Great Dialogue Between Physicians and Patients At Healthcare Town Hall
Recently, the leadership of the Montgomery County, Bucks County and Pennsylvania medical societies discussed with patients how to navigate the changing healthcare environment. Co-chairpersons Mark Lopatin, MD and Marion Mass, MD, gave many patients an opportunity to get questions answered during the healthcare town hall on Oct. 6. Both agreed it was a healthy dialogue between physicians and patients to better understand their role in the healthcare team. Dr. Lopatin said similar town halls are being held throughout the country, and this one was a first step to communicating more effectively with patients. The Philadelphia County Medical Society will host a similar town hall on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 pm. at PCMS, 2100 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia.
2016 MCMS Delegation Will Address Professional and Practice Challenges at HOD
We are thankful the following physicians will represent Montgomery County physicians at PAMED’s Annual Business Meeting, Oct. 21-23, Hershey Lodge, Hershey.
Serving as a delegate helps PAMED develop meaningful policy that benefits Pennsylvania physicians and patients. See links to the schedule, info on reference committees, and FAQs
Frederic S. Becker, MD
William N. Bothwell, MD, FACS
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
ILADS Philadelphia Conference Addressing Lyme Disease Nov. 3-6
Philadelphia is fortunate to host to the National ILADS Conference, bringing the most up-to-date science to our region reflected in the most up-to-date physician guidelines. This is a CME event for physicians and nurses. Read more.
Be sure to check out the Fall issue of MCMS Physician. In this issue, read about the ethical dilemmas physicians face in their practice, the opioid abuse epidemic, the need for collaboration in team-based care, HAP's stance on the autonomy of nurse practitioners in the health care team, how medical practices can budget smart, and more!
Should PAMED Invest in CINs?
Your MCMS delegation will discuss whether the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) should pursue clinically integrated networks at the upcoming 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 wants to hear from you on this issue. To learn more about clinically integrated networks, visit www.pamedsoc.org/CIN.
Don't Delay: Register 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? During PAMED's Oct. 27 workshop in Harrisburg, you'll learn about QRUR basics and discuss your report with experts. Learn More.
Donate & Honor Dr. Scott E. Shapiro
The Foundation of PAMED invites you honor Dr. Scott E. Shapiro, a cardiologist from Montgomery County, by donating a monetary gift as he completes his term as PAMED president on Oct. 22, at the House of Delegates (HOD). Please make your online honorary contribution and select "Scott E. Shapiro, MD" as the gift designation in the drop-down menu.
You can also make your gift at the Foundation's HOD booth, in Hershey, by Oct. 23. All donations enter you into a drawing for generously donated prizes. Drawing is held Oct. 23 at HOD. You do not need to be present to win. Contributions benefit the foundation's support of medical education, physician health and excellence in practice. Dr. Shapiro will be notified of your generosity.
Top Doctors Nominations Are Open
Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., in conjunction with Philadelphia Magazine, its partner for the May 2017 Top Doctors issue, is inviting all licensed physicians in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties to participate in the nomination process for Top Doctors. You are encouraged to nominate outstanding physicians in primary, specialty and subspecialty areas of medicine. Please review the letter for additional information and nomination process.
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.
Letter from Pennsylvania Medical Society President Concerning Highmark 4.5 Percent Reduction To Physician Fees
PAMED takes our responsibility to aggressively and thoroughly solve problems like this very seriously. In my last letter, I promised that over the ensuing months PAMED would complete the targeted and strategic feasibility study, approved by our Board of Trustees, investigating how we can support practice models that keep physicians and their patients in charge of patient care. It is imperative that all physicians, in all parts of Pennsylvania, regain realistic options to practice medicine in the setting that they chose. Read More.
PA Health Alert 357 - Link Between Nurse Assist Saline Flush Syringes and Burkholderia Cepacia Bloodstream Infections
Please see this and other important health alerts from the Montgomery County Health Department on the MCMS website, https://www.montmedsoc.com/Pages/DoH-Alerts.aspx.