Save the Date: Healthcare Town Hall Set for October
Join patients and physicians during this special town hall on your healthcare system. Doctors spend less time doing what they want and were trained to do—caring for their patients—and more time with forced mandates. It is time for patients and physicians to unite and find common sense solutions to these problems.
You are invited to meeting on Oct. 6, 6 p.m. at the Health and Wellness Center in Warrington. Please make copies of this flyer and place them in your office for patients to take one. Better yet, give them a copy when they check out. If you have a story that you are willing share as to how current health care policy and/ or third party mandates have affected a patient’s care, please let us know at email@example.com.
Should PAMED Invest in CINs?
Your MCMS delegation will discuss whether the Pennsylvania Medical Society should pursue clinically integrated networks at the upcoming PAMED Annual Business Meeting, Oct. 21-23 in Hershey.
A clinically integrated network is a group of hospitals and providers who collaboratively make a commitment to improve the quality and efficiency of care for the patients they serve. To support these efforts, they are able to contract together to help achieve their goals in a manner that complies with applicable health care regulations. In a clinically integrated network, employed and affiliated physicians can negotiate collectively with payers on reimbursement arrangements.
The MCMS delegation will represent your interests and want to hear from you on this issue. To learn more about clinically integrated networks, visit www.pamedsoc.org/CIN.
Earn 25.5 CME Credits
Lifeguard, a program of the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, offers a hands-on active educational program led by Penn Medicine faculty.
"We combine case-based education with real-world training using standardized patients, so that physicians who have taken this course are comfortable moving forward in their practice," says Michael Ashburn, MD, MPH, MBA, one of the program's faculty leaders.
Another highlight of the course is that participants will receive an assessment of personal prescribing habits through chart review.
Penn Med Clinical Simulation Center
There are currently two scheduled events:
Oct. 10-11, 2016
Registration Deadline: Sept. 30
Dec. 8-9, 2016
Registration Deadline: Nov. 25
Space is limited!
Call to Action: Urge Your Representative to Oppose CRNP Independent Practice
We need your help.
On the evening of July 12, 2016, the state Senate passed Senate Bill 717 – legislation that allows CRNPs to practice independently and eliminates the requirement that they collaborate with physicians – by a vote of 41-9. The bill now goes to the state House for its consideration.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) is asking all physicians to call or email their state Representative and urge their opposition to SB 717. Nurses are contacting their Representatives in large numbers to support this bill. The physician voice needs to be heard loud and clear to protect quality patient care and patient safety in Pennsylvania.
A Commonwealth Crisis: Pa. Senate Holding Regional Telephone Town Halls on Opioid Abuse
There were 3,383 drug-related overdose deaths reported in Pennsylvania in 2015, an increase of 23 percent over 2014, according to a recent Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) report. It's clear that the commonwealth is in the midst of an opioid abuse crisis, and Pennsylvania legislators are among those taking action to address the epidemic.
Sen. Gene Yaw and the Senate Republican Caucus are holding a series of Telephone Town Hall events over the coming months to offer Pennsylvania residents the opportunity to connect with and learn from local experts on the heroin and opioid crisis. The Southeast region tele-town hall is schedule for Jan. 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Read more for call-in details.
PAMED House Actions Resolutions Update
For the status on resolutions adopted for action at the 2015 House of Delegates, learn more.
Get the Most Out of Your QRUR by Registering for PAMED's QRUR Workshop
Medicare's Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR) not only shows how you performed during 2015 on quality and cost measures, but it also has the potential to increase or decrease your reimbursement. What do the numbers in the QRUR mean, and how can you improve your score? At PAMED's Oct. 27 workshop in Harrisburg, you'll learn about QRUR basics and discuss your report with experts. Learn More.
Are You Ready for License Renewal This Year?
Don't forget: 2016 is a license renewal year. Find out what you need to know about license renewal with PAMED's frequently asked questions:
And, access more than 40 patient safety and risk management CME credits. Get CME
What Pa. Physicians Have Been Saying about State’s PDMP Since Querying Began on Aug. 25
On Sept. 13, 2016, PAMED President Scott Shapiro, MD, sent a letter to Pennsylvania's Department of Health (DOH) to share physician comments on the PDMP and to reaffirm PAMED's partnership with DOH to ensure the PDMP's success. Read More.