Friday, September 19, 2014
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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 items from June. This month's articles include:
"Free visit to doctor may not be so free after all" Cincinnati Enquirer
"Ex-official pays back state" Columbus Dispatch
"The doctor will see you now – virtually" Cincinnati Enquirer

Upcoming Academy Events

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The Academy's 158th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, September 25
Horseshoe Casino, Downtown Cincinnati

Installation of Incoming President Peter Kambelos, MD and the 2014–2015 Council
Presentation of 50-Year Physician Awards and Daniel Drake Humanitarian Awards
Guest Speaker: Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-2)


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.

Congressman Wenstrup to speak at Annual Meeting

The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati will install its leaders during the 158th Annual Meeting and Award Celebration on Thursday, September 25, at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati in the River Room. The evening dinner program will begin with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. Reservations are required.

Guest Speaker
The Academy will welcome Congressman Brad Wenstrup as the guest speaker. Dr. Wenstrup, a podiatric surgeon and Cincinnati native, represents Ohio’s 2nd Congressional District. He supports balancing the federal budget by cutting government spending, reforming federal retirement programs, and reducing taxes and regulations on employers so they can invest, grow, and hire. As a doctor, he supports repealing the President’s health care law and replacing it with market-based solutions that protect the doctor-patient relationship.

Congressman Wenstrup uses his experience as a doctor, Army Reserve officer, Iraq War veteran, and small business owner to help Congress tackle economic and security challenges facing the nation.

During the meeting, awards will be presented to this year’s 50-year physicians and to the winners of the Academy Foundation’s prestigious Daniel Drake Humanitarian Award.

For a full list of incoming leaders, 50-year physicians, and Daniel Drake Award recipients, click here.

Please make reservations by September 18. Download the reservation form here or call 513-421-7010, ext. 307.

Academy members in Business Courier Directory
The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati (AMC) and the Cincinnati Business Courier are teaming up for the third consecutive year to produce the Academy Physician Directory of Greater Cincinnati. The publication will be inserted into the October 10 edition of the Business Courier and will include listings of Academy of Medicine members who are currently practicing, along with general health information for consumers.

AMC members have the opportunity to purchase advertising and/or advertorial space at special member-only rates. Offering a new service? Adding a partner? Hoping to attract new patients? Have a new office location? With more than 60,000 readers, the Business Courier provides an excellent vehicle for reaching consumers with information about you and your practice.

Two actions to take right now:
• Make sure the information in your AMC profile is accurate and up-to-date. Go to the “Find A Physician” section and review your information. 
If you need to make changes/corrections, contact the Academy by e-mail, fax at 513-721-4378, or phone 513-421-7010.
Email Julie Poyer at the Cincinnati Business Courier for details on advertising in the Consumers’ Health Directory or call 513-337-9452.

Physicians needed as preceptors/mentors

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (UCCM) is seeking physicians to serve as preceptors/mentors for its newly developed Longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship (LPCC) course for first- and second-year medical students. The course allows students to observe, learn, and apply clinical skills in preparation for their third year of medical school. It also exposes students to primary care role models and shows the integration of basic science material into practice.

Time for physician volunteers is manageable. Each student must spend half a day every other week with a physician preceptor. For example, if you take two students, you would have a student half a day per week every week. Placements are scheduled for afternoons only, Monday-Friday.  The next class begins its LPCC experience in January 2015 (first years) and runs through March 2016 (second years), with the summer off in between.

For more details about the program, click here, or contact Course Director Phil Diller, MD, or at 513-558-4021.

Newly elected Council members

Congratulations to our members elected to serve on the 2014-2015 Council.  Andrew Markiewitz, MD, has been chosen as president-elect. After serving as president-elect, Dr. Markiewitz, who has served on the Council as a councilor, secretary, and most recently as treasurer, will transition to the position of president for the 2015-2016 term.

Matthew Hardin, MD, has been re-elected as a councilor to a three-year term after serving a one-year unexpired term last year.

Newly elected councilors are Bryan Ellis, DO; Lisa Haglund, MD; and E. Wymann Morriss, MD. They will all serve three-year terms. Councilors may be elected to two consecutive three-year terms in office.

Membership survey results coming soon

Thank you to all of the members who completed our recent survey. The survey is now closed. Results are being compiled and will be shared soon.

Respondents who provided their contact information to be entered into the thank-you giveaway will be selected and notified in the next couple of weeks.

If you have any questions about the survey, call Communications Director Pam Fairbanks at 513-421-7010, ext. 311. 

New group purchasing benefit

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 Mary Duffey 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.
Prescription Drug Abuse: An Epidemic

Tools recommended to aid physicians in treating patients with chronic pain included using the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS); following Ohio's Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, and using pain treatment agreements.

Additionally, the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers numerous resources for both medical/health professionals and patients. Physicians will find tools and resources to screen patients for drug abuse along with patient materials that you can distribute in your office. Patients will find information on prevention and treatments for drug abuse and addiction.