SMA Blog Archives

Joint Commission Pioneers in Quality eCQM Expert to Expert Webinar Series

The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are committed to supporting hospitals on their journey … Continue reading Joint Commission Pioneers in Quality eCQM Expert to Expert Webinar Series

New Year, New CME!

Start off the year right with CME from SMA! SMA Online CME Courses make it easy to obtain AMA PRA Category … Continue reading New Year, New CME!

Courses from the ASH Symposium are Now Available!

New Courses Alert!! The Southern Medical Association gratefully acknowledges the generous support for the Symposium entitled, “Improving the Lives of  Southern … Continue reading Courses from the ASH Symposium are Now Available!

Current SMJ : January 2019

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : January 2019

Interview with Dr. Ricard Zattler

President-Elect Dr. Philip Hartman interviewed his great uncle, Dr. Richard Zettler, about the Southern Medical Association and medicine after an … Continue reading Interview with Dr. Ricard Zattler

Online Courses from the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly

Online courses from the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly are now available. Perfect for both physicians and healthcare professionals. SMA Online … Continue reading Online Courses from the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly

2019 Medicare Part D Opioid Policies: Training Materials

2019 Medicare Part D Opioid Policies: Training Materials CMS will implement new opioid policies for Medicare drug plans on January 1. The … Continue reading 2019 Medicare Part D Opioid Policies: Training Materials

2019 Focus on Women’s Health Conference

SAVE THE DATE! The 2019 Focus on Women's Health Conference dates have been set! Join SMA in beautiful Kiawah Island, … Continue reading 2019 Focus on Women’s Health Conference

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Society of 1906 & 1924 Scholarship Recipients Society of 1906 Scholarship Recipient: Paul Oh Society of 1924 Scholarship Recipient: Andres … Continue reading 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Accelerating Cures in the Genomic Age: The Sickle Cell Example

By: Dr. Francis Collins Forty-five years ago, when I was a first-year medical student, a lecturer introduced me to a … Continue reading Accelerating Cures in the Genomic Age: The Sickle Cell Example

Current SMJ : December 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : December 2018

Abstract Award Winners from the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly

Best Oral Abstract Presentation 1st Place: Stephen Petty, DO -- Cerebrovascular Outcomes in Patients with Infective Endocarditis Receiving Anticoagulation Therapy 2nd Place: … Continue reading Abstract Award Winners from the 2018 Annual Scientific Assembly

Current SMJ : November 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : November 2018

David W. Avery, MD Installed as 2018-19 SMA President

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of David W. Avery, MD, as President for 2018-2019. … Continue reading David W. Avery, MD Installed as 2018-19 SMA President

2018 Southern Region Burn Important Information for Attendees

Thursday, November 8 Advanced Burn Provider Course 7:30 am – 5:00 pm Location:  Clipper – Conference and food functions Location:  … Continue reading 2018 Southern Region Burn Important Information for Attendees

Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats and Trends for 2018

Marissa Maldonado, Senior Manager With cybersecurity attacks growing at an increasing rate, and new network and computer system vulnerabilities frequently … Continue reading Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats and Trends for 2018

Current SMJ : October 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : October 2018

SMAA Annual Meeting Information

Tentative Schedule of Events Wednesday October 31, 2018 6:00 am-7:00 pm Meeting Registration Open for Badge Pick-up 5:00-6:30 pm SMA … Continue reading SMAA Annual Meeting Information

Practice Management: An Integrated Approach to Short- and Long-Term Improvement

Practice Management: An Integrated Approach to Short- and Long-term Improvement By Ellis “Mac” Knight, MD, MBA Physician practices are facing … Continue reading Practice Management: An Integrated Approach to Short- and Long-Term Improvement

SMAA Medical Heritage: Project Ideas

Project Ideas What makes a good Medical Heritage project?  Most project ideas fit into one of the following broad categories, … Continue reading SMAA Medical Heritage: Project Ideas

SMAA: Medical Heritage

Medical Heritage – A Southern Tradition Medical Heritage is the oldest continuing project of the SMA Alliance, going back to the 1930 … Continue reading SMAA: Medical Heritage

SMAA: Health Education

The SMA Alliance Health Education focus was started at the 1993 Convention where the The Eileen Martin Award was established … Continue reading SMAA: Health Education

History of SMA Alliance

The Women’s Auxiliary to the Southern Medical Association was formed at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 25, … Continue reading History of SMA Alliance

SMAA: Kathy Murray, 2017-2018 President

Kathy Murray, SMAA President 2017-2018 The alliance has a special place in my heart. I have been a member of … Continue reading SMAA: Kathy Murray, 2017-2018 President

Catching Up with Daniel Peters

Daniel Peters, 2017 Society of 1906 Scholarship Recipient Daniel Peters is well into his fourth year of medical school at … Continue reading Catching Up with Daniel Peters

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Elizabeth Kirkland, MD, MSCR

Register Elizabeth Kirkland, MD, MSCR Dr. Elizabeth Kirkland is an assistant professor of internal medicine at MUSC Health. She completed … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Elizabeth Kirkland, MD, MSCR

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC

Register Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC Dr. Connell received his undergraduate and postgraduate training in … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD

Register Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert for his studies on … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Raymond N. DuBois, MD, PhD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, FACA, FACC, FAHA, FASH

Register Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, FACA, FACC, FAHA, FASH Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, is a cardiologist whose research has advanced … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, FACA, FACC, FAHA, FASH

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Pedro Ordunez, MD, PhD

Register Pedro Ordunez, MD, PhD Dr. Ordunez obtained his medical degree in Cuba in 1990. In 1993 he received the … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Pedro Ordunez, MD, PhD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Leopoldo Raij

Register Leopoldo Raij, MD Dr. Leopoldo Raij is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus - Katz Family Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Leopoldo Raij

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Leopoldo Raij, MD, FAHA

Register Leopoldo Raij, MD, FAHA Dr. Leopoldo Raij is Professor of Medicine, Emeritus - Katz Family Division of Nephrology and … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Leopoldo Raij, MD, FAHA

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Paul. K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc

Register Paul. K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc Paul K. Whelton, M.B., M.D., M.Sc. is a medical graduate of University College … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Paul. K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kristy Joseph

Register Kristy Joseph Mrs. Kristy Joseph is a Public Health Advisor and Team Lead at the U.S. Centers for Disease … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kristy Joseph

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH

Register Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH Anthony Viera received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPH

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Taskeen Khan

Register Taskeen Khan Dr. Taskeen Khan, is currently a medical officer responsible for cardiovascular disease programme implementation in the Non … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Taskeen Khan

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Moore, MD

Register Michael A. Moore, MD Michael A. Moore, MD, FACP, FAHA, is a nephrologist from Danville, VA. He is member … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Moore, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Souvik Sen, MD

Register Souvik Sen, MD Souvik Sen, MD, MS, MPH, currently serves as Chair of Neurology at Palmetto Health-USC Neurology and … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Souvik Sen, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH

Register Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH Dr. Eduardo Sanchez serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention and Chief of the … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Ross J. Simpson, MD, PhD

Register Ross J. Simpson, MD, PhD Dr. Simpson is Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Epidemiology at the University … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Ross J. Simpson, MD, PhD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Robert J. Adams, MS, MD

Register Robert J. Adams, MS, MD Robert J. Adams, MS, MD, formerly the presidential distinguished chair, regents professor of neurology, … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Robert J. Adams, MS, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, FACN, DFAPA

Register Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, FACN, DFAPA Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, FACN, Dean of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Timothy J. Kowalski, DO, FACN, DFAPA

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Mark Williams, MD, MBA, JD

Register Mark Williams, MD, MBA, JD Dr. Mark Williams is currently the Chief Clinical and Academic Officer for the Palmetto … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Mark Williams, MD, MBA, JD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: David M. Joyner, MD

Register David M. Joyner, MD David M. Joyner, MD, serves as senior vice president and executive director of the Andrews … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: David M. Joyner, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Norman R.C. Campbell, CM, BHSc, FCAHS, MD, FRCPC

Register Norman R.C. Campbell, CM, BHSc, FCAHS, MD, FRCPC Dr. Campbell is a General Internist, a Professor of Medicine, Community … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Norman R.C. Campbell, CM, BHSc, FCAHS, MD, FRCPC

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: William Cushman, MD

Register William C. Cushman, MD Dr. William Cushman is Chief of the Preventive Medicine Section at the Veterans Affairs (VA) … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: William Cushman, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Robert M. Carey, MD, MACP

Register Robert M. Carey, MD, MACP Dr. Robert M. Carey is Dean, Emeritus, and Professor of Medicine at the University … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Robert M. Carey, MD, MACP

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Brent M. Egan, MD

Register Brent M. Egan, MD Brent M. Egan, MD is Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Brent M. Egan, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Raymond R. Townsend, MD

Register Raymond R. Townsend, MD Raymond R. Townsend, MD, is a Professor of Medicine and an Associate Director of the … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Raymond R. Townsend, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Carlos M. Ferrario, MD

Register Carlos M. Ferrario, MD Carlos M. Ferrario, MD, is a cardiologist whose research has advanced understanding and treatment of … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Carlos M. Ferrario, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD

Register Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD Dr. Michael Weber is a Professor of Medicine at Downstate College of Medicine of … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD

Register John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD Dr. Bisognano is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Outpatient Services in the … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Daniel W. Jones, MD

Register Daniel W. Jones, MD Daniel W. Jones, M.D. is the Sanderson Chair in Obesity, Metabolic Diseases and Nutrition and … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Daniel W. Jones, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD

Register Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD Dr. Michael Weber is a Professor of Medicine at Downstate College of Medicine of … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael A. Weber, MD, PhD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC

Register Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC Dr. Connell received his undergraduate and postgraduate training in … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Kenneth Connell, MBBS DM (UWI), PhD (KCL), FACP, FRCP, FACC

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Donald DiPette, MD

Register Donald DiPette, MD Dr. DiPette is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Donald DiPette, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Jan Basile, MD

Register Jan Basile, MD Dr. Basile earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. He then … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Jan Basile, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS

Register Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD

Register John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD Dr. Bisognano is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Outpatient Services in the … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: John D. Bisognano, MD, PhD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Eric A. Brown, MD, FACEP

Register Eric A. Brown, MD, FACEP Dr. Eric A. Brown has served as the System VP for Patient Flow & … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Eric A. Brown, MD, FACEP

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Rachel Brown, MD

Register Rachel Brown, MD Dr. Rachel Brown is a family physician certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians. She … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Rachel Brown, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Charlee Alexander, BA, MPH

Register Charlee Alexander, BA, MPH Charlee Alexander is a Program Officer at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) where she … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Charlee Alexander, BA, MPH

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Christopher R. Morris, MD

Register Christopher R. Morris, MD Christopher R. Morris, MD, a board certified rheumatologist with more than 25 years’ experience, is … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Christopher R. Morris, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: March E. Seabrook, MD, FACG

Register March E. Seabrook, MD, FACG March Seabrook, MD, FACG has been practicing gastroenterology in his home state of South … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: March E. Seabrook, MD, FACG

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Marc G. Jaffe, MD

Register Marc G. Jaffe, MD Dr. Jaffe is the Senior Vice President of the Resolve to Save 100 Million Lives … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Marc G. Jaffe, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Jerry R. Youkey, MD

Register Jerry R. Youkey, MD Jerry R. Youkey, MD, GHS Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Founding Dean of … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Jerry R. Youkey, MD

SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Les W. Hall, MD

Register Les W. Hall, MD Les W. Hall, MD, is a professor of medicine and executive dean of the University … Continue reading SMA/ASH Faculty for SMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Les W. Hall, MD

Current SMJ : September 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : September 2018

Diabetes-Focused Continuing Medical Education: A Partnership between SMA and Clinical Care Options

The Southern Medical Association and Clinical Care Options (CCO) are partnering on a CME/CE-certified educational program titled, “Insights on Practical … Continue reading Diabetes-Focused Continuing Medical Education: A Partnership between SMA and Clinical Care Options

Catching Up with Benjamin Smood

Benjamin Smood, 2017 Society of 1924 Scholarship Recipient Benjamin Smood is a 4th year medical student at the University of … Continue reading Catching Up with Benjamin Smood

Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule: Understanding 3 Key Topics Listening Session

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host … Continue reading Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule: Understanding 3 Key Topics Listening Session

Would you like a FREE “check-up” for your company retirement plan?

As a healthcare professional you understand the benefit of receiving annual check-ups to promote good health and diagnose problems early. … Continue reading Would you like a FREE “check-up” for your company retirement plan?

Current SMJ : August 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : August 2018

New Approaches to the Management of Gram-Negative Resistant Infections

New Approaches to the Management  of Gram-Negative Resistant Infections Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM Registration and Dinner 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Program Seasons 52 … Continue reading New Approaches to the Management of Gram-Negative Resistant Infections

Don’t miss out on financial services from SMA Services, Inc.

As a big sponsor of SMA's educational programs (including live conferences and online courses), we encourage you to see how … Continue reading Don’t miss out on financial services from SMA Services, Inc.

Current SMJ : July 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : July 2018

Meet the Chair: Jan Basile, MD

Jan Basile, MD - Conference Chair Dr. Basile is Professor of Medicine, Seinsheimer Cardiovascular Health Program in the Division of … Continue reading Meet the Chair: Jan Basile, MD

Meet the Faculty: Peter Buch, MD

Peter Buch, MD Dr Peter Buch is a clinical gastroenterologist with 35 years of teaching experience.  Teaching is his passion … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Peter Buch, MD

Meet the Faculty: Silvio Inzucchi, MD

Meet the Faculty: George Mejicano, MD

George Mejicano, MD, MS, FACP, FACEHP George Mejicano received his medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed his … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: George Mejicano, MD

Meet the Faculty: Wayne Weart, PharmD

Wayne Weart, PharmD, FAPhA, FASHP, BCPS Dr. Weart received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1971 from the … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Wayne Weart, PharmD

Meet the Faculty: Jaime Lewis, MD

Learn More Register Now Jaime Lewis, MD Dr. Jaime D. Lewis is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Jaime Lewis, MD

Meet the Faculty: Julie Rios, MD

Learn More Register Now Julie Rios, MD Julie M. Sroga-Rios, MD, joined the UC Center for Reproductive Health in 2012 … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Julie Rios, MD

Current SMJ : June 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : June 2018

Meet the Chair: Dr. Michael A. Thomas, MD

Learn More Register Now Michael A. Thomas - Conference Chair Dr. Michael A. Thomas is Chief of the Division of … Continue reading Meet the Chair: Dr. Michael A. Thomas, MD

World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day May 17, 2018 Today is World Hypertension Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, … Continue reading World Hypertension Day

Meet the Faculty: Adrian Balica, MD

Learn More Register Now Adrian Balica, MD Dr. Balica is currently a physician at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Adrian Balica, MD

Meet the Faculty: Jennifer Wells, MD

Learn More Register Now Jennifer Wells, MD Dr. Jennifer Wells is a California native raised in the suburbs of Washington, … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Jennifer Wells, MD

Meet the Faculty: Tenley Murphy, MD

Learn More Register Now Tenley Murphy, MD Dr. Murphy currently serves as a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Tenley Murphy, MD

Meet the Faculty: Lena Merjanian, MD

Learn More Register Now Lena Merjanian, MD Lena Merjanian, M.D., is a board certified OB/GYN. She is a native of … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Lena Merjanian, MD

Meet the Faculty: Michael Wagner, MD

Learn More Register Now Michael Wagner, MD Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the … Continue reading Meet the Faculty: Michael Wagner, MD

Meet the Chairs: Dr. Nancy A. Phillips, MD

Nancy A. Phillips, MD Co-Chair Dr. Phillips is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology … Continue reading Meet the Chairs: Dr. Nancy A. Phillips, MD

Meet the Chairs: Dr. Veronica K. Piziak, MD

Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP - Conference Chair Dr. Piziak is Emeritus Director, Division of Endocrinology and Director of … Continue reading Meet the Chairs: Dr. Veronica K. Piziak, MD

Meet the Chairs: Dr. Donald J. DiPette, MD

Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA - Co-Chair Dr. DiPette is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University … Continue reading Meet the Chairs: Dr. Donald J. DiPette, MD

Pearls at the Bedside: An Approach to Augmenting the Physical Exam with Pocket-sized Ultrasound

Join us Thursday, July 19th from 7:00 am – 11:15 am in beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina for an amazing Hands-on Ultrasound … Continue reading Pearls at the Bedside: An Approach to Augmenting the Physical Exam with Pocket-sized Ultrasound

Cancer in Women Meeting Announcement

New Meeting Announcement! August 11, 2018 Hilton Cincinnati Airport Florence, KY If you are looking for the perfect CME conference … Continue reading Cancer in Women Meeting Announcement

Current SMJ : May 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : May 2018

Welcome Mark Massey!

