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https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Home:Tools You Can Use:Topics:Quality and Value Blog<p> <strong>About the blog: <br></strong> PAMED physician members share their perspectives on range of health care issues. Join in the conversation and share the blog with your colleagues.</p><p>PAMED members may submit a guest blog post for consideration to Jeff Wirick at <a href="mailto:jwirick@pamedsoc.org">jwirick@pamedsoc.org</a>. </p><a href="https://www.pamedsoc.org/PAMED_Downloads/BlogGuestPostPolicyPAMED.pdf">See guest blog policy</a>



https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/DrBuzasPhysician Q&A With Dr. Christopher Buzas<p>​A colon and rectal surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Dr. Buzas is also president-elect of the Keystone Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.</p>Physicians;#Residents/Fellows;#Medical Students;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogOct1417New PAMED President: Join Me in Defining the Future of Health Care Delivery<p>​Guest blogger Theodore Christopher, MD, FACEP, professor and chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, became President of PAMED on Oct. 15, 2017, in Hershey Pa. Here is part of his inaugural address.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogAscherPhysician Q&A With Michael Ascher, MD<p>​An accomplished clinician and educator, Dr. Michael Ascher is an established writer with frequent mental health columns in Huffington Post. PAMED caught up with Dr. Ascher for this Q&A.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogSept2717The Dreaded Student Loans: 5 Easy Tips to Defeat Your Student Loans<p>​In this blog, Wendy Palastro, MD, shares her five tips for defeating medical student loans.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogDrRosamiliaPhysician Q&A With Dr. Lorainne Rosamilia<p>​Dr. Lorainne Rosamilia was recently honored by Geisinger Health System for ranking in the top 10 percent in patient experience nationally at the health system's annual Top Patient Experience Clinicians Awards Dinner.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogSept1817Member Perspective: Sexism is Alive and Well, Unfortunately<p>​Sherry Blumenthal, MD, Chair of PAMED's Women Physicians Caucus believes it is our responsibility to educate colleagues about  sexism and inequality against women in medicine.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/DrScollonGrievePhysician Q&A With Dr. Kelly Scollon-Grieve<p>​Dr. Scollon-Grieve is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Premier Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Havertown.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogDepuyPhysician Q&A With Dr. Amy Depuy<p>​Amy Depuy, MD, an OB/GYN at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, spoke with PAMED after being named one our Top Physicians Under 40.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVblogDrChiangPhysician Q&A With Dr. Allen Chiang<p>​Allen Chiang, MD, one of PAMED's 2-17 Top Physicians Under 40, is an ophthalmologist at Wills Eye Hospital Retina Service in Philadelphia. Read this Q&A.</p>Physicians;#Residents/Fellows;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/TopDocsU40WalkerDoc Talk: Scranton's Chad Walker, DO<p>Chad Walker, DO, talks about why he became a physician and how he finds work-life balance.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogAug2317Physician Retention: Health Care Leaders Need to Remember the Forest<p>​In this blog, Jason D. Fodeman, MD, examines the issue of physician turnover and identifies four things that physician retention programs need to be successful.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogAug917Women Physicians: Caregivers in Stereo or Surround-Sound​Guest blogger Dr. Sherry Blumenthal asks women physicians what supports they have in the workplace, and what the maternity leave policies are at their place of practice or residency.Physicians;#Medical Students;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogAug0917Unconscious Bias: How Does It Affect Patient Care?<p>​In this article that originally appeared in the spring/summer 2017 issue of PAMED's <em>Pennsylvania Physician</em> magazine, Bernard Lopez, MD, takes a look at unconscious bias and shares five ways physicians and others can address it.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/MedStudentReflectionsAMAPennsylvania Med Student Reflections – 2017 AMA-MSS Hot Topics<p>​The Pennsylvania Medical Society sent medical students to the AMA-MSS meeting. Here are their reflections on the top issues that came out of the meeting:</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogRoleofWPCThe Role of the Women Physicians Caucus: Women Empowering Women<p>​Blogger Sherry Blumenthal, MD, talks about her reasons for establishing and facilitating the Women Physicians Caucus (WPC) and invites on priorities, challenges, and what we can do to empower women physicians.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogWomenLeadersWhy Women Need To Take On Leadership Roles In Medicine<p>Blogger ​Sherry Blumenthal, MD, invites Pennsylvania women physicians to join PAMED's new Women Physicians Caucus and join the conversation about issues relating to being a woman, practicing medicine, and more.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogWomensCaucusFirst Women Physicians Caucus in PAMED History Created to Address Unique Challenges and Needs of Female Physicians<p>​Guest blogger Sherry Blumenthal, MD, writes about PAMED's new Women's Caucus and how members can participate.