Joseph E. Gutierrez, MD
President of OSMAP
News and Latest Information
OSMAP Session Focuses on State Exchanges
A significant portion of the June 10 OSMAP Meeting in Chicago was devoted to a discussion of the performance of State Exchanges. Brian Blase, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, presented An Analysis of Insurer Performance Selling Exchange Plans and the Future of the ACA. Immediately following Dr. Blase, leadership from the medical societies of the states of California, North Carolina and Tennessee shared their various experiences. A lively Q&A Session followed. Dr. Blase's slides as well as those from California and Tennessee can be found under "Past Meetings."
OSMAP attendees also received an update on AMA Priorities, with special emphasis on narrow network advocacy, from Steven J. Stack, MD, then president of AMA. The Physicians Foundation also presented its semi-annual report to OSMAP on their many ongoing activities and grant opportunities for physician leadership programs. The always popular OSMAP Reception followed the General Session and drew a large crowd of OSMAP members and guests.
The OSMAP General Session agenda as well as the various power point presentations can be found under Past Meetings. Any questions regarding OSMAP should be sent to Brian O. Foy, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Forum Tackles BIG DATA
The Forum for Medical Affairs presented its annual education program on Sunday, November 15 in conjunction with the AMA Interim Meeting. The program, entitled "BIG DATA: Panacea or Pandora's Box?" featured a distinguished panel of speakers and focused on 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. The program was moderated by AMA President Steven Stack, MD and also featured AMA Immediate Past President, Robert Wah, MD, who participated in the Q&A Session following the program. Over 160 attendees enjoyed the informative and thought-provoking program. Speaker presentations may be found under Past Programs.
The Forum would like to thank ALL of the state and specialty medical societies who contributed toward the success of this year's Forum program. Notably, The Forum would like to extend its strong appreciation to the following Societies who contributed $500 each to become "Friends of The Forum" in 2015:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society of Clinical Oncology
California Medical Association
Massachusetts Medical Society
Medical Society of the State of New York
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Texas Medical Association
THANK YOU for Your Support of The Forum!
Free ICD-10 Resources
This year many physiciansí practices will spend countless time, money and other resources preparing for the transition to ICD-10, even with the one-year grace period provided by CMS. The Physicians Foundation has been working with a medical student, Parth Desai, who has developed a set of free ICD-10 resources to help any medical practice prepare for the upcoming transition to ICD-10. For more information, visit www.icd10charts.com.
The Physicians Foundation: Why Arenít Physicians Part of the Health Reform Conversation?
In a recent post on Forbes.com, the Physicians Foundation examines the lack of physician input in health reform legislation. The public feels physician influence on legislation is important and a majority of physicians surveyed in 2012 felt the medical profession had no influence on healthcare reform matters. So why arenít physicians part of the health reform conversation? Read the full article here. For more information regarding the Physicians Foundation, go to www.physiciansfoundation.org.
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...
Arthur N. Lurvey, MD