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  1. 1. SPRING ISSUE 2007 A PUBLICATION OF THE FLORIDA SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY President’s Message FSN 41st Annual Meeting I am pleased to announce that the FSN has launched an exciting T he Annual Meeting will be held on September 28- new Corporate Membership Program for 2007. The FSN 30, 2007 at the Sanibel recognizes that the renal Harbour Beach Resort & corporate industry has a key role Spa, Fort Myers. As in the to play in promoting efforts to past, the meeting will include David S. Pins, MD improve the care delivered to two days of educational Robert Geronemus, MD FSN President kidneys patients. The new seminars, Part B Carrier Program Chair Program is designed to offer the corporate Workshop, the Welcome community an opportunity to partner with the FSN Reception and President’s Reception. And, of to provide quality educational opportunities to FSN course, there are no registration fees for FSN members and the nephrology community in members and their Office Managers. Florida. The FSN looks forward to a continued As is customary, this year’s meeting will focus partnership with the renal corporate industry as it on the latest research and clinical developments in strives to continue to assist Florida’s nephrologists the field, engaging a number of prominent national provide quality care for their patients. and local researchers and clinicians as speakers. Among the subjects that will be covered during D uring the past several weeks a number of events of particular importance to the renal the educational sessions are : • “Update on Federal and State Legislative and Regulatory Issues Affecting Nephrology”; community have occurred. The FDA issued a • Endothelial Health: The True Target for public health advisory and black box warning on Diabetes and Hypertension”; March 9, 2007 regarding Erythropoiesis- • The Great Debate: “Controlling Hyperphospha- Stimulating Agents (ESAs) that addressed serious temia in ESRD Patients”; Latest Advances in and life-threatening side effects in patients treated the Management of Hyperparathyroidism”; with these agents. In response, the Renal Physicians • “BK Nephropathy”R ; Associations notified the FDA “that the advisory • Recent Advances in Bone Disease and black box warning as currently drafted may be Management”; and misleading and only partly applicable to CKD and • “New Developments in Anemia and Iron ESRD patients, and as a result have caused Therapies” . considerable confusion in the kidney community”. As the nephrology community is well aware, use Please watch your mail for a copy of the meeting brochure, which contains all the detailed (Continued on page 2) information about the program and other related activities. ♦ SAVE THE DATE — FSN ANNUAL MEETING — September 28-30th— Sanibel Harbour Beach Hotel & Spa
  2. 2. FSN BULLETIN SPRING EDITION 2007 PAGE 2 President’s Message CORPORATE MEMBERS (Continued from page 1) EMERALD MEMBER of ESAs has been under close scrutiny for several months, following two published studies which raised questions about the risks to chronic kidney disease patients when EPO exceeded 12g/dl. CMS said in a statement its Medicare policy for ESAs is consistent with the National Kidney PLATINUM MEMBERS Foundation and industry guidelines , however it would reevaluate its policies in response to the FDA’s new ESAs labeling. FSN will continue to monitor the situation closely and will report any significant new information through our website– fsnonline.info. Nationally, there are several other initiatives that affect the renal community. In a statement released on April 4, 2007, the Centers for GOLD MEMBERS Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the specifications for the measures included in the 2007 Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative. These specifications include the two measures applicable to nephrology—dialysis dose and anemia management. In its March report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended dialysis clinics receive a 1.2 percent composite rate increase for 2008 and repeated its previous recommendations that Congress consider bundling SILVER MEMBERS separate billable drugs and lab services into the composite rate payment. As members are aware, we are approaching the time of year for making plans to attend the 2007 Annual Meeting which I am convinced will surpass our past meetings in interest and BRONZE MEMBERS attendance. The FSN’s Annual Meeting returns this year to Sanibel and the Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa on September 28-30, 2007, the scene of many previous successful meetings. As the past years have shown, FSN continues to grow in influence and effectiveness as a professional association. The Annual Meeting is the one occasion when we can get together and PLEASE SUPPORT OUR celebrate our achievements. Hope to see you. ♦ CORPORATE MEMBERS
