National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) Newsletter - January 2011

Washington, DC

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
112th Congress and Health Care Reform

Republican leaders in Congress introduce a bill (HR2) to repeal the Affordable Care Act (the health care reform act signed into law by President Obama in March 2010). The Congressional Budget Office issued its report stating HR2 will create a $230 billion deficit to U.S. budget. NHMA president called to participate in a media roundtable and to voice support for health care reform (opposition to repeal) to provide new prevention and wellness programs to our communities, new insurance programs for youth (increased insurance to age 26 on family plans), insured (no preexisting conditions), seniors (free screenings, discounts during donut hole off prescription meds), insurance to 32 million Americans, health and mental health care programs with cultural competence, language services, literacy quality care standards, data collection and e-health, home health and more -- services that will allow a more responsive hospital/medical practice services in our communities.

 

NHMA President participated in White House meetings last month ---the Holiday Celebration with President and Mrs. Obama and other national leaders; the Dec. 17th White House meeting with health care providers and health care association leaders about new Patient Safety Initiative – New CMS Administrator Don Berwick and Nancy Ann de Parle, Health Care Reform advisor to the president discussed points to reduce hospital readmissions and to develop accountable care organizations.

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released two new reports:
Healthy People 2020, which has goals and objectives for federal and state and local public health programs.
Overarching Goals: attain longer, healthier lives; achieve equity; create health social and physical environments; and promote health behaviors.New topics: adolescent health, blood disorders and safety, dementias, early and middle childhood, genomics, global health, older adults, quality of life, health care associated infections, preparedness, sleep health, social determinants of health, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health

 

Public Health Quality Report - Improving quality in the public health arena with six priority areas: Systems thinking; Population health metrics and information technology;

Evidence-based practices, research and evaluation; Sustainability and stewardship;

Work force and education; and Policy. See: www.hhs.gov/ash
 
NHMA PROGRAMS UPDATE
NHMA 15th Annual Conference, “Health Care Reform Implementation and the Hispanic Community” – and workshops that address Hispanic Health Management and Prevention for your Hispanic patients in medical care, prevention, behavioral health care; curriculum in medical education; research; cultural competence and other policies for federal, state and private sector organizations; and advancing the knowledge about improved quality health care for safety net programs targeting Hispanics.Go to www.nhmamd.org for registration, sponsorship and exhibit opportunities now.

PROTECTING ALL FROM FLU – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Demonstration Project to Expand Efforts to Reduce Health Disparities in Flu Vaccination targets selected cities in a coordinated effort to improve influenza vaccination rates among underserved populations. NHMA is working with NMA to direct its efforts primarily to the following eight cities selected based on historical evidence of vaccination disparities as well as the availability of provider networks and resources in these areas:

 

● Atlanta, Georgia ● Kansas City, Missouri

● Bronx, New York ● Newark, New Jersey

● Chicago, Illinois ● Oakland, California

● Houston, Texas ● Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

This is a public-private partnership between national and local public health agencies, minority health organizations, pharmacies, providers, and community and faith-based organizations. NMA and NHMA efforts will include provider education, seminars, standing orders, reminder recall in selected practices in targeted cities, partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Health Resources Services Administration, the National Vaccine Program Office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of Minority Health and the HHS Regional Health Administrators.

NHMA is coordinating the first Leadership Forum in Houston, Texas with Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the physician, business and media leaders of Houston on Jan. 28th.Contact Astrid Jimenez for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

National Hispanic Health Foundation Dec. 4th Scholarships Awarded to 10 students in medical, nursing, dental, public health schools of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Awardees who are role models for all of us included:

 

Adolfo Carrion, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional Director

Richard Daines, MD, MPH, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Anne Beal, MD, MPH, President, Aetna Foundation

Frank Branchini, President & Chief Operating Officer, EmblemHealth, Inc.

Paloma Hernandez, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Health Plan Inc.

