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golf courseThe Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati invites its members to participate in a new social activity, the 2019 Golf Outing.

The event — to be held Monday, June 10, at Maketewah Country Club — is open to AMC members, their guests, all area health care professionals, and others interested in supporting the Academy and its mission. It features an 18-hole scramble format with a shotgun start scheduled for 10 a.m. Golfers will enjoy lunch, beverages, an appetizer and awards ceremony following play, and prizes.

Make plans now to attend. Invite your friends and colleagues for a day of friendly play and socializing. This is great opportunity to meet physicians from all specialties and health systems throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.


Register online.

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RouanGreg2016 200The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati has grown and developed over the past several years following the implementation of a strategic plan that allowed us to tactically add value and address the needs of our membership. This was a result of the dedication of our staff and physician leaders.
In 2011, Dr. Tom Maynard reached out to me asking whether I would be interested in learning about the Academy. I owe him a debt of gratitude, as my experience with the Academy has been a journey that has been extremely rewarding personally and professionally. I have served on Council since 2012 and was privileged to be president in 2017-2018.
With the help of past presidents including Drs. Andy Markowitz and Raj Minhas along with our current president and president-elect, Drs. Carol Egner and Matt Hardin, your Council leadership has been and is now extremely well positioned to add value for you, our members. Very importantly we were able to recruit an absolutely remarkable executive director, Natalie Peterson. She helped to reinvigorate and innovate the operations model and budget of the Academy in collaboration with our longstanding and devoted staff Pam Fairbanks and Nancy Coomer.
Academy membership is increasing for the first time in over a decade. Finances are now on solid footing with a balanced budget, also for the first time in over a decade or more. The Annual Meeting attendance is at an all-time high for the past two consecutive years, and margins associated with the event are also positive. We remain active and aligned with the OSMA and participate in PAC activities at least at the state level. Recent social events, including the spring Keeneland trip and summer Cincinnati Reds baseball outing, have been consistently sold out. The Academy is involved with and helps lead the Cincinnati Coalition for Physician Wellness throughout our southwest Ohio region. This is an example of a best practice that is now being mirrored throughout the state of Ohio. Finally, Dr. Haleem Chaudhary, one of our Council members, is leading the effort for our first annual Academy golf outing at Maketewah Country Club on June 10, 2019. Please save the date for that event.
Sadly we lost one of most devoted members and friends this past year, Dr. Marvin Rorick. We recognized his contributions to the Academy with the distinguished service award at our annual meeting this fall. His family attended and were most grateful. His wife spoke at the event.
We want to hear from you. Your leadership not only has fiduciary responsibility for the organization, but a duty to be responsive to your needs. We have expanded our Council to include resident representatives from health systems throughout the city. It is a priority that all of our constituents are represented on the Council, with diversity as a prime component. Please consider becoming active in the Academy and do reach out to Natalie Peterson via email ( or by phone (513-421-7010, ext. 333). Also please think about reaching out to your colleagues and asking them to consider membership in the Academy, as Tom Maynard did for me in 2011.

—Gregory Rouan, MD, Immediate Past President

wine w dinnerSeasons Retirement Community will host Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati members and their significant others at a Food Demonstration and Wine Pairing event on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy the talents of former Golden Lamb Executive Chef Dennis Glosser as he shows you how to prepare easy but healthy meals. Come hungry – there will be sampling. Bob Hull, of Z Place for Wine, will be on hand to offer tips on pairing wines with food.

Each attendee will be entered to win a door prize of a private dinner party with the Chef and complimentary wines provided by Z Place for Wine.

Please RSVP to 513-984-9400 or by January 10, 2019. There is no charge for members and their significant others.

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.