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  8. <pubDate>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 19:53:01 GMT</pubDate>
  9. <copyright>Copyright &#xA9; 2019 Louisiana State Medical Society</copyright>
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  12. <title>LSMS Membership Renewal and Why It&apos;s Important </title>
  13. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/472034/</link>
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  18. <address style="color: #000000; text-align: center;"><span><em><span style="font-size: 10px;">Jeff Williams<br />
  19. LSMS EVP and CEO</span></em></span></address>
  20. <p style="color: #000000; text-align: left;">The kids are back in school, football is in the air, the holiday season is just around the corner, and, for most of you, it is the end of our traditional membership year. For more than 140 years, the LSMS has proudly worked for the Louisiana physician community! Our charge is to advocate, collaborate, communicate, and educate on your behalf. We focus on you, so you can focus on patients. Each year, medicine advances through innovation, awareness, and professionalism. It's always exciting to look back and celebrate our accomplishments, as we anticipate what the future may bring.<br />
  21. &nbsp;<br />
  22. In 2019, LSMS has a number of successes to brag about:</p>
  23. <ul style="color: #000000; text-align: justify;">
  24.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  25.    <p>We updated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lsms.org/" title="http://www.lsms.org" style="color: #0072c6;">www.lsms.org</a>! Go online and check it out.</p>
  26.    </li>
  27.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  28.    <p>We brought the&nbsp;<em>Journal</em>&nbsp;back to a print format.&nbsp;</p>
  29.    <ul>
  30.        <li>
  31.        <p>It's now printed tri-annually.</p>
  32.        </li>
  33.        <li>
  34.        <p>It includes scientific cases, membership news, and Society updates.</p>
  35.        </li>
  36.    </ul>
  37.    </li>
  38.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  39.    <p>We returned to grassroots advocacy!</p>
  40.    <ul>
  41.        <li>
  42.        <p>More than 550 LSMS members responded to our 2019 legislative session calls-to-action.</p>
  43.        </li>
  44.        <li>
  45.        <p>We had 40 LSMS members join us for White Coat Wednesday at the Capitol.</p>
  46.        </li>
  47.        <li>
  48.        <p>There are five registered lobbyists to protect you and your profession.</p>
  49.        </li>
  50.        <li>
  51.        <p>We have strengthened coalitions with more than 15 medicine and healthcare organizations.</p>
  52.        </li>
  53.    </ul>
  54.    </li>
  55.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  56.    <p>We increased membership participation.</p>
  57.    <ul>
  58.        <li>
  59.        <p>There are 31 LSMS members representing the profession on 18 statewide Boards and Commissions.</p>
  60.        </li>
  61.    </ul>
  62.    </li>
  63.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  64.    <p>We grew the membership.</p>
  65.    <ul>
  66.        <li>
  67.        <p><strong>Our active membership jumped by 48%</strong>.</p>
  68.        </li>
  69.        <li>
  70.        <p>We have the largest number of 100% group members ever, with 39 groups and growing!</p>
  71.        </li>
  72.    </ul>
  73.    </li>
  74.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  75.    <p>We developed new member-led election efforts!</p>
  76.    <ul>
  77.        <li>
  78.        <p>LAMPAC endorsed and contributed to 52 candidates in the 2019 Primary election.</p>
  79.        </li>
  80.        <li>
  81.        <p>LAMPAC leaders have met with dozens of candidates and hand delivered new LSMS issue-focused information.&nbsp;</p>
  82.        </li>
  83.    </ul>
  84.    </li>
  85. </ul>
  86. <p style="color: #000000; text-align: left;">To share these successes, LSMS staff drove more than 1,300 miles around the state to host the LSMS Summer Road Show membership meetings. Thank you to everyone who attended. We look forward to seeing more of you as we continue outreach efforts in your area.<br />
  87. &nbsp;<br />
  88. As we look forward to 2020, we are excited to announce the dates for our 139<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates. We hope you will consider joining us on January 23-25, 2020, at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Visit our website&nbsp;<a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/page/HODparticipate" style="color: #0072c6;">here</a>&nbsp;to learn about being involved as a delegate or attending as a member.<br />
  89. <br />
  90. Furthermore, we are working on new endeavors which include:</p>
  91. <ul style="color: #000000; text-align: justify;">
  92.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  93.    <p>Additions to our publications and resources:</p>
  94.    <ul>
  95.        <li>
  96.        <p>"Know your Due Process Rights," a must-have for all physicians.</p>
  97.        </li>
  98.        <li>
  99.        <p>"LSMS New Physicians Guide" for medical students, residents, and physicians.</p>
  100.        </li>
  101.    </ul>
  102.    </li>
  103.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  104.    <p>New member benefits like a LSMS Multi-Employer 401(k) Plan</p>
  105.    </li>
  106. </ul>
  107. <p style="color: #000000; text-align: left;">As a member, LSMS keeps you up-to-date on what is happening within the Society and the profession. We have a number of continuous benefits to enhance your membership:</p>
  108. <ul style="color: #000000; text-align: justify;">
  109.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  110.    <p>Our weekly e-newsletter, "Capsules QW," communicates association and industry information. It is distributed on Saturday mornings.</p>
  111.    </li>
  112.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  113.    <p>We offer professional, technical, and educational resources specific to physicians:</p>
  114.    <ul>
  115.        <li>
  116.        <p>Annual&nbsp;Legislative Update</p>
  117.        </li>
  118.        <li>
  119.        <p>Termination of the Patient/Physician Relationship</p>
  120.        </li>
  121.        <li>
  122.        <p>Closing a Medical Practice</p>
  123.        </li>
  124.        <li>
  125.        <p>Recognizing and Managing Physician Burnout</p>
  126.        </li>
  127.    </ul>
  128.    </li>
  129.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  130.    <p>A dedicated staff with specialized knowledge is available to discuss all areas of healthcare related to the practice of medicine.</p>
  131.    </li>
  132.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  133.    <p>The LSMS Physician Leadership Academy is hosted in conjunction with the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business Administration and seeks to give physicians a foundational and practical knowledge base as they take on more leadership roles in their organization.</p>
  134.    </li>
  135.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  136.    <p>Discounts are offered on various educational programs and regional meetings.</p>
  137.    </li>
  138.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  139.    <p>Members are given the opportunity to give back to the profession through service:</p>
  140.    <ul>
  141.        <li>
  142.        <p>LSMS Councils and committees,</p>
  143.        </li>
  144.        <li>
  145.        <p>Statewide Boards and Commissions where LSMS has appointive roles, and</p>
  146.        </li>
  147.        <li>
  148.        <p>Joining our Advocacy efforts through your attendance and/or participation in VoterVoice grassroots efforts.</p>
  149.        </li>
  150.    </ul>
  151.    </li>
  152.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  153.    <p>Scholarships are offered to LSMS member medical students.</p>
  154.    </li>
  155.    <li style="text-align: left;">
  156.    <p>Advertising opportunities for your organization are given at discounted rates to members who wish to advertise in LSMS publications or to exhibit/sponsor events.&nbsp;</p>
  157.    </li>
  158. </ul>
  159. <p style="color: #000000; text-align: left;">We appreciate our LSMS members and their commitment to the Society. We urge you to stay a part of the Society and continue to receive the benefits of membership by taking action as soon as you receive your renewal invoice. The easiest way to renew is to sign up for our *NEW* auto-pay membership. Monthly, quarterly, and annual installments are available. You can also renew through the secure payment link sent directly to your email inbox. &nbsp;For members and practices that prefer to pay via check, a paper invoice can be provided. As you submit your renewal, please verify and update your profile so that we can better communicate with you!</p>
  160. <p style="color: #000000; text-align: center;"><img alt="" height="659" src="https://d3dkdvqff0zqx.cloudfront.net/groups/lsms/images/update.jpg" width="396" style="height: 659px; width: 396px; border: 0px solid;" /></p>
  161. <p style="color: #000000; text-align: left;">As a LSMS member, you are investing in your future and the future of YOUR chosen profession. We take great pride in a membership that connects you with peers; shares best practices; provides education to help you better serve your patients; provides quick access to information and resources; and ultimately helps you navigate the administrative burden and hassle factors associated with practicing medicine in today's ever changing world.<br />
  162. &nbsp;<br />
  163. The LSMS has specific membership categories for every practice setting of a physician's career lifecycle.&nbsp; You can view our specific membership categories&nbsp;<a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/page/Membership#MemberTypes" style="color: #0072c6;">here</a>. If you practice in a group with FIVE or more physicians, please consider a group membership, which may entitle your organization to additional benefits and unique pricing.&nbsp;<br />
  164. &nbsp;<br />
  165. You can contact Terri Watson, Director of Administration and Member Services at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:[email protected]" style="color: #0072c6;">[email protected]</a>&nbsp;to learn more about everything discussed in this article.</p>
  166. <p style="color: #000000; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<br />
  167. <img alt="" height="384" src="https://d3dkdvqff0zqx.cloudfront.net/groups/lsms/images/auto-1-11.png" width="650" style="height: 384px; width: 650px; border: 0px solid;" /></p>]]></description>
