July 1-September 30, 2017
The 3rd quarter of 2017 proved to be a time of great reflection, as well as, one of anticipation as the LSMS turns the page and begins the next chapter of its storied history. I along with your Council on Legislation Chairman, David Broussard, MD, and LSMS staff spent the better part of July and August navigating the state informing members of our great wins during the 2017 legislative session. We specifically highlighted how the LSMS was proactively tackling the Opioid crisis in Louisiana. Additionally, we briefed those same members on yet another year of surcharge reductions from the Louisiana Patients Compensation Oversight Board, which puts real dollars back into our pockets. Lastly, we engaged in how the LSMS would operate more effectively and efficiently beginning on September 1, 2017 when local independence begins, thus allowing physicians a choice as to how and where they spend their dues dollars.
As always, I look forward to representing you in these matters and keeping you abreast of any changes.
William "Beau" Clark, MD, FACEP
Below you will find a short summary of events and activities that have occurred during the third quarter of 2017.
Board of Governors
The LSMS Board of Governors held its third regularly scheduled meeting of 2017 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at the LSMS office in Baton Rouge. This meeting was highlighted by the following agenda items:
- LSMS letter of support to LDH regarding alarming pulse oximeters (click here to read the letter)
- LSMS letter of support opposing certain provisions within the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (click here to read the letter)
- LSMS participation in MOC meeting at ABMS offices in December 2017
- Determining site for 2019 House of Delegates
- Filling open councilor seats in districts 4 and 6
- Proposed membership related activities for 2018
- Hurricane Harvey update and donation to Texas Medical Association
- Discussion of state-wide EMS protocols
- Update on recent LSBME meetings/activities
- Update on recent PCF meetings/activities
- Interviews for LSMS seat on the Patients Compensation Fund Oversight Board
- Approved Epocrates as a new members only benefit
- Discussed 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal in the Burchfield v. Wright case
- Report from eQHealth Solutions
- Report for the Physicians Foundation
- Report from the LSMS Alliance
As always, if you would like additional information related to any of the agenda items listed above, please address your request to your district councilor or the appropriate LSMS staff liaison as either can and will address your question(s) in a timely manner. Additionally, you can send your questions and/or comments directly to me as well at email@example.com. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Governors is scheduled for Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
During the last three months, I along with LSMS Council on Legislation Chairman, David Broussard, MD, and LSMS staff spent the better part of July and August navigating the state informing members of our great wins during the 2017 Legislative Session. We had the privilege to address members in-person at meetings held by: Orleans Parish Medical Society, Jefferson Parish Medical Society, Calcasieu Parish Medical Society, Capital Area Medical Society, Ouachita Medical Society, St. Tammany Parish Medical Society, and the LSMS Alliance.
Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners
LSMS executive staff attended the July 17, August 14, and September 18 meetings of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) 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. The highlights included the LSBME discussing new licensure requirements for residents, moonlighting restrictions for residents, 2018 opioid CME requirements, and pending rules related to collaborative practice agreements and medical marijuana. Additionally, the LSBME announced and hired Vincent J. Culotta, Jr., MD, as the new executive director of the LSBME. Click here to view all minutes from previous meetings of the LSMBE.
Louisiana Patients Compensation Fund Oversight Board
LSMS executive staff attended the July 13, August 3, and September 7 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 LSMS and its appointees on the Patient's Compensation Fund board have successfully advocated for annual rate reductions since 2012. Physician savings in 2017 average 11.8% and $6,342 over the last 5 years. See the PCF chart below to view your specialty class and savings. Click here to view minutes from the past PCF meetings.
Continuing Medical Education Workshop
In August, the LSMS hosted a CME workshop updating and educating attendees on new policies and procedures related to the planning and presenting of continuing medical education (CME) activities from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The workshop also provided networking opportunities for CME stakeholders. The LSMS currently accredits the following organizations as CME providers: Baton Rouge General Hospital, Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier, Correct Care, Inc., East Jefferson General Hospital, Glenwood Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Regional Physician Hospital Organization, LSMS Educational and Research Foundation, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, St. Bernard Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center, Touro Infirmary, Willis-Knighton Health System, Woman’s Foundation, Inc., and Woman’s Hospital.
Karl M. Altenburger, MD Physician Leadership Academy
In late September, LSMS President-Elect Susan Bankston, MD, and I had the opportunity to join several of our fellow officers from other state medical associations at the Karl M. Altenburger, MD Physician Leadership Academy, which was offered in collaboration with the esteemed Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandies University, located in Wellesley, MA. The academy used both seminar and small group formats to help physicians learn how to deploy a variety of leadership and management skills for effective organizational transformation.
The deadline for Parish Medical Societies to select their new relationship with the LSMS was September 1, 2017. To date, three Parish Medical Societies have selected to be a Chartered Parish Society and eleven have selected to be an Affiliated Parish Society. See below for a listing. Chartered Parish Societies may be subject to bylaws, meeting, and financial reviews and shall be bound by any resolutions or other actions of the House of Delegates. None of these provisions apply to Affiliated Parish Societies. Additionally, the LSMS began billing for the 2018 membership year, where the invoice will contain only LSMS dues.
Affiliated Parish Society
- Calcasieu Parish Medical Society
- Capital Area Medical Society
- Delta Parish Medical Society
- Jefferson Parish Medical Society
- Lafayette Parish Medical Society
- Lafourche Parish Medical Society
- Ouachita Parish Society
- Shreveport Medical Society
- Vermillion Medical Society
Chartered Parish Society
- Acadia Parish Medical Society
- Avoyelles Parish Medical Society
- Orleans Parish Medical Society
As always, if you have additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.