Familylinks’ Community Health Worker Program

By: Lauren Galletta, Director of Development & Outreach Familylinks is one of the Pittsburgh area’s largest, most comprehensive, and most respected human service providers. The agency has served Western Pennsylvania for more than 65 years, bringing vital support services to the most vulnerable members of our community. Familylinks was formed in 2001, through the merger […]

Nurturing Moms and Babies: The Virtual Mentorship Revolution

By: Erica Cochran – Director of Development, NurturePA NuturePA is a recipient of a 2024 grant from the ACMS Foundation.  In the whirlwind of new motherhood, NurturePA emerges as a beacon of support, offering a unique and convenient one-on-one text message-based mentorship program for moms in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Nurture® Program, designed to revolutionize parenting, […]

CMS Finalizes Rule to Expand Access to Health Information and Improve the Prior Authorization Process

Contributed by: Jim Pawelski, Director, Federation Relations, American Medical Association As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s ongoing commitment to increasing health data exchange and strengthening access to care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the CMS Interoperability and Prior Authorization Final Rule (CMS-0057-F) today. The rule sets requirements for Medicare Advantage (MA) […]

ACMS Foundation Feature: Laughlin Children’s Center

By: Jerry Gaughan – Development Director – Laughlin Children’s Center At Laughlin Children’s Center, our mission is to empower special needs children in Western Pennsylvania with the skills they need for a successful life. Our mission manifests through clinical and academic services. These services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological therapy, academic tutoring, and Orton […]

Looking Ahead to 2024 – From 2024 President Raymond E. Pontzer, MD

By: Raymond E. Pontzer, MD – 2024 ACMS President In its 159th year, the Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) stands at the threshold of a new era, committed to enhancing healthcare across the county, region, and state. Recent years have witnessed a significant shift in leadership and operational strategies, with a renewed focus on meeting […]

ACMS Year in Review from the 2023 President

By: Matthew B. Straka, MD – 2023 ACMS President [This summary can also be found in the December edition of the ACMS Bulletin] The Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) has navigated a transformative and eventful year in 2023, marked by strategic planning, innovative initiatives, and meaningful collaborations. As I wrap up my term as President […]

ACMS Launches a Scrub Donation Drive for Dress for Success Pittsburgh

By: Sara Hussey, MBA, CAE – ACMS Executive Director In the pursuit of success, every woman deserves to feel confident and empowered. Dress for Success Pittsburgh, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women in their professional journeys, has been making significant strides in this regard. One unique initiative that has garnered attention and support is […]

I’m a Proud Member of ACMS. Here’s Why.

By: Deval (Reshma) Paranjpe, MD, MBA, FACS [From the October 2023 ACMS Bulletin] I joined the Allegheny County Medical Society when I started practice in Pittsburgh—wet behind the ears, straight out of fellowship and under the age of 30. Why did I join? I wanted a sense of community and belonging, mentorship from collegial older […]

PAMED House of Delegates – Allegheny County Delegation Wrap Up

By: Sara Hussey, ACMS Executive Director On October 27-28, the Pennsylvania Medical Society held its second hybrid House of Delegates (HOD) meeting, allowing attendees to participate both remotely and on-site at the Hershey Lodge. Allegheny County had a great showing, with 23 Delegates & Alternate Delegates attending in person. This year’s ACMS Delegates in attendance […]

Safely Disposing of Prescription Medicines: A Vital Responsibility for Physicians

By: Melanie Mayer, ACMS Marketing & Administrative Assistant As physicians, you are entrusted with the well-being of your patients, not only during their treatment but also in ensuring their safety after their medication has run its course. One important aspect of this responsibility is the proper disposal of expired, unwanted, or unused prescription medicines. This […]