SMA Blog Archives

Current SMJ : March 2019

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

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

Diabetes in the South: Focus on Prevention Richard E. Pratley, MD LEARN MORE Individualizing Diabetes Management in Early T2DM Guillermo E. Umpierrez, MD, CDE LEARN MORE Navigating Insulin-based Therapy Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP LEARN MORE “Southern Medical Association is very excited to work with CCO to advance the...

The BUSINESS of Medicine Simplified ( Duplicate )

The BUSINESS of Medicine Simplified Annual Southern Regional Assembly | June 27-29, 2019 | Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Learn More Here Register Now The SMA Southern Regional Assembly brings together physicians from across the Southeast who are passionate about improving the quality of patient care through multidisciplinary, interprofessional...

President-Elect Designate Nominee: Glenn E. Talboy

Glenn E. Talboy, MD, F.A.C.S. Dr. Glenn Talboy is the Chairman of Surgery at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and Truman Medical Center, as well as the Program Director for the University of Missouri – Kansas City General Surgery Residency Program. He is board certified with the American...

President-Elect Designate Nominee: Donna L. Breen, MD

Donna L. Breen, MD I am an Otolaryngologist practicing general ENT and allergy for the past 30 years in Marksville, Louisiana after finishing my residency at Tulane Medical Center in 1988. I graduated from University of Alabama Medical School cum laude in 1983. Also, I completed a fellowship in Otolaryngic...

A Message From the Executive Director

Randall E. Glick, BSB/PM MCP Executive Director Greetings from the Southern Medical Association. I wanted to take a few moments to share with you our new vision, “The Business of Medicine Simplified”. We hear over and over again how the business side of medicine wreaks havoc on your career, jeopardizing...

CMS Office of the Actuary Releases 2018-2027 Projections of National Health Expenditures

Growth in national health spending over the next decade remains similar from last year’s projected average annual growth of 5.5 percent National health expenditure growth is expected to average 5.5 percent annually from 2018-2027, reaching nearly $6.0 trillion by 2027, according to a report published today by the independent Office...

The BUSINESS of Medicine Podcast: Contracting and Reimbursement

Jeff Gorke, MBA, is a Managing Director in the management consulting group leading Stout’s healthcare advisory and consulting area; he is also a contributing editor to Forbes.com. In this podcast he shares information regarding contracting and reimbursement; additionally, he provides some key tips designed to empower providers with the information...

The BUSINESS of Medicine Podcast: Practice vs Employment

Jeff Gorke, MBA, is a Managing Director in the management consulting group leading Stout’s healthcare advisory and consulting area; he is also a contributing editor to Forbes.com. In this podcast he discusses physician practices and employment and offers some key tips designed to empower providers with the information they need...

The BUSINESS of Medicine Podcast: Office Design, Practice Workflow Improvements from the Road

As more and more practices begin using EMR's and other software based applications, it is important to understand the changes which may affect the practice workflow in order to improve the processes with the end goal to improve efficacy. Join us for Office Design, Practice Workflow Improvements from the Road. Dr....

The BUSINESS of Medicine Podcast: Choice Apps That Will Help Make Your Practice Run More Smoothly

In a September 2018 report from the FDA, according to industry estimates, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a health care application by 2015, and by 2018, 50 percent of the more than 3.4 billion smartphone and tablet users will have downloaded mobile health applications. Join us for...

The BUSINESS of Medicine Podcast: Telehealth: What, Why, and How Can It Work For You?

Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health, and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies. Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. Join us for Health Technology Insights, Telehealth: What, Why, and...

The BUSINESS of Medicine Podcast: Tech Frustration and Burnout: Making Technology Work for You

Not only has technology changed experiences for patients and their families, but it has also had a significant impact on medical processes and the practices of healthcare professionals. Join us for Health Technology Insights, Tech Frustration and Burnout: Making Technology Work for You. Drs. Andy Mohan and Reza Sadeghian will...

The BUSINESS of Medicine Podcast: Welcome to our Podcast!

At SMA, we know that you want to enjoy the practice of medicine. However, the business of medicine can keep that from happening. We understand. This is why we developed the Business of Medicine Simplified program – to help you simplify the business, so you can enjoy the practice. #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff;...

Colin Goldfinch

Colin Goldfinch Emerging Issues Colin is a senior health policy advisor to Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) on the Senate HELP committee. He works on policy areas including the Affordable Care Act, regulation of commercial insurance, health information technology, and delivery system reform. Before coming to the committee, Colin spent...

Julius W. Hobson, Jr.

Julius W. Hobson, Jr. Emerging Issues Julius W. Hobson, Jr. has over 47 years of experience dealing with the Congress and Federal departments and agencies. As Senior Policy Advisor at Polsinelli, he advises and lobbies on a number of issues including health care, appropriations and budget, education, financial services, urban affairs, and taxes. Mr. Hobson previously...

Dianne B. Love, PhD

Dianne B. Love, PhD Emerging Issues Dianne B. Love, PhD, (Activity Chair and Faculty) is a healthcare consultant specializing in the development and strategic management of physician organizations. She has developed more than 75 physician organizations -  both multi-specialty and single specialty. Since forming DB Love & Associates in 2000, Dr....

Molly MacHarris

Molly MacHarris Emerging Issues Molly MacHarris leads the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) in the Center for Clinical Standards & Quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Robert E. Moffit, PhD

Robert E. Moffit, PhD Emerging Issues Robert E. Moffit is a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He is also Chairman of the Maryland Health Care Commission as an appointee of Governor Larry Hogan. Moffit long has specialized in health care and entitlement programs, especially Medicare. He brings to the...

Stephen W. Nesbit, DO, MBA

Stephen W. Nesbit, DO, MBA Emerging Issues Dr. Nesbit has over 35 years experience as a board certified family physician with half of those years focusing on physician executive roles.  His clinical experience ranges from a rural solo family practice in West Texas, including OB, emergency medicine, to ownership of...

Dharmesh Patel, M.D.

Dharmesh Patel, M.D. Emerging Issues AMD Global and AMD Healthcare is a Houston-based development firm with a broad portfolio of assets in healthcare, commercial real estate, energy, and occupational care. AMD offers full-service development, management, and investment services for partners and third-party investors providing exposure to distinct opportunities in these...

Cathy Schoen

Cathy Schoen Emerging Issues Cathy Schoen is an economic and senior scholar at the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research includes analysis and policy development to address health care costs, access and health system performance, with attention to populations vulnerable due to income, age or health status. From 2014...

Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE

Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE Emerging Issues Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE is Associate Vice President of the Memorial Hermann Health System Central/West Region and Accreditation where she has oversight for clinical quality, patient safety, infection prevention, accreditation, registry reporting, clinical quality review, quality data management,...

Alexander H. Vo, PhD

Alexander H. Vo, PhD VP, Telemedicine & Health Innovations The University Texas Medical Branch Emerging Issues Dr. Alexander Vo currently serves as Vice President, Telemedicine and Health Innovations at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) where he leads the development of new telemedicine initiatives for both clinical and academic...

Donald “Rocky” P. Wilcox, JD

Donald “Rocky” P. Wilcox, JD Emerging Issues Donald “Rocky” P. Wilcox, JD, an Air Force veteran, serves as vice president and general counsel for the Texas Medical Association in Austin. Mr. Wilcox has written more than 100 articles for Texas Medicine and other health care publications. He taught at The...

Lori Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer

Lori Ramirez Chief Executive Officer Emerging Issues With over 20 years of experience, Lori is an industry leader in strategic planning and development of many areas of healthcare, including surgical operations and management. She co-founded and functions as the CEO of 6 healthcare companies, including Elite Surgical Affiliates.  She has partnered...

Matthew Fadel, MBA

Matthew Fadel, MBA Senior Consulting Director, Sg2 Emerging Issues As a leader on Sg2’s Consulting team, Matt focuses on physician-hospital alignment models (eg, accountable care organizations [ACOs], clinically integrated networks [CINs], co-management) and strategic planning, both service line–wide and enterprise-wide. He specializes in engagements around the design, development and implementation...

Joe Antos, PhD

Joe Antos, PhD, Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care & Retirement Policy, American Enterprise Institute Emerging Issues Joseph Antos is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University....

Stanley (Stan) G. Harris, Ph.D.

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

Philip Hartman, MD

Philip Hartman, MD President Elect SMA Leadership Originally from Southwest Ohio, Dr. Hartman received his bachelors of science in Biology at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and returned to the Cincinnati area for medical school at the University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine.  After medical school, he became a...

Lawrence Carter, MD

Lawrence Carter, MD Chair - Membership Committee SMA Leadership Having been raised in North Carolina as part of a military family, Dr. Lawrence Carter appreciated early on the diversity of our population. He realized three distinct cultures in his State: Coastal flatlands, the Piedmont, and the Mountains, each with their...

Steven Strode, MD, MEd, MPH

Steven Strode, MD, MEd, MPH Chair - Education Committee SMA Leadership Dr. Strode is a family physician who has worked in private practice, academia, and government service. His undergraduate degree is from Southern Methodist University and his medical degree is from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas....

Jeff Gorke, Managing Director

Jeff Gorke, MBA Managing Director Stout Healthcare and Consulting Jeff Gorke is a Managing Director in the management consulting group leading Stout’s healthcare advisory and consulting area. He has over 28 years of healthcare experience and has provided management assistance and advisory to both large and small health systems, academic...

Reza Sadeghian MD, MBA, M.Sc, FAAP

Dr. Reza Sadeghian is a mid-career Pediatrician/healthcare executive who has gone back for additional training in clinical informatics as a fellow at the University of Washington.

Current SMJ : February 2019

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

The BUSINESS of Medicine Simplified

Business of Medicine issues are now forefront in the minds of physicians. In the high stakes game of today’s health care, physician leaders must successfully navigate a constantly changing and complex business environment to ensure their practice or organization’s survival. With the introduction of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA),...

American Heart Month: SMA’s Hypertension Courses

Current Hypertension Courses Disease Risks Treatment and Control - Blood Pressure Management This activity will review the recently published ACC/AHA hypertension clinical practice guideline; Strategic possibilities for the development of new approaches/treatments based on novel pathophysiological mechanisms for CKD progression after state 3/4; and the benefits of various classes of...

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 towards electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) adoption and transition to the new Clinical Quality Language (CQL) logic expression language for the 2019 eCQM reporting period. The January 29 session will...

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 1 Credits™. Courses are available to anyone and are free to SMA Members. Prices vary based on number of credit hours. Get started now! Become a member of SMA and get free...

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 Patients” which was provided by the Carolinas,  Georgia, Florida Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension. Through this support, ASH and SMA are pleased to present a series of sessions devoted to...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 SMA event on identifying and treating opioid abuse in July of 2017. According to a recent article form USA Today, "more than 200,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription...

