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June 2012 Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, Governor

Greetings and Notes from Your Governor

Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP Dear ACP Colleagues,

The SE PA ACP Chapter has seen another busy 6 months. Highlights include the IM 2012 Meeting where the PA Doctor’s Dilemma Resident Team from Albert Einstein Medical Center won the national championship! Congratulations to Dr. Riyaj Kasekar, team coach, Dr. Praveen Ramakrishnan, Dr. Guillermo Garrido, Dr. Jedrzej Wykretowicz, Dr. Mahasweta Gooptu, alternate and both Dr. Glenn Eiger, Program Director and Dr. Steve Sivak, Chairman of the Department of Medicine on this spectacular accomplishment. Recently the College’s Dr. Steve Weinberger personally presented the prestigious Osler Trophy to the Einstein Team. See the photos in this issue.

Healthcare Policy Symposium

The PA ACP and the Temple University School of Medicine co-sponsored a Health and Public Policy Symposium on April 28, 2012. I am grateful to our featured speakers, including ACP’s entertaining Bob Doherty (see his blog at http://blogs.acponline.org/advocacy/) who spoke on federal level issues including the pending Supreme Court decision on the ACA and fixing the broken Medicare payment system (SGR), and John Nikoloff, PA ACP’s legislative advisor and lobbyist, who gave a fantastic primer on lobbying and what’s happening in Harrisburg.

Also featured was Mark Pauley, healthcare economist from Wharton School of Business, Stephen Permut, MD, JD from Temple School of Medicine, David Grande, MD, MPA from Penn, and Arthur Feldman, MD, PhD from Temple University School of Medicine

How Can You Learn More About Advocacy and Health Public Policy?

We invite any of you who are interested in learning more to join the PA ACP Health and Public Policy Committee. It meets by conference call once a month. Please let John Derrickson (jd@pa-acp.org) know if you are interested in “listening in” on a call.

I am very proud of our delegation to ACP Leadership Days, held in DC on June 6-7, 2012. They visited nineteen Pennsylvania Congressional offices. Special thanks to Dr. Arnold Eiser and Dr. Evan Pollack. Both are veterans in this annual event, and both helped immensely with the ten first-timers, including students and residents from Penn, Jefferson and PCOM. During the visits to our Congressional offices in Washington, our delegates emphasized the newly introduced Schwartz-Heck Bill (HR 5707) which will address the broken Medicare payment structure, also called SGR. More can be read about this important legislation at http://www.acponline.org/advocacy/


US Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (right) is welcomed by Dr. Darilyn Moyer (center), Governor for the PA-ACP as Dr. Arnold Eiser, chair of Pennsylvania’s Health and Public Policy Committee, looks on. Congresswoman Schwartz spoke to the 350 delegates attending the American College of Physicians’ 2012 Leadership Day in Washington. She recently introduced the Schwartz – Heck Bill, HR 5707, the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2012. It would fix the broken Medicare payment structure.

We are grateful to Evan Pollack, MD, FACP, for bringing to our attention the misuse of authority by RAC sub-contractors working for Medicare. They deny payments retroactively, which impact patient quality of care as hospitals and physicians realize they are not compensated for treating patients in “observation” status. Our PA Chapter has submitted a resolution to the ACP’s Board of Governors, asking them to take action on this unfair condition.

Leaders from SE PA ACP Selected for ACP National Leadership Positions

Congratulations to Susan Glennon, MD, FACP who was selected to serve on the ACP Council of Young Physicians and Preyanka Makadia, a student from PCOM, who was selected to serve on the ACP Council of Student Members!

Information on the ACP Medical Home Builder

The ACP Medical Home Builder (MHB) tool provides affordable, accessible, online guidance to help identify opportunities for practice improvements and, if desired, prepare your practice for recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

  • Designed for all practices, ACP’s Medical Home Builder will help
  • Improve office efficiency
  • Increase patient satisfaction
  • Optimize patient care
  • Develop policies and procedures with downloadable forms
  • Prepare for PCMH accreditation or recognition

Click here for a link to the brochure mailed to ACP Members.


