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President's Message

Dear BCMS Member,
Health Talk has survived!

Michael L. Haas, MD
President

Despite the dire warning I authored for the prior Medical
Record, your medical society was approached by the new owners
of WEEU with a request to continue the show. They shared
our view that Health Talk is an important contribution to the
airwaves of WEEU, providing up to date and accurate medical
information to the citizens of Berks County. We are thrilled to
be able to continue the weekly radio show and encourage you to listen in and call with questions.
This is an important time for Berks Countians to stay aware of advances in medicine, as the
investment in truly state-of-the-art technology within the county has never been more robust.
This issue of the Medical Record provides examples of some truly amazing technology that is
revolutionizing health care. Many years ago, our patients routinely left the county to receive
lifesaving treatment with the latest technology, and to receive the expertise that went along with that
technology. It has never been more evident that this exodus is no longer necessary. The very best
healthcare is here at home!
Not only is the technology now available in Berks revolutionary, but the ever-increasing expertise of
our medical staffs will continue to entice the very best to practice here and learn here. The evolving
dedication to medical education is expected to result in hundreds more medical students, residents,
fellows, and attending physicians. This creates an environment in which research, technological
advances and, as a result, highly specialized patient care is the norm.
Members, please remember to keep an eye on what's happening in Harrisburg. And to those of you
not yet members, please realize that BCMS/PAMED is the only physician organization in Pennsylvania
that speaks for physicians of all specialties. We clearly have a larger voice in the public arena than any
single specialty society. This voice will only continue in strong advocacy for our profession to the extent
that we support it with our membership!
There are a few important issues that continue to be addressed. Last year the so-called Test Results
Law was passed, requiring the facility performing a diagnostic procedure to inform a patient directly
of a "clinically significant result" within 20 days of the procedure. This is in addition to the ordering
physician's communication with the patient. PAMED, your state medical society, successfully negotiated
a 1-year delay in enforcement as various problematic issues are reviewed. These issues include the need
to minimize the uncertainty surrounding the definition of a "clinically significant" result, and how to
ensure proof that the patient received this information from the facility.
Venue shopping was back in the news as well. In June, the Pennsylvania Legislative Budget and
Finance Committee (LBFC) met to hear arguments regarding the potential impact of Venue shopping
on cost of care and access to care in PA. Several representatives of the Medical Society were on hand to
provide direct testimony. Pennsylvania Medical Society President Danae Powers, MD, noted, "The result
of the proposed venue rule change by the Civil Procedural Rules Committee will create a domino effect
of negative implications for the professional liability insurance market, physicians, other health care
providers, and most importantly, access to quality care for all Pennsylvanians."
These issues are in addition to numerous other bills being considered in Harrisburg with potential to
significantly impact the practice of medicine. Please contact your legislators when you note an issue of
concern to you. For more information, please visit www.berksmcs.org, www.pamedsoc.org or contact
TJ Huckleberry at tjhuckleberry@berkscms.org.

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