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  169. <pubDate>Mon, 30 Sep 2019 19:53:01 GMT</pubDate>
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  172. <title>The Physicians Foundation Launches Campaign to Help Prevent Physician Suicide</title>
  173. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/470597/</link>
  174. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/470597/</guid>
  175. <description><![CDATA[<p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;">In recognition of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day, The Physicians Foundation, announced the launch of&nbsp;<i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;"><a href="https://physiciansfoundation.org/vitalsigns/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" class="external" style="color: #00559f; background-color: transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; text-decoration: none;">Vital Signs</a></i>,&nbsp;a campaign to help raise greater awareness about the physician suicide epidemic and to provide physicians the tools to attend to their own wellbeing.</p>
  176. <p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;">?One physician commits suicide every day, the highest suicide rate of any profession and more than twice that of the general population,? said&nbsp;<span class="xn-person" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Gary Price</span>, M.D., president of The Physicians Foundation. ?These are our mothers and fathers, wives and husbands, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. They are human beings who deal with emotional and physical pain, and neurocognitive issues, like depression and anxiety, all of which are exacerbated by very stressful careers. We cannot continue to lose so many talented and caring professionals every year.?</p>
  177. <p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;"><i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Vital Signs&nbsp;</i>is designed to empower physicians, their colleagues and loved ones, to check in on one another?s wellbeing. Ultimately, this will help destigmatize the negativity around physicians seeking help for their mental health. The campaign uses an educational webpage to help understand the warning signs to look for in someone who may be suicidal. In addition,&nbsp;<i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Vital Signs&nbsp;</i>provides a guide to help start a conversation with a physician about whom a colleague may be concerned.</p>
  178. <p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;">?To make progress in addressing physician suicide, we must address the persistent stigma surrounding seeking mental help in the profession and the lack of organizational support for physicians coping with the traumatic events and burdens that take away from the joy of practicing medicine. The reasons for suicide are multifactorial but there is no doubt that long term stress and burnout contribute to a greater risk of suicide among physicians,? noted Dr. Price. ?<i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Vital Signs</i>&nbsp;is an effort to reduce that stigma and to get physicians to check in with one another.?</p>
  179. <p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;">The&nbsp;<i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Vital Signs&nbsp;</i>campaign is part of the Foundation?s ongoing commitment to protect physician wellbeing, including addressing burnout, which can have devastating effects on the access, quality and cost of our country?s health care. It?s estimated that one million Americans lose their physician to suicide each year.</p>
  180. <p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;">In 2018, the Foundation&nbsp;<a href="https://physiciansfoundation.org/research-insights/the-physicians-foundation-2018-physician-survey/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" class="external" style="color: #00559f; background-color: transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; text-decoration: none;">released</a>&nbsp;results from a nationwide survey, which revealed 78% of physicians experienced burnout due to factors such as loss of clinical autonomy, electronic health record (EHR) challenges and barriers to addressing patients? social needs that are directly impacting their health outcomes. To combat the main drivers of burnout and improve physician wellbeing, the Foundation is focused on:</p>
  181. <ul>
  182.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Clinical autonomy:&nbsp;</b>Collaborating with the American Medical Association to extend its&nbsp;<a href="https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&amp;l=en&amp;o=2582328-1&amp;h=2925955655&amp;u=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.ama-assn.org%252Famaone%252Fpractice-transformation&amp;a=Practice+Transformation+Initiative" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" class="external" style="color: #00559f; background-color: transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; text-decoration: none;">Practice Transformation Initiative</a>&nbsp;to support state medical societies in engaging health organizations representing 1,000+ physicians adapt, thrive and enhance professional satisfaction while reducing burnout;</li>
  183.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">EHRs:&nbsp;</b>Facilitating&nbsp;<a href="https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&amp;l=en&amp;o=2582328-1&amp;h=2224988241&amp;u=https%253A%252F%252Fphysiciansfoundation.org%252Fpress-releases%252Fthe-physicians-foundation-announces-interoperability-fund-to-improve-health-information-exchange-in-six-states%252F&amp;a=The+Physicians+Foundation+Interoperability+Fund" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" class="external" style="color: #00559f; background-color: transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; text-decoration: none;">The Physicians Foundation Interoperability Fund</a>&nbsp;to assist medical practices in six states in effectively sharing clinical information with other physicians and hospitals through health information exchanges; and</li>
  184.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Patient Social Needs:&nbsp;</b>Working with&nbsp;<a href="https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&amp;l=en&amp;o=2582328-1&amp;h=1562418936&amp;u=https%253A%252F%252Fphysiciansfoundation.org%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252F2019%252F08%252FThe-Physicians-Foundation-SDOH-Viewpoints.pdf&amp;a=The+Health+Initiative" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" class="external" style="color: #00559f; background-color: transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; text-decoration: none;">The Health Initiative</a>&nbsp;to advance three states? efforts to integrate social determinants of health into care delivery and payment models to improve patients? lives and mitigate physician burnout.</li>
  185. </ul>
  186. <p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;">The Foundation is also supporting the following physician wellbeing efforts across the country:</p>
  187. <ul>
  188.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">American Academy of Pediatrics: Women?s Wellness through Equity and Leadership</li>
  189.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Association of Women Surgeons Foundation: Coaching Program to Address Burnout in Women Surgery Residents</li>
  190.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;"><span class="xn-person" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Baylor Scott</span>&nbsp;&amp; White Central Texas Foundation: Leadership Development as a Unique Tool to Fight Burnout in Women Physicians</li>
  191.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University: Development and Evaluation of an Opinion Leader Based Initiative to Create a Culture of Wellness</li>
  192.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Community Service Education and Research Foundation of SSVMS: Joy of Medicine</li>
  193.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Family Health Center of Worcester: An Innovative Model for a Comprehensive Physician Wellness Program</li>
  194.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute: Mentoring to Promote Professional Fulfillment and Reduce Burnout in a Department of Medicine</li>
  195.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Massachusetts General Hospital: Reaching Their Personal Best: Coaching for Professional Development and Wellbeing</li>
  196.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Mayo Clinic: RCT: Effect of Coaching on Mid-Career Physician Wellbeing, Job Satisfaction, &amp; Fulfillment</li>
  197.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Metro Omaha Medical Society Foundation: Provider Wellness Initiative</li>
  198.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Mount Sinai Medical Center: Innovations in Physician Wellness: Transforming Culture, Redesigning Systems, Promoting Wellbeing</li>
  199.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Physicians for a Healthy California: Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations: Reducing Stress and Physician Burnout</li>
  200.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Regents of&nbsp;<span class="xn-org" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">University of California, San Diego</span>: Mindful Mental Training Physicians: Stress Resilience and Wellbeing</li>
  201.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Travis County Medical Society Foundation: Physician Wellness Program Development Initiative</li>
  202.    <li style="margin: 0px 0px 1em 2.5rem; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation: Healthy Healer Program</li>
  203. </ul>
  204. <p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;">To explore&nbsp;<i style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">Vital Signs,&nbsp;</i>visit&nbsp;<a href="https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&amp;l=en&amp;o=2582328-1&amp;h=334431459&amp;u=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.physiciansfoundation.org%252Fvitalsigns&amp;a=www.physiciansfoundation.org%252Fvitalsigns" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" class="external" style="color: #00559f; background-color: transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; text-decoration: none;">www.physiciansfoundation.org/vitalsigns</a>. The website is intended for educational purposes only. If you need further guidance or are in a crisis, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255) for free 24/7 support.</p>