</p>Physicians;#Residents/Fellows;#Medical Students;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogFeb1417Tired of ‘Color by Number’ Medicine? Here’s One Physician’s Advice<p>​Guest blogger Mark Matta, DO, says the U.S. faces challenges on a number of political, economic, and health care related issues. </p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogJan3117Member Voice: An Opioid Stewardship Toolkit for Primary Care Clinicians<p>​Guest blogger Jennifer Stephens, DO, descrribes the toolkit she helped develop to manage patients who take controlled substances.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVblogDec1316Promoting Teen Health Is As Easy As Wearing Lime Green<p>​Guest blogger Dr. Laura Offutt outlines ways physicians and medical practices to participate in the second annual Pennsylvania Teen Health Week, Jan. 9-13, 2017.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogOct2216New PAMED President: Putting Others Ahead of Self Still a Hallmark of the Noblest Profession<p>​Guest blogger Charles Cutler, MD, an internal medicine physician from Montgomery County (Pa.), became President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society on Oct. 22, 2016, in Hershey Pa. Here is part of his inaugural address.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogSept2016Independent Physicians and the Changing Environment<p>​This blog is the first in a series of blogs from Safa Farzin, MD, that explores the topic of alternative payment models such as Independent Physician Associations (IPAs) and Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs).</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogSept2116Reclaiming Physician Leadership in Health Care Delivery<p>​This is the second blog in a series from PAMED member Safa Farzin, MD, that explores the topic of health care alternative payment models such as IPAs and CINs.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogSept2216The Power of Data and Integrated Care<p>​This is the third in a series of blogs by PAMED member Safa Farzin, MD, that explores the topic of health care alternative payment models such as IPAs and CINs.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogSept2316The Best Vehicle for Independent Physicians<p>​This is the fourth in a series of blogs from PAMED member Safa Farzin, MD, that explores the topic of health care alternative payment models such as IPAs and CINs.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogSept1816Physicians Must Lead in Addressing the State’s Opioid Abuse Crisis<p>​Dr. John Gallagher, chair of PAMED's Opioid Advisory Task Force, explains why physicians need to take the lead in addressing Pennsylvania's opioid crisis.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/BlogJune2116Member Voice: ‘Medical Error’ Study Shows Major Flaws, Should Be Retracted<p>​In this blog, guest blogger and PAMED member Shyam Sabat, MD, takes a closer look at study entitled "Medical Error: The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S." He finds that the study shows major flaws and has possibly done harm to the provider-patient relationship.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/BlogJune1716Insider View: One Physician’s Experiences with PAMED’s Year-Round Leadership Academy<p>​Guest blogger Kristin Ondecko Ligda, MD, shares her insider view of PAMED's 2015-2016 Year-Round Leadership Academy.<br></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVBlogJune216How Do Physicians Balance Work and Life? Here Are Two Perspectives<p>​PAMED members Madushini Craner, DO, and Natasha Alligood-Percoco, MD, discuss how they find balance between work and busy family lives.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/BlogMay1816What Is the ‘Warm Hand-Off’ and How Can It Help Pennsylvania’s Opioid Abuse Crisis?​Guest blogger Kristen Sandel, MD, explains what the warm hand-off is and how her hospital is using it to help patients with opioid addictions.Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Apr0116Taking ACTion in Treating HIV/AIDS & Associated Mental Health<p>​<span style="font-family:"verdana",sans-serif;font-size:9pt;">In this blog, Drexel College of Medicine medical student Winifred Wolfe discusses the importance of helping patients overcome the psychosocial barriers that can prevent effective management of chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS.</span></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Mar2216In Pennsylvania’s Fight Against Opioid Abuse, Drug Monitoring Database Could Be a Game-Changer<p>Many physicians are anxiously awaiting the launch of Pennsylvania's new prescription drug monitoring system. Joseph Teel, MD, explains how not having access to such a database has changed his prescribing habits since moving from Virginia.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Mar1716Advances in Medical Knowledge Can Be a Double-Edged Sword<p>I wish medical knowledge was more stagnant. The reality is that what we know as facts changes every year.​</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Mar1016Unpleasant Surprises for Pennsylvania Physicians<p>A hot topic right now at the Pennsylvania Medical Society is unpleasant surprises.​</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Mar916Work-Life Balance: A Skill Physicians Can Learn<p><strong><em>Note:</em></strong><em> Guest blogger Donna Baver Rovito is former president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society Alliance and Editor of Physician Family, a national magazine developed by the AMA Alliance that explores the changing world of the medical families.</em>​</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Feb2916Why Do You Practice Medicine in Pennsylvania? Here’s One PAMED Member’s Story<p><strong><em>Note:</em></strong><em> Guest blogger David J. Truscello is a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. Several PAMED members wrote about why they choose to practice medicine in Pennsylvania for the 2016 winter edition of the Pennsylvania physician magazine</em><em>.