Bob Cantlay, Author at Southern Medical Association

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Bob Cantlay

About Bob Cantlay

I have been working for the Southern Medical Association since 2004 and hold Bachelor of Science degrees in both Business Administration & Computer Science, as well as a Masters of Management. Outside of work, my wife and two kids are the center of activity; but occasionally I get away long enough to play Ultimate (Frisbee Football). I also have a newfound interest in kayaking.

Pedro Ordunez, MD, PhD

Dr. Ordunez obtained his medical degree in Cuba in 1990. In 1993 he received the Grand Prize Annual Award for Health Research in Cuba for his work in cardiovascular disease in Cuba. Dr. Ordunez obtained his Ph.D degree in Public Health at the School of Public Health of Havana, Cuba and he completed his Post-doctoral fellowship in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkin’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Ordunez has been a professor of internal medicine and public health, clinician, researcher, educator, and medical administrator with more than 20 years of practice. Dr. Ordunez was the director of the University hospital Gustavo Aldereguia Lima (HGAL) in Cienfuegos for 13 years. HGAL was recognized as the most prominent Cuban Hospital during the 2000’s and it was selected as the World Health Organization Collaborative Center.

In 2009, Dr. Ordunez joined the Pan American Health Organization. During his tenure, he has led the hypertension and cardiovascular health areas. Currently, Dr. Ordunez is the CVD lead for the PAHO region implementing the HEARTS Initiative.

For his lifelong contributions to the field of Hypertension, Dr. Ordunez was awarded with the WHL 2017 Norman Campbell Excellence Award in Population Hypertension Prevention and Control.

Leopoldo Raij, MD, FAHA

Dr. Leopoldo Raij is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus - Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Director, the Program for International Research Scholars, International Medicine Institute, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Raij previously served as the Director of Hypertension in the Renal-Hypertension Division, as the Director of Hypertension and Nephrology Research of the International Medicine Institute of the University of Miami. These are in addition to his serving as Medical Director and Co-PI of the Miami Field Center of the NIH Hispanic Community Health Study, a longitudinal epidemiological multicenter study to examine health status, chronic disease risk factors and health behaviors in 16,000 Hispanic/Latino participants, 4,000 of whom are being examined in Miami. Dr. Raij also has served as Chief of Nephrology-Hypertension Section of the VAMC, and was as member of the editorial board of several medical journals, including Hypertension and Kidney International, and of JASH, the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension. Additionally, Dr. Raij is the author of more than 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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A check-up or review of your corporate retirement plan is a great way to confirm that your plan is in compliance, identify risks, and consider improvements.

In healthcare, we see how changes in medicine, technology, and overall knowledge have a great impact on how we treat certain conditions. What was the best option last year, or 5 years ago, may no longer be optimal today, and may even be detrimental. We also understand that the body changes over time and a person in their 20's and 30's will have different issues and goals than someone in their 50's, or 70's or 80's.

Retirement plans are very similar. Regulations change frequently and what may have been the best options for your plan when it was set up 5 or 10 years ago, might be vastly outdated or out of compliance. Companies change over time as well.  People come and go, business improves or declines, competition heats up; a lot can happen that impacts the health of your retirement plan and the goals you are trying to meet.

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Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, SMA Services, Inc. was established in 1984 as a wholly-owned, for-profit subsidiary of the Southern Medical Association. At that time, its main purpose was to provide SMA members with personal and professional financial services ranging from insurance and retirement to travel.

While continuing to provide group services for the Southern Medical Association and its members, SMA Services, Inc. has expanded in scope and currently offers quality administrative services to everyone. That being said, we do have extensive experience working with medical-related businesses and professionals and if you are in the medical community, we are an excellent choice. We know your unique needs and can help you meet them.

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March 2018 SMJ Cover

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health and environmental medicine; bioethics and medical education; and quality health care, patient safety, and best practices.

