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NAMDRC Blogpost 10-17-16

NAMDRC is excited to announce our 40th annual meeting which will be held between March 23 and 25 at The Meritage Resort in Napa, California. An exciting program is planned. As is the custom for the NAMDRC meeting, the mornings will be devoted to the scientific program with the afternoons being free for exploration of the Napa Valley area and interaction with faculty and other guests.

The Thursday morning session will include presentations on post-ICU syndrome (Dr. Iwashyna), the new ATS/IDSA VAP/HAP guidelines (Dr. Metersky), approaches for using big data in critical care medicine (Dr. Hotchkiss), biological therapy and asthma (Dr. Castro), and the future of sleep medicine (Dr. Collop).

We will also be presenting, for the first time in several years, the Jacob K. Javits award for public service. This special recognition will go to Bonnie J Addario, who is the founder of the Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation in San Carlos, California.

Friday’s session will begin with the important topic of how to reduce COPD readmissions to the hospital, given by Dr. Jerry Krishnan a population health/public health expert from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Dan Gottlieb from Harvard will discuss sleep apnea and cardiovascular risk and then Dr. Dennis Doherty and Dr. Kent Christopher will jointly present an updated review of oxygen therapy entitled “Oxygen: It’s a medicine not a gas”. This will be the Walter O’Donohue Memorial lecture for this year.

Friday morning’s program will be rounded out by Dr. Alan Plummer from Emory University talking about new wrinkles with the ICD-10 coding and Dr. Steve Peters will provide a practice management update for 2017. Finally the morning will conclude with NAMDRC’s executive director, Mr. Philip Porte, giving his annual legislative and regulatory update.

Over the past several years the Friday noon time lecture has been given by a speaker focusing on “bigger picture” topics such as various aspects of health policy or trends in clinical medicine. This year we are pleased to have Dr. Mark Kelley, MD, a visiting scholar at the Harvard business school, present on what do consumers really value in health care. Doctor Kelly is a long time pulmonary critical care physician and executive in several large healthcare systems during his career.

The Saturday morning program will discuss pulmonary hypertension and interstitial lung disease. This will be presented by Dr. Steve Nathan who directs the advanced lung disease program at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Mark Metersky will discuss non-cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis and then finally Dr. Ivor Douglas from the University of Colorado will present a discussion on the implications of marijuana decriminalization on the practice of pulmonary medicine. Dr. Nick Hanania from Baylor College of medicine in Houston, Texas will discuss COPD/asthma overlap syndrome. Finally Dr. Lynn Tanoue will give a very topical presentation of “Assessing competency in medicine: The ABIM and Beyond and beyond”. This discussion should be enlightening to any NAMDRC member who deals with hospital credentialing, recertification in our specialties, and values a greater understanding of how competence in medicine is assessed. Dr. Tanoue is the co-chair of the ABIM pulmonary board and the chair of its pulmonary exam test writing committee.

We look forward to seeing you at The Meritage Resort in Napa for the conference. Learn what is on the cutting edge of clinical medicine, find out the latest about regulatory concerns in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine, and renew old friendships. That is what NAMDRC 2017 is all about. Hope to see you there.

Charles Atwood, MD, FCCP, FAASM

NAMDRC President-Elect

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