SMA Welcomes Mark Massey to SMA Services, Inc. We are pleased to announce that Mark Massey has accepted the position of Director of … Continue reading Welcome Mark Massey!

SMA President’s Message: April 2018

DONALD DIPETTE, MD, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA Dr. DiPette was installed as SMA’s 113th President during the 2nd General Session of … Continue reading SMA President’s Message: April 2018

Current SMJ : April 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : April 2018

Current SMJ : March 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : March 2018

SMA – Community Collaboration

SMA is pleased to collaborate with the Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition to present the accredited activity "Marijuana and Opiate … Continue reading SMA – Community Collaboration

Southern Roots – Medical History, Black History

Meet the Doctor Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson, MD Education: Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, Class of 1891 Historical importance: First … Continue reading Southern Roots – Medical History, Black History

Happy President’s Day from the Southern Medical Association

 “A President must call on many persons – some to man the ramparts and to watch the far away, distant … Continue reading Happy President’s Day from the Southern Medical Association

Important Dates for Southern Region Burn Conference

31st Annual Southern Region Burn CME Conference 2018 Hosted by: Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel … Continue reading Important Dates for Southern Region Burn Conference

Lendkey: February Rate Updates for Student Loan Refinancing

Student Loan Rate Updates Student Loan Refinance: 2.58% APR - 8.12% APR Student Loan Refinance Variable Rates: 2.58% - 7.62% … Continue reading Lendkey: February Rate Updates for Student Loan Refinancing

Current SMJ : February 2018

The Southern Medical Journal is the official, peer-reviewed journal of the Southern Medical Association. It has a multidisciplinary and inter-professional … Continue reading Current SMJ : February 2018

SMA “wears red” to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women. More … Continue reading SMA “wears red” to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease.

SMA President’s Message: January 2018

DONALD DIPETTE, MD, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA Dr. DiPette was installed as SMA’s 113th President during the 2nd General Session of … Continue reading SMA President’s Message: January 2018

Health Rankings in the South

For the past 28 years, the United Health Foundation has produced an annual report assessing the nation’s health on a … Continue reading Health Rankings in the South

New Medicare Cards – 5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & … Continue reading New Medicare Cards – 5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready

Current SMJ : January 2018

Southern Medical Journal • Vol. 110 • No. 10 • October 2017

Last chance to make a tax-deductible donation for 2017.

This is your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation to the Southern Medical Association for 2017. We know that … Continue reading Last chance to make a tax-deductible donation for 2017.

There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation.

There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to the Southern Medical Association. We know that you have many … Continue reading There is still time to make a tax-deductible donation.

Online Courses from the 2017 Medical Dilemmas Conference

SMA Online CME Courses make it easy to obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Courses are available to anyone and are free to Silver or Gold SMA members. Prices vary based on number of credit hours. Get started now!

Thank you

Thank you for your continued support through membership and donations to the Research and Education Endowment Fund. Because of you, we … Continue reading Thank you

Happy Holidays

Southern Medical Association wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Click To View Video Card Starring Donald DiPette (President), David … Continue reading Happy Holidays

SMA Has Been Reaccredited by the ACCME!

In November, Southern Medical Association completed all requirements of the review process with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education … Continue reading SMA Has Been Reaccredited by the ACCME!

Medical Dilemmas Conference – It’s Not Too Late To Register

Can’t make it this year to New York? Try the web instead. Watch SMA’s educational sessions in live streaming video over the internet, and earn CME credit!

Current SMJ : December 2017

Southern Medical Journal • Vol. 110 • No. 10 • October 2017

Douglas Bennion, PhD, 1st Place Oral Presentation

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Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, MD

Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, MD Resident at Brandon Regional Hospital Brandon, FL   Correlation Between Toe Brachial Index (TBI) and Leg … Continue reading Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, MD

Happy Thanksgiving from the Southern Medical Association

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving from the Southern Medical Association

Online Courses from the 2017 Medical Summit

SMA Online CME Courses make it easy to obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Courses are available to anyone and are free to Silver or Gold SMA members. Prices vary based on number of credit hours. Get started now!

Melissa Dohme-Hill

Melissa Dohme-Hill Domestic Violence: Survivorship Link: https://sma.org/courses/domestic-violence-management-surviorship/ https://s3.amazonaws.com/smaorg-bucket/video/Assembly/2017+Annual+Meeting/Johnson_Dohme_1.mp4 It’s a true miracle that Melissa Dohme Hill is alive and healthy … Continue reading Melissa Dohme-Hill

Amanda Copenhaver, BS, 1st Place Poster Presenter

Poster Download Educational Intervention Enhances Clinician Awareness of Christian, Jewish and Islamic Teachings Around End of Life Care Amanda Copenhaver, … Continue reading Amanda Copenhaver, BS, 1st Place Poster Presenter

2017 Southern Region Burn Conference – Abstract Competition Winners

Abstract Competition Winners Southern Region Burn Conference November 3-5, 2017 Hilton Downtown Miami Hotel Miami, Florida Learn more about the … Continue reading 2017 Southern Region Burn Conference – Abstract Competition Winners

Medical Dilemmas Conference – Time is running out on these great rates.

Thursday, November 23, 2017. After this date, reservations will be accepted by the hotel at its discretion and subject to prevailing rates and availability. Note: You should book as early as possible as the group block and rate may sell out prior to the hotel’s reservation deadline stated above.

2017 – SMA Presidential Installation Address

DONALD DIPETTE, MD, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA Dr. DiPette was installed as SMA’s 113th President during the 2nd General Session of … Continue reading 2017 – SMA Presidential Installation Address

My Take Away From St. Petersburg – Michael C. Gosney, DVM, MD, JD, MBA

Michael C. Gosney, DVM, MD, JD, MBA* * Disclaimer: Michael C. Gosney, MD is a small-town anesthesiologist in the South. … Continue reading My Take Away From St. Petersburg – Michael C. Gosney, DVM, MD, JD, MBA

2017 Medical Summit Comes To a Close

This year’s Annual Scientific Assembly was a huge success, but we really need to see more of you there! St. … Continue reading 2017 Medical Summit Comes To a Close

In Honor of All Veterans

“Never was so much owed by so many to so few" -Winston Churchill Southern Medical Association acknowledges all the men … Continue reading In Honor of All Veterans

PulsePoint Launches in Huntsville

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- A joint agency endeavor launched a free smartphone app called PulsePoint for all of Madison County. … Continue reading PulsePoint Launches in Huntsville

Current SMJ : November 2017

Southern Medical Journal • Vol. 110 • No. 10 • October 2017

Remember – Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday November 5th

Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday November 5th Remember to Fall Back... On Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:00 am clocks are turned backward … Continue reading Remember – Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday November 5th

Eastern Shore Rural Health System – Job Posting

Eastern Shore Rural Health System (ESRH) has much to offer our employees in addition to competitive salaries. Our excellent benefits … Continue reading Eastern Shore Rural Health System – Job Posting

Back from the 2017 LPCA Meeting

During the week of October 10-12, Kim and I attended the Louisiana Primary Care Association’s 34th Annual Continuing Education Conference at L’Auberge Casino & Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Medical Summit – Webcast Available

2017 Medical Summit & Annual Scientific Assembly – Tuesday, October 3, 2017, is the last day to book your room & take advantage of the great room rate of $199.

Medical Malpractice Program with Cyber Liability

SMA's Medical Malpractice Insurance Program Our medical malpractice program can include up a $1,000,000 limit for Cyber Liability insurance for … Continue reading Medical Malpractice Program with Cyber Liability

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – New Online CME Courses Available

SMA Online CME Courses make it easy to obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Courses are available to anyone and are free to Silver or Gold SMA members. Prices vary based on number of credit hours. Get started now!

Searching for Insurance Coverage?

Searching for Insurance Coverage? Look no further,  SMA Services, Inc. has got you covered! Open Enrollment Is Going On Now … Continue reading Searching for Insurance Coverage?

Current SMJ : October 2017

Southern Medical Journal • Vol. 110 • No. 10 • October 2017

Medical Summit – Take advantage of our great room rates.

2017 Medical Summit & Annual Scientific Assembly – Tuesday, October 3, 2017, is the last day to book your room & take advantage of the great room rate of $199.

Trains, Planes and Medical Assistance

On an early June morning in 1978, the express train to Milan raced across the Italian countryside. Sitting in a second-class compartment in cutoff jeans and a worn-out T- shirt, I looked out the window admiring the rapidly changing landscape. After completing medical school, I rewarded myself to a short European holiday. My trip in sunny Italy would soon end, and I would begin my internship with the new responsibilities of patient care.

Gamification – Transforming Medical Education

WOW!! It is amazing how the methods of medical education continue to transform. Who would have thought that “gamification” could be a medical education teaching tool?

Medical Dilemmas Conference – Awesome Group Rates Will Sell Out Early

Thursday, November 23, 2017. After this date, reservations will be accepted by the hotel at its discretion and subject to prevailing rates and availability. Note: You should book as early as possible as the group block and rate may sell out prior to the hotel’s reservation deadline stated above.

Medical Dilemmas Conference -Webcast Available

Can’t make it this year to New York? Try the web instead. Watch SMA’s educational sessions in live streaming video over the internet, and earn CME credit!

Current SMJ : September 2017

Southern Medical Journal • Vol. 110 • No. 9 • September 2017

Medical Dilemmas Conference – Faculty Announced

Faculty announced for SMA’s Medical Dilemmas: A Patient Care CME Conference.

Online Courses from the 2017 Women’s Health Conference Now Available

SMA Online CME Courses make it easy to obtain AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Courses are available to anyone and are free to Silver or Gold SMA members. Prices vary based on number of credit hours. Get started now!

Medical Summit & Annual Scientific Assembly – Topics

Make plans now to join SMA in St. Petersburg, Florida for networking, fun, and of course, quality accredited education to complete your 2017 year-end requirements.

Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

What is Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRT or VRET )? This type of therapy, which was first introduced by Max North in 1994, combines virtual reality technology and software with psychology. In a controlled setting, a patient is virtually exposed to an object or situation which causes fear and anxiety, and VRET helps the therapist identify a patient’s phobias and triggers. Offering a safe environment, the therapist guides the patient through an experience and helps to provide understanding and healing.

Medical Dilemmas Conference – Make Plans Now & Save

Book as early as possible as the group block and rate may sell out prior to the hotel’s reservation deadline.

Current SMJ : August 2017

Southern Medical Journal • Vol. 110 • No. 8 • August 2017

Medical Summit – Save the Date

Save the Date! SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly November, 2-4, 2017

Medical Dilemmas Conference – Register Today!

Southern Medical Association’s Medical Dilemmas: A Patient Care CME Conference is set for December 15-17, 2017 at the Westin Hotel Times Square in exciting New York, New York.

Social Media & Health Care By the Numbers

A survey conducted by Pricewaterhouse Cooper asked more than 1000 patients and more than 100 healthcare executives what they thought of the way healthcare companies utilize social media. The results may surprise you.

Medical Dilemmas Conference – Make Plans Now

Make plans now to join SMA in New York City for the magic of the holidays; networking, fun, and of course, quality accredited education to complete your 2017 year-end requirements.

Current SMJ : July 2017

Southern Medical Journal • Vol. 110 • No. 7 • July 2017

Medical Dilemmas Conference – Picture Yourself in Times Square

There’s excitement in the air! It’s December 15, 2017 and Times Square is filled with individuals milling about, people watching people, a lot of selfies being snapped, tickets in-hand for a Broadway show, and some who are just amazed they are standing in the middle of Times Square in NYC. Picture yourself here!

Rumor has it… June 2017

Rumor has it… Recent Medical Rumors – Fact or Fiction – Do you keep up with the latest medical news?

The Front Door – Emergency Department Documentation

I was recently a participant at a conference for physician advisors, and one of the most interesting topics of discussion was the role of clinical documentation integrity in our ever changing medical landscape. The title of said discussion was something like, “Clinical Documentation Integrity: the Past, the Present, and the Future.” There were many ideas tossed around, but one of the major questions that caught my attention was, “What is the role for CDI in the emergency department?” I believe that this is a topic that is both interesting and timely.

Fidget Spinners – Attention Tools or Distraction Toys?

What exactly is a “Fidget Spinner”? They are everywhere! If you see a kid, you will more than likely see, if not hear, the whirling buzz of a fidget spinner.

Medical Dilemmas Conference – Save the Date

Southern Medical Association’s Medical Dilemmas: A Patient Care CME Conference is set for December 15-17, 2017 at the Westin Hotel Times Square in exciting New York, New York.

Rumor has it… May 2017

Rumor has it… Recent Medical Rumors – Fact or Fiction – Do you keep up with the latest medical news?

Republican Health Care Repeal and Replace Passes the House

After a couple of close calls, the House Republicans finally started the health care repeal and replace process in the form of the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA, H.R.1628), the AHCA was passed along party lines. This is an unfortunate situation for our country, as depending on one’s viewpoint; this legislation is a start in the right direction after the fiasco called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or this legislation is favoring the rich at the expense of the middle class. Either way, without Senate passage of this bill or a Senate-amended bill with House and Senate conference committee compromise, this bill will come to an early demise.

Doctors Unionized

In a time when managed care has shattered the control traditionally held by physicians, a different type of labor union is evolving. Some physicians are creating or joining healthcare “labor unions” to combat managed care organizations and networks. These unions declare that they can be more effective than medical societies or large group practices.

Over the Moon

By now, I’m certain that most of you in this audience are aware of the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, otherwise known as the MOON, in some circles. For the uninitiated, the MOON is a new form that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has mandated hospitals to provide to patients within 36 hours of beginning observations services as an outpatient.

Membership Medicine: Why I Chose the Path Less Traveled

When I began medical school in 2002 I wanted to be a transplant surgeon. I loved the idea of being able to undertake large, complex operations that bring life-saving results. One day in my 3rd year of medical school, upon arising at 4:45 am to do OB post-partum rounds I said to myself, “I’m never going to voluntarily get up this early for work again.”

Medical Associations – Are they obsolete or misguided?

Have medical associations become obsolete? Have dwindling payments and incomes required physicians to prioritize and limit their time and resources? Have medical associations subordinated their membership’s interests to their corporate well being? What should a medical association advocate?

Do You Have a “Tech Neck”?

For some, a cell phone is an extension of their person – can’t leave home (or anywhere else) without it. For others, it’s a convenient tool to conduct business or have instant contact with family or friends. Unfortunately, extensive cell phone use has now been associated with a chronic health problem identified as “Tech Neck” or “Text Neck” syndrome. This syndrome occurs when a person looks down at his or her cell phone or electronic device for too long.

Airline Boarding Passes – First class tickets to identity theft?

It happens all the time. You’ve survived the lines, the security screening, and the delays. You’ve eaten a few pretzels and have finally arrived at your destination. Shortly after departing the plane, picking up your baggage, or arriving at your hotel, your boarding pass ends up in the trash. Why not, you have arrived and have no more use of it. It is of no use to anyone – or is it?

Could Ordering Your Own Lab Test Be Beneficial?

