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As your Governor, I am thrilled to update you on the success of our region within the PA ACP. I have been working to get out into the region having recently visited Riddle Hospital, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Lankenau Hospital. Please watch for a visit to your local hospital in the coming year. If you would like me to come your way simply drop me an email.
When I do visit (I hope to make it to every hospital in the region), I look forward to updating you on our efforts to advocate for reform to the broken SGR payment system, malpractice reform, and address the ABIM's unpopular changes to MOC.
I also wish to invite all eligible Members to consider becoming a Fellow (FACP). Details can be found on the College web site, or watch for future communications. The FACP designation represents a commitment to excellence in patient care.
Before the holidays, we were fortunate to have our Sue Gersh, MD, FACP, talk to our young members and resident members about burnout and career satisfaction. The talk was superb and very timely for our early career physicians.
If you have questions or concerns, consider attending one of our events or send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
Finally, on March 7 in Hershey we are hosting a MOC module review session. Consider signing up to earn points regardless of your specialty (points from any module will count toward your recertification). Details about the session are on the chapter web site. Please see the list of our upcoming events at the end of this newsletter.
Best in patient care,
Gregory Kane, MD, FACP
Governor, PA ACP Southeastern Region
Register now for Maintenance of Certification Sessions in Hospital Medicine and Internal Medicine. Both MOC modules will be reviewed on Saturday, March 7 in Hershey. Find out the full details about this popular MOC session, including the registration link.
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 a board-certified in internal medicine, and is a full-time practicing internist in Norristown, PA. You can read about Dr. Cutler's Centennial Award on the chapter web site.
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. Remember to "like" our Facebook page.
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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 changes 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 were planned on 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, Governor 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.
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 to the recipients of the Pennsylvania Chapter's Exemplar of Professionalism Award.
IM program directors from across the region nominated a resident from their program for the honor. The 2014 selectees are as follows: Sara Collins, MD, Abington Memorial Hospital; Lakshmi Kannan, MD, Albert Einstein Medical Center; Syed A. Hamid, MD; Christiana Care Health System, Delaware; Jia Hwei Ng, MD, Crozer Chester Medical Center; Sahil Patel, MD, Drexel University College of Medicine; Maureen Armstrong, DO, Lankenau Medical Center; Michael Lashner, DO, Temple University Hospital; Charles Andrew Kistler, MD, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Hasan Siddiqi, MD, University of Pennsylvania Health Systems.
We thank everyone who competed in the annual poster competition and hope you will join us at the 2015 competition to be hosted by Drexel in the fall. Details will be emailed to residents and student members before summer.
Kudos to the planning committee: Allison H. Ferris, MD, Chair; Matt Behme, MD, Co-Chair; David Bernstein, MD, Medical Jeopardy Chair and Greg Kane, MD, SE Region Governor. A special thank you to the many abstract reviewers and judges who volunteer their time to make the event a success.
The 2014 poster winners are:
Jeydith Gutierrez, Temple, 1st place, CV
Anup Bhattacharya, Temple, 1st place, Research
Kristian Holmes, Temple, 1st place, QI
Shivam Saxena, Jefferson, 1st place, Top Overall Student
Eight SE Teams representing Lankenau, Temple, Einstein, Penn, Jefferson, Drexel, Crozer, and Christiana, DE competed in the SE Medical Jeopardy Tournament on November 8, 2014.
The SE winning team, Einstein, then competed and won against the other two regional winning teams, Allegheny Health Network, (West) and Guthrie, Sayre (East) in the PA state finals held in Hershey on December 6, 2014. Next they will be challenged by teams from across the country at the ACP National Competition in Boston during Internal Medicine Meeting 2015. If you can, stop in and cheer on our Pennsylvania team. They plan to keep the Osler Cup!
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.
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. .
Dr. Darilyn Moyer, Southeast Region, Dr. Linda Thomas Hemak, Eastern Region, and Dr. James J. Reilly, Western 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. Bryan Hollinger, MD (Southeast), Yehia John Mishriki, MD, FACP (East), and Jennifer McComb, MD, MPH, FACP (West), received Clinical Practice Awards for their ongoing commitments to excellence in medical care, education, research and service.
Ed Ruby, MD, FACP, FACE of Philadelphia received The Herbert S. Waxman Voluntary Faculty Teaching Award. The award recognizes an 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. 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. Darilyn Moyer being presented a Laureate by Dr. Dan Kimball, Governor Eastern Region
Dr. Ed Ruby (left) receives the Waxman Award, presented by Dr. Arnie Eiser during the Annual Awards dinner in December.
Dr. Ziad Dimachkie receiving a Special Recognition presented by Dr. Darilyn Moyer
PA State Champions, Einstein Medical Jeopardy Team and supporters
Pictured left to right are Scott Shapiro, MD (MCMS member and president elect at PAMED); Chuck Cutler, MD, FACP (Immediate Past Chair, ACP Board of Regents); Rich Baron, MD. MACP (CEO of ABIM); and Ted Christopher, MD (PCMS member and PAMED Board member for ACEP).
Penn students Ashley Nutt and Doug Worrall were winners of the PA Chapter's gift card drawing at the Penn Student Fair.
Jefferson med students Caitlin Callaghan, 2nd year and Yuriy Trimba, 1st year won the gift card drawing at the Chapter's Jefferson Fall IMIG
Thank you to the following members for recruiting their colleagues as part of ACP's Recruit-a-Colleague program.
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 Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 in Boston, MA from April 30 to May 2, 2015. Help us and the ACP by volunteering to serve in one of the following roles: Judges, Game Assistants, or Greeters.