June 18, 2020 • Published by the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati
Thanks to our physician members and all health care professionals who are working tirelessly and selflessly to protect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
News for Academy Members and the Cincinnati Medical Community
Register now for the September 28 Golf Outing
Registration is open for the Academy's 2nd Annual Golf Outing to be held Monday, September 28, at Maketewah Country Club.

Get your foursome together and sign up now. This year's format features a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. with lunch and registration at noon, and the Awards Ceremony immediately following play. Beverages will be available throughout the day on the course. You'll be able to purchase raffle chances for some exciting gift baskets, participate in split-the-pot, and buy some mulligans for those very important do-overs. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsorships range from $500 to $4,000. Find your level and secure your sponsorship now. 

See you on the links.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States
Medical Economics Survey of COVID-19 Effect on Physicians
In early May, Medical Economics conducted a survey to gauge how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected physicians. It found that of those responding, nearly 52% of physicians have treated COVID-19 patients. It noted that 18% saw those patients in an office setting, 16% in the hospital, 19% via telehealth. Just under half of physicians (47%) say they haven’t treated any COVID-19 patients at all.

The survey found that use of telehealth increased for 83% of physicians. More than half of the physicians (60%) said they don’t have adequate access to COVID-19 test kits, and only half think their PPE gear is adequate when treating COVID-19 patients. Nearly 80% expressed concern that they or a family member would contract COVID-19, while close to 68% say they are experiencing stress/burnout/sadness due to the pandemic. Nearly all (94%) say that some of their patients are foregoing routine and/or acute medical care because they are afraid of exposure to the virus, and almost 90% said they were seeing fewer patients.
Mayfield neurosurgeon named to Novalis Circle Expert Group 

Academy member Ronald Warnick, MD, a neurosurgeon with Mayfield Brain & Spine and co-director of the Gamma Knife® Center at The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health, has been named the ninth member of the international Novalis Circle Expert Group. The elite group of specialists is responsible for developing and managing the Novalis Certified Program. Dedicated to safety and treatment quality in stereotactic radiosurgery, the independent certification program has already certified 48 institutions around the world. 

Dr. Warnick explains, “Stereotactic radiosurgery is a complex, multistep procedure that requires a robust quality assurance program. The Novalis Certification process involves a systematic, proactive analysis that provides external validation of a center’s safety culture thereby ensuring the highest level of patient care."
Stress & burnout are serious issues 

With the added pressures of COVID-19, physician well-being is more important than ever.

Plan to join the Ohio State Medical Association this summer for its Physician Well-Being Summer Series, featuring free virtual gatherings for all Ohio physicians on a variety of topics important to professional and personal health.

Session 2 features “Turning Toward Dissonance: Being Present & Robust in Times of Fear” on July 8 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Presenter is Ronald Epstein, MD, Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology, and Medicine; Director, Center for Communication and Disparities Research; Co-Director, Deans Teaching Fellowship; Co-Director, Mindful Practice Programs; University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Items of Interest to Physicians
Ohio Legislative Recap from OSMA

This week, OSMA continued to work with state officials to advocate for physicians as decisions are being made on COVID-19 restarting and relief efforts and other major health policy issues—including racism and public health, liability, telehealth, and mental health

Regarding liability during the pandeminc … This week, House Bill 606, which would expand civil immunity for health care and service providers during the pandemic, began its hearings in the Senate. OSMA has been supporting HB 606 (as well as an additional liability proposal, SB 308) on behalf of the physician community. The bill passed out of the House several weeks ago and must now advance through the Senate in order to be sent to the governor and signed into law.

AMA urges CDC to revise Opioid Prescribing Guideline

The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to make significant revisions to its 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to protect patients with pain from the ongoing unintended consequences and misapplication of the guidance.

“To make meaningful progress toward ending this epidemic, a broad-based public health approach is required,” wrote AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD. “We are now facing an unprecedented, multi-factorial and much more dangerous overdose and drug epidemic driven by heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and stimulants. We can no longer afford to view increasing drug-related mortality through a prescription opioid-myopic lens.” 

Read the full AMA letter and its recommendations to revise the CDC guideline.
UC Internal Medicine Grand Rounds 
Webinar Session (Due to COVID-19, offered via WebEx Only)

June 24, 2020 – David Harris, MD
Topic: Educators in Academia

July 1, 2020 – No Grand Rounds because of July Fourth Holiday

Sessions are held noon to 1:00 p.m. on most Wednesdays (available remotely to all Academy members at no charge.)

Learn more about women's sexual health from national experts

Physicians are invited to attend HERmd's upcoming free, online “Sexual Health Virtual Summit” on June 26, 2020, from 8:00 AM - noon. Attendees will hear from the nation's leaders in women's sexual health and learn how they are revolutionizing health care for women. According to HERmd, 85% of patients expressed interest in talking to their doctors about sexual health, yet only 30% of physicians are trained in women's sexual health. Their mission is to prepare providers to better address their patients' sexual health needs. Register here.
Educational material provided by Janssen Pharmaceuticals
Patient education information – cardiovascular conditions DVT

Janssen Pharmaceuticals has developed several education programs for patients with cardiovascular conditions.

As a service to members, the Academy is providing links to the information. Should you find that the material could be useful in your practice, please feel free to share with your patients.

My Deep Vein Thrombosis
The Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM) and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. have developed a toolkit of information for medical offices – especially primary care offices – and for patients who want to learn more about deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

These tools can be used and customized to fit an individual practice and form the basis for an outpatient DVT treatment pathway or guideline. For more information and to view the resources available, please click here.

Disclaimer: References are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of the resources by the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical problem, consult your own physician. The Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati shall not be responsible for any errors, omissions, or claims for damages, including exemplary damages, arising out of use, inability to use, or with regard to the accuracy or sufficiency of the information contained in resources.
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