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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/Teen-Health-Week-201810 Ways for Physicians to Be a Part of Teen Health Week<p>Teen Health Week began in Pennsylvania and has transformed into a global event. ​Guest blogger Laura Offutt, MD, provides a guide for physicians and partices to participate in their community. </p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/QVDec2917Commentary—The War on Women: Changing the Cultural Acceptance<p>​Sherry Blumenthal, MD, Chair of PAMED's Women Physicians Caucus, blogs about how to change the culture of gender inequality in medicine.</p>Physicians;#
https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/topics/quality-and-value-blog/MedStudentHawaiiPennsylvania Med Student Reflections – Hot Topics from the 2017 AMA-MSS Interim Meeting in Hawaii<p>​The Pennsylvania Medical Society sent medical students to the American Medical Association-Medical Students Section (AMA-MSS) Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates this November 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AMA-MSS consists of seven regions, and the Pa. medical students represented Region 6, a region which includes Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia.<br></p>
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. Lorraine Rosamilia<p>​Dr. Lorraine 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/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/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/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/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/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;#

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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.