Monday, March 30, 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 March. This month's articles include:

"10 more doctor groups join new collaborative" Cincinnati Business Courier
"5 things to know about the Supreme Court case challenging the Health Law" Kaiser Health News
"UC Health names first chief medical officer" Cincinnati Business Courier
"Mercy Health CEO sues union for invasion of privacy, defamation" Cincinnati Business Courier

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.

Urgent – contact your US senator

The House of Representatives has passed H.R. 2, the "Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act," by a substantial bipartisan margin of 392 to 37. Physicians are urged to flood the phone lines of their US senators. Ask them to vote "yes" on H.R. 2 before the April recess. Call 800-833-6354 to be connected to the office of your US senator. or go to Fix Medicare Now.

2015 Medical Directory of Greater Cincinnati available

The 2015 Medical Directory of Greater Cincinnati is now available. To order online, click here, or download a printable order form here

All Active category Academy members receive one complimentary copy as a benefit of membership. These have been mailed. 

If you have questions, call the Academy at 513-421-7010.

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.

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.
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

OSMA proposes dramatic organizational changes

The Ohio State Medical Association is proposing what it calls dramatic organizational changes. These changes, recommended by a specially created Bylaws Task Force, include: eliminating geographic districts; holding two policy forums to discuss health care issues; repurposing the Annual Meeting; and opening voting to all OSMA members. The bylaws changes, presented as a resolution, will be voted on during the OSMA Annual Meeting to be held April 10-12 in Columbus.

The First District Delegation, which represents physicians in Hamilton County and seven surrounding Ohio counties, met in January, and there was considerable discussion about the proposed bylaws changes at the state level. If you would like to share your comments/concerns with the First District, contact Academy Associate Executive Director Nancy Coomer by email or call 513-421-7010, ext. 307.

In addition, the First District is submitting six resolutions for consideration by the OSMA House of Delegates at the upcoming Annual Meeting — one, a memorial resolution in honor of Francis J. Froehlich, MD; four relating to the OSMA Annual Meeting; and one concerning retiring physicians. The First District Delegation will meet on March 11 for its final preparatory meeting leading up to the OSMA Annual Meeting. If you would like to attend the March First District meeting, please contact to Ms. Coomer.

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.