If your inbox is like mine you are probably inundated with unsolicited invites and emails. At least once a day I grudgingly delete almost all of them. However one email last week caught my attention. It was an article published by the Washington Post titled “Survey shows why doctors choose medicine and the challenges they face.” The survey was conducted by the AMA and showed that 9/10 physicians are satisfied with their career choice. When asked what motivated them to choose medicine 75% said “helping others.” This pleasantly surprised me that even as our profession is undergoing radical change with EMR’s, patient satisfaction scores, MACRA/MIPS, burnout scores, quality performance measures and insurance and pharmaceutical administrative burdens (just to name a few-) that we are still responding to the calling of our profession and taking care of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Even more inspirational is that the majority of us are doing it with a level of contentment. Read more...
On the whole, the major issues of education funding, some tax relief in the form of eliminating the sales tax on groceries (which Otter vetoed), and a transportation funding package were among the key items the legislature accomplished this year. Among the most notable things they did NOT accomplish was taking any action to address health coverage for the gap population. And a solution to that issue remains elusive, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.
From a physician standpoint, the 2017 legislative session earns only a moderate grade. Some new money for additional residency slots was approved, and WWAMI seats were funded again. But the session saw successful attempts by allied health groups (pharmacists, chiropractors) to expand their scope of practice. To read the full report...
Crystal Pyrak: We are happy to announce the addition of Dr. Crystal Pyrak to our faculty in January. Dr. Pyrak completed residency in 2015 with the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho in Boise where she was Chief Resident and representative to the Idaho Medical Association Board of Trustees. She spent the past year living and practicing in a rural community in New Zealand. She graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine-Montana WWAMI in 2012 and received her undergraduate degree from UW in Microbiology with a minor in Art History. Crystal has been enjoying discovering Coeur d’Alene and working on remodeling a historic home along with her partner, Charles.
Matt Bean: We are looking forward to welcoming Dr. Matt Bean to the residency in August of 2017. Matt is a family physician originally from Coeur d’Alene and completed his residency in Phoenix, AZ, where he has been in practice since 2015. He is a graduate of George Washington School of Medicine and before medical school worked for the US Navy as an Aerospace Engineer. Matt looks forward to returning to Coeur d’Alene with his wife, Alicia, a dermatologist, and their 3 young children.
We are welcoming our 2017 interns; Click here to view their photos...
We are currently recruiting core faculty. We are looking for someone that is interested in practicing with a talented, dynamic group of compassionate colleagues and residents while enjoying all the beauty that North Idaho has to offer. Please contact Melisa Bell, Family Medicine Residency and Medical Education Manager at MBell@kh.org or Richard McLandress, MD at email@example.com.Richard McLandress, MD, Residency Director
Watch for a R/UOP (Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program) student to come to a community near you this summer. The University of Washington School of Medicine R/UOP program placed 30 medical students, between their first and second year of medical school, in locations throughout Idaho to experience the life of a rural and urban family physician. There has been a substantial increase in interest from medical students to participate in R/UOP that the program manager was challenged to find even more potential preceptors. The challenge encouraged her to find new sites and seek additional enthusiastic preceptors to take part in hosting a student.
Below is a draft map of students and communities taking part in the program this summer. If you are interested in participating as a preceptor in the R/UOP program, contact Marlane Martonick, Program Manager 208.885.2828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To view this map in a larger format....
Graduating medical students around the country discovered on March 17th where they would be spending the next three to seven years as residents. Twenty three Idaho students from the UW School of Medicine’s Class of 2017 gathered with friends, family and faculty to learn where they would start building their careers. We are very excited to report that 6 of our Idaho students chose Family Medicine as their specialty.
The 2017 Match had a record high of 35,969 U.S. and international medical school students and graduates vying for 31,757, the most offered in the NRMP Match. There were 28,849 PGY-1 positions offered.
3,356 Family Medicine positions were offered with 95.8% or 3,215 positioned filled and 1,513 (45.1%) filled with US allopathic seniors. Since 2012, the number of US allopathic seniors matching to Family Medicine has increased each year.
For more information log on to the National Residency Matching Program web site at: https://www.nrmp.org/
Qualis Health’s Quality Payment Program Resource Center
Recent Medicare Access and CHIP legislation is fundamentally changing the way insurance companies pay for care. For practices to make this transition, it’s important to understand the Quality Payment Program. Qualis Health has been selected by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide support to practices in Idaho and Washington to make this transition. Our goal is to help practices successfully prepare for and understand this new program. For more information...
The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, and the endorsed carrier for the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians, has announced a $26 million dividend, which is made possible by the excellent claims experience of The Doctors Company’s members. Since 1976, The Doctors Company has paid nearly $400 million in dividends, and 2017 marks the 12th year in a row that the company has awarded dividends. The 2017 dividend, approved by The Doctors Company’s Board of Governors, will provide a premium reduction of 17.5 percent to eligible members of IAFP. Eligible members will receive this year’s dividend on their annual premium for policy renewals on or after July 1, 2017.
By Roneet Lev, MD, Chief of Scripps Mercy Emergency Department, Chair of Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force, and President of Independent Emergency Physicians Consortium.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioids account for over 60 percent of those deaths.1 While opioids are effective pain medications when used in the proper setting, concerns arise when the patient’s condition lasts longer than three months, and prescribing more medication does not necessarily result in better pain control. Building a strong doctor-patient rapport can help facilitate tough conversations with patients about opioid prescriptions... Read more... View Opiod Chart
Idaho Tar Wars recently announced the winners of the Annual Idaho Tar Wars Poster Contest. Judging took place March 28, at the Idaho State Capitol Building. First Place honors were awarded to Jackson Funk of Kimberly, Idaho.
For his first place poster, Jackson Funk, a fifth grade student at Kimberly Elementary, will receive $500, a personalized t-shirt and his poster will be featured in the 2018 Tar Wars calendar. Jackson’s teacher, Heather Reed, will also receive $500 for school classroom needs.Click here to view all top 12 posters...
Lead exposure poses a serious threat to children’s development and health. Studies show that, in spite of the risks, many children in Idaho are not screened. Lead continues to be found in many products in the home as well as in contaminated water and soil. The Idaho Head Start Collaboration Office in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, along with the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians are developing a plan based on best practices to increase the number of children who are tested for elevated blood levels. Your input is vital to the development of this plan, which will assess children’s exposure and to make results accessible to healthcare providers, parents, and the public. A survey will be coming to you in the next few weeks. Please take this short survey to help guide the plan for screening infants and children for blood level poisoning.Your answers will be confidential and anonymous. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Shamim at (208) 995-4915, or email@example.com.