Ordering his or her own lab tests may be helpful to a patient, save some time, and could possibly be less expensive; however, none of these benefits can replace a physician’s care.

Repeal and Replace Week 3

The prediction of what would happen with the election of Republican control of our federal government and healthcare reform moving forward discussed in the last Pulse article seems to be accurate. Nothing extraordinary or extreme will actually happen rapidly; repeal with gradual replacement seems the safe way forward. Although there is a minority of Republican legislators, notably the Freedom Caucus, demanding immediate repeal and replace, it appears that the majority of Republican legislators are determined to get reform right.

The Drug Pricing Battle

Orencia, a medication prescribed to arthritis patients, is estimated to increase in cost by 6% in 2017; in addition, CNN Money reported that Ampyra, a drug used to treat sclerosis, increased in cost by 9.5% within the first few days of 2017. Money Magazine reported in March 2016 that 40% of generics companies were controlled by three major companies. Corporate mergers are part of the reason that drug companies are able to charge insurers additional amounts of money for drugs.

Rare Disease Day: Raising Hope

The last day of February each year, we celebrate Rare Disease Day. The hope is not only to raise awareness for these lesser known and generally not as widely researched diseases-but also to impact lasting change for the patients. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of research and how it brings hope to patients and their families. In 2016, various projects such as the Cancer Moonshot 2020, brought an inspiring surge in cancer research, including research for rare diseases.

SMA President Serves During Inauguration

While many watched from the comfort of their homes the 58th Inaugural proceedings in which Mr. Donald J. Trump took the Oath of Office to become the 45th President of the United States, over 400 members of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the United States National Disaster Medical System’s (NDMS) Disaster Teams had the distinct pleasure of being on-site assisting in the event.

CMS Elects Not to Apply PQRS Payment Adjustments

On April 1, 2014, Congress enacted the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93), which said that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. Accordingly, on August 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a final rule that required the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. This rule also required HIPAA-covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015.

UAB Medicine Launches CME-Approved Series of Podcasts

UAB Medicine, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, is offering a series of free audio podcasts that are eligible for continuing medical education credit.

Artificial Intelligence in Health Care – Audio/Visual Biomarkers Aid in Diagnosis.

Smart phones are a central part of our daily lives with applications, or apps, to keep us entertained, to be productive and even to improve our health. In terms of health, we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what might be possible. We can track our steps, encourage healthy habits, and research conditions, but we are a long way from pulling out a medical tricorder (the handheld device from Star Trek used to help diagnose diseases and collect bodily information about a patient) and instantly diagnosing health problems. Advances in technology are bringing us ever closer, however.

Petroleum Jelly – An Easy and Inexpensive Way to Help Baby

When baby is not happy, no one is happy. And, unfortunately, eczema can cause many sleepless nights for baby, as well as Mom and Dad. More than 20% of children suffer from eczema, and the effects extend beyond skin irritations and sleeplessness to include hay fever allergies and asthma.

Twas The Night Before MACRA

Twas three weeks before MACRA, when all through the towns – Not a practice was preparing, apathy knew no bounds – Resolve was hung up by the “We who don’t care” – In hopes that more delays, soon would be there

Continued Disruption of the Healthcare Industry

I have been asked to look into the future and see what is in store for those of us who take care of patients, provide care 24/7, and try to work within the healthcare system designed by legislators, regulators, and private insurance companies.

Positions Available: UAB Department of Neurosurgery

ANTICIPATED FACULTY POSITIONS DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSURGERY UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM During the calendar years 2016-2017, it is anticipated that … Continue reading Positions Available: UAB Department of Neurosurgery

Beyond the H – UAB’s Ambulatory & Non-acute Care Summit

Friday, January 27, 2017 7:30 am – 6:30 pm The Club (atop Red Mountain) Birmingham, AL 35209 Approved for 4.5 … Continue reading Beyond the H – UAB’s Ambulatory & Non-acute Care Summit

Cast Your Vote for SMA’s Holiday Video

The votes are in and "Sled Race" has won.Thank you to all who participated. It is becoming a Southern Medical … Continue reading Cast Your Vote for SMA’s Holiday Video

Are you feeling sleepy?

Lack of sleep could be costing the US economy up to $411 billion per year. Insufficient sleep has been declared … Continue reading Are you feeling sleepy?

2016 Annual Scientific Assembly Abstract Winners Announced

Congratulations to the following winners of the abstract competitions held during SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly, November 4-5, 2016, at the … Continue reading 2016 Annual Scientific Assembly Abstract Winners Announced

2016 Burn Conference Abstract Winners Announced

Southern Medical Association congratulates the following Abstract Competition winners during the Southern Region Burn Conference held November 4-6, 2016 at … Continue reading 2016 Burn Conference Abstract Winners Announced

Ajoy Kumar, MD, Installed as SMA 2016-2017 President

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of Ajoy Kumar, MD, as President for 2016-2017. Board … Continue reading Ajoy Kumar, MD, Installed as SMA 2016-2017 President

Trump Wins – What Does That Mean for Health Care for the Next 4 Years?

On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected to serve as the 45th President of the United States, and … Continue reading Trump Wins – What Does That Mean for Health Care for the Next 4 Years?

Interactive Case Studies in Dermatology Quiz

[interaction id="57e0436fe6e75e195331421e"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Theodore Rosen, MD … Continue reading Interactive Case Studies in Dermatology Quiz

“I’m Losing My Hair!” Alopecia and What to Do About It Quiz

[interaction id="57e03dd040892818701526a3"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Theodore Rosen, MD … Continue reading “I’m Losing My Hair!” Alopecia and What to Do About It Quiz

Should first year residents be allowed to work 28 hours straight?

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education proposed the change based on research that found that the relaxed rule wouldn't … Continue reading Should first year residents be allowed to work 28 hours straight?

Benign Skin Tumors: Diagnosis and Management Made Simple Quiz

[interaction id="57e03e2ee6e75e19533107d4"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Theodore Rosen, MD … Continue reading Benign Skin Tumors: Diagnosis and Management Made Simple Quiz

The Itchy Patient: Why Patients Develop Pruritus Quiz

[interaction id="57e03a5de6e75e195330dc70"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Theodore Rosen, MD … Continue reading The Itchy Patient: Why Patients Develop Pruritus Quiz

Medical Evaluation and Management of Osteoporosis Quiz

[interaction id="57dc43a960f05dde7e83b8ec"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Deepa Kirk, MD … Continue reading Medical Evaluation and Management of Osteoporosis Quiz

Update on the Newer Diabetes Drugs: Wow Has the List Expanded Quiz

[interaction id="57dc3a5460f05dde7e836df5"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Deepa Kirk, MD … Continue reading Update on the Newer Diabetes Drugs: Wow Has the List Expanded Quiz

3 (Halloween-like) methods used to combat Zika virus.

It sounds like the plot from a classic Halloween movie in which a community fighting to stop a deadly mosquito-borne … Continue reading 3 (Halloween-like) methods used to combat Zika virus.

Cases in GI and Hepatic Disease Quiz

[interaction id="57dc356fec3cf49f6eeb267c"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Peter Buch, MD, … Continue reading Cases in GI and Hepatic Disease Quiz

Medicare Open Enrollment

Act now - Medicare’s open enrollment period is October 15 - December 7. No need to spend time tracking down … Continue reading Medicare Open Enrollment

Primer on LFTs:  A Guide for Primary Care Providers Quiz

[interaction id="57dc32aaec3cf49f6eeb1017"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Peter Buch, MD, … Continue reading Primer on LFTs:  A Guide for Primary Care Providers Quiz

Is soda a luxury item at $100 a can? Would a soda tax improve health?

Sure, $100 a can is a bit far-fetched, but what amount would strike the best balance between encouraging and forcing … Continue reading Is soda a luxury item at $100 a can? Would a soda tax improve health?

Improving Quality of Life in Your Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome Quiz

[interaction id="57dc302eec3cf49f6eeafb85"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Peter Buch, MD, … Continue reading Improving Quality of Life in Your Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome Quiz

Nobel Prize awarded for research on autophagy (cell recycling).

Yoshinori Ohsumi, a research scientist from Japan, won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on … Continue reading Nobel Prize awarded for research on autophagy (cell recycling).

Celiac Disease:  The Great Masquerader Quiz

[interaction id="57dc182460f05dde7e825777"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care conference, where Peter Buch, MD, … Continue reading Celiac Disease:  The Great Masquerader Quiz

Remembering Dr. Angus M. McBryde, Jr.

It is difficult to describe the overwhelming feeling that overcomes you when you hear about the loss of a friend, … Continue reading Remembering Dr. Angus M. McBryde, Jr.

It’s Not Too Late to Establish an IRA for 2016

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!! YOU CAN STILL ESTABLISH AN IRA FOR 2016 Members of the Southern Medical Association are eligible to participate in … Continue reading It’s Not Too Late to Establish an IRA for 2016

How CPT Codes are Developed & How Medicare is Paid Quiz

[interaction id="57c9d4b3ec3cf49f6e3bcb4f"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly where Thad F. Waites, MD, FACC will address … Continue reading How CPT Codes are Developed & How Medicare is Paid Quiz

2016 Scientific Paper Abstracts

Friday, November 4, 2016, 10:30 am-3:15 pm Session 4 – ORAL ABSTRACT PRESENTATIONS TIME TITLE PRESENTER 10:30 am Welcome and … Continue reading 2016 Scientific Paper Abstracts

Variation in Care Quiz

[interaction id="57c9dc1360f05dde7edeefeb"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly where Mark Williams, MD will address the quiz … Continue reading Variation in Care Quiz

Studies of the genetic influences on blood pressure revealed dozens of new genetic variations.

Genetic variations found associated with high blood pressure. Results from several studies pertaining to the genetics of blood pressure were … Continue reading Studies of the genetic influences on blood pressure revealed dozens of new genetic variations.

Advance Planning for End Of Life Decisions Quiz

[interaction id="57f5060ea2967e643e97681b"]Interested in learning more? These questions are taken from the on-line CME activity entitled, “Timing……It’s Never too Early for … Continue reading Advance Planning for End Of Life Decisions Quiz

Flu Shot – Get it now, or wait?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months or older get a yearly flu vaccination. Note, it … Continue reading Flu Shot – Get it now, or wait?

Update on Implementation of ICD-10 Documentation Specificity Enforcement – Part 2 – Key Terms for Specificity

We must remain cognizant of the fact that documentation serves, first and foremost, as communication of patient care for the … Continue reading Update on Implementation of ICD-10 Documentation Specificity Enforcement – Part 2 – Key Terms for Specificity

Travel Medicine Quiz

[interaction id="57c9d1afec3cf49f6e3ba205"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly where Andrew Urban, MD will address the quiz … Continue reading Travel Medicine Quiz

The Americas declared measles free, but still at risk.

Worldwide, measles is still considered one of the leading causes of death for young children. It has taken more than … Continue reading The Americas declared measles free, but still at risk.

FastPass to relief. Can a roller coaster help you pass kidney stones?

[interaction id="57eacc453150541336515dab"] In the study, "Validation of a Functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the Evaluation of Renal Calculi Passage While … Continue reading FastPass to relief. Can a roller coaster help you pass kidney stones?

Infectious Diseases Quiz

[interaction id="57c9cf92ec3cf49f6e3b853a"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly where Andrew Urban, MD will address the quiz … Continue reading Infectious Diseases Quiz

Cervical Cancer Screening Quiz

[interaction id="57c9c2b760f05dde7edd99da"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly where Joan K. Lingen, MD, FACOG will address … Continue reading Cervical Cancer Screening Quiz

Prescribing Controlled Substances Quiz

[interaction id="57c98cf960f05dde7edab13b"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly where Chad Boomershine, MD, PhD will address the … Continue reading Prescribing Controlled Substances Quiz

Message from the Executive Director – September, 2016

SMA Members, If you’ve not been to the Annual Meeting in a while, you need to register for this year’s … Continue reading Message from the Executive Director – September, 2016

Update on Implementation of ICD-10 Documentation Specificity Enforcement on October 1, 2016

With the onset of ICD-10, CMS and AMA agreed on a 12-month delay in documentation specificity enforcement. It was determined … Continue reading Update on Implementation of ICD-10 Documentation Specificity Enforcement on October 1, 2016

SMA Member News – September, 2016

Southern Medical Association congratulates the following for their recent accomplishments! Dr. Nancy Swikert was installed on Saturday, September 10, as President of the Kentucky … Continue reading SMA Member News – September, 2016

Ridding the World of Rhabdo and All Childhood Cancers

Editor’s Note: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and SMA recently had the opportunity to speak with one mother who … Continue reading Ridding the World of Rhabdo and All Childhood Cancers

A Mesothelioma Cancer Survivor Story

Today, I try not to live in fear and constantly remind myself how precious each day is. Watching my wife … Continue reading A Mesothelioma Cancer Survivor Story

Common Dermatological Conditions Quiz

Test Your Knowledge[interaction id="57c9bcfb60f05dde7edd52cc"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly where Greg Bourgeois, MD, will address … Continue reading Common Dermatological Conditions Quiz

New Drugs Update Quiz

Test Your Knowledge[interaction id="57c9d77cec3cf49f6e3bf3c7"]Interested in learning more? Join your colleagues for SMA's Annual Scientific Assembly where C. Wayne Weart, PharmD will … Continue reading New Drugs Update Quiz

SMA Member News – August, 2016

Southern Medical Association congratulates the following physicians for their recent accomplishments! Global Stem Cells Group to Honor Joseph Purita, MD Dr. Purita … Continue reading SMA Member News – August, 2016

Know Before You Go

by Deb Peabody My husband recently fell seriously ill on an extended vacation to France. The hotel physician referred him … Continue reading Know Before You Go

Seismic Shifts

by Joan K. Lingen, MD, FACOG First it was hormone replacement and the results of the Women’s Health Initiative study … Continue reading Seismic Shifts

Bottom Line – Patients Now are Recording Physician Visits. Should They?

Technology makes it possible for just about anyone to record his or her physician visits, with or without your knowledge.  … Continue reading Bottom Line – Patients Now are Recording Physician Visits. Should They?

Message from the Executive Director – July, 2016

Whew! Summer is in full force here in Birmingham. We’ve been busy developing educational programming that addresses the needs of … Continue reading Message from the Executive Director – July, 2016

Medical Kiosks

  Increases in the rates of heart disease and diabetes mellitus and the cost of routine testing prompted innovators in … Continue reading Medical Kiosks

Body Cameras and Medicine

Everywhere you go, there you are. Especially on camera. For better or worse, we are now inured to being observed … Continue reading Body Cameras and Medicine

The New and Improved Two-Midnight Rule!

Historically, hospitals and physicians have had considerable discretion over whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or is treated … Continue reading The New and Improved Two-Midnight Rule!

New Drugs Update – Back By Popular Demand

The FDA has approved many changes to existing medications that need to be appreciated especially as they relate to potential … Continue reading New Drugs Update – Back By Popular Demand

ACR Recommendations for Assessment and Treatment of Arthritic Patients

In 2012 the American Board of Internal Medicine launched the “Choosing Wisely” initiative.  The program was designed to reduce waste … Continue reading ACR Recommendations for Assessment and Treatment of Arthritic Patients

The Opioid Crisis in America:  Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain

Opioid abuse and misuse have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. To address this, states and the federal government … Continue reading The Opioid Crisis in America:  Prescribing Guidelines for Chronic Pain

Now is the Time to Review Your Financial Goals for 2016

2016 is half gone, and this is the perfect time to review your financial goals. Are you saving enough for the … Continue reading Now is the Time to Review Your Financial Goals for 2016

Are You Worried About Fluctuating Markets?

Worried about fluctuating markets?  As an SMA member, you can enroll in the Southern Medical Association Group IRA Program. Deposits … Continue reading Are You Worried About Fluctuating Markets?