  205. <p style="color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 1.75rem; padding: 0px; border-style: none; border-width: 0px; border-image: none 100% / 1 / 0 stretch; text-align: start; text-decoration: none; letter-spacing: 0.32px;"><b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none;">About the Physicians Foundation<br class="dnr" />
  206. </b>The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and helps them facilitate the delivery of health care to patients. It pursues its mission through a variety of activities including grant-making, research, white papers and policy studies. Since 2005, the Foundation has awarded numerous multi-year grants totaling more than $50 million. In addition, the Foundation focuses on the following core areas: physician leadership, physician wellness, physician practice trends, drivers of health and the impact of health care reform on physicians and patients. As the health care system in America continues to evolve, The Physicians Foundation is steadfast in its determination to strengthen the physician-patient relationship and assist physicians in sustaining their medical practices in today?s practice environment. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://c212.net/c/link/?t=0&amp;l=en&amp;o=2582328-1&amp;h=230497837&amp;u=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.physiciansfoundation.org%252F&amp;a=www.PhysiciansFoundation.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" class="external" style="color: #00559f; background-color: transparent; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px none; text-decoration: none;">www.PhysiciansFoundation.org</a>.</p>]]></description>
  207. <category>Society News</category>
  208. <pubDate>Thu, 19 Sep 2019 17:13:55 GMT</pubDate>
  209. </item>
  210. <item>
  211. <title>State&apos;s Largest Physician PAC Endorses Candidates</title>
  212. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/466986/</link>
  213. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/466986/</guid>
  214. <description><![CDATA[<p style="text-align: justify;">The Louisiana Medical Political Action Committee (<span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LAMPAC" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LAMPAC</span>), the political arm of the Louisiana State Medical Society (<span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LSMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LSMS</span>), has endorsed candidates in the Governor's race, 35 legislative races, and in the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's race. <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LAMPAC" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LAMPAC</span> is a non-partisan, state political action committee. It is a separate organization from <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LSMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LSMS</span> and is responsible for political fundraising and candidate support.<br />
  215. &nbsp;<br />
  216. "<span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LAMPAC" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LAMPAC</span> is pleased to offer our support to these endorsed candidates, three of whom are <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LSMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LSMS</span> members and physicians," Robert Bass, MD, <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LAMPAC's" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LAMPAC's</span> chairman. "It's been a number of years since we decided to take a position in the Governor's race, but we have one of our own running in Dr. Ralph Abraham. We believe that physicians supporting physicians is important, and when you have a candidate like Dr. Ralph Abraham, it's very easy to make this decision. Dr. Abraham has a wealth of knowledge that is critical to helping Louisiana improve healthcare outcomes. Joining Dr. Abraham as <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LSMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LSMS</span> members and candidates are Drs. Greg Lord and William "Beau" Clark. <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LAMPAC" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LAMPAC</span> has endorsed all three candidates and looks forward to having additional physician voices to highlight healthcare issues in Louisiana."<br />
  217. &nbsp;<br />
  218. In its first round of endorsements, the PAC has endorsed 37 candidates. The PAC is continuing to review other races and candidates for viability in alignment with its goals and objectives.<br />
  219. &nbsp;<br />
  220. "<span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LAMPAC's" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LAMPAC's</span> board members take their charge very seriously," said Dr. Bass, "We spent several hours discussing every race that is contested in Louisiana. We will continue to compile research and information and plan to meet again multiple times in order to determine which candidates best align with physician's beliefs and our efforts to protect our right to practice medicine in Louisiana.<br />
  221. &nbsp;<br />
  222. Louisiana's physicians contribute to the overall economic health of Louisiana. Beyond physicians' role in safeguarding the health of our communities, physicians in Louisiana are a major driver of the state economy, spurring economic&nbsp;growth, and creating jobs across all industries. Louisiana physicians hire locally, buy locally, and support the local economy. Through the creation of jobs with strong wages and benefits paid to workers across the state, physicians empower a high-quality, sustainable workforce that generates state and local tax revenue for community investments. Physicians add opportunity, growth, and prosperity to the Louisiana economy by creating 119,515 jobs and generating $19.9 billion in economic activity, according to a 2018 report, <em>The Economic Impact of Physicians in Louisiana</em>, released by the Louisiana State Medical Society (<span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LSMS" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LSMS</span>) and the American Medical Association (AMA).<br />
  223. &nbsp;<br />
  224. <span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-word="LAMPAC" data-wsc-lang="en_US">LAMPAC</span> serves as the trusted advocate for physicians in the state of Louisiana. The PAC aims to promote excellence in the practice of medicine and is the largest physician PAC in the state, representing all specialties and friends of medicine with a common interest.</p>
  225. <p style="text-align: justify;"><a data-cke-saved-href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/page/2019Candidates" href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/page/2019Candidates">Click here</a>&nbsp;for more information and to&nbsp;view full list of candidates.</p>]]></description>
  226. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  227. <pubDate>Sun, 25 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT</pubDate>
  228. </item>
  229. <item>
  230. <title>Louisiana selects four companies to manage care for state&apos;s 1.7 million Medicaid enrollees</title>
  231. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/464676/</link>
  232. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/464676/</guid>
  233. <description><![CDATA[<p><em>Theadvocate.com</em></p>
  234. <p style="text-align: justify;">The Louisiana Department of Health has picked four companies it intends to award multi-billion dollar contracts to in exchange for managing care for 1.7 million Medicaid patients in the state.<br />
  235. <br />
  236. The agency picked AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Community Care Health Plan of Louisiana (Healthy Blue), Humana Health Benefit Plan of Louisiana and United Healthcare Community Plan. The terms of the deals are still being worked out but are expected to begin in January.<br />
  237. <br />
  238. Managed care companies are tasked with providing Medicaid benefits and services to the 1.7 million adults and children who are covered by the state-sponsored insurance program, which was expanded by Gov. John Bel Edwards to cover nearly half a million more people.<br />
  239. <br />
  240. Currently, the state contracts with five companies to manage services for most of the state Medicaid population. Those companies are Aetna Better Health, AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, Healthy Blue, Louisiana Healthcare Connections and United Healthcare Community Plan.<br />
  241. <br />
  242. Medicaid paid $7.6 billion to those firms in the 2018 fiscal year. The health department forecast it would spend more than $8 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30 ? including $4.7 billion for regular Medicaid patients and $3 billion for expansion patients.<br />
  243. <br />
  244. The existing contracts expire at the end of the year. They were negotiated by the Jindal administration and extended by the Edwards administration.<br />
  245. <br />
  246. The health department began a bid process in February for the new contracts.<br />
  247. <br />
  248. Former Gov. Bobby Jindal moved the state to the privatized managed care model in 2012, moving away from the old system of directly reimbursing doctors and hospitals for each service for Medicaid patients.<br />
  249. <br />
  250. Now, most Medicaid enrollees receive their health care through the new managed care model, though not long-term supports and services. Medicaid pays the managed care organizations, often called MCOs, a monthly fee based on the number of enrollees.<br />
  251. <br />
  252. If a current Medicaid enrollee has a plan with one of the MCOs that was not selected for the new round of contracts, the enrollee may have to select a new plan, the health department said. The open enrollment process begins in October where members can select new health plans.<br />
  253. <br />
  254. The contracts are expected to be executed later this month.</p>
  255. <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Source: theadvocate.com. For story link, <a href="https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/legislature/article_b18229bc-b7a7-11e9-8b3d-93fef3caeb53.html?fbclid=IwAR1-5OrPqmwj3_fvxjWKmWUy3Ec-BD45KtTYojXfXF7NlTxvc5cbvUxQaBU">click here</a>.</em></p>]]></description>
  256. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  257. <pubDate>Wed, 7 Aug 2019 14:03:55 GMT</pubDate>
  258. </item>
  259. <item>
  260. <title>LSMS one of 120+ groups calling for Congress to refine/improve MACRA</title>
  261. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/454444/</link>
  262. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/454444/</guid>