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 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...

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 new policies include: Improved safety alerts when patients fill opioid prescriptions at the pharmacy Drug management programs for patients at-risk for misuse or abuse of opioids or other drugs CMS...

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, SC for another exciting year! The conference will take place  July 15-18! Not a member of SMA and want to be updated on all things Women's Health? Create a free...

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Society of 1906 & 1924 Scholarship Recipients Society of 1906 Scholarship Recipient: Paul Oh Society of 1924 Scholarship Recipient: Andres Santos

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 young man with sickle cell disease (SCD). Sickle cell disease is the first “molecular disease”, with its cause having been identified decades ago. That helped me see the connection between...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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: Charmee Mehta, BSPH -- Relation between Childhood Weight Status and Hearing Loss: A Large Sample Cross-Sectional Study 3rd Place: Tracey Dabal, MD -- Long Term Efficacy and Safety of Baricitinib in...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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. Established in 1906, SMA is a multidisciplinary, interprofessional medical association committed to providing physicians with education and information in order to provide quality patient care and lead the discussion on…

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:  Riverboat – Hands-on Lab Rehabilitation Workshop 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Lectures – Location:  Windjammer Breakout – Location:  Mobile Bay 3 Pediatric Burns Symposium 2:00 – 5:00 pm Location:  Schooner…

2018 Annual Scientific Assembly Abstract Presentations

The following abstracts were presented at the Southern Medical Association’s Annual Scientific Assembly & Special Joint Symposium of the Carolinas-Georgia-Florida Chapter of the American Society of Hypertension, October 31-November 2, 2018, in Charleston, SC.   So as not to unintentionally alter the material’s intended meaning, abstracts are presented/published as received.   2018...

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 being discovered, it is evident that healthcare cybersecurity threats are not going away. Regrettably, we saw more successful data breaches in 2017 than ever before, causing detrimental financial loss and...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 Welcome Reception Thursday November 1, 2018 6:30 am-5:30 pm Meeting Registration Open for Badge Pick-up 6:30-10:00 am SMAA Project/Exhibit Set-up & Item Drop Off for Raffle 10:00-11:00 am SMAA Project/Exhibit...

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 an unprecedented era of change. Multiple formidable challenges loom on the horizon to include: Declining reimbursements under the dominant fee-for-service payment model. An accelerating shift from fee-for-service reimbursements to fee-for-value...

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, included here as examples, but a noteworthy project may be anything that promotes awareness of our medical heritage or records otherwise unacknowledged events and significant contributions to the broad field...

SMAA: Medical Heritage

Medical Heritage – A Southern Tradition Medical Heritage is the oldest continuing project of the SMA Alliance, going back to the 1930 presidential acceptance speech of Mrs. S. A. Collum of Texas. “It has occurred to me that you might like to gather the medical romances of our Southland and publish them...

SMAA: Health Education

The SMA Alliance Health Education focus was started at the 1993 Convention where the The Eileen Martin Award was established to recognize the most outstanding state or county Health Education project. The Health Education Award of Excellence is presented to Alliance members who have made an impact in the area...

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, 1924. Mrs. Seale Harris of Birmingham, Alabama was organizing chairman and she also chaired the committee to write the Constitution and Bylaws that were adopted in 1925. Mrs. E. H....

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 the AMA Alliance for almost 30 years and a member of the SMA Alliance for close to 20 of those years. While the medical alliance does great things for community...

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 the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. He has just finished his acting internship in internal medicine. He has a budding interest in hematology & oncology...

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 medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill followed by internal medicine residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina. After residency, she...

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 medicine from the UWI St. Augustine & Cave Hill Campuses and graduated with MBBS and DM Internal Medicine degrees in 2000 and 2006, respectively. He was awarded a Barbados National...

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 the molecular and genetic basis for colorectal cancer. His laboratory examines the molecular mechanisms by which inflammation and inflammatory mediators affect tumor development and serve as targets for cancer prevention....

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 understanding and treatment of high blood pressure and vascular disease. A graduate of the University of Buenos Aires Medical School in 1963, Dr. Ferrario pursued postgraduate training in cardiology at...

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 Grand Prize Annual Award for Health Research in Cuba for his work in cardiovascular disease in Cuba. Dr. Ordunez obtained his Ph.D degree in Public Health at the School of...

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, Director, the Program for International Research Scholars, International Medicine Institute, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Raij previously served as the Director of Hypertension in the Renal-Hypertension...

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 Hypertension, Director, the Program for International Research Scholars, International Medicine Institute, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Raij previously served as the Director of Hypertension in the...

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 Cork, Ireland. He earned a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from University of London and a prevention doctorate from National University of Ireland. He spent 26 years at Johns Hopkins,...

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 Control and Prevention in their Center for Global Health. For the past 8 years, Kristy has worked the U.S. CDC. Currently she is leading the capacity-building and program implementation team...

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 his Master of Public Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his family medicine residency in the...

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 Communicable Disease (NCD) management unit at the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Taskeen is from South Africa and was previously a national technical officer for NCDs in...

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 of the Hypertension & Vascular Disease Center of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the faculties of the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Liberty University Colleges...

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 is a professor of neurology with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He joined the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in January, 2010. Dr. Sen earned...

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 Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation for the American Heart Association (AHA).  In addition, he helps to oversee the work of the AHA Center for Workplace Health Research and Evaluation....

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 of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Simpson completed his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and followed that with an internship and residency in internal...

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, and co-director of the cerebrovascular section in the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia, moved to MUSC in 2007 and assumed the titles of...

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 Medicine - Carolinas Campus in Spartanburg, South Carolina, graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1983 before completing a transitional rotating internship, psychiatry residency, and child...

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 Health System in Columbia, South Carolina.  Dr. Mark Williams was the Chief Physician Executive for Tenet’s Brookwood Baptist System in Birmingham, Alabama from 2014 to 2017. He is a past...

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 Institute. Dr. Joyner is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Andrews Institute, including physician alignment, strategic business partnerships, and affiliations and recruitment. Dr. Joyner is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon...

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 Health Sciences and Physiology and Pharmacology and a member of the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and O’Brien Institute of Public Health at the University of Calgary. Dr. Campbell is...

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) Medical Center and Professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr. Cushman graduated from the University of Mississippi School...

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 of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a world renowned cardiovascular endocrinologist and hypertension specialist. His research on hormonal control of blood pressure (BP) and hypertension has resulted in over 400 publications. He...

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 of Medicine, Greenville and serves as the Vice-President, Research in the Care Coordination Institute.  He received his medical degree and training in medicine and hypertension at the University of Michigan....

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 Clinical and Translational Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is currently a Principal Investigator on a 7-center U01 grant (DK-060984) studying factors in the progression of chronic kidney...

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 high blood pressure and vascular disease. A graduate of the University of Buenos Aires Medical School in 1963, Dr. Ferrario pursued postgraduate training in cardiology at the University of Goteborg...

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 the State University of New York. He received his medical degree from Sydney University in Australia.    His career has focused largely on hypertension and preventive cardiology. He has been...

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 Division of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he joined the faculty in 2001. His research areas of interest include approaches to treatment of patients with resistant...

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 Director of Clinical and Population Science in the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.  He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Physiology. He...

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 the State University of New York. He received his medical degree from Sydney University in Australia.    His career has focused largely on hypertension and preventive cardiology. He has been...

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 medicine from the UWI St. Augustine & Cave Hill Campuses and graduated with MBBS and DM Internal Medicine degrees in 2000 and 2006, respectively. He was awarded a Barbados National...

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 the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to the Provost for Health Affairs, Vice President for...

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 completed his internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he was also Chief Resident. He is board certified in internal medicine and is a...

David M. Joyner, MD

LEARN MORE REGISTER NOW David M. Joyner, MD David M. Joyner, MD, serves as senior vice president and executive director of the Andrews Institute. Dr. Joyner is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Andrews Institute, including physician alignment, strategic business partnerships, and affiliations and recruitment. Dr. Joyner is a...

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 of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in South Carolina. There he serves as the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound for Greenville Health Systems, helping to build point-of-care ultrasound curricula...

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 Division of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center where he joined the faculty in 2001. His research areas of interest include approaches to treatment of patients with resistant...

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 & Care Innovation for Palmetto Health in Columbia SC since August of 2016.  In this capacity he has led the construction of a comprehensive flow improvement strategy for this 4 hospital...

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 received her MD from Boston University School of Medicine in 2000 and completed her residency training at the Palmetto Health Family Medicine Residency Program in 2003, followed by a Faculty...

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 directs the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, a network of more than 150 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout and improving the well-being of health care...

President-Elect Designate: Christopher R. Morris, MD

Christopher R. Morris, MD President-Elect Designate SMA Leadership Christopher R. Morris, MD, a board certified rheumatologist with more than 25 years’ experience, is in private practice in Kingsport, Tennessee at Arthritis Associates. Additionally, he has served as a clinical educator for internal medicine residents at East Tennessee State University in...

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 Carolina since 1991.  He grew up in Anderson and is a graduate of Wofford College and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  He quickly developed a passion for...

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 Cardiovascular Health Initiative, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and a Senior Physician of the Permanente Medical Group in South San Francisco, California. Dr. Jaffe joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993, and...

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 the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and USC Associate Provost for Health Sciences - Greenville, joined Greenville Health System (GHS) in 1998. Dr. Youkey is responsible for...

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 of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. He also serves as the chief executive officer of the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group, the largest and most comprehensive group of health...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 Alabama at Birmingham with career goals of becoming a congenital heart surgeon and remaining in academia. This September he will be applying to integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency programs. Benjamin hopes to...

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 a webinar on the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. Proposed changes to the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule would increase the amount of time doctors and other clinicians...

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. Your company retirement plan can also benefit from a check-up.  A check-up or review of your corporate retirement plan is a great way to confirm that your plan is in...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 52 245 Summit Blvd Birmingham, AL 35243 Register Local and national experts share their perspectives on managing Gram-negative resistant bacterial infections, including:  New and emerging therapeutic options Appropriate use of standard...

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 SMA Services, Inc. can help you and your practice. Many of you are already taking advantage of our group insurance products and retirement services, but not everyone is as familiar with...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 General Internal Medicine/Geriatrics of the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the former Chief of Primary Care Service Line for the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston,...

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 and his style is case based, practical, interactive and fun. He is a graduate of Downstate Medical Center. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship...

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 post-graduate training at the University of Wisconsin. He is board certified in both internal medicine and adult infectious diseases and is actively participating and meeting all requirements stipulated by the...

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 University of Georgia. He served his residency in Hospital Pharmacy at the Medical University Hospital in Charleston, SC in 1972. He completed his formal education by receiving his Doctor of...

