Southern Medical Association is the only regional multispecialty medical association in the United States dedicated to improving the quality of care of patients in the southeastern United States. In addition to great benefits, membership support has been used to create thousands of hours of education, the publication of more than 46,000 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles in the Southern Medical Journal, and more than $3.5 million in financial support through scientific research grants, loans, and scholarships.
An SMA Services, Inc. affinity program designed for Healthcare groups with 5 or more healthcare professionals.
- MD/DO $100.00 per year
- Other Practitioners $75.00 per year (RN, PA, NP, other)
- Residents $50.00
- Practice Administrator $25.00 per year
Each association member has their own account for managing content and for tracking credits and certificates
Association membership Includes Complimentary:
- Up to 60 hours of online CME
- Full access to the Southern Medical Journal
- AirMed-Air Ambulance Service
Association membership also includes access to:
- Medical Professional Liability Insurance 20%-50% discount
- Discounted Regional Assembly Registration
- Netchex Payroll/HR discounts
- Student loan refinancing program ($500 sign-up bonus for Members)
- Up to 30% off Dell.com
- 20% off Epocrates app
SMArt Membership available only to clients of SMA Services, Inc.
- Continuing Medical Education1
- Medical Malpractice2
- Office Products3
- Personal & Professional Services4
Continuing Medical Education
Southern Medical Journal:
Since 1908, the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) has been the official journal of the Southern Medical Association. As a peer-reviewed journal, it has a multidisciplinary and interprofessional focus. Articles in the monthly publication include a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists of medicine; surgery, pediatrics, women’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. Your SMJ access includes a monthly email of the SMJ electronic table of contents (eTOC) and online archives back to 1908.
Online CME Library:
SMA’s digital library of accredited, on-demand educational activities for physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers delivers self- directed study in many therapeutic areas 24/7. Programs are added regularly. The library is your online resource to access free interactive continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE) programs and SMJ CME articles.
Live CME Conferences:
SMA offers live, accredited, CME conferences and meetings throughout the year with most being held at exciting, family-friendly locations. For a complete listing, visit the website.
Live CME Webcasts:
Many of SMA’s live CME conferences are broadcast via webcast. If you can’t be on location for a conference, the conference can come to you! Live CME webcasts allow you to earn CME credit while minimizing time away from the office and your patients. It also allows more of your staff to learn and earn CME without expensive travel costs.
SMArt CME - Customized Performance Improvement Programming:
The SMA staff has more than 30 years of experience creating accredited CME activities. Let them help create customized CME programming for you and your staff. SMA can create a single course or a multi-day conference. Activities can be for on-site training with online access to information or for online-only access; the choice is yours. This type of activity personalizes CME learning.
SMA Annual Scientific Assembly:
Each year since 1906 (with the exception of 1918 due to the influenza epidemic) the SMA membership has gathered together for an Annual Assembly. This conference has always been to promote the collegiality of medical professionals and foster the art and science of medicine. During the annual conference, SMA members are given the opportunity to discuss and vote on Association business and issues. SMA is, and always will be, an organization for the members. This meeting is where you will meet your fellow members, make lifelong connections with other like-minded physicians, and get involved in the governance of the Association.
Medical Professional Liability Insurance:
Insurance coverage that protects health care providers against patients who sue them under the claim that they were harmed by the physician’s negligent or intentionally harmful treatment decisions. This coverage can help prevent financial devastation in the event of a lawsuit.
The Southern Medical Association has partnered with the Norcal Insurance Company, a Professional Liability Underwriter, to offer SMA physician members potentially significant discounts on their medical malpractice premiums. In many cases, a physician member may save 30%, 40%, or even more depending on their state and specialty.
Dell® Computer Discounts:
Through SMA’s relationship with Dell® Computer, SMA members can save up to 30% on their next computer purchase at DELL.com by using the special membership discount code.
SMA has partnered with Netchex, a national payroll processing and payroll tax preparation company for small- and medium-sized businesses to help you improve your payroll process. They can prepare your payroll checks, administer your taxes, provide direct deposit and track employees’ time and attendance.
Reception Room Magazine Subscriptions:
Do you provide magazines for your patients’ entertainment while in your office? The SMA magazine subscription service provides you access to more than 200 of the leading magazine publications available at discounted rates – some up to 50%. Through SMA’s magazine subscription service, you can order all of your publications from one source – once a year.
TSYS: Secure Electronic Payments Solutions
We have partnered with TSYS, the electronic payments expert to offer complete credit/debit card, eCheck/ACH, recurring payments, email invoicing/receipts and web-based solutions that save your practice time and money.
Epocrates® Handheld Software:
SMA has partnered with Epocrates® to give members a 20% discount on popular Epocrates® Handheld Software. Members can find everything they need in one place with the Epocrates® Essentials premium all-in-one mobile guide to drugs, diseases and diagnostics.