Southern Medical Journal Vol. 111 • No. 3 • March 2018

Public Health and Environmental Medicine

Standardized Hypertension Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity and Mortality Worldwide
Pragna Patel, MD, MPH, Pedro Ordunez, MD, PhD, Kenneth Connell, MBBS, PhD, Dan Lackland, DrPH, Donald DiPette, MD, and for the Standardized Hypertension Treatment and Prevention Network

Medicine & Medical Specialties

Prevalence of HCV Infection in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease and Treatment with Direct Antiviral Agents 
Ajay Reddy Gade, MBBS, Manisha Patel, MD, Donna R. West, MSN, and Gary A. Abrams, MD

Commentary on “Prevalence of HCV Infection in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease and Treatment with Direct Antiviral Agents”
Duraisamy Balaguru, MD

Diverticular Disease: The Old, the New, and the Ever-Changing View
Michael S. DiSiena, MD, and John W. Birk, MD

Endobronchial Lesions in Patients Presenting with Hemoptysis
Amik Sodhi, MD, Dipen Kadaria, MD, April Practice McDonald, MD, Adnan Khan, MD, Krishna Gannamraj, MD, and Muthiah Muthiah, MD

Bioethics & Medical Education

Awareness and Knowledge Among Internal Medicine Resident Trainees for Dose Adjustment of Analgesics and Neuropsychotropic Medications in CKD
Chadi Y. Saad, MD, Joshua Fogel, PhD, and Sofia Rubinstein, MD

Commentary on “Awareness and Knowledge Among Internal Medicine Resident Trainees for Dose Adjustment of Analgesics and Neuropsychotropic Medications in CKD”
Gunjan Garg, MD, and Julie Wright Nunes, MD, MPH

Video Decision Aids in End-of-Life Care: Is There a Role with Older Adult Patients?
Rajesh Nair, BSc, MD

Patient Quality and Safety

The Inaccuracy of Accuracy
Anthony C. Breu, MD

Women’s & Children’s Health

Delayed Emergence in Pediatric Patients with Neurologic Disease Presenting for Ambulatory Surgery
Khaled Dajani, MD, Mohammed Almualim, MD, Akshay Menon, MD, Jacqueline Volpi-Abadie, MD, and Kierstin Lund, MD

Risk-Reducing Salpingectomy Versus Standard Tubal Sterilization: Lessons From Offering Women Options for Interval Sterilization
Matthew L. Zerden, MD, MPH, Tara Castellano, MD, Kemi M. Doll, MD, MS, Gretchen S. Stuart, MD, MPHTM, M. Cris Munoz, MD, and Kim A. Boggess, MD

Association of the Length of the Third Stage of Labor and Blood Loss Following Vaginal Delivery
Nader Z. Rabie, MD, Songthip Ounpraseuth, PhD, Dawn Hughes, MD, Patrick Lang, MD, Micah Wiegel, MD, and Everett F. Magann, MD

Women’s Health Curriculum for Medical Students
Maryam Sattari, MD, MS, Erinn Cooke, MD, Elizabeth Vorhis, MD, Julia Marshall, MD, and Karen Daily, DO

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Go Red For Women 2018

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. More women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! Learn more about heart disease in women.

We encourage you to visit the Go Red for Women tools and resources page for healthcare providers and help raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women.

New Medicare Cards - Are You Ready?

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems. New cards will begin mailing to people with Medicare benefits in April 2018. All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019.

CMS is committed to helping providers by giving them the tools they need and wants to make this process as easy as possible for you, your patients, and your staff. Based on feedback from healthcare providers, practice managers and other stakeholders, CMS is developing capabilities where doctors and other healthcare providers will be able to look up the new MBI through a secure tool at the point of service. To make this change easier for you and your business operations, there is a 21-month transition period where all healthcare providers will be able to use either the MBI or the HICN for billing purposes.

Therefore, even though your systems will need to be able to accept the new MBI format by April 2018, you can continue to bill and file healthcare claims using a patient’s HICN during the transition period. We encourage you to work with your billing vendor to make sure that your system will be updated to reflect these changes as well.

You will need to be ready for new Medicare cards and MBIs beginning in April 2018.

Here are 5 steps you can take today to help your office or healthcare facility get ready:

  1. Go to the CMS provider website and sign-up for the weekly MLN Connects® newsletter.
  2. Attend the CMS quarterly calls to get more information. Calls are scheduled in the MLN Connects newsletter.
  3. Verify all of your Medicare patients’ addresses. If the addresses you have on file are different than the Medicare address you get on electronic eligibility transactions, ask your patients to contact Social Security and update their Medicare records.
  4. Work with CMS to help your Medicare patients adjust to their new Medicare card. When available later this fall, you can display helpful information about the new Medicare cards. Hang posters about the change in your offices to help us spread the word.
  5. Test your system changes and work with your billing office staff to be sure your office is ready to use the new MBI format.