6 Questions to ask about Medical Malpractice Insurance

Make sure you have the best medical malpractice coverage available by asking these 6 medical malpractice questions. 1. Do you … Continue reading 6 Questions to ask about Medical Malpractice Insurance

Student Loans 101 – Webinar Recording with LendKey

SMA Partner LendKey Explains Student Loan Options for Medical Professionals Our partners at LendKey have put together an informative, step-by-step … Continue reading Student Loans 101 – Webinar Recording with LendKey

Ever Changing Healthcare and Documentation

The state of healthcare is ever changing, rearranging, and transforming, but all of this change does not have to be so … Continue reading Ever Changing Healthcare and Documentation

The Drones of Medicine

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s 2013 announcement that the company would use drones for package delivery surprised many people, who questioned … Continue reading The Drones of Medicine

National Stroke Awareness Month – Living in the “Stroke Belt”

Patients in the South are not only wearing some of the largest belts but also living in one of the … Continue reading National Stroke Awareness Month – Living in the “Stroke Belt”

AMA Unveils New Online Resources to Help Physicians Navigate Value-Based Care Models

May 2, 2016 CHICAGO – As part of its ongoing effort to support physicians navigating new value-based care models, the … Continue reading AMA Unveils New Online Resources to Help Physicians Navigate Value-Based Care Models

Message from the Executive Director – May, 2016

Join SMA for Focus on the Female Patient Join the Southern Medical Association for its “Focus on the Female Patient” … Continue reading Message from the Executive Director – May, 2016

Call for Abstracts Now Open

2016 Southern Region Burn Conference November 4-6, 2016 Sheraton Atlanta Hotel Atlanta, Georgia Deadline for Abstract Aubmissions:  June 17, 2016 … Continue reading Call for Abstracts Now Open

Great Outdoors Calls to Mark Williams, MD

The following article appeared in the April issue of the Birmingham Medical News and is reprinted here with permission.   … Continue reading Great Outdoors Calls to Mark Williams, MD

Freedom to Make Mistakes: The Growth of Simulation-Based Training

Simulation-based training bridges the gap between classroom training and real-world clinical experience in a mostly risk-free environment. It is a … Continue reading Freedom to Make Mistakes: The Growth of Simulation-Based Training

Cyberattacks: Electronic Health Records Under Assault

Now’s the time for all of us to be checking our firewalls on our Electronic Health Records,  as well the … Continue reading Cyberattacks: Electronic Health Records Under Assault

Message from the Executive Director – April, 2016

Quality is key to better patient care. It is also necessary to improve the bottom line. Quality is rarely a … Continue reading Message from the Executive Director – April, 2016

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Raising the issue of eye health among women is one of the important healthcare focuses in April. Women make up … Continue reading Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

What’s Happening to the “Art” of Medicine?

New, modern methods of recording medical information are causing some concern over the quality and effectiveness of medical writing. Due … Continue reading What’s Happening to the “Art” of Medicine?

2016 Patient Safety Awareness Week – March 13-19

During the third week of March, patient safety will be the focus of a large national campaign. Patient Safety Awareness … Continue reading 2016 Patient Safety Awareness Week – March 13-19

Cruise for CME – It is a Venue Whose Time Has Come

Every year, thousands of your colleagues discover CME cruising as a stress-free, family friendly way to earn CME. What if … Continue reading Cruise for CME – It is a Venue Whose Time Has Come

The Reason Why

The following editorial by Lucius M. Lampton, MD, appeared in the December, 2015 issue of the Journal of the Mississippi State … Continue reading The Reason Why

CMS Proposes ACO Benchmark Changes…Will They Really Impact Providers?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently announced proposed improvements to the Medicare Shared Savings Program that … Continue reading CMS Proposes ACO Benchmark Changes…Will They Really Impact Providers?

February 14th is Also National Donor Day

This Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14) will also be National Donor Day – a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of … Continue reading February 14th is Also National Donor Day

Improving the Life of Healthcare Providers

Continuing questions are being raised over the wisdom and effectiveness of the “Triple Aim” framework for the delivery of high … Continue reading Improving the Life of Healthcare Providers

E&M Due Diligence

Happy New Year Hope that all are having a reflective New Year! As we begin this new year, let’s just … Continue reading E&M Due Diligence

The White Coat – Is It Time to Make a Change?

The long-standing tradition for doctors to wear a white coat has been widely questioned in recent years. Arguments against continuing … Continue reading The White Coat – Is It Time to Make a Change?

The Corporate Practice of Medicine

The Corporate Practice of Medicine (CPM) Doctrine is a set of laws enacted to protect the public and prohibits business … Continue reading The Corporate Practice of Medicine

Message from the Executive Director – December 2015

  All of us at the SMA home office extend to you our very best wishes for a joyous holiday … Continue reading Message from the Executive Director – December 2015

Just Click Here…The Effects of Health Care Information Technology

The vast majority of office-based U.S. physicians are currently using modern electronic health records (EHRs), but the system is bringing … Continue reading Just Click Here…The Effects of Health Care Information Technology

Part D Prescribers Must Enroll in Medicare: Submit Your Application by January 1

  Prescribers of Part D drugs must enroll in Medicare by June 1, 2016. Submit your application by January 1, … Continue reading Part D Prescribers Must Enroll in Medicare: Submit Your Application by January 1

National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 6-12, 2015

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national event established to highlight the importance of influenza vaccination. This year it … Continue reading National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 6-12, 2015

Remember the 2-Midnight Rule When Directly Admitting a Patient From Your Office

There is a lot going on in our world today. Let us keep others in our thoughts…… Otherwise, all continues … Continue reading Remember the 2-Midnight Rule When Directly Admitting a Patient From Your Office

“2015 Editorial Board and International Editorial Board”

Editor’s Blog “2015 Editorial Board and International Editorial Board” This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been … Continue reading “2015 Editorial Board and International Editorial Board”

Message from the Executive Director – November 2015

Last week, SMA hosted its Annual Scientific Assembly where leaders from our territory states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, … Continue reading Message from the Executive Director – November 2015

The New Threat of Medjacking

  Alongside the rise of advanced medical devices, the threat of a new crime called Medjacking is growing. This is … Continue reading The New Threat of Medjacking

National Family History Day

  On Thanksgiving Day, the US Surgeon General is encouraging families to take the time to discuss health issues that … Continue reading National Family History Day

Are Rural Hospitals Becoming an Endangered Species?

  Rural hospitals currently provide healthcare services to nearly 51 million people across the United States. These hospitals, however, rely … Continue reading Are Rural Hospitals Becoming an Endangered Species?

SMArt Doc’s Corner – November 2015

Well, everyone we’ve survived October 1, 2015 !!! Some have equated October 1st, as being similar to Y2K – the … Continue reading SMArt Doc’s Corner – November 2015

SMA Announces 2015 Abstract Competition Winners

SMA is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2015 Abstract Competitions which took place at the Southern Medical … Continue reading SMA Announces 2015 Abstract Competition Winners

18th Annual Conference on Osteoporosis: Diagnosis, Management and Prevention

February 5-7, 2016 Hammock Beach Resort Palm Coast, Florida Registration is now OPEN! Conference specials include bonus benefits for those … Continue reading 18th Annual Conference on Osteoporosis: Diagnosis, Management and Prevention

Message from the Executive Director – October

Greetings from Birmingham! The home office is abuzz in preparation for the Annual Scientific Assembly taking place October 29-31 at … Continue reading Message from the Executive Director – October

What About Those EHRs?

Modern electronic health records (EHRs) are widely used in US health care, with nearly 80% of office-based physicians currently using … Continue reading What About Those EHRs?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  Now that it is October, events are being held around the world to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015. … Continue reading October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ICD-10 Begins

ICD-10 begins………let us hear your thoughts, feelings, expectations and experiences regarding how its implementation has impacted you! Looking forward to … Continue reading ICD-10 Begins

Looking for Insurance? We’ve Got You Covered!

  Open Enrollment for SMA Insurance Products: October thru December   For more details – call 1-800-423-4992, ext. 150  or  … Continue reading Looking for Insurance? We’ve Got You Covered!

2015 Scientific Paper Abstracts

  The following abstracts have been accepted and are scheduled for either ORAL or POSTER presentation as indicated below during … Continue reading 2015 Scientific Paper Abstracts

Southern Region Burn Conference

The premier educational event of the Southern Region will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, Texas on November … Continue reading Southern Region Burn Conference

“I don’t need dental. What do you offer in gizzard coverage?”

“I’m sorry you didn’t do the assigned reading, but no, I’m not going to say ‘spoiler alert’ every time something interesting happens.”

Three Reasons to Make Plans Now for December Medical Dilemmas Conference in New York City

Don’t delay!  Here are three great reasons you should make your plans NOW for SMA’s “Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care: 2015 … Continue reading Three Reasons to Make Plans Now for December Medical Dilemmas Conference in New York City

Physicians: Burned Out

The problem of physician burnout is receiving an increasing amount of attention and concern. Sadly, physician burnout is becoming a … Continue reading Physicians: Burned Out

Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an important public health problem in the United States and worldwide. It occurs when a … Continue reading Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Message from the Executive Director – September

Greetings from Birmingham! The home office is abuzz in preparation for the Annual Scientific Assembly taking place October 29-31 at … Continue reading Message from the Executive Director – September

Ebola Scare – One Year Later

  It’s been almost a year since the Ebola outbreak in 2014 caused widespread concern here in the United States. … Continue reading Ebola Scare – One Year Later

“Therapy – Catharsis”

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Pt. 2 – Our Paradigm Shift in Healthcare to Population Medicine

Preventative medicine must now begin to take front and center as the model for healthcare through the tenants of the … Continue reading The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Pt. 2 – Our Paradigm Shift in Healthcare to Population Medicine

Navigating the Rough Waters of Medicine Meeting

A CME River Rafting Tour of  Idaho’s Middle Fork of the Salmon River September 10 – 14, 2015 Conference Fee: … Continue reading Navigating the Rough Waters of Medicine Meeting

Testimonial: Diana Collins, PhD, MD

See below for the video testimonial from Diana Collins about her experience with Southern Medical Association's Focus on the Female … Continue reading Testimonial: Diana Collins, PhD, MD

Testimonial: L. Andrew Koman, MD

August 6, 2015 SMA Tours 35 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35209 To Whom It May Concern: I travel extensively throughout … Continue reading Testimonial: L. Andrew Koman, MD

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Pt. 1 – Welcome to Population Medicine

Betty B. Bibbins, MD, BSN, CHC, CI-CDI, CPEHR, CPHIT With the recent constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) recently … Continue reading The Affordable Care Act (ACA) Pt. 1 – Welcome to Population Medicine

National Immunization Awareness Month

Every August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) draws attention to the importance of immunizing adults and children. A wide range … Continue reading National Immunization Awareness Month

It Takes a Village to Heal a Patient

Many healthcare providers are finding that they work best as a coordinated, cohesive team, rather than individually in the traditional … Continue reading It Takes a Village to Heal a Patient

The Future of Private Practice

Many more physicians have moved from private practice to working as employed physicians over the last several years. As Walker … Continue reading The Future of Private Practice

The SMJ Announces Call for Papers: Mental Health

Deadline Extended Until Friday, January 15, 2016. The Southern Medical Journal invites original research and review manuscripts on current topics … Continue reading The SMJ Announces Call for Papers: Mental Health

“So you had your mind blown. It happens.”

Testimonial: Nancy Brant (SMAA past president)

We are always looking for those tangible or intangible benefits of the Southern Medical Association and Alliance and today another … Continue reading Testimonial: Nancy Brant (SMAA past president)

“You look a little green around the gills. Also, you have gills.”

Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary Count Down

News Release Contact:  go.cms.gov/media Washington, D.C. – This summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the enactment of Amendments to … Continue reading Medicare and Medicaid 50th Anniversary Count Down

World Hepatitis Day – July 28, 2015

To mark World Hepatitis Day on July 28 this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on policymakers to … Continue reading World Hepatitis Day – July 28, 2015

How Can Violent Attacks on Healthcare Professionals in Hospitals Be Prevented?

After a series of fatal incidents, questions are being raised about the use of firearms in hospitals. Currently, there is … Continue reading How Can Violent Attacks on Healthcare Professionals in Hospitals Be Prevented?

Calling Dr. Google…

With nearly 90% of US adults now regularly accessing the Internet, the Web is increasingly being used as a tool … Continue reading Calling Dr. Google…

Transitioning Into The New ICD-10

The new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) diagnosis codes are set to replace the current ICD, Ninth Revision … Continue reading Transitioning Into The New ICD-10

Susan Rish – Testimonial

If you are interested in being a part of a great family, a great set of friends, and enjoy the … Continue reading Susan Rish – Testimonial

SMJ Presents Special Issue on Quality Care and Patient Safety

The editorial staff of the Southern Medical Journal is pleased to present this special issue on quality care and patient safety to … Continue reading SMJ Presents Special Issue on Quality Care and Patient Safety

An Overview of Telemedicine

With the widespread availability of the Internet in many countries, medical science and practice have developed new strategies to meet … Continue reading An Overview of Telemedicine

The Value of Interprofessional Medicine

Interprofessional education is becoming an increasingly popular component of the medical school curriculum in the United States. Such programs within … Continue reading The Value of Interprofessional Medicine

Rose Kuplesky – Testimonial

We all have one thing in common and that is for the betterment of our community and the betterment of … Continue reading Rose Kuplesky – Testimonial

Educational Resources

SMA hopes you find the information on this page beneficial. Contact SMA at support@sma.org with additional topics/ideas or suggestions for … Continue reading Educational Resources

“It’s almost as if they don’t want me to understand!”

Income Matters

Income is the foundation of our financial lives.  It supports everything else. It’s the way we provide for our families … Continue reading Income Matters

Were you Ready? What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015 about the PQRS/Value-Based Modifier

2015 is the first year there is no longer an incentive payment for PQRS participation. The PQRS program now carries … Continue reading Were you Ready? What Medicare Professionals Need to Know in 2015 about the PQRS/Value-Based Modifier

Course Meets State Mandated CME Requirements for Pain Management

Many states are now requiring that physicians include pain management and controlled substances continuing education in their total credit requirements … Continue reading Course Meets State Mandated CME Requirements for Pain Management

FREE Webinar on Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

It is not too late to register for SMA’s FREE Webinar on Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, taking place Thursday, May … Continue reading FREE Webinar on Osteonecrosis of the Jaw

The Risks to Young People of E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, have been available for many years and have recently risen in popularity. These devices deliver nicotine … Continue reading The Risks to Young People of E-Cigarettes

A New Funding Formula for Medicare

  Most physicians and healthcare professionals will be aware there have recently been major changes to the way Medicare pays … Continue reading A New Funding Formula for Medicare

ICD-10 Is Here! Dealing With It – Part 2

Diseases, as we all know, have a beginning, a greatest point of severity, and then endings with multiple end points … Continue reading ICD-10 Is Here! Dealing With It – Part 2

ICD-10 Is Here! Dealing With It – Part 1

As physicians, we must acknowledge that healthcare is changing.  ICD-10 is prepared to begin October 1st, 2015 and this will … Continue reading ICD-10 Is Here! Dealing With It – Part 1

“I understand you gave it all to the poor, but do you have any receipts?”

Cruise for CME – It Is a Venue Whose Time Has Come

After spending a decade learning your profession, then decades building practices and serving patients, some of whom are grateful, some … Continue reading Cruise for CME – It Is a Venue Whose Time Has Come

“As long as it has all its fins and is a remorseless eating machine, we’ll be happy.”

Donna Gosney – Testimonial

We come together, we have fun, but then we have great projects, we support our physician spouses and we try … Continue reading Donna Gosney – Testimonial

“It’s not really a fair comparison.”

“I think this logo sends the message that we’re hard-working, fun, and environmentally aware. Also that we like cake.”

Developing the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant’s Roles

Support is continuing to grow for more prescribing autonomy for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). In Arkansas, a … Continue reading Developing the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant’s Roles

You May Now See the Doctor – Emergency Department or Clinic?  