Do You Know?

The Pennsylvania Chapter was awarded a 2012 John Tooker Evergreen Award for joining forces with the Illinois chapter to develop a 10-part leadership development webinar series for members of both Chapters.

Bob Doherty of The ACP Advocate Blog, can also be followed on Twitter @BobDohertyACP

The SE 2012 Abstract and Medical Jeopardy Competition will be held at Lankenau Hospital on Saturday, November 10, 2012. All residents who are members of the ACP are invited to submit an abstract.

Nina Mingioni, MD, FACP is the SE Program Chair for 2012 Abstracts and Medical Jeopardy competitions. Last year’s chair, Bill Surkis, MD, FACP will oversee as Chair Emeritus. Janani Rangaswam, MD will Chair the Medical Jeopardy, and Matthew Behme, MD will chair the Abstracts Competition.

Anyone who is able to volunteer to be a reviewer or a judge for the abstract competition is invited to contact Dr. Nina Mingioni at mingionin@einstein.edu. The abstract competition presents the perfect opportunity to become involved in an enjoyable and worthwhile Chapter event. The abstract submission form will be available on the chapter Web siteon July 10; deadline for submissions is August 24.


Capitol Update by John Nikoloff


Budget Update, June 2012

As this issue is printed, the Governor and state legislative leaders have promised an on-time state budget of $27.67 billion dollars, more than $500 million above the figure originally proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett in February.

As the House, Senate and Governor negotiated a final budget settlement, increased revenues in April and May became important to discussions. The House and Senate had already passed a $27.66 billion budget with significant increases for higher education, Graduate Medical Education and various programs in the Departments of Health and Public Welfare. At this point, discussions are centered on the details, and the Governor’s requests for several new pieces of legislation, including education and corrections reform and tax credits for businesses related to a proposed ethane cracker facility in Beaver County that is expected to create at least 10,000 jobs in southwestern PA. Also in question are how state funds for county social and welfare programs will be distributed, with the Governor and Senate favoring a block grant program vs. the House which is holding out for a more traditional specific program line item budget.

Some counties are opposed to any cuts in social services, but many have agreed to a 10% reduction if they can be given flexibility to move funds from one program to another. Many House Republicans have joined with Democrats to oppose the block grant concept. And Democrats continue to argue that the state could afford to spend another $600 million above the agreed-to spend figure, and are pushing for adding these funds to social and basic education funding.

The General Assembly had put funding back into Penn State, Pitt and Temple back to their 2011-2012 funding levels, and increased the MA budget for Academic Medical Centers by $1.262 million. Other increases were in Health for line items for specific diseases including hemophilia, Lupus, Sickle Cell and Tourette’s, and DPW for MA Inpatient programs, MA Long Term Care, physician practice plans, and critical care hospitals.


Temple Hosts Outstanding Healthcare Policy Symposium

An outstanding Healthcare Policy Symposium co-sponsored by Temple University School of Medicine and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACP was held at Temple University on April 28, 2012.

Pictured above are, from left, David Grande, MD, MPA at HUP; Robert Doherty, American College of Physicians; John Nikoloff, PA-ACP government affairs advisor and President, ERG Partners; Arnold Eiser, MD, FACP, Chair of PA-ACP's Health and Public Policy Committee; and Mark Pauly, PhD, Wharton. Not included is Arthur Feldman, MD, PhD, Executive Dean at Temple University School of Medicine and Stephen Permut, MD, JD, Associate Dean of Academic Affiliations, Temple University School of Medicine.

The impressive faculty consisted of Robert Doherty, Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, ACP, Topic:“Can’t Anyone Here Play This Game?How Our “Broken Politics” is Hurting Healthcare and What Can Be Done about It.

