Interested in Connecting with Montgomery County Legislators?
The Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS) hosts a dinner each Spring in Harrisburg with county legislators. Members are encouraged to take part in this informal, yet informative dinner with members from the Pennsylvania House and Senate. Contact MCMS executive director Toyca Williams to save your spot, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physicians Volunteers Needed at Local Medical Clinic
The Clinic in Phoenixville, a nonprofit medical clinic that provides primary and specialty care to the uninsured and underserved, needs primary care physicians to volunteer Monday afternoons and Tuesday and Thursday morning and afternoon shifts. The Clinic receives no government funding and operates solely on private donations and grants. The Clinic serves 34 townships/municipalities in Montgomery and Chester counties. For more information, please email George Spyropoulos, DO at DrSpyropoulos@theclinicpa.org or call our Volunteer Coordinator at (610) 935-1134 ext. 33.
Go the Extra Mile for Someone Deserving!
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is now accepting nominations for the following 2016 Awards:
- Distinguished Service Award
- International Voluntary Service Award
- Grant for Healthy Living in Ethnic Communities ($5,000)
To learn more about these awards, or to nominate a colleague or non-profit organization, visit www.pamedsoc.org/awards.
Nominations will be accepted until Monday, April 4. PAMED membership is required to be a recipient. Non-profits nominated must have a working relationship with a PAMED member. Awards will be presented in October at PAMED's House of Delegates and Annual Education Conference in Hershey. Questions about these awards can be directed to email@example.com.
DEA Decides to Relax Requirements for Medical Marijuana Research
In late December, the DEA announced that it would relax requirements on medical marijuana research. PAMED President Scott Shapiro, MD issued the following statement: “The announcement by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) relaxing requirements on cannabis-derived research is encouraging. The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has called on state and federal officials to support further research on the efficacy and safety of the medical use of cannabis. The DEA’s announcement today is consistent with PAMED’s position and opens the door for important research and treatment options.” If you would like a full copy of the statement, please contact PAMED's Chuck Moran firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also read more about the story by Reuters as well.
First Round of Mcare Refunds Now Being Processed
If any Mcare refunds are payable to you, you can expect your Mcare refund check toward the end of the first quarter of 2016. This is unless one or more of your refunds was claimed or you failed to make payment choices for your claimed refunds on the McareChoice website by the Dec. 30 cut-off date. Learn More.
2016 Medical Record Copying Fees Available to Members in Convenient Chart
Every year, we receive many calls and emails from members asking for the list of medical record copying fees for the new year. We know that this is an important planning tool for practices.
The Department of Health releases copying fees each December for the upcoming year. It recently released copying fees for 2016. Notably, there are no changes from 2015’s copying fees. You can find the copying fees for 2016 on PAMED's convenient chart.