Tuesday, July 22, 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


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
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.

Reds Group Outing was a hit

More than 100 Academy members and their guests enjoyed a spectacular night at Great American Ballpark on July 11 for the Academy's annual group outing. Great weather, good food, and a dramatic Reds win combined for an outstanding event. 

Thanks to our generous sponsors: Grand Slam Level – PBSI-Positive Business Solutions, Inc.; Home Run Level – ScrogginsGrear, and Time Warner Business Class; Hit Club Level – Diversified Brokerage Specialists. 

And thanks to our raffle sponsors: Diversified Brokerage Specialists, Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, North Side Bank and Trust Company, PBSI–Positive Business Solutions, Inc., and ScrogginsGrear.

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.

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. 

Take our survey

The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati is conducting a survey to determine how we might best serve our practicing members’ needs. The survey was sent via email to all Active and Non-Resident members for whom we have email addresses. If you did not receive your email invitation to participate or if you do not normally receive Academy communications via email, you can take the survey by going to http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e9d479lfhvqt7tme/start.

The Academy values its members opinions and will use the results to structure Academy activities and benefits to meet members’ needs. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts. As thank you gifts, the Academy is offering two prints (one by John Ruthven and one by Frank McElwaine) that were commissioned for its 150th Anniversary. Each print has a value of $250.00. Two respondents (must give your name to be eligible) will be selected from all qualifying surveys received.

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

Vote now for Academy leadership

Voting for the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Council leadership for the 2014-2015 term is underway. All Active members in good standing were sent a ballot via regular mail to the address that they have listed as preferred in their membership profile. Please return your completed ballots no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, July 18. Ballots can be returned by mail or dropped off at the Academy office in Kenwood. 

When asked — “If elected, what goals would you set for the Academy and what steps would you take to achieve them?” — these candidates responded:

Andrew Markiewitz, MD — Candidate for President-elect

I would like to demonstrate to the community the Academy's worth and create a recognizable brand that is synonymous with the Academy and excellence in medicine. In addition, we need to start a transition of the Academy from dependent on membership to a key community value. Also, I would develop a hearty program of sponsors that support Academy members.

Regina Whitfield-Kekessi, MD, MPH —Candidate for Councilor

If elected Councilor for the Academy of Medicine, my interests are to: 1) improve our brand/ benefits for our colleagues by working with leadership to identify innovative ways to better glean what's important to our colleagues; and; 2) increase our presence in the medical/civil community by working collaboratively with other medical organizations in a voluntary manner.

Matthew Hardin, MD — Candidate for Councilor

The Academy is already a well-respected organization for the advocacy of both physicians and patients. With my experience having served as an interim councilor for the last year, as well as my ties with the University, West Chester, and Children’s Hospital, and other local organizations, I would like to further foster the physician/physician and physician/business relationships to encourage more collaboration in medical advancement, protect physician and patients’ rights, as well as to solidify the excellent reputation for cutting-edge medical care in the Greater Cincinnati region.

All candidates were given the opportunity to submit their goals. The above have responded to date. Additional responses will be posted as received.

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.