Update April 2013

ACOG District II
April 2013 | Vol. 28, No. 2    

In This Issue


New Resources

Medicaid Redesign
Additional reimbursement for breastfeeding education
& lactation counseling

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Tips to manage the cost
of liability insurance

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Best Practices in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents
Health Care
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Top D2 Links

January 2013 Newsletter

EFM Training, Self
Assessment & Certification

Cervical Cancer

Changes in Depo Provera Coding

Elimination of Non-Medically
Indicated Deliveries
<39 Weeks Gestational Age

D2 Meetings


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District II 

Featured Articles

Eva Chalas, MD
Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS

Educate Yourself - For the Sake
of Your Practice

I hope you are enjoying our transition from winter to spring. Speaking of transitions - it has become abundantly clear that the business of ob-gyn is rapidly changing. As a service to our members, the District has organized a conference, bringing together national and regional experts to educate us on emerging trends in the delivery of healthcare. I strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to have your concerns and questions addressed. Join me on April 27 at the Grand Hyatt New York for Practice Redesign Strategies: Meeting Today's Healthcare Delivery System Changes. Click here for more information and to register.

To read more from the Chair on cancer prevention, biennial mammograms, the Choosing Wisely® campaign, and colorectal cancer awareness, click here

Medical Education

NOW AVAILABLE! A Short Course on the Short Cervix
ACOG District II is pleased to present you with its latest clinical education video, Preventing Preterm Birth: A Framework for the Prevention of Preterm Birth through Cervical Length Assessment.

In this half hour visual learning experience, you will learn about:
  • the role of sonographic examination of the cervix and how to successfully examine the cervix
  • the etiology of a short cervix
  • the optimal use of endocavitary transducers and what is considered the “gold standard”
  • clinical interventions for women who have a short cervix

At the end of the video, test your knowledge with real clinical case vignettes to see how you measure up. Click here to access the video.

ACOG District II would like to extend its gratitude to the ACOG District II Task Force and the following video presenters:
Roberto Romero, MD, D. Med. Sci., FACOG
Richard N. Waldman, MD, FACOG
Peter S. Bernstein, MD, MPH, FACOG
Ashlesha K. Dayal, MD, FACOG

OB Leaders from Across New York State Meet on Maternal Mortality
On April 19th ACOG District II gathered obstetric leaders from across the state at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx for a daylong planning meeting as part of its latest initiative with Merck for Mothers to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. The goal of this meeting was to establish the framework for clinical tools that will be offered on three obstetric adverse events – pre-eclampsia, hemorrhage, and pulmonary embolism. These tools will be compiled into a toolkit of guidelines, policies, best practices, checklists, and outcome assessments and offered to all 131 obstetric hospitals across New York within the next year.

Over the next three years, ACOG District II will be leading a comprehensive educational, research, and data analysis initiative to effectively reduce maternal morbidity and mortality by offering clinical tools, on-site chart audits, regional teaching days, and web conferences. At the end of the three years, hospitals will be able to tout their improvements as a “Safe Motherhood” institution should they meet specific requirements to reduce adverse outcomes associated with pre-eclampsia, hemorrhage, and pulmonary embolism.


Ronald Uva, MD Receives Proclamation

Ronald Uva, MD Receives ProclamationPlease join District II in congratulating Ronald Uva, MD, FACOG, Vice Chair of ACOG District II. On April 19, Dr. Uva was presented with a proclamation from Assemblyman Will Barclay - honoring Dr. Uva for his many healthcare advocacy efforts. The event took place at Oswego Hospital. For more, read this story in Oswego County Today. Click here for the press release from Assemblyman Barclay. Congratulations, Dr. Uva for this very well deserved honor!

Meetings Department

Allison MannyNew Face in D2
Allison Manny, CMP has been named Director of Meetings at ACOG District II. Allison, who has more than 15 years of experience in meeting and event planning, was most recently Meeting and Programs Manager for the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). She is already hard at work on our Annual District II Meeting (Oct. 25-27 in Manhattan) along with additional meetings across New York State. Welcome, Allison!

D2 Conferences

Obstetrical Safety Tools-Drills and Protocols ConferenceObstetrical Safety Tools, Drills
and Protocols Conference

Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26, 2013
Saratoga, NY

With the excitement that the Saratoga region draws in the summer, Saratoga is a wonderful setting for this year’s Obstetrical Safety Tools, Drills and Protocols meeting.
Take advantage of all this area has to offer, including fabulous restaurants, world-class horse racing, amazing golf, spas and a charming downtown while earning 11 CMEs!

Visit our website to learn more about the Program or to Register.