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 University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio where she specializes in breast surgical oncology. In addition to her clinical practice, she is interested in mindfulness based techniques for...

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 after completing a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is an active board...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has held this position since 2001.  Dr. Thomas has been named one of the “Best Doctors in...

World Hypertension Day

World Hypertension Day May 17, 2018 Today is World Hypertension Day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 American in 5 who lives with high blood pressure doesn't know he or she has it. With SMA's mission to improve quality of patient care through multidisciplinary, interprofessional education,...

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 New Brunswick, NJ, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.  Dr. Balica completed his residency OB/GYN, UMDNJ-RWJMS, New Brunswick, NJ, US Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine - Englewood...

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, DC. She is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of California at Davis with a BS in biological sciences. Following graduation from college she spent...

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 the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where she is director of the Palmetto Health Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. She previously worked at Clemson University as a...

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 New Jersey, born and raised in Bergen County. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a Bachelor of Science. She received her medical degree from Rutgers-Robert Wood...

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 University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. There he serves as the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound Education for the residency program and 3rd year clerkship, as...

Meet the Chairs: Nancy A. Phillips, MD

LEARN MORE REGISTER NOW Nancy A. Phillips, MD Co-Chair Dr. Phillips is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Her clinical interest is in vulvovaginal health, with an emphasis on vulvodynia. Other...

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

LEARN MORE REGISTER NOW Veronica K. Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP - Conference Chair Dr. Piziak is Emeritus Director, Division of Endocrinology and Director of the Diabetes Center for Scott & White in Temple, Texas. She has attained the rank of Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology at Texas A&M University College...

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

LEARN MORE REGISTER NOW Donald J. DiPette, MD, FACP, FAHA - Co-Chair Dr. DiPette is currently the Health Sciences Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. He has previously held the positions of Special Assistant to...

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 opportunity.  "Pearls at the Bedside: An Approach to Augmenting the Physical Exam with Pocket-sized Ultrasound", will be presented by Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS (Assistant Professor of Medicine at the...

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 - a one day agenda packed with expert speakers in an affordable location - look no further! SMA is happy to introduce, "Cancer in Women: Screening, Prevention, and Survivorship". Chaired by Dr. Michael...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 Retirement Plan Development, effective April 1, 2018. Mark is one of the most experienced retirement planning representatives in the country with more than thirty years in the financial and insurance...

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 SMA’s Medical Summit Conference, November 4, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. His Presidential Address focused on key elements of the Association’s mission statement … quality, patient care, and education. Dr....

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

SMA – Community Collaboration

SMA is pleased to collaborate with the Safe and Healthy Homewood Coalition to present the accredited activity "Marijuana and Opiate Abuse: What's the Connection?" Event Date:  Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Event Time:  8:00 - 12:00 pm Location: Samford University College of Health Sciences Fee: $20 Register Today: https://goo.gl/sHwrRM This lecture will...

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 African American woman licensed to practice in Alabama, one of the first campus-based doctors in the state of Alabama.   Bio:   Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson, MD, earned her Alabama state medical...

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 posts; others to lead us in science, medicine, education and social progress here at home.” — Lyndon B. Johnson Washington's Birthday, or Presidents' Day, honors the life and work of...

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 Mobile, AL November 8-11, 2018 Get more information about the conference For questions about  anything related to the conference, contact Vicki Baugh at vickib@sma.org; phone 800-423-4992, ext. 620. Conference Highlights Preconferences:...

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% Student Loan Refinance Fixed Rates: 3.15% - 8.12% Private Student Loans: 4.21% APR - 9.69% APR Private Student Loans Variable Rates: 4.21% - 9.27% Private Student Loans Fixed Rates: 5.36%...

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 focus that covers a broad range of topics relevant to physicians and other healthcare specialists, including medicine; surgery; women’s and children’s health; mental health; emergency and disaster medicine; public health...

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 women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go...

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 SMA’s Medical Summit Conference, November 4, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. His Presidential Address focused on key elements of the Association’s mission statement … quality, patient care, and education. Dr....

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 state-by-state basis. The report is a great tool to measure progress, identify emerging trends, and drive action for improving public health. The rankings have been broken down into four core...

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 & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will issue new Medicare...

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 you have many options when it comes to your end-of-year giving. Why not choose the Southern Medical Association? We are using your gifts to improve patient care by providing funding...

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 options when it comes to your end-of-year giving. Why not choose the Southern Medical Association? We are using your gifts to improve patient care by providing funding for scholarships, research...

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 have been able to: Create thousands of hours of educational programming, Publish more than 45,000 scientific peer-reviewed journal articles in the Southern Medical Journal, Invest millions of dollars supporting scientific research...

Happy Holidays

Southern Medical Association wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Click To View Video Card Starring Donald DiPette (President), David Avery (President-Elect), Philip Hartman (President Elect-Designate), Ajoy Kumar (Immediate Past President), and Ben Carmichael (Past President).

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 (ACCME). During their November 2017 meeting, the ACCME awarded Southern Medical Association reaccreditation for the next four years, as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. This accreditation is...

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 Angiogram Findings   https://s3.amazonaws.com/smaorg-bucket/video/Assembly/2017+Annual+Meeting/Abstracts/Baloch.mp4

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 because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." -Ralph Waldo Emerson Southern Medical Association wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

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 today. In January of 2012, her high school ex-boyfriend brutally attacked her by stabbing her 32 times in the neck, face, arms, and hands attempting to take her life. The...

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, BS Scholarly Concentrations Program USF Morsani College of Medicine Tampa, FL   1st Place Poster Award at SMA's Annual Medical Summit and Scientific Assembly Abstract LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of...

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 2018 Southern Region Burn Conference in Mobile, AL. Resident/Fellow Oral Presentation Awards 1st Place – An Adjusted Ideal Body Weight Index Formula with FFP Rescue Decreases Fluid Creep During Burn...

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 SMA’s Medical Summit Conference, November 4, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida. His Presidential Address focused on key elements of the Association’s mission statement … quality, patient care, and education. Dr....

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. The opinions expressed in this series of articles are his own. In Dr. Gosney’s words, “I am an avowed advocate for physicians and physician-led medical care. Although the views expressed...

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. Petersburg, Florida and the The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club were absolutely beautiful and the weather could not have been better. We heard from excellent speakers on...

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 and women who have served in our military to protect our country and ensure our freedoms. On this Veterans’ Day, we honor you.

PulsePoint Launches in Huntsville

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- A joint agency endeavor launched a free smartphone app called PulsePoint for all of Madison County. The app alerts citizens trained in hands-only CPR when someone in a nearby public place suffers sudden cardiac arrest. The program is sponsored by the 911 Center of Huntsville-Madison County....

Current SMJ : November 2017

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

2017 Medical Summit Abstract Presentations

The following abstracts were presented at the Southern Medical Association’s Medical Summit and Annual Scientific Assembly, November 2-4, 2017, in St. Petersburg, FL.   So as not to unintentionally alter the material’s intended meaning, abstracts are presented/published as received.   2017 Poster Abstract Presentations 2017 Oral Abstract Presentations

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 1 hour to Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00 am local standard time instead.

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 package includes health and dental insurance, 403(B) matching program, seven paid holidays, 16 accrued annual days and 11 accrued sick days. Employees get an extra five accrued days after 5...

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 as low as $300/annually. The Southern Medical Association has created a highly discounted medical malpractice insurance program for SMA Members available to physician practices of all sizes and specialties. A...

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 October 1 thru December 15, 2017 We have competitively priced coverage available for Physicians, their family members – as well as their office staff. Term Life Accidental Death & Dismemberment...

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…

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,…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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%…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 there may be vacancies on the full-time faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery. Physicians, Ph.D.s and other qualified individuals interested in being considered for both tenured and non-tenured academic faculty…

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 ACHE F2F Continuing Education Credits and 8.5 Continuing Education Credits for Nursing Home Administrators in Alabama UAB’s Ambulatory Care and Non-Acute Care Summit will explore the many segments of the...

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 Association tradition for leadership to create a JibJab video to ring in the holidays. This year we invite you to help us decide which one will become SMA's Official Holiday...

Are you feeling sleepy?

Lack of sleep could be costing the US economy up to $411 billion per year. Insufficient sleep has been declared a public health problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults in the United States are not getting enough sleep on a...

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 Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee.   Oral Presentation Winners 1st Place: When Statins Get Physical Christopher Jackson, MD 2nd Place (tie): PPI and Nephropathy: An Uncommon Diagnosis Related to a Common Medication….

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 the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia: Fellow/Resident Oral Presentation Awards 1st Place – First-in-Human Use of a Novel Photoplethysmography Imaging Device to Investigate Blood Flow in the Microcirculation of…

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 certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Kumar has been a member of SMA since 2007 and has served in several leadership roles for SMA, including Associate Councilor and Councilor for Florida,…

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 in attempt to, as he says “make America great again,” he has promised to dismantle the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA, PL 111-148), also known as Obamacare. “We will...

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 will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Interactive Case Studies in Dermatology." After having heard didactic lectures on hair loss, itching and benign skin neoplasms, it...

“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 will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "“I’m Losing My Hair!” Alopecia and What to Do About It." Hair loss is a common patient complaint. In...

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 increase risks for patients, officials say. In fact, the ACGME says, the longer work hours could make patient care safer and would also improve medical training by giving young doctors...

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 will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Benign Skin Tumors: Diagnosis and Management Made Simple." Benign skin tumors arise from epidermis and related adnexal structures (such...

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 will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "The Itchy Patient: Why Patients Develop Pruritus." Itching is a common complaint. In this presentation, the speaker will briefly...

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 will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Medical Evaluation and Management of Osteoporosis." This presentation will outline the basic evaluation for patients with osteoporosis, and reasons...

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 will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Update on the Newer Diabetes Drugs: Wow Has the List Expanded." The armamentarium of drugs for diabetes has expanded...

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 virus is forced to take drastic measures. Bats, genetically engineered organisms, and toxic chemicals are used but in the end, the community pays a high price. Not to mention, and...

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, AGAF, FACP will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Cases in GI and Hepatic Disease." In this session, Peter  will present several interactive case presentations that...

Medicare Open Enrollment

Act now - Medicare’s open enrollment period is October 15 - December 7. No need to spend time tracking down quotes from multiple companies. We do all the work for you.* No obligation to buy.* No fear of being hounded by sales calls.* No long forms to fill out.Let us...

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, AGAF, FACP will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Primer on LFTs:  A Guide for Primary Care Providers." The assessment of elevated liver function tests is...

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 healthy habits? Can it be done? Should it be done? According to The World Health Organization (WHO), "consumption of free sugars, including products like sugary drinks, is a major factor...

