October 2, 2015

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  State Activities  

5 Essentials of Physician Employment Agreements

The LSMS has partnered with the law firm of Kantrow, Spaht, Weaver and Blitzer, APLC, to feature guest articles concerning common legal issues facing the medical profession. This week's article addresses physician employment agreements. Click here to learn more.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding a physician employment agreement, please contact Scott Keaty at scottk@kswb.com or Vice President of Legal Affairs, Wes Hataway at wes@lsms.org

This information is provided for informational purposes only and with the express understanding that 1) no attorney-client relationship exists or is created hereby, and (2) Neither the LSMS nor its attorneys are engaged in providing legal advice.

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  Member News & Information  

For the past nine months, it has been my privilege to participate in various activities as President of the LSMS. As a member of the LSMS Advocacy team, I saw first hand the impact of our solid reputation at the state capitol, as we were able to score several major victories. From securing  due process rights for physicians (Act 441) to defeating another scope of practice bill, the LSMS protected your profession and legacy. Further, the LSMS was a constant presence monitoring activities at federal, state and local regulatory meetings.  Over the next 3 weeks, you will hear more about these efforts and our accomplishments on your behalf to make Louisiana a better place to practice medicine. 
At the end of October you will receive your electronic 2016 renewal notice. This year, the LSMS is streamlining its internal processes and continuing its Geaux Green initiative by offering online renewals and paperless billing. Your personalized 2016 LSMS & Component Medical Society dues payment link will be emailed to you. No sign-in is required and dues can be securely paid via check (personal or business), ACH transfer, or credit card. You can also print an invoice and receipt for your records.

The process is fast and easy and I encourage you to renew your membership when you receive the email on October 30, 2015. As an added bonus, all renewals received by December 31, 2015, will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.
Your membership and participation in the LSMS is important. By being a member, you not only receive exclusive information about the important issues facing the practice of medicine, you also become involved in the process to shape those issues. Continue being a part of the leading advocate for Louisiana physicians and renew your membership in the LSMS. 
As always, thank you for your support.
Dolleen Licciardi, MD
LSMS President

Volunteer Opportunity: 
Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee

The LSMS has been asked to nominate physicians to serve on the Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee. The statute requires that the LSMS nominate at least three family practitioners, one of which will be appointed by the Governor to serve. The committee meets at least twice a year in Baton Rouge for 2-3 hours; basic mileage may be paid by the state for travel. If you are a family practice physician interested in serving on this committee, please contact Sabrina Noah at 225-763-2310 or sabrina@lsms.org.



  Science & Technology  




Did you know that you can read the departmental articles in the Journal of the LSMS without a subscription? Our July/August 2015 Cases of the Month are online now! journal.lsms.org

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  Federal Activities  


Focus On

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Talking about domestic violence and recognizing signs with patients can be a very senstivie subject. We want to provide members with resources on how to address this very sensitive yet important issue in their practices and daily interaction with patients. Click the links below for specific resources. 


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