News and upcoming events from the American Medical Association medical student chapter at LSUHSC in Shreveport The AMA-MSS strives to be the medical students' leading voice for improving medical education, advancing health care and advocating for the future of medicine.
2017-2018 AMA Executive Board
BEN ZEICHNER, President
NICOLE CROZAT, Vice President
ADNAN FAZILI, Treasurer
BRANDON TOY, Medical Student Outreach Program Coordinator; Fundraising Chairperson
BROOKE WILMORE, Medical Student Outreach Program Coordinator
KENT BROUSSARD, Secretary
CAROLINE HAGAN, Legislative Chair
RICHIE DIAZ, Legislative Chair
RAQUEL CANDAL, Community Service Chair
GEORGE SMITH, MSIII Class Rep
JIMMY BROWN, MSI Class Rep
SHAAN PATEL, MSI Class Rep
AMA MSS LSUHSC-Shreveport News Media Publications:
Congratulations LSUHSC Shreveport School of Medicine Class of 2020!!
The AMA Tribute to the Medical School Class of 2020 The AMA will will host a national, virtual celebration to honor the 30,000 medical students who are graduating this spring.
OPPOSE HB 864: Medical School MATTERS!
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses -APRNs- (Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), and Nurse Practitioners (NP) are using the COVID-19 pandemic to promote legislation telling lawmakers that they are currently working without the need for a Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) and things are just fine without Louisiana’s “unnecessary and antiquated rules and regulations.” HB 864 is a bad bill with huge implications!
HB 864 gives to APRNs by legislation what they did not earn by education. We encourage everyone to make sure your legislators know that MEDICAL SCHOOL MATTERS!
Support physician-led healthcare teams and join the Physician Coalition of Louisiana in opposing HB 864!
It’s that time of year again! Be sure to come check out the AMA Student Group’s Residency Speed Dating event on Tuesday, April 23, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the BRI. You will rotate through a variety of residency programs, during which time you will learn about program requirements, research opportunities, scores, and other pertinent information directly from residents and program directors. This is an excellent chance to learn about future career options and make connections with leaders in our LSU community. Chick-fil-A will also be provided for dinner at 5 p.m. Please sign up for the event at the link below so arrangements can be made for dinner.
👏🏻 Congratulations to our faculty advisor, Dr. Lee Stevens, for becoming the 139th president of the Louisiana State Medical Society!!
Join us in welcoming our 139th president, Lee Stevens, MD!🎉
The AMA had its Interim meeting in National Harbor Maryland last weekend. Here are the highlights if anyone is interested in what we’ve been up to. https://wire.ama-assn.org/ama-news/highlights-2018-ama-interim-meeting
Highlights from the 2018 AMA Interim Meeting Catch up with the news from the AMA House of Delegates’ meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.
From the legislative committee:
““Excessive E/M documentation requirements do not just take time away from patient care; they also make it more difficult to locate medical information in patients’ records that is necessary to provide high quality care”
Legislative update! CMS has emphasized the reduction of administrative burdens as one of their key priorities for healthcare- a “Patients over Paperwork” initiative- and potential changes to our Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes as part of the proposed 2019 Medicare physician payment rule* may dramatically change the way physicians document clinical visits.
Yesterday, our AMA signed onto the attached letter** with ~150 state and national medical organizations in response to the proposed changes, highlighting three efforts that would take serious steps towards alleviating the documentation burdens of practice.
“1. Changing the required documentation of the patient’s history to focus only on the interval history since the previous visit;
2. Eliminating the requirement for physicians to re-document information that has already been documented in the patient’s record by practice staff or by the patient; and
3. Removing the need to justify providing a home visit instead of an office visit.”
I want to point out that current E/M codes, such as those pertaining to single and multi-organ system examinations, date back to 1997 and 1995 documentation guidelines. I believe Dan Diamond touched on this in a recent episode of Politico’s Pulse Check, but most of us here have never seen an alternative method. Changing a practice that has been established for 20+ years is not without risks, so the letter closes by urging that CMS and the Administration “…work together with the medical community on a mutually agreeable policy that will achieve our shared goal of simplifying E/M documentation burdens while mitigating any unintended consequences.”