OB/GYN Coding: Maximize Your Compensation
in 2013

April 19, 2013 | The Craftsman Inn, Syracuse, NY
April 26, 2013 | LaGuardia Plaza Hotel, Queens, NY

Brad Hart, President of Reproductive Medicine Administrative Consulting, Inc. presented two programs on April 19th in Syracuse and on April 26th in East Elmhurst. Once again the programs drew a large attendance at both locations. This year District II secured added meeting space to accommodate additional attendees at the downstate program, resulting in the largest attendance at a coding program to date.

Participants learned crucial information on best practices in documentation, CPT changes for 2013 and important tips on what they can be doing now to prepare for ICD-10. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in a unique question and answer session where they could get their specific coding questions answered.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: CNY Diagnostic Imaging Associates, LLC, Integrated Genetics, Laboratory Alliance of CNY, and Medical Management Resources, Inc.

Practice Redesign Strategies: Meeting
Today’s Healthcare Delivery System Changes

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Grand Hyatt New York
Park Avenue at Grand Central Station

Due to the perceived interest by the Advisory Council in this evolving topic, this program was opened to all District II members.

The agenda will provide physicians with basic but extremely important information on the ways the healthcare delivery system is changing and how these changes will impact their practice in the near future. Expert faculty from across the country will present on topics such as Accountable Care Organizations, Integrated Clinical Systems, Physician Payment Reform and Models of Care.

2013 Annual District II Meeting  
Annual District II Meeting
October 25 - 27, 2013
Grand Hyatt New York

Now Available

This year’s ADM will once again be held in the heart of New York City at the Grand Hyatt, from October 25-27.

An exciting and timely agenda has been developed with expert faculty from District II and around the country.

New York City has activities for the whole family from dining, museums, Broadway shows, tours and shopping. In addition to securing discounted room rates at the centrally located Grand Hyatt, this year, District II is making it easier than ever for you to plan your trip and easily uncover all that New York City has to offer – click here to learn more.

Government Relations

Save the Date
ACOG Lobby Day
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Albany, NY

Resident Advocacy Program (RAP) a Success!

Thanks to all of the residents who have thus far, visited the ACOG District II office in Albany for the Resident Advocacy Program (RAP). The program, offered during the 2013 legislative session, offers ob/gyn residents the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of advocacy, policy and political factors that shape the future of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health. To learn more about the program - and to see the residents who have participated in RAP so far, click here.

CON Reform - D2 Speaks Out
A possible expansion to the Certificate of Need (CON) process prompted the Department of Health (DOH) to contact District II and other stakeholders. DOH was looking for feedback on the impact possible changes in the CON program would have on practices, facilities or organizations. The expansion could potentially enact even greater restrictions on private practice small business medicine. District II, in collaboration with other specialty societies, drafted a letter to DOH respectfully OPPOSING the creation or extension of additional regulatory burdens on private physician practices. For more information on CON, click here to be directed to the New York State Department of Health.

NYS Budget Passed The 2013-14 budget was completed on March 28. It was the third consecutive on time budget - and the earliest it’s been passed since 1983. District II was successful in defeating the governor's proposed changes to reduce funding and restrict participation in the Excess Medical Liability Insurance Pool. Here is the budget breakdown:

  • Total State Operating Budget: $90.2 billion
  • Total All Funds Budget, excluding Sandy and the Affordable Care Act: $135.1 billion

The Health portion of the budget maintained the 2011-12 Medicaid spending caps, and continues the implementation of the New York Health Benefit Exchange. For more budget details, read the governor’s press release here.

Update - Women’s Equality Act
During his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced plans to advance a 10-Point Women’s Equality Act that will break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender. Although legislation has not yet been introduced, District II is actively monitoring the progress of this proposal, paying close attention to provisions regarding the protection of a woman’s "right to choose" and ending the discrimination of pregnant women in the workplace. We will keep you posted.


Young Physicians

Hartaj Powell, MDHartaj Powell, MD, MPH, FACOG
Young Physician Representative

A Young Physician Perspective
of the CLC
I had the fortune to be able to attend the Congressional Leadership Conference (CLC) in Washington, D.C. last month. Dr. Breeden and ACOG’s Department of Government Affairs put together another exemplary conference! We had the opportunity to listen to members of Congress, senators, and other national leaders who support women’s health. We learned what ACOG’s top legislative priorities are for this year including legislation that supports women’s health and improves access for all women, supporting initiatives to improve maternal and fetal outcomes, and finally repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). It was great to see some new District II members attend, especially Junior Fellows, and advocate alongside them for our patients and our specialty. I do hope to see more district members at next year’s CLC!

