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Rhode Island Medical Journal

Get the March 2015 issue free, with no log-in. Read about the changing nature of Long-term Care in RI, and Dr. Michael Fine's resignation from the Dept. of Health.

This monthly, paperless publication features expanded content and news from the medical community.

Download the interactive PDF to your mobile device: March PDF [3.8 MB]

Navigating the Changing Environment – RIMS CME

Watch Drs. Ejnes and Gordon duke it out over EMR! Enjoy breakfast with colleagues, a full exhibit hall, and quality CME. Program

Saturday, April 25, 7am–12:30pm
Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick

RIMS members: Register via the Member Portal.
Nonmembers/Other Healthcare Professionals: Return a completed Registration Form. Information: Megan E. Turcotte or 401-331-3207

Retirement Income Distribution Strategies

Free educational event for physicians sponsored by Baystate Financial and RIMS.

Thursday, April 30, 7–8pm, 6:30pm registration
Wednesday, May 13, 7–8pm, 6:30pm registration
RIMS, 235 Promenade St, Providence

RSVP to Brian Falconer, 401-432-8836

Memorial events for Stanley Aronson, MD

Brown is hosting memorial events on May 1 and May 23, an opportunity for friends, family and members of the Brown and Providence medical communities to gather and remember Dr. Aronson.

Full details and RSVP information here

Our RIMJ tribute to Stanley Aronson, MD

ICD-10 and Your Practice

Presented by RIMS and MA/RI MGMA
Thursday, May 28, 6–8pm
RIMS, 235 Promenade St, Providence

Free for members; $20 non-members

Please RSVP by May 21 as space is limited.
Megan Turcotte, 401-331-3207

CPT Changes for 2015 - Free seminar

On December 2, 2014, Peter Hollmann, MD, reviewed CPT changes for 2015, new and revised codes, and BCBSRI payment policies. RIMS hosted the event.

Lt. Gov. Roberts receives Dr. John Clarke Award

On October 27, 2014, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts became the first recipient RIMS Dr. John Clarke Award, recognizing her outstanding civic leadership and service service. RIMS president Peter Karczmar, MD, made the presentation.

RIMS Inaugurates 2014–2015 slate of officers

[L-R] Treasurer Jose R. Polanco, MD; President Peter Karczmar, MD; Vice President Sarah J. Fessler, MD; President-Elect Russell A. Settipane, MD; Past President Elaine C. Jones, MD; not pictured, Secretary Bradley J. Collins, MD

CMS resource for groups of 10 or more

CMS provides this document:
Action to Take for Groups with 10 or More Eligible Professionals In Order To Avoid the Automatic CY 2016 Value-Based Payment Modifier Downward Payment Adjustment

NEW Resources - Safe Opioid Prescribing

Safe Opioid Prescribing resources

The RI Department of Health offers a guide for Safe Opioid Prescribing, the Prescription Monitoring Program and PMP Guide.

Other resources include treatment options and the Providers Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment

2014 Tar Wars® Poster Contest

Jaime Rampone from Lincoln Central Elementary is the 2014 winner. She received an all-expenses paid trip to the National competition in Washington, DC.
Ariana Alexandre from Varieur School in Pawtucket won second place, and Alaina Minarik from Hamilton Elementary School in North Kingstown won third.
More about Tar Wars, Photos

2014 Annual Bike Helmet Distribution

RIMS volunteers gathered at the Mary Fogarty School in Providence to distribute bike helmets and safety materials to children ages 5–9 in the RIteCare program. This year RIMS gave away 375 helmets.
About the program, Photos

Dr. Jones's letter in the Providence Journal

Cheers to CVS for tobacco stand, a letter to the editor from RIMS President Elaine C. Jones, MD, was published in the February 5, 2014 issue of Providence Journal.