Kenneth Olden, PhD, Dean, City University of New York School of Public Health

Jacqueline Hernandez, Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo Communications

 

MEMBERSHIP CORNER
Miguel Fernandez, MD, Professor of Surgery, Director of South Texas Poison Center, University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio, Texas, and NHMA Leadership Fellow, was recently appointed to the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors 2011, an advisory group of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health

Norma Villanueva, MD, Brooklyn, New York City was interviewed on CNN en Espanol about the Bright Futures Initiative in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics about the importance of health of Hispanic infants and children this past month in NY.

 

NHMA has presented nominations of NHMA physicians and associate members this month to the Institute of Medicine for a Study Group on Chronic Disease; to the American Diabetes Association for its Board of Directors Committees; to the U.S. Office of Office of Minority Health Advisory Committee.NHMA nominates its members to leadership positions to advance our network among national efforts to improve the health programs and policies that impact our communities. Please go to www.nhmamd.org to join NHMA.

 

NHMA Council of Medical Societies – will be working with NHMA on HHS Flu Campaign Initiative – some medical practices in the 8 cities of the campaign will be awarded $1200 for their participation in the data collection effort to understand Hispanic flu vaccination issues.

 

NHMA Council of Residents – Announces that Vanessa Salcedo, PGY1 Pediatric Resident from Columbia University as the Chairwoman to lead efforts to build mentoring activities for NHMA resident members in regional meetings and at the NHMA Annual Conference and is the first COR leader to sit on the NHMA Board of Directors.

 

NHMA Council of Medical Students – is a new group being organized now with nominations from medical school deans. The group will be meeting this month to appoint their Chairman and to plan a meeting at the NHMA Annual Conference.

NHMA president and board members, Emilio Carrillo and Onelia Lage to address the First Southeast Latino Medical Student Association NHMA

Conference January 16at the University of Miami. The LMSA is a national organization representing Hispanic medical students – the national coordinator, Alvaro Galvis, UC Irvine College of Medicine, represents the organization on the Board of Directors of NHMA.

 

NHMA's Foundation – National Hispanic Health Foundation’s Corporate Advisory Council names new Chairman, Gary Pelletier, Director, Pfizer Helpful Answers ---to guide the efforts from the council and serve as the ex officio member of the NHHF Board of Directors.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HIVMA Minority Clinical Fellowship Program:

February 15 Application Deadline

The HIV Medicine Association created the Minority Clinical Fellowship Program to increase the number of African American and Latino physicians with the expertise to provide clinical care to patients with HIV in the communities most affected by HIV disease. Two one-year fellowships are awarded annually with one going to an African American physician and one to a Latino physician interested in pursuing careers in HIV medicine in the U.S.During the year, fellows manage the ongoing care of patients with HIV disease under the supervision of an HIVMA mentor. The award includes a $60,000 stipend plus funding to support benefits for one year.
Applications are being accepted for the 2011 to 2012 fellowship year, which will start on July 1, 2011.Eligible candidates will be African American or Latino; physicians who are within the first five years of their medical practice and have a demonstrated interest in HIV medicine.Individuals who have completed or have been recently accepted to an infectious diseases training program are not eligible for the program.

 

The application along with information on current and past fellows is available online at www.hivma.org. The deadline to apply for the two fellowships that begin in July 2011 is February 15, 2011

 

Contact Julio Fonseca at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or for more information

 

 

Health Care Providers Should Prepare Now for the Version 5010/ICD-10 Transition:

Will You Be Ready?
Are you prepared for the U.S. health care system’s change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes? The switch to ICD-10 takes effect on October 1, 2013. Leading up to the October 1, 2013, compliance date, there are other important dates:

 

·Beginning January 2011, providers should begin testing Version 5010 transaction standards with their trading partners

·January 1, 2012, the date for Version 5010 compliance

 

Prepare now to avoid potential reimbursement delays. If you do not use Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Version 5010 transaction standards starting January 1, 2012, and ICD-10 codes when submitting claims with dates of service on or after October 1, 2013, your claims may not be paid.

 

What’s Changing and Who Is Affected?

