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Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Chapter

Allentown, PA

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Title/topic: Surviving the Sexual Harassment Epidemic: How to Protect You and Your Practice from Liability
Speaker: George C. Hlavac, Esquire of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus
Date: 01/17/2018
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

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St. Luke's Allentown Campus
Dimmig Education Center
1736 Hamilton Street
Allentown, PA 18104

Free Parking Garage behind St. Luke's University Hospital - Allentown Campus @
18th & Hamilton Streets.

Enter Hospital on 1st floor entrance. Go to Right of Registration Desk. Follow overhead signs for EAST WING (East Elevators). Dimmig Educational Center is along the hall on Right.


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Chapter News

11/22/2017 - The Legalization of Medical Marijuana and What it Means for Your Practice
Our Lehigh Valley PAHCOM Chapter meeting for November was held November 15, 2017. It was held at The Law Offices of Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus in Allentown. Today’s Speakers: John Buckley, Esquire Topic: The Legalization of Medical Marijuana and What it Means for Your Practice Attorney Buckley gave a presentation outlining some of the legal challenges to employers with the recent Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania. Medical Marijuana is legal in 28 states and the District of Columbia. Since the legalization of marijuana 8.9% of the work force tested positive for marijuana. This is an increase of 75%. Medical Marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance. There is a high potential for abuse. It is currently approved for 17 medical conditions. However it is still in the very early stages in PA and more conditions may be added. Qualified Medical Conditions: Patients can qualify for medical cannabis if they have a terminal illness or if they suffer from cancer, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, glaucoma, autism, sickle cell anemia, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity, and severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin, or if conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. There will be approved dispensaries and an ID card will be issued by State Department of Health. The Department of Health will be the regulatory authority. However, it is still illegal under Federal law. Federal Law guarantees the right to a drug free workplace therefore working under the influence is not permitted in the workplace. From a practical standpoint you will want to have your employee handbook updated and a policy in place that is consistent for all employees. What are you going to do with a positive test? At this time it is not clear if this will be a protected class within the ADA. It is assumed that there will be changes. This is a relatively new law and we will have to see how things unfold. The most important thing you can do from an employer standpoint is to have a policy in place that addresses drugs in the workplace as well as a policy for what happens to employees (or potential employees) who may test positive. Please refer to The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act 16: Guide for Employers and Employees for additional information. Aileen H. Naudascher, CMM, HITCM-PP, Secretary, Lehigh Valley Chapter

10/31/2017 - National Conference Update & Chapter Officer Elections
Our October 25th monthly chapter meeting was held at St. Luke’s Hospital in Allentown, PA. Our President, Cindy Fisher, CMM, HITCM-PP presented the banner we received at The PAHCOM National Conference recognizing the Lehigh Valley Chapter as Chapter of the Year for the third year in a row. Congratulations to all of our members who helped make this possible. We also receive a check in the amount of $1000 which we will use to build our membership. Thirteen of our members attended the National Conference. Our Lehigh Valley Chapter is in the planning phase of our Spring Inspiration Conference to be held April 12 & 13, 2018 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort. Please make your plans to attend. All are welcome to experience this time of Education as well as some fun. We are also looking forward to our Health Reform Conference, Monday December 4th at Bear Creek Mountain Resort. Representative Charlie Dent will be our Keynote Speaker. Our Holiday Dinner and installation of our new Chapter Officers will be held directly following the conference. Cindy Fisher and Suzette Benedick recently participated in a media production being put together by Penn State Lehigh Valley highlighting the internship program for students of the Health Policy Administration. Our Lehigh Valley chapter members are taking interns into our offices from the HPA program. Our chapter continues to work toward a formal ACP program with Penn State Lehigh Valley. Steph Hanzl, Vice President presented information regarding Chapter Elections. She encouraged members who may consider running for a position to nominate themselves. The positions to fill include President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and Membership Director. Being involved in the leadership at the Chapter level is a good way to meet new people, grow your professional network as well has develop your leadership potential. You will be challenged to get out of your comfort zone and expand into other responsibilities. You will be surrounding yourself with Like Minded Peers, investing in your learning, taking on new challenges and hopefully have some fun along the way.


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Suzette Benedick, MBA, CHC, CMM, HITCM-PP
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Chapter Officers

Suzette Benedick, MBA, CHC, CMM, HITCM-PP

Steph Hanzl, CMM, RN, CCRP

Aileen Naudascher, CMM, HITCM-PP

Wanda Cronrath, LPN, CMM, HITCM-PP

Membership Director:
Cindy Fisher, CMM, HITCM-PP


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