Mark Pauly, PhD, Professor of Health Care Management, Business, and Public Policy, Wharton School of Business, Topic: The Economics of Health Policy

John Nikoloff, PA-ACP, Government Relations Consultant & Lobbyist President, Partner, ERG Partners, Topic: Tighten Your Belt or Lose Your Pants - Advocacy in a No New Taxes Era.

Stephen Permut, MD, JD, Associate Dean of Academic Affiliations, Temple University School of Medicine, Chairperson, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Topic: Tort Reform

David Grande, MD, MPA, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Topic: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Health Policy

Arthur Feldman, MD, PhD, Executive Dean, Temple University School of Medicine, Chief Academic Officer, Temple University Health System

Thank You!

Healthcare Policy Symposium Planning Committee: (L) Dr. Darilyn Moyer, Program Director at Temple and Governor for the PA Southeastern Region of the ACP, and Temple Medical Students April Raquel Rolle, Carolyn Thimot, Jake Natalini and Ziad Dimachkie. More than eighty medical students and physicians attended the April 28 Symposium. We extend a huge thank you to an exceptional committee!


Leadership Day 2012

Congressman Mike Kelly (L) PA District 3 meets with Deepak Pahuja, MD, FACP, from Erie and Danielle Krol, MD, Resident at Drexel in Philadelphia. Congressman Kelly shares concerns raised about underserved areas, especially in rural northwest PA, and the impact on Pennsylvanians’ health.

The 20th annual Leadership Day on Capitol Hill, held on June 6-7, 2012 at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C, gave our 17 member Pennsylvania delegation the opportunity to create a strong presence on Capitol Hill.

We thank the following members for giving their time to visit 19 Congressional offices to share issues of critical concern with our Pennsylvania lawmakers.

PA-ACP 2012 Delegates

Aditya Sharma, Resident at Penn State/Hershey, Council member
Arnie Eiser, FACP, Chair of HPPC
Christine Bui, Student at PENN
Chuck Cutler, FACP; Past Governor, BOR Chair-elect
Danielle Krol, Resident at Drexel
Darilyn Moyer, FACP, Governor for PAS
David Rudnick, Student at PENN
Deepak Pahuja, FACP, Erie Activist
Evan Pollack, FACP, Vice Chair of HPPC
James Walter, Resident at Jefferson
Jenna Peart, Student at PENN
Kanchana Herath, Student at Penn State/Hershey, Council member
Kevin Berry, Student at Penn State/Hershey, Council member
Larry Jones, FACP, Council and HPPC member
Laura Hughes, Resident at WP/Allegheny
Preyanka Makadia, Student at PCOM, ACP's CSM
Robert (Egen) Atkinson, Student at PENN

One item of particular interest of the delegation was the newly introduced Schwartz-Heck Bill (HB5707) which addresses the flawed Medicare system structure. The bipartisan measure would repeal Medicare’s current reimbursement formula and replace it with a new system of payment models. It would also give doctors small boosts in payment rates for four years. This presents detailed information about the Bill.


Thank You Members!

We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to all members who made a $15 contribution to the Chapter with your annual dues check.

These extra funds allow us to hold casual dinners with the Internal Medicine Interest Groups (IMIG) and to challenge the medical residents with poster competitions and Medical Jeopardy tournaments.

In addition, this year we invited ten residents and medical students from all over Pennsylvanian to participate in the ACP’s annual Leadership Day. It is only through your support that we are able to offer educational and networking programs to our membership.


Congratulations New Fellows! Nine from SE Region Marched in Convocation at Internal Medicine 2012!

Convocation 1

Pictured with Darilyn Moyer, Governor, Southeast Region (L) at the Convocation in New Orleans is a group of the Southeast Region’s new Fellows.

Listed below are the nine SE physicians who marched at the 2012 Convocation.