*The proposed rules: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-proposes-historic-changes-modernize-medicare-and-restore-doctor-patient-relationship
**The AMA’s press release: https://www.ama-assn.org/150-groups-send-letter-proposed-changes-physician-payment-rule”
150 Groups Send Letter on Proposed Changes to Physician Payment Rule | American Medical Association The AMA and 150 health groups sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on the proposals included in the 2019 Medicare physician payment rule.
Update from the head of MSS:
“We hope you'll be joining us this year at our MSS Interim Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland from Nov 8-10th!
Registration is now open: https://www.ama-assn.org/sections-interim-meeting-registration-travel-hotel
We will be posting meeting documents to our MSS meeting page as they become available: https://www.ama-assn.org/mss-interim-overview “
mss-interim-overview | American Medical Association MSS Interim Meeting Nov. 8-10, 2018, National Harbor, Maryland Agenda & Important Dates Download the meeting app or review key dates and deadlines for the MSS Interim Meeting. Registration, Travel & Hotel Register for the meeting, book tickets, make travel arrangements and reserve child care. Meetin...
The AMA sent comment to CMS this past week opposing several provisions of the proposed Kentucky Medicaid waiver (including work requirements):
"The AMA believes everyone deserves quality health care. As physicians, we regularly confront the effects of lack of access to adequate care and know that Medicaid is an important—and often the only—source of consistent care for low-income individuals... We urge CMS to reconsider the impact that the restrictive elements of the proposal could have in potentially costing tens of thousands of patients their access to critical medical care."
- AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD
Our concerns include:
- Community engagement / work requirements: "The AMA opposes work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility; we believe that such requirements will negatively affect access to care and lead to significant negative consequences on individuals’ health and well-being."
- Restrictions on retroactive eligibility: "Retroactive eligibility is a vital element of the Medicaid safety net, designed to protect vulnerable, low-income patients from further financial hardship and encourage them to seek care when needed, rather than risk exacerbating a health condition by delaying care."
- Lock-out periods: "[L]ock-outs are overly punitive and will increase the number of uninsured residents in Kentucky while increasing the burden of uncompensated care on the health care system. This proposed policy fails to consider the harsh reality faced by those living in poverty for whom income and hardship can be unpredictable."
GRAF Update - 2018 Midterm Elections
Quick GRAF update coming in hot! Learn more about the most highly contested Senate and House races for 2018 Midterms at the links below. More information on Get Out the Vote MSS-initiatives to come in the next few weeks! As always, if you have any questions about a specific race in your state or region (or just in general), feel free to email me at [email protected].
Real Clear Politics:
AMPAC is the bipartisan political action committee of the AMA. The website tracks relevant election news coverage, upcoming AMPAC events, and AMPAC news!
Charlie Cook Political Report is one of the most reliable resources for analyzing and tracking federal elections. Charlie Cook's idea was to create a non-partisan newsletter that would analyze American political campaigns from the perspective of someone who actually had worked both in campaigns and as a pollster:
Nate Silver's 538 website is a great way to take a break from medical school studying and read up on the 2018 election, sports, economics, culture, and science and health:
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Save the Snapchat you take with our filter and post your best photo using the hashtag #AMAShreve. You might be featured on the national American Medical Association - Medical Students page!
Class of 2021 AMA Members: Post your photo and like our page, you will be entered into a drawing on Tuesday, August 1 for a chance to win some helpful items for medical school!
Thanks to the Social Media & Design Team at the AMA headquarters for designing the Snapchat filter that will be running throughout orientation week for new medical students!
Today the American Medical Association House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for state medical boards & the NBME to #EndStep2CS!
Medical students across the country were well-represented due to your support at the local level. This is what the AMA can do for you, it's not just about free books and JAMA subscriptions. We can make real change happen, and we did that today.
Thank you all for playing your part.
Landslide decision by the AMA to declare gun violence as a public health crisis!
