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District XI Newsletter

May 24, 2011

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Important Links

 

Mark Your Calendars!

District XI/TAOG Annual Meeting

October 14-16, 2011

Marriott Legacy Town Center

Plano, Texas

Marriott Legacy Plano

 

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District XI Office

Phone: 512.473.2264

Fax: 512.473.2267

Email: info@tx.acog.org

 

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Jill M. Johnson

Executive Director

 

Karen O'Briant

Meetings & Membership

 

Lisa M. Hollier, MD

Chair

 

Additional Officer Information

  
ChairLetter from Chair, Lisa M. Hollier, MD
Dr. Hollier

As you may know, I recently took over the position of Chair of District XI when Dr. Amy Young moved out of state to accept new employment.  I'm honored to be leading the Texas District at a time when women's health care faces extraordinary challenges as well as opportunities for positive change.  My vision for our District is to be the premier organization for obstetricians and gynecologists, establishing and realizing the goals of our membership to provide the highest quality patient care. 

 

We are finalizing a five-year strategic plan for the District focusing on three major areas that parallel the National ACOG agenda: education, practice and advocacy. I invite you to read more about this plan on our website.

 

As part of our goal to be both fiscally and environmentally prudent, the District will move to electronic newsletter communications.  Please expect to receive one more print newsletter by mail this summer.  After that, please take the time to review your Inbox for important updates from District XI.  You will always have the option of unsubscribing from these emails by contacting ACOG at unsubscribe@acog.org.

 

One of the most important advantages from the creation of our new District is the increased number of opportunities for involvement for Texas Junior Fellows and Fellows alike.  Please feel free to contact me at lisa.m.hollier@uth.tmc.edu or our District office.

 

I look forward to serving as your District Chair, and I hope to see you at our Annual District Meeting, October 14-16, 2011, in Plano.

 

District XI Updates

  

ADMMark Your Calendars for the Annual District Meeting: October 14-16, 2011

Join us in Plano, Texas for the combined meeting of ACOG District XI and Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (TAOG). The format of the meeting will be expanded to include talks that are pertinent to both physicians and their spouses, expanded break-out and hands-on sessions, and will also include more time in the afternoon for family activities.

This year's meeting will be held at the beautiful Marriott Legacy Town Center Hotel, which sits in the middle of the Legacy Shopping Center and is surrounded by the Shops at Willow Bend and the Stonebriar Mall. Additional program details to be announced soon.

One of the most memorable parts of the 2009 ADM in San Antonio was the Casino Night and Silent Auction to raise monies for the Jennings Fund, which provides for endowed lectures and other educational activities. Once again, we will hold a Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament, and each section will chose representatives to help their section win bragging rights!

Call for Abstracts: Click here for submission requirements. We encourage physicians, residents, fellows in training, medical students, and allied health personnel to submit their work.

Donations Needed for Silent Auction and Raffle:  Hot items from our last event included a week-long African Safari, ski and summer condo weeks, historic art work, autographed baseballs, hand-made wine racks and much more! If you have something to donate please email Jill Johnson at info@tx.acog.org. All donated items will be tax exempt as charity donations, and letters will be provided on the values for your records.

PatientsafetyPatient Safety Survey: Please Participate

District XI recently formed a Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee to accelerate the delivery of ethical, high-quality, and, when possible, evidence-based women's health care within the state of Texas through the promotion of a culture of safety. 

 

Working with national ACOG, we are attempting to get information by this online survey in order to begin to identify the needs of our members within Texas. This survey was originally released in December, but we are opening it up again in order to try to improve the response rate (if you already have taken the survey, please accept our thanks and ignore this request).  

 

We realize that your time is very valuable, but please take a few minutes to complete this very important survey and feel free to offer comments or suggestions on areas of patient safety in which you would like more education or access to information. Your input is very important to us! 

 

section25Sections 2 and 5 Accepting Fellow Officer Nominations: June 1st Deadline

Your talents and leadership are needed! We are currently accepting nominations from Section 2 (DFW/North Texas) and Section 5 (San Antonio/South Texas) for the 2012-2015 term.   

    

To become a candidate for office, your official address must be within the section in which you are running for office, and you must submit the certain materials electronically to Megan Willis at fellowelect@acog.org by June 1st, 2011. Specific information can be found on the District XI website.

