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I have just returned from a five week trip to accomplish one of my bucket list items, a trip to Australia and New Zealand. It was a fabulous experience and one I would recommend to anyone. We spent about two weeks in each country with a tour group and had a wonderful experience in addition to seeing how medical care is provided in those two countries. No system is perfect, but they do a great job of providing universal health care, a goal we are still struggling to achieve. They too are struggling to curb the ever increasing costs of providing care.
I hope the beginning of your New Year has been safe and fulfilling and that you still view the practice of medicine as the calling it was intended to be. These are challenging times, particularly for those of you in private practice, which according to ACP survey data is still the style of practice for about 1/3 of our members. I thank each and every one of you for the care and caring you provide to your patients and their families, every day.
As you know we are looking forward to another SEP/MOC program in Hershey on 15 March and I hope that many of you will be able to be with us for that one-day event. The MOC process in clearly in an evolutionary phase, and we are trying to help our members meet those requirements in any way that we can. Internal Medicine 2014 will be in Orlando FL in April (10-12) and we hope you will be able to attend and join us for the Chapter reception on Friday evening.
Again, my profound thanks and appreciation for what you do every day and your continuing support of ACP.
Governor, Eastern Region, PA-ACP
David L. George, MD, FACP is our new Governor-elect Designee. After a year of orientation, he will begin his four-year term as Governor and serve as the official representative of the College for the Pennsylvania Eastern region. He will be working closely with Dr. Kimball and college staff to learn more about the ACP and his duties of Governor. You may read Dr. George's bio.
John Nikoloff, ERG Partners
The General Assembly is hoping to make headway on several major issue and policy areas this year. But from now until November 4, state government officials will have one eye on policies and the other on the politics of the state's general election. Governor Corbett is running for re-election, and at least eight Democrats are competing in the primary to oppose him this fall. One half of all State Senate seats will be decided, and all 203 State House and 18 Congressional districts will be on the ballot.
Five State Senators have announced they will not seek re-election, and twelve state House members have announced the same to date. Another eight House members find themselves pitted against colleagues as a result of legislative reapportionment and more find themselves opposed in the primary election.
The state legislative schedule reflects the election calendar. The legislature is in recess for Appropriations hearings on the budget from early February to early March, when candidates can circulate nominating petitions. The Primary Election is scheduled for May 20, and the legislature is in recess from May 7 through June 1.
The single largest issue facing the state is finding a way to fill the $1.4 billion budget gap in crafting a state budget. With the formal presentation of the Governor's budget proposal on February 4, getting an on-time balanced budget should dominate all other legislative activities through June. Funding for Medicaid is a major piece of that puzzle, as is solving the state's pension funds deficit.
PA-ACP continues to push for Medicaid expansion in the state under the Affordable Care Act, working with all four legislative caucuses, the Insurance Department, DPW and Governor's Office. According to DPW, an additional 643,000 Pennsylvania adults would qualify for Medicaid under expansion. In addition, the Governor's Healthy Pennsylvania initiative has been a focus of policy discussions, with the Chapter meeting repeatedly with legislative and Administration officials to insure that internists' and patients' needs are recognized with any prospective changes
The Chapter participated in stakeholder meetings which led to a series of proposals under an innovation grant from CMMI that includes shifting state payment systems to one that rewards efficiency and quality, with a strong commitment to the medical home concept. Other changes which the Chapter worked on were advances in information technology, workforce development, additional GME support and expansion of public health programs.
The Commonwealth continues to seek waivers from the Department of Health and Human Services over issues with Medicaid expansion and its costs. PA-ACP has provided input and comments to the Corbett Administration on these issues and will continue to work with other health care organizations as advocates for patients as the state Medicaid program develops.
The state budget will be very important to internists, with issues including Graduate Medical Education, primary care physician loan programs, Medicaid funding, MCare and Tobacco Settlement funds, and public health issues all impacted directly. PA-ACP will be working with the General Assembly to maintain or increase funding for these items.
The legislature is considering many other health related bills, several the result of ACA implementation, and others that are state specific. The PA-ACP is engaged on those impacting your practices and hospitals, with policies established through our chapter's Health and Public Policy Committee and our statewide Governing Council.
