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James F. Bush, MD, FACP, ACP Governor
While it is known as the Wyoming Medical Society's
Annual Meeting, June 5-7 at Jackson Lake Lodge in Moran
had a strong American College of Physicians flavor with the Wyoming
Chapter hosting an ACP Governor's Advisory Board meeting, a SEP
module, as well as a Town Hall Meeting over the weekend.
The highlight of the weekend for ACP members was the attendance
of Dr. Robert Lohr, a national regent for ACP who
offered presentations on Preoperative Testing and Excellence in
Internal Medicine to the full membership at WMS on Friday, before
taking part in the Town Hall Meeting where he offered an overview
on the ACP's national priorities for the next year.
According to Lohr, the ACP has 141,000 members nationwide and is
the largest specialty society in the world. He said the ACP's
priorities for the upcoming year are: addressing physician burnout,
practice satisfaction, MOC, and a program called patients vs.
paperwork. On the lobbying side, the ACP will work towards
reinstating the Medicaid vs. Medicare payment parity, extending the
10 percent primary care bonus, and continued work on decreasing
administrative complexities of practicing medicine.
On Saturday morning of the Annual Meeting the current ACP
Governor, Jim Bush, MD; and the incoming Governor,
Mike Tracy, MD put on a SEP module for a room full
of ACP members on patient safety and medical ethics. Each attendee
received 18 MOC points.
Incoming President Mike Tracy leading a SEP module
Bush was in Boston last month for the ACP's Board of Governor's
Spring Meeting and suggested that ACP CEO Dr. Steven
Weinberger offered an excellent report on recent changes
at ABIM. Bush said the ACP has had a busy year including efforts
He also pointed out there have been ongoing conversations
between the two organizations, and the College will continue to
represent the concerns of its members.
Bush reports there was then an update on the redesign of the ACP
Online website during the Boston meeting, which has many useful
features, but can be difficult to navigate, due to the extreme
number of choices. After a four-year planning process the ACP is
focusing on the members, and make it easier to navigate. The
website will have a responsive interface, so it optimizes the view,
whether in IPAD, phone or computer.
"We were reminded that resolution brought up through the
chapters are a great way to bring the concerns of the members to
the organization, and I encourage anyone with a topic they think
would make a good resolution to email me, so we can help you
research and draft your resolution," Bush said. "MKSAP continues to
be very popular, and many are now accessing it entirely online. It
is a great way to prepare for MOC.
Bush added that Bob Doherty's annual Washington
update and offered SGR is finally dead, to be replaced by MIPS
(Merit based Incentive Program) or APMs (Alternate Payment
MIPS adjust traditional fee-for-service payments upward or
downward based on new reporting program, replacing PQRS, Meaningful
Use, and Value-Modifier. He said the measurement categories would
Additional weighting will be applied based on achievement,
improvement, and the applicability of each category to the type of
However, and the details are still being developed Physicians in
a PCMH may also receive higher pay increases. As these details are
worked out we will let you know. One thing Bush said he did was to
ask both the ACP and CMS to recognize state Medicaid PCMH's as
eligible for this program.
"What is very clear though is HHS is committed to moving towards
'Value Based Medicine,'" Bush said.
Among the highlights of the Board of Governors Meeting in Boston
was the presentation of the Legacy Award to Dr. Donald
Hunton, MD during a dinner of Wyoming ACP members. The
Legacy Award celebrates ACP's centennial by recognizing one seminal
chapter member whose service to the chapter had a significant
impact on the chapter's viability. This individual should exemplify
ACP's core values including leadership, excellence, respect,
compassion, professionalism, and responsibility.
Dr. Hunton receiving the Legacy Award
In his acceptance speech, Hunton said, "This award is the
keystone of my life in medicine. As it is defined, the keystone is
the final stone in an arch… I can't think of anything more I
could even ask for from the profession."
Hunton is a Wheatland (Wyo.) native who graduated from the
University of Wyoming in 1950 before moving to Rochester (NY) for
medical school, as well as an internship. A two-year stint in the
Air Force brought him back to Cheyenne before he spent his
residency in two different Rochester's (New York and Minn.) before
he returned to Cheyenne. In July of 1961, Hunton said he joined
Dr. David Flint and they formed the Internal
Medicine Group, where he practiced until he retired on Dec. 1,
CHEYENNE - With less than a year before the changing of the
guard as State Governor, current State Governor Jim Bush,
MD, and incoming State Governor Mike Tracy,
MD, are beginning the transition of chapter leadership.
Bush's term will end next April, making this year's Annual Meeting
his final meeting as ACP Chapter Governor.
The Chapter Governor is responsible for making sure the
functions of the state chapter are carried out. The Governor
attends two annual national ACP meetings a year, as well. Bush, who
is also the state's Medicaid Medical Officer, said he enjoyed his
time at the head of the state's ACP chapter, especially the
opportunities it allowed him to impact public policy.
"I enjoyed representing patients and internists through public
policy committee," Bush said. "While the Medicaid expansion was
going on I was the only one at that level who understood Medicaid
to that extent."
Bush added that he was proud of his time as chapter Governor,
specifically the work in helping shore up the Wyoming Chapter's ACP
finances, as well as increasing both the chapter's overall
membership as well as the number of fellows in the Wyoming Chapter.
He also cited a willingness by other chapter members to be involved
as one of his prouder achievements.
"I am proud that we have interest from the high quality
internists interested in participating."
Dr. Mike Tracy comes into chapter leadership
with a plan to meet with Bush and the ACP Governor's Advisory
Council this June in Jackson to discuss chapter goals and the
direction of the chapter going forward. He said he believes the ACP
is ahead of the curve where board recertification is concerned and
he hopes to continue that effort.
"The educational offerings of the ACP whether you go to the
state meeting, the national meeting or in doing things through the
medical knowledge self-assessment program, it is difficult to beat
the value you get from the ACP," Tracy said. "It also gives you a
venue to keep in touch with your colleagues."
Tracy said he will attend the Board of Governors Meeting with
Dr. Bush in Palm Springs this fall and has looked through a very
detailed checklist offered by the ACP's national office.
"It is good to try to keep in touch with fellow primary care and
specialty internists in the state to try to make sure we are as
organized a unit as we can be and the ACP is a good organization
for internal medicine docs whether they are primary care of