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"usual" channels. In addition, fixed CME reimbursement allotments
and rising societal dues may cause some physicians to view medical
society membership as a lower priority.
As a result of these factors, today's employed physicians may ask,
"What is the benefit of medical society membership?" Although
I am admittedly biased, I would argue there are several important
reasons for physician membership in local and regional medical
societies. As stated by Dr. Timothy Chartier of the Connecticut
State Medical Society in the 2015 edition of Hartford Business.com,
although well-intentioned, "the goals of the hospital are not always
aligned with goals of the doctors or even the goals of patients."
Without physician input, the future of medicine will increasingly
be determined by insurance carriers and healthcare administrators
who may have little clinical background. An example of this is
the recent lobbying by mid-level practitioners to be fully licensed
and independent providers of medical care in Pennsylvania. Such
legislation has been proposed in other states as well, a trend favored
by insurance carriers and some health systems as a lower cost
alternative to physicians.
Despite some occasional differences of opinion, I believe there
are opportunities for medical societies and healthcare organizations
to be mutually beneficial. Medical society programs promoting

physician wellness and burnout prevention coordinate well with
similar programs sponsored by health systems. Understandably,
physicians may be reluctant to disclose symptoms of burnout to their
employer. In addition, a goal of most medical societies is promoting
public health. Medical society sponsored-programs promoting
vaccination and improving access to healthcare can reduce the
downstream burden to healthcare systems when patients present to
the ER with an acute illness that could have been prevented.
Fortunately, the Berks County Medical Society has enjoyed a
history of collegial relationships with the major healthcare systems in
our region, particularly Tower Health System, Penn State Health St.
Joseph, and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. I know I speak
for our members when I thank the leadership of these institutions
for their ongoing support of our programs. Membership in our
county's medical society, the second oldest medical society in the
nation, remains strong, but is not immune to the professional and
economic pressures seen nationally. I continue to be optimistic that
both private and employed physicians in our region will see the value
of membership in the Berks County Medical Society. Our leadership
remains committed to advocating for our doctors and continuing
to protect the profession of medicine so that future generations of
physicians in our area can continue our tradition of excellent
patient care.

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