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Greetings from La Crosse, Wisconsin. I hope everyone is handling
the "winter that was." It can't last much longer (hopefully)!
There are a few very important announcements that I want to make
in this Newsletter primarily dealing with important upcoming ACP
events. So please read on!
This will be my final Newsletter as Governor of the Wisconsin
ACP Chapter. It has been a fantastic time serving as Governor and
it seems impossible that four years could have already gone by. The
Wisconsin Chapter is in great shape, has a wonderful leadership
team in place, and is very well positioned to meet the challenges
that will come along over the next few years.
The National ACP office released its annual "State of the
Nation's Healthcare Report" recently. Please visit the
State of the Nation's Health Care page to find a comprehensive
analysis and review of the key issues affecting healthcare in this
Congress has been moving closer to a permanent repeal of the
Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. Please read the article
Medicare's SGR Formula Moves One Step Closer to Repeal, to find
a report in the "ACP Advocate" that discusses the SGR. The current
bill pending in Congress to repeal the SGR must be passed by the
end of March to avoid another temporary "patch" in order to avert a
24% cut in medicare physician reimbursements.
If you do not read Bob Doherty's "ACP Advocate," please consider
doing so. It is a quick way to keep abreast of issues in D.C. that
are of high interest to the ACP and many ACP members. Here is the
link to the "ACP Advocate": http://advocacyblog.acponline.org/.
Please consider attending Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando in
April. This is a fantastic annual meeting sponsored by the National
ACP that almost literally has something for everybody. If you have
never attended this meeting before, you will NOT be disappointed.
It has numerous "updates" in all the IM specialties, maintenance of
certification modules for those pursuing MOC through the ABIM,
advocacy updates for those interested in ACP advocacy, as well as
internal medicine resident and student poster and "Doctor's
If you are attending Internal Medicine 2014, please remember our
Wisconsin Reception on Thursday evening at the
Café Tu Tu Tango in downtown Orlando, 8625 South
International Drive. This reception occurs immediately following
the New Fellows' Convocation on Thursday evening, April 10th. There
will be beverages and heavy hors d'oeuvres, and the best news is
that it is all free of charge!
We encourage all internists in the state to visit the ACP
"Help Your Patients Enroll in Health Insurance Marketplaces"
and look at the information offered in order to help our patients
understand the process to enroll in the exchanges.
"Doctor's Day in Madison 2014" was held February 12th at the
State Capitol. The Wisconsin ACP Chapter represented its members at
this important event. Wisconsin legislators' offices were visited
and key medical issues discussed with the legislators and their
Our next ACP State Chapter Scientific Meeting will occur this
year on September 5-6. Please mark your calendars. The meeting will
be held once again at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The
Friday morning portion of the meeting will start out with ABIM
Maintenance of Certification Modules for those physicians
interested in MOC. The afternoon session starting at 3 PM will
feature some of the most challenging and interesting medical cases
from around the state in the past year. These cases are presented
by Internal Medicine residents from each of the five IM residency
programs in Wisconsin.
Our Wisconsin ACP Chapter will be holding its annual Wisconsin
Reception during Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando. This reception
will be held on Thursday evening April 10th starting at 7:30 PM at
the Café Tu Tu Tango in downtown Orlando at 8625 South
International Drive. This is a great opportunity to network with
other internists from around the state and to catch up with old
friends. We hope to see you there!
Health and Public Policy Committee (HPPC): If
you would like to be involved with our state chapter Health and
Public Policy Committee, please feel free to get in touch with
Jenni Kilpatrick at our
state chapter headquarters and she will connect you with leaders
from the HPPC.
Also, if you or any of your colleagues are aware of significant
clinical issues that occur as a result of the rollout of the
Affordable Care Act (ACA) and adversely affect your patients,
please forward comments and or anecdotes to our state office where
they can be forwarded to the leaders of our HPPC.
The Health and Public Policy Committee would like to hear from
internists as the Affordable Care Act is implemented in Wisconsin.
We are interested in issues such as:
Both anecdotes and overall impressions are welcomed. Please send
to either of the HPPC co-chairs: Ian Gilson, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tom Jackson,
Please consider nominating one of your colleagues for one of our
annual State Chapter Awards. There are many physicians out there
who are highly deserving of special recognition for the great work
that they do. Please view the descriptions
of these awards on the chapter Web site. If you would like to
nominate a colleague or acquaintance for an award, please email
Dr. Don Lee with your
nomination. We require an updated CV for each nominee. The deadline
for awards nominations for this year is Friday, March 14th.
The following are the new Fellows in the Wisconsin Chapter over
the past six months. Congratulations to these new Fellows.
Robert L. Wilson, MD, FACP, AppletonMargaret M. Spoerl, MD, FACP, MequonIsmail Quryshi, MD, FACP, BrookfieldOlatunji S. Olaoye, MD, FACP, AppletonDavid E. Marinier, MD, FACP, OnalaskaOsama M. Halaweh, MBBS, FACP, PeshtigoJacob C. Frick, MD, FACP, MilwaukeeSunu S Eapen, MD, FACP, WaukeshaEric P. Conradson, MD, FACP, BrookfieldBartho Caponi, III, MD, FACP, MadisonFawad Aslam, MBBS, FACP, Eau Claire
The 22nd annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill will be held on
May 21-22 at the Westin Washington D.C. City Center, 1400 M Street,
NW, in Washington, D.C. This is a unique annual event held by the
ACP Washington, D.C. office. The first day of the two day event is
filled with updates on the current "state of affairs" in D.C. The
second day is filled with visits to Wisconsin legislator's offices
to discuss issues as prioritized by the ACP. If you have never
attended this event please consider doing so. Our Wisconsin Chapter
has a fund to defray costs for those attending this event with our
Wisconsin Chapter. If you have questions about Leadership Day or
would like to sign up to attend this year's event, please email me.
Dr. Mark Belknap is the current Governor-elect
for our Wisconsin Chapter. He is a practicing internist from
Ashland, Wisconsin. He has practiced in Ashland for 30 years. He
will be taking over as Governor of the chapter at the conclusion of
Internal Medicine 2014 in Orlando on Saturday, April 12th.
Thanks for allowing me to represent you as Governor of the
Wisconsin ACP Chapter these past four years. It has been an honor
and a privilege to do so. I hope to see many of you at our annual
State Scientific meetings in the coming years or at our Wisconsin
Receptions at the national ACP meetings in the spring of each year.
So long for now.
Steve Pearson, MD, FACP
Governor, ACP Wisconsin Chapter