Personal and Professional Travel:
SMA Tours operates as a full-service travel agency, utilizing travel consultants with years of experience in servicing domestic and international travel needs, in addition to offering a wealth of services provided by our in-house Certified Meeting Professionals, such as:
- Corporate Meeting Travel
- Cruise Package Travel
- Custom Designed Group or Individual Travel
- Destination Wedding and/or Honeymoon Travel
- Incentive Travel
- Vacation Package Travel
Personal & Professional Services
AirMed – Air Ambulance Service:
SMA has partnered with AirMed to offer excellent worldwide air medical transport services to SMA members and their families. Individual coverage for SMA physician members is included in their yearly dues – and a discounted price of $195 is offered to members for full family coverage. AirMed International is one of the leading air medical transport companies in the world, with more than 18,000 total missions and counting. AirMed offers unparalleled medical care and bedside-to-bedside transportation on a worldwide basis and boasts some of the most experienced air medical crews in the industry. Chosen as a preferred operator for many of the top hospitals around the globe, as well as a contracted carrier for the U.S. Department of Defense, AirMed operates its own fleet of fully customized and permanently configured jets. With state-of-the-art medical jets and the most experienced and respected medical teams in the sky, AirMed is able to deliver on its mission of an uncompromised standard of care. AirMed owns and operates all aircraft, as well as employing its own dispatch, flight, and medical teams. This vertical integration ensures a seamless service and world-class care 24/7/365. AirMed provides worldwide services from multiple bases strategically located across the globe. With accreditation from both CAMTS and EURAMI, AirMed is able to deliver a seamless transport experience to customers regardless of location.
LendKey Student Loan Refinancing:
Medical professionals stand to save an average of more than $35,000 by refinancing their student loans and LendKey lets you compare refinancing options from more than 300 not-for-profit lenders. SMA’s partners at LendKey have put together an informative, step-by-step plan to help you save money and pay off your student loans. The student loans webinar recording is approximately 30 minutes and will teach you:
- Where to find the details on all your student loans;
- How to organize your student debt;
- About federal repayment plan options;
- The difference between consolidation and refinancing;
- How to refinance your student loans, and;
- How much you can save by refinancing.
Servis1st Bank Visa Consumer or Business Credit Card:
Save money and gain access to an excellent rewards program all while supporting the Association you love. Cardholders get access to additional features that allow them to manage their expenses including:
- Tracking purchases on itemized statements;
- Getting extra cards for additional users;
- Making purchases around the world;
- Cardholders can also access their accounts 24 hours a day to:
- Oversee all activity at a glance;
- Manage payment options and transactions;
- Update profile information;
- Set account alerts to track payments and balances; and,
- Manage accounts, anytime, anywhere.
- Platinum Benefits Card
- No annual fee;
- 0% APR on purchase and balance transfers for the first 7 billing cycles;
- 13.50% APR based on Prime Rate;
- Cash Back Rewards Card
- $35 annual fee;
- 1% Cashback on all qualifying purchases up to $60,000 annually
- 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 7 billing cycles, and;
- 11.50% APR based on Prime Rate.
- Platinum Benefits Card
- No annual fee;
- 15.50% APR based on Prime Rate;
- Visa zero liability;
- Manage business expenses 24/7 through Cardmanager.com;
- Cash Back Rewards Card
- $79 annual fee;
- 1% Cashback on all qualifying purchases up to $100,000 annually;
- 13.50% APR based on Prime Rate.
- Manage business expenses 24/7 through Cardmanager.com.
Third Party Administrator (TPA) Services:
A Third Party Administrator (TPA) is an organization, such as SMA Services, Inc., that is hired by the 401(k) Plan Sponsor to run many day-to-day aspects of the retirement plans. SMA Services, Inc. is an independent third party administrative services firm, allowing them to work with a variety of investment professionals. SMA Services, Inc. is an appointed TPA partner with many of the Retirement Plan Investment providers. Services include:
- Plan Design and Consulting;
- Installation and Maintenance;
- Prototype Documents and Amendments;
- Summary Plan Description;
- Full Compliance Testing Services;
- 5500 Preparation;
- Summary Annual Report;
- Eligibility Calculations;
- Distribution and Loan Processing;
- Track Vesting;
- Allocation of Forfeitures and Profit Sharing Allocations;
- Employee Communications, and;
- Unlimited Calls to Our Service Representatives.
- 401(k): sma.org/401k
A 401(k) plan is a qualified profit sharing or stock bonus plan that offers participants an election to receive company contributions in cash or to have these amounts contributed to the plan. [IRC §§401(k) (2), 402(a)(8)]
- Money Purchase Pension Plans:
A money purchase pension plan is a defined contribution plan in which the company’s contributions are mandatory and are usually based solely on each participant’s compensation.
- Profit Sharing Plans:
A profit sharing plan is a defined contribution plan to which the company agrees to make substantial and recurring, although generally discretionary contributions.
- New Comparability Plans:
A new comparability plan is generally a 401(k) profit sharing plan or a money purchase pension plan in which the contribution percentage formula for one category of participants is greater than the contribution percentage formula for other categories of participants.
Kim Woods, Vice President
800-423-4992, ext 192
Mark Massey, Retirement Plan Development
800-423-4992, ext. 211
Bob Cantlay, Internal Sales Assistant
800-423-4992, ext. 106
JoAnn Owens, Manager - Financial Services
800-423-4992, ext. 188
LaQueeta Perry, Retirement Plan Administrator
800-423-4992, ext. 190
Wendy Erhart, Executive Assistant
800-423-4992, ext. 150
SMA Services, Inc. 3500 Blue Lake Dr. Suite 360 Birmingham, AL 35243
PHONE: 800-423-4992 FAX: 205-945-1830