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Montgomery County Medical Society Honors Longtime Practicing Physicians and Installs Its 167th President​

Nearly 100 physicians and their guests enjoyed fellowship with colleagues, family and friends during the Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS) of Pennsylvania annual membership dinner on June 7.

MCMS installed Jay E. Rothkopf, MD as its president and recognized nine physicians who have practiced medicine for 50 years -- 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.

Today, the Temple University School of Medicine graduate carries forward his family’s legacy of being a compassionate physician and servant leader. The avid writer shared vivid details of childhood memories that illustrated how his grandfather and father would navigate the challenges and rewards of taking care of their patients. Read More.

Take Action: Urge Your State Senator to Vote No on CRNP Independent Practice Legislation
Amidst the flurry of legislative activity that often accompanies budget deliberations each year at the state Capitol, Senate Bill 717, legislation that allows CRNPs in Pennsylvania to practice independently and eliminates the requirement that they collaborate with physicians, was approved on June 28 by the Senate Appropriations Committee. In effect, this legislation would give CRNPs equal clinical authority to primary care physicians. It grants them full independent practice authority several years before a physician can obtain the same and with thousands of hours less training. We will continue to monitor the Senate voting schedule.
As of noon on Wed., June 29, SB 717 has not yet been scheduled for a full Senate vote, but it could be at any time.  Learn how you can help take action.

MCMS Delegates Needed for PAMED HOD
Are you happy with the way things are in health care? If not, here’s your opportunity to affect change. If you want to learn more about organized medicine and how policy is crafted, you can join the MCMS delegation at the 2016 PAMED Annual Business Meeting (HOD), Oct. 21-23 in Hershey. MCMS can send 11 delegates and up to 11 alternates. The meeting is free to members and offers free CME. The MCMS delegation includes William Bothwell MD, Nicole Davis MD, James Goodyear MD, George Green MD, Joseph Grisafi MD, Ahashta Johnson MD, Jennifer Lorine DO,Carl Manstein MD, Mark Pyfer MD, Jay Rothkopf MD, and James Thomas MD. If interested, contact MCMS Executive Director Toyca Williams, (610) 878-9530 or e-mail MCMS will reimburse for lodging and provide a stipend for each day of attendance.

Sounds Familiar: Third Party Payers Dictating How You Practice 
"Three's a Crowd" video campaign warns patients about third parties taking over their health care. The Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation is pleased to announce an association with United Physicians and Surgeons of America (UPSA) as we launch the Let My Doctor Practice  project which has been made possible by generous support from The Physicians Foundation. Watch the video.

Free Day at Philadelphia Zoo
MCMS members and their families are invited to a family-friendly event at the zoo on July 24. Hosted by the early career psychiatrists of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, the first 100 registrants receive free admission and a $20 voucher for zoo concessions or gift shop. Tickets must be reserved by July 19. To learn more, visit the PPS web site.

MCMS Executive Receives Certified Executive Designation
Congratulations to Toyca Williams, CAE, MCMS Executive Director, for achieving a professional milestone.  She learned recently she passed the CAE exam she took in early May. Certified association executive (CAE) is a designation given by the American Society of Association Executives. The CAE program promotes higher professional standards, encourages personal growth and distinguishes individuals among their association executive peers. Less than five percent of all association professionals have achieved this mark of excellence.

July 15 Is Deadline for Year-Round Leadership Academy Scholarship Applications

Achieve your goals with help from PAMED's 2016-2017 Year-Round Leadership Academy, whether you're in a formal leadership role or looking for ways to improve patient care delivery in your daily practice. Anesthesiologist Kristin Ondecko Ligda, MD, talks about her experiences as a participant in PAMED's 2015-2016 Year-Round Leadership Academy. She is one of several Early-Career Physician Scholarship recipients participating this year. Read her blog. 

Want to learn more about what the Academy offers you? Hear from some of the physicians and instructors who participated.  Watch the Videos.

Are You Ordering, Prescribing, or Referring for MA Beneficiaries? Be Aware of This Change to the PROMISe Portal
The PA Department of Human Services (DHS) made a change to its PROMISe internet portal. The portal is designed to let physicians and other providers know if they are not enrolled or revalidated in Medicaid, known as Medical Assistance (MA) in Pennsylvania.

Per a DHS Medical Assistance Bulletin issued on April 1, claims submitted to the PROMISe system with an NPI number in the field for an ordering or referring provider, who is not enrolled or revalidated in the MA program, will automatically generate a message on the claim remittance advice to alert the billing provider that the ordering, referring or prescribing provider is "not on file" and must enroll or revalidate in the MA Program. Read more.

ICYMI: PAMED No Confidence in ABIM
The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) believes that continual professional development, lifelong learning, and providing quality patient care based on the best science and evidence to guide medical decision-making is the fundamental cornerstone of what it means to be a physician.

The Pennsylvania Medical Society and its physician leaders, as well as several other state medical societies, continue addressing these concerns on behalf of physicians in the Commonwealth and around the U.S.

During the American Medical Association's (AMA) Annual Meeting in Chicago, PAMED delegation shared that the Board of the Pennsylvania Medical Society has voted a position of NO CONFIDENCE in the leadership of the Board of the American Board of Internal Medicine. We believe that their current leadership is not capable of reforming the process in an academically meaningful and fiscally responsible way, said PAMED President Scott E. Shapiro, MD, FACC, FCPP. Read the letter on PAMED's position.

PA's Medical Malpractice Verdicts Are Lowest in 15 Years
Pennsylvania medical malpractice jury verdicts have reached their lowest point since 2000. A total of 101 medical malpractice cases were tried via jury verdict in 2015, a 20 percent decrease from the previous year. What is PAMED doing to lead the charge to achieve meaningful tort reforms for physicians across the state? Read More.

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