To learn more, visit:

New Medicare Cards

New Medicare Card Project Special Open Door Forum - January 23

Tuesday, January 23 from 2 to 3 pm ET

This call will educate State Medicaid Agencies, Medicaid providers, Managed Care Organizations, Medicaid partners, and other Medicaid stakeholders about the change from Social Security Number-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers to new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs). A question and answer session follows the presentation. This is the same presentation given on  November 9.

CMS discusses:

  • Background and implementation
  • MBI format
  • Timeline and milestones, including the transition period
  • Beneficiary outreach and education
  • How to get ready for the new number

Dial in at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.

For More Information

Provider Ombudsman, Dr. Eugene Freund:

January 2018 SMJ Cover

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health and environmental medicine; bioethics and medical education; and quality health care, patient safety, and best practices.

Southern Medical Journal Vol. 111 • No. 1 • January 2018

Emergency Medicine and Disaster Preparedness

Association Between Perceived Discrimination and Emergency Department Use Among Safety-Net Patients in the Southwestern United States 
Kimberly R. Enard, PhD, Lucinda Nevarez, PhD, LMSW, and Deborah M. Ganelin, MHA

Helmets Matter: Kentucky Motorcycle Crash Victims Seen at a Tennessee Trauma Center 
George M. Testerman, MD, Daniel C. Prior, DO, Tamie D. Wells, MS4, William C. Sumner, MS4, Jeffrey T. Johnston, MD, Sarah E. Rollins, MD, and Jeremy M. Meyer, MD

Women’s & Children’s Health

Dietary and Nutrition Recommendations in Pediatric Primary Care: A Call to Action 
Sayward E. Harrison, PhD, and Deborah Greenhouse, MD

Comprehension of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence in Southern Appalachian Women
Danielle Hobdy, MD, R. Keith Huffaker, MD, and Beth Bailey, PhD

Associations of Prepregnancy Morbid Obesity and Prenatal Depression with Gestational Weight Gain
Hema Chagarlamudi, MPH, MHS, Juhee Kim, ScD, MS, and Edward Newton, MD

Bioethics & Medical Education

Getting it RITE: Impact of a Dedicated Hospital Medicine Curriculum for Residents 
Doris Lin, MD, MS, Chirayu Shah, MD, MEd, Steffanie Campbell, MD, Jeffrey T. Bates, MD, and Erica Lescinskas, MD

Medicine & Medical Specialties

E-Cigarette Toxicity? 
Gulay Tegin, MD, Hema Madhuri Mekala, MD, Simrat Kaur Sarai, MD, and Steven Lippmann, MD

A Brief Drug Class Review: Considerations for Statin Use, Toxicity, and Drug Interactions 
James M. Wooten, PharmD

Measuring Adherence to Hepatitis C Direct-Acting Antiviral Medications: Using the VAS in an HCV Treatment Clinic 
Mary Jane Burton, MD, Andrew C. Voluse, PhD, Amee B. Patel, PhD, and Deborah Konkle-Parker, PhD

Eradication Rate of Helicobacter pylori on the US–Mexico Border Using the Urea Breath Test 
Roy P. Liu, MD, Roberta Romero, DNP, Jerzy Sarosiek, MD, Christopher Dodoo, MS, Alok K. Dwivedi, PhD, and Marc J. Zuckerman, MD

Surgery & Surgical Specialties

Femorofemoral Crossover Bypass Graft Has Excellent Patency When Performed with EVAR for AAA with UIOD 
Akinfemi A. Akingboye, MBBS, MD(Res), Bijendra Patel, MBBS, MS, and Frank W. Cross, MBBS, MS

Multidisciplinary Perioperative Management of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery 
José L. Díaz-Gómez, MD, Juan G. Ripoll, MD, Isabel Mira-Avendano, MD, John E. Moss, MD, Gavin D. Divertie, MD, Ryan D. Frank, MS, and Charles D. Burger, MD

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