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From the Vermont Governor June 2013

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June 2013


  • Leadership Day 2013
  • Internal Medicine 2013
  • Vermont Chapter Scientific Meeting
  • Call for Spring 2014 Board of Governors Resolutions
  • Physician & Practice Timeline Helps Physicians Track Key Requirements and Opportunities
  • Chapter Update

  • Mark E. Pasanen, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

    Leadership Day 2013

    On May 21-22, 2013 our delegation from Vermont gathered in Washington DC. for ACP's annual Leadership Day. Joining me were Shams Helminski, MD and Heather Smith, MD. Dr Helminski has just completed his Internal Medicine residency at Fletcher Allen and will be heading to Brattleboro to practice Hospital Medicine while Dr Smith directs the Hospital Medicine program at Rutland Regional Medical Center. After a day of presentations by ACP leadership, current members of the House and multiple congressional staff, we headed off to the Hill. This included stops at Representative Welch and Senator Leahy's offices, where we had great discussions with their key staff working in the Health Policy arena. Then we had a wonderful dialogue with Senator Sanders, who continues to work tirelessly on programs supporting Primary Care. The priorities this year were:

    • Repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR)
    • Support for Federal Programs and Legislation Addressing Physician Workforce Shortages
    • Support for continued support of Graduate Medical Education
    • Medical Liability Reform - with specific recommendation for a trial of No-Fault Health Courts


    Drs. Helminski and Pasanen at Representative Welch's Office

    Drs. Helminski, Smith and Pasanen at Senate Building


    Internal Medicine 2013

    This year's annual Internal Medicine 2013, in fabulous San Francisco, was a huge success. The meeting continues to be the preeminent Internal Medicine meeting in the US. I continue to be impressed by the huge diversity in offerings, making it a great conference for Hospitalists, Primary Care and subspecialists.

    The meeting includes the Associate Program and Vermont was extremely well represented by FAHC residents Samreen Raza M.D., Deva Sharma M.D and Patrick Hohl D.O., each of whom had been selected by the local or national selection committees for their fascinating vignettes. Dr. Justin Stinnett-Donnelly, who was unable attend, was also an award-winner, for his exciting work on the adoption of the Choosing Wisely campaign at FAHC.

    I hope to see many of you in next year in Orlando.

    Mark Levine, MD, FACP and Deva Sharma, MD

    Patrick Hohl, DO presenting his vignette

    Drs. Pasanen, Raza, Hood and Sharma at ACP 2013

    Mark Levine, MD, FACP and Samreen Raza, MD


    Vermont Chapter Scientific Meeting

    Our annual Vermont Chapter Scientific Meeting will be on October 25, 2013 at the Hanover Inn. This year we will be combining with the NH Chapter, a tradition we started a number of years ago. We are thrilled that Steven E. Weinberger, MD, FACP who serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer for the ACP, will be our Keynote speaker. In addition, we will be offering a number of talks and workshops, with topics including Transitions of Care, Sleep Apnea, Preoperative Evaluation, Wound Care, Bedside Ultrasound, Use of Electronic Resources, Pain Management and "Stump the Professor". It should be a fantastic meeting and we hope to see many of you there.


    Call for Spring 2014 Board of Governors Resolutions

    Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.

    Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's Strategic Plan to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

    If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Spring 2014 Board of Governors Meeting is September 25, 2013. Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it.

    Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the "Advocacy" link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search the ACP's Public Policy Virtual Library (PPVL). Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under "Advocacy" to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.

    Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.


    Physician & Practice Timeline Helps Physicians Track Key Requirements and Opportunities

    ACP has launched Physician & Practice Timeline: Professional Requirements & Opportunities, a valuable online tool to help physicians stay on top of important dates and track deadlines for a variety of regulatory, payment, educational, and delivery system changes, requirements, and opportunities. The Physician & Practice Timeline allows you to track and find useful resources for everything from eRx and PQRS data collection periods to ICD-10 preparation and Meaningful Use reporting periods. The Timeline also provides information on new opportunities that physicians in practice can take advantage of, such as Transitional Care Management (TCM) codes.

    The Timeline will be continually updated to reflect all new or revised target dates, deadlines, and incentives.


    Chapter Update

    As I mentioned in a recent email, the Vermont Chapter will be starting a Health Policy committee, with the goal that they keep our Chapter members up to date on both National and Local issues related to Health Care and provide an avenue to advocacy. In addition, with help from the ACP National Office, we will be expanding our programs that focus on our Associates and Student Members. As always, if you are interested in getting more involved, please feel free to contact me.