McGruff the Crime Dog comes to Providence

RIMS' Megan Turcotte raised funds, with the support of the RI Orthopedic Society, to sponsor McGruff the Crime Dog and a Providence Police Department crime prevention program for school children.
, Press release

HealthSourceRI offers phone number for doctors

Exclusive number for physicians: 885-574-2849

Information for small business owners

Information for individuals

Dr. Adrain's commentary in the Providence Journal

Self-Serving Lawyers’ Myth about Doctors, a commentary by RIMS President Alyn L. Adrain, MD, was published on the editorial page of the September 11, 2013 issue of Providence Journal.

Groups of 5 qualify for discounted membership rate

RIMS Group Membership Program now offers a flat, discounted dues rate to practices or professional organized medicine organizations with 5 or more members, a reduction from the previous group requirement of 10 members.

View program details, or direct inquiries to Megan Turcotte, Associate Dircector of Member Services and Specialty Societies

Volunteers needed for Tar Wars® Program year round

Join other physicians teaching RI 5th graders to be tobacco-free.
To volunteer for Tar Wars, contact Karen Dalton at RI Academy of Family Physicians, or 401-647-3595.

Volunteer at the Rhode Island Free Clinic

The RIFC needs your help to care for uninsured, working poor adults who otherwise have no access to health care. Read more

Letter from Dr. Nicholas Califano
Watch video

For more information contact
Volunteer Coordinator Em Perry at 401-274-6347 x327

New from Webster Bank

Webster Bank has new consumer and business credit cards with additional features and benefits. More information

NEW Specialized Financing for Medical Practices

Slide Presentation:
ICD10 May Affect your Cash. Are you Prepared?

Read The Bank Roll, Webster's blog: Healthcare Industry Undergoing Treatment for Paper Addiction

Read Webster's Healthcare Blog:
Primary Care Practice Embraces the Dynamic Changes in the Healthcare Landscape: An Interview with Contstantine Vafidis, MD.

Eleventh Hour Education Event – RIMS CME

Topics included Pain Management, Medical Marijuana, and Risk Management.

Sponsored by AbbVie, Amgen, Astellas Pharma US, Inc., Baystate Financial, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Butler & Messier, Care New England, Coverys, Forest Institutional Sales, MEDA Pharmaceuticals, New England in Touch, Open MRI of New England/Advanced Radiology, Pfizer, RIMS-IBC, GNAC, and the US Army Health Care Recruitment.

Photos, Program, Presenters
Members: View the presentation materials

Employment 101 – RIMS seminar

This 2013 seminar offered an introduction to contracts, hospital bylaws, personal finance, and professional liability insurance. View the presentation materials in the Member Portal, Photos

New – RIMS Affinity Program

Now our colleagues in health care and related businesses can become RIMS endorsed affiliates and enjoy the benefits of promotional opportunities.
Learn more

Benefits offered by RIMS Affinity Program
Member Portal provides new access for RIMS members

Members can now access directories, update contact information, communicate through community forums, register for RIMS events, make RIMPAC contributions, pay RIMS dues and more.

Instructions for login and other features are included in this handy Step-by-step Guide.

Prescription drug discount card – for flu season

RIMS has partnered with RI Rx Card to provide free prescription drug discount cards to Rhode Islanders.

This program can help lower prescription drug costs. Save on flu vaccines

Get your discount card

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Busy Physicians Guide to RIMS

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Medicaid and the Global Waiver (slides)

RIMS Bicentennial

All Observances

RIMS History

Medical Odysseys

An illustrated anthology by Dr. Aronson, Dr. Friedman, and Mary Korr

Celebrating 200 Years of the RI Medical Society
Watch video

Conservation of
the portrait of
Dr. Amos Throop

Medical Odysseys
Authors' Reception

Photos, Watch video

Exhibit of Treasures
from RIMS Collection

Details, Photos

Bicentennial Gala
Rosecliff, Newport
, Photos

NORCAL Lobster
Dinner in Newport

Details, Photos

Neuroscience and Society Symposium
Details, Photos, Video

RIMS Awards for Medical Students
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