
practice independently. PA-ACP has been actively working this issue
on your behalf, and worked with other medical professional
organizations to effectively make the case for maintaining current
practice. This remains a priority for 2016.
PA-ACP also made its presence known in Washington, DC on your
behalf in 2015 and plans to expand that work in 2016. The major
accomplishment was elimination of the Medicare Sustainable Growth
Rate formula in April. During Leadership Day in May, 17
Pennsylvania physicians attended our national event, and met with
members and staff of all members of the Pennsylvania Congressional
delegation. These meetings helped develop relationships which have
been maintained at home in the districts. The 2016
Leadership Day will be held May 3-4.
The Health and Public Policy Committee will also undergo a
transition in 2016, as Arnold Eiser, MD, MACP has
retired as chairman after a very successful six years. Evan
Pollack, MD, FACP has agreed to serve as chairman going
forward. If you have interest in helping develop and advocate for
government policies, please contact PA-ACP and we will ensure you receive
information and invitation to participate in HPPC meetings.
Our Chapter was one of seven chapters awarded the 2015 Tooker
Evergreen Award. Our efforts to engage our medical students in
advocacy and education to enhance medical student career success
was recognized by the Award committee. The John Tooker Evergreen
Awards Program provides recognition and visibility to chapters that
have successfully implemented programs to increase membership,
improve communication, increase member involvement, enhance
diversity, foster careers in internal medicine and improve
management of the chapter.
The PA Chapter also received the 2015 Chapter Excellence Award!
The award recognizes chapters which successfully meet the standards
for managing a chapter. In order 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. Special thanks are extended to those chapter members
who assisted in all of these endeavors.
Pennsylvania's Eastern Region is holding their Annual
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) training on March 5, 2016 at the
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.
Register online and view the flyer for details
of this event. We hope to see you in Hershey!
The State Medical Jeopardy Finals were held on December 5, 2015
at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. The winning
Western Region Medical Jeopardy team was from Allegheny Health
Network. Khaled Nashar, MD was the team advisor
along with the following members:
Nisarg Shah, MD
Pavithra Indramohan, MD
Salahuddin Siddiqui, MD
The State Champions hail from the University of Pennsylvania,
and include Team Advisor, David Aizenberg, MD, and
Michael Ayers MD, Hari Shankar, MD and
Christopher Reilly, MD. Our state champions will
proceed to the national competition held at the National ACP
Internal Medicine Meeting in Washington, DC, May 5-7, 2016.
Congratulations to the following medical students who were
acknowledged at the PA-ACP Western Region Medical Jeopardy/Poster
1st Place Clinical Vignette - Erin Lowe, Lake
Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
1st Place QI/Patient Safety - Anita Lyons,
University of Penn
1st Place Research - Amy Kennedy, University of
Pittsburg Medical Center
The Resident Professionalism Awards were presented to the
following residents of the Western region. These residents
exemplify all that we hope for in our future leaders in the health
Western Regional Winners:
Elizabeth Phung, DO Allegheny Health
NetworkAwais Javed, MD McKeesport HospitalMartin D. Bolinger, DO Conemaugh Memorial Medical
CenterRiaz Rahman, MD UPMC Mercy
The PA-ACP annual Awards Dinner was held on December 5, 2015 at
the Hershey Country Club, Hershey, PA. John Derrickson was
recognized for his outstanding leadership during his tenure as
Executive Director of the ACP Pennsylvania Chapter 2001-2015. The
Governors of the Chapter dedicated an award in his name, "The John
Derrickson Early Career Physician Service Excellence Award of the
Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Physicians.'' Stay
tuned for more details about this award.
Arnold Eiser, MD, MACP named winner of the Pressman Award for
Distinguished Service and Advocacy.
Dr. Arnold Eiser received the prestigious 2015
Pressman Award, which recognizes members who are committed to their
patients and community as a practicing physician, a leader in
organized medicine, as an advocate for his patients and profession
and for extraordinary dedication to the specialty of internal
Pictured here (l to r) Thomas Grau, MD, FACP, Gary Tabas, MD, FACP
and Alan Yeasted, MD, FACP.
Gary H. Tabas, MD, FACP received the
2015 Laureate Award for the Western Region. The
Laureate Award is given to Fellows or Masters of ACP who have
demonstrated an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care,
education, or research, and in service to their community, their
Chapter and the American College of Physicians.
Pictured here (l to r) Alan Yeasted, MD, FACP and Anthony Maniglia,
Anthony J. Maniglia, MD, FACP received the
2015 Clinical Practice Award, which recognizes a
member internist for service as a clinical practitioner to
patients, community and profession.
Congratulations to Marilyn J. Heine, MD, FACP
of our Eastern region. Members of the current Pennsylvania Board of
Medicine elected Dr. Heine as their new Chair effective December
Dr. Heine was appointed by PA Governor Tom Corbett as a Member
of the State Board of Medicine on October 1, 2013. Dr. Heine
recently stated that the State Boards goal "is to protect the
public" and looks forward to her continued work with the Board of
Medicine as they regulate the practice of medicine.