Join us Wednesday, January 31 at 3:00pm ET for a live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, on the impact on US healtchare of President Trump’s first year in office. Topics to be discussed are subject to change but will likely include:
- With TrumpCare as we knew it a year ago essentially dead, where we now stand.
- Reactions to Pres. Trump’s touting in his 1st State of the Union address (Jan 30, 2018) of the FDA’s approval of more drugs last year than any other year on record, his plan to decrease prescription drug prices, and his goal of getting more terminally ill patients into trials of experimental drugs.
- The impact on the US healthcare systems as a whole, as well as on patients and healthcare professionals specifically, of Alex Azar taking office as the Secretary of HHS.
- The pros and Cons of Paul Ryan’s Patient’s Choice Act, where it stands, and what would result if it came to be law.
- What will come of Pres Trump’s administration allowing states (as of January 11) to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients.
- What will result from the Obamacare tax on those who don’t get health insurance being repealed with Pres Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
- An executive order signed by Pres Trump on Oct 12, 2017 that modified Obamacare in 5 ways.
- What directing R. Alexander Acosta (Secretary of US Dept of Labor) to expand access to association health plans means and what will come of it.
- What will come of requests under the executive order for Acosta to ease restrictions on short-term health plans and allow employers to use pretax dollars for “health reimbursement arrangements”
- What it means for patients and healthcare providers that this executive order also commissions a study to find ways to limit consolidation within insurance & hospital industries, as well as directs agencies to find additional means to increase competition & choice in healthcare.
- The results of Pres Trump ending reimbursement to insurers who waived deductibles and co-payments for low-income customers.
- The Alexander-Murray plan.
- How a full Obamacar/ACA repeal would affect patients and healthcare professionals.
How to Join the Chat
- Log into your Twitter account. Don’t have an account? Where have you been?! Just kidding, we don’t judge, but you should get one! It’s easy to create, and free. You’ll be glad you did.
- A couple minutes before 3:00pm ET on December 13, Search Twitter (top right of every Twitter page) for #PWChat.
- On the search results page, click Latest at the top left. This will show you all the latest tweets using the #PWChat hashtag. The page will automatically update every couple minutes, letting you know how many new tweets there are using the #PWChat hashtag.
- Answer questions, reply to other’s comments, or make a comment of your own as much and as often as you like. Just make sure to leave room in include #PWChat to make sure what you tweet is included in the chat. Otherwise, it won’t be seen.
- While you’re at it, be sure to follow @physicianswkly and @DrLindaMD!
About Dr. Girgis
Dr. Linda Girgis MD, FAAFP is a family physician who treats patients in South River, New Jersey and its surrounding communities. She holds board certification from the American Board of Family Medicine and is affiliated with both St. Peter’s University Hospital and Raritan Bay Hospital. Dr. Girgis also collaborates closely with several universities and medical schools where she teaches medical students and residents.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Girgis attended the St. George’s University School of Medicine and successfully her medical degree. She went on to complete her internship and residency at Sacred Heart Hospital, a program affiliated with Temple University. During this time, she was recognized as intern of the year by the faculty. Over the course of her practice, Dr. Girgis has continued to earn awards and recognition from her peers and a variety of industry bodies, including:
• Top Innovator in Healthcare award by Quality Insights, 2006
• Patients’ Choice Award, 2011-2012
• Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2011-2012
• Bridges to Excellence Recognition 2012-2015
• NCQA Physician Practice Connections – Patient Centered Medical Home, 2012-2015
She is an Advisory Board member for Sermo. Additionally, she is a blogger for Physician’s Weekly and MedicalPractice Insider as well as a guest columnist for Medcity News and Health IT Outcomes. She published articles in several other media outlets. Recently, she has authored the books, “Inside Our Broken Healthcare System” and “The War on Doctors”. She has been interviewed in US News, on NBC Nightly News, and many other media outlets. Dr. Girgis’ primary goal as a physician remains ensuring that each of her patients receives the highest available standard of medical care.