2016 Photo Contest – Voting Open

Voting will remain open until Friday, September 30, 2016. Winners will be announced on the website, in the Bulletin and via email. The 1st-place winner’s photo will appear on the January 2016 cover; the remaining winning photos will appear on Bulletin covers throughout the year. Entries that were not selected as winners will be used in the Bulletin as space allows.


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JHF, JFilm Partner to Raise Awareness of BRCA Cancer Risks, Treatment Options

filmthumbOver the next year, JHF will partner with JFilm and the producers of “Pink and Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer” to make the film available to audiences throughout the Pittsburgh region. The first film screening will be held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday, October 13 at 7 pm at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital (Auditorium level).

“Pink and Blue” explores the clinical, social, and familial implications of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations, which put both women and men at a higher risk of developing numerous cancers.

Without treatment, women who have a BRCA genetic mutation are seven times more likely to develop breast cancer and 30 times more likely to develop ovarian cancer by the age of 70, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BRCA mutations may also increase the risk of pancreatic, prostate, and breast cancer among men. Ashkenazi Jews are at a higher risk of possessing BRCA genetic mutations than the general population.

To RSVP for the October 13 film screening, contact Administrative Coordinator Ben Johnston (bjohnston@prhi.org)


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MACRA penalties can now be avoided, CMS says

American Medical AssociationAvoiding penalties under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) just got easier. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt today announced that the final MACRA regulation will exempt physicians from any risk of penalties if they choose one of three distinct reporting options in 2017.

In a blog post, Slavitt announced that CMS heard physicians’ concerns about the proposed start date for performance reporting under the new Medicare payment system and that the agency will offer three reporting options for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—and if you choose one for 2017, you will not receive a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

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August 2016 Bulletin Available

August 2016 Bulletin

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Financial Health ……………… 302
Building your financial framework as a young physician
Daniel B. Spickard, CLTC
Colleen F. Nolfi

Materia Medica ……………….. 306
Nuedexta® (dextromethorphan/quinidine)
Maria A. Felton, PharmD
R. Christopher Durigan, PharmD, BCPS

Legal Summary ………………. 309
Increased access to medication assisted treatment for opioid addiction?
Beth Anne Jackson, Esq.



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