Montgomery County Physician Sworn in as 167th President of The Pennsylvania Medical Society
Charles Cutler, MD, MACP, an internal medicine specialist from Norristown, was sworn in as the 167th president of PAMED on Oct. 22. More than 400 guests and dignitaries attended the ceremony. Swearing Dr. Cutler into office was David A. Talenti, MD, chairman of PAMED's Board of Trustees and a gastroenterologist in Sayre, Pa.
A 37-year member of PAMED and MCMS, Dr. Cutler currently serves on the MCMS Board of Directors and served on the PAMED board of trustees from 2004 to 2009. In addition, throughout his many years of membership, he has served on numerous committees, commissions, and task forces covering communications, technology, strategic planning, and membership. Read more.
Farewell to Our Speaker
Martin Trichtinger, MD served his final term as Speaker of the House of Delegates during the 2016 PAMED Annual Business Meeting, Oct. 21-23 in Hershey. During the opening session of the HOD, he was given a standing ovation for his exemplary service and presented parting gifts from MCMS, as well as PAMED and several other county medical societies. For the past 14 years, he has shown such masterful skill in managing the annual business meeting operations as it chief parliamentarian. John Pagan, MD of Sellersville was elected as speaker and John Spurlock, MD of Bethlehem was elected vice speaker.
Montgomery County Rheumatologist Elected to PAMED Board of Trustees
Mark Lopatin, MD, a Montgomery County rheumatologist and MCMS chairman of its board of directors, was elected as the 2nd District Trustee at PAMED's Annual Business Meeting in Hershey. Dr. Lopatin was appointed to that seat earlier this year after John Pagan, MD vacated the seat to run for vice speaker during last year’s annual business meeting. Dr. Pagan, the former vice speaker and Bucks County Medical Society member was also elected as speaker of the HOD. We also want to thank the members of the MCMS Delegation to the House of Delegates who served to represent the physicians of Montgomery County. The delegates guide PAMED in developing meaningful policy that benefits Pennsylvania physicians and patients.
Thank you to our delegates!
Frederic S. Becker, MD
William N. Bothwell, MD, FACS
Madeline Danny, DO
Scott R. Douglas, Medical Student
James A.Goodyear, MD, FACS
George R. Green, MD
Joseph L. Grisafi, MD
Ahashta T. Johnson, MD
Jennifer Lorine, DO
Carl H. Manstein, MD
Mark F. Pyfer, MD, FACS
Jay E. Rothkopf, MD
James W. Thomas, MD
Landmark Initiative Gets the Green Light from PAMED’s House of Delegates
Cheers and applause broke out at the Hershey Lodge on Oct. 23, as Pennsylvania physicians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a landmark Practice Options Initiative to create clinically integrated networks (CINs) for physicians in the state.
The message from physicians from across the state at PAMED's 2016 House of Delegates (PAMED-HOD) was resounding: Let's assist in providing physicians with practice options, which would in turn ensure patient access to quality care in Pennsylvania.
Read more for a complete HOD recap.
Gov. Wolf Signs Opioids Legislation into Law on Nov. 4 —What Should Physicians Know?
On Nov. 4, Gov. Wolf signed a package of legislation designed to combat the state's opioid abuse crisis into law.
"This issue is affecting far too many Pennsylvanians," said (PAMED) President Charles Cutler, MD, MACP, shortly after the bills passed the Pennsylvania legislature. "PAMED and our physician members remain committed to the well-being of our patients and will continue working to stem this crisis."
Over the course of several months, PAMED worked with physicians, legislators, and other stakeholders to help ensure that any legislation took a common sense, patient-centered approach. Read more.
Election Update: State and National Races Heating Up
Much of the attention surrounding the upcoming general election has been focused on the presidential race. However, there are a number of noteworthy races here in Pennsylvania that may be of interest to physicians.
A Look at the National Legislative Front
As the Nov.8, general election approaches, three Pennsylvania contests are readily visible on the nationwide radar of party strategists and election analysts.
The most significant contest is Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's bid for re-election and the challenge of Democrat Katie McGinty. Toomey faces a difficult challenge given the turmoil of the presidential race and the political landscape in Pennsylvania. In 2010, he defeated Democrat Joe Sestak by only 2 points, so it was expected that the 2016 race would also be closely contested. Read more.
2016 General Election Nov. 8- See Your Sample Ballot
Election Day is quickly approaching. Check out your voting district sample ballot.
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 scheduled for Jan. 10, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Read more for call-in details.
MCMS Board Member Shares Medical Mystery with Inquirer Readers
A woman in her 30s, who had one child and hoped for another baby, was being monitored by her gynecologist for the last two years. Her problem: a uterine fibroid that had grown to the size of a grapefruit.
Uterine fibroids (leiomyomas) are the most common pelvic tumor in women, affecting between 15 percent and 25 percent of women in their childbearing years. Although the uterus is by far the most common location for these benign tumors, they can occur elsewhere, such as the skin and colon.
Most fibroids are small and can be left alone, as many shrink on their own. But when they grow, women can experience pelvic pressure or pain, heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding and anemia, and have trouble getting pregnant. Read this medical mystery by Walter Klein, MD and other medical mysteries.
A Fall 2016 PDMP Update for Pennsylvania Physicians: By the Numbers
Pennsylvania's prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) has been open for querying since Aug. 25. And, now that the new database has been live for more than two months, physicians have been asking how the program is progressing.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) has received some updates from Pennsylvania's Department of Health (DOH) on the state's progress in implementing the PDMP program. Check out some of the latest PDMP numbers and news.