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Daniel B. Kimball, Jr., MD, FACP, ACP Governor
As I write this message for our newsletter, I recognize that this is the last message that I will prepare for our newsletter as your Governor. It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve in this role for you over the past 3 ½ years. I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet many of you, discuss many of the important advocacy issues that are of interest, and participate in the many regional programs that are offered. I am excited to be followed by Dr. David George as your new Governor, who will begin his term in May of this year, at the conclusion of our national meeting in Boston. Dr. George is a superb clinician educator and practicing rheumatologist who serves at the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. I know that he will serve you, our state chapter, and our Board of Governors well in his new role.
As I hope you have now already heard, there has been a major breakthrough in the ongoing discussions between the leadership of ACP and ABIM regarding the current ABIM process for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and the serious concerns the internal medicine community has had about the MOC process. The breakthrough came in an email yesterday to all ABIM diplomats from Dr. Richard Baron, CEO of the ABIM. The title says it all: "We got it wrong. We're sorry." The full text can be found on the ABIM Web site. ACP members should also have received an email from Dr. Steve Weinberger, Executive Vice President.
Internal Medicine 2015, our annual meeting, is coming up in Boston at the end of April this year when we will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the College. I know that it will be a wonderful meeting and I hope to see many of you there. If you do plan on attending the meeting, please sign up ahead of time for our Friday evening reception at the host hotel. I look forward to seeing you there.
I want to indicate my profound gratitude to my fellow governors, Drs. Alan Yeasted and Greg Kane, to Mr. John Derrickson, our Executive Director, and to Ms. Jackie Franco, his administrative assistant, for their outstanding support of our chapter during my time as Governor.
As I have noted in prior newsletters, membership recruitment is a "full-contact" sport - reach out and invite a non-member internist to join our ACP. Most importantly, I thank you, for what you do every day, as you treat your patients and their families, and as you teach our future colleagues. God bless you all!
Governor, Eastern Region, PA-ACP
David George, MD, FACP will begin his term as Governor, Eastern Region in May. He has worked closely with Dr. Kimball (current Governor) and College staff to learn about the College and his duties as Governor
Currently, Dr. George is Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Reading Hospital, Reading Health Systems.
Register now for Maintenance of Certification Sessions in Hospital Medicine and Internal Medicine. Both MOC modules will be reviewed Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Hershey.
Congratulations to Dr. Charles Cutler, who was selected as the recipient for the Centennial Award for the Pennsylvania Chapter! Dr. Cutler serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians (ACP), is board-certified in internal medicine, and is a full-time practicing internist in Norristown, PA.
Dr. Alan Yeasted was featured in Pittsburgh Business Times in December.
The Pennsylvania Chapter's Facebook page contains a variety of photos of friends and colleagues, as well as information on the accomplishments of our members and of Chapter activities.
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There's still time to register for the Chapter's Maintenance of Certification Session that will be held on, March 7, 2015 from 7:45 AM to 4:45 PM. The location is Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. Details are contained in the Maintenance of Certification Meeting Flyer.
PA-ACP finished 2014's advocacy campaign with passage of four bills sought by the PA Chapter. Governor Corbett signed legislation (Act 198) that establishes a Patient Centered Medical Home Advisory Board, and includes a representative of the Chapter. Also passed into law were creation of a statewide drug database (Act 191), mandates for patient notification of outpatient status (Act 169), and legislation providing immunity for reporting drug overdoses (Act 139.)
PA-ACP approved several priorities for legislative and regulatory action in 2015 during its December Governing Council meeting held in Hershey. ACP will support legislation to assure fair contracting, including a prohibition of noncompeting clauses in physician employment contracts. The Chapter will also work with the Wolf Administration to ensure patient safety and access to physician care in implementing the statewide Medicaid expansion. In reaction to expected legislative proposals, PA-ACP supports physician-led care teams, and opposes legislation that eliminates collaborative agreements or grants independent practice for CRNPs and other Specialist APNs.
The 2014 elections in Pennsylvania signaled many change are on the way in Harrisburg. On January 20, Pennsylvania welcomed Governor Tom Wolf of York. He has promised several major changes in state health care plans, increase funding for education, and a host of revisions to existing policies.
At the same time, Republicans increased their majorities in the state House and Senate, and elected new leadership. Rep. Mike Turzai of Allegheny County becomes Speaker of the House, and Rep. David Reed of Indiana County becomes the new Majority Leader. In the Senate, Sen. Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County will be President Pro Tempore, and Sen. Jake Corman of Centre County will become the new Majority Leader.
Governor Wolf has had hundreds of Pennsylvanians from across the state working through the transition of power on an agency-by-agency and program-by-program basis. He has named several of his senior staff, including former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty as his Chief of Staff. He named another former DEP Secretary, John Hanger, as his Secretary for Policy and Planning, and more recently named Denis Smyler, a Philadelphia attorney, as General Counsel. Cabinet selections are announced on a daily basis, and inaugural events are planned for Tuesday, January 20.
Wolf has repeatedly said among his first acts will be to seek approval from HHS to switch Pennsylvania's Medicaid programs to the fully funded federal option. Estelle Richman, Gov. Ed Rendell's DPW Secretary, has served as Governor Wolf's transition team's Medicaid advisor. She is responsible for overseeing efforts to fully expand Medicaid and to undo the changes in HealthyPA that are not in sync with that expansion.