 

JFelectionsJunior Fellows Accepting Officer Nominations: June 1st Deadline  

Young talent and leadership is also needed! District XI is accepting nominations for the positions of Junior Fellow Vice Chair and Secretary-Treasurer.  Please see the ACOG Junior Fellows website for instructions on nomination submissions. ACOG Junior Fellow Services will again have online elections. Information about electronic voting will be disseminated in by email and posted on the website.

   

fbmedstudAttention Medical Students! 

There is a Facebook page designed to keep you updated on District XI ACOG activities and opportunities and important information.  Search for Future Residents of Obstetrics & Gynecology (F.R.O.G.s) to join. Find us on Facebook

 

jenningsnewtonMore National Leadership from Texas!

News from ACOG Annual Clinic Meeting--District XI is very proud that our Immediate Past Chair, John C. Jennings, MD was elected at the Congress Annual Business Meeting on May 4 to serve as ACOG's Vice President for 2011-12.    

 

And more good news! Congratulations to Luke A. Newton, MD, outgoing District XI Junior Fellow Chair who will now be a national officer of the Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council, serving as Vice Chair for 2011-12.  

 

Both Drs. Jennings and Newton have done an exceptional job of leading District XI at the state level, and will continue their service and representation at the national level.

   

legislationTexas Legislative Update

TAOG and District XI have been working together this session to address a number of issues important to ob-gyns. We worked with the sponsor of HB 1983, relating to reducing non-medically indicated deliveries less than 39 weeks, to change the language from statutory interference into the practice of medicine to instead directing the Health and Human Services Commission to develop quality and cost containment programs with the same intent. This should be considered a big win for us, and all physicians, because the original language appointed the state to determine medical indications for delivery and gestational age determination - both clinical issues.

 

We also helped shape HB 2636 by having our recommendations adopted for the composition of a state committee to evaluate the standards, accreditation and number of NICU's in Texas. Our first Ob-Gyn Advocacy Day on April 5th was a great success, with 25 physicians visiting legislative offices in conjunction with TMA's First Tuesday.

 

Throughout the session we testified about the dangers of the sonogram bill (HB 15) and its interference with the doctor-patient relationship. However, this bill passed and is at the governor's desk for signature. We testified in support of HB 1133, which would create a Maternal Mortality Review Board, and informed our colleagues at the TMA Interspecialty Committee of its importance, paving the way for more attention on this issue next session. We were successful in speaking about the hazards of some of the scope of practice issues (advanced nurse practitioners and imaging) - although it is incumbent for us to find solutions to the physician workforce shortage and the underserved healthcare needs in Texas.  

   

As the session closes out and we wait to hear if there will be a special session on the budget, we continue to be concerned about the possible discontinuation of the Women's Health Program, as well as ramifications of proposed cuts that will affect patient access, family planning and provider reimbursement.  

 

makenaSupport of Compounded 17OHP by Texas HHSC

for Preterm Labor

In March, District XI and TAOG provided input to HHSC regarding the coverage and costs of the 17-Alpha Hydroxyprogesterone (compounded 17OHP) product versus the recently FDA approved Makena product. HHSC agreed that even though Makena recently lowered its cost to $675 per dose, the cost is still very high and therefore the state will restrict its use for Medicaid claims.

 

The good news is HHSC will continue to support payment for claims submitted for the compounded form of the drug (17OHP). Please see the HHSC letter for details about reimbursement claims for the compounded product.

  

KittrellIn Memory of Dr. Dave Kittrell

As many of you are aware, Dr. Dave W. Kittrell of San Antonio passed away in July 2010. Dave was a dear friend and colleague to many across Texas and he played a critical role in advancing the health of women across Texas by being an unapologetic advocate of a woman's right to excellent medical care, whatever her circumstances.

 

In 2009, the John C. Jennings Endowed Fund was established within ACOG District XI to provide an endowed lectureship in honor of Dr. Jennings to recognize his outstanding contributions to the formation of our new single-state district. District XI is establishing an advocacy lectureship in Dave's honor to be presented at each fall Annual District Meeting. In order to make these lectures of the highest quality, we are asking members to consider making a contribution to the John Jennings Educational Fund in memory of Dr. Kittrell.

 

Please make your check payable to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, print Jennings Fund-Dave Kittrell in the memo field, and mail to the national office at ACOG, 409 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20024, Attention: Galina Yudovich. Donations are tax-deductible and you will receive a receipt. Mrs. Kittrell will also receive notification of your generosity in remembrance of Dave.

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