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, AGAF, FACP will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Improving Quality of Life in Your Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome." Irritable bowel syndrome affects millions of...

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 cell recycling or autophagy. In the 1990s Ohsumi pioneered our understanding of autophagy using baker’s yeast to learn how a cell digests and recycles parts (especially older or damaged parts)...

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, AGAF, FACP will address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Celiac Disease:  The Great Masquerader." Celiac disease has been diagnosed in approximately 300,000 individuals in the US....

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, a colleague, a world renowned, internationally respected orthopaedic surgeon, a true family man, a strong physician leader/educator, and humble, down-to-earth Southern gentleman. There aren’t too many people in this world…

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 the SMA-IRA Program, offering Traditional, Rollover and Inherited IRA’s IRA funds are invested in a Guaranteed Interest Account.  Each quarter, a new rate is given for deposits/transfers made within that quarter. …

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 the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "The RUC and Also MACRA, FYI." Attend this session to learn about what to expect over the next few years as...

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 Introductions 10:32 Medicine & Medical Subspecialties Demyelinating Thalamic Lesion Presenting with Symptomatic Paroxysmal Hemidystonia Vrushali Shah, MD 10:44 Medicine & Medical Subspecialties A Rare Case of Non Compaction Cardiomyopathy Sukhdeep…

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 questions and much more during his lecture, "Consistency, Quality and Cost - Why Reducing Variability in Health Care Matters." While medicine is generally considered a scientific discipline, there are often...

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 published in the September 12, 2016 issue of Nature Genetics. These studies lead to new approaches for the treatment of hypertension. More than 340,000 population samples were used to look...

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 Advance Planning.”  The course provides specific solutions for providers to overcome barriers when speaking with patients and their families about advance planning for end of life decisions, whether the situation...

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 can take as long as 2 weeks for the vaccine to become effective. By now you probably have seen an advertisement or two regarding flu shots, which typically become available...

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 mutual benefit of all healthcare stakeholders – including the patient. Lastly, with the threat of increased denials due to continued use of nonspecific diagnosis codes starting on October 1st, there…

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 questions and much more during his lecture, "Hot Topics in the Hot Tropics:  Cases in Travel Medicine." Using cases, the focus of this session will be on organizing the approach...

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 50 years of vaccinations, but at the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), measles was officially declared as being eliminated from the Americas. Vaccine-preventable...

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 Riding a Roller Coaster," published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, urologist David D. Wartinger and his colleagues at Michigan State University provide evidence in support of claims...

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 questions and much more during his lecture, "Cases from the Beeper:  Great Questions and Teachable Moments from the World of Infectious Diseases." This highly interactive case-based session will provide the...

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 the quiz questions and much more during her lecture, "Current Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening and Management of Abnormal Results." The guidelines for routine cervical cancer screening and management of abnormal...

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 quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain." Opioid abuse and misuse has reached epidemic proportions in the US. To address this, states...

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 meeting (http://sma.org/assembly)!  We will be in Chattanooga in the late fall, a beautiful time to be in the mountains. Topics include: Recognizing/treating common dermatological conditions. Appropriate lab tests, medication use/monitoring…

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 that “where both parties agreed in part for 12 months after ICD-10 implementation, Medicare review contractors would not deny physician or other practitioner claims billed under the Part B physician…

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 Medical Association for 2016-17 at a Leadership Dinner held during KMA’s Annual Meeting in Louisville.  Dr. Swikert was also installed as President of the KMA Alliance for 2016-17. Dr. Swikert is a long-time…

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 is honoring her daughter’s life and legacy by giving back and raising awareness about pediatric cancer. How It Began When her daughter Elaine was diagnosed with metastatic alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, Laura…

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 fight for her life after being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, I know to never take anything for granted. That’s because this disease is so deadly – around 3,000 people are...

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 the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "Recognizing and Managing Common Dermatological Conditions." Upon completion, attendees should be better prepared to: Differentiate common skin lesions and diseases; Identify...

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 address the quiz questions and much more during his lecture, "New Drugs Update." This session will provide new, updated, clinically relevant (and where available, evidence-based) information regarding newly approved medications...

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 is a former member of the Southern Medical Association from Boca Raton, Florida. Dr. R. Bruce Shack Named Dean of UTHSC College of Medicine in Chattanooga Dr. Shack is a…

Know Before You Go

by Deb Peabody My husband recently fell seriously ill on an extended vacation to France. The hotel physician referred him to the American Hospital in Paris. She told us to get our insurance documents out and be ready to use them. I wasn’t too concerned. We had foreign travel insurance…

Seismic Shifts

by Joan K. Lingen, MD, FACOG First it was hormone replacement and the results of the Women’s Health Initiative study which caused profound confusion among both medical providers and the general public. Next came recommendations to significantly change cervical cytology and HPV screening. Lastly, there have been conflicting recommendations about…

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.  Smartphones are capable of recording high-quality sound and video and are now everywhere and easy to use. Smartwatches can be out in plain sight and are becoming more and more...

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 our members and customers.  A few important things to note this month: Prescribing Controlled Substances:  Earn 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ while learning about benzodiazepines, addiction disorder, and prescription…

Medical Kiosks

  Increases in the rates of heart disease and diabetes mellitus and the cost of routine testing prompted innovators in the early 2000s to develop medical technologies for easy-to-use and portable preventive care that would enable remote monitoring, especially beneficial in “medical deserts” and foreign locales. Several technologies, including the…

Body Cameras and Medicine

Everywhere you go, there you are. Especially on camera. For better or worse, we are now inured to being observed almost constantly. The Orwellian “eye in the sky” is nearly ubiquitous, even in medical facilities. The benefits to patient/family and staff safety are obvious. But there are other reasons a…

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 as an outpatient. CMS instructed physicians to generally admit patients expected to be in the hospital twenty-four hours or more but noted that a patient’s admission would not be covered…

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 risks, side effects, drug-drug interactions, etc. as well as expanded FDA approved indications which may not be widely known by the audience. Gaps exist primarily because the busy primary care…

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 in the healthcare system and avoid risks related to inappropriate treatments. Since its inception more than 70 medical specialty societies have participated, and as a result, recommendations on over 400 overused…

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 have published new guidelines for prescribing opioids for patients with chronic pain and have required physicians to receive instruction in prescribing opioids. Steps have also been taken to limit the…

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 retirement of your dreams? Do you need to open a Health Savings Account to help with those ever rising healthcare costs? Does your current life insurance still fit your needs?…

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 received by September 28th, 2016 can earn 1.50% through June 30th,  2017. For more details, call Terri Carroll at 1-800-423-4992, ext. 170.

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 have the consent to settle? Does your malpractice policy allow you to decline settling and fight unjust claims in court to the very end? If you have a “Consent to...

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 plan to help you save money and pay off your student loans.  The student loans webinar recording is about 30 minutes and will teach you: Where to find the details...

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 difficult and filled with chaos. Change is not necessarily detrimental and may even prove to be beneficial in many ways. Most people, clinical and nonclinical alike, agree that some degree of change is necessary for the…

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 the viability of such an endeavor. In fact, drones in one form or another, including hot air balloons and kites (commonly referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs]), have been…

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 largest belts in the United States—the “Stroke Belt.” Many are not aware that the reasons behind their wearing these large belts put them at high risk for cerebrovascular accident, or...

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 American Medical Association (AMA) today announced online resources for physicians considering their choice of new payment models that emphasize prevention, wellness and coordinated care. “With physicians facing critical decisions about…

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” conference July 18-21, 2016 at the beautiful Kiawah Island, SC Golf Resort. This conference is designed for physicians and healthcare professionals with an interest in women’s health. If you are…

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 This event is an energizing learning resource for all burn care disciplines at any level of experience.  For meeting details, or to have your abstract be a part of the…

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.   By:  Cara Clark Take a moment to open Google Maps, and zoom in on the northwestern corner of the United State where you’ll find a thin blue line wending its way…

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 virtual place to make mistakes and learn rather than a real place to make mistakes and perhaps permanently injure or at worst, cost someone his or her life. The earliest…

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 world’s accessibility of our systems!  We are currently under a siege/assault by computer hackers who are attempting to hold patient care information hostage. They are placing “ransomware” in/on hospital and…

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 “one size fits all” endeavor. CME is no exception. We believe Quality CME involves three I’s… Identifying problems Implementation of solutions Improvements that are measurable To this end, SMA proposes…

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 the majority of the 4.4 million Americans 40 years of age and older who are visually impaired or blind, and postmenopausal women are more at risk of certain eye conditions….

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 to changes in the practice of health care, physicians, from their medical student days onward, are required to spend less time writing than previously. This has raised fears that the…

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 Week is intended to highlight the need to reduce harm in health care. It will be held in 2016 from March 13-19, during which time The National Patient Safety Foundation…

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 you could enjoy an all-inclusive vacation, plus network with your colleagues, make new friends and come away with your CME obligations fulfilled while cruising the incredible sites of Alaska?  Here...

The Reason Why

The following editorial by Lucius M. Lampton, MD, appeared in the December, 2015 issue of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association and appears in this issue of the "SMA Pulse" with permission from the JMSMA Editor and Managing Editor.  In addition to serving as that Journal's Editor, Dr. Lampton is also...

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 will directly impact providers participating in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Under the proposed rule, CMS would modify the bench marking process for long-term financial incentives for ACOs that demonstrates…

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 the need for organ donors. Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine, but despite continuing advances in medicine and technology, the need for…

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 value care in the United States. Practices working toward the Triple Aim may increase physician burnout and thereby reduce their chances of success, warned Drs. Thomas Bodenheimer and Christine Sinsky…

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 keep in mind our due diligence regarding E&M coding (and the documentation required to support the levels of services & codes selected). Regulatory agencies are giving physician practices one fiscal…

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 this practice tend to center around a) infection risk and b) the possible impact on the doctor-patient relationship. Many prominent doctors are calling for a “bare below the elbows” (BBE)…

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 corporations from practicing medicine or employing a physician to provide professional medical services. The aim is to prevent unscrupulous profiteers having an impact on patient care. Corporations are in some…

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 season. Our hope is that this time of year is cause for reflection and focus on the many blessings in your life. We all face adversity and struggle through difficult…

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 costs as well as benefits. Although EHRs are designed to improve access to medical data such as medical history, medication, allergies, and diagnostic test results, and to avoid duplication of…

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, so your application can be approved by the deadline. Be sure your patients’ drugs are covered by enrolling now.  Two free ways to enroll in Medicare, so you can prescribe…

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 will be observed December 6-12. In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established NIVW to emphasize the need for flu vaccination awareness through the holiday season and...

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 to be quiet on the practice front.  We all are working diligently to continue to provide quality-of-care to our patients and balance the fine line of communicating that care to...

