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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 September. This month's articles include:
"7 things you must know before signing a contract" AMA Wire
"What Physicians and Patients Have to Say About Change" Forbes
"Doctors: New Rules to Worsen Shortage" 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.

Peter Kambelos, MD, installed as Academy president

Congratulations to Peter J. Kambelos, MD, who was installed as the 158th Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati President at the Academy's Annual Meeting held September 25. 

Academy members in Business Courier Directory
The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati (AMC) and the Cincinnati Business Courier have partnered for the third consecutive year to produce the Academy Physician Directory of Greater Cincinnati. The publication appeared as an insert in the October 10 edition of the Business Courier and includes listings of Academy of Medicine members who are currently practicing, along with general health information for consumers.
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.

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.
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 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 Rachel Casanta at the Health Council.

Physician Financial Transparency Reports (Sunshine Act)
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act requires manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals that participate in U.S. federal health care programs to report certain payments and items of value given to physicians and teaching hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been charged with implementing the Sunshine Act and has called it the Open Payments Program.

As part of this program, manufacturers now are required to submit reports on payment, transfer and ownership information.

Reports on 2013 data are being released to the public September 30. Be prepared for inquiries from the media, your patients and your friends, click here.