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Letter to the New England Chapter Membership

posted: July 10, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

This year has seen a fundamental change in the management of national AACE. Formerly, chapters depended on national for coordinating its financial structure, organizing annual meetings and cme and for offering reliable and efficient contacts within the organization. Approximately one year ago, as stated in my previous letter, national decided , for business reasons, to stop its day to day services to its chapters. Thus, after months of negotiations, NEAACE as well as other chapters, signed an agreement with WJ Weiser, a well-respected management company to help coordinate chapter activities. Thus far they have been very responsive to our needs and have exceeded our expectations. We look forward to a long relationship with them.

So, here’s what’s been happening with chapter activities. Under the leadership of Dr. Bill Sullivan, the legislative committee has written the following letters to our legislators on behalf of our patients and our members: to BCBSMA a letter with regard to CGM coverage for insulin-requiring patients with diabetes; a letter to CVS with regard to limiting glucose test strips for medicare beneficiaries; a letter in support of Senator Montigny’s bill — s.712 — “an act to promote transparency and prevent price gouging of pharmaceutical drug prices.” This action was taken in cooperation with the Mass. chapter of the ACP; a letter to Governor Charlie Baker, Speaker DeLeo, Senator Spilka and all NE governors concerning the exorbitant cost of insulin; a letter to Rep. Roy and Senator Welch concerning the rising cost of insulin; a letter of appeal from former NEAACE president, Dr. Stephanie Lee, to BCBSMA for thyroseq testing.

We honored Dr. Edward Horton at our annual 2018 meeting at the Newton Marriott Hotel with the NEAACE Distinguished Member Award. Known nationally as an expert in diabetes care,  we thanked Dr. Horton for his long and distinguished career in improving the care of patients with diabetes.

Recently our 3D forum series, “Dinner Drink Discuss,” was held in New Hampshire under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Kelly. Dr. Cusaro discussed Hypoparathyroidism with our colleagues “up north.”

The American College of Endocrinology continues to accept applications for a 2-4 week training experience in the U.S. or abroad. This is open to endocrine fellows as a Travel Grant. I urge you to encourage fellows to take advantage of this unique training experience.

Under the leadership of Dr. Richard Haas and Dr. Ehud Hamoudeh the 2019 NEAACE lectureship will be held at Umass Medical Center. Details to follow.

Finally, we look forward to our 11th Annual NEAACE meeting on Sept. 14, 2019 at the Newton Marriott Hotel in Newton, Mass. Online registration can be made on this site. The website includes a link to both our new website and the annual meeting registration site. A fellows program and program directors meeting will be held concurrently. Please register today and note the outstanding speakers on the program who will discuss topics of major concern to practicing endocrinologists.

Likewise, on Nov. 23, 2019 the second Endo-Surg. meeting will take place at the Newton Marriott Hotel. An outstanding program has been organized for both endocrine surgeons and endocrinologists. A half day meeting is planned divided between topics in adrenal disease and cutting edge issues in thyroid disease with special emphasis on thyroid cancer. Registration details will be forthcoming.

As always, we look forward to your input in the chapter. Please contact me or our board members with any questions or concerns. Have a pleasant and productive summer. I hope to welcome all of you on Sept. 14 at our Annual Meeting and on Nov. 23 at the Endo-Surg. meeting.

Best regards to all,

Barry (Izenstein) M.D. MACP, FACE
President NEAACE
Baystate Medical Center
Springfield, Mass.