One priority bill is HB 1655, which would establish a Patient Centered Medical Home Advisory Committee to work with the state in developing payment and patient care reforms under state funded programs. PA-ACP has supported the bill since it was in planning stages.
We are supporting legislation that would require prompt credentialing by payers, and mandate that credentialing decisions be made within 60 days of application. We also support legislation that would allow a tax credit for physicians for their MCARE assessments.
PA-ACP is working for passage of legislation (HB 777) that would allow seniors who would be bumped from eligibility by Social Security COLAs to stay on the PACE and PACENET programs, and removes Medicare Part B premiums as income to increase eligibility for PACE and PACENET. The bill would allow nearly 40,000 Pennsylvania senior citizens to maintain access and allow 10,000 seniors access to affordable prescription medications through the PACE and PACENET programs.
Sometimes we must oppose bills that we feel do not protect patients or ensure quality health care. PA-ACP currently opposes several bills that would significantly increase the scope of practice, without adequate physician supervision or collaborative agreements pharmacists and Advanced Practice Nurses
The contract battle between UPMC and Highmark in the Pittsburgh area has spilled over into legislation being introduced that would impact providers, insurers and hospitals across the state. Legislators are concerned about protecting constituents' access to care and hospitals. At the same time, the very public confrontation, along with the Affordable Care Act implementation, has some legislators reevaluating the hospital systems and Blues' nonprofit status. Our Chapter will continue monitoring these issues, and will work to prevent unintended consequences for physicians and patients from occurring.
The 2013 Poster Competition held at Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton was another great event. We congratulate the poster winners and thank all who participated. Here are the winning posters of the Eastern Region.
A special thank you to our 2013 Co-Chairs Sandhya Samavedam, MD and Robert Paulino, MD and our many abstract reviewers and judges. They did a fantastic job! We could not hold the annual poster competition without the spirit of volunteerism that exists in the Eastern Region. Visit our facebook page to see photos from our fall activities.
Einstein's Team Wins PA Medical Jeopardy Championship
Congratulations to the Einstein Medical Jeopardy Team, for winning the 2013 Southeast competition and the Pennsylvania State Championship. They will defend their National Title at IM 2014 in Orlando. Will this be another national win for Einstein!
We also congratulate the teams from Easton Hospital, Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital, PSU/Hershey Medical Center, Pinnacle Health System, Reading Hospital and Medical Center, The Wright Center, and York Hospital. All competed in the East's tournament. They are all champions in our eyes and we look forward to seeing them at the 2014 competition in the fall.
The following members were elected to Fellowship in the College during the past six months.
Sandhya K Adusumilli, MD, FACP
Saeed I. Bajwa, MD, FACP
Neeti Bhardwaj, MD, FACP
Charles U. Gbadouwey, MD, FACP
Virginia E. Hall, MD, FACP
Sean P. Harvey, DO, FACP
Glenn A. Hyatt, MD, FACP
Kasim M. Kasim, MD, FACP
Chatargy S. Kaza, MBBS, FACP
Naeem Latif, MD, FACP
Gerald V. Maloney, DO, FACP
Bohdan Martynec, MD, FACP
Colleen Matejicka, DO, FACP
Fariba Modares, MD, FACP
Dipti S. Pancholy, MD, FACP
Julio A. Ramos, MD, FACP
Sandhya Samavedam, MD, FACP
Stefan T. Tachev, MD, FACP
Rupashree Vinay, MD, FACP
Kevin C. Westra, DO, FACP
The Eastern Region welcomes new Members! We look forward to meeting you and we extend an invitation to join us at our various activities planned for the year.
Meena Agarwala, MD
Christopher S. Alia, MD
Subhra Banerjee, MD
Arabinda Behura, MD
Fazal R. Bhatti, MD
Archana Chaudhari, MD
Bradley K. Davidson
Mohamed Azkar Jamaldeen, MD
Kevin W. Maguire, DO
Melissa E. Martenis, DO
Dharmesh Patel, MD
Vipul Patel, MD
Jason M. Shackelford, MD
Lauren Kelley Smith, DO
Rohit Varghese, MD