August 19, 2016

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Health Care Professional Volunteers

The Louisiana Department of Health has received numerous requests from individuals and health care professionals who are ready to volunteer to meet the health and medical needs of residents who were displaced because of the current flooding event.

Volunteers are asked to follow this process to be certified to volunteer:

Medical volunteers who live in Louisiana and non-medical volunteers can register through Louisiana Volunteers in Action (LAVA) by calling (225) 354-3568 or online at

Medical volunteers from out-of-state should call the LDH Emergency Operations Center at (225) 354-3569 to register.

Volunteer Medical Professionals Serve Vital Role at Baton Rouge Shelters,

With tens of thousands of displaced flood victims across south Louisiana, medical professionals are in demand and spread thin between volunteering at local shelters and working to keep hospitals running while many of their own staff members are displaced.

Dr. David Thomas, who is leading medical operations at the Celtic Studios shelter, says many flood victims are in need of medical attention, so volunteer nurses, physicians and mental health specialists have turned out to lend their services.

"The biggest challenge we have is people rush in the first few days to help, and then as time goes on it tends to wane," says Thomas. "The challenge over the next week or two will be getting volunteers to continue to come. They get worn out." 

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Department of Health Updates Important Prescription Information

Baton Rouge, La. - Due to the recent flooding, many Louisiana Medicaid recipients are in need of essential medications. Here is some important information for anyone seeking to get a refill of their prescription medications.

Click here for the full release. 

Louisiana Disaster Specific Assistance Information - GOHSEP

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) offers many resources for both long-term and short-term questions. For more information, click here



The fundraiser for LAMPAC-endorsed Judge Marilyn Castle, candidate for the Louisiana Supreme Court, originally scheduled for August 23rd, been rescheduled for September 6th at The Jimmie Davis House. More information can be found here.

Click here to view the press release from the Committee to Elect Judge Marilyn Castle.

For any questions about the LAMPAC endorsement, contact LAMPAC Executive Director Jennifer Marusak,

Physician's Guide to Stark Law - Part I 

Authored by W. Scott Keaty and Joshua G. McDiarmid 
Kantrow, Spaht, Weaver & Blitzer (APLC) 

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 is the first in a series which will examine federal "Stark law" which prohibits certain physician self-referrals. 

Click here to learn more.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Stark law, please contact Scott Keaty at or Vice President of Legal Affairs, Wes Hataway at

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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New Courses Added:

  • Pain Management Update: Principles and Practices of Opioid Prescribing for Pain (1.5 CST Hours for SC)
  • Overview of DEA and the Controlled Substance Act
  • Patient Centered Medical Homes: The 2014 NCQA Standards
  • Managing Your Medical Records
  • Advance Care Planning: Guide to Legal Forms
  • Mayday, Mayday! Addressing the Challenging Behavior Associated with Mental Health Disorders

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Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Prevent Blindness, other community organizations, public health professionals, and educators perform vision screenings for children at schools, daycare centers, and other settings. While vision screenings and eye examinations are complementary approaches to assessing the eye problems of a child, a screening is used to identify a child at risk for vision problems and does not replace a comprehensive examination performed by an eye doctor.


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