Unlike ICD-9 codes, ICD-10 diagnosis codes are alphanumeric, have 3 to 7 digits, and are much more descriptive. ICD-10 will affect diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding for everyone covered by the HIPAA, not just those who submit Medicare claims. This change does not affect Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding for outpatient procedures.

 

In addition to the code set changes, standards for electronic administrative transactions (such as eligibility inquiries and remittance advices) are being updated from the current Version 4010/4010A1 to Version 5010 on January 1, 2012. Version 5010 accommodates both the ICD-9 and the ICD-10 code set structures. To allow adequate time to meet the January 2012 implementation date, providers should begin testing Version 5010 with their trading partners starting in January 2011.Providers who use practice management software, a clearinghouse, third-party biller, or some other way to transmit information between themselves and a health care plan, will need to upgrade their software or work with a clearinghouse or billing service whose systems can accommodate both the Version 5010 standards and the ICD-10 code sets.

 

Preparing for the Version 5010/ICD-10 Transition

Start with a gap analysis to determine the impact on your organization of both Version 5010 and ICD-10. Use that information to develop an implementation plan, with a detailed timeline, and estimate of costs. Providers should take the following steps now:

 

1.Check with your billing service, clearinghouse, or practice management software vendor.Your third-party biller and clearinghouse need to make sure that you will be compliant by the deadlines. Software vendors should be developing and testing products that will enable Version 5010 testing with your payers and billing services starting January 2011.Testing with ICD-10 should start sometime after Version 5010 implementation in January 2012, to allow for full ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2013.

 

2.Start planning to implement the ICD-10 transition. Meet with your professional and support staff. Discuss where codes are used within your organization to help you assess impact. Assign roles and responsibilities for addressing the transition.

 

3.Identify needs and resources. Consider changes that might be required. Develop a budget and timeline that take into account specific workflow needs, vendor readiness, and staff knowledge and training.

 

Version 5010/ICD-10 Resources

There are many professional, clinical, and trade associations offering a wide variety of Version 5010 and ICD-10 information, educational resources, and checklists. Check the Web sites of your associations and other industry groups, or call them, to see what resources are available.

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Web site,

www.cms.gov/ICD10/, has official CMS resources to help you prepare for Version 5010 and ICD-10.CMS will continue to add new tools and information to the site throughout the course of the transition.

Transition Date for Version 5010/ICD-10

 

·January 2011: Version 5010 testing starts across the health care system. Medicare begins accepting Version 5010 electronic claims.

·January 1, 2012: All electronic claims must be submitted using Version 5010.

·October 1, 2013: You must submit claims with ICD-10 codes only for services provided on or after this date.

 

 

 

 

Primary Care Physicians

UMass Memorial Health Care

UMass Memorial Health Care is the largest health care system in central and western Massachusetts and the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (ranked in the top 10 for Primary Care among the nation’s medical schools).

Our health care system includes five hospitals, all of which are fully accredited by the Joint Commission:

We are seeking family practitioners, general internists, general pediatricians and geriatricians to join our network of 500 primary care doctors. Our physicians provide family-centered care in a variety of settings including hospital-based ambulatory offices, community offices, residency training sites, and community health centers, all while enjoying the benefits of being part of a large health system. Opportunities exist for teaching, research, inpatient coverage and ongoing career development.

Come join our highly regarded team where Primary Care Physicians have a voice and the freedom to pursue their entrepreneurial spirit. Practice, learn and discover at UMass Memorial Health Care.

Compensation includes base salary with attractive productivity incentives and excellent benefits.

Learn more about our Physician Career Opportunities at: www.umassmemorialcareers.org

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, we embrace diversity in both our workforce and our approach to patient care.

 

 

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Penn State Hershey College of Medicine

Associate Dean for Diversity

The Penn State College of Medicine is seeking an Associate Dean for Diversity to support and enhance diversity on the campus of the Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Reporting to the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs, the successful candidate will provide the leadership, vision, knowledge, and skills necessary to support and enhance diversity throughout the organization.