I encourage all the Young Physicians to attend the ACM in New Orleans this May 4 - 8. There is a great program for Young Physicians and it is a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. And keep in mind our Annual District Meeting October 25-27 at the Grand Hyatt New York. Hope to see you soon!

CLC Participants:
Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG, FACS
David Gandell, MD, FACOG
Nicole Neto, MD
Hartaj Powell, MD, MPH, FACOG
Mary Rosser, MD, PhD, FACOG
Laura Spector, DO
Kimberley Thornton, MD

Junior Fellow News

Laura Spector, DOLaura Spector, DO
Junior Fellow Vice Chair

Section Officer Leadership Development (SOLD) Program

I had the opportunity to attend the ACOG Section Officer Leadership Development (SOLD) Program in the beginning of March as a Junior Fellow Congress Advisory Council (JFCAC) facilitator. SOLD is a wonderfully organized program designed to orient new Junior Fellow Section Officers to ACOG. The meeting started with a warm welcome from JFCAC Chair Dr. Luke Newton and JFCAC Advisor Dr. Lisa Hollier, followed by a lavish breakfast within our districts that included animated table discussions. Dr. Eric Hodgson, Past JFCAC Chair, gave a motivating lecture about our role as Junior Fellow Officers and provided inspirational examples of how to get involved and create meaningful projects throughout our ACOG career.

I continue to be amazed with the programs created by ACOG in order to increase Junior Fellow involvement and understanding of the organization. The SOLD conference provided just what Junior Fellows need in order to be motivated, informed and inspired about the direction of our specialty and our organization. The meeting was followed by a lovely PAC reception and an opportunity for those able to attend the Congressional Leadership Conference to do so with revitalized energy and respect for ACOG!

SOLD Participants:
Jennifer Heim, MD (Section 1 JF Vice Chair)
Jessica Harroche, MD (Section 8 JF Vice Chair)
Laura Spector, DO (District JF Vice Chair)

Junior Fellow District Officer Elections
District II is seeking interested and qualified Junior Fellows for the District Vice Chair and Secretary-Treasurer positions for the 2013-2014 term. The Junior Fellow District Vice Chair serves a three-year term: one year as District Vice Chair, one year as District Chair, and one year as Immediate Past Chair. The District Secretary-Treasurer serves a one-year term. Terms begin at the conclusion of the 2013 Annual District II Meeting. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2013

Click here for more information. 

Awards & Recognitions

ACOG Outstanding District Service Award
Peter Bernstein, MD, MPH, FACOG,
Professor of Clinical OB/GYN & Women’s Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for his tireless effort in the area of patient safety, preconception care, and preterm birth.

ACOG Robert Cefalo Leadership Institute
Eva Chalas, MD, FACOG
and Randi Leigh, MD participated in the 2013 program in Chapel Hill, NC April 3 - 7, 2013.

Mentor Award – Given to a Fellow who has mentored a Young Physician or Junior Fellow
Renuka D. Paka, MD, FACOG, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Ob-Gyn Reporter Program
Denise de los Santos, MD, New York Downtown Hospital
Vinay Gunnala, MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical College
Johanna Kate Halfon, MD, New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Ervin Rene Riano Marin, MD, Flushing Hospital Medical Center
Ashley Schiliro, MD, Winthrop University Hospital

Research Fellowship in Contraceptive Access within Low-Resource Populations
Julia Geynisman, MD,
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center
Contraceptive Access and Preference in Sex Trafficked Women in the United States

Donald F. Richardson Memorial Prize Paper Award – Two Junior Fellow winners selected in this national contest to present their research at the 2013 Annual Clinical Meeting
Jyothshna Bayya, MD, Maimonides Medical Center

John Gibbons Medical Student Award - 2013 ACM
Jaclyn Friedman, New York Medical College
Sarp Aksel, Desmond Sutton and Keila Parada, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Amber Robins, University of Rochester Medical Center

For a complete listing of all District II awards, click here

Call for Nominations

We are currently accepting nominations for the positions of Chair and Vice Chair for the following District II Sections: Sections 3 (Queens), Section 6 (Buffalo), and Section 10 (Rochester). The terms of office are three years, beginning in November 2014 and ending October 2017. To become a candidate for office, your official address must be within the section in which you are running for office. Interested Fellows must submit the following materials electronically to info@ny.acog.org by June 1, 2013:

  • A letter from you stating the office or offices for which you would like to be a candidate
  • A one-page, single-sided, summary statement of your CV
  • A complete curriculum vitae

In addition, please remember that even if you are currently an officer, moving into another position is not automatic; therefore, you are required to submit candidate materials.