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Dr. Mark Belknap, MD, FACP, ACP Governor, Wisconsin Chapter
I hope that this issue of the newsletter finds you well in mind,
body, and spirit and that you are having an enjoyable fall. Along
the south shore of Lake Superior, we are usually blessed with a
lingering fall, a gift of the greatest of the Great Lakes and
payback for its gift of a seemingly interminably delayed
In this issue, I will review some of the happenings within our
chapter and the national ACP organization, and I will touch on
upcoming opportunities in 2015.
The 2014 Wisconsin Chapter Annual Meeting was held at the
Wilderness Resort in Lake Delton (Wisconsin Dells) on September 5
and 6. We again had a very successful meeting with very good
attendance and a varied and very informative program. Highlights
included a day full of information-packed presentations, some of
which centered on the theme of High Value Care, which is one of the
ACP's current priorities. Saturday's program also included a
resident Jeopardy-type competition and a town hall meeting. This
was preceded by a day taken up with Maintenance of Certification
modules, resident clinical and research vignettes, and a large
number of resident posters, along with a reception for all
attendees. Special thanks are due to Dr. Noel
Deep, Chair of the Program Committee and committee
members, Drs. Sam Lubner and Dai
Takahashi, and to Dr. Rachel Hawker, who
arranged and coordinated the Residents' Program. It was a great
educational opportunity, as well as a time to meet and catch up
with colleagues from around the state. I encourage you to make
efforts to attend the meeting in 2015, which will again be held at
the Wilderness Resort on September 11 and 12.
The annual Awards Luncheon was held as part of the chapter
meeting. Awardees are as follows:
Dr. Thomas Tape, the college representative to
our meeting and regent of the college, presented the 2013 Chapter
Excellence Award to the Wisconsin Chapter at the luncheon. The
Chapter Excellence Award recognizes those chapters that excel in
reaching the standards for managing a chapter, such as
communicating to members, instituting Medical Students' and
Resident/Fellow Members' activities, and advancing and recruiting
members. Recognition for this year's award should go to Dr.
Steve Pearson, our former Governor who was unable to
attend the meeting, to Jenni Kilpatrick, our
chapter executive, and to our chapter council and committees.
ACP-WI Governor, Dr. Mark Belknap, FACP, presents Dr. Anna
Corey, MPH with the 2014 ACP-WI Volunteerism and Community Service
Award in Recognition of her lasting and meaningful contributions in
the area of volunteerism and medical service in the state of
Dr. Mark Belknap, FACP, presents Dr. Kory Koerner with the 2014
ACP-WI Young Internist of the Year Award in recognition of his
outstanding contributions as a young internist to patient care,
medical education, and to fostering the ideals of the American
College of Physicians.
Dr. Mark Belknap, FACP, presents Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs, FACP with
the 2014 ACP-WI Addis Costello Award in recognition of her
outstanding contributions to the socioeconomic aspects of internal
medicine, through both local and national efforts and for being a
strong advocate for the people of the state of Wisconsin and their
Dr. Mark Belknap, FACP presents Dr. Julie Schuller, MPH, FACP
with the 2014 Helen Dickie Woman Physician of the Year Award in
recognition of an outstanding woman physician who has always
provided excellent patient care and demonstrated exceptional
leadership abilities resulting in a distinguished Career in
Dr. Mark Belknap, FACP presents Dr. Kurt Pfeifer, FACP with the
2014 ACP-WI Distinguished Internist Award in recognition of his
dedication to his patients, outstanding contributions to the
science and art of internal medicine and for upholding the ideals
and mission of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Mark Belknap, FACP presents Dr. George Lange, FACP with the
2014 ACP-WI Laureate Award in recognition of excellence in medical
care and medical education; as well as outstanding service to his
community, the people of Wisconsin and the American College of
Dr. Thomas Tape, FACP presents the 2013 Chapter Excellence Award
to ACP-WI Governor, Dr. Mark Belknap, FACP and Chapter Executive,
I attended the ACP Board of Governors Meeting, along with most
of the other chapter Governors, on September 18-20 in Chicago.
These meetings are opportunities to keep up to date on ACP national
initiatives and policies, to share concerns with other governors
and our national leadership, and to learn of issues that vary
between different regions of our country and between countries, as
ACP is steadily expanding to countries across the globe with
several recent new international chapters and a few more soon to be
Subjects covered at the meeting included an update on the
ongoing controversy surrounding the Maintenance of Certification
requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine (with some
progress slowly being achieved in making the requirements less
burdensome) and a report of a new ACP initiative, Patients Before
Paperwork, which is addressing the increasing hurdles and burdens
of practice and also trying to support the joys of the practice of
internal medicine. In a similar vein, we heard an insightful and
thought-provoking talk, The Epidemic of Clinician Burnout: We can
Turn This Around, by Dr. Mark Linzer, who has spent his career
studying factors influencing physician satisfaction and burnout. We
heard a legislative update from Bob Doherty, ACP's
head of advocacy. His incisive updates and commentary are available
to ACP members in the periodic email newsletter, The ACP Advocate
Newsletter, and on Bob's blog, which can be found on the ACP
website on the bottom right corner of the home page.
