ACMS Award Nominations Open

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ACMS Award Nominations Open

Do you know or work with a physician that goes above and beyond the call of duty?

Is there a lay person or organization that you think should be recognized for outstanding contributions to public health?

If you answered yes to either one of these questions then we need to hear from you!

The Allegheny County Medical Society seeks your recommendations of colleagues and community groups for consideration for the Society awards recognizing their work.

You may make a nomination directly on online by going to: www.acms.org/awards or click the image to download and print the nomination form.

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CMOs Enhance Your Leadership Skills

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THE CHALLENGE: As a CMO, medical director, VP for medical affairs, or chief of staff, are you faced with challenges related to team buy-in, managing expectations, engaging with patients and other providers, fostering effective relationships with both independent and employed physicians, and the dual role of physician and administrator?


THE SOLUTION: Join the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s (PAMED’s) comprehensive CMO leadership series—an opportunity to identify best practices and strategies that you can implement to resolve these challenges, while enhancing your leadership skills and networking with fellow CMOs.




Sept. 30, 2016 – PHOs and ACOs – Best Practices in Health Care Team Interactions
Nov. 4, 2016 – Improving Patient Experience and Engagement: Moving Patients and Providers to Action
Dec. 16, 2016 – Being the Team Leader When You’re Not the Subject Matter Expert: Best Practices in Managing Project Teams
April 7, 2017 – Crucial Conversations: Establishing Accountability, Expectations, and Consequences
June 2, 2017 – Navigating Physician Relationships: Employed vs. Independent Physicians
Aug. 4, 2017 – Two Hats, One Team: Challenges Associated with the Dual Roles of Administrator and Clinician
This series is accredited for CME.

For all courses:
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Networking breakfast and open discussion of current issues/concerns
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Educational session with light lunch provided

PAMED Headquarters, 777 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg

$250 per course for members
$415 per course for non-members
Questions? Please contact Leslie Howell at (717) 909-2624.



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The Opioid Crisis: A Role For Us All


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Saturday, September 10, 2016 • 7:30 am to 1:30 pm
Herberman Conference Center, UPMC Shadyside Hospital



The Gateway Medical Society and its member physicians are committed to the elimination of health disparities among minority populations. Our strategic goals include:

  • Provide continuing education programs for health professionals
  • Facilitate the communication, collaboration and networking among health professionals
  • Provide forums for the discussion of issues which aid in the advocacy for health reform and minority health issues
  • Increase minority representation in the healthcare workforce



  •  To enlighten providers on the Impact that the Opioid Epidemic has from the medico-legal standpoint
  • To inform providers of best practices in pain medicine today
  • To describe what interventions for pain are available and when they are appropriate
  • To determine when patients have transitioned from pain medicine to addiction medicine
  • To describe alternatives to opioids for pain management

Who Should Attend

Healthcare professionals from hospitals, health systems, clinics, medical groups and policy makers; also, anyone with an interest in eliminating health disparities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

This program is Sponsored by:

Gateway Medical Society
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Allegheny County Medical Society

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One Minute Survey Results – ACMS MACRA & MIPS Technical Assistance

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Medicare Part B reimbursement to physicians will change significantly in 2019. The new legislation, called MACRA (the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) replaces the existing incentive structures – the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value Modifier (VM), and Meaningful Use – with a new system called MIPS (the Merit-based Incentive Payment System). Up to 9% of Medicare FFS revenue will be at risk based on MIPS performance. Unless physicians are in an advance alternative payment model (like an ACO or a bundled payment initiative), they will be exposed to MIPS. This applies to both primary care and specialty practices.

Although the payment system does not change until 2019, the baseline data tracking period, on which future payments will be based, begins on January 1, 2017. CMS is under fire to move this date back to allow physicians to learn about the new program and prepare, but no decision has yet been made on a delay. ACMS wants to assure that physicians are aware of the coming changes, and have access to free or low-cost technical assistance which is and will soon be available.


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Provider Enrollment Revalidation Cycle 2

novitasAll Medicare Part A and B providers are required to recertify the accuracy of their enrollment information every five years through a process known as revalidation. The initial five-year revalidation cycle was completed in 2015 and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began Cycle 2 in March 2016. Continue reading
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Allegheny County Medical Society
713 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15212
412-321-5030  FAX 412-321-5323