Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Health Care in the News

As part of its monthly agenda, the Academy Council routinely reviews health care related news articles. Click the articles button below to view the item from December. This month's articles include:

"Bill would shield doctors who say 'it's my fault' " Cincinnati Enquirer

Welcome to the Academy of Medicine

The Academy of Medicine (Hamilton County Medical Society), founded in 1857, is a not-for-profit, professional association for the physicians of Hamilton County, Ohio. Mission Statement: The Academy of Medicine is the professional association that exists to organize, represent, advocate for, and serve physicians of Greater Cincinnati.

2015 Health Care Heroes honored February 12

On February 12, the Cincinnati Business Courier will honor individuals who have made a positive impact on health care in our community at its annual Health Care Heroes awards dinner.

Academy members among the finalists include Stephen Blatt, MD, and Jay Johannigman, MD, in the Provider category; Stephen Feagins, MD, in the Community Outreach category; Nicholas Gates, MD, in the Innovator category; and Stephen Lewis, MD, in the Manager category. 

Alvin Crawford, MD, will receive this year's Lifetime Achievement award. Jeremy Engel, MD, is the keynote speaker and will discuss heroin addiction and how it has become a medical epidemic in our region.

To make reservations, click here.

Save-the-Date for Cincinnati Reds outing
The date for the Academy’s annual outing to Great American Ballpark is Sunday, July 19. Join us as the Cincinnati Reds take on in-state rivals the Cleveland Indians. 
The Academy Group Picnic Package includes a Field Box seat; all-inclusive buffet; beverages; and a private dining area. 
This is one of the Academy’s most popular social activities, so save-the-date, make plans to attend, and watch for more information about tickets in upcoming editions of Cincinnati Medicine Digest and on the Academy’s website.

Important information for health care providers

The Department of Health and Human Services has asked the federation of medicine to assist in distributing information to health care providers regarding Ebola and public health emergency preparedness. The Department of Health and Human Services recognizes the essential role that  health care providers play in protecting the health and well-being of the United States. Click here to see the CDC's key messages on Ebola Virus Disease. The CDC website offers many important resources for physicians including updated guidance for health care workers use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie, MD, wanted to remind health care professionals that simple steps can be taken to prevent the spread and of this diseases. According to Dr. Lurie, "You can contribute to the country's response by being ready to detect a potentially infected patient; protect yourself, your colleagues, and other patients from exposure; and respond with appropriate patient care

On September 30, the Centers for Disease Countrol (CDC) confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States. Since that time, developments associated with the virus continue to unfold. Prepare your practice and patients with resources developed by experts on the virus.
Here are several sources that provide detailed information.

AMA Ebola Resource Center
AMA Wire for Ongoing Ebola Coverage
CDC's Ebola Website
Cincinnati Health Department/City of Cincinnati Primary Care
Procedure for Evaluating Patients for Ebola Virus Disease at CHD/CCPC Sites

Hamilton County Health Department Ebola
Ohio Department of Health Ebola Website

Northern Kentucky Health Department Ebola Fact Sheet
Texas Medical Association Ebola Virus Resource Center
American College of Physicians Ebola Resources

The Ohio Department of Health has established a 24-hour call center for any Ohioans with questions about Ebola, call 866-800-1404.

New laws affect prescribing

The Ohio State Board of Pharmacy is offering guidance to health care providers on how to comply with new Ohio laws that affect prescribing. 

HB 367 – Buprenorphine Used in Treating Drug Dependence or Addiction

HB 314 – Prescribing Opioids to Minors

HB 341 – Mandatory OARRS Registration and Requests

Free posters offered to observe Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. Want to help educate your patients about the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and encourage them to talk with you about their concerns? 

The Ohio State Medical Association and Close the Gap Columbus have developed a poster for waiting rooms, exam rooms, etc. to engage patients and increase the communication. For more information and to order free posters, click here.

Take advantage of group purchasing benefit in 2015

The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council that offers members an opportunity for significant cost-savings and other benefits through participation in the Health Council's Group Purchasing Program.

The program covers a wide variety of products and services and aims to help members save money and enhance their ability to deliver better care. Participants will enjoy the combined buying power of more than 170 hospital and other health care facilities. This high volume translates into substantial discounts on purchases of products and services. Some categories that may be of particular interest to physician practices include language/interpreter services, solid waste removal, energy sharps/RMW treatment, courier services, and criminal background checks. Click here to see the current list.

If you have questions, contact Rachel Casanta at the Health Council.

Connect with DocBookMD
DocBookMD is a mobile, secure, HIPAA-compliant smartphone platform for your iPad, iPhone, or Android device. Provided free to Active and Resident members of the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, DocBookMD offers HIPAA-compliant messaging; sending and receiving of images (X-rays, EKGs, wounds, etc.); a directory of your Academy of Medicine colleagues; a local pharmacies list; and much more.

Register today directly from your iPad, iPhone, or Android device. To register, you will need your Academy of Medicine Member ID Number. If you do not have it, contact the Academy at 513-421-7010. Your free app is available at the iTunes Store or the Android Market.