Research shows that people tend to go to the doctor more when they have insurance. But this appears not to … Continue reading You May Now See the Doctor – Emergency Department or Clinic?  

Introducing “SMArt Documentation”!

Welcome! In this series we will discuss relevant, important documentation tips that will help all physicians capture their severity of … Continue reading Introducing “SMArt Documentation”!

“I can check, but I’m pretty sure it’s not covered by your HMO.”

 

Course Meets State Mandated CME Requirements for Pain Management

Many states are now requiring that physicians include pain management and controlled substances continuing education in their total credit requirements … Continue reading Course Meets State Mandated CME Requirements for Pain Management

“I’m taxes.”

“I’d like to go to the gym, but I have a health nut allergy.”

“Hold on, are you gluten free?”

“I think what you want is a second opinion. Not a sequel.”

There’s an “mHealth” App for That…

It started as eHealth as far back as 1999 (possibly earlier) and depending on who you talked to, it encompassed … Continue reading There’s an “mHealth” App for That…

“Don’t worry, I’ve done this procedure hundreds of times without a single problem…”

March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day

In recognition of World Down Syndrome Day, which takes place on 3/21 to represent the third copy of the 21st … Continue reading March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day

“You break it, you bought it.”

“Everything looks good. Just watch your air pressure, and stay away from sharp objects.”

“How much extra for your to lose it?”

“I remind you that I recommended against upping our game while simultaneously taking it to the next level.”

“He’s just coming out of the anesthesia, so now’s the time if you want to try to get a funny video.”

In Honor of Black History Month, Did You Know…

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree? She received her Doctress of … Continue reading In Honor of Black History Month, Did You Know…

“Ask your doctor if an arrow in the heart is right for you.”

Illegal Immigration and the Threat of Infectious Disease

There’s a growing health concern over illegal immigrants bringing infectious diseases into the United States. Approximately 500,000 legal immigrants and … Continue reading Illegal Immigration and the Threat of Infectious Disease

2014 Southern Region Burn Lectures Now Online

If you missed the recent Southern Region Burn Conference in November, you can now view lectures online at your convenience. … Continue reading 2014 Southern Region Burn Lectures Now Online

It’s Not Too Late to Establish an IRA for 2014

IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!! YOU CAN STILL ESTABLISH AN IRA FOR 2014 Members of the Southern Medical Association are eligible to participate in … Continue reading It’s Not Too Late to Establish an IRA for 2014

SMA’s 26th Annual Focus on the Female Patient Conference

Attend SMA’s Focus on the Female Patient conference, July 20-23, 2015 at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and enjoy a 4-day … Continue reading SMA’s 26th Annual Focus on the Female Patient Conference

“You just can’t help yourself, can you?”

“At the beginning of the meeting you were all like ‘What’s with the toaster?! Where’s your laptop?!’ But now…”

SMA Mourns the Passing of Lee H. Rogers, MD

SMA mourns the passing of Lee H. Rogers, MD, SMA Councilor for Mississippi.

Position Available: UAB Department of Neurology

The Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has an opening for a new faculty position in … Continue reading Position Available: UAB Department of Neurology

SMA to hire Systems & Support Administrator

Systems and Support Administrator Job Description The Southern Medical Association (sma.org), a nonprofit organization founded in 1906, is looking for … Continue reading SMA to hire Systems & Support Administrator

“Why did they quit being ponents?”

“Tonight’s news: that foreign conflict you’re tired of hearing about…”

Registration is Still Open

Registration is still open for Southern Medical Association’s 17th Annual Conference on Osteoporosis: Diagnosis, Management and Prevention February 20-22, 2015 … Continue reading Registration is Still Open

How Will This Year’s Medicare/Medicaid Fee Changes Affect You?

Recent news stories are warning of widespread pay cuts to physicians as reimbursement for treating Medicaid patients has fallen. But … Continue reading How Will This Year’s Medicare/Medicaid Fee Changes Affect You?

PPACA Tax Return Fact Sheet

Disclaimer: In IRS matters associated with tax liability consequences, we strongly suggest you consult your tax advisor. This year, there … Continue reading PPACA Tax Return Fact Sheet

“Oh I could tell you where self-help is, but that’d sort of defeat the purpose, wouldn’t it.”

“Let’s try some role playing. I’ll be the elephant in the room and you address me.”

“I’m sorry, neither your insurance, nor any of these extended warranties, will cover this.”

“Today’s no good. How about we make tomorrow the first day of the rest of my life?”

“It’s not good. Not only does a cat have your tongue, apparently your grandfather got your nose.”

“143 days without addressing the real problem”

“What we’re looking for is someone with a good work ethic without all those troublesome morals.”

“Where can I find the audio book transcripts?”

“Have legal see if there’s a way I can make my New Year’s resolution retroactively.”

“Ok, now this time when you say ‘ahh,’ open both your mouths.”

“Apples rule. They keep the doctors away, and gain you sway with teachers.”

“Ok, let’s lay off texting for a while.”

“Or you could just stop lying.”

“Sleepy, fussy and cranky? She’s the picture of health.”

“My New Year’s resolution? Set some unattainable career goals. Then some reasonable ones. Then something easy. Then settle into February. You?”

“When you say New Year’s resolution are you talking calendar year? Or fiscal year?”

“Resolution?! I just got here!”

“3 months probation, $500 fine, and a New Year’s resolution. Court is adjourned.”

“They’re talking obstruction of justice here, Tom. I don’t think a New Year’s resolution is gonna cut it.”

“It’s not serious yet, but your data is enlarged.”

“Well, well, Mr. Thompson. Forget something yesterday?”

“I think I can, but should I?”

Meet Your New Leadership

SMA is pleased to announce the appointment of Philip Hartman, MD, Lee H. Rogers, MD, Tomás P. Owens, Jr., MD, and Christopher … Continue reading Meet Your New Leadership

Holiday Greetings from SMA President

Dear Friends and Colleagues, On behalf of my family and the great staff of the Southern Medical Association, I want … Continue reading Holiday Greetings from SMA President

Registration Now Open for 2015 Focus on the Female Patient Conference

Some of your colleagues have already registered to attend the 2015 Focus on the Female Patient conference.  Do you need … Continue reading Registration Now Open for 2015 Focus on the Female Patient Conference

“Tell me about your mother.”

The Future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Following the Republicans’ majority win in the midterm elections November 4, and their full control of Congress, what will now … Continue reading The Future of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

“In the spirit of the holidays, we’re gonna give you a pair of fruitcake shoes.”

“If carrots are so good for vision, how come we use them for noses?”

“It’s a steak in case Santa’s watching carbs.”

“Let me get this straight – he parked on your roof, entered through the chimney and ate all your cookies?”

“You should know I’ll never forgive you if I don’t get this year’s big toy, whatever it is.”

“Is it just Christmas? Or do these visions of sugarplums dance in your head year round?”

“Federal holiday or not, you’re working Christmas.”

“I remind you that my client is nice until proven naughty.”

“It’s a little different, but it goes up a lot faster.”

“I dunno, maybe celery?”

“The Valentines people are making a fuss, so from now on your name is Dupid.”

“How goes the merger?”

“Watch this! If I close one nostril it’s like a laser pointer!”

“No wonder you can’t see! You have two pieces of charcoal for eyes!”

“Quitting smoking? Try elf-help.”

“Judging by the glow, I’d say it’s a sinus infection.”

“Tom – Kate – J – A – C – K”

“Due to recent cutbacks you’ll be visited three times by the same ghost.”

“I’d like to do some exploratory surgery. Not because there’s anything wrong, just because I’m naturally curious.”

2014 Medical Student Scholarship Awarded

Nathanial Nolan a third-year medical student from the University of Missouri School of Medicine was awarded the 2014 SMA Alliance … Continue reading 2014 Medical Student Scholarship Awarded

SMA Installs New President

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of Mark S. Williams, MD, MBA, JD, CPE as … Continue reading SMA Installs New President

CME Credit Available on YOUR Schedule

Need a great option to earn CME credit At YOUR Convenience?  SMA’s Education Center features CME Credit available on YOUR … Continue reading CME Credit Available on YOUR Schedule

Special Offers Save You Money (Up to $200) on Osteoporosis Education

Plan now to attend SMA’s 17th Annual Osteoporosis Conference February 20-22, 2015 * Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort * Destin, … Continue reading Special Offers Save You Money (Up to $200) on Osteoporosis Education

Ebola Virus Infections in the US – The Healthcare Provider Perspective

During SMA’s recent Scientific Assembly in Destin, Dr. G. Richard Holt, Editor-in-Chief of the Southern Medical Journal, provided an update … Continue reading Ebola Virus Infections in the US – The Healthcare Provider Perspective

SMA Announces 2014 Abstract Competition Winners

SMA is pleased to announce the following winners of the 2014 Abstract Competitions which took place at the Southern Medical Association’s … Continue reading SMA Announces 2014 Abstract Competition Winners

“OK, you had a glass of gravy, and there are no Pilgrims under the bed. Now go to sleep!”

“Last thing, it’s come to my attention that people are hanging up those hand turkeys that kids draw and, apparently, some employees find them offensive.”

“325 degrees and about 15 minutes per pound. Now, can we get back to my problems?”

“It’s a little dry.”

“No, I didn’t order anything from Best Bolt Cutters. No, I don’t recognize Luxury Limo either. I’m sorry, Hawaiian Airlines? For how much?”

“Did the Pilgrims get any good deals the next day on the first Black Friday?”

“If you think that’s best. All I’m saying is, should I end up part of any feast, there are certain potentially embarrassing documents & photos that might come to light.”

“Quick, put these on! And remember, from here on out we’re all peacocks!”

“You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?”

“Ok, they got Tom, but this is just a one-time thing and the rest of us should be safe from here on out.”

“We found the problem – all of your internal organs are in this little bag.”

“I want to look like this.”

“They’re requesting asylum.”

“You’ll experience denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and finally, stuffing.”

“Stockholm syndrome.”

“I think I figured out what is causing your narcolepsy. You’re full of tryptophan.”

“What we need is a mad turkey disease!”

“It should heal by itself in a few weeks. Just for fun, would you like to make a wish?”

Ebola Virus Infections in the U.S.—The Healthcare Provider Experience

There are many healthcare system challenges still outstanding, including identification of potential victims during the influenza season, safety and protection of other patients in physician’s offices and emergency departments, protection of first responders and healthcare workers, proper disposal of wastes, information technology/electronic medical record keeping, triage protocols, and HIPAA compliance, to name a few. The process is evolving seemingly daily and all healthcare providers must be as knowledgeable and prepared as possible.

Are You Preparing Your Office Practice for the Possibility of a Transmissible Infective / Bio-hazardous Patient Exposure?

In order for healthcare providers to be prepared for the possibility of transmissible infective or bio-hazardous patient exposure, it is important to have protocols and policies in place. This presentation will include areas of rapidly evolving importance within the practice of medicine regarding the intake, triage, clinical evaluation and communication of significant communicable diseases that significantly impact, any bio-hazardous contamination, that an individual may present into a hospital, clinic or office setting.

“Ok, I’m alive! We get it! Enough with the yelling! So, what’s a monster gotta do to get a cup of coffee around here?”

“Out of his gourd…”

“What if you could talk to the the boy who scooped out your insides right now. What would you say?”

“Still, let’s do an x-ray just to be sure.”

“Your cholesterol and reflexes are fine, but your blood pressure…”

“Ok, I think you’ll like these.”

“We can either prescribe glasses, or cut bigger eye holes.”

“Everything looks good, just keep brushing and flossing between victims and we’ll see you in six months.”

“You think I want to be unhappy? I’m carved this way!”

“Don’t bother, he’s a dentist.”

“Botox”

“Guess who got a facelift.”

Ebola Virus in the News (Lectures from Annual Scientific Assembly now online).

Keep up with the latest on the Ebola Virus.  Up to date Ebola Virus information can be found in our … Continue reading Ebola Virus in the News (Lectures from Annual Scientific Assembly now online).

Southern Region Burn Alert!

Only four weeks until conference kickoff.  Don’t miss this opportunity to earn up to  26 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits,TM, … Continue reading Southern Region Burn Alert!

2014 Scientific Paper Abstracts

The following abstracts have been accepted and are scheduled for either ORAL or POSTER presentation as indicated below during Southern … Continue reading 2014 Scientific Paper Abstracts

Where and When Does a Physician Find Time to Practice Medicine?

By Stuart J. Goodman, MD, MBA Editor’s Note: Mark Sklar’s article may be available in part or in its entirety … Continue reading Where and When Does a Physician Find Time to Practice Medicine?

What Would You Do with the United Nations, a Hot Pink Cell Phone, and a Solar Panel? Save Lives Of Course!

It’s called the “Zero Mothers Die” and is an initiative to save the lives of pregnant women and their newborns, … Continue reading What Would You Do with the United Nations, a Hot Pink Cell Phone, and a Solar Panel? Save Lives Of Course!

Healthcare.gov Touted As An Easier Way To Find Health Insurance – Does It Also Provide Hackers An Easier Way To Steal Personal Information?

Note: The open enrollment period for those eligible for Medicare begins October 15, 2014, and ends December 7, 2014. The … Continue reading Healthcare.gov Touted As An Easier Way To Find Health Insurance – Does It Also Provide Hackers An Easier Way To Steal Personal Information?

“Tell me about your mad scientist.”

Clinical Documentation Improvement

The physician’s documentation is the most powerful communication component in medical practice today. The physician’s clinical documentation is the core communication within the medical record. Everything that chronicles your patient care from quality performance indicators, medical necessity, severity of illness, length of stay, level of care, utilization of resources and yes, ultimate reimbursement is derived from your clinical documentation within the office or hospital medical record alone! Current reimbursement trends as well as future healthcare reform initiatives necessitate accurate and complete clinical documentation in support of value based, cost effective and efficient delivery of patient care. Explicit clinical documentation has a dynamic, positive impact on clinical, financial, and compliance profiles.

Picture Yourself Here in New York in December

There’s excitement in the air.  It’s December 19, 2014 and Times Square is filled with people milling about, people watching … Continue reading Picture Yourself Here in New York in December

Dr. William Beanes and the Star Spangled Banner

Last Saturday, September 13, 2014, marked the 200th anniversary of America’s National Anthem.  Had it not been for the actions of … Continue reading Dr. William Beanes and the Star Spangled Banner

A Disaster Cocktail: The Weak Economy, a Porous Southern Border, and a Growing Islamic State

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – President Thomas Jefferson. (vig·i·lant/adjective – keeping careful watch for possible danger or … Continue reading A Disaster Cocktail: The Weak Economy, a Porous Southern Border, and a Growing Islamic State

Disability Insurance for Homemakers Now Available

Well, it’s finally here. Often the role of the homemaker is understated and undervalued. We want to recognize the contributions of … Continue reading Disability Insurance for Homemakers Now Available

Open Enrollment Dates Announced

Southern Medical Association Group Insurance Program’s Open Enrollment for Vision, Dental and Hospital Indemnity is October 1, 2014 through December … Continue reading Open Enrollment Dates Announced

Information Aversion: How a Co-Worker’s Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

A Summary of Readings by Dr. Clement P. Cotter, Jr., MD SITUATION:  One quarter of a million women are diagnosed … Continue reading Information Aversion: How a Co-Worker’s Breast Cancer Diagnosis Affects Colleagues

“I don’t care what the commercials say, you don’t need to ask me about every drug.”

“You’ve got all the classic symptoms. Nice Work.”

“You know, my pediatrician usually throws in a sticker and a lollipop.”

“Quick, get the team doctor! And a vet, just to be safe!”

“Your blood sugar is incredibly high, but then again, you are a jelly bean.”

“It’s not bad, you just strained your game face.”

“You’ve got tennis elbow, tendinitis, turf toe, and a weird proclivity for alliteration.”

“We’re going to remove your appendix, and also, just to be safe, your table of contents.”

