NYACP Newsletter: Your Chapter in Action (YCIA)  
September 19, 2019

Opioid and Substance Abuse Disorder Resources: NYACP Members can earn a $500 honorarium

The College has partnered with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) and a coalition of national professional organizations on two SAMHSA-funded initiatives, the Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) and Opioid Response Network programs, to combat the opioid crisis.  As a part of these programs, ACP hosted a virtual quality improvement chronic pain leadership-training program in May of 2019, due to the success of this event, we have decided to offer a second round of training, details of which are below:

  •  A 2 hour webinar providing an overview on how to apply ACP’s QI methodology to improve chronic pain management and safe opioid prescribing on November 20, 2019.
  •  A series of 4 coaching calls with expert QI faculty to support implementation of a QI project focused on chronic pain management through January 2020.
  •  Participants will be asked to submit a summary report of program outcomes to ACP no later than January 31, 2020.

 Interested participants should apply through the following link:

  • Program Application Criteria: New participants may apply (participation in the May virtual training disqualifies you from applying again)
  • A $500 honorarium will be provided to selected participants

For more information about this opportunity, please contact Julia Thayer at

PropFuel Feedback from Members Received by NYACP
The good… the bad… and where we can go from here…
NYACP started using a tool last week to break the cycle of one-sided electronic communication with members by soliciting your direct feedback about what you like, and do not like, about us. In contrast to standard survey instruments, PropFuel allows us to hear directly from physicians with your one click response. No reply email or links are part of the feedback loop. Just you… and NYACP… and no filter amending your message.
In response to the question of whether or not you would recommend NYACP to a colleague, 234 of replied (which is a 2% response rate so we have work to do to get many of you to talk to us). Some good news is that the majority of responses were favorable (94 people gave NYACP a 10), but the bad news is that 54 Members rated NYACP as a 5 or below. 78 Members provided specific feedback about what they like such as “continue with strong advocacy positions benefitting our patients and members,” or do not like such as a desire to see more “affordable CME.”

For those who replied to us, thank you. NYACP’s leadership is meeting next week and will see all of your relies. For those who did not reply, please consider sending us your feedback next time. NYACP needs your engagement now more than ever. Help us focus in on what is most important to you.

Did you complete your (5 minute) survey on NYS Patient Centered Medical Home?

Your participation is requested! On Monday, September 16th, NYACP (in collaboration with the NYS Department of Health) sent  out a survey on the NYS Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Program.   The purpose of this brief survey is to solicit feedback from (1) physicians that have achieved recognition through the NYS PCMH program; and (2) those that have chosen not to participate in NYS PCMH on the effectiveness of the program and identify successes, barriers and concerns on sustainability and capability for value-based payment.
If you have already completed the survey - Thank you!  If you haven’t, please take a moment and go to the following links.
Click here if you are a NYS PCMH Recognized provider
Click here if you are not a NYS PCMH recognized provider

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NYACP Annual Meeting Final Plenary Session Update: Avoiding Medical Liability Lawsuits
The Impact of Electronic Medical Records on Medical Malpractice Litigation

EMRs were designed to promote efficient and safe health care. EMRs were not designed for litigation, but they have now taken on an expanded role in medical malpractice litigation. Many of the time saving tools, such as drop-down menus, check lists, templates, copy and paste, and carry-over data fields create unique issues for the un-weary practitioner. Relying too heavily on the pre-fabricated data in a typical EMR, unlike the old days of paper charts where the physician would write out his thought processes, can create unintended problems in litigation. Using the language from templates or drop-down menus frequently requires a physician to make a “close enough” selection, which can present issues later in litigation. EMRs often promote a lack of thought about what is actually being recorded. With hand written records, the physician could be thinking erroneously, but with EMR, he may simply click the wrong entry. EMRs have now made it possible, through the meta data created when a document is created, edited or opened, to objectively know when, and sometimes if, a physician actually reviewed a critical imaging report.
During the presentation at the NYACP Annual Scientific meeting, two experienced medical malpractice attorneys will demonstrate some of the pitfalls of EMR in a mock trial situation. Several cases will be utilized to bring focus to the how critical this type of evidence is being used in litigation.

ACP travel grants available for early-career members to attend Internal Medicine Meeting 2020

To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must be a dues-paid, post-training member of the College, must have graduated from medical school within the past 16 years, and must be living in the United States. Applications are due Oct. 14.

The ACP Travel Grants Program is now accepting applications for support of $2,000 to selected early-career, domestic ACP Members and Fellows to attend ACP's Internal Medicine Meeting 2020, to be held April 23-25 in Los Angeles. In addition to the travel grant, recipients also receive complimentary registration to the meeting.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a dues-paid, post-training member of the College, must have graduated from medical school within the past 16 years, and must be living in the United States. As long as dues are paid for this current membership year, applicants are eligible to apply.

In awarding grants, priority will be given to applicants attending their first ACP Internal Medicine Meeting, physicians serving in rural or underserved communities, physicians of diverse backgrounds, and those without a significant source for CME funding.

Applicants must include a 500-word essay on how attending the meeting will benefit them and the patients they serve. Applicants should attach their curriculum vitae to the application. All materials are due by Monday, Oct. 14. Grant recipients will be announced on Monday, Nov. 25. 

ACP Council Members Call for Nominations: 

The Council of Early Career Physicians (CECP), the Council of Resident/Fellow Members (CRFM), and the Council of Student Members (CSM) are currently seeking candidates to fill vacant seats for 2020-21. Nominations are due by November 1, 2019 and details for submitting are included in the links below.

Each Council meets during the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting, once a year in Philadelphia, and several times via webinars. The Councils are responsible for responding to requests for review of programs, products and services; advising the College regarding ways to increase the value of ACP membership among their constituency group; and strengthening activities and relationships at the ACP chapter and local levels.

September is Women in Medicine Month!

Women in Medicine Webinar

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 pm

By the end of the session, audience members will be able to: 

  • Recognize compensation disparities between men and women physicians 
  • Assess the process and factors involved in promotions for women in medicine 
  • Identify ways in which to support physician mothers/caregivers, including flexible work schedules/part time work, breast feeding support 
  • Assess use of policies and advocacy for maternity/paternity leave, especially those supported by professional organizations such as ACP 
  • Recognize various forms of mentorship/sponsorship for women in medicine 
  • Identify resources and formulate a plan of building a community/network for women in medicine 

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