“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 reposted on the updated SMA website for informational purposes. Over the past four years, the Southern Medical Journal has been blessed with excellent Editorial Board members, authors, and reviewers. We...

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, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia were unified in the association’s mission: “To improve quality of patient…

The New Threat of Medjacking

  Alongside the rise of advanced medical devices, the threat of a new crime called Medjacking is growing. This is the name given to the crime of highjacking medical devices, which poses a potentially lethal threat to patients and carries the risk of leaking sensitive medical data. Healthcare information is…

National Family History Day

  On Thanksgiving Day, the US Surgeon General is encouraging families to take the time to discuss health issues that affect them specifically. We know that family health history is an important part of routine medical care, and Thanksgiving has been National Family History Day since 2004. It was created…

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 disproportionately on government payments due to their size, smaller assets and financial reserves, and higher percentages of Medicare patients. Workforce shortages and rising healthcare liability premiums are driving costs higher…

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 non-occurrence…and I must admit the Earth did not get swallowed up and disappear from the universe. We are all still here. It has been a quiet transition, and I’m so…

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 Association’s Annual Scientific Assembly held October 29-31 in Destin, Florida: BEST ORAL PRESENTATION AWARDS 1st Place- $200 Award Palliative Care Options for Patients with End Stage Renal Disease Declining Hemodialysis Sally…

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 who register! Take a look at all that the 2016 Conference has to offer!

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 the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. If you’ve never been… wait… what? Sandestin’s Baytowne Wharf is beautiful in the fall. Cool breezes gently blowing in over the bay,…

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 them. Satisfaction rates with EHRs, however, are rapidly falling. EHRs are intended to create a seamless flow of information within healthcare infrastructures, allowing data to be available whenever and wherever…

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. This annual campaign includes events held by thousands of organizations, all hoping to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education, and research. Regular breast self-exams are crucial, but many people…

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 hearing from you. We will share some of your comments next month. Betty B. Bibbins, MD, BSN, CHC, CI-CDI, CP-EHR, CP-HIT Founder and CEO, Executive Physician Educator DocuComp LLC Have…

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  email: benefits@smaservicesinc.com

2015 Scientific Paper Abstracts

  The following abstracts have been accepted and are scheduled for either ORAL or POSTER presentation as indicated below during Southern Medical Association’s Annual Scientific Assembly taking place October 29-31, 2015, in Destin, Florida:         Friday, October 30, 2015, 1:45-3:15 pm ORAL ABSTRACT PRESENTATIONS TIME TITLE PRESENTER…

Southern Region Burn Conference

The premier educational event of the Southern Region will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas, Texas on November 20-22, 2015. Check out just some of the terrific activities below. * 61 Live Abstract Presentations * 40 Poster Presentations * Tour the Parkland Regional Burn Center * Rehabilitation Workshop…

“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 Update” conference this December in New York City. At $275 per night (plus tax and fees), the SMA conference rate at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan is a fantastic bargain for…

Physicians: Burned Out

The problem of physician burnout is receiving an increasing amount of attention and concern. Sadly, physician burnout is becoming a greater problem in the US healthcare system, sometimes beginning as early as medical school. Physicians with burnout suffer from any combination of irritability, moodiness, anger and hostility, reduced job satisfaction…

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 sudden trauma causes damage to the brain either by the force of impact or by piercing the skull and entering brain tissue. An estimated 5.3 million Americans are living with…

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 the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. If you’ve never been… wait… what? Sandestin’s Baytowne Wharf is beautiful in the fall. Cool breezes gently blowing in over the bay,…

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. The disease originated in Africa, where there is currently an outbreak. The outbreak is mainly affecting three countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of September 1,…

“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 Affordable Care Act. Our current medical model today consists of  maintenance preventative medicine with the emphasis being on treatment of disease after being diagnosed. That is where the majority of…

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:  “SMA President’s Special” CME and SMA Membership Package $295.00 Package Includes:  Up to 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM AirMed – Premiere air ambulance service 1-Year Online Subscription to the…

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 Patient Conference. http://sma.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Diana-Collins-Testimonial.mp4 In Their Own Words I continually save up very difficult cases and present them to the faculty... have always been able to get my questions answered and...

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 the year for business and I purchase the majority of my airlines ticket through SMA Tours. They provide excellent customer service and always work diligently to find the best ticket…

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 being upheld by the Supreme Court we must now start working toward the goals of this future direction of healthcare. Namely population medicine and health. Let’s begin to look at…

National Immunization Awareness Month

Every August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) draws attention to the importance of immunizing adults and children. A wide range of events and activities are held, focusing on increasing public knowledge about immunization. This year NIAM activities are being coordinated by the National Public Health Information Coalition, which has created…

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 model. For patients with complex or long-term conditions in particular, their care requires a host of experts to reach a successful outcome: perhaps a primary care physician, nurses, physical and…

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 Ray, MD, vice president of The Physicians Foundation says, “America’s physician workforce is undergoing significant changes. Physicians are younger, more are working in employed practice settings and more are leaving…

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 in Mental Health for a special issue to be published in 2016. The Journal welcomes manuscripts in the following topic areas, but other contemporary topics will also be considered: Transcranial...

“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 one came up. Never really hard to find and we can’t understand why everyone is not a member of this great organization. Really, for the price you get so much…

“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 the Social Security Act that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In the coming days, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will recognize the impact these two programs have had…

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 focus on the prevention of viral hepatitis, “…a chronic and fatal disease affecting millions of people”. According to the WHO, viral hepatitis causes both acute and chronic disease. Approximately 400…

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 no federal law barring guns from hospitals. Laws in health systems vary by state, with some states, including Texas, designating hospitals as gun-free zones. Such bans, however, may not stop…

Calling Dr. Google…

With nearly 90% of US adults now regularly accessing the Internet, the Web is increasingly being used as a tool for self-diagnosis. A national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center shows that 1 in 3 American adults has used the Internet as a diagnostic tool for medical issues. Of…

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 (ICD-9) codes October 1, 2015. The ICD-9 code set is more than 30 years old and is no longer considered usable for modern treatment, reporting, and payment processes. The 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 comradery of wonderful southern people, please join us...-Susan Rish

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 the readership of the Journal. During the past decade, important issues in clinical medicine have received renewed emphasis in American health care, including evidence-based medicine, quality-of-life issues, patient safety and…

An Overview of Telemedicine

With the widespread availability of the Internet in many countries, medical science and practice have developed new strategies to meet patients’ needs. One such approach is telemedicine, which aims to improve patient care and the efficacy of treatments through the use of electronic means to transfer medical data from one…

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 medicine are becoming more widely accepted as an effective way of reducing medical errors and improving the healthcare system. Essentially, the term refers to situations when students from two or…

Rose Kuplesky – Testimonial

We all have one thing in common and that is for the betterment of our community and the betterment of medicine...-Rose Kuplesky

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 the page. New Practice Guidelines – This document was prepared to be used as a guideline for physicians starting their your own practice. Detecting Employee Embezzlement – Video will discuss warning signs of employee theft,…

“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 and for our futures. It’s our most valuable asset.  And it deserves protection. Our income earning potential can be protected with disability income insurance, which provides income if you are…

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 an automatic 2% penalty for non-participation in reporting PQRS measures by eligible solo providers and GPRO group practices. PQRS is the quality reporting program that uses negative payment adjustments to…

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 for medical licensure.  Current states mandating the pain management content are California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and West Virginia. This July,…

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 21st!  Space is still available, so register today! Event:  SMA’s Osteoporosis Bone Club – May’s Topic:  ONJ Fee:  No fee, REGISTER EARLY! Date/Time:  Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7:00-8:00 p.m. Central…

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 and mimic the real experience of cigarette smoking without exposing the smoker or those around them to conventional smoke. Research suggests that nicotine-containing e-cigarettes are beneficial in helping smokers quit,…

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 doctors. The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) funding formula has ended and a bill called the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” (H.R.2) will now take effect. It replaces…

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 – whether the patient improves completely, becomes chronic in status, or expires from the process. Therefore it is very important that physicians capture the potential expectations of morbidity and mortality…

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 add new depths to our language of communicating the practice of medicine.  We are good in communicating physician-to-physician, clinically – speaking, about the practice of medicine.  However, when we speak…

“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 not so much.  On top of that, you have to spend dozens of hours every year in Continuing Education to keep your license valid and learn the new developments that…

“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 to help people in our communities and in our nation... -Donna Gosney

“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 bill known as HB 1136, has been signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson authorizing NPs and PAs to prescribe the hydrocodone combination products as is specified in their collaborative practice agreement….

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 be the case since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) came into force. The PPACA, or Obamacare, has helped 14 million Americans gain insurance coverage, expanding medical insurance…

Introducing “SMArt Documentation”!

Welcome! In this series we will discuss relevant, important documentation tips that will help all physicians capture their severity of illness and medical necessity in the inpatient and ambulatory settings. We don’t have to wait for ICD-10 to begin to document more appropriately so that third-party payers and regulatory agencies…

“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 for medical licensure.  Current states mandating the pain management content are California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and West Virginia. This July,…

“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 any electronic processes or communication methods being used in health care. In short, it was any healthcare application that took advantage of the Internet. Think electronic health records, clinical decision…

“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 chromosome, the Southern Medical Journal has made available “Care of the Adult Patient with Down Syndrome”, a review article from the November 2014 issue. Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring…

“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 Medicine degree in 1864 and afterward began practicing medicine as a general practitioner in Boston. When the Civil War ended, Dr. Crumpler and her husband, also a physician, moved her…

“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 80,000 refugees come to the United States each year, and an additional 700,000 illegal immigrants enter annually, and three-quarters of these illegal immigrants come from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and…

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.  Just Click Here to view. Don’t miss the 2015 conference!  Dallas, Texas’s new Parkland Hospital and Burn Center – set to open on August 20, 2015 – will be the…

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 the SMA-IRA Program, offering Traditional, Rollover and Inherited IRA’s IRA funds are invested in a Guaranteed Interest Account.  Each quarter, a new rate is given for deposits/transfers made within that quarter. …

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 conference focusing on women’s health including plenary sessions, focused specialty education for OB/GYN’s and Primary Care, and two afternoon workshops – Pain Management: Opioid Prescribing Education and Physician Documentation and…

“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 the area of general neurology. This position is part of cooperative initiative with the Department of Neurosurgery, and will involve joint appointment in the two departments. The responsibilities include clinical…

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 a Systems and Support Administrator with the skills necessary to manage and maintain a Windows-based infrastructure. This position is responsible for ensuring that the hardware and software are running and…

“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 Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida Why Attend?  Quality Education at a Beautiful Location! Focused osteoporosis education, including: diagnosis, developing a management strategy, monitoring patients on treatment, possible long-term…

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 what are the real facts? The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or Obamacare, increased Medicaid reimbursement rates for primary care physicians to the same levels as Medicare, through…

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 are some changes to tax forms related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or Obamacare). For the first time, individuals need to report health care coverage on…

“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 R. Morris, MD, as Councilors for Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee, respectively.  Drs. Hartman, Rogers, Owens and Morris assumed office following the SMA Annual Scientific Assembly in Destin, Florida, October 30…

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 to wish you and yours a pleasant holiday season filled with warmth and friendship.  In the midst of the chaotic healthcare environment, this season should offer a time to pause and…

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 to use education account money before the end- of-the-year or want to make sure you get your time off on the 2015 calendar now?  For whatever reason, if you wish…

“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 become of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)? The PPACA was passed on a party-line vote in 2012, and since then, Republicans have attempted many times to significantly…

“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 Society of 1924 Scholarship.