“Now this time, just for fun, I’m also going to hold this soccer ball.”

“The defibrillator’s not working! Quick, everyone scuff your feet on the carpet!”

“We found the problem; you have a vegetable.”

UTMB Nurse Manager Recognized for Excellence

Jaime Heffernan, Nurse Manager of the Blocker Burn Unit at University of Texas received The Good Samaritan Foundation’s Gold Medal … Continue reading UTMB Nurse Manager Recognized for Excellence

In-Person ICD-10 Implementation Training from CMS

CMS wants to help clinicians and practice managers, especially those in smaller offices and rural office, to plan and prepare … Continue reading In-Person ICD-10 Implementation Training from CMS

CMS Adds Four Subset Modifiers for Modifier -59

According to CMS, they are establishing four new modifiers to define the subsets of the -59 modifier. -59 modifier is … Continue reading CMS Adds Four Subset Modifiers for Modifier -59

A New Way of Exploring How to Diagnose, Manage, and Treat Patients with Osteoporosis

Have you ever been to an educational conference where the ATTENDEES are “in control” of the content? If not, here’s … Continue reading A New Way of Exploring How to Diagnose, Manage, and Treat Patients with Osteoporosis

Southern Burn Region to Launch Inaugural Newsletter

The Southern Region is excited to announce its first quarterly e-newsletter.  The newsletter was conceptualized For and About the people, … Continue reading Southern Burn Region to Launch Inaugural Newsletter

Save on SMA’s Journal CME – Buy 1, Get 2 Free, and Earn CME Credit!

Southern Medical Journal CME Activities are Buy 1, Get 2 FREE from now until the end of September! This offer expires … Continue reading Save on SMA’s Journal CME – Buy 1, Get 2 Free, and Earn CME Credit!

Sharpen Your Documentation Skills – Last Chance to Register for September 13 Program!

Join us for a 4-hour CME accredited activity entitled, “Clinical Documentation Improvement,” on Saturday, September 13, 9:00 am – 1:30 … Continue reading Sharpen Your Documentation Skills – Last Chance to Register for September 13 Program!

Early Registration Deadline is September 15!

Act Now To Save UP TO $300! Save $100 for registering prior to deadline Save another $100 using your SMA … Continue reading Early Registration Deadline is September 15!

FAQ’s – SMA Live Webcasts

Frequently Asked Webcast Questions Watch SMA’s educational sessions in live streaming video over the Internet, and earn CME/CE credit!   … Continue reading FAQ’s – SMA Live Webcasts

What is a Live Webcast?

A webcast is defined as streaming audio and video of a conference, which you may watch live from your home … Continue reading What is a Live Webcast?

Southern Hospitals Lose Margin

By Clement P. Cotter, Jr., MD, MBA I read with interest Beth Kutscher’s article, “Hospital margins slump due to squeeze from … Continue reading Southern Hospitals Lose Margin

A Journey with Bipolar Disorder

By Jennifer Price “Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” ― Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book. … Continue reading A Journey with Bipolar Disorder

“Replacing your hip is not the same as making you cool.”

 

Did You Know?

Did you know that prior to the late 19th century, doctors wore black coats instead of white coats?   As medical schools … Continue reading Did You Know?

Member Spotlight: Catherine James-Peters, MD

Catherine James-Peters, MD Thomasville, GA   Working as a family physician in a federally qualified health center has its challenges. … Continue reading Member Spotlight: Catherine James-Peters, MD

The Value of Membership

We are always looking for those tangible or intangible benefits of belonging to SMA and the SMA Alliance, and today … Continue reading The Value of Membership

CMS Delays Open Payment System Launch

The launch of the Open System database to the public is now delayed. The system will disclose potential conflicts of … Continue reading CMS Delays Open Payment System Launch

Ain’t No Sunshine in this Act

As the review period for physicians to check the information in the Open Payment Database nears its end, questions, issues … Continue reading Ain’t No Sunshine in this Act

Open Payments (Sunshine Act) Review Period Now Open

Review and Dispute Period: July 14 – August 27, 2014. Have you verified your data?

Deadline for ICD-10 Set for October 1, 2015

Deadline of October 1, 2015 for ICD-10 allows health care industry ample time to prepare for change.

SMA President, Stuart Goodman Joins New Practice

SMA President, Stuart J. Goodman, MD joins Hagerstown, MD-based Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute as part of its medical team. 

Press Release: SMA To Hold CME Conference in New York

Southern Medical Association 35 W. Lakeshore Drive, Suite 201 Birmingham, AL  35209 Contact: Kathleen W. McLendon, CCMEP Director, Professional Development … Continue reading Press Release: SMA To Hold CME Conference in New York

SMJ CME Article Features for July, 2014

Now available in SMA’s on-line Education Center, The Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is pleased to highlight two CME articles published … Continue reading SMJ CME Article Features for July, 2014

A Ferrari That Runs on Coal

Being “all ICD-10 all the time for the last 3 years,” I have to admit something.  In recent talks it’s … Continue reading A Ferrari That Runs on Coal

Get Up To $5,000 in Payment Processing Volume FREE!*

Save money with SMA’s preferred vendor for credit card processing. Switch to TransFirst® and get up to $5,000 in payment … Continue reading Get Up To $5,000 in Payment Processing Volume FREE!*

New Missouri Law Allows Medical School Graduates to Treat Patients

Last Thursday, July 10, Missouri’s Governor Jay Nixon signed into law bills that would allow medical school graduates who have … Continue reading New Missouri Law Allows Medical School Graduates to Treat Patients

Did You Know?

The human nose can identify and remember more than 50,000 scents? Source: http://www.sciences360.com/

Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Ruling Indicates ACA Overreach

The recent ruling brings back to the fore the age old argument regarding when life begins. On one side, life … Continue reading Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Ruling Indicates ACA Overreach

Concussions in Youth Sports – Rule Changes and Proper Technique Helps

Football season is right around the corner.  As coaches and parents gear up for the season, it’s vital to understand the … Continue reading Concussions in Youth Sports – Rule Changes and Proper Technique Helps

SMA Hopes You Are Enjoying Your Summer

NEW – Educational Webcasts now Available

Watch SMA’s educational sessions in live streaming video over the Internet, and earn CME/CE credit!

“The good news is we caught it early, so we can start billing you right away.”

“It’s a very nice selfie, but I think the CT scan will be sufficient.”

“I appreciate the text, Kate, but next time you can just raise your hand.”

“Just for fun, do you want me to Photoshop in a few more before your husband gets here?”

“Despite constant reminders, he’s not responding to treatment.”

Top Cardiologist to Speak at SMA’s Focus on the Female Patient Conference

Dr. Elizabeth Ofili will lecture on “Women and Heart Disease” at SMA’s upcoming Focus on the Female Patient Conference set … Continue reading Top Cardiologist to Speak at SMA’s Focus on the Female Patient Conference

Nationwide IV Fluid Shortage Hits Home for SMA Member’s Rural Clinic

Dr. Steve Kuplesky and his wife, Rose Kuplesky, RN, BSN, run the Country Clinic in Simmesport, LA.   Since March, the … Continue reading Nationwide IV Fluid Shortage Hits Home for SMA Member’s Rural Clinic

ICD-10 Is Just The Vessel. The Real Cargo? Data!

Stop focusing on ICD-10! The real elephant in the room is the rapid proliferation of diagnosis-based reimbursement. The role of … Continue reading ICD-10 Is Just The Vessel. The Real Cargo? Data!

Is Your Clinical Documentation Up To Standards? Don’t Let the Regulatory Agencies Tell You That They Are Not!

The Office of Inspector General recently released a report highlighting what should be a striking concern to physicians regardless of … Continue reading Is Your Clinical Documentation Up To Standards? Don’t Let the Regulatory Agencies Tell You That They Are Not!

Location – Location – Location

SMA’s 11th Annual Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care Conference is set for the ultimate location –  The Westin New York Grand … Continue reading Location – Location – Location

SMJ CME Article Features for June, 2014

Now available in SMA’s on-line Education Center, The Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is pleased to highlight two CME articles published … Continue reading SMJ CME Article Features for June, 2014

Start a New Tradition!

We hope you have received the SMA’s Annual Assembly brochure featuring activities, education, and fun for this year’s conference taking … Continue reading Start a New Tradition!

Join SMA For This Important Webcast!

How to Weather the Perfect Storm of Healthcare Reform/Getting the Most Financial Benefit from Owning the Real Estate Related to … Continue reading Join SMA For This Important Webcast!

Did You Know?

The fear of the ocean is called thalassophobia and the fear of waves is called cymophobia. Sources: Phobia Source and SurferToday.com

The Commonwealth Fund’s 2014 Report Once Again Ranks the U.S. Health Care System Last

The latest international study, published Monday by The Commonwealth Fund, compared health care systems of 11 nations across the areas … Continue reading The Commonwealth Fund’s 2014 Report Once Again Ranks the U.S. Health Care System Last

SMJ CME Article Features for May 2014

Now available in SMA’s on-line Education Center, The Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is pleased to highlight two CME articles published … Continue reading SMJ CME Article Features for May 2014

Focus on Clinical Documentation Improvement

In June, SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly brochure will be available and in the mail, including  session highlights, speakers, social events, … Continue reading Focus on Clinical Documentation Improvement

Focus on the Female Patient Conference

Wednesday, May 28, is the Early Registration Deadline for SMA’s Focus on the Female Patient Conference taking place July 28-31, … Continue reading Focus on the Female Patient Conference

SMA to Offer Scope of Pain Curriculum

SMA, in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine, will offer “Scope of Pain” opioid prescriber education during the Medical … Continue reading SMA to Offer Scope of Pain Curriculum

Coming in June! Two New Webcasts in SMA’s Practice Profitability Series Announced for June 5 and June 19

SMA is pleased to partner with Warren Averett and the Jefferson County Medical Society (Alabama) to continue its Practice Profitability … Continue reading Coming in June! Two New Webcasts in SMA’s Practice Profitability Series Announced for June 5 and June 19

Did You Know

No US president has ever died during the month of May. The only US presidents born in May are Harry … Continue reading Did You Know

Member Spotlight: Kyle Kalkwarf, MD

SMA recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Kyle Kalkwarf, a surgical resident at the University of Arkansas for Medical … Continue reading Member Spotlight: Kyle Kalkwarf, MD

Key Attributes of a Well-designed 401(k) Plan

When trying to assess important characteristics of a 401(k) plan, it is common practice for employers to ask, “How does … Continue reading Key Attributes of a Well-designed 401(k) Plan

Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care Conference

The 2014 event will focus on cardiovascular disease, neurological conditions, endocrine disorders, newly approved FDA drugs, and safe use of … Continue reading Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care Conference

SMJ CME Article Features for April 2014

Now available in SMA’s on-line Education Center, the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is pleased to highlight two CME articles published … Continue reading SMJ CME Article Features for April 2014

New on SMA’s YouTube Channel: Primary Care Issues in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Frank Biscardi, MD, Assistant Professor, Section of Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Virginia Tech Carilion School of … Continue reading New on SMA’s YouTube Channel: Primary Care Issues in Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dealing with Healthcare Reform: And Other Things You Thought You Did Not Need to Worry About!

Now is the time to take control of your medical practice dollars!  This seminar series will cover strategies to increase … Continue reading Dealing with Healthcare Reform: And Other Things You Thought You Did Not Need to Worry About!

Did You Know?

Tooth decay has led to 60% of American adults losing their upper right, middle molar. Sources: health24.com and The People’s Almanac … Continue reading Did You Know?

April’s Member Spotlight Shines on Marilou Tablang-Jimenez, MD, DFAPA

Marilou G. Tablang-Jimenez, MD, DFAPA was born and raised in the Philippines until age 18.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s … Continue reading April’s Member Spotlight Shines on Marilou Tablang-Jimenez, MD, DFAPA

Senate Approves SGR Fix, ICD-10 and Two-Midnights Delay

In a bipartisan vote of 64-35 Monday evening, the Senate passed the bill which will provide a temporary fix for … Continue reading Senate Approves SGR Fix, ICD-10 and Two-Midnights Delay

Breaking News: House Approves Temporary SGR Fix

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for one year in … Continue reading Breaking News: House Approves Temporary SGR Fix

Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce the release of the Road to 10, a … Continue reading Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10

New on SMA’s YouTube Channel – Update on Chemical Dependency

William S. Rea, MD, Vice-Chair of Psychiatry at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, discusses the epidemiologic spread of new … Continue reading New on SMA’s YouTube Channel – Update on Chemical Dependency

SMJ CME Article Features for March 2014

Now available in SMA’s on-line Education Center, the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is pleased to highlight two CME articles published … Continue reading SMJ CME Article Features for March 2014

Celebrating Doctors Around the World

On March 30, the United States will once again celebrate National Doctors’ Day, and the SMA and SMA Alliance are … Continue reading Celebrating Doctors Around the World

Did You Know?

On March 30, SMA will celebrate National Doctors’ Day in honor of its physician members throughout the United States.  Test … Continue reading Did You Know?

March’s Member Spotlight is on Physicians for Peace Member, Dr. Fayez K. Shamieh

Dr. Fayez K. Shamieh, SMA Councilor for Louisiana, is an active participant in Physicians for Peace.  As a Physicians for … Continue reading March’s Member Spotlight is on Physicians for Peace Member, Dr. Fayez K. Shamieh

AirMed: Don’t Leave Home Without It!!!

Mrs. Ann Ballard, past SMA Alliance Leadership and longtime member, recently traveled to the Isle de Mujeres, Mexico, just off … Continue reading AirMed: Don’t Leave Home Without It!!!

“Match Week” Reminder

National Residency Match Day is this Friday, March 21, and SMA is excited for our senior medical student members who … Continue reading “Match Week” Reminder

Assembly Features “New Drugs Update” by C. Wayne Weart, PharmD

Attend this popular session for a review of recently approved pharmaceutical agents, including indications, pharmacokinetics, clinical trials, contraindications, adverse reactions … Continue reading Assembly Features “New Drugs Update” by C. Wayne Weart, PharmD

We’ve got you covered. Meet the all new private exchange.

Providing insurance products to SMA members for more than 30 years, SMA Services understands that professionals like you have different needs when it comes to insurance…

Hot Topics in Obstetrics and Gynecology

New on SMA’s YouTube Channel – What are the latest FDA device and medical approvals in women’s health?  Mark G. … Continue reading Hot Topics in Obstetrics and Gynecology

February 2014 SMJ Featured CME Articles

Now available in SMA’s on-line Education Center, the Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is pleased to highlight two CME articles published … Continue reading February 2014 SMJ Featured CME Articles

February’s Member Spotlight is on Dr. David W. Avery

Physician members in West Virginia will already recognize this month’s featured member, Dr. David W. Avery, of Vienna, West Virginia, … Continue reading February’s Member Spotlight is on Dr. David W. Avery

Did You Know?

The word “atrium” is Latin for “entrance hall”, and the word “ventricle” is Latin for “little belly”. Sources: RandomHistory.com and  Avraham, … Continue reading Did You Know?

Should You Fee Benchmark Your 401(k) Plan?

Have you ever gone through the process? Do you know exactly what you are paying and what for? What is … Continue reading Should You Fee Benchmark Your 401(k) Plan?

Don’t be an Ostrich – Get Ready for ICD-10

ICD-10: The First Opportunity for Physicians to Take Back Control of Healthcare in 30 Years Ever since 1969 when Richard … Continue reading Don’t be an Ostrich – Get Ready for ICD-10

February is National Heart Health Month

Heart disease has been called the Silent Killer because it often has no noticeable symptoms. It’s more deadly than all forms … Continue reading February is National Heart Health Month

Poll: Would you participate in a Disaster Training Program?

