Joseph E. Gutierrez, MD
President of OSMAP
News and Latest Information
Forum Program to Address BIG DATA in November
The Forum for Medical Affairs has selected the topic of BIG DATA for its Annual Educational Program. On Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 1-3pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, The Forum will present: "Big Data: Panacea of Pandora's Box?" A panel of three distinguished speakers will explore how the explosion of data in healthcare will impact the practice of medicine, clinical decision-making and the financing of healthcare in the future. Click here for a copy of the program flyer. Stay tuned for more details.
OSMAP Elects New Leaders
Congratulations to the following newly elected OSMAP officers for 2015-16: PRESIDENT - Joseph Gutierrez, MD (District of Columbia); VICE PRESIDENT - Richard Warner, MD (Kansas); and SECRETARY - Albert Kwan, MD (New Mexico).
OSMAP Draws Large Attendance
Well over 200 physician leaders and senior staff, most of whom were representing state medical societies, were treated to another strong and informative OSMAP Meeting on June 5th at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The agenda for this meeting can be found here: General Membership Meeting. Robert Wah, MD, AMA President, provided an update on AMA advocacy and priorities, including SGR Repeal and ICD-10, and responded to numerous questions. Attendees also received important updates on the activities of the Physicians Foundation and the AMA/State Medical Societies Litigation Center. Hot topic state discussions focused on out-of-network transparency in health plans (NY), implementation of the newly established Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, and a presentation on the importance of having strong state immunization laws for school children (WV).
A highlight of the afternoon was a presentation by the Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) regarding "Smart Rx," Safe Medicine and Responsible Treatment, a program recently launched by OSMA to educate physicians and foster physician leadership in addressing the increasing problem of opioid abuse and its impact on the health of Ohio. A video link to this presentation can be found here. All other presentations can be found under "Past Meetings."
Following the General Membership Meeting, The Physicians Foundation hosted a Networking Reception for all OSMAP members and guests - always well-attended and a perfect way to end a busy afternoon.
Physicians Foundation Addresses the Impact of the Changing Healthcare Landscape
In a recent post on Forbes.com, the Physicians Foundation examines how the changing healthcare landscape continues to put pressure on physicians who are already overextended. Are increasing non-clinical responsibilities and excessive regulation hindering quality patient care? Read the full article here. For more information regarding The Physicians Foundation, go to www.physiciansfoundation.org
Physicians Foundation Releases Physician Survey Results
On September 16, The Physicians Foundation released its 2014 Survey of America’s Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives. Every two years, The Physicians Foundation conducts a national survey of physicians to provide policy makers, healthcare influencers, media and other stakeholders insights into the state of the medical profession and the most pressing challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system. The 2014 survey polled more than 20,000 physicians on a range of issues, including professional morale, doctor shortages, Medicare / Medicaid participate rates, EMR patterns and more. Click here for more information about the survey and to access the full report.
2014 Forum Explores the Human Microbiome
The Forum for Medical Affairs presented its annual educational program on November 9, 2014. The program - "The Human Microbiome: Germ Warfare or Collaboration?," was held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX in conjunction with the AMA Interim Meeting. The program drew over 160 attendees and was approved for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category I Credits. A copy of the flyer describing the program and the speakers can be found here.
The Forum would like to express its sincere appreciation to Ardis Hoven, MD, AMA Immediate Past President, for moderating this program and to the following speakers for their outstanding presentations: David Relman, MD; Lita Proctor, PhD; and Alexander Khoruts, MD.
The Forum also wishes to express its thanks to Illumina for its unrestricted grant in support of The Forum program. For more information about Illumina and its "Understanding Your Genome" program, click here.
Copies of the speaker presentations can be found under Past Programs or you can click here.
Forum Program - 2013
The 2013 Forum Educational Program, was held on Sunday, November 17, in conjunction with the AMA Interim Meeting. The program: "Accountable Care - Who's Accountable to Whom? Upholding Physician Ethics and Patient Trust," drew nearly 180 attendees and offered two hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit. The presentation, organized in collaboration with the AMA, featured three distinguished speakers and was moderated by Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, AMA Past President. Click here for a copy of the program flyer. Copies of all three presentations can be found under the Forum "Past Programs" tab on this web site.
Forum Program - 2012
The Forum for Medical Affairs presented its annual educational program on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at the Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu. The program: "Personalized Medicine IS your Future: Your Genes - Wear Them Well!" had 150 attendees and offered CME credit. The program was very well-received. Speaker presentations can be found under "Past Programs." Special thanks to the AMA and its Council on Science and Public Health for their collaboration and support of The Forum in presenting this program!
Forum Program - 2011
The Forum has partnered with the AMA to offer CME credit for those who wish to review the DVD. CME materials can be found by clicking here...
Molly A. Katz, MD