Thursday, November 26, 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 April. This month's articles include:

  • "Medicare 'doc fix' bill clears House" USA Today
  • "Greater Cincinnati health nonprofits merge" Cincinnati Enquirer
  • "Brown supports bill to reduce OB-GYN shortages" Cincinnati Enquirer
  • "UC Health acquires one of Cincinnati's top medical groups" Cincinnati Business Courier
  • "Christ Hospital aligns with University of Kentucky in new cancer effort" Cincinnati Business Courier
  • "Exclusive: UC Health names first-ever chief of physician services" Cincinnati Business Courier
  • "Christ Hospital hires docs from one of Cincinnati's biggest physician groups" 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.

Dr. Markiewitz to lead Academy

Congratulations to Andrew Markiewitz, MD, who was installed as the Academy's 159th president during the Academy's Annual Meeting and Awards Celebration on September 29. In addition, the other members of the 2015-2016 Academy Council were installed. We salute the 50-year physicians who were recognized during the celebration, along with the Academy Foundation's  Daniel Drake Humanitarian Award recipients, David Wiltse, MD, and Creighton Wright, MD. More than 150 attended the evening meeting held at the Drees Pavilion, Devou Park, Covington, Kentucky. 

The Academy expresses its appreciation to guest speaker, Judge Patrick Fischer, who spoke on why judicial elections are important and why voters should get to know the judicial candidates.

Thanks to our generous sponsors — Platinum Level: Good Samaritan MedicalDental Staff and Gold Level: The Dermatology Group and TriHealth.

2016 Medical Directory of Greater Cincinnati in the works

Work has begun on the 2016 Medical Directory of Greater Cincinnati. Profiles have been mailed to members of the Academy who are listed in the Directory. Please take a minute to review your information to make sure that it is current. If you need to make corrections, please return the updated profile to the Academy.

More than 100 members and guests attend Reds outing

More than 100 members and guests were on hand Sunday, July 19, to see the Cincinnati Reds take on the Cleveland Indians during the Academy of Medicine's annual group outing to Great American Ballpark. Despite a short rain delay and a loss for the home team, attendees enjoyed a fun-filled day.

Thanks to our sponsors to date: Grand Slam level – Positive Business Solutions, Inc. (PBSI) and Health Care Management Group; Home Run level – ScrogginsGrear, Inc., Diversified Brokerage Specialists, and Alternate Solutions HomeCare; and Raffle Prizes – North Side Bank & Trust, Oswald Companies, Walter P. Dolle, LLC, and Marjorie P. Lee.

CMS extends comment period for MACRA

In response to AMA advocacy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has extended the comment period for the Request for Information (RFI) for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The comment period, originally scheduled to close on November 2, 2015, will now close on November 17, 2015. The announcement also includes the sections and questions CMS has prioritized as initial priority areas. The AMA urged CMS to extend the comment period to allow stakeholders the opportunity to offer more thoughtful and meaningful comments. To see the flu version of the Act, which eliminated the SGR payment formula, 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.

OSMA House of Delegates rejects bylaws changes

The current House of Delegates rejected dramatic organizational changes to the Ohio State Medical Association, which were proposed as bylaws changes and presented as a resolution during the organization's recent Annual Meeting. In all, 26 resolutions were presented with two being rejected. Others were either adopted as written; amended and adopted; or referred to Council for further discussion. For a recap of the meeting, click here.

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.