  263. <description><![CDATA[<p>The Louisiana State Medical Society is one of more than 120 physicians? advocacy organizations that signed a letter that was sent to congressional leaders to urge them to refine and improve the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), including replacing the 2020-2025 physician payment update freeze with positive payment adjustments, extending the Advanced APM bonus payments by six years, and implementing several technical improvements.<br />
  264. <br />
  265. </p>
  266. <p><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/news/2019-5-23_macra_federation_s.pdf">Click here</a> to read the letter.</p>]]></description>
  267. <category>Society News</category>
  268. <pubDate>Tue, 4 Jun 2019 21:09:24 GMT</pubDate>
  269. </item>
  270. <item>
  271. <title>Transitioning the Journal of the LSMS in 2019</title>
  272. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/429401/</link>
  273. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/429401/</guid>
  274. <description><![CDATA[<p style="color: #666666; margin: 1em 0px 0px; text-align: justify;">For 174 years, the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society has been providing valuable scientific articles and information to physicians. Established in&nbsp;<span class="text_exposed_show">1844, the Journal is one of the oldest periodicals of its kind in the country, featuring scientific information on clinical trials and treatments. Originally founded as the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, the publication was "devoted to the cultivation of medicine and the associated sciences." In 1953, the name was changed to the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society. No matter what the name, the Journal is not only true to its original cause, but it has adapted to meet the needs of today?s physician.</span></p>
  275. <div class="text_exposed_show" style="color: #666666; text-align: justify;">
  276. <p style="margin: 1em 0px;">Continuing a proud tradition, the purposes of the Journal have been to serve as a repository of articles of interest to physicians and to serve as a means of communication among the members of the Louisiana State Medical Society. In keeping with the mission of the Journal to meet the needs of today?s physician, in 2019 and beyond, the Journal will transition to a membership publication for member news and information to keep LSMS members informed with the ongoing issues facing the practice of medicine in Louisiana and away from publishing scientific peer-reviewed medical manuscripts indexed in PubMed.</p>
  277. <p style="margin: 1em 0px;">Through its 174-year history, the Journal has published some truly remarkable works in the field of medicine. Keeping with trends of other state medical societies, the Journal is no longer indexed in PubMed and will only occasionally publish medical manuscripts from section editors without a PubMed ID number. The Journal transitioned to an electronic-only format in 2013 to strive to retain its status as one of the oldest medical journals in the country. Since then, there has been a shift in trends with respect to medical society publishing and indexing in the PubMed database. As of today, only four other medical societies are indexed in PubMed, including the New England Journal of Medicine.</p>
  278. <p style="margin: 1em 0px;">Thank you for helping make the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society one of the longest running medical journals in the country. We look forward to providing the LSMS membership with a printed publication again in 2019.</p>
  279. <p style="margin: 1em 0px;">Any manuscripts that have not been accepted for publication into the November / December 2018 issue of the Journal are released to submit to another Journal.</p>
  280. <p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px;">Thank you for your interest in the Journal.</p>
  281. <p style="margin: 1em 0px 0px;">&nbsp;</p>
  282. </div>]]></description>
  283. <category>Society News</category>
  284. <pubDate>Wed, 5 Dec 2018 20:20:34 GMT</pubDate>
  285. </item>
  286. <item>
  287. <title>LSMS Request - End Prior Authorization for Opioid Treatment in Louisiana</title>
  288. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/424073/</link>
  289. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/424073/</guid>
  290. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: black;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/images/lsms-centerlogo.png" style="width: 600px;" /></span></p>
  291. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: right;"><span style="color: black;">October 18, 2018</span></p>
  292. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  293. October 18, 2018<br />
  294. <br />
  295. The Honorable John Bel Edwards<br />
  296. Governor of Louisiana<br />
  297. Office of Governor John Bel Edwards<br />
  298. 900 N 3rd St #4 <br />
  299. Baton Rouge, LA 70802<br />
  300. <br />
  301. Governor Edwards,<br />
  302. <br />
  303. The Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) strongly urges the State of Louisiana to follow in the footsteps of Pennsylvania in removing prior authorization requirements for treatment of substance use disorders.  We believe and support all initiatives which will result in streamlining the efforts of saving lives in Louisiana.  Louisiana can and should serve as a leader in this effort.</span></p>
  304. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  305. We ask that you take immediate action to remove the barriers of such by eliminating prior authorization requirements relative to opioid treatment in Louisiana. </span></p>
  306. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  307. Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania and his administration announced Friday, October 12, 2018, a landmark agreement with the seven major payers in the Commonwealth to end prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment as well ensure that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is on the lowest cost-sharing tier. Highlights from the announcement can be found below:</span></p>
  308. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  309. ?It is vital we take all possible steps to make sure patients are receiving the most appropriate treatment for their pain, while at the same time appropriately managing and monitoring the risks associated with opioids,? Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. ?Medication-assisted treatment is an effective, evidence-based treatment to help those with the disease of addiction to opioids and this step by private insurers allows more people with opioid use disorder to be able to access this form of treatment. Treatment works, and recovery is possible for those who are battling this disease.?</span></p>
  310. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  311. These guidelines apply to individual, small group, and large group fully insured plans. Self-funded plans, where employers provide health care coverage administered by a third party, are regulated by the federal government and are not included in this agreement.</span></p>
  312. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  313. The guidelines implement thresholds for prior authorization for long- and short-acting opioids, morphine milligram equivalents (MME) and exceptions for active cancer, sickle cell crisis, and palliative care/hospice patients. Generally, commercial insurers are requiring prior authorization for all long-acting opioid prescriptions and short-acting opioid prescriptions after seven days. Some insurers are phasing in their alignment with many of the guidelines. Patients should consult with their insurer to find out how these guidelines are being incorporated into their specific health plan.</span></p>
  314. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  315. Providing unrestricted access to all commonly used forms of MAT when patients need it is critical to ensuring any individual struggling with addiction can access the type of treatment that is best for them. Under this agreement, commercial insurers will cover MAT without prior authorization in the following ways:</span></p>
  316. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  317. ? Coverage of at least one Buprenorphine/naloxone combination product<br />
  318. ? Coverage of Methadone as MAT<br />
  319. ? Coverage of injectable and oral Naltrexone<br />
  320. <br />
  321. Commercial insurers have also committed to coverage of at least one form of nasal naloxone without quantity limits.</span></p>
  322. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  323. The guidelines also provide that MAT will be covered at the lowest patient cost tier on the plan?s pharmacy benefit, as applicable.</span></p>
  324. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  325. Once again, the LSMS implores your leadership in the State of Louisiana to take immediate action to follow in the footsteps of Pennsylvania in removing prior authorization requirements for treatment of substance use disorders.</span></p>
  326. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  327. </span></p>
  328. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="color: black;">Thank you, <br />
  329. Susan M. Bankston, MD<br />
  330. President, Louisiana State Medical Society<br />
  331. <br />
  332. <br />
  333. <br />
  334. Included recipients:</span></p>
  335. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  336. <strong>Office of the Governor:</strong><br />
  337. John Bel Edwards, Governor of Louisiana<br />
  338. Nick Albares, Policy Advisor at Office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards<br />
  339. Richard Carbo, Deputy Chief of Staff for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards<br />
  340. Micah Cormier, Press Secretary at the Office of the Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards<br />
  341. <br />
  342. <strong>Louisiana Department of Health:</strong><br />
  343. Rebekah Gee, MD ? Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health<br />
  344. Pete Croughan, Chief of Staff, Louisiana Department of Health<br />
  345. <strong><br />
  346. Louisiana Senate Health &amp; Welfare Committee:</strong><br />
  347. Senator Fred H. Mills, Jr., Chairman<br />
  348. Senator Regina Barrow, Vice-Chairman<br />
  349. Senator Gerald Boudreaux<br />
  350. Senator "Norby" Chabert<br />
  351. Senator Dan Claitor<br />
  352. Senator Yvonne Colomb<br />
  353. Senator Dale M. Erdey<br />
  354. Senator Jay Luneau<br />
  355. Senator Edward j Price<br />
  356. <br />
  357. <strong>Louisiana House Health &amp; Welfare Committee:</strong><br />
  358. Frank A. Hoffmann, Chairman<br />
  359. Bob Hensgens, Vice-Chairman<br />
  360. Larry Bagley<br />
  361. Charles R. Chaney<br />
  362. Kenny R. Cox<br />
  363. Dodie Horton<br />
  364. Marcus L. Hunter<br />
