Healthcare News and Updates from CVMS and MSV

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This page will provide updates on medical news you need to know regarding our healthcare system, healthcare delivery, interesting articles, meeting updates, events, and even some entertainment. If you have an article you would like to share or a thoughtful, constructive concern or opinion, please send it to cvmedsoc@gmail.com so we can publish it here.

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Feb 29, 2024

Mental Healthcare

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CVMS Position Paper on Mental Healthcare in Virginia

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Feb 25, 2024

CVMS Bulletin February 2024

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Official Newsletter of the Coastal Virginia Medical Society. What's really happening in Medicine today.

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Feb 16, 2024

CVMS Board Minutes February 2024

This page contains the minutes of the CVMS Board Meeting held on February 1, 2024.

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Feb 10, 2024

CVMS Marketplace

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Enjoy the benefits of membership. These are connections to corporate partners who provide benefits to our members in return for advertising.

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Feb 04, 2024

CVMS Committees

CVMS Committees will become the backbone of our organization and where most of the work will be done.

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Feb 03, 2024

Can Artificial Intelligence Help Reduce Burnout?

Using ChatGPT in health centers that prioritize chronic disease management and preventive medicine helps to improve patient care and reduces provider dissatisfaction. It empowers patients, reduces requirement for office visits, encourages lifestyle changes, and reminds patients about important things to do that will benefit their health.

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Feb 01, 2024

Medical Recruitment

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A place where medical employers can connect with applicants.

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Feb 01, 2024

Med Mal Cap in Jeopardy

MED MAL: Keep the Cap!
Stop SB 493!
State Senator William M. Stanley, Jr. has filed SB 493, which would eliminate the medical malpractice cap for cases in which the patient is less than 10 years of age.
Many providers working on the front lines of public health are already strained, dealing with career fatigue and other mental health issues.
Removing or modifying the medical malpractice cap in any way could significantly increase the cost of providing and receiving healthcare in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In 2010 and 2011, Virginia’s healthcare providers worked with the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association to reach a consensus on updates to the cap, and the General Assembly ultimately passed legislation for an increase of $50,000 per year until 2032. This model was created to create stability and certainty for all stakeholders. The Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association support Virginia's current medical malpractice laws.
Urge your Senator to OPPOSE SB 493 today!
- Reprinted with permission from The Leg Up, Richmond Academy of Medicine.

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Feb 01, 2024

Joint Boards of Medicine and Nursing in Danger of Being Broken Up

BREAKING: Joint Boards of Medicine, Nursing in Jeopardy
Senator Jennifer Boysko has introduced SB 351, which will permanently dissolve the Joint Boards of Medicine and Nursing and allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to be overseen and disciplined by the Board of Nursing without physician input.
SB 351 is expected to be heard by the Senate Education and Health subcommittee on Health Professions THIS FRIDAY.
The Joint Boards exist because APRNs can diagnose and prescribe, meaning by Code, they are practicing medicine. And thus, the Board of Medicine is a critical part of that oversight. Patients deserve the diverse expertise nurses and physicians bring to the Joint Boards of Nursing and Medicine. The Joint Boards holds all healthcare providers who practice medicine to the same standards of care and must be preserved.
Dissolving the Joint Boards would create different disciplinary bodies—and thus, different standards—for the practice of medicine. Having two separate bodies will, by its nature, create disparate decisions, judgments, and analyses when it comes to important aspects of the practice of medicine such as diagnosing and prescribing.
Tell your Senator that the Joint Boards are necessary to ensure a consistent standard of care for Virginia's patients and to OPPOSE SB 351!
Again, the bill will be heard by the Senate Education and Health Subcommittee this Friday, January 26th at 8:30 a.m. in the Senate Subcommittee Room, 3rd Floor, GAB. The Medical Society of Virginia would like to fill the room with White Coats and send a strong message that we oppose this bill. Please attend this subcommittee meeting if you can!
Reach out to Scott Castro at MSV at with any questions. (scastro@msv.org; 443-668-9566)
-Reprinted with permission from The Leg Up, Richmond Academy of Medicine

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Feb 01, 2024

Healthcare Worker Strikes

Healthcare Worker strikes are expected to continue in 2024. Workers are fighting for safer staffing levels and better compensation.

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Jan 29, 2024

Bulletin Shorts

"CVMS Bulletin Shorts" is a weekly update on what's happening in American Medicine. It is sent out by email every Sunday. Here is the link to the last issue...

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Jan 16, 2024

CVMS Bulletin January 2024

The official newsletter of the Coastal Virginia Medical Society

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Jan 16, 2024

How Does Primary Care in the U.S. Compare to Other High Income Countries?

This article shows how U.S. Primary Care compares with that of other high income countries.

