Photo Contest Voting Open

Voting will remain open until Friday, October 6, 2017. Winners will be announced on the website, in the Bulletin and via email. The 1st-place winner’s photo will appear on the January 2018 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.

Please select your 12 favorite photos.


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Right Care Action Week – Sharing positive healthcare stories



Share What’s Working in Health Care—Enter the Right Care Action Week Story Jam Award on October 18


The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Right Care Alliance is awarding $1,000 for a story about patients and providers who collaborated to find breakthrough solutions providing Right Care to a healthcare problem and achieved outstanding results. Typically, we only hear stories of how the healthcare system fails patients and providers alike. Instead, we are looking for positive stories of how individual providers and patients in everyday care discovered a better approach to a specific healthcare cost or quality problem that deserves to be shared and replicated. These stories may describe how hospitalizations and emergency rooms visits were avoided, or how better health was achieved with a novel approach that conserved resources. This is your chance to share a great example of how right care in the right place at the right timechanges lives—stories that celebrate Right Care. Click here http://bit.ly/2h5Wl27 to submit a written story (approximately 500 words in length) or an audio or video narrative (approximately 2 minutes) by Friday, October 6.

The top stories will be shared at the Right Care Story Jam on Wednesday, October 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the QI2T Center.

This Story Jam is part of the nation-wide Right Care Action Week (October 15-21) when thousands of advocates from across the U.S. mobilize to bring us closer to creating the safe, responsive, and cost-efficient health system that we all deserve. The Right Care Alliance is a grassroots coalition of clinicians, patients, and community members organizing to make health care institutions accountable to their communities and to put patients at the heart of health care.


ATTEND the Right Care Jam – whether or not you submit a positive story, by RSVP’ing for the Right Care Story Jam event on October 18 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the QI2T Center (650 Smithfield Street, Suite 2600, Pittsburgh, PA 15222) here: http://bit.ly/2wYHyjQ
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August 2017 Bulletin


Editorial …………………………. 278
Restaurant edition
Deval (Reshma) Paranjpe, MD, FACS

Editorial …………………………. 280
Update from the PAMED Board of Directors
Amelia A. Paré, MD, FACS

Perspective ……………………. 284
Type II diabetes and the dietary conundrum
William Simmons, MD

Perspective ……………………. 288
The ‘R’s’ have it
Richard H. Daffner, MD, FACR

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2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

American Medical AssociationPrepared by the American Medical Association

An initial summary of the Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule is below for your information.


On July 10, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule with comment period.  CMS also issued a fact sheet on the proposed rule.  CMS is accepting comments on the proposed rule through September 11, 2017.  The final rule is expected to be released in early November.


Below is an overview of some of the proposals included in the proposed rule.  However, AMA still will continue to review the proposal and provide more detailed analyses in the coming weeks.  There are a number of positive policies being proposed, and the AMA will work with the Federation as we prepare our comments to submit to CMS.

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