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Examine the Medico-Legal Aspects of Healthcare: Emerging Policy Issues

  Medico-Legal Aspects of Healthcare: Emerging Policy Issues In Conjunction with Auburn University’s PEMBA Program March 16-18, 2014 The Loews … Continue reading Examine the Medico-Legal Aspects of Healthcare: Emerging Policy Issues

Save the Date! SMA 2014 Annual Scientific Assembly

Back by popular demand, the SMA will host its Annual Scientific Assembly on October 30-November 1, 2014 at the Sandestin … Continue reading Save the Date! SMA 2014 Annual Scientific Assembly

“New Drugs Update” Now on YouTube

  New on SMA’s YouTube Channel – C. Wayne Weart, PharmD’s “New Drugs Update,” presented during Southern Medical Association’s Annual … Continue reading “New Drugs Update” Now on YouTube

January Education Special: Thyroid Disease

SMA’s Education Center features CME Credit available on YOUR schedule, with more than 50 CME topics from which to choose! … Continue reading January Education Special: Thyroid Disease

January SMJ CME Articles

  Now available in SMA’s on-line Education Center, The Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is pleased to highlight two CME articles … Continue reading January SMJ CME Articles

SMA Physicians’ Survey 2014

Attention physicians who are licensed to practice in Alabama or surrounding states! Take a moment to complete our short survey! … Continue reading SMA Physicians’ Survey 2014

Breaking News on Acetaminophen Usage

Breaking News: FDA asks Physicians and other Prescribers to Discontinue Prescribing and Dispensing Acetaminophen Combination Drug Products with more than 325 mg…

2013 SMA Alliance Society of 1924 Scholarship Winner

The SMA Alliance is proud to recognize Brian Buning from Mobile, Alabama as the 2013 Society of 1924 Medical Student … Continue reading 2013 SMA Alliance Society of 1924 Scholarship Winner

Make ICD-10 Implementation Your New Year’s Resolution

The ICD-10 Transition: A Phased, Measured Approach for Physician Practices Provided by: Complete Practice Resources By October 2 of this … Continue reading Make ICD-10 Implementation Your New Year’s Resolution

Did You Know?

Chionophobia is the fear of snow and pagophobia is the fear of ice and frost? Sources: about.com  and yahoo.com

The SMJ in Print

Don’t forget, print copies of the SMJ are now available for the annual fee of $45 to SMA Silver members who pay full member dues rates and to Gold members at no additional charge. If you wish to receive the SMJ in print, you need to notify SMA by calling Member Services at (800) 423-4992, ext. 640.

Female Patient Conference – Group Reservation Deadline

June 26, 2014 is the registration deadline for receiving the Kiawah Island Group Rate for the 2014 Focus on the Female Patient Conference in Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Don’t miss your chance to save…

We are currently transitioning the SMJ website to the SMA platform. As this transition takes place, portions of the content will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for patience and understanding.

Featured Member Benefit – AirMed

As a Professional Dues Paying member of SMA, you don’t need to worry. You are automatically enrolled in the AirMed Traveler program at no cost to you…

Featured Member Benefit – Southern Medical Journal

Silver Memberships receive online access to the SMJ while Gold Members receive both online access and a print copy…

Featured Member Benefit – Education Center

Southern Medical Association (SMA) listened to our members and has improved and expanded our online education platform to provide you, our member, with greater ease of use and more topics from which to choose…

Featured Member Benefit – Insurance / Financial Services

SMA provides access to multiple Insurance and Retirement products through our wholly owned subsidiary SMA Services, Inc.       … Continue reading Featured Member Benefit – Insurance / Financial Services

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…

Benchmark Your 401(k) Plan in 2014

Have you ever asked yourself how your 401(k) plan compares with the “typical” 401(k)? As the retirement plan industry has … Continue reading Benchmark Your 401(k) Plan in 2014

SMA Welcomes New Councilor for South Carolina

SMA is pleased to welcome Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA, as its new Councilor representing members in the state … Continue reading SMA Welcomes New Councilor for South Carolina

SMA Group Practice Membership

As members of Southern Medical Association, your practice will have access to resources that will help them address day-to-day challenges and stay … Continue reading SMA Group Practice Membership

Does exercise contribute to improved health in Dementia?

  Recently, The Pulse asked SMA President Dr. Stuart Goodman to provide his thoughts on findings from a study conducted … Continue reading Does exercise contribute to improved health in Dementia?

Fascinating Holiday Facts

  The first candy cane dates back to 1670 in Germany. Today more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made … Continue reading Fascinating Holiday Facts

Poll: How often do you check social media for updates from journals and professional societies?

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Travel with SMA to Europe in June

Gather your family, friends, and colleagues and travel with Southern Medical Association and Auburn University to explore the wonders of … Continue reading Travel with SMA to Europe in June

Dr. Donald M. Pell Named Physician of the Year

  Southern Medical Association is pleased to congratulate longtime member and frequent program faculty, Donald M. Pell, MD, for being … Continue reading Dr. Donald M. Pell Named Physician of the Year

Outstanding Burn Abstract Awards Announced

SMA and the Southern Region Medical Directors congratulate the following abstract presenters who won “Best Abstract” competitions during the 26th Annual Southern Region Burn Conference…

SMJ Features Two CME Articles This Month

The Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is pleased to highlight two CME articles this month, published in the November, 2013 issue: … Continue reading SMJ Features Two CME Articles This Month

Mark S. Williams, MD, MBA, JD, CPE Installed as SMA President-Elect

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of Mark S. Williams, MD, MBA, JD, CPE as … Continue reading Mark S. Williams, MD, MBA, JD, CPE Installed as SMA President-Elect

You Spoke and We Listened

This past summer, SMA members received a survey regarding their interest in once again receiving a print version of the … Continue reading You Spoke and We Listened

Protecting Your Professional Identity

A message from….                SMA’s Coordinating Committee on Quality and Professional Identity In today’s world of the Internet and social … Continue reading Protecting Your Professional Identity

Did You Know?

Excluding juice products, 20% of cranberries eaten are eaten on Thanksgiving. Source: HGTVgardens.com

Saint Albans Psychiatry Conference

Southern Medical Association in conjunction with Carilion Clinic presents the 8th Annual Psychiatric Conference January 24, 2014.

Stuart J. Goodman, MD, MBA Installed as SMA President

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of Stuart J. Goodman, M.D., M.B.A. as President for … Continue reading Stuart J. Goodman, MD, MBA Installed as SMA President

Dr. Monica Broome is Featured in November’s Member Spotlight

Please meet SMA member and Membership Committee member Monica Broome, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Communication … Continue reading Dr. Monica Broome is Featured in November’s Member Spotlight

Poll: Do You Believe Leadership Training Could Help Advance Your Career?

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SMA To Webcast Burn Conference Online

Attend SMA’s 26th Southern Region Burn Conference in person or watch it live online. If you are unable to travel to … Continue reading SMA To Webcast Burn Conference Online

Practice Management Pearls – Q & A

Question: Will I receive all medical information from Medicare for each patient that is assigned to me through my accountable … Continue reading Practice Management Pearls – Q & A

Abstract Award Winners Announced

SMA congratulates the following abstract presenters who won “Best Abstract” competitions during Southern Medical Association’s Annual Scientific Assembly held October 31-November 2, 2013, in Destin, Florida…

Don’t Wait Too Late!

If you’ve put off getting your CME credit and need to fulfill hours before the end of the year, SMA … Continue reading Don’t Wait Too Late!

Did You Know?

Singultus is the medical term for hiccups. Source: Healthline.com

Southern Medical Journal Featured CME Article

October’s Southern Medical Journal CME article, “Endoscopy After Acute Myocardial Infarction: An Evaluation of Safety,” offers a discussion about the risks … Continue reading Southern Medical Journal Featured CME Article

Physician Support for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Patients

In recognition of Sickle Cell Awareness Month, SMA’s LaQueeta Perry spoke with Ms. Sharon Lewis, BS, MPHHA, Executive Director of … Continue reading Physician Support for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Patients

2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Southern Medical Association staff will be participating in the 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on October 12 … Continue reading 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Thank God for the PPACA…Did I just say that?

For the record, I am not and never have been a supporter of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act … Continue reading Thank God for the PPACA…Did I just say that?

Poll: Is Your Office Ready for ICD-10?

   

Practice Management Pearls – Q&A

Question: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are approaching our practice to join, but the risk they expect us to take on … Continue reading Practice Management Pearls – Q&A

Burn Conference Deadline Alert!

The EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE of October 7, 2013, is quickly approaching for SMA’s Southern Region Burn Conference to be held … Continue reading Burn Conference Deadline Alert!

“This Month’s Member Spotlight Is Shining On…” Colonel Joseph Brennan, MD, FACS

Please welcome SMA member Colonel Joseph Brennan, MD, FACS.  Dr. Brennan is currently located at the San Antonio Military Medical … Continue reading “This Month’s Member Spotlight Is Shining On…” Colonel Joseph Brennan, MD, FACS

Health Insurance Marketplace Premium and Subsidy Calculator

The new Health Insurance Marketplace will open on the Healthcare.gov website October 1. The website is available for individuals looking … Continue reading Health Insurance Marketplace Premium and Subsidy Calculator

Health Insurance Cost and Savings Calculator

SMA Services Now Offering Medical Professional Liability Insurance

You want your professional identity respected, uncertainties lessened, and more control. SMA Services, Inc. gets it—and we’re working to help … Continue reading SMA Services Now Offering Medical Professional Liability Insurance

The 3 “Rx’s” of Prescribing Controlled Substances: Rules, Regulations and Risks

November 15, 2013 The Hattiesburg Clinic, Hattiesburg, MS Conference Fee: $150 for all attendees Or call SMA at 1-800-423-4992, ext. … Continue reading The 3 “Rx’s” of Prescribing Controlled Substances: Rules, Regulations and Risks

Physician Explains Pediatric Transplants

As part of its series recognizing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, SMA spoke with Frederick Goldman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at … Continue reading Physician Explains Pediatric Transplants

Teenage Pregnancy: What’s the Evidence?

Evidence-based medicine and best practices is often discussed; therefore, a similar paradigm with regard to sex education should be considered.  … Continue reading Teenage Pregnancy: What’s the Evidence?

Fighting AIDS in Mississippi

‘One of the most critical things medical personnel can do to help is to stay up-to-date’ –  Kathryn M. Garner, … Continue reading Fighting AIDS in Mississippi

Did You Know?

Cows have more than 800 blood types? Source: Stanford School of Medicine Blood Center

Announcing a New Partnership

The Southern Medical Association is excited to announce a new partnership with Medicus Insurance Company, a medical professional liability company. … Continue reading Announcing a New Partnership

Program Offers Cutting-Edge Therapies for Pediatric Cancers

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer annually … Continue reading Program Offers Cutting-Edge Therapies for Pediatric Cancers

Organization Makes Children’s Wishes Come True

SMA recently had the opportunity to speak with Pam Jones, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Alabama, and Sarah Hall, Volunteer … Continue reading Organization Makes Children’s Wishes Come True

2013 Scientific Paper Abstracts

  The following abstracts have been accepted and are scheduled for either ORAL or POSTER presentation as indicated below during Southern … Continue reading 2013 Scientific Paper Abstracts

TLC-Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program

In recognition of September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, SMA revisits the 2013 interview with Dr. Kimberly Whelan who discussed … Continue reading TLC-Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program

CMS-1500 Claim Form Updates: Medicare to Accept Revised Form Starting January 2014

The CMS-1500 Claim Form has been recently revised with changes including those to more adequately support the use of the … Continue reading CMS-1500 Claim Form Updates: Medicare to Accept Revised Form Starting January 2014

“This Month’s Member Spotlight is Shining On…”

BENJAMIN MACKLIN CARMICHAEL, MD, OF HATTIESBURG— Benjamin M. “Ben” Carmichael, MD, a Hattiesburg cardiologist for 34 years and longtime member … Continue reading “This Month’s Member Spotlight is Shining On…”

Southern Medical Journal CME

Are you aware that SMA provides continuing medical education credit through the Southern Medical Journal?  This month’s CME article is … Continue reading Southern Medical Journal CME

This Month’s Online Feature

SMA’s Education Center features CME Credit available on YOUR schedule, with more than 50 CME topics from which to choose! … Continue reading This Month’s Online Feature

Annual Assembly Alert: Have You Registered and Booked Your Room?

Have you registered for SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly at the beautiful Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida taking place … Continue reading Annual Assembly Alert: Have You Registered and Booked Your Room?

SMA Physicians Examine Healthcare Models in Europe

In June, SMA coordinated an international, education conference and travel tour for 30 physicians and their families to two of … Continue reading SMA Physicians Examine Healthcare Models in Europe

Multidisciplinary Burn Specialists Collaborate to Ensure Continuity of Care

Southern Medical Association will hold its 26th Annual Southern Region Burn Conference at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, … Continue reading Multidisciplinary Burn Specialists Collaborate to Ensure Continuity of Care

Calling All Past Conference Attendees!

As a past attendee, you already know how great SMA’s conferences are – engaging chairpersons, the knowledgeable faculty, timely content, … Continue reading Calling All Past Conference Attendees!

PRESS RELEASE

August 17, 2013 CONTACT: Kathleen W. McLendon, CCMEP Tel: 800.423.4992, ext. 144 Fax: 205.945-1548 E-mail: kmclendon@sma.org Website: http://sma.org/medical-dilemmas FOR IMMEDIATE … Continue reading PRESS RELEASE

Assembly Deadlines Alert: Three Ways You Can Save Money Now. Read More, Then Act Today!

Have you registered for SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly in Destin, Florida?  If not, NOW is the PERFECT time as we … Continue reading Assembly Deadlines Alert: Three Ways You Can Save Money Now. Read More, Then Act Today!

Southern Medical Journal CME

Are you aware that SMA provides continuing medical education credit through the Southern Medical Journal?  This month’s CME article is … Continue reading Southern Medical Journal CME

This Month’s Online Feature

SMA’s Education Center features CME Credit available on YOUR schedule, with more than 50 CME topics from which to choose! … Continue reading This Month’s Online Feature

Spend the Holidays in New York

Plan now to spend the holidays in New York during SMA’s CME conference, Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care, December 13-15, … Continue reading Spend the Holidays in New York

SGR: A Model for Responsible Government Spending

Commentary from Michael Gosney, MD Repealing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) has been the long-term goal of the American Medical … Continue reading SGR: A Model for Responsible Government Spending

Did you know?

Auscultation is the term used for listening to the sounds of the human body. Sources: MedlinePlus and Wikipedia

Free Conference Videos Available on SMA’s YouTube Channel

Did you know SMA frequently records lectures at our live CME conferences? These videos are made available for CME through … Continue reading Free Conference Videos Available on SMA’s YouTube Channel

SMA Remembers Dr. Louis A. Cancellaro

Former SMA President, Louis A. Cancellaro, Ph.D, M.D., of Johnson City, Tennessee, passed away yesterday, August 14. Dr. Cancellaro served as President … Continue reading SMA Remembers Dr. Louis A. Cancellaro

Online Education Center Now Open

SMA is pleased to announce its NEW online Education Center offering: CME Credit available on YOUR schedule – 24/7/365 More … Continue reading Online Education Center Now Open

U.S. Physicians Examine Healthcare Models in Europe

In June, SMA coordinated an international, education conference and travel tour for 30 physicians and their families to two of … Continue reading U.S. Physicians Examine Healthcare Models in Europe

U.S. House Committee Passes H.R. 2810 to Repeal SGR

Yesterday in a unanimous vote of 51-0, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 2810, the “Medicare Patient Access and … Continue reading U.S. House Committee Passes H.R. 2810 to Repeal SGR

“This Month’s Member Spotlight is Shining On…”

“This Month’s Member Spotlight is Shining on…” Dr. Aurelio Matamoros lives with his wife Edna in Sugarland, Texas, a suburb … Continue reading “This Month’s Member Spotlight is Shining On…”

SMA Remembers – Dr. Jim C. Barnett, Jr.

Former SMA President, Jim C. Barnett, M.D., of Brookhaven, Mississippi, passed away July 26. Dr. Barnett served as President of the … Continue reading SMA Remembers – Dr. Jim C. Barnett, Jr.