#AMAproud #AMAmtg #endgunviolence
One of our region 3 members:
Rohan Shah (@RMShah91) posted a photo on Twitter Get the whole picture - and other photos from Rohan Shah
Quick update from the MSS General Assembly in Chicago: Delegates from our school and others in Region 3 are hard at work voting on policy in the Annual MSS Meeting. Region 3 is doing a great job passing resolutions this year, and so far we have passed 4/4 of our proposed resolutions. Special thanks to Will Estes (Texas A&M), as well as our Oklahoma Delegation for giving some fantastic testimony in support of our resolutions. Two more days until the HoD begins! If you're interested in reading about the HoD resolutions that have been proposed, follow this link, download the handbook, and scroll down to the resolutions! (Page 102 begins the resolutions)
2016 AMA Annual Meeting - Reports & Resolutions The following DRAFT resolutions are subject to change. Final documents will be made available to the House of Delegates on or before Sunday, June 12.
Special Thanks to our AMA members in LSMS who represented us this weekend at the House of Delegates Conference! The student section had a great showing this year and put up a strong fight for some awesome resolutions including GME Expansion and Student Loan Repayment protections, as well as stood up against some measures that would have cut our representation in the HoD.
Fantastic Job, LSMS-MSS Delegates!
Hello Members! We are proud to announce that LSU Shreveport had a huge turnout at the Interim Conference in Atlanta this weekend! We were well-represented in many areas including leadership positions, research poster presentations, voting delegates, and even those who simply came to network and become more involved. While in Atlanta, we were able to vote on all sorts of resolutions involving organ donation, drug-pricing reform, medical tourism, medical school curriculums, and many many more!
During downtime, we were able to market our school's journal, the AMSRJ by passing out fliers to student researchers and inviting them to send in submissions. We also managed to get one of our AMA officers into a Region 3 leadership position as an Alt Delegate to the national AMA conference in Chicago. To top it all off, we made a ton of new connections with schools in our region and picked up a a lot of cool, new ideas.
We had several victories for our school this weekend, many personal victories too. Also, wow, can it be mentioned that Atlanta has some fantastic Indian food? Anyway, I hope you all had a great time at Interim Conference, and for those of you that didn't make it, we hope you get a chance to come to the Advocacy Day/Region 3 Conference in March! More pics to follow, have a wonderful Sunday afternoon Y'all!
Attention AMA members! Dr. Barish will be giving the 2nd Annual "State of the School" Address this Tuesday, September 15th from 12-1pm in the 8th floor lecture hall. LUNCH PROVIDED.
This is a great opportunity to hear about everything going on behind the scenes at our school, and did I mention FREE LUNCH. Hope to see you all there!
Record-breaking Match sees higher percentage of unmatched seniors Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 75 percent of DO students were placed in the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) Intern/Resident Registration Program. The below story makes it clear that 75 percent of DO students who participated in the AOA match were placed. At the conclusion of the largest Main Residency Match in the history of the National Resident Matching Program (N**P) last week, about 6.1 percent of U.S.
Check out our latest Region 3 newsletter here- GME action week, resolutions, and more!
AMA R3 Newsletter #1 AMA Region III has hit the ground running as we begin a new school year. Check out the major highlights coming up and how you can get involved!
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The AMA-MSS LSUHSC-S chapter strives to be the medical students' leading voice for improving medical education, advancing health care and advocating for the future of medicine. This chapter is located at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana and a membership of 300+ medical students. This MSS is a branch of the American Medical Association and work directly with the Louisiana State Medical Society.
2018-2019 AMA Executive Board
BRANDON TOY, President
SHAAN PATEL, Vice President
JIMMY BROWN, Treasurer/Medical Student Outreach Program Coordinator
BROOKE WILMORE, Secretary
BEN ZEICHNER, Legislative Chair
NICOLE CROZAT, Legislative Chair
RAQUEL CANDAL, Community Service Chair
ADNAN FAZILI, MS IV Class Rep
BLAKE BOUDREAUX, MS III Class Rep, LSMS Delegate
ANDREA LEMUS, MS III Class Rep
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