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SO WHAT VALUE DO WE AS
PHYSICIANS BRING, EXACTLY?

This essay is not going to solve the problems
This value analysis can be applied further
of healthcare reform. We must all remain to other aspects of PAMED and the county
engaged to help influence the system as it societies as well. The cost is the membership
evolves. Regardless, we live in this new world, dues. The outcomes are both tangible and
and there are measures that demonstrate intangible. Tangible outcomes for county
our quality and outcomes, as defined by the membership include receiving this magazine,
MACRA legislation and associated regulation, which can be a mouthpiece for any member
and data that needs to be collected for the to communicate with our community. Addifederal government. Employers are engaged tionally, one can join us in networking events,
in this to differing extents, but PAMED has engaging our elected officials, or helping
wisely decided to work with all physicians, pro- to change PAMED policy in the House of
viding management services and organizing Delegates. PAMED has numerous tangible
physicians into a clinical integrated network. member benefits from practice support, to
Just as PAMED created a professional liability continuing education, to timely information
insurance company (PMSLIC) during the on statewide political issues and how you
depths of the malpractice crisis which bene- can be involved. The intangibles are just as
fited members and nonmembers throughout important. For example, nurse practitioners
the state, PAMED is here to help prevent a would have been granted the same license to
crisis in the large segment of Pennsylvania practice medicine as physicians years ago if
physicians that are either in private practice it weren't for PAMED advocacy. Also, how
or work for small to mid-sized physician much more time-intrusive would the opioid
groups. I encourage all of you to learn more database be if PAMED wouldn't have worked
about PAMED's important practice options with legislators to find a balance between the
initiation1. PAMED is providing value to need to decrease inappropriate prescriptions,
Pennsylvania physicians by helping them and the need to eliminate needless inquiries
demonstrate their value.
that reduce the amount of time physicians

spend with patients? At the end of the day, if
PAMED and the counties provide enough positive outcomes for each dollar of membership
dues spent, they will both thrive. But if not,
it will be up to the collective membership to
adapt their priorities and cost structure. There
is an obvious need for a medical society. The
question isn't whether or not it will survive,
the question is whether or not it will be
relevant, or an afterthought. We as physicians
are committed to building a better future by
providing as much value as possible, for our
patients, and for our fellow PAMED members.
Thanks for staying involved!
Dr. Mackley is a Radiation Oncologist at
the Penn State Cancer Institute and Associate
Professor in the Penn State College of Medicine.
As the 5th District Trustee on the PAMED Board
of Trustees, he represents physicians of this county.

ENDNOTES
1 https://www.pamedsoc.org/tools-you-can-use/
practice-options-initiative
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