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MCMS Board Member Talks Opioid Prescribing Guidelines with County Commission
Dr. Robert McNamara, an emergency room physician and MCMS board member, gave an update on county and state efforts to address the growing public health crisis of opioid abuse in Pennsylvania. He spoke during the April 21 Montgomery County Commission meeting. He mentioned that PAMED is collaborating with more than 10 organizations to educate physicians and the community at large. On May 17, PAMED leadership and county medical society leaders statewide, will visit with state legislators and then attend a symposium to address the various responses to the public health crisis. Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine has been invited to discuss Naloxone and alternative pain treatments. You can find Dr. McNamara’s remarks, along with other business of the commission meeting, online at
http://www.montcopa.org/mediacenter.aspx?CID=19 (Video/55:11).
Physicians Say Advocacy Essential for Good Patient Care
Physicians John and Alieta Eck will share how their political advocacy may change the face of medicine for physicians and their patients in New Jersey during the 2016 Annual MCMS Membership Dinner, June 7, William Penn Inn, Route 202 and Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd. Frustrated by the inadequacy of New Jersey's health insurance system, Drs. Eck founded the Zarephath Free Clinic. The center gives physicians an opportunity to revert back to the old model of donating time each month to care for the poor and uninsured. Additionally, Jay E. Rothkopf, MD will be installed as the new president, and MCMS will honor nine physicians who have practiced medicine for 50 years. The honorees are:
  • Randall W. Bell, MD, FACS
  • Richard J. Carella, MD
  • Albert T. Derivan, MD
  • Anthony J. Fugaro, DO
  • Jack Lebeau, MD
  • Ronald Liebman, MD
  • Arthur B. Lintgen, MD
  • Stephen Pripstein, MD
  • Eli W. Zucker, MD
Watch the mail for your invitation. Please RSVP by May 30.
You Are Invited to MCMS Board Meeting May 3
Your input is needed as MCMS plans the strategy for your county medical society’s future. You are encouraged to attend the next Board of Directors’ meeting, May 3, 6 p.m. Confirm your participation with MCMS Executive Director Toyca Williams,
montmedsoc@verizon.net or call (610) 878-9530.

Get Off the Sidelines: Advocate For Your Profession
Are you happy with the way things are in healthcare? If not, here’s your opportunity to affect change. Save your spot at the MCMS Annual Legislative Dinner in Harrisburg on May 23. This is a social event attended by physicians and legislators and hosted by your county medical society. It provides an opportunity to speak one on one with legislators over dinner and to let them know what issues you face as you take care of patients. Contact MCMS Executive Director Toyca Williams, montmedsoc@verizon.net or call (610) 878-9530 for more information.
Countywide Drug Take Back Day April 30  
Residents can take unwanted, unused and expired prescription medications to participating police stations throughout the county and dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly and safe way. Proper disposal of these medications is an important step in combatting the growing opioid and heroin epidemic, which often begins with prescription medicines taken from a home medicine cabinet. In 2015, more than 7,800 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter medications were collected and destroyed. Unwanted medications can be dropped off and disposed of throughout the year at 32 permanent Prescription Drug Disposal Boxes, many sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water in an effort to help keep our water supply safe. To learn more and find a list of participating locations, visit www.montcopa.org/da .
MCIC Immunization Dinner – Save the Date
The Montgomery County Immunization Coalition cordially invites all healthcare providers to its annual immunization update and education dinner Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The dinner speakers are Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH, FAAP of Children's Mercy Urgent Care, Overland Park, Kan. and Julie Paoline, MA, CPHA of the Montgomery County Health Department.
Don't Be a Deer in the Headlights
Get the tools you need to avoid practice pitfalls at the 11th Annual Tools for Success Medical Practice Management Conference set for April 27-28, Villanova Conference Center, 601 County Line Road, Radnor. Co-hosted by MCMS, there will be an evening program on April 27 and a full day conference on April 28. Conference workshops will include the following topics:
  •  payer contracts
  •  cyber security
  •  patient data collection
  •  smart negotiating
  •  payer relations
  •  practice HR
  •  risk management
Stephen Foreman, an associate professor of health administration & economics at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, will be the guest speaker for the April 27 evening program. He will discuss  the evolution of health care in southeastern PA-- where we were, how far we've come and where we go now. Register today.
PAMED Practice Manager Meeting  
Register today for PAMED's popular Practice Manager Meeting May 11. Topics include new pa
yment models under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), MU/PQRS updates, revalidation, advance care planning, prior authorization, surprise billing, and so much more. Seats are going fast! Register today.
New Scholarship Opportunities for PAMED's 2016-2017 Year-Round Leadership Academy
Have you taken on a leadership role or new responsibilities within your organization? The upcoming session of PAMED's Year-Round Leadership Academy offers scholarship opportunities for early career physicians, emerging leaders in a hospital/health system, and office-based physicians who have taken on a new role to lead or facilitate changes to ensure
practice sustainability. Learn more.
State Budget Impasse Over - What It Means for PA Health Care
Pennsylvania's 2015-2016 state budget has finally been resolved, ending nearly nine months of gridlock between the Governor and the General Assembly. The supplemental spending bill that went into effect on March 27 restored much of the funding that the Governor had originally vetoed in the partial budget approved in December 2015. The now finalized budget for 2015-16 restores funding for a number of health care related programs. Learn more.

Join or Die, Says PAMPAC Leader
You may be familiar with Benjamin Franklin's famous "join or die" political cartoon. In 2016 the choice for physicians is similarly stark, says John C. Wright, Jr. MD, chairman of PAMPAC. From burdensome legislation and regulation to mandates from insurance companies and health systems, threats to the physician-patient relationship are everywhere. PAMPAC is a grassroots coalition of physicians, residents and medical students who are committed to electing candidates for public office who will advocate for issues that are important to us. This year, at the state level, an attorney general, 25 state senators and 203 state representatives will be elected. Every one of them can impact the way you practice medicine, Dr. Wright said. Learn more.

2015 Mid-Year Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR) Available 
QRURs are “quality report cards” that include information about the quality and cost of care you’ve furnished. You can use the information contained in the QRUR to help improve the quality and efficiency of care to Medicare beneficiaries, improve performance on quality and cost measures, and understand how your performance will affect Medicare payments in 2016 and beyond. View a sample 2015 Mid-Year QRUR provided by CMS.
The data included in the 2015 Mid-Year reports will not affect a group or solo practitioner’s payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  See more.

Bill Aims to Connect Emergency Departments and Mental Health Facilities
Senate Bill 1176, offered by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46), would connect hospital emergency rooms to psychiatric units by creating a real-time, voluntary registry to identify available beds. PAMED supports the legislation and issued a press release in support of it last week. If passed, Pennsylvania would join the growing number of states that have developed such a registry. To date, 22 states and the District of Columbia have one in place. For several years, the Pennsylvania Medical Society; Pennsylvania Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians; and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society have advocated for a registry. See more.
If we truly want to help patients in need of mental health care who receive care in emergency departments across the state, a bill recently introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate to improve communications between hospitals and treatment centers deserves full consideration by our elected leaders in Harrisburg," said PAMED President Scott Shapiro, MD, in an April 7 statement about the bill. 

 
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