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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.
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 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday. The class begins February 2013 through May 2013 (first years) and resumes September 2013 through May 2014 (second years).
For more details about the program, click here, or contact Course Director Phil Diller, MD, or at 513-558-4021.
The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Project Access – a program to facilitate charitable medical services provided by volunteer physicians for uninsured patients in Hamilton County who would otherwise be unable to access care – is moving forward. Since the first Project Access patient was seen on March 6, 2012, a total of 125 patients have been seen. Patients have received specialty and primary care services. Read what Project Access patients and volunteer physicians are saying.
The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Project Access has partnered with the American Cancer Society to increase the number of Cincinnati area residents who are screened for colorectal cancer. Funded by a $50,000 grant from the Society, Project Access will screen more than 300 patients with a mail-in testing kit. Project Access will also arrange more than 100 colonoscopies for its patients.
Project Access project director named
The Project Access Board has named Josh Kaufmann of Praesentia to serve as Project Access project director. Under his leadership, Praesentia's team will manage navigation, fund-raising and grant-writing activities, physician/provider recruitment, publicity and communications, along with new projects and programs.
We need your help to grow Project Access.
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To see the most recent Project Access newsletter, click here. If you have questions about Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Project Access, contact Josh Kaufmann or by phone at 513-421-7010.
Medicare cut averted – fix still needed
With passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (or Middle Class Tax Relief Act) on January 1, the 26.5% cut in Medicare physician payments scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2013, has been averted. However while the immediate crisis was prevented, the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula was not addressed; therefore, a similar cut will threaten again next year. The federation of medicine has been pushing for a permanent fix to the flawed sustainable growth formula (SGR) and has been repeatedly disappointed that Congress chooses to apply short-term patches rather than find a permanent solution to the problem. The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, along with the Ohio State Medical Association and the American Medical Association, continue to advocate for a repeal of the SGR.
Tell your senators and representatives that it's time to fix the SGR funding formula and protect access to care and the long-term viability of the Medicare program.
Contacting your Ohio legislators is easy:
• Senator Sherrod Brown
• Senator Rob Portman
• Representative Steve Chabot (District 1)
• Representative John Boehner (District 8)
• AMA’s Physicians’ Grassroots Network
• OSMA’s Legislative Contact Page
For Patients — AMA’s Patients’ Action Network
It's time to vote – Academy Council Election
Official ballots have been mailed to all Academy Active members in good standing. Background information on the candidates is available here. Please return your completed ballot by Wednesday, May 29. Let your voice be heard on who leads your local medical society. If you have questions, call the Academy at 513-421-7010.
Academy 2013 Events – Save the Dates
AMC executive director honored
Congratulations to Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Executive Director Donna Gilliam who was recognized during the OSMA Annual Meeting for her many years of service and dedication to physicians and their patients in the Greater Cincinnati area. She was honored along with colleagues Lee Wealton, Executive Director of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County, and Connie Mahle, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Medical Society. See photo on the Academy's Facebook page.
Report burdensome health plan procedures
The Academy of Medicine is reviewing incidents reported by member physicians who feel that health plans’ pre-authorization methods are burdensome, and possibly, limit or delay care. The Academy is continuing to collect examples of these concerns. If you have an example of an obstructive or burdensome incident that you feel is affecting your ability to provide quality, timely medical care to patients you can submit it by e-mail or download the form here. Please include the name of the insurance company involved; details about the incident (excluding patient identifiers); your practice name, and contact information.
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.
Academy members can now take advantage of the HealthTrans Access discount prescription card that provides members with discounts of 10–85% on brand name and generic medications. The card is valid at most pharmacies. It can be a lifesaver for people with little or no insurance, and for those with existing coverage, it can be used for medications that their plan may not cover.
Signing up is easy. Go to the HealthTrans website
, provide the requested information, and print your card. Present the card with a valid prescription and your discounts will be applied. You can even search for which pharmacy nearest you offers the greatest discount on a particular medication.
Feel free to share this benefit with family members, friends, staff members, and patients. Print this information sheet
that explains the program and distribute it to your patients.