Winter 2018 Issue
By Varun Choudhary, MD, MA, DFAPA
PSV Delegate to the MSV
PSV Assembly Representative to the APA
The Medical Society of Virginia held their Annual Meeting October 19-21, 2018 in Roanoke. The meeting was very well attended as the Governor and Secretary of Health & Human Services were actively involved in sessions. MSV hosted the Health Care Provider Opioid Summit on Saturday, where Governor Northam emphasized the importance of increasing the number of prescribers in the Commonwealth. Physicians received ASAM Buprenorphine Waiver Training with all fees waived. In addition, there was training on Issues in the Primary Care Management of Acute Pain. This was one important aspect of the Governor’s “Triple Aim” plan for the Commonwealth, according to Dr. Dan Carey, the Secretary of Health. Dr. Carey outlined the important initiatives in the Governor’s approach to tackling the healthcare issues for Virginians. He discussed the importance of access to care with the expansion of Medicaid as well as delivering quality care while considering the escalating costs.
The Inaugural Ceremony honored Dr. Kurtis Elward for his excellent leadership this past year, and welcomed the new President, Dr. Richard Szucs and President-Elect Dr. Clifford Deal III. The MSV Foundation Board also welcomed new leadership, with outgoing President Dr. Cynthia Romero passing the mantle to Kathleen Scarbalis PA-C and Dr. Varun Choudhary as Vice-President.
The title of the 2018 Physicians’ Gala was Magic in the House of Medicine. This Harry Potter themed extravaganza featured a Hogwarts style dining hall; many costumed witches & wizards, as well as a show by a magician/mentalist. It was a wonderful, but bittersweet celebration. It was announced that this would be the last day for Lynne Hughes, who has served as a Director and an expert in wellness for the MSV for years. Lynne was instrumental in organizing numerous programs such as INFUSE for the MSV and a tireless advocate for physician wellness programs.
The MSV House of Delegates met to discuss and vote on a number of issues including Balance Billing, Medical Aid-in-Dying and removing restrictive covenants for healthcare providers in Virginia. Many of the action items were referred to the Board of Directors for further analysis and action.
MSV has done an effective job of getting more medical students involved every year. This year, there was a large contingent of medical students who were actively involved. The MSV Medical Students Section hosted a Friday evening reception at a local pub that became standing room only. This is a testament to MSV’s dedication to groom future leaders in our field and be a voice for all physicians.
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