Meet Your New Leadership

SMA is pleased to announce the appointment of Clement P. Cotter, Jr., MD, MBA, Donald J. DiPette, MD, FAHA and … Continue reading Meet Your New Leadership

A Child’s Life is Too Good to Squint Through

Every day is a chance for your child to experience life’s richest moments, big and small….his or her first day … Continue reading A Child’s Life is Too Good to Squint Through

Summer Safety

Steven Baldwin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham Jennifer Price, MA, Managing Editor, Southern Medical Journal Summertime … Continue reading Summer Safety

Did You Know…

Belonephobia is the fear of needles and it affects up to 10% of the population? Source: Medscape.com

Join SMA Friends for Frights & Fireworks

August in the South usually conjures up thoughts of hot humid temperatures, last-minute vacations, and back-to-school shopping. But as this year’s … Continue reading Join SMA Friends for Frights & Fireworks

“This Month’s New Member Spotlight Is Shining On…”

“This Month’s New Member Spotlight Is Shining On…” Please welcome new SMA member Robin H. Schwartz, MD!  Dr. Schwartz attended … Continue reading “This Month’s New Member Spotlight Is Shining On…”

Did You Know…

There are approximately 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (7 octillion) atoms in an adult’s body? Sources: AsapSCIENCE via Twitter and The Observer

When Patients “Google” To Deal with Pain

How might the average person choose a medical professional to help with pain?  A quick yellowpages.com search for “Birmingham Pain … Continue reading When Patients “Google” To Deal with Pain

The Hidden Value of Membership

By Nancy Brant SMAA Alliance Many years ago my friend Gail Leddy had this insane idea to start a medical … Continue reading The Hidden Value of Membership

NIH study identifies brain circuits involved in learning and decision making

Finding has implications for alcoholism and other patterns of addictive behavior. Research  from the National Institutes of Health has identified … Continue reading NIH study identifies brain circuits involved in learning and decision making

CDC releases report on 30-year low in youth homicide rates

The homicide rate for youth aged  10 to 24 years in the United States reached a 30-year low in 2010, … Continue reading CDC releases report on 30-year low in youth homicide rates

Poll: Do you believe obesity is a disease?

  Related Posts: The SMJ Announces Call for Papers: Obesity

Physician Compare Website Redesigned to Help Consumers Search for Physicians

Physician Compare, a website that allows consumers to search and compare information about hundreds of thousands of physicians and other … Continue reading Physician Compare Website Redesigned to Help Consumers Search for Physicians

Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) – Appropriate Medical Record Documentation and Coding – Revised

Medical record review conducted by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT)and Recovery Audit programs identified errors related to Diagnosis-Related Groups … Continue reading Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRGs) – Appropriate Medical Record Documentation and Coding – Revised

The ICD-10 Deadline is October 1, 2014

The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is October 1, 2014. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has affirmed the ICD-10 deadline and encourages … Continue reading The ICD-10 Deadline is October 1, 2014

SMA Tours

Members benefit from the years of experience offered by SMA Tours personnel in servicing domestic and international travel needs, in addition … Continue reading SMA Tours

Plan B One-Step…It’s Really Plan A: A Father’s Perspective

There has been a lot of debate surrounding Plan B One-Step® and the lessening of age restrictions. To summarize these … Continue reading Plan B One-Step…It’s Really Plan A: A Father’s Perspective

Missouri Physicians Unite in White Coat Rally

The gallery of the Missouri Senate Chamber was lined with white coats on April 30 as a number of my physician … Continue reading Missouri Physicians Unite in White Coat Rally

Did You Know….

Human fingers stretch and bend about 25 million times in a normal lifetime. Source: Health24.com, compiled The People’s Almanac 2, … Continue reading Did You Know….

“This Month’s New Member Spotlight Is Shining On…”

  “This Month’s New Member Spotlight Is Shining On…” Lindsay Israel-Gaines, MD  July 1, 2013 Please welcome new SMA member … Continue reading “This Month’s New Member Spotlight Is Shining On…”

SMA Cuban Discovery Tour Now Available

Cuba’s turbulent economic and political past and vibrant, culturally rich present unfold on this rare, enticing journey developed for SMA … Continue reading SMA Cuban Discovery Tour Now Available

Mississippi’s Young Physicians Enjoy Sweet Treat

SMA treated young physicians and their families to an ice cream social during the Mississippi State Medical Association’s annual “CME in the … Continue reading Mississippi’s Young Physicians Enjoy Sweet Treat

FREE Webinar – Top 5 Things to Start Your ICD-10 Transition

Join SMA on August 13 at 5:00 pm CT / 6:00 pm ET for a FREE 1-hour informative webinar on … Continue reading FREE Webinar – Top 5 Things to Start Your ICD-10 Transition

Improve Your Practice with Chart Audits

In today’s hectic office environment – patients arriving for appointments, walk-ins showing up, phones ringing, tests being done – billing … Continue reading Improve Your Practice with Chart Audits

Poll: Have you started ICD-10 Implementation?

  Related Posts: FREE Webinar – Top 5 Things to Start Your ICD-10 Transition

Supreme Court of the U.S. Upholds Arbitrator’s Ruling

In a decision on June 10, 2013, the Supreme Court of the U.S. upheld the ruling of the arbitrator in Oxford … Continue reading Supreme Court of the U.S. Upholds Arbitrator’s Ruling

The Affect of ICD-10 on Clinical Documentation

Just as with ICD-9, complete documentation is essential for patient care and accurate selection of ICD-10 codes. As practices prepare for … Continue reading The Affect of ICD-10 on Clinical Documentation

SMA President Gary A. Delaney, MD attends AMA House of Delegates Meeting

SMA President Gary A. Delaney, MD attended the 2013 AMA House of Delegates meeting

‘Last Call’ for Abstract Submissions

Residents and practitioners in all specialties have until July 12 to submit abstracts for review and selection as oral and/or … Continue reading ‘Last Call’ for Abstract Submissions

Armed Forces Week

This Armed Forces Week, SMA salutes its physician members serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and … Continue reading Armed Forces Week

ICD-10 2014 Deadline Confirmed

Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner confirmed the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 deadline and encouraged everyone to work diligently toward a successful … Continue reading ICD-10 2014 Deadline Confirmed

Claim Hold – April 2013 Quarterly System Release

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified technical issues with certain parts of the April 2013 quarterly … Continue reading Claim Hold – April 2013 Quarterly System Release

Plan to Mitigate Risk for a Smooth ICD-10 Transition

To make your transition to ICD-10 smooth, consider following these steps provided by CMS and MedScape.

SMA Supports Repeal of IPAB

Southern Medical Association joins with our physician members in asking for the repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

View the Special Issue of the SMJ

The January issue of the SMJ is a special edition of 24 articles addressing “Disaster Medicine and Physician Preparedness”. Covering … Continue reading View the Special Issue of the SMJ

Top Five Things to Know About the Affordable Care Act

The ACA has the power to bring considerable financial and clinical benefits for providers across the health care spectrum.

New and Updated FAQs about the EHR Incentive Programs

To keep you updated with information on the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs, CMS has recently … Continue reading New and Updated FAQs about the EHR Incentive Programs

Planning Your 2013 Transition Activities for 2013

The year 2013 brings two crucial ICD-10 transition milestones for providers.

With Ready10™ we can help you Get Ready and Be Ready for ICD-10

Healthcare’s Only Complete ICD-10 Solution We’ve always made a point to seek out partners that are committed to our high … Continue reading With Ready10™ we can help you Get Ready and Be Ready for ICD-10

Planning for ICD-10: Working with Clearinghouses and Billing Services

All claims for health care services provided on or after October 1, 2014, must contain ICD-10 codes. As you prepare … Continue reading Planning for ICD-10: Working with Clearinghouses and Billing Services

Ask the Contractor – A Cahaba GBA Teleconference

Cahaba GBA, Medicare Part B has scheduled an Ask the Contractor teleconference call on Medicare Updates.

Dr. Gary Delaney Presidential Inauguration

Dr. Gary A. Delaney’s inauguration address as the 2012-2013 SMA President.

Gary A. Delaney, MD Installed as SMA President

Gary A. Delaney, MD, installed as SMA President at the 2012 Healthcare Summit this past weekend.

Working With Your Software Vendor

As you begin planning for 2013, set up a budget and timeline for upcoming ICD-10 transition activities. You will want … Continue reading Working With Your Software Vendor

Health Care Law Delivers Higher Payments to Primary Care Physicians

On November 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to implement a provision … Continue reading Health Care Law Delivers Higher Payments to Primary Care Physicians

The Right to Know Campaign – Breast Cancer Screening

CDCs’ The Right to Know campaign is a health promotion campaign about breast cancer screening that was developed specifically for … Continue reading The Right to Know Campaign – Breast Cancer Screening

Meeting with Your ICD-10 Project Team

To make sure your organization successfully makes the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by the October 1, 2014, compliance deadline, … Continue reading Meeting with Your ICD-10 Project Team

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Thanks to improvements in cancer treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.

ICD-10 Transition Information – Providers and Payers Need to Share

The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is now October 1, 2014. With two years to complete ICD-10 implementation, providers and payers … Continue reading ICD-10 Transition Information – Providers and Payers Need to Share

Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

This signature fundraising event of the American Diabetes Association, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, has been taking place for … Continue reading Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes

New SMJ Editorial Board Member – Kristen Plastino, MD, PharmD

The Southern Medical Journal is pleased to welcome Dr. Kristen Plastino to its Editorial Board. Dr. Plastino is an Associate Professor in … Continue reading New SMJ Editorial Board Member – Kristen Plastino, MD, PharmD

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?

Ask The Experts – Hyperlipidemia in the Adult

Drs. Jan Basile and Peter Jones speak one-on-one about hyperlipidemia in the adult population.

Ask The Experts – Pediatric/Adolescent Obesity, Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia

Drs. Jan Basile and Stephen Daniels discuss obesity in childhood, its effects, and diagnosing and managing hypertension and dyslipidemia in pediatric and adolescent patients.

Ask The Experts – Valvular Stenosis

Drs. Jan Basile and Blase Carabello discuss controversial issues related to valvular heart disease, including recommendations for valve replacement or repair for asymptomatic patients, transcatheter valve replacement and how it affects practice, when it is okay to ignore symptoms in patients, and appropriate medications.

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

PPACA Updates

In a surprising 5-4 majority, the Supreme  Court largely let stand President Obama’s healthcare plan. 

On the Other Side of the Stethoscope

By the time she graduated from Muscle Shoals High School, Alyssa Rieber, MD, knew she wanted to be a physician. What she didn’t know was that the path to realizing her dream would find her on the other side of the stethoscope.

Physician Leaders Discuss Healthcare Reform in an Election Year

Hear physician leaders-SMA President and Past President, AMA Past President, SCMA Past President and SMA Councilor-discuss their greatest concerns about … Continue reading Physician Leaders Discuss Healthcare Reform in an Election Year

PSA Screening Recommendation: Interview with Dr. Peter Schlegel

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) recent recommendation against prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing for men of any age has … Continue reading PSA Screening Recommendation: Interview with Dr. Peter Schlegel

How to Avoid Common Version 5010 Claims Rejections

The Version 5010 transaction standards have different requirements than those of Version 4010 and 4010A.  

Ask the Experts – Ablation in Atrial Fibrillation Patients

Drs. Jan Basile and Jami Conti discuss when it is appropriate to offer ablation therapy in atrial fibrillation patients.

Ask the Experts – Preventing Recurrent Stroke: Evidence-based Approach to Antiplatelet Agents

Drs. Jan Basile and Philip Gorelick discuss the Population Attributable Risk (PAR), which stroke risk factor has the highest risk for stroke and why this is so important, and the use of antiplatelet agents in preventing recurrent stroke according to the 2011 updated AHA Guidelines.

EMR Use Among Rural/Urban Alabama Family Medicine Physicians

This podcast was recorded by Melanie Tucker, PhD, as a supplement to the February 2012 Southern Medical Journal article she … Continue reading EMR Use Among Rural/Urban Alabama Family Medicine Physicians

May is Asthma Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month, a time for us to consider what we can do better, as individuals and as … Continue reading May is Asthma Awareness Month

Attestation Resources for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program

Are you an eligible professional (EP) or eligible hospital participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program?[i]

Breaking News: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Announces Delay of ICD-10 until October 1, 2014

In a press release from HHS,  Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a proposed rule which would delay the compliance date for … Continue reading Breaking News: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Announces Delay of ICD-10 until October 1, 2014

Seven Ways to Protect Yourself from Medical Identity Theft

Medicare fraud affects everyone not just people with Medicare.

Recovery and Needs Assessment of Survivors of the Rhode Island Station Nightclub Fire

Karen Badger, PhD, MSW, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, Amy Acton, RN, BSN, and Pam Peterson, RN, BSN, The Phoenix … Continue reading Recovery and Needs Assessment of Survivors of the Rhode Island Station Nightclub Fire

President Obama Signs the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012

New law includes Physician update fix through December 2012.

HHS Announces Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2012 Contact: CMS Public Affairs (202) 690-6145 HHS announces intent to delay ICD-10 … Continue reading HHS Announces Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date

New SMJ Editorial Board Members 2012

The Southern Medical Journal is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members of the Editorial Board and the … Continue reading New SMJ Editorial Board Members 2012

Disability Insurance

$1,000 of Long Term Disability Without any evidence of insurability. For New Physician Members under age 65.   Click here … Continue reading Disability Insurance

Members Save BIG on Dell.com

Save hundreds on your next computer or hardware purchase through SMA’s Physicians Purchasing Discount Program.

Audio-Digest Foundation

SMA has partnered with Audio-Digest Foundation to help provide high quality, convenient and affordable CME. SMA Members can save an … Continue reading Audio-Digest Foundation

Prescriber’s Letter

Prescriber’s Letter keeps you current on new developments in drug therapy.  New Rx drugs…OTC drugs…newly recognized drug interactions…new uses for … Continue reading Prescriber’s Letter

SMA BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa Signature® Credit Card

Show your pride with the BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Visa Signature® credit card for the Southern Medical Association and earn a … Continue reading SMA BankAmericard Cash Rewards Visa Signature® Credit Card

Coding Resources

As a member of Southern Medical Association, please take advantage of this great member benefit available to you. SMA offers discounted prices on coding products by AMA, Optum (Ingenix), InGauge (MagMutual), PMIC, and Unicor. The SMA Member prices reflect an average savings of 30% – 35% off.

TransFirst

TransFirst® is one of the nation’s leading providers of payment processing services. With more than 15 years of experience and … Continue reading TransFirst

Consumer Products

Great deals on “consumer products”  from Bose Electronics, Hartmann Luggage, Oreck , and Swarovski Silver Crystal. Email Vicki Johnson at … Continue reading Consumer Products

Autoflex Auto Leasing

Autoflex Auto Leasing is America’s number one auto leasing company and has been the choice of thousands of individuals and … Continue reading Autoflex Auto Leasing

Magazine Subscription Service

Save up to 50% on popular magazine subscriptions for your office waiting room. Over 200 of the leading publications are … Continue reading Magazine Subscription Service

Philips Heart Start Defibrillator

The PHILIPS HeartStart Defibrillator discounted for SMA Members! The PHILIPS HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator is the first defibrillator available for commercial … Continue reading Philips Heart Start Defibrillator

SGR Reform Looks Closer Than Ever

Republicans and Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health were in rare unanimous agreement Thursday during a … Continue reading SGR Reform Looks Closer Than Ever

A Doctor’s Heart – On Site and Play by Play

Dr. Michael Gosney’s insights from ground zero after a tornado. Last Wednesday was an active weather day for people in … Continue reading A Doctor’s Heart – On Site and Play by Play

Can EHR’s Make Healthcare Disparities Disappear?

Maybe, according to a  new study published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  According to comments from … Continue reading Can EHR’s Make Healthcare Disparities Disappear?