ACMS Bi-Weekly Newsletter 1.16.2023

Contract Negotiation Webinar - February 15, 2023

As part of the ACMS Early Career Physician Series, "Navigating Your Career in Medicine", the ACMS will host a virtual webinar focusing on contract review and negotiation.

Join us on February 15, 2023 at 6:00 PM.

Attendees will receive guidance from contract expert Rebecca Moran, Esq., a Shareholder at Tucker Arensberg. Rebecca will provide information on avoiding some of the hidden pitfalls that may come your way as you navigate your way into your first contract. There will be discussion of key concepts to consider when evaluating and negotiating offers and employment agreements early in your career.

This event is FREE for ACMS Members and $10.00 for guests.

Register Here

Non-Competes - What's Happening to Your Employment Contract?

In January, the FTC proposed a new federal rule that would ban all non-compete clauses, except for in a few limited exceptions, and would require companies to rescind any existing non-compete agreements at the time of the rule’s effective compliance date. The proposed FTC rule would apply to all businesses including healthcare, such as physicians practices and hospitals. Healthcare in some states, like Pennsylvania, has been reliant on non-compete agreements, and should the proposed rule be finalized, it would have a significant impact for physicians and those healthcare institutions that employ physicians.

Restrictive covenants, also known as non-compete agreements, have been a hot button issue that the physicians of Allegheny County have been very vocal about over the years. The ACMS will be working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and our counterparts in other parts of the state, to ensure we are advocating properly for the physicians in Allegheny County.

The ACMS, in collaboration with the Philadelphia County Medical Society, has put forth an informational-only blog post. We will keep members updated with more information as we receive relevant updates.


Rep. Arvind Venkat, MD.

On Jan. 3, 2023, ACMS Member and Allegheny County Physician, Dr. Arvind Venkat, was sworn in to begin his term as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Dr. Venkat represents the communities of McCandless, Franklin Park, Ohio Twp, Kilbuck, Emsworth, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights & Western Hampton Twp. He will also serve as a voice for Physicians in the state legislature.

You can follow along @repvenkat.

Mental Health + Wellness Check-In with Jordan Corcoran, Founder of Listen, Lucy.

As the topic of mental health becomes more popular by the day, phrases like “prioritize your mental health” and “check in with yourself” are being used constantly, but what does it mean and how do we apply it to our very hectic schedules?

Jordan Corcoran, Founder of the mental health organization, Listen, Lucy, joins the ACMS blog to share her tips for applying simple coping techniques to help deal with stress and anxiety.

Medical News & Resources

Dr. Debra Bogen, Allegheny County Health Department Head, Nominated as Pennsylvania's Secretary of Health

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Member Benefit: 2023 Medical Record Copying Fees Chart

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released copying fees for 2023. To assist members, PAMED offers a convenient chart with 2023 copying fees. 

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What to Expect in Telehealth in 2023? Here are 5 Predictions.

About 25% of patients used telehealth last year, far exceeding the 5% who accessed care this way before the pandemic. And as the budding field evolves, that share is expected to continue to rise in the coming years.

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ACMS Calendar



ACMS Offices CLOSED (Martin Luther King Day)



2023 ACMS Leadership Social

6pm - 8pm

Location: Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar

Open to 2023 ACMS Board Members and Elected Delegates



Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society Members Meeting

4:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Registration begins at 4:00 pm

First Lecture begins at 4:30 pm

Rivers Casino



Navigating Your Career In Medicine

Early Career Physician Series

Contract Negotiation


6:00pm - 7:30pm



Save-the-Date: 2023 ACMS Awards Celebration Event

Heinz History Center

6:00pm - 9:00pm

Stay Tuned for Details!