Andrew B. Rosenzweig, MD, FACP, Maple Glen
Arthur Chernoff, MD, FACP, Rydal
Kate M. Lally, MD, FACP, Wayne
Luz S. Ramos-Bonner, MD, FACP, Bensalem
Peter O. Nwafor, MBBS, FACP, Blue Bell
Rebecca M. Maury, MD, FACP, Philadelphia
Robin E. Canada, MD, FACP, Philadelphia
Susan E. Glennon, MD, FACP, Elkins Park
William J. Gilhool, DO, FACP, Swarthmore
Weijing Sun, MD, FACP, Philadelphia

In addition, the Chapter recognizes and congratulates all Southeast physicians who were elected to Fellowship in the College since January 2012. An asterisk indicates those who marched.

Amy Jane Behrman, MD, FACP, Wynnewood
Baligh Yehia, MD, FACP, Philadelphia
Constance J. Dine, MD, FACP, Philadelphia
David J. Aizenerg, MBBS, FACP, Havertown
Emily Stewart, MD, FACP, Wynnewood
Michael N. Braffman, MD, FACP, Bala Cynwyd
Mohammad Alauddin, MBBS, FACP, Wallingford
Peter O. Nwafor, MBBS, FACP, Blue Bell
Raphael E. Bonita, MD, FACP, Philadelphia
Rebecca M. Maury, MD, FACP, Philadelphia
Ritu Khurana, MD, FACP, Broomall
Sivakoti N. Guda, MBBS, FACP, Bensalem
Wafik El-Deiry, MD, PhD, FACP, Bryn Mawr
Weinjing Sun, MD, FACP, Philadelphia


Einstein Medical Jeopardy Team Wins 2012 ACP National Tournament

Celebrating their big win in New Orleans, Albert Einstein Medical Center's amazing Medical Jeopardy Team revel in victory over 31 other medical resident teams from throughout the US. Teams competed in the American College of Physicians' Medical Jeopardy tournament, held at the National Scientific meeting in New Orleans April 19-21, 2012.

Pictured above (L to R), are Dr. Riyaj Kasekar, coach, Dr. Praveen Ramakrishnan, Dr. Guillermo Garrido and Dr. Jedrzej Wykretowicz. Not pictured are Dr. Mahasweta Gooptu, alternate and Dr. Steve Sivak, Chairman of the Department of Medicine. Both were valuable cheerleaders for this phenomenal team during the three-day competition. Well done, Team!


Congratulations Southeast Residents and Students!

14 Presented Abstracts at ACP-IM 2012

Lara Christina Murphy, Medical Student, Jefferson University

Chad Zak, MD and Val Rakita, MD, Temple University, both presented posters in New Orleans.

We are honored that 14 members from the southeast region represented Pennsylvania in the Associate and Medical Student Abstract Competition during Internal Medicine 2012. An asterisk indicates those who presented their poster in the Southeast’s 2011 abstract competition.

Aubre A Weber, DO Associate Clinical Vignette Poster Presenter
Bonita A Mohamed, MD * Associate Clinical Vignette Poster Presenter
Chad Zack, MD * Associate Clinical Vignette Poster Presenter
Eva Tseng, MD * Associate Clinical Research Poster Presenter
Gentry George Teng King, MD Associate Clinical Research Poster Presenter
Ji Hyun Rhee, MD Associate Clinical Vignette Poster Presenter
Lara Christina Murphy Medical Student Clinical Vignette Poster Presenter
Matthew J Stanishewski, DO Associate Clinical Vignette Poster Presenter
Parit Mekaroonkamol, MD * Associate Clinical Research Poster Presenter
Rashmi V Thatte, MBBS * Associate Clinical Vignette Oral Presenter
Ryan Arthur McConnell, MD * Associate Clinical Research Poster Presenter
Seema Niphadkar Medical Student Clinical Vignette Poster Presenter
Val Rakita, MD * Associate Basic Research Oral Presenter
Zuolu Liu Medical Student Research Poster Presenter


Southeast Region’s Photo Gallery

New Fellows and Pennsylvania Chapter Council members, Nicole Swallow (East) and Susan Glennon (SE) proudly smile following the Convocation in New Orleans.