SMA Installs New President

The Southern Medical Association (SMA) is proud to announce the installation of Mark S. Williams, MD, MBA, JD, CPE as President for 2014-2015. A native of Alabama, Dr. Williams received his Medical Degree in 1980 from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. In 1995 he received his Master…

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 schedule, with more than 50 CME topics from which to choose! Participating is EASY!    Browse topics by subject area and when you are ready to make your selection(s), sign-in to the site…

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, FL Early Registration Deadline is December 17, 2014! Act Now To Save Up to $200 $100 for registering prior to deadline; SMA Member registration discount $100! Not a Member? Join…

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 about the Ebola Virus.   View the Presentation The Ebola virus is one of approximately 30 viruses which can cause hemorrhagic fever.  The virus derived its name from the Ebola…

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 Annual Scientific Assembly held October 31-November 1 in Destin, Florida : BEST ORAL PRESENTATION AWARDS 1st Place Rare Geode-type Bladder Stone Formation – A Case Study Lawrence M. Wyner, MD…

“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,…

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…

“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 NEWSROOM, here. In case you were not able to attend the seminars live, on site, in Destin, FL at the Annual Scientific Assembly or via Webcast – we have added…

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, as well as network with leaders and members of the burn care multidisciplinary team.  The conference provides an opportunity to obtain Advanced Burn Life Support certification, experience an all-day hands-on…

2014 Scientific Paper Abstracts

The following abstracts have been accepted and are scheduled for either ORAL or POSTER presentation as indicated below during Southern Medical Association’s Annual Scientific Assembly taking place October 30-November 1, 2014, in Destin, Florida: Friday, October 31, 2014, 1:00-2:00 pm ORAL ABSTRACT PRESENTATIONS TIME TITLE PRESENTER 1:00 pm Welcome and…

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 via The Wall Street Journal website. An opinion published in the September 11, 2014, The Wall Street Journal by Dr. Mark Sklar, an assistant professor of medicine at Georgetown University…

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, using, of all things, a hot pink cell phone called a “Mum’s Phone.” The World Health Organization has stated that approximately 800 women each day die during pregnancy and childbirth,…

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 open enrollment period for those not eligible for Medicare begins November 15, 2014, and ends February 15, 2015. With open enrollment right around the corner, millions of Americans will resume…

“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…

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 people, a lot of selfies being snapped, tickets in-hand for a Broadway show, and some folks just amazed they are standing in the middle of Times Square in NYC.  Picture…

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 a prominent doctor from Maryland, however, the song may never have been written. A well respected citizen of Upper Marlboro, Dr. William Beanes had been captured by the British for…

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 difficulties) “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it”. – Edmund Burke (1729-1797) It is now 13 years post-9/11. Most teenagers might have some recollection, younger individuals probably no…

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 the homemaker by offering financial protection in the event of a disability. For more information, please call 1-800-423-4992 ext. 150 or email benefits@sma.org.

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 15, 2014 for a January 1, 2015 effective date.  Please call 1-800-423-4992 ext. 150 for more information. The Medicare Open Enrollment period is October 15,  2015 through December 7, 2014…

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 with breast cancer annually, and 40,000 die from Breast Cancer. READING SUMMARY:   A report by an economist, Giulio Zanella, University of Bologna, and Ritesh Banerjee, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine,…

“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 for Excellence in Nursing at its 10th Annual Awards Luncheon on September 3 in Houston, Texas. Good Samaritan created the Excellence in Nursing Awards to recognize nursing’s “best and brightest.” Nurses are nominated…

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 for ICD-10 implementation in 2015. For that reason, CMS will be sponsoring free, in-person training focused on how smaller practices should prepare for ICD-10. Note that these are in-person classes….

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 the most widely used Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) modifier and can be broadly applied. CMS reports some providers incorrectly consider it to be the “modifier to use to…

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 your chance to experience a unique, interactive learning opportunity!  Plan now to attend SMA’s 17th Annual Osteoporosis Conference, February 20-22, 2015, in Destin, Florida to see how SMA is putting “texting…

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, multidisciplinary teams, current and relevant issues, and achievements of the Southern Region Burn Centers.  There is a lot going on and some of that work is highlighted in the first…

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 on September 30, 2014! Have you considered trying on-line education and just have not taken the time?  Beginning now through the month of September, as a “thank you” to our…

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 pm.  Our experts will outline information that is required to be incorporated into clinical documentation within the patient’s medical record to avoid being denied by 3rd party payers because of…

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 Member registration discount Not a Member? Join SMA at a discounted rate of $195 (another $100 Savings) and register for the conference and receive the member $100 registration discount!  See…

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!   1. What is a Live Webcast? A webcast is streaming audio and video of a conference, which you may watch live from your home or office computer. 2. Can multiple…

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 or office computer.  All you need is internet access, a personal computer or laptop, access to your computer’s speakers, and several hours of “quiet” so that you can close the…

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 volume, rates, investments” in the June 23, 2014, issue of Modern Healthcare. Modern Healthcare conducted an analysis of 200 hospitals and health systems (not-for-profit and investor-owned organizations were reviewed) and…

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. Much has been written and said recently regarding Robin Williams and factors that led to his suicide. It is not my place to discuss the “whys” and “what ifs” of…

“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 across the country hold their annual “White Coat Ceremony”, it is interesting to note how the white coat emerged as the pre-eminent symbol of medicine. Until the late 19th century,…

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. I treat many indigent patients who struggle day to day just to make ends meet. Many times they cannot afford the office visit or their medications. I love and care…

The Value of Membership

We are always looking for those tangible or intangible benefits of belonging to SMA and the SMA Alliance, and today another one came up.  Reasons are never really hard to find, and we can’t understand why everyone is not a member of this great organization. Really, for the price you…

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 interest among Doctors. The delay comes after physician groups from around the country asked for more time to disclose relationships and the system had to be shutdown last week for…

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 and frustrations are evident.

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 Tel: 800.423.4992, ext. 144 Fax: 205-945-1830 E-mail: kmclendon@sma.org Website: http://sma.org/medical-dilemmas SMA To Hold Continuing Medical Education Conference for Physicians and Healthcare Professionals in New York This December FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:…

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 in the July, 2014 issue.  The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Fifty Years at…

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 been a lot of fun asking people if they are as sick as I am of hearing about ICD-10. Invariably, the “yes” response is unanimous. It’s also fun to tell…

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 processing volume at no cost for your first 90 days!* Call 800-613-0148 or fax three months of merchant statements to 800-297-3405. This limited-time offer expires August 31, 2014. *Merchant account…

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 not yet completed residency to treat patients in underserved parts of the state.  The law will take effect on August 28. Through a new “assistant physician” license, medical school graduates…

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 begins at “fertilization” and the formation of a zygote. On the other, life begins after fertilization when the zygote “divides and differentiates” and successfully attaches to the uterine wall. The…

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 importance of teaching kids proper technique to reduce the likelihood of concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). The NFL has reportedly reduced the number of concussions by 13 percent last…

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 for July 28-31, 2014 at the East Beach Conference Center of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. Elizabeth O. Ofili, MD, MPH, FACC is a Professor…

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 Clinic has been experiencing increasing difficulties in ordering the fluids it needs, including being told such products have been back-ordered with estimated delivery dates still unknown. According to Mrs. Kupleksy,…

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 ICD-10 (if and when it actually comes to pass) needs to be re-evaluated. ICD-10 will merely be the language by which your public face to the outside world (Your coding…

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 practice setting. In a report released by the OIG in May titled Improper Payments for Evaluation and Management Services Cost Medicare Billions in 2010, the OIG announced that Medicare inappropriately…

Location – Location – Location

SMA’s 11th Annual Medical Dilemmas in Patient Care Conference is set for the ultimate location –  The Westin New York Grand Central!  Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, this all-newly renovated Westin hotel in NYC offers Westin signature features and unmatched service for an exceptional stay.  The convenient location near…

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 in the June, 2014 issue. The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Discrepancies in Cardiovascular…

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 place October 30-November 1 in Destin, Florida.  If so, you already know that our leadership has planned a great educational agenda. Concerned about being out of town for Halloween?  It’s never…

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 Your Practice Thursday, July 10, 2014, 5:30-7:00 pm (CST) $20 Registration Fee View Webcast – requires Internet connection (live) – Click here to Register The Affordable Care Act is going to impact most…

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 of healthcare quality, access, efficiency, and more.  In summary, the U. S. system once again ranked poorly in comparison to previous report updates, coming in last on the final overall…

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 in the May, 2014 issue.  The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Acromioclavicular Osteoarthritis:  A…

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,  Alliance activities, how to register and make hotel reservations, and much more! Each month between now and October 30, (the day the Assembly begins in Destin, Florida), look for features online…

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, 2014 at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  After midnight on Wednesday, the registration fee automatically increases by $100.  You know you want to be there, so don’t wait. Register NOW…

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 Dilemmas in Patient Care conference in New York this December.  This education, designed to help you safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics, is…

Did You Know

No US president has ever died during the month of May. The only US presidents born in May are Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy. Source: The (UK) Express

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 Sciences in Little Rock and new member of the Southern Medical Journal Editorial Board. SMA: You are a surgical resident at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and your…

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 our 401(k) plan compare to other plans?” So, plan sponsors will ask their advisors to benchmark their plan versus industry averages to see how their plan measures up. Should we…

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 opioids for pain management.

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 in the April 2014 issue.  The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Hyperuricemia, Gout, and…

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 Medicine, discusses indications and contraindications to portable testing treatment options and troubleshooting CPAP problems. This presentation was recorded during SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly in November 2013. Click here to view…

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 revenue while cutting costs, accounts receivable, physician compensation plans, detecting employee embezzlement, minimizing the likelihood of RAC, ZPIC and other audits, selling a medical practice, and much more! Attend in…

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 2, compiled by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace.