  365. Katrina R. Jackson<br />
  366. Robert A. Johnson<br />
  367. H. Bernard LeBas<br />
  368. Dustin Miller<br />
  369. J. Rogers Pope<br />
  370. Jerome Richard<br />
  371. Joseph A. Stagni<br />
  372. Julie Stokes<br />
  373. Taylor F. Barras<br />
  374. Walt Leger III</span></p>
  375. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="color: black;"><br />
  376. </span></p>
  377. <p style="margin-bottom: 0.0001pt; text-align: left;"><span style="color: black;"><strong>American Medical Association:</strong><br />
  378. Jack Deutsch, American Medical Association Media &amp; Editorial<br />
  379. </span></p>]]></description>
  380. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  381. <pubDate>Wed, 24 Oct 2018 19:04:55 GMT</pubDate>
  382. </item>
  383. <item>
  384. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  385. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/404564/</link>
  386. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/404564/</guid>
  387. <description><![CDATA[<p><span style="color: black;">Attached please find a chart of healthcare related Congressional events scheduled for the week of June 11 to June 15, 2018.&nbsp; We have also attached a list of healthcare related bills introduced in Congress from June 4 to June 8, 2018.</span></p>
  388. <p> <span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/congressional_health_events_.pdf">Click here for healthcare related events from June 11-15.</a></span></p>
  389. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/congress_bills_week_of_june_.pdf">Click here for healthcare related bills from June 4-8. </a></span></p>
  390. <hr />
  391. <p><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  392. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/coalition_boiler.png" /></span></p>
  393. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition, <a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team">click here.</a></span></p>
  394. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;Members:</span></p>
  395. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></p>
  396. <hr />
  397. <p><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/general/custom.asp?page=MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="825" height="315" style="width: 552px; height: 228px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/membership_footer.jpg" /></a><br />
  398. </p>
  399. <br />]]></description>
  400. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  401. <pubDate>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 18:42:28 GMT</pubDate>
  402. </item>
  403. <item>
  404. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  405. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/403544/</link>
  406. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/403544/</guid>
  407. <description><![CDATA[<p><span style="color: black;">Attached please find a chart of healthcare related Congressional events scheduled for the week of June 4 to June 8, 2018. We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from May 28 to June 1, 2018.</span></p>
  408. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/congressional_health_events_.pdf">Click here for healthcare related events from June 4-8.</a></span></p>
  409. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/congress_bills_week_of_may_2.pdf">Click here for healthcare related bills from May 28-June 1.</a></span></p>
  410. <hr />
  411. <p><span style="color: #000000;"> This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  412. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/coalition_boiler.png" /></span></p>
  413. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition, <a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team">click here.</a></span></p>
  414. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;Members:</span></p>
  415. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></p>
  416. <hr />
  417. <p><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/general/custom.asp?page=MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="827" height="314" style="width: 543px; height: 156px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/membership_footer.jpg" /></a></p>
  418. <br />]]></description>
  419. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  420. <pubDate>Mon, 4 Jun 2018 15:16:39 GMT</pubDate>
  421. </item>
  422. <item>
  423. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  424. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/397679/</link>
  425. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/397679/</guid>
  426. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: black;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events scheduled for the week of April 23 to April 27, 2018.&nbsp; We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from April 16 to April 20, 2018.<span style="color: #000000;"></span></span></p>
  427. <p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: black;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/congressional_health_events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events from April 23-27.</a></span></span></p>
  428. <p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: black;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/congress_bills_week_of_april.pdf">Click here for health care related bills from April 16-20.</a></span></span></p>
  429. <hr />
  430. <p> <span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  431. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/coalition_boiler.png" /></span></p>
  432. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition, <a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team">click here.</a></span></p>
  433. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;Members:</span></p>
  434. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></p>
  435. <hr />
  436. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="825" height="315" style="width: 523px; height: 186px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/membership_footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  437. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  438. <pubDate>Mon, 23 Apr 2018 14:47:18 GMT</pubDate>
  439. </item>
  440. <item>
  441. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  442. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/396652/</link>
  443. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/396652/</guid>
  444. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: black;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events scheduled for the week of April 16 to April 20, 2018.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from April 9 to April 13, 2018.<u1:p>&nbsp;</u1:p><u2:p>&nbsp;</u2:p><u3:p>&nbsp;</u3:p><u4:p>&nbsp;</u4:p><u5:p>&nbsp;</u5:p></span><u6:p>&nbsp;</u6:p></p>
  445. <p> <a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/congressional_health_events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events from April 16-20.</a></p>
  446. <p><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_April.pdf">Click here for health care related bills from April 9-13.</a></p>
  447. <hr />
  448. <p><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  449. <p><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/coalition_boiler.png" /></p>
  450. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition,<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"> click here.</a></span></p>
  451. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #000000;">Members:</span></p>
  452. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;<em>Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</em></span></p>
  453. <hr />
  454. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="825" height="315" style="width: 509px; height: 190px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/membership_footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  455. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  456. <pubDate>Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:28:22 GMT</pubDate>
  457. </item>
  458. <item>
  459. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  460. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/392604/</link>
  461. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/392604/</guid>
  462. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: black;">Attached please find a chart of health care related&nbsp;bills introduced in Congress from March 19&nbsp;to&nbsp;March&nbsp;23, 2018. There are currently no&nbsp;Congressional events scheduled for the week of March 26 to March 30, 2018.&nbsp;</span></p>
  463. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_March.pdf">Click here for health care related bills from March 19 - 23. </a></span></p>
  464. <hr />
  465. <p><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  466. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></span></p>
  467. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition,<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"> click here.</a></span></p>
  468. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #000000;">Members:</span></p>
  469. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;<em>Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</em></span></p>
  470. <hr />
  471. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="826" height="315" style="width: 539px; height: 212px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  472. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  473. <pubDate>Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:10:07 GMT</pubDate>
  474. </item>
  475. <item>
  476. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  477. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/389460/</link>
  478. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/389460/</guid>
  479. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: black;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events scheduled for the week of March 5 to March 9, 2018.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from February 26 to March 2, 2018.<span style="color: #000000;"></span></span></p>
  480. <p> <span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events for March 5 - 9.</a></span></p>
  481. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Febru.pdf">Click here for health care related bills for February 26 - March 2.</a></span></p>
  482. <hr />
  483. <p><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  484. <p><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></p>
  485. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition, <a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></p>
  486. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p>