 

Description

The Associate Dean for Diversity will work with the leadership of the Penn State College of Medicine and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to recruit, retain, and reward talented faculty, fellows, residents, students, and staff. The individual will lead the organization’s efforts to create a sustainable infrastructure for diversity initiatives and will provide leadership and oversight for an organization-wide data management system to document outcomes. Additionally, the individual will promote interdisciplinary academic programs, courses, and other educational venues to advance diversity education throughout the organization.

The Associate Dean for Diversity will work in close collaboration with the Executive Council to ensure implementation and oversight of all diversity initiatives in the College of Medicine and the Medical Center. This individual will also work with counterparts across the Pennsylvania State University to implement policies, coordinate cross-campus initiatives, and to explore opportunities for creating a more diverse environment on the College of Medicine campus. In addition, the associate dean will develop and nurture relationships with key contacts throughout Penn State, other educational institutions and organizations, and local community groups in order to foster recruitment of diverse faculty members, staff, residents, and students.

 

Qualifications

The Associate Dean for Diversity will hold a M.D., D.O., Ph.D. or equivalent degree. The individual must be eligible for appointment to one of the academic departments in the College of Medicine at the level of associate or full professor. The individual must provide evidence for experience in developing and implementing strategies that have led to successful diversity initiatives. Leadership skills, the ability to motivate others, and evidence of academic scholarship are essential attributes desired in the candidate. Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills are expected.

 

Contact Information

Mail or e-mail your curriculum vitae and cover letter of interest to: David A. Quillen, M.D., Chair, Search Committee for Associate Dean for Diversity, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Penn State College of Medicine, 500 University Drive-H176, Hershey, PA 17033; Phone: 717-531-3876; Fax: 717-531-3925; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

For your health, Hershey Medical Center is a smoke-free campus.

 

 

Public Health Associate Program (PHAP)

Can Lead to Permanent Employment

PHAP is a highly competitive, two-year program that prepares recent college graduates to become the next generation of public health professionals.As a training and service program, PHAP provides opportunities for associates to gain broad experience in the daily operations of public health departments and offers a variety of benefits, including:

·Associates are employed by the CDC as temporary field assignees and receive a salary, paid sick and vacation leave, health insurance and access to a variety of free services (e.g., legal advice, counseling, financial planning) through the Employee Assistance Program.

·Assignments are individually tailored to give each associate a broad work experience and meet local needs in the delivery of public health services such as case investigation, disease surveillance, health promotion, community outreach and public health administration.

·Associates develop valuable career skills through two years of hands-on work experience, training at CDC and in the field, supervisory support and mentorship.

·Upon successful completion of the two year program, associates are qualified to compete for entry-level career positions as CDC public health advisors and equivalent positions in state, tribal, local and territorial health agencies.

Eligibility

Applicants should have a strong interest in frontline service careers in public health and in developing strong public health programmatic and operations skills. Applicants must:

·Be a U.S. citizen

·Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution by July 1, 2011 [Note: Applicants with a master’s degree will be considered but do not receive preference in hiring, nor a higher pay scale.Individuals with master’s degrees may be eligible for other CDC fellowship programs.]

·Have limited prior public health work experience

·Be willing to commit to full-time work for two years

·Be willing to work in a state, tribal, local or territorial health agency setting, or CDC quarantine station

·Be willing to relocate at your own expense.