Dr. Sharon Haase, a previous Governor of the
Wisconsin Chapter of ACP, has recently been awarded Mastership in
the College. Masters are Fellows who have been selected because of
personal character, positions of honor, contributions towards
furthering the purposes of the ACP, eminence in practice or in
medical research, or other attainments in science or in the art of
medicine. Masters are highly accomplished individuals and are
distinguished by the excellence and significance of his or her
contributions to the field of medicine.
Congratulations, Dr. Haase!
Since the Board of Governors meeting, Steve
Weinberger, ACP's CEO, has sent out an update on the
progress of changes in ABIM practices following ongoing
negotiations of ACP with ABIM.
Here is the Update of Discussions of MOC
ACP is urging the U.S. Congress to act on two issues with
impending deadlines that could affect doctors nationwide: repeal of
the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) and extension of the
Medicaid Pay Parity Program. The Medicaid Pay Parity Program
expires at the end of the year if Congress does not act. If it's
not extended, doctors who see Medicaid patients could face an
immediate cut in the amount of money they receive for services.
Meanwhile, Congress has until March 31, 2015, to act on the SGR,
either repealing it or opting for a short-term path. Without
either, physicians could face a 24 percent cut in Medicare
For those interested, here is a page
listing ACP's current advocacy priorities which also includes links
to recent issues of the ACP Advocate Newsletter and of Bob
Currently, Wisconsin is one of the states that has chosen not to
accept federal funding for Medicaid/Badgercare for an expanded
population of those with incomes in the range of 100- 138% of the
federal poverty level. In the last issue of Badger Beat, I reported
on the initiative supported by our ACP chapter to get referenda on
the question of Medicaid expansion on the November ballot by
county. At this writing, it will be on the ballot in 16 counties
and one municipality. By the time that you receive this newsletter,
the election will have occurred.
At this writing, the Ebola outbreak in Africa with cases
occurring in the U.S. is a rapidly changing situation. ACP has
developed an online resource page with links to the CDC website,
ACP resources, and other sources. I'm providing the
link to it; there will certainly be further developments by the
time that you read this newsletter.
The ACP Leadership Academy provides early career internists with
the skills and knowledge necessary to become leaders in
The program includes formal live and online courses offered in
partnership with the American College of Physician Executives
(ACPE), the nation's largest leadership training organization for
physician leaders. Online courses are offered as self-study or
faculty led and include topics such as strategic thinking,
financial decision-making, managing physician performance,
marketing, ethics, quality management, and more.
All courses are eligible for CME credit through the ACPE. They
were selected to provide episodic leadership training for members
who want to brush up on a specific content area or to earn credits
toward the Certified Physician Executive (CPE), a nationally
recognized leadership certificate from the ACPE. Credits may also
roll into an advanced degree program from selected accredited
universities. ACP members receive a 15% discount on approved
In addition, the ACP Leadership Academy is currently accepting
registrations for a series of FREE (non-CME) webinars on a variety
of leadership topics. Topics currently scheduled include:
December 2, 2014 - Topics in Hospital Medicine: Team-Based
January 20, 2015 - Topics in Hospital Medicine: Developing
Effective C-suite Partnerships
March 17, 2015 - Personal Financial Planning for Physicians
May 19, 2015 - Population Health
All webinars start at 6:30 p.m. ET.
To learn more about the ACP Leadership Academy and to register
for the free webinars go here.
If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In keeping with the theme of our recent Wisconsin Chapter Annual
Meeting, here is a
link soliciting applications for a challenge open to those
working in academic settings to submit descriptions and bright
ideas in the field of High Value Care/Choosing Wisely®. Three
submissions will be selected for presentation at the ACP national
meeting, IM 2015, in Boston in April 2015.
It's not too early to be thinking about attending the next ACP
annual meeting, IM 2015. The meeting will be held in Boston, which,
though I'm not a city person, is one of my favorite cities. This is
a great opportunity to benefit from a very large number of high
quality educational offerings of various formats, and it's an
opportunity to meet colleagues from around the country and around
the world. There will be added festivities and events celebrating
ACP's 100th anniversary. I encourage you to seriously consider
attending and to start making plans. Go to the website for the meeting.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions,
concerns, or comments. I may be reached at: email@example.com
Mark K. Belknap, MD FACP
Governor, Wisconsin Chapter