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Tennessee Governor's Newsletter June 2018

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Tracey E. Doering, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Tracey E. Doering, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Dear Colleagues:

I hope your summer is starting off well and that you have some vacation/downtime planned!

A few issues have arisen that prompted me to communicate with you. Please call or email me for any issues that you would like addressed. Cell is 615-347-9643, and email is


Electronic Death Registration System

Hopefully, you have all received a letter from the Tennessee Department of Health Office of Vital Records regarding the completion of death certificates. As of July 16, all death certificates must be done on line. See the

  • Please register now using the link (included in the attached memo) so you can begin using the system well in advance of the July 16th deadline. Registering now also provides you with ample time to receive any needed training or assistance. Again, paper certificates will not be accepted after July 16, 2018.
  • For help with using the system, please call 1-855-874-7686 or email . To accommodate requests for help, we will staff this line extending beyond normal office hours into the evening on Monday through Friday and on Saturday mornings.



Leadership Day

Several of us went to Washington to advocate for issues for our patients and our profession.

Issues discussed included stabilizing the insurance market, reducing unnecessary administrative tasks for physicians and patients, reducing prescription drug costs, funding for research and public health (i.e. CDC, NIH), opioid epidemic, firearms safety, and GME funding.

In regards to the opioid crisis, some members have asked me about the certification to provide prescriptions for suboxone for patients. You can find more information online .

Dr. Mihir Patel (Chair, Early Career Physicians Committee), Immediate Past Governor Dr. Richard Lane, Dr. Catherine Womack (Council member), Dr. Tracey Doering, and Dr. Ryan Mire



Members to be Recognized

I would like to give special recognition to Paul McNabb, MD, FACP, Laureate recipient in 2012, and founder and leader of the University of Tennessee internal medicine residency program in Nashville, and Chairman Emeritus of SVMIC, for his receipt of the 2018 PIAA (Physician Insurers Association of America) award of excellence. He was honored for his singular contributions and longtime dedication to the medical profession liability insurance community, PIAA and healthcare professionals. See the press release for details.


I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of you to send me information about our members who receive awards, recognitions etc. so that I can acknowledge them in the newsletter.



Chapter Meeting

Please mark your calendars for the state chapter meeting in Chattanooga on October 26-27. Under the fabulous direction of Dr. Maria Tudor, it promises to be an outstanding meeting. Our necessary 2 hour opioid education is included, and there will be MOC points available. We will also be initiating a volunteerism activity as part of the meeting, collecting socks, underwear and other clothes for the Chattanooga rescue mission, and I hope to continue this to provide donations for other organizations in the city of our yearly meeting going forward. Register for the meeting today!

Look for a new survey to come out soon for our wellness initiative and we are hoping to arrange some visits to your local areas to spread this important topic to all of our members. This initiative is led by Dr. Mukta Panda and Dr. Ben Maddox.

Our early career physicians are hard at work preparing our questions for Doctor's Dilemma and trying to arrange an evening meeting on updates in Internal Medicine in each region. Please contact Dr. Mihir Patel if you wish more involvement as an early career physician. We want to know your needs!

In conclusion, as we wrap up another academic year, and fiscal year for our chapter, I want to encourage membership in ACP for all internists, including hospitalists, subspecialists and outpatient physicians. We all know there is a decline in participation in organized medicine, but as current members, you know the value of your ACP membership (educational materials for MOC, advocacy, resources for practice management, collegiality, and so much more). Please encourage your colleagues to join, and please encourage early career physicians to join ACP. I have reached out to all graduating IM residents in the state this year to retain membership!

You can find information on new member applications as well as reinstatement for colleagues who have let their membership lapse on the ACP web site .

And finally, if so inclined, like us on Facebook!

Thanks for reading (I know how busy everyone is), and please let me know anything I can do as your Governor for our profession and the care of our patients.