http://www.cdc.gov/phap/index.html

UC DAVIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Pathology Imaging Description: The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine seeks a dynamic physician-scientist to lead a research program in pathology imaging sciences in the Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This is a 0.5 tenured, ladder rank position/0.5 In Residence position. The successful candidate has the outstanding opportunity to develop and build diagnostic imaging as a research theme in the department and transform the discipline of pathology, and collaborate in major related scientific initiatives throughout the Health System and campus. Responsibilities also include intellectual leadership in an active research program and participation in teaching. The successful candidate will build on the many strengths in the department, Health System and campus, including an established program in proteomics/phenomics and informatics, and strong collaborative relationships with the Department of Radiology, the Schools of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Biophotonics, the NCI-designated Cancer Center, Alzheimer’s Center, the MIND Institute, the Center for Comparative Medicine. UC Davis stands at an exciting moment in its history, as Linda P.B. Katehi became the sixth Chancellor of UC Davis in 2009. She has shaped a bold vision with an aspiration to become one of top five public research universities in the nation through excellence in teaching and service and expanding total research capacity from the current $600 million to approximately $1 billion annually. Our campus ranked among the top 20 institutions receiving ARRA awards. The Health System is an integral part of the vision as it exemplifies the attributes innovation, diversity, multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative engagement that differentiate UC Davis. Research awards to the Health System include one of the NIH’s first Clinical Translational Science Awards, in addition to Howard Hughes Medical Institute and BIRCHW awards. Mentored training programs exist for junior faculty. Requirements: MD or MD-PhD candidates are preferred, and must meet the requirements for appointment at the Assistant, Associate, or full Professor level in the tenured, ladder rank/In Residence series. Candidates must have an established funded research career molecular imaging or biophotonics, a strong record of teaching and administrative experience. In addition, the candidate must have the ability to anticipate change and implement initiatives to meet the challenges of academic medicine and science, to work cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment and should exhibit excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with administration, trainees, clinicians, faculty in other disciplines, and technical staff. For full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2011. Position is open until filled, but no later than June 1, 2011 Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to: Lydia P. Howell MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail: Lydia P. Howell MD Professor and Chair Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 4400 V Street Sacramento, CA 95817 The University of California, Davis, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.

 

UC DAVIS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Vice Chair for Research

 

The University of California, Davis, School of Medicine seeks a dynamic scientist-leader asVice Chair for Research for the Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This is

a tenured, ladder rank position with a state FTE. The successful candidate has the responsibility to lead the research division of the department and grow discovery, innovation, and collaborations that integrate with scientific initiatives throughout the Health System and

campus. Responsibilities also include active intellectual leadership in an independent research program and participation in teaching. The Vice Chair will build on the department's many strengths, including over $6 million in research grants and contracts, and multi-disciplinary research programs in cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, neuroscience, and nutrition, as well as core technology-oriented research and development programs in bioinformatics, point-of-care testing, and proteomics/phenomics. The department's 40 faculty members have strong collaborative relationships with the Schools of Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Biophotonics, the NCI-designated Cancer Center, the Alzheimer's Disease Center, the MIND

Institute, the Center for Comparative Medicine, the California Regional Primate Center, the Shriner's Hospital of Northern California, the Center for Neuroscience, and the USDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center, and provides leadership in biorepositories and informatics.The bold vision of our new Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is for UC Davis to become one of the nation's top five public research universities, with expansion of annual research funding from $600 million to approximately $1 billion (http://vision.ucdavis.edu/). UC Davis ranks among the top 20 institutions receiving ARRA awards. The Health System is an integral part of this vision as it exemplifies the attributes of innovation, diversity, multidisciplinary approaches and collaborative engagement that differentiate UC Davis. Research awards to the Health System

include one of the NIH's first Clinical Translational Science Awards, in addition to Howard Hughes Medical Institute and BIRCHW awards. Mentored training programs exist for junior faculty.

Requirements: The successful candidate must have either an MD or PhD or both, a distinguished career in funded research and teaching, administrative experience, and must meet the requirements for appointment at the Associate Professor or full Professor level in the

tenured, ladder rank series. In addition, the candidate must have the ability to anticipate change and implement initiatives to meet the challenges of academic medicine and science, to lead teams of faculty and staff cooperatively and collegially within a diverse environment, and should exhibit excellent interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with administration, trainees, clinicians, faculty in other disciplines, and technical staff. For full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2011. Position is open until filled, but no later than June 1, 2011.Qualified applicants must submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to:Lydia P. Howell, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Pathology and LaboratoryMedicine Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mail: Lydia P. Howell, MD

Professor and ChairDepartment of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine4400 V Street

Sacramento, CA 95817

The University of California, Davis, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.


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