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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.
Network terminations concern physicians
Physicians in the Cincinnati area, and their colleagues throughout Ohio and the United States, are concerned with United Healthcare’s (UHC) decision to terminate physicians from its Medicare Advantage plans. Physician concerns range from significant network adequacy issues for primary care and subspecialty services; access and quality of care; UHC’s communications to both physicians and patients regarding the terminations; and the appeal process to be re-instated.
The federation of medicine has voiced these concerns at the national level in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from the American Medical Association and 81 state and specialty societies urging a thorough investigation of the network adequacy of the plans. The Ohio State Medical Association has sent a letter to the Ohio Congressional delegation asking that they monitor the situation to ensure that CMS conducts a thorough and timely review. Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati President James Sosnowski, MD, sent a letter to the Cincinnati Enquirer expressing the Academy's concerns, which was published on November 30. Click here to see the letter. The Enquirer also printed a national story on the issue on December 3.
For additional information, click here.
Review your Medicare participation status
Each year physicians may opt to modify their status with Medicare during Medicare's open enrollment period. The decision period for physicians to change their Participation status has begun. Because the release of the 2014 Medicare physician fee schedule was delayed this year, the deadline for physicians to change from Participating to Non-participating, or vice versa, has been extended to January 31, 2014.
Unless Congress passes physician payment reform legislation this year, effective Jan. 1, 2014, Medicare physician payment rates will be cut across the board by about 24 %. With such steep cuts possible, physicians may want to review their options before the deadline.
• Participating (often referred to as "PAR")
• Non-participating (referred to as "non-PAR")
• Private contracting
It is important to understand your options, even if you are not thinking about changing your status. Physicians can use the AMA's Medicare Participation Kit to help them evaluate their participation options and choose the direction that is best for their practice. The kit contains a detailed explanation of physician options, a calculator, and various sample materials for communicating with patients.
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.
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 2014 (first years) and runs through March 2015 (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.
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 in a holding pattern while the Board reviews recent developments with volunteer service providers.
If you have questions about Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati Project Access, contact Josh Kaufmann or by phone at 513-578-6476.
Prescription Drug Abuse: An Epidemic
On October 22, the Academy hosted "Prescription Drug Abuse: An Epidemic." This timely program, presented by The Doctors Company, addressed a wide variety of issues, including prescription fraud, drug diversion, and management of patient's chronic pain.
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.
Contact legislators — medicine’s priority issues
TDaP vaccinations recommended for pregnant women and those in close contact with infants.
The United States, including Greater Cincinnati, has been experiencing an epidemic of Pertussis (Whooping Cough). In order to reduce the risk of Pertussis infection in infants, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have recommended that all women receive a Tetanus-Diptheria-acellular Pertussis (TDaP) vaccine with each pregnancy. ACIP and ACOG recommend that women receive the TDaP vaccine between 27 and 36 weeks gestation, which allows for maximal maternal antibody response and optimal passive transfer of maternal antibodies to the infant.
ACIP also recommends that adolescents and adults who are in close contact with an infant under 12 months of age also receive one dose of TDaP vaccine if they have not done so previously. The Cincinnati Health Department (CHD) is offering TDaP at its primary care health centers at no charge to fathers, grandparents, family members and others who are in close contact to an infant under 12 months of age.
Please call the health centers for more information and vaccination times: Cann (Madisonville), 263-8750; Elm Street, 352-3092; Millvale at Hopple, 352-3192; Northside, 357-7600; or Price Hill, 357-2700.
Help in selection of UC medical students
Academy members are invited to participate in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Admissions Committee interview process of medical students for the 2013-2014 year. UCCM has a holistic admissions evaluation approach, part of which is the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) system. During the MMI process, medical school faculty, community members, medical school students, and admissions committee members help interview and evaluate prospective medical school students. Participants with a background in hiring, judging character, working in teams, management and leadership are especially adept in assisting the Admissions Committee during the interview process.
Please keep in mind, when you are volunteering to participate, conflicts of interest must be avoided. Therefore, if a member of your family, someone you know, or you yourself are applying to the College of Medicine, you are asked not to volunteer for this program at this time.
For the 2013-2014 year, interviews will take place every other week between September 17 and March 7. You may participate for one day or volunteer for as many days as you wish. A schedule and instructions to sign up for the dates will be provided upon completion of your training session.
All interview participants must complete a thorough training workshop to assure that the applicants have received equal opportunity in the selection process, and the interviewers have been appropriately instructed in the interview process. To register to become an MMI rater and choose your training date, you need to complete the MMI Rater Registration Form and MMI Rater Profile available on-line at www.MedOneStop.uc.edu. Please be aware that a solid computer skill level is required.
If you have questions, please contact Barb Vaccariello at 513-558-7314.