  487. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Members:</span></p>
  488. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;<em>Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</em></span></p>
  489. <hr />
  490. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="827" height="315" style="width: 542px; height: 204px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  491. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  492. <pubDate>Mon, 5 Mar 2018 15:17:33 GMT</pubDate>
  493. </item>
  494. <item>
  495. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  496. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/388375/</link>
  497. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/388375/</guid>
  498. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: black;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events scheduled for the week of February 26 to March 2, 2018.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from February 19 to February 23, 2018</span></p>
  499. <p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events for the week of February 26 - March 2.</a></span></p>
  500. <p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Febru.pdf">Click here for health care related bills for the week of February 19 - February 23.</a></span></p>
  501. <hr />
  502. <p> <span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  503. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></span></p>
  504. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition, <a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></p>
  505. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p>
  506. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Members:</span></p>
  507. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;<em>Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</em></span></p>
  508. <hr />
  509. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="827" height="315" style="width: 537px; height: 162px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  510. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  511. <pubDate>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:04:07 GMT</pubDate>
  512. </item>
  513. <item>
  514. <title> Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  515. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/387552/</link>
  516. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/387552/</guid>
  517. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: black;">Attached please find a chart of health care related bills introduced in Congress for the week of February 12 to&nbsp;February 16, 2018.<span>&nbsp; </span>There are currently no Congressional health care events scheduled in Congress for the week of February 19 to February 23, 2018.</span></p>
  518. <p style="margin: 1em 0in;"><span style="color: black;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Febru.pdf">Click here for health care related bills for the week of February 12-16.</a></span></span></p>
  519. <hr />
  520. <p> <span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  521. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></span></p>
  522. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition, <a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team">click here.</a></span></p>
  523. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p>
  524. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Members:</span></p>
  525. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></p>
  526. <hr />
  527. <p><a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="827" height="315" style="width: 563px; height: 185px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a></p>
  528. <br />]]></description>
  529. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  530. <pubDate>Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:51:19 GMT</pubDate>
  531. </item>
  532. <item>
  533. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  534. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/385341/</link>
  535. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/385341/</guid>
  536. <description><![CDATA[<p><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events scheduled for the week of February 5 to February 9, 2018. &nbsp;We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from January 30 to February 2, 2018.</span></p>
  537. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events from February 5-9.</a></span></p>
  538. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Janua.pdf">Click here for health care related bills from January 30- February 2.</a></span></p>
  539. <hr />
  540. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></span></p>
  541. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></span></p>
  542. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: black;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system.&nbsp;To learn more about the Coalition,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></span></p>
  543. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p>
  544. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">Members:</span></em></p>
  545. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></em></p>
  546. <hr />
  547. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="827" height="315" style="width: 565px; height: 228px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />
  548. <br />
  549. </span></p>
  550. <br />]]></description>
  551. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  552. <pubDate>Mon, 5 Feb 2018 17:06:56 GMT</pubDate>
  553. </item>
  554. <item>
  555. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  556. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/384524/</link>
  557. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/384524/</guid>
  558. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events scheduled for the week of January 29 to February 2, 2018.<span>&nbsp; </span>There were no health care related bills introduced in Congress from January 22 to January 26, 2018.</span></p>
  559. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p>
  560. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events the week of January 29 - February 2.</a></span></p>
  561. <hr />
  562. <p><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></p>
  563. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></span></p>
  564. <p><span style="color: #000000;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system. To learn more about the Coalition, click here.</span></p>
  565. <p><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p>
  566. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  567. <span style="color: #000000;"></span>
  568. <p><em><span style="color: #000000;">Members:</span></em></p>
  569. <p><em><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></em><span style="color: #000000;"><em>Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</em></span></p>
  570. <hr />
  571. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  572. <span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="826" height="315" style="width: 579px; height: 189px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a></span><br />]]></description>
  573. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  574. <pubDate>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:46:14 GMT</pubDate>
  575. </item>
  576. <item>
  577. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  578. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/383116/</link>
  579. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/383116/</guid>
  580. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events scheduled for the week of January 22 to January 26, 2018.<span>&nbsp; </span>We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from January 15 to January 19, 2018.</span></p>
  581. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events from January 22-26.</a></span></p>
  582. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Janua.pdf">Click here for health care related bills from January 15-19.</a></span></p>
  583. <hr />
  584. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></span></p>
  585. <p><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></p>
  586. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: black;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system.&nbsp;To learn more about the Coalition,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></span></p>
  587. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p>
  588. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">Members:</span></em></p>
  589. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></em></p>
  590. <hr />
  591. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="828" height="316" style="width: 516px; height: 203px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  592. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  593. <pubDate>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:58:46 GMT</pubDate>
  594. </item>
  595. <item>
  596. <title> Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  597. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/382310/</link>
  598. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/382310/</guid>
  599. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events currently scheduled for the week of January 15 to January 19, 2018. There were no health care related bills introduced in Congress from January 8 to January 12, 2018.</span></p>
  600. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">&nbsp;</a></span></p>
  601. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events from January 15-19.</a></span></p>
  602. <hr />
  603. <p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></p>
  604. <p><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></p>
  605. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: black;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system.&nbsp;To learn more about the Coalition,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></span></p>
  606. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p>
  607. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">Members:</span></em></p>
  608. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></em></p>
  609. <hr />
  610. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="827" height="315" style="width: 513px; height: 193px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  611. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  612. <pubDate>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:04:17 GMT</pubDate>
  613. </item>
  614. <item>
  615. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  616. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/381163/</link>
