Michael Michael A. LeNoir, MD, one of the top practicing allergists and pediatricians in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the president (2013-14) of the National Medical Association (NMA).
As an active member of NMA for 30 years, Dr. LeNoir has served as speaker of the House of Delegates, trustee, and chair of Region VI and chair of the Pediatric, Community Medicine and Allergy sections. He has received the De Haven Hixson Award from the NMA Section on Aerospace and Military Medicine, the Grace James Award from the Pediatric Section, and the Floyd Malveaux Award from the Allergy and Asthma Section. Dr. LeNoir has also served as the principal investigator on the Project Impact Grant, the Immunization Grant and on two current asthma grants. In August 2010, he received NMA’s Meritorious Service Award.
Dr. LeNoir is an associate clinical professor in pediatrics at the University of California, past chair of the clinical faculty at UCSF, secretary of the Board of Directors at Children’s Hospital Oakland, and chair of the Board of the African American Wellness Project. For 20 years, Dr. LeNoir was the director of allergy services at San Francisco General Hospital where he worked on asthma issues in underserved communities. He spent 10 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, receiving the Army Commendation Medal and serving as the allergy consultant to the 6th Army Area.
Dr. LeNoir is a lifetime member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI); is a member of the Sinkler Miller Medical Association; has served on the Board of the American Association of Certified Allergists (AACA) and as chairperson of the Underserved Committee of the American Academy of Allergy; and is the past president of the Northern California Allergy Association.
Dr. LeNoir has served as the president of the National Association of Physician Broadcasters (NAPB) and is the recipient of the NAPB Ken Alvord Distinguished Community Service Award. He is a recipient of the American Medical Association’s Pfizer Positive Physician Award, has been named the Oakland Citizen of the Year by the Oakland Tribune and twice named one of America’s leading African American Allergists by Black Enterprise, and for several years has been named one of the 200 best physicians by San Francisco and Oakland Magazines.
First, on behalf of the leadership and staff, best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. This has been an important year for the National Medical Association. Your leadership has been busy in a number of areas; I will mention just a few.
The National Medical Association continues to enthusiastically endorse the Affordable Care Act. The White House has already acknowledged that the website has been a problem, but assures America that it will be fixed in the immediate future. However, we must remember that a website is not a program; and in most parts of the country, the enrollment process is proceeding effectively.
We are excited about the Affordable Care Act because millions of Americans, many of whom are African Americans, will now receive both the quality and quantity of healthcare that they need. In addition, we are working with the Department of Health Services and the Congress to ensure that every American can keep the health care provider of their choice. Many of our member physicians have reported that networks and insurance companies have attempted to prevent them from seeing patients that they have traditionally served. I have been assured by the Congress that this was not the intent of the legislation and we are working aggressively to make the changes necessary in your behalf.
We will need your input and support as members of the National Medical Association. You must let us know in the areas where you live if you see African American physicians being excluded systematically from providing services through the Affordable Care Act. Please feel free to contact me directly at 510-220-1169 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Very soon we hope to have a resource center to process the information that you give us from your state.
The Hepatitis C Panel
The Hepatitis C Panel, under the leadership of two distinguished past presidents, Dr. Cedric M. Bright and Dr. Rahn K. Bailey, released its report and recommendations. Since we are close to a cure for Hepatitis C, the NMA recommends that all African Americans be tested and treated.
Sustainable Growth Rate
The NMA has been working with other groups to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate process. Since 2003, we've had to patch the SGR 15 times, at a total cost of $150 billion. The current patch cancels a scheduled 24 percent cut in doctor pay - at a cost of around $7 billion. And that's just for three months. Congress does not appear ready to repeal the flawed payment formula and replace it with a whole new system - one that pays doctors according to the quality of results they produce rather than the quantity of services they provide.
The National Medical Association has been working to reduce these cuts that were due to start January 1, 2014. We will continue to work with our allies to develop these rates in the best interest of our physicians.
Your leadership has been quite successful in containing operating costs on your behalf. As a result, both the 2013 Annual Convention and the National Colloquium on African American Health were successful events. We are working hard to continue this pattern.
NMA Colloquium on African American Health
Our 15th Annual National Colloquium on African American Health
will be held in Washington, DC, March 8-11, 2014, at the Marriott Metro Center. The Colloquium is an opportunity for the NMA leadership along with national, state and local legislators to discuss important healthcare issues that affect African Americans physicians and the patients and communities we serve.
The 2014 Colloquium promises to be one of our most exciting. Congressman G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) will be the keynote speaker and recipient of the Louis Stokes Health Policy Award. We've invited both local and national political leaders; media personalities; top-notch health scientists in the areas of hepatitis C, HIV and AIDS, sickle cell anemia; and of course experts dealing with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As additional attractions, we are developing a curriculum that addresses leadership for local society presidents and officers, and will have a day on the Hill with an opportunity for you to talk with your local representatives.
Anaphylaxis Grant Competition
NMA has formed a partnership with Mylan Specialty to award eight $10,000 research fellowships to NMA members in good standing for proposals related to improving the management of anaphylaxis and other allergy emergencies and/or follow up.
The deadline to submit proposals is March 1, 2014. Click here to download the RFA.
We Need Your RostersWe need the names of All members of your local society. We've asked for this information for the past two months. It is important to recognize that without this information many programs that you come to appreciate at both the national and local levels will be eliminated. We need those names now before the end of the year. Please send your lists to email@example.com.
Society of the Week
This week's local society week is the
Charles R. Drew Medical Society in Los Angeles. Last month they sponsored a day-long seminar of Diabetes, held a Charles R. Drew University. Under the leadership of Dr. Khadijah Lang, the Drew Medical Society has done outstanding work and provided two national presidents to the National Medical Association, Dr. Randall Maxey and Dr. Phillip Smith.
Congratulations to the Charles R. Drew Medical Society.
Renew Your MembershipDon't forget to renew your membership in the NMA now and get the tax deduction for next year. Click here to renew your membership now.
Michael A. LeNoir, M.D.
114th President of the National Medical Association