</em>​</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Feb1016Physician Workforce: Greener Grass Depends on Priorities<p><em>UBM Medica</em> recently released its list of “The Best States to Practice In.” Using the default setting on the relative value of factors like <strong>Cost of Living</strong> (25 percent),and 15 percent each for <strong>Disciplinary Actions</strong>, <strong>State Tax Climate</strong>, <strong>Medicare Geographic Cost Indices</strong> (GPCI), <strong>Physicians Density</strong>, and <strong>Malpractice Paid Loss</strong>, Pennsylvania ranked 43rd out of 50th.​</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Jan2816Medical Lessons from Politics and the Lottery<p>The recent record $1.59 billion lottery brings some ideas to mind.</p><p>So does the recent political climate, the bickering over the “truth” and misinterpretation of facts by leaders and their followers, which strike me as an old story that we in medicine have been dealing with for years.</p><p>​</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/15Jan16QVblogPennsylvania Teen Health Week Offers Opportunity to Create Life-Long Habits<p>​Gov. Wolf has proclaimed Jan. 25-29 the first ever Pennsylvania Teen Health Week, a week focused specifically on the important topic of holistic health in teenagers.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/IntegrativeMedicineBusinessCaseThe ‘Business Case’ for Integrative Medicine<p>​<span style="line-height:20.8px;">​Guest blogger Baber Ghauri, MD, discusses the positive business impacts of integrated medicine.</span></p>Physicians;#Practice Administrators;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Addressing Drug AbusersKey to Helping Prescription Drug Abusers: Honest Communication<p>​<span style="line-height:20.8px;">​</span><span style="line-height:20.8px;">​Three PAMED members share their experiences with addressing suspected prescription drug abuse with patients, as presented in the fall issue of </span><em style="line-height:20.8px;">Pennsylvania Physician</em><span style="line-height:20.8px;"> magazine.</span></p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Nov 12 15 Quality and Value BlogMerger Decisions: One Hospital CEO’s Perspective<p>​​<em><strong>Note:</strong> Guest blogger Doug Danko, FACHE, is President and CEO, Jameson Health System. As health systems around the state consider the viability of merging with other organizations, Mr. Danko provides perspective on Jameson’s search for a partner.</em></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Nov 6 15 Quality and Value BlogThe Pit and the Pendulum of Narcotic Prescribing<p>​​​I’ve got enough grey hair now that I’ve seen some patterns in how things seem to work over time. Estrogens for menopausal symptoms came and went, mammograms, pap smears, PSAs, and enough other strenuous recommendations came out strongly, faded and resurged, sometimes to fade again.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Oct 29 15 Quality and Value BlogLet’s Tackle Administrative Waste<p>​​​<em><strong>Note:</strong> Guest blogger Sanjiv Mehta is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He served as PAMED’s second health policy intern during October.</em></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Oct 24 15 Quality and Value BlogNew President’s Prescription for PAMED: Stay Aggressive on Physician Issues<p>​​​<strong><em>Note:</em></strong> <em>Guest blogger Scott E. Shapiro, MD, FACC, will become President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society on Oct. 24, 2015. This post is an excerpt of <a href="http://www.pamedsoc.org/MainMenuCategories/PAMED-Community/Leadership/LeadershipGroups/President-Elect-Speech-Scott-E-Shapiro-MD-FACC.pdf" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc">his address at PAMED’s House of Delegates</font></span></a>.</em></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Oct 15 15 Quality and Value BlogMedical Marijuana: Considering the Needs of Individual Patients and the Larger Community<p>​​<em><strong>Note:</strong> Guest blogger Sanjiv Mehta is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. He will serve as PAMED’s second health policy intern during October.</em></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Oct 2 15 Quality and Value BlogI Just Want to See Patients<p>​​​In talking to colleagues, friends and administrators, we all have physician colleagues who want to just see their patients.</p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Sep 23 15 Quality and Value BlogPill Popping, a Global Menace<p>​​​<em><strong>Note:</strong> Guest blogger Brahma Sharma, MD, FACC, is associate professor clinical medicine at UPMC Passavant and a PAMED member.</em></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Sep 2 15 Quality and Value BlogEHRs: A Love/Hate Relationship<p>​​<em><strong>Note:</strong> This post originally appeared in Pennsylvania Physician magazine and is reprinted with permission. </em><a href="http://www.pamedsoc.org/Summer2015" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc"><em>Read the entire summer 2015 edition</em></font></span></a></p>
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/Aug 27 15 Quality and Value BlogThree Things Hospitals Often Do Wrong in Employing Physicians

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MACRA Resourceshttps://www.pamedsoc.org/Pages/Tools You Can Use Specific/MACRA-Support.aspxMACRA ResourcesThe Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 – otherwise known as MACRA – is a complicated but important law for physicians and medical practices. It calls for a shift toward payment for physicians based on the quality of care provided rather than quantity of patients seen. Failing to successfully participate in MACRA in 2017 could cost your medical practice money in 2019. PAMED has the following resources to help members.