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 Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and received her MD from De La Salle University.  She completed her General Psychiatry Residency at Georgetown University in 1996…

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 the 17th time to the Sustainable Growth Rate since its implementation in 1997. Two other costly and controversial provisions will also be delayed – the implementation of the ICD-10 code…

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 a bill that also delays ICD-10 implementation until at least October 2015 and postpones hospital compliance with the controversial “two-midnight rule” and recovery audits of medically unnecessary claims until March…

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 free online resource built with the help of physicians in small practices. Available on the Provider Resources page at cms.gov/ICD10, this tool is intended to help small medical practices jumpstart…

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 drugs of abuse, ways to rapidly identify and refer drug abusers, and pharmacologic tools they can use. The lecture focuses on new drugs of abuse and their hazards, new methods…

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 in the March 2014 issue. The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. “Advance Care Planning…

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 proud to have been the guiding forces behind the legislation that ultimately led to the resolution signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 that designated March 30 as “National…

Did You Know?

On March 30, SMA will celebrate National Doctors’ Day in honor of its physician members throughout the United States.  Test your knowledge of the origin of National Doctors’ Day with these fascinating facts:  The first Doctors’ Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Medical Auxiliary,…

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 Peace member, Dr. Shamieh has been involved in volunteering in medical missions to needy countries all over the world, particularly the Palestinian West Bank and the Holy Land area.  His…

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 the coast of Cancun, with four of her friends (all doctors’ wives).  Unfortunately, while touring one of the buildings, Mrs. Ballard fell and sustained a spiral fracture of the left…

“Match Week” Reminder

National Residency Match Day is this Friday, March 21, and SMA is excited for our senior medical student members who will soon learn where they will receive specialty training in their chosen field.  As you begin your transition from student to resident, don’t forget your membership in SMA will not…

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 and dosing schedule.  Past attendees say, “Dr. Wayne Weart is like a walking PDR.” And “I look forward to this lecture every year to keep me up-to-date on new drugs…

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. Martens, MD, FACOG, presents “Hot Topics in Obstetrics and Gynecology,” recorded during SMA’s Assembly November 2013 in Destin, Florida. Hot Topics in Obstetrics and Gynecology What are the latest FDA…

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 in the February,2014 issue. The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. “Sports Concussion Management:  Parts…

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, as the SMA Councilor representing members in their state.  Dr. Avery earned his bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College and his MD degree from Suny Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. …

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, Regina. 2000. The Circulatory System. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House Publishers.

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 401(k) plan benchmarking? It is the process whereby the employer (called the plan sponsor) may measure the competitiveness of his/her retirement plan across the industry. The fee benchmarking process creates…

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 M. Nixon signed the HMO Act, physicians and providers authority for care decisions and control over reimbursement has been steadily eroding almost to the point of non-existence. The power of…

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 of cancer combined. And it’s not just “an old man’s disease.”

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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 Madison Hotel Washington, DC Join SMA and Auburn University this March in Washington, DC for the Medico-Legal Aspects of Healthcare conference featuring a curriculum providing professional overviews on governmental policies,…

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 Golf & Beach Resort/Baytowne Conference Center in Destin, Florida! Taking place over Halloween weekend, temperatures in Destin are favorable to enjoy all of the festivities that Baytowne Wharf has to…

“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 Scientific Assembly in November 2013 in Destin, Florida. New Drugs Update The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is approving new medications at a fast pace, there are new warnings…

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! Participating is EASY!  CLICK HERE to browse topics by subject area and when you are ready to make your selection(s), sign-in to the site using your existing SMA username and password. If you have not…

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 published in the January 2014 issue.  The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. “Diabetic Ketoalkalosis…

SMA Physicians’ Survey 2014

Attention physicians who are licensed to practice in Alabama or surrounding states! Take a moment to complete our short survey! We are in the process of planning educational meetings to take place at our headquarters office located at 35 W. Lakeshore Drive in Birmingham, Alabama, or to be broadcast live…

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 Scholarship Winner. Brian was awarded the scholarship during the SMA/SMAA Presidents’ Installation and Awards Luncheon at the SMA Scientific Assembly in November. Brian is a third-year medical student at the…

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 year, every physician, hospital, and treatment facility that provides medical care will need to start using the ICD-10 code set. It will impact everyone within your practice and it is…

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…

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…

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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.        

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 evolved, there has been much more focus on fee disclosure and fee transparency. Plan sponsors want to know how their plan compares to the average plan in their industry with…

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 of South Carolina. Dr. DiPette earned his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall and his MD degree from Pennsylvania State University. He is board certified in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology…

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 at the forefront of clinical thinking and practices. The SMA Group Membership program is available to US medical practices and academic institutions.  Group is defined as three or more people receiving a paycheck from…

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 at the University of Maryland detailing why “Exercise may be the best medicine for Alzheimer’s disease”. Here is what he had to say. This is a very interesting study and…

Fascinating Holiday Facts

  The first candy cane dates back to 1670 in Germany. Today more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made for the holidays. The U.S. Postal Service delivers approximately 20 billion cards and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Each year, approximately 5,800 people go to the emergency room due…

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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 Edinburgh and London during the next Comparative Healthcare Systems conference to be held June 5-16, 2014.  A comprehensive itinerary and finely detailed arrangements combine to deliver a distinctively memorable educational…

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 named 2013 Physician of the Year by the Pinellas County Medical Association in Florida. Dr. Pell is an award-winning pulmonologist with more than 40 years of experience in the treatment…

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: “Effect of Patients’ Awareness of CAD Risk Factors on Health-Related Behaviors” examines whether awareness that one has a modifiable risk factor correlates with healthy behavior regarding that risk factor. The…

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 President-Elect for 2013-2014.  Established in 1906, SMA is a multi-specialty medical association committed to providing all physicians with leadership and advocacy tools through education and information so physicians continue to…

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 Southern Medical Journal. More than 50% of members responded “yes”, they would like to receive the SMJ in print and because SMA strives to fulfill the needs of our members:…

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 media outlets, it is critical for physicians to protect their professional identities and reputations. Now more than ever it is important to be wary of the misuse of our professional…

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 2013-2014.

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 Skills Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Broome recently participated in SMA’s Member Spotlight and here is what she had to say: 1. What do…

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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 Tampa for the upcoming conference to be held November 15-17, you can now join us from your office, home, or anywhere an Internet connection is available.   Webcast Benefits: Up to…

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 care organization (ACO)?  Answer: Medicare will automatically share “almost” all your assigned patient’s medical information with you and your ACO, including medical conditions, prescriptions, and visits to other medical providers….

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 has the solution! Southern Medical Association now offers more than 75 accredited on-line topics!  • Fees start at just $25 for SMA members • Courses vary in length, from 30…

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 and benefits of performing an emergent upper EGD.  Clinical Scenario:  You are the gastroenterologist on call for a major metropolitan hospital.  You are asked to consult on a 56-year-old male…

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 the Central Alabama Chapter of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA). Sickle cell anemia is the most common form of sickle cell disease (SCD). Sickle cell disease occurs…

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 in Linn Park downtown Birmingham. This annual event raises money for local research, education and screening treatment programs. Join Kendra Blackmon, Wendy Erhart, JoAnn Owens, Debbie Cleghorn and Courtney Zanghi…

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 (PPACA) for many reasons: too much big government; too much top down; and too many rules, regulations and business process all sandwiched between the Health Information Technology for Economic and…

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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 is frightening. What support should I look for to know I have made the right choice? Answer: To succeed, you and the ACO need to find ways to consistently and cost-effectively…

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 November 14-17, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  REGISTER NOW and save up to $100. Don’t miss this opportunity to earn up to 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, as well as…

“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 Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas as Chief, Department of Surgery, and Professor of Surgery, at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Brennan recently participated in SMA’s member…

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 to shop for and compare individual policies. In addition, the Small Businesses Health Options Program (SHOP) is available for businesses wishing to shop for and compare employee health insurance plans….

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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 you with all of these through an endorsed Medical Liability Insurance program. SMA Services, Inc. has partnered with Southern Protective Group (SPG) to offer a wide range of medical professional…

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. 620  Sponsored by Southern Medical Association in collaboration with Mississippi Professionals Health Program  Southern Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. …

Physician Explains Pediatric Transplants

As part of its series recognizing Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, SMA spoke with Frederick Goldman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Director of the Lowder Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at Children’s of Alabama. About Transplants The Lowder Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation…

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.  There are more than 30 curricula on the Office of Adolescent Health’s website that are considered evidence-based programs that have been shown to influence sexual behaviors among our youth.  How…

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, Executive Director, AIDS Services Coalition This year marks the 10th anniversary of the AIDS Services Coalition and 1-2-1 Haven House in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a favored project of this month’s SMA…

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. Medicus offers you the best: Personal, caring service Risk management resources Access to multiple states Exceptional claims defense Financially strong & stable – part of the NORCAL Group ACCME-accredited risk…

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 in the United States. In recognition of September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, SMA recently spoke with Joseph Pressey, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham,…

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 Manager of Make-A-Wish Alabama. Make-A-Wish America is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to “…grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with…

2013 Scientific Paper Abstracts

  The following abstracts have been accepted and are scheduled for either ORAL or POSTER presentation as indicated below during Southern Medical Association’s Annual Scientific Assembly taking place October 31-November 2, 2013 in Destin, Florida: ORAL ABSTRACT PRESENTATIONS  (Saturday, November 2, 2013) Time Title Presenter 6:55 am Welcome and Introductions Clement…

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 the Taking on Life After Cancer (TLC)  Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program at Children’s of Alabama, the only multidisciplinary clinic in Alabama specifically for survivors of childhood cancer. As survival rates…

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 ICD-10 diagnosis code set. The revised CMS-1500 form (version 02/12) will replace version 08/05. The revised form will give providers the ability to indicate whether they are using ICD-9 or…

“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 of Southern Medical Association, retired from the practice of medicine in 2008. A native of McDonough, Georgia, Dr. Carmichael was Hattiesburg’s first board-certified cardiologist. He was inspired to enter medicine…

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 “Current Approaches to Diagnosis and Management of Rhinitis,” and is available in SMA’s new on-line Education Center. Current Approaches to Diagnosis and Management of Rhinitis Rhinitis affects >20% of the…

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! Participating is EASY!   CLICK HERE to browse topics by subject area and when you are ready to make your selection(s), sign-in to the site using your existing SMA username and password.  If you have not…

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 October 31-November 2? It’s not too late! Our block of rooms is filling quickly, but there is still time to register for the meeting and book your reservation at our incredible group…

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 the most exciting and historical cities of Europe – Denmark, Copenhagen and Berlin, Germany.  The physicians are enrolled in Auburn University’s Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program and this event on…

