Critical Care Societies Collaborative Encourages Support for Pakistan Recovery
The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) is saddened by the recent disaster in Pakistan. The widespread devastation caused by flooding has affected millions in the country, leaving many without clean water, food, shelter, or access to health care. Many of those affected are members of CCSC organizations, which include the American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, and Society of Critical Care Medicine.
The CCSC recognizes that resources will be needed to aid in Pakistan's recovery from this terrible event. We encourage our members to support the country's relief and recovery efforts by donating to one of the Pakistan Health Cluster organizations identified by the World Health Organization.
Our thoughts are with the people of Pakistan who have suffered during this disaster and will remain with them as they begin to rebuild their homes, communities, and lives.
Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD, FCCP, President, American College of Chest Physicians
John C. Alexander Jr, MD, FCCP, President & Trustee, The CHEST Foundation
CMS National Provider Call: 2010 PQRI and eRx Incentive Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call on the 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program (eRx). This toll-free call will take place from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, ET, on Thursday, September 2.
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2010 NetWork Challenge Ends August 31
The 2010 NetWork Challenge ends in less than 1 week. Thanks to everyone who has made a generous donation to The CHEST Foundation. As of August 25, the Occupational and Environmental Health NetWork is in the lead with 100% of the steering committee members donating. A close second is the Palliative and End-of-Life Care NetWork at 91% participation. Thirteen NetWorks have 50% or more participation, and total donations are nearing $70,000!
If you're a 2010 NetWork steering committee member, there is still time to participate and help bring your NetWork up to 100% participation. For more information, contact Teri Ruiz at (847) 498-8308 or email@example.com.
Notice of Annual Meetings
The Annual Meeting of the current Board of Regents of the American College of Chest Physicians (the "College") will convene at 1:30 pm (PT), Friday, October 29, 2010, at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada, to transact such business as shall properly come before the meeting.
The Annual Meeting of the Fellows of the College will convene at 1:30 pm (PT), Saturday, October 30, 2010, at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel in Vancouver, BC, Canada, to receive the report of the Nominating Committee; to elect College officers, Regents, and Governors to hold office for the following year; and to transact such other business as shall properly come before the meeting.
New Schedule for NetWork Open Meetings at CHEST 2010
As CHEST 2010 approaches, don't forget NetWork meetings have moved to new days and times. Attending a NetWork meeting is the first step to getting involved in the ACCP. NetWork meetings are open to all CHEST 2010 attendees. Each meeting includes a special presentation on a current topic, as well as designated time for open discussion and networking with colleagues.
CHEST 2010: Last Chance for Super Saver Discount
Register now for CHEST 2010, before the super saver discount expires August 31, and save up to $200. CHEST 2010 will feature a learning program in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, featuring essential updates on patient care and practice management strategies. Link to more details.
Honor and Memorial Lectures
Tighter Medical Privacy Rules Sought
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The Obama administration is rewriting new rules on medical privacy after an outpouring of criticism from consumer groups and members of Congress who say the rules do not adequately protect the rights of patients. Democratic lawmakers and a few Republicans have denounced the rules, saying they fall short of offering patients the fullest protections possible. Hospitals and insurance companies, seeking to maintain greater control over patient notification, generally support the rules. The White House finds itself caught in the middle. More
Cigarette Smoke Causes Harmful Changes in the Lungs Even at the Lowest Levels
Casual smokers may think that smoking a few cigarettes a week is "no big deal." But according to new research from physician-scientists at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, having an infrequent smoke, or being exposed to secondhand smoke, may be doing more harm than people may think. The findings may further support public smoking bans, say the authors. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, being exposed to even low-levels of cigarette smoke may put people at risk for future lung disease, such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. More
Early Palliative Care Boosts Survival in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
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Patients with advanced lung cancer lived longer and with a better quality of life when they received early palliative care as opposed to routine care, results of a randomized trial showed. Early palliative care reduced use of aggressive measures at the end of life by more than a third, cut the prevalence of depression in half, and added nearly three months to the median survival of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer, according to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine. More
Hospital Uses Light Therapy for Treating Lung Cancer
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An advanced cancer treatment known as photodynamic therapy has been found to be efficient in extending the lives of terminal lung cancer patients, said a surgeon at the Taipei-based Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital. The hospital, which purchased the photodynamic therapy technology from a U.S. group in 2006, said that since then, 11 terminal lung cancer patients have received the treatment, said Hsieh Yei-san, chief of the Thoracic Surgery Department. More
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October 30 - November 4
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