  3. 3. FSN BULLETIN SPRING EDITION 2007 PAGE 3 External Affairs Report $200,000 “CBIR” was successfully included in st Dialysis Day: Feb 21 the House appropriations proposed budget PCB marked the third annual PBC 07-06 Line Item #672 on March 28th. Dialysis Day held in Tallahassee. The Florida Florida Kidney Disaster Coalition: The Renal Coalition met with Disaster Committee continues to meet with several key legislators in representatives from both in the Dialysis Field both the House and Senate as well as External Representatives from the Carl Brueggemeyer, MD regarding issues to increase the Power Industry and the Emergency Operations rate of reimbursement for Centers (EOC) in each community. Several Medicaid patients on dialysis, to provide the disaster drills have been successfully completed availability of pharmaceuticals delivered to patients by numerous units in the Tampa Bay area as during dialysis to be acquired and administered in well as a County Wide Disaster Drill for the dialysis unit rather than having patients fill Hillsborough County. The results and prescriptions and bring them to therapy, as well as improvements in communications as well as initiating a ESRD/ CKD Advisory Committee to development of safer plans is extremely develop guidelines for AHCA and Medicaid important and has been improved with such patients who suffer from CKD, are on dialysis or drills. Educational materials are available on have received transplantation. Efforts continue the website and Statewide Conferences to assist during this legislative session and we are hopeful Communities are underway. Please encourage that at least some of these issues are resolved your units and staff to participate to make this a during the current legislative session. success within the entire State of Florida. World Kidney Day: March 8th was a total success Medicaid Pharmacy & Therapeutics: Several with the Mayor of Miami Dade County, Carlos drugs have been added to the PDL (Preferred Alvarez presenting a proclamation declaring World drug list) and efforts are still underway by the Kidney Day to the NKF as well as to Tracy Florida Renal Coalition (FRC) to secure IV Wilson Mourning, wife of NBA Star Alonzo Pharmaceuticals for use with Medicaid patients Mourning. The KEEP program screened 98 during in-center dialysis. Please check the individuals for kidney disease with 98% at Medicaid website and download a complete list increased-risk. Volunteers participated from of Medicaid approved drugs. The list is usually nursing schools including University of Miami, updated by the beginning of each quarter or NOVA Southeastern, and Barry University. Special shortly after a meeting where changes have thanks to the Mayor’s office, Dr. Carmen Ortiz, been made. Alfredo Perez and Beverly Gould. Florida Renal Coalition: The FSN participates Chronic Kidney Awareness Day: March 13th in as an active member of the FRC and as noted Tallahassee was buzzing with National Kidney above, the FRC is actively trying to solve many Foundation Staff and volunteers who met with 24 Statewide issues relating to reimbursement, legislators in the House and Senate. Resolutions drugs and potentially establishing an advisory Declaring March 13th Chronic Kidney Disease committee in ESRD/CKD. Awareness Day was presented by Representative Anitere Flores and Senator Fredericka Wilson. The meetings gathered support for the $200,000 www.fsnonline.info “Community Budget Issue Request” for Kidney For updates, meeting information, Disease early Detection & Treatment Support. The registration and current news.
  4. 4. TAMPA, FL 33606 301 WEST PLATT ST PMB390 FLORIDA SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY Membership The FSN Bulletin is published by the T he good news is that our membership continues to FLORIDA SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY as an information source for nephrologists and other professionals Readers comments and ideas are always welcome:. grow. Correspondingly, our Please write or call: presence has become The Florida Society of Nephrology recognized and our influence 301 W. Platt St. PMB 390 — Tampa, FL 33606 increased, both at the local and national levels, whenever (813) 251-1868 Hugo Tapia, MD, Fax: (813) 251-5759 Membership Chair issues or needs arise relating E-mail: spero@tampabay.rr.com to nephrology and to the care of our patients. Even RPA has taken to recommending to www.fsnonline.info nephrologists in other states that they use FSN Officers: as a model for organizing themselves. The bad President: ……….……… David S. Pins, MD news, unfortunately, is that there are still too Immediate Past President: … Carl Brueggemeyer, MD Vice President: ………… Herman Weber, MD many nephrologists in Florida who have not Secretary: ……………….. Orlando Castillo, MD taken the step to become members. Treasurer: ……………….. Robert Geronemus, MD Therefore, I want to urge all those still not Directors at Large: enrolled as members to contact FSN’s office ALEJANDRO CARVALLO, MD to obtain a membership application and to WILLIAM E. HALEY, MD GARY HANSEN, MD promptly return the application and yearly VINOD PATEL, MD membership fee of $150. HUGO TAPIA, MD Phone: 813-251-1868 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: SPERO MOUTSATSOS E-mail spero@tampabay.rr.com