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May 2013 Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP, ACP Governor

From the Governor

Dear Colleagues;

Warm winds and blooming wildflowers means springtime in New Mexico. With spring also of course comes the national ACP meeting. I had the pleasure of attending Internal Medicine 2013 in San Francisco last month. I am pleased that our state was well-represented with 59 attendees, including Masters, Fellows, Residents, and non-members (who I hope are soon members!). There was wide geographic diversity as well, with attendees from Albuquerque to Beclabito, Las Cruces to Placitas, and Los Alamos to El Prado. While it’s always invigorating to attend top-notch lectures and workshops, personal highlights for me included attending Convocation with new Fellows Cynthia Arndell, MD, of Albuquerque, Boudinot Atterbury, MD, of Santa Fe, Dana Fotieo, MD, of Albuquerque, and Uche Obisike, MBBCh, of Farmington, and Chapter Laureate Mike Kaufman, MD, of Taos. In addition, it was rewarding to witness national recognition for Rosenthal Awardee Sanjeev Arora, MBBS, of Albuquerque, and new Master Ralph Williams, MD, of Santa Fe. Please join me in congratulating all of them on their achievements.

The Governors’ meeting including a rousing debate about leadership and team-based care, as well as on-going discussions about the need for implementing high value care and supporting physicians in all practice environments but particularly smaller practices through payment reform. Here are the Board of Governor actions on resolutions; from there, these were sent to the Board of Regents, and their actions.

Our Chapter has been busy, most notably with planning our Annual Scientific Meeting to be held October 17-19 in Albuquerque; I commend Program Chair Julio Munoz, MD, FACP, and the Program Planning Committee for assembling an outstanding line-up of talks. Council member Alisha Parada, MD, has helped us support UNM residents by collaborating with Chief Resident Patrick Rendon, MD, who has coordinated board review sessions. Council member Justina Trott, MD, FACP, spear-headed an ACP Special Interest Group on Sex- and Gender- Specific Medicine which I encourage all members interested in this topic to check out. Council President Rush Pierce, MD, MPH, FACP, has started a state-wide Patient Safety Task Force with physicians (see below). Former Chapter Governor Howard Gogel, MD, FACP, has been compiling nominations for our Chapter Laureate, Community Service and Volunteerism, and Teaching Award, and Cyndi Arndell, MD, FACP, and Allen Adolphe, MD, PhD, FACP, have collaborated on our inaugural Student Award. Later this month, Brianna Cowan, MD, Mike Kaufman, MD, FACP, Julio Munoz, MD, FACP, Sam MacBride, MD, and I will attend the College’s Annual Leadership Day in Washington, DC, where we’ll meet with our Senators and Representatives to push for workforce, payment, and delivery system reform, eliminating the SGR, and reforming and sustaining GME financing. Please look forward to a full report in early summer.

Please feel welcome to be in touch with your concerns and suggestions.


Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP
Governor, NM ACP Chapter


Congratulations to our Residents competing in San Francisco!

Our chapter was pleased to support residents winning our local competitions at the national ACP meeting/Internal Medicine 2013. Leona Ebara, MD, presented her poster on Coccidioidomycosis and Orwah Al-Khalili, MD, Omar Abu Saleh, MD, and Ahmad Allaham, MD, competed in the Doctors’ Dilemma/Medical Jeopardy competition.

Upon returning, Dr. Ebara filed this report: It was my great honor and pleasure to be able to participate in ACP meeting 2013 in San Francisco 4/11-13 as a poster presenter on behalf of state of New Mexico. I was happy to introduce my case, pulmonary coccidioidomycosis, especially because it is very unique infectious disease for the south west area in the U.S, most of my audience from other area have not seen this disease before. Thanks for warm support from my attending doctors, dear friends and also all ACP members in New Mexico, I could complete my mission and enjoy my precious experience in San Francisco. It gave me a further motivation to pursue internal medicine!

Drs. Betty Chang, Leona Ebara, and Michelle Harkins stand by Dr Ebara's poster at Internal Medicine 2013.