Omkar Baxi, Drexel University College of Medicine, presenting his poster during ACP-IM 2012.

Seema Niphakan, MSIV, Christiana Health Care, Newark, DE and Jefferson student presenting her poster on Elder Abuse during IM 2012 in New Orleans.

Dan Vollhaber, Drexel University School of Medicine and lucky ACP door prize winner, poses with IMIG Co- Chair, Farah Noorani at the Drexel Student Fair.


Einstein Medical Jeopardy Team Brings Home Coveted Osler Cup

The formal presentation of the Osler Cup (named in honor of Sir William Osler, 1849-1919, and known as “The Father of Internal Medicine.”) to the Medical Jeopardy team from Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia was held June 12. This was the third national win for Einstein. They also brought home the Osler in 1998 and 2007. Will we see them in San Francisco in 2013? Will it be the 4th Einstein win? Stay tuned!

Pictured, from left: Dr. Steve Sivak, Chairman of Medicine at AEMC, Dr. Steve Weinberger, EVP and CEO for the American College of Physicians (ACP), Dr. Patrick Alguire, SVP for the ACP, team members Dr. Guillermo Garrido, Dr. Jedrzej Wykretowicz and Dr. Praveen Ramakrishnan, Dr. Riyaj Kasekar, team coach and Dr. Glenn Eiger, Associate Chairman of Medicine and Program Director. Missing from photo is Dr. Mahasweta Gooptu, alternate and the team’s biggest cheerleader.


Save the Date!

Southeast Annual Abstract & Medical Jeopardy Competition

November 10, 2012

Lankenau Medical Center
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096


Welcome Aboard New Members!

Twenty-four physicians from the Southeast Region have been elected to ACP membership since January 2012. Please join us at our various events and educational programs. We look forward to meeting you!

Oluwaseyi O. Ajayi, MD , Philadelphia
Katherine A. Behan, MD, Philadelphia
Nadia L. Bennett, MD, Philadelphia
Rishi Bhattacharyya, MD, Chester
Daljit K. Bhogal, MD, Media
Charles F. Breish, MD, Philadelphia
Arijit Chakravarty, MD , Wallingford
Anupama Chennupati, MD, Abington
Valerie Cluzet, MD, Philadelphia
Soujanya Donthu, MD, Philadelphia
Daniel Edmundowicz, MD, Media
Marita Faranotes, MD , Philadelphia
Jane B. Fritz, MD, Philadelphia
Matthew Garin, MD , Philadelphia
Orlando Gomez, DO, Drexel Hill
Ian M. Goonewardene, MD, Merion Station
Saad A. Khan, MD , Huntingdon Valley
Jyothi Krishnan, MD, MBBS, Bensalem
Se-Eun S. Lee, MD, Philadelphia
Malek G. Numeir, MD, Springfield
Steven A. Samuel, MD, Yardley
Laura H. Simon, MD, Philadelphia
Ramneek Singh, MD, Philadelphia
Usman Zulfigar, MD, Med

ACP’s new membership year begins July 1st. Please remember to renew your membership. We need your support!


Pennsylvania Chapter Calendar of Events

July 2012 – December 2012
Date Event Location
June 19-20 Pri-Med Access with ACP Philadelphia
Sept. 8 PA Council Meeting Harrisburg
Sept. 19-20 Pri-Med Access with ACP Pittsburgh
Sept. 20-21 Board of Governors Vancouver
Oct. 6 Eastern Poster Competition TCMC, Scranton
Nov. 3 PA West Poster Competition West Penn, Pittsburgh
Nov. 10 Southeast Poster Competition
Dec. 1 Council Meeting Hershey
Dec. 1 State Medical Jeopardy Hershey
Dec. 1 Chapter Awards Dinner Hershey
Fall 2012 Student Dinner Series TBA
Fall 2012 YP and Hospitalists Dinner Series TBA
Fall 2012 Pri-Med Access with ACP Philadelphia
March 2013 SEP/MOC Program Hershey


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