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, November 15-17, 2013. This event is an energizing learning resource for all burn care disciplines at any level of experience. The curriculum focuses on evidence-based medicine, treatment modalities, rehabilitation advances, disaster planning,…

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, and networking opportunities all held in fabulous locations. Now, here’s our chance to “reward” you for inviting new attendees to discover SMA, or to bring back colleagues who have not…

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 RELEASE: SMA To Hold CME Course on Cardiovascular Disease, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology and Oncology in New York this December Southern Medical Association (SMA) will hold its 10th Annual Conference on…

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 have several offers in place to help save you money! First, you need  to register on or before the EARLY registration cut-off date of August 26 to avoid the registration fee…

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 “Major Sleep Disorders Among Women,” and is available in SMA’s new on-line Education Center. Major Sleep Disorders Among Women Disruption of sleep causes adverse health outcomes and poor quality of…

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! Participating is EASY! CLICK HERE to browse topics by subject area and when you are ready to make your selection(s), sign-in to the site using your existing SMA username and password. If you have not already…

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, 2013.  This year, the conference will be held at a new venue, the Westin New York at Times Square. You will enjoy all of the wonderful amenities of the Westin properties,…

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 Association (AMA) and other organized medical groups. Due to an unforeseen downturn in the cost of a “fix”, this year, politicians are attempting to craft a solution quickly. This is…

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 our online Education Center for those who could not attend the conference or prefer to obtain their CME online. After two years, these videos are no longer eligible as CME…

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 of the Southern Medical Association from 1994-1995 and as Chairman of the SMA Services Board for several years.   Prior to being elected President of SMA, Dr. Cancellaro represented Association members…

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 than 50 CME topics from which to choose including: Women’s Health Pain Management Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Ethics Family Medicine Disaster Preparedness and much, much more! Participating is EASY! CLICK…

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 the most exciting and historical cities of Europe – Denmark, Copenhagen and Berlin, Germany. The physicians are enrolled in Auburn University’s Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program and this event on…

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 Quality Improvement Act.” H.R. 2810, the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, is a bipartisan effort to transform the Medicare physician payment system in a number of…

“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 of Houston. He has been a member of Southern Medical Association since 2002 when he joined to participate in the insurance program. Dr. Matamoros attended the University of Colorado where…

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 Southern Medical Association from 1990-1991. Together, Dr. Barnett and his wife, Roberta Barnett, made SMA history as she was also elected to serve as President of the SMA Auxiliary for…

Meet Your New Leadership

SMA is pleased to announce the appointment of Clement P. Cotter, Jr., MD, MBA, Donald J. DiPette, MD, FAHA and Peter Roger DeVersa, MD, FHM, MBA, as Councilor-Elects for Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee, respectively.  Drs. Cotter,DiPette and DeVersa will assume office following the SMA Annual Scientific Assembly in Destin, Florida,…

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 at school, a great ballgame or trip to the beach, graduation, and everyday life in between. Now imagine  your child experiencing those moments without clear vision. August is Children’s Eye Health…

Summer Safety

Steven Baldwin, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham Jennifer Price, MA, Managing Editor, Southern Medical Journal Summertime is a time of year that many people look forward to. The warm and sunny weather is invigorating and allows many opportunities for people to engage in outdoor activities. But…

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 Comic-Con event came to a close last week, the lingering images of its costume-clad attendees propel us to note that Halloween is only three months away. Are you ready?  Sure, it’s…

“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 the University of Mississippi School of Medicine where she earned her medical degree and completed her residency in anesthesiology at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.  Dr. Schwartz has…

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 Clinics” returned 240 choices related to managing pain. Angie’s List ranked third in a Google search for “pain management clinics in Birmingham Alabama”. It’s reasonable to assume patients would use…

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 alliance in Bartow County (GA). Most of us had no idea what an alliance did or was but she guided us through the process and I fell in love with…

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 neural circuits in mice  that are involved in the ability to learn and alter behaviors. The findings  help to explain the brain processes that govern choice and the ability to…

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, according to  data published in the Morbidity and  Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) released today by the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention (CDC). The 30-year low in 2010 was seen…

Poll: Do you believe obesity is a disease?

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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 health care professionals, has been redesigned to make the site easier to use and provide new information for consumers. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner…

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 (DRGs). Errors included incorrect coding, insufficient medical record documentation, and medically unnecessary services to support inpatient admissions. Significant coding errors were identified for incorrect sequencing of the principal diagnoses for…

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 providers, payers, and vendors across the health care industry to prepare to use the new codes for services provided on or after October 1, 2014. Providers should plan to test…

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Members benefit from the years of experience offered by SMA Tours personnel in servicing domestic and international travel needs, in addition to offering a wealth of services provided by our in-house Certified Meeting Professionals. Call 800-239-7444 to begin your experience today.

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 recent discussions, Teva Women’s Health Inc., requested FDA approval to market its drug without age restrictions. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rejected the request concluding, “…the data…

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 colleagues and I gathered to show solidarity and support for tort reform in our state. Organized by the Missouri Tort Reform Coalition, our “white coat rally” was held in response…

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, compiled by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace

“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 Lindsay Israel-Gaines, MD!  Dr. Israel-Gaines attended the University of Florida (UF) where she earned her undergraduate and medical degrees.  She also completed her psychiatry residency and her child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship…

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 Tours this fall. The exclusive opportunity to explore Cuba is organized and operated by Go Next, Inc., which has been issued a People-to-People license by the U.S. Department of the…

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 Sand” conference held May 23-28 in Destin, Florida. Sponsored by MSMA’s Young Physician’s Section, the conference featured CME sessions, family events, and numerous resort activities over the Memorial Day holiday…

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 the top 5 ICD-10 implementation tasks practices should be accomplishing right now along with start-to-finish transition steps necessary to achieve a successful transition.  For more information or to register, please…

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 errors can easily occur. When they do, who loses? You do. No matter how THOROUGH you and your staff try to be, chaos causes confusion which potentially can lead to…

Poll: Have you started ICD-10 Implementation?

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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 Health Plans LLC v Sutter stating, “We conclude that the arbitrator’s decision survives the limited judicial review  §10(a)(4) of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA or Act), 9 U. S. C….

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 the October 1, 2014, transition to ICD-10, there’s been a good deal of discussion about the many new codes ICD-10 offers and how clinical documentation will be affected. ICD-10 Captures…

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 poster presentations during SMA’s 2013 Annual Scientific Assembly to be held October 31-November 2 in Destin, Florida. As a multi-specialty association, SMA welcomes abstracts for any topic or specialty, as…

Armed Forces Week

This Armed Forces Week, SMA salutes its physician members serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard and Reserve units for their service, sacrifices and commitment to caring for our nation’s warriors.

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 transition.

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 systems 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 the importance of physician, patient care, and healthcare system preparation for unexpected disaster or terrorism events, the issue is open to both SMJ subscribers as well as non-subscribers. “No longer…

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 added eight new and three updated FAQs to the website.

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 standards and share our values. As a trusted partner, you are as well aware as we are that a successful ICD-10 transition is critical to the financial viability of your…

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 for the ICD-10 transition, contact any third-party billing services that you use to make sure they are actively planning for ICD-10.

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 to be sure you continue to plan to ensure a smooth transition to meet the October 1, 2014, deadline.

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 of the Affordable Care Act that provides increased payments to certain primary care physicians. The new rule raises rates to ensure doctors are paid the same for treating Medicare and…

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 women with disabilities. To learn more about breast cancer screening visit www.cdc.gov/RightToKnow.

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, it will be important to meet with your ICD-10 Project Team regularly to discuss transition activities, challenges, and needs.

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 will need to communicate regularly to help ensure a smooth transition.

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 more than 20 years in cities all across the United States. For more information visit 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 the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

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 legislative debate (and rhetoric) will continue through the election cycle, the many aspects of this unwieldy and complex piece of legislation become even more embedded into the processes of healthcare…

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 the issues and refinement of healthcare reform.

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 been met with opposition, with many calling it a detriment to men’s health. The Southern Medical Association spoke with Peter N. Schlegel, MD, FACS, the James J. Colt Professor and…

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 co-authored,

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 a nation, in managing one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases.

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 ICD-10 from October 1, 2013 to 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 Society for Burn Survivors “¢ Identify priority needs of burn survivors and grieving survivors involved in a large-scale fire “¢ Discuss potential support resources to assist their psychosocial recovery and…

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 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 advancement of one Board member to the position of Associate Editor. The appointments are effective January 1, 2012, with a three-year term for new Board members and a two- year…

Disability Insurance

$1,000 of Long Term Disability Without any evidence of insurability. For New Physician Members under age 65.   Click here for more information.

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 additional 20%! Southern Medical Association and Audio-Digest Foundation are collaboratively working to bring you the best in Continuing Medical Education (CME). Audio-Digest publishes clinical lectures in a variety of multimedia…

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 older drugs…new cautions…and news about “natural” remedies. Get Recommendations you can trust. Prescriber’s Letter cuts through the drug company hype…the managed-care influence, etc.  We’re completely independent. We do not have…

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 $100 cash rewards bonus after qualifying purchases. Apply for the new BankAmericard Cash RewardsTM Visa Signature® credit card for the Southern Medical Association that rewards customers with cash back on all of…

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 some of the leading experts in the payment processing industry on our staff, we know what it takes to help our merchants and partners grow their businesses and achieve lasting…

Consumer Products

Great deals on “consumer products”  from Bose Electronics, Hartmann Luggage, Oreck , and Swarovski Silver Crystal. Email Vicki Johnson at vjohnson@sma.org or call (800)423-4992 and ask for Vicki at extension 124 to find out more.

Autoflex Auto Leasing

Autoflex Auto Leasing is America’s number one auto leasing company and has been the choice of thousands of individuals and businesses since 1982.   Just one call to Autoflex Auto Leasing and you are in touch with our exclusive “FLEXLEASE”, an auto lease plan which offers every make and model,…

Magazine Subscription Service

Save up to 50% on popular magazine subscriptions for your office waiting room. Over 200 of the leading publications are available through this service. Order all your magazines from one source once a year. SMA will match any advertised price to make sure you receive the lowest pricing. Examples include:…

Philips Heart Start Defibrillator

The PHILIPS HeartStart Defibrillator discounted for SMA Members! The PHILIPS HeartStart OnSite Defibrillator is the first defibrillator available for commercial and institutional users without a prescription. It is designed to be the easiest to use and most reliable defibrillator available. Can be used on anyone of any age, including infants…

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 hearing on the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) payment formula.

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 the northern half of Alabama, as well as our adjoining states.

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 FierceEMR.com, there’s probably not much debate over the issue that healthcare disparities exist nationwide