The PRS News: Fall 2017
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Philip L. Cohen
I hope other members enjoyed our Annual Scientific Meeting as much as I did.   It reminded me of what I really enjoyed about ACR meetings in the mid-1970s, when I first started attending.  It was the ARA back then (American Rheumatism Association), and maybe a few hundred people attended (this was also before the merger with allied health professionals).  To be sure, ACR is a wonderful meeting now, but attendance is around 15,000 and it no longer has the flavor of a small collegial gathering.  There is a staggering number of talks and functions, and visiting the vast poster sessions requires fortitude, stamina, and a good sense of direction.
I think the PRS Annual Meeting fills an important need.  The social occasions are intimate enough to catch up with old friends and meet new ones (this is especially important for young members).  Additionally, the talks and poster presentations are in one place, with an audience that is small enough to allow a vigorous question and answer period and one-on-one with the speakers before and after.  Our fellows get to make presentations in a friendly and non-intimidating setting and get to know each other and rheumatologists in varying practice settings.
We hope that PRS continues to grow – but not too much, as its size is one of its virtues.  We will continue to look out for the interests of Pennsylvania rheumatologists and to do our best to promote excellence in clinical care and education.

Advocacy Update provided by Arthritis Foundation

2016 Year in Review
Biosimilar Substitution Bill (SB 514)- This bill’s primary sponsor was Senator Pat Vance. Read the Arthritis Foundation’s position statement.
High Out-of-Pocket Cost Bill (SB 841)- This bill was introduced in the 2015 session and carried over to the 2016 session. The bill was introduced by Senator Mensch. The bill did not gain any traction until a hearing was announced for October 25 in Harrisburg.  Read the Arthritis Foundation’s position statement.
Prior Authorization Bill (HB 1657)- This bill was introduced in 2016 by Rep. Marguerite Quinn. Read the Arthritis Foundation’s position statement.
The Arthritis Foundation expects the Prior Authorization and High Out-of-Pocket Costs bills to be reintroduced for the 2017 legislative season.
2017 Looking Forward 
The 2017 Advocacy Summit (March 6-7) in Washington DC is expected to have 500 attendees, including representatives from PA. If you are interested in attending, or would like to learn more about the Arthritis Foundation or ways to get involved, contact Hannah Ornowski.
MACRA Update 
With the upcoming changes regarding MACRA, the American College of Rheumatology has launched MACRA!ert to keep rheumatologists updated with the latest information. Find out more on the ACR MACRA webpage.

Learn more about this year’s Thieves’ Market and speaker presentations. Save the Date for 2017—September 16-17, The Sheraton Harrisburg/ Hershey.
Welcome to Our New Members
Syed Alam, MD
Myo-Pale’ Aye, MD
Grace E. Berlin, DO
Tanmayee S. Bichile, MD
Marzena L. Bieniek, MD
Shazdeh G. Butt, MD
Courtney R. Corbeil, DO
Chris T. Derk, MD, MS
Hiranda S. K. Dodanwala, MD
Philip Dunn, DO
David J. Helfrich, MD
Arati Karhadkar, MD
Amanda J. Kocoloski, DO
Lori A. Lavelle, DO
Judith S. Lin, MD
Catherine M. McDermott
Saurin Mehta, MD
Frederick T. Murphy, DO
Ramesh Pappu, MD
Sneha N. Patel, MD
Scott A. Pompa, MD
Chadler T. Pool, PhD
Jennifer M. Pustizzi, PharmD
Shikha Rathi, MBBS
Mythili Seetharaman, MD
Anupama Shahane, MD
Sucharitha Shanmugam, MD
Safia Siddiqui, MD
Abraham Tacang, MD
Baowei Tang, MD
Jolanta Zelaznicka, MD
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