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The 3rd Annual Southwest Ohio Internal Medicine Update & Review Course will be held February 22-24, 2019, and March 1-3, 2019, at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, 151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45219.

The program is a board review course that will provide an intensive review of medicine for physicians preparing for the ABIM initial and recertification examinations. The course will also allow an in-depth review with recent updates for physicians and advanced nurse practitioners practicing internal medicine and other disciplines, providing 54.0 CME and MOC credit.

Academy members are eligible for discount pricing. Fees are based on attending the full course, one weekend, or one day. For a tentative schedule, see the brochure.

Course content is based on the blueprint for certification and recertification examination and is comprised of didactic lectures with multiple questions, case-based discussions, and interactive Self Evaluation Process (SEP) modules. Attendees will receive detailed course material along with expert specialty questions and answers for thorough independent examination preparation.

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2018. This is the first year CMS combined the Medicare PFS and QPP rules. CMS published several fact sheets on the final rule including a fact sheet on the QPP changes and a fact sheet on the PFS changes for 2019.

One week later, CMS released a snapshot of physician performance during the first year of the QPP, 2017, which indicate that 93% of clinicians who were MIPS-eligible in 2017 will get a positive MIPS incentive payment in 2019.

The American Medical Association is continuing to review the rule and will work with its colleagues in the Federation to further analyze these policies in the coming weeks. Here is the AMA’s summary of the key policies included in the final regulation and the QPP performance results.

At the October 9 Academy of Medicine Council meeting, members selected their secretary and treasurer for the 2018-2019 term. Serving as secretary is E. Wymann Morriss, MD, an emergency medicine specialist with TriHealth who is in his second term on the Academy Council. Filling the position of treasurer is Anne Like, MD, who specializes in internal and occupational medicine at The Christ Hospital and is serving her first term on Council.

In addition, Florence Rothenberg, MD, a cardiologist with Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center; Chris Paprzycki, MD, a vascular surgeon at The Christ Hospital; and Joseph Cheng, MD, a neurosurgeon with UC Health, have been appointed to serve unexpired vacant positions on the Council.

Brooks Brothers logoOne day only – Friday, October 12, 2018 - save 25% off all full priced purchases online*, by phone, and in retail stores when using your Corporate Membership Card.

All Academy members are eligible to enroll in the Corporate Membership Program. If you have not already enrolled in the Corporate Membership Program, you will need the Academy's Organization ID Number and Pin Code. You can find the information in the “Member Only Benefits” section under Membership or contact Academy Assistant Executive Director Nancy Coomer (Tuesday-Thursday) at 513-421-7010, ext. 307 or via email for the information. Once you have the ID and Pin Code, you can enroll online or by phone, but you must have the Academy"s unique identifiers to enroll. Memberships are active for a two-year period (renew your membership).

*If you plan to shop online, you will need to create a separate Corporate Member profile, even if you already have a Brooks Brothers profile. Have your 12-digit membership number available and register here.

installNearly 150 members and guests were on hand to celebrate the Academy’s 162nd Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony held at the Drees Pavilion on Tuesday, October 2.

During the event the 2018-2019 Academy Council was installed — President Carol L. Egner, MD; Past President Gregory W. Rouan, MD; President-elect Matthew E. Hardin, MD; and Councilors Barry A. Brook, MD; Haleem N. Chaudhary, MD; Lisa A. Haglund, MD; Anne C. Like, MD; Becky S. McGilligan, MD; Ronald C. Merkel, MD; Adam G. Miller, MD; and E. Wymann Morriss, MD.

And thanks to our generous sponsors.

Platinum Sponsors: Academy Foundation; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Mercedes Benz of Cincinnati; and TriHealth

Gold sponsors: Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation; James Investment Research; Mercy Health Physicians; and UC Health

Silver Sponsors: Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and The Jewish Hospital

Bronze Sponsors: A & L Imaging; AbbVie Pharmaceuticals; BRG Apartments; Favorite Healthcare Staffing; Fifth Third Bank; Horizon Pharma; Institute for Reproductive Health; Janssen Pharmaceuticals; Medtronic Transformative Solutions; PBSI Technology Solutions; Vintage Business Solutions ; The Christ Hospital ; The Ohio Living Team/EXP Realty – Chris Ascher; Victory Wellness & MedSpa; Yoga with Pooja; and Zimmer Biomet Southwest Ohio

Table Sponsors: Carol Egner, MD; Cincinnati OB/GYN Society; Riverhills Neuroscience; Senior Lifestyle/Seasons Retirement; Sense Diagnostics; Seton High School; Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati; UC College of Medicine; and Women in Medicine/The Christ Hospital