April 2016 through June 2016
Luis Alvarado, MD
Board of Governors
The LSMS Board of Governors met on Wednesday, June 8th at the LSMS offices in Baton Rouge. Below are the agenda items discussed at the meeting. If you want to know the specific outcome of a particular agenda item please address that request to your district councilor, the appropriate staff liaison or me. Any one of us can and will address your question(s) in a timely manner.
- Approval of Minutes from March 9, 2016 meeting
- LSBME Update from Dr. Michael Burdine, President
- 2015 Audit Results – LA Champagne LLC
- DHH Update – Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary
- Update on LSMS Councils (Member Services, Public Health & Socioeconomics)
- Update on the Journal of the LSMS
- Violence Against Physicians
- LSMS Board policy related to gifts
- Oklahoma legislation regarding MOC and physician licensure
- Appointments (2) to the Physicians Health Foundation of Louisiana
- Patients Compensation Fund Update
- 2015 Medical Student Section GME Report
- 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up
- Reports of officers
2016 Legislative Session
This Spring the LSMS was involved in two extraordinary legislative sessions in addition to the 2016 regular legislative session. The LSMS monitored more than 150 pieces of legislation during the sessions and overall it was a positive for physicians and organized medicine. Included with this report is the entire legislative wrap up for your review. Additionally, if you haven’t done so already, please contact government affairs staff directly and set up a legislative update/report at an upcoming parish medial society meeting. Lastly, I attended “White Coat Wednesday” at the Capitol on April 27, which was sponsored by the LSMS Alliance.
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
LSMS executive staff members attended the April 11, May 9, and June 13 meetings of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners on behalf of LSMS members and provided the LSMS Board of Governors with detailed summaries of the items discussed and actions taken during the public portion of each meeting. The LSMS was the only physician/medical organization to attend these meetings as a guest.
Louisiana Patients Compensation Fund Oversight Board
LSMS executive staff members attended the April 7, May 5, and June 2 meetings of the Louisiana Patients Compensation Fund Oversight Board on behalf of LSMS members and provided the LSMS Board of Governors with a summary report on the items discussed and actions taken during the public portion of the meeting. The only other guests to attend these meetings, in addition to the LSMS, were
LAMMICO and the Louisiana Dental Association. The PCF Board will be discussing surcharges for
2017 at their next meeting on July 7; I’ll keep you posted.
LSMS Alliance Annual Meeting
On April 22, I had the privilege of attending the presidential installation of Mrs. Cynthia Glancy in
Shreveport at the Shreveport Club. That same day I was honored to present the LSMS Alliance a $10,000
contribution from the society to help them maintain their day-to-day activities. I also presented Mrs.
Jackie Tucker with the LSMS Flame of Excellence Award, which is given each year to a member of the
Alliance for their outstanding contributions within their community.
LSMS Physician Leadership Academy
On April 23 the LSMS Physician Leadership Academy recognized its first 15 graduates. I was able to
address the class and present them each with a framed certificate of completion. The LSMS will be
offering another opportunity for young physicians to attend the leadership academy in the Spring of 2017
so look for more information in late Summer/early Fall.
Physicians’ Foundation Leadership Academy
From May 4-7, I attended the Physicians Foundation Leadership Academy within the Fuqua School of
Business at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Duke University along with Duke University
Health System created and delivered this two and a half day program covering domains of leadership in a
rapidly changing healthcare environment. The academy is sponsored by The Physicians’ Foundation and
aims to give state-level medical society leadership the necessary tools to bridge advocacy and
management and to become skillful and effective leaders. This was a great program and a wonderful
American Medical Association House of Delegates
From June 10-15, I attended the American Medical Association House of Delegates in Chicago as an
alternate delegate for the LSMS. There were approximately 550 delegates in attendance this year
representing all 50 states and most specialties. The LSMS, as directed by our own House, brought 4
resolutions to the meeting. They included: 1) asking the federal government to discontinue issuing
unfunded mandates to physicians, 2) opposing physician assisted suicide, 3) modernizing the AMA code
of medical ethics, and 4) collective bargaining for physicians. While none of our resolutions were
adopted as written, many of the recommendations were combined with recommendations from other
resolutions and were approved. Others were reaffirmed as existing policy and/or referred to the
appropriate committee for additional study. The next meeting of the AMA House of Delegates will be in
November. Additionally, during the presidential inauguration ceremony for Dr. Andrew W. Gurman, I
was able to join him on stage along with other state and specialty society presidents, which was quite
As always, if you have additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly.
Luis M. Alvarado, MD