  617. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/381163/</guid>
  618. <description><![CDATA[<p><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events currently scheduled for the week of January 8 to January 12, 2018. We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from January 1 to January 5, 2018.<br />
  619. </span></p>
  620. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events for the week of January 8-12.</a></span></p>
  621. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Janua.pdf">Click here for health care related bills from January 1-5.</a></span></p>
  622. <p><span style="color: #000000;">This Tuesday the Senate Health, Education, and pensions committee will have a hearing on the opioid crisis and an examination of cause and effects. On Thursday they will have an&nbsp;</span><i><span style="color: black;">Executive Session</span></i><span style="color: black;"> to Consider the Nominations of Brigadier General Mitchell Zais to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Education, Kenneth Marcus to be Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, James Blew to be Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the Department of Education, Patrick Pizzella to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor, Scott Mungo to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, Cheryl Stanton to be Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the Department of Labor, Dr. William Beach to be Commissioner of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor, Dr. Brett Giroir to be Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, and possible additional re-nominations.</span></p>
  623. <hr />
  624. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></span></span></span></a></span></span></span></p>
  625. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></span></span></span></p>
  626. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: black;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system.&nbsp;To learn more about the Coalition,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></span></p>
  627. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p>
  628. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">Members:</span></em></p>
  629. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></em></p>
  630. <hr />
  631. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="826" height="315" style="width: 486px; height: 176px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />
  632. &nbsp;</span></p>]]></description>
  633. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  634. <pubDate>Mon, 8 Jan 2018 14:56:25 GMT</pubDate>
  635. </item>
  636. <item>
  637. <title> Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  638. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/379060/</link>
  639. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/379060/</guid>
  640. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related bills introduced in Congress from December 11 to December 15, 2017. There are no health care related events currently scheduled in Congress for the week of December 18 to December 22, 2017. </span></p>
  641. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Decem.pdf">&nbsp;</a></span></p>
  642. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Dec_11_-_Dec_15.pdf">Click here for health care related bills introduced December 11-15.</a></span></p>
  643. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p>
  644. <hr />
  645. <p> <span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></span></span></span></a></span></span></p>
  646. <p><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></p>
  647. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: black;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system.&nbsp;To learn more about the Coalition,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></span></p>
  648. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p>
  649. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">Members:</span></em></p>
  650. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></em></p>
  651. <hr />
  652. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="828" height="316" style="width: 491px; height: 150px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  653. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  654. <pubDate>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:38:55 GMT</pubDate>
  655. </item>
  656. <item>
  657. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  658. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/377988/</link>
  659. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/377988/</guid>
  660. <description><![CDATA[<p><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events currently scheduled for the week of December 11 to December 15, 2017. We have also attached a list of health care related bills introduced in Congress from December 4 to December 8, 2017.</span></p>
  661. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here for health care related events from December 11-15.</a></span></p>
  662. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Decem.pdf">Click here for health care related bills from December 4-8.</a></span></p>
  663. <hr />
  664. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></span></span></span></a></span></span></p>
  665. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /><br />
  666. </span></p>
  667. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: black;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system.&nbsp;To learn more about the Coalition,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></span></p>
  668. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p>
  669. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">Members:</span></em></p>
  670. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></em></p>
  671. <hr />
  672. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="827" height="315" style="width: 496px; height: 194px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />
  673. </span></p>
  674. <br />]]></description>
  675. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  676. <pubDate>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:01:54 GMT</pubDate>
  677. </item>
  678. <item>
  679. <title>LSMS to Partner with KaMMCO Health Solutions for Statewide HIE and Analytics Tools</title>
  680. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/376163/</link>
  681. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/376163/</guid>
  682. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">
  683. </span></p>
  684. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b>623 SW 10th Avenue</b></p>
  685. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b>800.435.2104</b></p>
  686. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b>Topeka, KS 66612</b></p>
  687. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px; text-align: right;"><a href="http://www.kammcohealthsolutions.com/" style="text-align: right;"><b>www.KaMMCOHealthSolutions.com</b></a></p>
  688. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px; text-align: right;"><b>Contact information:</b></p>
  689. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px; text-align: right;"><b><span style="color: #000000; text-align: right;">Lisa Ignoto,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #000000; text-align: right; letter-spacing: -0.6px;">&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:[email protected]" style="text-align: right;">[email protected]</a></b></p>
  690. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/HIE/KHS_LA_HIE_PR-1.png"><b><br />
  691. </b></a></p>
  692. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/HIE/KHS_LA_HIE_PR-1.png"><b><br />
  693. </b></a></p>
  694. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;">&nbsp;</p>
  695. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px;">&nbsp;</p>
  696. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><span><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">Louisiana State Medical Society to Partner with KaMMCO Health Solutions</span></strong></span></p>
  697. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.5px; text-align: center;"><span><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">for Statewide Health Information Exchange and Analytics Tools</span></strong></span></p>
  698. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b><br />
  699. </b></p>
  700. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.6px;"><b><span>BATON ROUGE, LA.: </span><span>Nationwide there?s a transformation of the health care industry underway. Physicians are adopting new performance-based delivery and payment models that demand more patient information as well as require powerful analytics to improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies and positively impact patient safety. The Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) recognizes the changes affecting its statewide membership and is pleased to announce a new partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS).&nbsp;</span></b></p>
  701. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b><br />
  702. </b></p>
  703. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 5px;"><b><span>?Partnering with KHS to access new health information exchange (HIE) and analytics tools allows us to support the physicians of Louisiana with cutting-edge benefits relevant to both patient care and the successful</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px;"> </span><span>transition</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px;"> </span><span>to</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px;"> </span><span>alternative</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px;"> </span><span>payment</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px;"> </span><span>models.</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px;"> </span><span>This</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px;"> </span><span>is</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px;"> </span><span>a</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px;"> </span><span>winning combination</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.1px;"> </span><span>for</span><span style="letter-spacing: -0.2px;"> </span><span>our members,? said LSMS Executive Vice President and CEO, Jeff Williams.</span></b></p>
  704. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px;"><b><br />
  705. </b></p>
  706. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 5px;"><span><b>?KHS offers a unique perspective, as they too are physician-led. We are pleased to work with an organization that has experience in developing and successfully maintaining a health information exchange which also serves as the foundation for creation and delivery of meaningful data analytic reports,? added Williams.</b></span></p>