Upon his return, Dr. Omar Abu Saleh wrote: ACP Doctor’s Dilemma experience was one of the unique experiences in my career as a resident. Preparing for Jeopardy was a time to a review a wide range of medical information. This year [Jeopardy] was a little different due to a new system implemented in the competition, but after all it was a special privilege to be there. In addition, being in the ACP annual meeting is another extraordinary chance to meet residents from all over the States, and to meet and learn from experts in many fields of internal medicine. Thanks for NM local chapter leaders and to our IM department for all their support.

We are proud to support Resident scholarly activity, and are grateful for the Residents who put their time and effort into these competitions, their faculty members who precept them, and Internal Medicine at UNM for their educational and financial support. Personal thanks are particularly extended to Betty Chang, MDCM, PhD, FCCP, FACP and Michelle S. Harkins, MD, FACCP, FACP.


Hospitalists Committee Update

Some may have seen in the news that the Leapfrog Group released a report ranking states by the percentage of hospitals achieving an ‘A’ grade for patient safety, and that New Mexico ranked 50th. If you’re interested in participating in a state-wide collaborative work group to help tackle patient safety, please check the New Mexico Hospitalists’ Collaborative Workspace wiki for work on the New Mexico Patient Safety Task Force. There is presently involvement of physicians in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, Taos, Shiprock, and Gallup – and more participation is welcome. If you’re interested in participating in a state-wide collaborative work group to help tackle patient safety, please contact Rush Pierce, MD, MPH, FACP.


Medicaid Pay Parity

Late in 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final regulation which implements Section 1202 of the Affordable Care Act which increases Medicaid payments for specified primary care services to Medicare levels for certain primary care physicians in 2013 and 2014. If you provide primary care services and have not yet completed your attestation form, please review and complete these two documents (1 and 2), then return them to the NM Human Services Department.


Report from the 2013 ‘Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco Leadership and Advocacy Training

New Mexico ACP member (and AAFP member) Sam MacBride recently attended an advocacy training co-sponsored by ACP, AAFP, ACOG, and AAP to help combat tobacco use. Read his report, 2013 Protecting Children and Families from Tobacco: Leadership Advocacy Training, and it concludes: “Now that I am home in New Mexico I will be reaching out to state leaders and other professional societies to find out what efforts are currently underway in our state. I am also, of course, a resource to any member of the chapter interested in learning more or getting involved on this issue to keep our communities healthy.”


Recently back from Internal Medicine 2013, and looking for MOC credit?

Did you attend Internal Medicine 2013 in San Francisco? If so, you may earn up to 30 points toward ABIM’s Self-Evaluation of Medical Knowledge requirement for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) by completing one, two or three multiple-choice question modules. Go to ACP Annual Internal Medicine Meeting MOC Modules to have 30 more MOC points by the end of the day!


ACP Physician Affiliate Membership Now Available

Physicians trained in specialties other than internal medicine may now join ACP as Physician Affiliate members. In the past, the College received requests for membership from physicians who did not meet the requirements of full Membership. These physicians often worked alongside ACP members in their practices, and were exposed to the valuable benefits and resources that the College offered. In the spirit of supporting a patient-centered care delivery system based on a team-based environment, the College has expanded its eligibility for membership, while still maintaining its mission and focus on internal medicine. With that in mind, Physician Affiliate membership was approved.


High Value Care

“ACP believes that it is the responsibility of the medical profession to become cost-conscious and decrease unnecessary care that does not benefit patients. To support that effort, we will provide relevant and timely resources to help you implement high value care principles into your practice and focus on optimal diagnostic and treatment strategies, based upon considerations of value, effectiveness, and avoidance of overuse and misuse.” Find out more, including clinical recommendations.


Contact Information

Eileen Barrett, MD, MPH, FACP
Governor, New Mexico Chapter

Lisa Sullivan
Chapter Coordinator
PO Box 31091
Albuquerque, NM 87190-1091
Phone: 505-697-1386
Fax: 505-433-4631
E-mail: newmexicoacp@gmail.com