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Mark Belknap, MD, FACP, ACP Governor, Wisconsin Chapter
I hope that each of you has found some time for your favorite summertime activities and that the weather has cooperated with your plans. As I write this newsletter, we have had a pleasant summer so far in northern Wisconsin.
If you haven't already registered for the meeting, I encourage you to do so now and join our colleagues from around the state in attending the annual scientific meeting which will again be held at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. This year the dates of the meeting are Friday and Saturday, September 8–9.
The program will follow its usual pattern. The Friday program is devoted to MOC modules, of which we again plan to offer 3 with a steep volume discount on the 3rd module for those who chose to attend all 3, and the resident program, which includes vignette and poster presentations as well as Doctors' Dilemma, a Jeopardy-like competition between teams put forth from the state's five Internal Medicine residency programs. The Saturday program will consist of presentation of pertinent topics in various subspecialties of Internal Medicine. This year our College Representative will be Dr. Eileen Barrett, a general internist at the University of New Mexico and a member of ACP's Board of Regents. Dr. Barrett is a member of the ACP Wellness Initiative, and she will speak on Using Evidence to Promote Physician Wellness and Reduce Burnout with Q&A. She will also present on current ACP activities and policies from resident/fellow and from practicing internist perspectives, and she will be available throughout the meeting to discuss with you personally any issues of interest or concern related to ACP. I really hope that you can make time to join us at this meeting, which promises to be both very instructive and very interesting.
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After several months of legislative maneuvering, mostly behind closed doors, and several versions of legislation which would have variably repealed or replaced the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the final attempt was voted down on July 28. This last version of legislation, referred to as the “Skinny” ACA Repeal Bill, and other versions like it, all had in common the likely result of tens of millions of Americans at risk of losing health insurance coverage and all Americans at risk of losing critical patient protections. ACP worked in concert with multiple other physician membership organizations and other organizations in the health care field to fight against any and all attempts to dismantle the ACA. After this last defeat and at the time of this writing, it is widely thought that the odds of any viable legislation to repeal or replace the ACA emerging from the aftermath of this series of legislative defeats are extremely remote. Please follow this link to read the statement of Dr. Jack Ende, current ACP President, after the defeat of this most recent Senate bill:
Included in this statement is a link to a statement of principles, A Prescription for a Forward-Looking Agenda to Improve American Health Care, proposed earlier in this year by ACP to guide movement forward in any bipartisan effort to modify and improve the provisions of the ACA.
Now more than ever is the time to lend your voice to the healthcare debate. Join your colleagues in ACP's Advocates for Internal Medicine Network (AIMn) in advocating for the interests of internal medicine in Washington, D.C. The AIMn program is for ACP members interested in participating in federal advocacy. It is designed to help members engage with their federal lawmakers on policy issues important to ACP and internal medicine. You will receive occasional emails with policy updates and requests to contact your senators and representatives prior to important votes. To learn more, please follow this link to a portion within the Advocacy section of the ACP website.
This fall, the Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce (WCMEW) will host a statewide conference focusing on Wisconsin health workforce issues. At the full-day event on Wednesday, September 27th, held in the Wisconsin Dells, participants will engage on topics ranging from public policy to clinician retention and training clinicians for evolving models of care delivery. The conference is designed to bring stakeholders from across Wisconsin's health care, business, government, educational institutions, and non-profit areas together to recognize the urgent demand for creative and cross-sector solutions to health workforce challenges. If interested, please follow this link to the conference brochure.
“Fellowship in the College is an honor. Being an FACP is a distinction earned from colleagues who recognize your accomplishments and achievements over and above the practice of medicine. The most important considerations for ACP Fellowship are excellence and contributions made to both medicine and to the broader community in which the internist lives and practices.” The above words are taken from the ACP website. Many of you are eligible for advancement to Fellowship without being aware that you are. I encourage you to review the materials that describe the process of advancement to Fellowship, and I encourage you to consider applying.
If you have questions about the process, please contact me. If you plan to attend the upcoming Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the process from myself or other officers of the chapter as well as from the visiting college representative.
You probably have already received an email about the Annual Report from national office of ACP. I encourage you to review this report to get an understanding of ACP's recent and current activities and priorities to get a better understanding of the benefits of ACP membership. It is an interactive review of the College's programs, initiatives, and accomplishments over the past fiscal year, and it emphasizes anew to me, who has been tuned into ACP's work from my involvement in its governance over the past 4 years, the true breadth and depth of ACP's activities and member benefits. By perusing the report, you may well find offerings from ACP which are of use to you and of which you have been unaware.
If you are a physician with a current Wisconsin license, you very likely have received this notice.
This is just a friendly reminder that 2 hours of CME on the Wisconsin opioid prescribing guideline is required by the end of this calendar year. A link to a PDF of a list of approved courses is included in the notice from Wisconsin DSPS.
Of note, on the program for our upcoming ACP Wisconsin Chapter meeting is Dr. Tim Westlake, Vice-chair of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, speaking on Prescription Opioid Overdose and Its Public Health Importance with Q&A.