Your Chapter in Action is a streamlined communication distributed every two weeks to members of the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Each communication is focused on the Chapter’s three core missions: Education, Advocacy and Quality Improvement and provides you with resources, tools and ways to connect. For more information or direct discussion of any issue listed – call our office at 518-427-0366.

September 18, 2014

Attention Members of the Hudson Valley Region:

Have You Voted for the Next Hudson Valley Region Governor of the NYACP Yet?

Are you aware that voting is already underway for the Hudson Valley Region Governor-elect of the NYACP? If you’re part of the voting membership in the Hudson Valley region (Masters, Fellows, Members, and Resident/Fellow members elected no later than 8/1/2012) and haven’t voted already, you can do so online at or by mail. If you choose to mail in your ballot, your ACP Member Number and Election Passcode will be required with your ballot in order to cast your vote. The deadline to vote is November 5, 2014 at 11:59 EST.

Our two candidates for Governor are Marla Koroly, MD, FACP; and Louis S. Snitkoff, MD, FACP. You can read more about them here.


If Your Group Practice Has Plans to Participate in the 2014 PQRS GPRO, Act Immediately!

The deadline for groups to register to participate in the CMS 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) is September 30, 2014 11:59 pm EDT! If your group has 10 or more eligible professionals, participation in the 2014 PQRS GPRO allows your group a waiver for the automatic 2% reduction in payments that would occur in 2016. If your group practice did not participate in 2014, you can avoid the automatic payment adjustment in 2016 if the eligible professionals in the group participate in the PQRS as individuals and at least half of the eligible professionals meet the requirements.  Additional information about these requirements can be found here.

How Has New York’s Health Benefit Exchange Affected Your Practice?

With New York heading into its second open enrollment period for its New York State of Health Healthcare Exchange starting November 15, it’s important for us, working with MSSNY, to gain a better understanding of the experiences physicians have had in the first year of its existence.  This way we can inform state policymakers about how a practice has handled the new health care exchange infrastructure. You can find the survey here, and it only takes a few minutes to fill out.

Health and Public Policy Meeting

Early last week Chapter Leaders from around the state met in Albany to discuss health and public policy. Issues discussed included access to care, the implementation of ISTOP, quality of care and electronic prescribing. The committee members were updated on the 2014 legislative session. 

Practice Management

Free Smoking Cessation Learning Module Available Online!

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., and as physicians,  you are in the best position to help patients successfully quit smoking, while simultaneously lowering their risk of heart disease, stroke, COPD and other diseases.

Recently, the NYC Health Department has developed an excellent and free online learning module to assist physicians by enhancing your knowledge on how to effectively assess, counsel, and address tobacco use, greatly improving patients' chances of successfully quitting. For medical residents, this module meets five of the six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies and is able to be placed in your learning management system. For attending physicians, this module provides 1 CME credit.

Highlights of the module include:

  • The “5 A’s” model of treating tobacco use
  • Provider/Patient communication techniques
  • Treatment options and guidance, including combination therapy
  • New York State Medicaid Benefits
  • Billing information for smoking cessation counseling

.Click here to access the online module and here  to access additional provider resources.


NYACP  District Meetings

NYACP  Webinars

How Does the Physician Payment Sunshine Act Impact You? What Needs to Be Reported and By Whom?
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Register Online Here

Update on the New York Electronic Prescribing Mandate by the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement
Tuesday,  October 14, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm  Register Online Here

Practice Transformation: From the Bottom to the Top:
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Register Online Here

Did you Miss..

Understanding the Changes to ABIM's MOC Program Webinar
You can view it now online at the
Chapter's Recorded Webinar Page
(You will need your NYACP password to view - if you forgot your password)


Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind
(Hosted by NYACP's Syracuse District)
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Craftsman Inn & Conference Center
7300 East Genesee Street - Fayetteville NY 13066
Event Flyer
Online Registration

Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind
(Hosted by NYACP's Manhattan District)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South-New York, NY 10019
Event Flyer
Online Registration

Multiple Small Feedings of the Mind
(Hosted by NYACP's Buffalo District)
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Protocol Restaurant
6766 Transit Road - Williamsville NY 14221
Event Flyer
Online Registration

A Combination Approach to Managing Hyperlipidemia
(Hosted by the  NYACP's Suffolk District)
Monday, October 27, 2014
Blackstone Steakhouse
10 Pinelawn Road-Melville, NY  11747
Event Flyer
Online Registration

Last Updated 10.1.14

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