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Jan 16, 2024

2023 Scorecard: How Virginia's Healthcare Compared to Other States

Click this link to find out how Virginia's healthcare system compares to other states...

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Jan 16, 2024

CVMS Bulletin January 2024

Starting our second year providing service, resources, information and commentary on the American medical/healthcare landscape.

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Jan 16, 2024

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CVMS Board Minutes January 2024

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Dec 14, 2023

CVMS Minutes December 2023

CVMS Minutes December 2023

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Dec 13, 2023

CVMS Bulletin December 2023

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The official newsletter for the Coastal Virginia Medical Society: CVMS Bulletin of the month of December 2023.

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Dec 13, 2023

Price Transparency Bill Passes

"The Lower Costs, More Transparency Act, which advances policies to force pharmacy benefit managers and hospitals to meet price transparency standards, passed on the House floor Monday by a vote of 320 to 71." However, fines for noncompliance were squashed due to lack of support from MSV and AMA, despite the support received from AAPS.

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Dec 10, 2023

Vu-Medi

Here is a great video-based educational resource that you may wish to use.

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Nov 24, 2023

Doctor to Doctor Interview: What is CVMS Really All About?

Drs. Keith Berger and Greg Warth recently were interviewed by Wendell Ward, a writer for the local Doctor to Doctor magazine regarding our mission and goals at Coastal Virginia Medical Society. Here is a link to that interview...

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Nov 19, 2023

Health Literacy

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Health Literacy: A resource for patients to learn about their own health and medical problems and what they can do about them.

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Nov 16, 2023

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Nov 14, 2023

Calling Out PBMs by the Global Healthy Living Foundation

The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with chronic illnesses (such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cardiovascular disease) by advocating for improved access to health care at the community, state, and federal levels, and amplifying education and awareness efforts within its social media framework. They recently hosted a webinar on the negative impact of "formulary exclusions" promoted by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) on thousands of patients. This practice of substituting non-equivalent drugs in place of what was prescribed prioritize PBMs profits at the expense of patients' well-being.

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Nov 14, 2023

ProPublica: Another Resource for You and Your Patients

Find out why your health insurer denied your claim.

How many times have your patients mysteriously had a health insurer deny a claim? Want to know why? Here's how...

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Nov 12, 2023

CVMS Holiday Celebration!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for December 14, 2023, 6:30 - 8:30 PM for our first membership meeting and Holiday celebration to be held at the Westin Residencies Penthouse at Town Center in Virginia Beach! Space is limited and tickets are first come, first serve.You must register in advance to attend. There is no charge if you have already paid your membership dues. Each registered member may bring one guest. Wine, beverages and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served, complements of CVMS. Come and see what we're all about. Chat with colleagues you may not have seen for a while. Some of our congressional delegates will be invited as well. Plan to spend a very enjoyable evening with us. You might even win something!

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Nov 12, 2023

Messages from The Medical Society of Virginia General Community

Have you noticed all those ads from Medicare Advantage Plans on evening news programs? Did you know that taxpayer dollars are paying for those ads? Are Medicare Advantage Plans helpful or harmful?

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Nov 10, 2023

CVMS Bulletin November 2023

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CVMS Bulletin November 2023 - Health news and updates on healthcare in our community

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Nov 10, 2023

Loss of Physician Autonomy

Loss of Physician Autonomy - Perspective

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Nov 04, 2023

CVMS Board Minutes November 2023

CVMS Board Minutes November 2023 - Overview of the MSV Annual Meeting

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Nov 03, 2023

CVMS Surveys

CVMS Surveys - Here is a place where the membership can provide input on the major issues facing the healthcare system today.

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Nov 02, 2023

CVMS Board Minutes Oct 2023

CVMS Board Minutes Oct 2023

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Oct 05, 2023

CVMS Bulletin October 2023

News and updates on medicine and healthcare.

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Sep 25, 2023

Position Paper on Price Transparency in Healthcare

This is a CVMS Position Paper regarding the need for price transparency in healthcare.

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Sep 23, 2023

Our Delegates to the MSV Annual Meeting:

CVMS wishes to present the names of the Delegates who have qualified and agreed to represent our Society at this important advocacy meeting in Norfolk, VA in October. This is where our concerns and proposals are actually fought for and acted upon.We are grateful to those who have stepped up to this opportunity to make a difference.

Your Ex-officio delegates are:
Dr. Randy Gould
Dr. Michele Nedelka
Dr. Joel Bundy

Your delegates are:
Dr. Gregory Warth
Dr. Peter Kemp
Dr. Rachel Crum Pevsner
Dr. David West

We still have three openings. If you are interested in attending and voting on our behalf, please let us know at cvmedsociety@gmail.com. The only qualification is that you have to be a member of both the Medical Society of Virginia and the Coastal Virginia Medical Society.

