Update June 2014

 June 2014 | Volume 29 No. 4   

From the Chair - Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
SMI Bundles to Hospitals
LARC Medicaid Reimbursement
DII Member First Holder of New Professorship Named for Hillary Rodham Clinton
ACOG Application for Community Service
Junior Fellow News

Fun Facts About:
Leah Kaufman, MD, FACOG - Legislative Committee Chair 
Peter Bernstein, MD, FACOG - Patient Safety Committee Co-Chair 
Camille Clare, MD, MPH, FACOG - Vice Chair, Section 1 (Manhattan)
Howard Blanchette, MD, FACOG - Vice Chair, Section 7 (Hudson Valley)


From the Chair - Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
There are many reasons to be proud of District II. One of them is our outstanding Annual District Meeting (ADM) - Oct. 17-19 at the Grand Hyatt New York. I encourage you to plan ahead and register for the ADM - by CLICKING HERE. You should have received the preliminary program in your mailbox. (An online version can be found HERE). One look and I think you will agree that we have a stellar educational program thanks to Scientific Program Co-Chairs, Christine M. Herde, MD, FACOG and Christopher Glantz, MD, MPH, FACOG. Meeting highlights include the latest in cancer screening with Carolyn D. Runowicz, MD, FACOG, well-woman exams with ACOG National Past President Jeanne Conry, MD, PhD, FACOG, and an update on the Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI) with Mary D’Alton, MD, FACOG and Cynthia Chazotte, MD, FACOG

On a lighter note, on Friday, October 17th, you are invited to an “unexpected” evening of fun, music and laughter. While you dine, experience an interactive and sensational show from The Unexpected Boys - an internationally acclaimed musical act made up of Broadway veterans. They have opened for Diana Ross and even played in Yankee Stadium. Now, District II is happy to bring them to you. CLICK HERE for a sneak preview. When you register for the ADM - be sure to get tickets to the event everyone will be talking about!

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year to visit Manhattan. The city seems to come alive - and the Annual District II Meeting is a big part of that. Join us October 17-19 and renew the commitment to your own professional growth and your practice's success while you network with more than 500 of your colleagues. I look forward to seeing you at the ADM!

SMI Bundles to Hospitals
There is a lot of exciting news to report about District II’s Safe Motherhood Initiative (SMI). Under the direction of SMI Co-Chairs Mary D’Alton, MD, FACOG, and Cynthia Chazotte, MD, FACOG, the SMI aims to standardize care in all maternity hospitals across New York State to prevent obstetric emergencies associated with maternal mortality and morbidity. 
This week, the SMI Maternal Safety Bundle Box arrived at the 100+ participating hospitals. The mailing included a variety of step-by-step, evidence-based tools to manage risk, prevent and respond expeditiously to adverse events, and included resources for hospitals to effectively debrief with their obstetric teams. The Bundle Box also included checklists, management algorithms, and multiple laminated posters.
District II also launched the Safe Motherhood Initiative website - (access it HERE). The website includes content for each of the three bundles (obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension in pregnancy, and venous thromboembolism), as well as news and important upcoming events. 
Thanks to all the hospitals across New York State committed to improving obstetric care in their facilities. As we continue to make progress, be sure to look for regular project updates.
If you would like more information, or have any questions, please visit the website or contact Kristin Zielinski, Director of Medical Education, at 518-436-3461 or

LARC Medicaid Reimbursement
New York will become the 5th state in the country to provide (at cost) Medicaid reimbursement for long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) when provided as an inpatient post-partum service. This includes all IUDs and contraceptive implants. DII has secured new carve out reimbursement codes that will be retroactive to April 1, 2014 dates of service. Click here to access the NYSDOH eMed announcement for the codes.

DII has been working with the New York State and the New York City Departments of Health for over a year to address barriers to the utilization of LARC, specifically the cost and lack of reimbursement. We will continue to urge the managed care plans to accept the new reimbursement codes and to obtain Federal CMS approval for reimbursement of LARC devices immediately post-abortion.

ACOG DII Member First Holder of New Professorship Named for Hillary Rodham Clinton
Dr. Lynn L. Simpson, chief of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and professor of Obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center will be the inaugural holder. Click here to read more.

ACOG Application for Committee Service
The online application for committee service is now available. President Elect Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, will begin the process of appointing new committee members to serve on the 2015-2016 College and Congress committees in the fall. The term of the 2015-2016 committees will begin at the conclusion of the 2015 Annual Clinical Meeting.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1, 2014. Applications will not be accepted after August 1. To complete the online application click here.

Junior Fellow News
Laura Spector, DO - District II Junior Fellow Chair
Report on Junior Fellow Activities
Click here to read the latest Junior Fellow activities reported by the District II Junior Fellow Chair Laura Spector, DO, for the recent Advisory Council Meeting. 
Junior Fellow Opportunities at the Annual Meeting - Call for Abstracts Now Open!
District II is pleased to announce that the Junior Fellow Call for Abstracts being held in conjunction with the 2014 Annual District II Meeting, is now open. If you or your residents have a research project you would like to showcase, here is your opportunity. Contest awards include a $1,000 cash prize. Click here for complete information on this and all contest opportunities.

Attention Junior Fellows - Vote August 1 - 15!
Voting begins August 1st for your 2014-2015 District II Junior Fellow Officers. Notices and instructions on how to vote will be sent via email in July.

Fun Facts About:

Leah Kaufman, MD, FACOG
Chair, Legislative Committee
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Upstate University Hospital - Syracuse, New York
Favorite quotation: “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” - Walt Disney
Hobbies & interests: Singing, anything outside with my children
Favorite sports team: NY Liberty, Mets
Pets: Cat (a Himalayan)
Favorite vacation destination: Disney World
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Moulin Rouge, Dead Again
Favorite food(s): Sushi
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? Love for women’s health. Dr. Silverman had me do a section then dared me to give up delivering babies.

Peter Bernstein, MD, FACOG
Co-Chair, Patient Safety Committee 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Bronx, New York
Favorite quotations: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Gandhi
Hobbies & interests: Photography, reading novels
Favorite sports team: NY Mets
Pets: Dog - Goldie
Favorite vacation destination: Italy
Favorite movie(s) of all time: Lincoln
Favorite food(s): Chicken Parmesan
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? What other specialty is there besides maternal-fetal medicine. Love the challenge, the continuity, the breadth of the specialty.

Camille Clare MD, MPH, FACOG
Vice Chair, Section 1 (Manhattan) 
Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Metropolitan Hospital - New York, New York
Favorite quotations: “The stone that the stone builder rejects becomes the head cornerstone.”
Hobbies & interests: Travel
Favorite sports team: NY Jets (football) - NY Yankees - (baseball)
Favorite vacation destination: Caribbean (any island) - especially Jamaica, Bahamas
Favorite movie(s) of all time: The Color Purple
Favorite food(s): Cheese sandwich
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? Relationship with patients throughout lifetime

Howard Blanchette, MD, FACOG
Vice Chair, Section 7 (Hudson Valley)

Where do you practice? (hospital/location): Westchester Medical Center - Valhalla, New York
Favorite quotations: “You’re going to down!”
Hobbies & interests: Fitness training, golf, reading non-fiction
Favorite sports team: Oregon Ducks
Favorite vacation destination: North Lake Tahoe
Favorite movie(s) of all time: In the Heat of the Night
Favorite food(s): Steak
Why did you choose ob/gyn as your specialty? You do it all!


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