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Comparative Healthcare 2014

Comparative Healthcare Systems: Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England

Deadline April 3, 2014

Book reservations early for best availability. 

Gather your family, friends, and colleagues and travel with Southern Medical Association and Auburn University to explore the wonders of Edinburgh and London during the next Comparative Healthcare Systems conference to be held June 5-16, 2014.  A comprehensive itinerary and finely detailed arrangements combine to deliver a distinctively memorable educational and cultural experience.

THE EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY

  • Examines the healthcare strategies and economic influences of the United Kingdom National Health System
  • Includes classroom sessions and interaction with national officials as well as local physicians to better understand the United Kingdom National Health System
  • Features visits to public and private hospitals and medical schools
  • This Medallion Level CME Opportunity is sponsored by the Southern Medical Association  – an ACCME awarded “Accreditation with Commendation” provider

THE TOUR EXPERIENCE

  • Features a custom travel itinerary specially designed to encourage a greater understanding of the countries visited and enrich your overall experience
  • Examines the culture, history, and natural beauty of Edinburgh and London – two of Europe’s most fascinating cities
  • Provides a unique opportunity to travel with other healthcare professionalsBig Ben Image
  • Features deluxe accommodations at Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel and The Langham Hotel in London
  • Offers two full-day sightseeing opportunities, including St. Andrews Castle and Falkland Palace, as well as Stonehenge and Bath for spouses and guests on days when conference attendees are in session 
  • Social events include a Welcome Reception, Farewell to Edinburgh Evening aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, and in London a West End Theatre Evening and Reception at the Oxford Cambridge Club
  • Escort and coordination services are provided by SMA Tours – emphasizing quality and personal service

Click Here to view the preliminary brochure or call SMA Tours at (800) 239-7444 to request more details.

 

 

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SMA’s President Addresses the PPACA Decision: What’s Next?

Many supporters of the PPACA breathed a sigh of relief last week. The Supreme Court with its interesting decision allows the PPACA to continue moving forward and weave its tentacles even further into the nation’s healthcare system. Was there a better way? Is this bill the best Congress could do? Many believe that the PPACA is a blue print for fiscal failure and just a bridge to a single payer government run system. No matter how you feel as a physician; the law and its payment, delivery, and quality systems changes are here to stay in some form or another. For better or worse, we all will feel the effects of this legislation for the rest of our lives. Physicians and patients are in for a roller coaster ride. Continue reading

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ACA Decision: It’s Time for Stakeholders to Become Engaged

The judicial challenges to the PPACA have now run their course – with a result surprising to most.  While the legislative debate (and rhetoric) will continue through the election cycle, the many aspects of this unwieldy and complex piece of legislation become even more embedded into the processes of healthcare delivery.

To many, this legislation represents a ‘start’ and it will undoubtedly evolve over time.  The Supreme Court decision affirms that health care reform is here to stay.  Healthcare services will be increasingly ‘value-driven’ and supported by improving metrics, increasing transparency and more sophisticated analysis.

Now, more than ever, physicians must gain an understanding of the very real and difficult issues of health care.  We must become more involved in promoting positive changes, pursuing innovation and working together as teams.  We must continue to support fair and reasonable changes to tort reform – that support both the physician and those who incur avoidable harm in our systems.   It is likewise important to hear the views of other constituents – individuals, employers, payers and others.  This is only the beginning of a new era in medicine and along with the many challenges, so are there opportunities.  There is no better time for physicians to become engaged and to make a difference.  Join us at the SMA’s Healthcare Summit on November 16-17 to learn, to share and help shape our collective futures.

Mark S. Williams, MD, MBA, JD, CPE
Chair, SMA’s Coordinating Committee on Quality and
Co-Chair, SMA 2012 Healthcare Summit