Sep 23, 2023

Position Paper on COPN

CVMS Position Paper on Virginia COPN (certificate of Public Need) aka, CON, Certificate of Need, Laws in Virginia

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Sep 15, 2023

Official Merger Announcement

Our official merger announcement letter has been sent out by regular mail to all physicians in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach for whom we had mailing addresses. If you didn't get one, please click on the following link to get your copy. We will send them out by email as well. Thanks for your support for the Coastal Virginia Medical Society!

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Sep 15, 2023

2023 Resolutions Now Open for Comment!

Resolutions for presentation to the Virginia State Legislature are now open for comments...

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Sep 09, 2023

CVMS Board Minutes September 2023

These are the minutes of the Coastal Virginia Medical Society Board Meeting held on September 7, 2023.

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Sep 07, 2023

Healthier Living 757

After a very productive Board Meeting this evening, CVMS has decided to partner with EdLogics to help promote the expanded use of their program called Healthier Living 757. This is a computer-operated gaming platform that helps people learn more about their health while having fun and earning rewards! This has been shown to improve health in multiple communities where it has been tried. And now it's being rolled out right here in Hampton Roads. We are proud to be part of its growth and development.

Aug 20, 2023

Membership

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Informative page on how to join CVMS along with links to membership benefits.

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Aug 19, 2023

Join CVMS Now! Let's Make an Impact! (updated)

To all physicians in Coastal Virginia: It's that time! Your volunteer CVMS Board is working hard to prepare for the Annual Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) Meeting in October. We will add and coordinate our resolutions with those of MSV so we can provide a united front to the state legislature. There is strength in numbers. So, please join now so we can show a large number of physicians behind us. This applies to all members, including the previous members of the Norfolk Academy of Medicine, and the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Medical Societies. Your previous society memberships are transferrable to CVMS, but we need you to sign up again to update our database. We are advocating for the benefit of all our physicians and for the betterment of healthcare in our area. But we need as many members possible to have a strong showing and to make things happen at the state and local levels. Check out our last newsletter to see our proposals that we are fighting for. We're counting on your support. We can't do this without your help! This is your chance to have a voice in making our lives and those of our patients better. We're in this together. Thank you for your consideration and for being part of our team!

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Aug 16, 2023

What Is the Coastal Virginia Medical Society?

Description of the Coastal Virginia Medical Society and why you need to join.

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Aug 12, 2023

CVMS Bulletin Aug 23

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The official newsletter of the Coastal Virginia Medical Society.

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Aug 08, 2023

HandCraft Services

One of our corporate sponsors offering a great benefit to our members.

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Aug 06, 2023

CVMS Board Meeting Minutes - August 2, 2023

These are the Minutes of the August 2, 2023 CVMS Board Meeting.

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Aug 04, 2023

New Board Member!

We are delighted to welcome Dr. David Archer to our Board of Directors for the position of Director-at-Large. Dr. Archer, professor of OB-GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology at EVMS, one of the founders of the Jones Institute, author of numerous publications and holder of many titles in the field of research, gynecology and women's health will bring an extensive amount of experience, knowledge and wisdom to the Board. We are ecstatic that he has agreed to join us in our efforts to improve the welfare of physicians as well as patients in our communities. Please read further about the many accomplishments of Dr. Archer so you can understand the significant benefit he brings to our Society...

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Jul 16, 2023

Physician Burnout Report 2022 from Medscape

Comment on an article published in Medscape:

Mary Keegan DECEMBER 16, 2022
"Perhaps someone can help me understand why physicians and surgeons don't collectively bargain and gain back some of the massive ground they've lost in terms of professional autonomy, authority, respect, and not being treated like widgets? To me it seems that physicians' professional authority and 11-19 years higher education and training has been high-jacked over the past 20 years by far lesser qualified administrators and MBA- type chart monkeys. And please don't fall for the spiel about blaming the government. The same laws apply to attorneys, but attorneys didn't fall for it when companies tried to pull the same trick on them back in the 90's. Just saying, when a profession is not cohesive and actively bids against their colleagues or otherwise undermines their colleagues - the insurance companies, hospitals, health care systems, private equity firms, etc., will divide and decimate that profession in a race to the very bottom dollar for you and the highest dollar for them. I'm not talking about price- fixing or anything like that, but I wonder if perhaps unwittingly, physicians participated in their own professional decimation by not resisting being commoditized?As a solution, and as an attorney who is highly interested in health care, I don't understand why obviously very bright, highly trained, highly educated and incredibly talented professionals don't organize - even a little - to save your profession? I'm worried about the low morale, burnout and disaffection that you incredibly talented and highly necessary folks are enduring in what should be a highly rewarding profession. Is it just me?"

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Jul 13, 2023

Safe Haven Video

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