Governor Wolf has said he will nominate Teresa Miller, the former Administrator of the State of Oregon's Insurance Division to be Insurance Commissioner. She has also served as acting director of the State Exchanges Group, the Oversight Group, and the Insurance Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
Wolf and the legislature face many issues right from the start, and the largest may be finding a way to balance the state budget. The state's Independent Fiscal Office has projected the budget deficit to be at least $1.85 billion.
The PA Chapter will work with legislative leaders and the Wolf Administration to ensure funding is available for graduate medical education, patient safety, and quality health care programs.
Nine outstanding physicians were recognized during the Chapter's annual awards dinner for achievements in medicine, research, medical education, advocacy, service to their community and service to PA-ACP.
Standing (L to R) are Drs. Jennifer McComb, Yehia Mishriki, Ziad Dimachkie, Darilyn Moyer, Linda Thomas-Hemak, Ed Ruby, Robert Cato, James "Joe" Reilly, and Bryan Hollinger.
Dr. Linda Thomas Hemak, Eastern Region, Dr. James J. Reilly, Western Region and Dr. Darilyn Moyer, Southeast Region were presented Laureates, the highest honor offered by the ACP. It is presented to Fellows and Masters of the College who demonstrate an abiding commitment to excellence in medical care, education, research, service to their community and their Chapter.
Drs. Yehia John Mishriki, MD, FACP (East), Jennifer McComb, MD, MPH, FACP (West), and Bryan Hollinger, MD (Southeast) received Clinical Practice Awards for their on-going commitments to excellence in medical care, education, research and service.
The Herbert S. Waxman Voluntary Faculty Teaching Award recognizes the most effective and committed internist who has distinguished himself or herself as a member of the voluntary faculty at a teaching hospital or medical school in Pennsylvania. It was presented to Ed Ruby, MD, FACP, FACE of Philadelphia. He teaches IM residents and medical students at Thomas Jefferson University and Mercy Catholic Medical Center.
Robert K. Cato, MD of Merion Station received the Pressman Award for Distinguished Service to Internal Medicine. This award signifies an internist who best demonstrates commitment to his patients and his community through advocacy.
Ziad Dimachkie, MD of Philadelphia received Special Recognition for chairing the Student Health Policy Symposium and participating with the Chapter's Council and Strategic Planning Session.
Dr. Dan Kimball, PA East Governor, presented Dr. Linda Thomas Hemak, with a Laureate during the Chapter's Annual Award Dinner
American College of Physicians Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine
Beatrice H. Hahn, MD, Wallingford, PA
Joseph E. Johnson Leadership Award
Mohan Ashok Kumar, MBBS, Danville, PA
Richard S. Eisenstaedt, MD, MACP, Abington, PA
Eric S. Holmboe, MC USNR, MACP, Phoenixville, PA
Melissa A. McNeil, MD, MACP, Pittsburgh, PA
Ronald N. Rubin, MD, MACP, Philadelphia, PA
Awards and Masterships will be received at Internal Medicine 2015 in Boston.
Congratulation to all!
Congratulations are in order to the first recipients of the Pennsylvania Chapter's Exemplar of Professionalism Award. IM program directors from across the region were invited to nominate a resident. for the honor. The 2014 selectees are as follows:
Brad Mathers, MD, Penn State - Hershey Medical Center
Christopher Kern, DO, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Doreen Ventura, MD, York Hospital
John Dahdah, DO, Geisinger Health System
Michael S. Ibrahim, MD, The Wright Center
Mrinalini Krishnan, MD, Pinnacle Health Hospital
Robert Sehgel, DO, St. Luke's Hospital
Sara Luber, DO, Reading Hospital
Shebey Thomas, MD, Guthrie/Robert Packer
Varad Vyas, MD, Easton Hospital
The four top poster presenters Sushil Ghimire, 1st place research; Shelini Sooklal, 1st place QI; Jessica Schwartz, 1st place CV and Jennifer O'Loughlin Lang, 1st place student (CV). They will present their poster during IM-2015 in Boston. The Pennsylvania Chapter will present the top winners with a stipend to assist with their travel.
Pictured above, from the left, are the Medical Jeopardy team players from Sayre/Guthrie: Vishwa Kundoor, Sandhya Sharma, Asad Shafiq. This team beat eight other Medical Jeopardy teams at the PA-ACP Eastern Regional competition held Oct. 25 at PinnacleHealth in Harrisburg.
The Guthrie Medical Jeopardy Team
The PA-ACP held its annual state Medical Jeopardy competition at Hershey Medical Center on Dec. 6. The top teams from the West, East, and Southeast: Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh, Guthrie, Sayre, and Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia. Einstein is once again the Pennsylvania State Champions.
The Guthrie team consisted of Muhammad U Khan, Vishwa Kudoor, Sandhya Sharma, Mayanka Kamboj (alternate), Asad Shafiq (alternate) and coaches Dr. Sean Devine and Dr. Victor Kolade.
Congratulations to everyone for making it to the state finals, and to the Einstein team which won in final jeopardy
Thank you to the following members for recruiting their colleagues as part of ACP's Recruit a Colleague Campaign.
Adam J. Albert, MD
Elmer J. Holzinger, MD, MACP
Gregory C. Kane, MD, FACP
Leo J. Motter, MD
Nina Mingioni, MD, FACP
Seth M. Quartey, MD, FACP
Sunjeet Kaur, MBBS
Seth M. Quartey, MD, FACP
Sunjeet Kaur, MBBS
The 2015 ACP Doctor's Dilemma Competition will take place during IM-2015 in Boston, MA from April 20 to May2, 2015. Help us by volunteering to serve in one of the following roles: Judges, Game Assistants, or Greeters.