Volume 112, No.4
April 2016

They Said It...

   "It provides people with an incentive to switch from sugary drinks, which are the biggest contributor to the obesity epidemic." Dr. Thomas Farley, Philadelphia's new health commissioner, on why he supports Mayor Kenney's proposed tax on sugary drinks.

In the News...

ItsSettledIt's Settled - for the Last Time...

Mcare has mailed its second and final notice on assessment refunds. The notice is the result of a settlement agreement with the Pa. Medical Society, the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pa., and the Pa. Podiatric Medical Association.  Physicians receiving the notice paid an assessment during the years covered by the settlement - 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014.

If you disagree with the claim you are scheduled to receive, you should contact Mcare at: www.McareChoice.com. You have until April 19 to respond to the letter.

For more details on the refund process, go to: www.McareRefund.org.

MedicareRevalidationsMedicare Revalidations, Round Two...
CMS has completed its initial round of revalidations of enrolled providers/suppliers, using its new enrollment screening criteria. It now plans to resume its regular revalidation cycles.

CMS has sent out documents that describe the changes to the revalidation process.

You can go to them by clicking on: Prover Revalidations 3.18.16.docx or  Prover Revalidations 3.18.16.docx

ComingInComing in August - Pa.'s New Prescription Drug Monitoring System

Pennsylvania lawmakers approved this vital tool in the fight against opioid drug abuse in 2014. It just had one little hitch - it wasn't funded. Late last year money was finally put in its wallet. The vendor hired by the Pa. Dept. of Health says the database for the system will be ready in August.

Dr. Joseph Teel, assistant professor of clinical family medicine and community health at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, says he found the tool crucial when he worked in Virginia.

He said that state's drug monitoring system allowed him to see in seconds through his office laptop all of a patient's pharmacy-based  prescriptions for controlled substances.  Dr. Teel said it gave him, "peace of mind that these medications are doing what they are made and prescribed to do...instead of driving them (patients) deeper into addiction."

The Pa. Medical Society lobbied for passage of the bill and for the money to fund it.

For more information on how you can help address opioid addiction, go to www.pamedsoc.org/opioidresources.

TempleTeamTemple Team Develops Potential AIDS Breakthrough

Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University have been able to eliminate HIV-1 from the genome of human T-cells. The research team, led by Dr. Kamel Khalili, professor and chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple, designed a way to use gene-editing technology to permanently suppress HIV-1 virus replication in the T-cells of blood drawn from HIV-positive patients.

The researchers believe their work is a major step in the development of a potential cure for patients with AIDS and other viral-based diseases.

TempleNeuroscienceTemple Neuroscience Care Comes to Holy Redeemer Hospital

Temple University Hospital and Holy Redeemer Health System have entered into a clinical partnership that places Temple neurologists and neurosurgeons onsite at Holy Redeemer Hospital. The agreement also means that when patients with stroke symptoms go to the Montgomery County hospital's emergency room at any time of the day or night, they can be evaluated via telemedicine by neurologists and neurosurgeons on duty at Temple. If needed, those patients will be quickly transferred to Temple.

Michael Laign, president and CEO of Holy Redeemer Health System, said, "the clinical expertise provided by Temple's neurologists and neurosurgeons will give our patients advanced, academic-level care close to home. We are pleased to welcome these excellent physicians to Holy Redeemer Hospital."

EinsteinAgainEinstein Again Recognized as a Leader in LGBT Health Care Equality

Einstein Healthcare Network has once again been honored for its care of LGBT patients by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's annual Healthcare Equality Index. The network was first honored by the group in 2014. Einstein was commended for its commitment to providing equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families who at times face daunting challenges in accessing quality health care.

AnnualMedical11th Annual Medical Practice Management Conference to Convene at Villanova University

The conference will deal with the often messy business-side of medicine. It will be held at the Villanova University Conference Center on April 27 and 28.  

Leaders in the field will give seminars on: recent employment law trends and how they will affect medical practice; Medicare, Medicaid and other payer changes; what to look for in a contract with a payer; legislative and regulatory updates, and ways to enhance cyber security.

The conference is sponsored by the Philadelphia County Medical Society along with other county medical societies in our area and the Pa. Medical Society and the Delco PAHCOM Chapter.

For information on how to register, go to "Dating Service," below -- our newsletter calendar.

WhatToWhat to say to a Friend who Says he Made Great use of his Crayon Time

It's time to show your stuff. Medical students from Penn, Jefferson and Temple are holding the first ever Philadelphia Medical Student and Physician Art Show. 

It will be held at Jefferson University from April 18 to 22.

You can display up to three works of art. They may include paintings, drawings, sketches, watercolors, photographs, sculptures, or ceramics.

The show is an expansion of a small annual community art show that Penn medical students have held in recent years.

For more information contact: phillymed.art@gmail.com.

You can find more details in "Dating Service."
Dating Service

16 - Exciting Advances in Gastroenterology
7:30 AM to Noon
Half day educational program, topics include: New Frontiers in the management of Barrett's Esophagus, Emerging Therapeutic in IBD, Update in Liver Disease 2016 and Functional Bowel Disease. Program is free and open to general physicians, fellows, residents and medical students. 
Click Here to Register

PhiladelphiaStudents18-22 - The Philadelphia Students and Physicians Art Show

Opening Reception at 6:30 PM
Attention medical students, are you a creator? A photographer, painter, artist, or sculptor? Are you interested in exhibiting your work? If so, please contact phillymed.art@gmail.com to submit your work. Hosted by The Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, The Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, and the Perelman School of Medicine at Penn.

ToolsforSuccess27 - 28 - The 11th Annual "Tools for Success" Medical Practice Management Conference
6:00 - 8:15 PM Wednesday, April 27
7:45 AM - 4:45 PM Thursday, April 28
The conference will be held at the Villanova University Conference Center on April 27 and 28. Topics include: recent employment law trends and their impact on your medical practice; Medicare, Medicaid and other payer changes; what to look for in a contract with a payer; legislative and regulatory updates, and ways to enhance cyber security.   

Click Here to Register 

4 - Janssen Sponsored Dinner Meeting
7:00 PM
For physicians only. The Philadelphia County Medical Society invites you to join your colleagues and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to learn more about Invokana┬«, an individualized approach to the treatment of adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Guest speaker will be Michael Cooperman, MD, an expert in the field of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Internal Medicine. There is no charge to attend. 
For more information, call: (215) 563-5343 x 113

11 - The Child Abuse Reporting Training Program
6:30 - 8:30 PM
This program will cover the topics of child abuse recognition, what you need to know in order to report it, and the penalties for failing to report. This program is free and open to all physicians. Please RSVP by May 9.
18 - The Substance Abuse Epidemic in Philadelphia
5:30 - 7:30 PM (Reception to follow)

The Philadelphia County Medical Society in association with The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health presents this continuing medical education program. Topics include: The Local Epidemiology of Substance Abuse in Philadelphia, Substance Abuse as a Chronic Disease, Drug Courts and the Opiate/Opioid Epidemic, and A View of Substance Use from Prevention Point Philadelphia. Registration is free, but all attendees must be pre-registered.   

PCMS People Wanted
Your colleagues would like to know what you have been up to! Email news about academic or other appointments, achievements, awards and promotion, etc. to stat@philamedsoc.org
Philadelphia County Medical Society |  stat@philamedsoc.org
215-563-5343 |  http://philamedsoc.org