  707. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 5px;"><b><br />
  708. </b></p>
  709. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 5px;"><span><b>KHS President and Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Scott said, ?Our new partnership with LSMS represents a statewide membership of engaged and forward-thinking physicians. We look forward to working with LSMS to deliver integral solutions to the Louisiana health care community.?</b></span></p>
  710. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 5px;">&nbsp;</p>
  711. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 5px;">&nbsp;</p>
  712. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 4.5px;"><span><b>About the Louisiana State Medical Society</b></span></p>
  713. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b><br />
  714. </b></p>
  715. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 4.5px;"><span><b>Established in 1878, the Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) serves as the trusted advocate for physicians in the state of Louisiana. LSMS aims to promote excellence in the practice of medicine and is the largest voluntary physician organization in the state, representing all specialties.&nbsp;</b></span></p>
  716. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><b><br />
  717. </b></p>
  718. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><span><b>Louisiana State Medical Society contact:</b></span></p>
  719. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><span><b>Jeff Williams</b></span></p>
  720. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 4.5px;"><span><b>Executive Vice President &amp; CEO</b></span></p>
  721. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><span><b>225.763.8500 &nbsp;</b></span><b><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a></b></p>
  722. <p style="color: #0000ff; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><b><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span><a href="http://www.lsms.org">www.lsms.org</a></b></p>
  723. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b><br />
  724. </b></p>
  725. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px;"><b><br />
  726. </b></p>
  727. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 5px;"><span><b>About KaMMCO Health Solutions, Inc.</b></span></p>
  728. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b><br />
  729. </b></p>
  730. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.1px 5px;"><span><b>KaMMCO Health Solutions, Inc. is a provider-led subsidiary of the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company, KaMMCO, a medical professional liability insurer affiliated with the Kansas Medical Society. KHS?s provider-led approach uniquely positions it to help physicians, other health care providers, integrated delivery networks, accountable care organizations, and others seeking to improve patient outcomes and adapt to new performance-based payment models through the use of data analytics and business intelligence tools. KHS is led by President and Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Scott.</b></span></p>
  731. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><b><br />
  732. </b></p>
  733. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><span><b>KaMMCO Health Solutions, Inc. contact:&nbsp;</b></span></p>
  734. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><span><b>Lisa Ignoto&nbsp;</b></span></p>
  735. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><span><b>Vice President, Marketing and Business Development</b></span></p>
  736. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><span><b>800.435.2104</b></span></p>
  737. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 5px;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/HIE/KHS_LA_HIE_PR-1.png"><span><span class="Apple-tab-span"> </span></span></a><a href="mailto:[email protected]"><span>[email protected]</span></a> <a href="http://www.KaMMCOHealthSolutions.com/"><span>www.KaMMCOHealthSolutions.com</span></a></p>
  738. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0.2px;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/HIE/KHS_LA_HIE_PR-1.png"><br />
  739. </a></p>
  740. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/HIE/KHS_LA_HIE_PR-1.png"><br />
  741. </a></p>
  742. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 229.1px;"><span>###</span></p>
  743. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 229.1px;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p>
  744. <p style="color: #000000; margin: 0px 0px 0px 229.1px;"><span>&nbsp;</span></p>
  745. <hr />
  746. <p>FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT AND TO VIEW FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, <a href="http://lsms.org/page/HIE" target="_blank">CLICK HERE</a>.</p>
  747. <hr />
  748. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  749. <p><a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="825" height="315" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" style="height: 205px; width: 507px;" /></a></p>]]></description>
  750. <category>Society News</category>
  751. <pubDate>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:13:10 GMT</pubDate>
  752. </item>
  753. <item>
  754. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  755. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/375919/</link>
  756. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/375919/</guid>
  757. <description><![CDATA[<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related Congressional events currently scheduled for the week of November 27 to December 1, 2017. There were no health care related bills introduced in Congress from November 20 to November 24, 2017.</span></p>
  758. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p>
  759. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congressional_Health_Events_.pdf">Click here to see health care related events for the week of November 27 to December 1.</a></span></p>
  760. <hr />
  761. <p> &nbsp;<span style="color: #000000;"><a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></span></span></span></a></span></p>
  762. <p><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></p>
  763. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: black;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system.&nbsp;To learn more about the Coalition,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></span></p>
  764. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p>
  765. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">Members:</span></em></p>
  766. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></em></p>
  767. <hr />
  768. <a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="825" height="315" style="width: 507px; height: 205px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />]]></description>
  769. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  770. <pubDate>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:44:27 GMT</pubDate>
  771. </item>
  772. <item>
  773. <title>Congressional Health Events and Bills Introduced</title>
  774. <link>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/375276/</link>
  775. <guid>https://lsms.site-ym.com/news/375276/</guid>
  776. <description><![CDATA[<p><span style="color: #000000;">Attached please find a chart of health care related bills introduced in Congress from November 13 to November 17, 2017. There are currently no health care related events scheduled in Congress for the week of November 20 to November 24, 2017.&nbsp;<br />
  777. </span></p>
  778. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Congress_Bills_Week_of_Novem.pdf">Click here to see health care related bills from November 13-17.</a></span></p>
  779. <hr />
  780. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><br />
  781. &nbsp;<span style="color: #000000;"><a><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: #000000;">This update was brought to you by The Coalition of State Medical Societies exclusively for LSMS members.</span></span></span></span></a></span></span></p>
  782. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><img alt="" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Coalition_Boiler.png" /></span></p>
  783. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="color: black;">Representing physicians from coast-to-coast, the Coalition of State Medical Societies comprises 10 state medical associations with more than 180,000 physician and medical student members. Our collective challenges are to improve our system by making it more affordable and accessible for all Americans without sacrificing choice and quality of care. All members ? blue and red ? understand that we must be engaged in the process and offer solutions that protect these fundamental strengths of our healthcare system.&nbsp;To learn more about the Coalition,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.statemedical.org/our-team"><u>click here.</u></a></span></span></p>
  784. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></em></p>
  785. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">Members:</span></em></p>
  786. <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><em><span style="color: black;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black;">Arizona Medical Association, California Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, Louisiana State Medical Society, Medical Society of New Jersey, Medical Society of the State of New York, North Carolina Medical Society, Oklahoma State Medical Association, South Carolina Medical Society, and Texas Medical Association</span></em></p>
  787. <hr />
  788. <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a href="http://lsms.org/page/MemberBenefits"><img alt="" width="826" height="315" style="width: 464px; height: 177px;" src="https://lsms.site-ym.com/resource/resmgr/Membership_Footer.jpg" /></a><br />
  789. </span></p>
  790. <br />]]></description>
  791. <category>Advocacy News</category>
  792. <pubDate>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:50:22 GMT</pubDate>
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  2. Upload the image to your own server. (This step is important. Please do not link directly to the image on this server.)

  3. Add this HTML to your page (change the image src attribute if necessary):

If you would like to create a text link instead, here is the URL you can use:

http://www.feedvalidator.org/check.cgi?url=http%3A//c.ymcdn.com/sites/lsms.site-ym.com/resource/rss/news.rss

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