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Christopher M. Lynch, MD, section chair
The Kansas Section participated in a combined section meeting with the Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma sections at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO, in June. We are diligently trying to increase awareness of this wonderful meeting and location.
The state Legislature wrap-up session extended into early June for the first time since 1861. Budget reductions include a 3% cut to higher education, extended over two years. A stipulation specific to the University of Kansas Medical Center was added, stating that enrollment and programs could not be reduced at the campuses in Kansas City, Wichita, Lawrence, and Salina.
William D. Binder, MD, section chair
The Louisiana Section held its annual meeting on March 9. It was preceded by a Friday evening social. Bates Whiteside, CPA, gave an entertaining talk about the basics of financial planning. W. Allen Hogge, MD, presented an update on genetic screening and diagnosis, and Belinda M. Sartor, MD, presented an update on reproductive endocrinology and infertility.
The state Legislature met from April 8 to June 6. Several bills that passed will directly or indirectly affect ob-gyns. One such bill will constitutionally protect provider rates for nursing homes, pharmacies, and intermediate care facilities. Another bill will require more reporting by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals concerning five Medicaid health maintenance organizations introduced last year. Seventy percent of deliveries are paid for by Medicaid in Louisiana.
Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill that would have created a new legal and regulatory framework for surrogacy births in Louisiana. The governor said questions and concerns about surrogacy hadn’t been studied enough.
Francisco J. Ruiloba, MD, section chair
The Mexico Section Advisory Council has been meeting to come up with better ways to communicate and collaborate with District VII Fellows. Our ultimate goal is to increase academic exchanges and develop relationships with our colleagues in the US. We want to work on promoting medical research and designing social program activities. It’s important for Mexico Junior Fellows and US Junior Fellows to communicate as well. Ideally, we’d like to grow into an international model for other countries to follow.
We continue to organize two bi-national courses in Mexico, with the regular assistance of at least two speakers from within ACOG. These courses are sponsored by the Pete and Weesie Hollis Educational Endowment Fund.
The Annual District Meeting will be held in San Antonio this year. We hope more of our members will be able to attend considering the meeting’s close proximity to Mexico.
Richard “Pete” Hollis, MD, past ACOG
president and past District VII chair,
and his wife, Weesie, at the Mississippi
and Alabama joint section meeting,
where Dr. Hollis was honored with the
first-ever Mississippi Legends in
Obstetrics and Gynecology Award
Wayne A. Slocum, MD, section chair
The Mississippi Section held a joint meeting with the Alabama Section at the Hilton Sandestin in Miramar Beach, FL, in May. Once again, under the direction of the Alabama Section’s leadership, the meeting was fantastic, and everyone had a great time. James M. Shwayder, MD, chair of ob-gyn at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, addressed attendees about ultrasound evaluation of adnexal masses. Another crowd favorite was the talk C.M.A. Max Rogers IV, MD, Alabama Section chair, gave on patient safety.
During the meeting, Richard “Pete” Hollis, MD, past ACOG president and past District VII chair, was honored with the first-ever Mississippi Legends in Obstetrics and Gynecology Award. Dr. Hollis and his wife, Weesie, attended the meeting with many family members. It was wonderful to give the award to such a deserving servant leader. Dr. Hollis has done many great things for the women of Mississippi and the US. He is truly an inspiration to the rest of us.
The Mississippi Legislature called a special session to address Medicaid expansion and ultimately decided to retain the existing program. Gov. Phil Bryant was against the expansion. In the regular session, the Legislature refused to fund Medicaid at all. Nearly 650,000 Mississippians receive Medicaid coverage.
George P. Hubbell, MD, MS, section chair
The Missouri Section participated in a stimulating combined section meeting with the Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma sections at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO, in June. This was the second time all four sections participated in the meeting. The weather and venue were perfect for didactics and camaraderie. For the first time, attendees enjoyed a poster session hosted by Junior Fellows from five residency programs.
The Missouri legislative session ended in late May. Many of the Missouri Section’s advocacy efforts were successful. A bill requiring pulse oximetry screening for all newborns regardless of birth location was signed into law. We worked with pediatricians in the state to bring the bill to fruition. Attempts to restore Missouri’s cap on noneconomic damages were successful in the House, but the Senate was unable to reach a vote on the proposed legislation.
The Missouri Section Legislative Committee recently met and established restoration of caps on noneconomic damages and a home birth insurance mandate as priorities for 2014. Our growing state political action committee, the Missouri Women’s Health PAC, allows your voice to be heard best in Jefferson City.
Nirupama K. DeSilva, MD, section chair
The Oklahoma Section now has an advisory board composed of members from all ob-gyn subspecialties and all parts of Oklahoma to help ensure that we are representing the needs of all women and ob-gyns in the state. The advisory board promoted access to ob-gyns in rural parts of Oklahoma, a subset of ob-gyns that has not traditionally been involved in the section to date.
In 2012, the Oklahoma Section hired its first lobbyist. The lobbyist has been a true advocate for women’s health in Oklahoma and has helped our section be more active during Oklahoma's legislative session.
The Oklahoma Section participated in a combined section meeting with the Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri sections at Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, MO, in June. It was a beautiful venue. Everyone had a wonderful time at the educational sessions and catching up with colleagues.
Mark C. Genesen, MD, Oklahoma Section vice chair;
Nirupama K. DeSilva, MD, Oklahoma Section chair;
Lydia D. Nightingale, MD, Oklahoma Section
secretary-treasurer; and Dana G. Stone, MD,
District VII legislative chair, at the Arkansas,
Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma combined section meeting
View from Big Cedar Lodge, in Branson, MO,
where the Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and
Oklahoma combined section meeting was held
Christopher T. Welsch, MD, section chair
The Tennessee Section is pleased to announce the selection of Gwinnett Ladson, MD, from Nashville, as section secretary-treasurer for the 2012–15 officer roster. Dr. Ladson is the acting chair of ob-gyn at Meharry Medical College and will be an excellent addition to the section’s leadership. Please feel free to contact section officers with questions or if you are interested in participating in section activities.
We are seeking individuals interested in serving on the Tennessee Section Advisory Council. Service requires a nominal time commitment and provides the opportunity for additional insight into district and section activities. You will also be able to provide input into planning priorities for our section. Please contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The section is considering the value of hosting regionalized meetings in conjunction with local medical societies. We are exploring opportunities to partner with the Tennessee Medical Association for its annual meeting in Nashville in April and with local societies in Memphis and Knoxville. Please stay tuned for further developments and a meeting in your area.
Section leaders are discussing collaborative efforts with the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care for the benefit of ob-gyns and the patients we serve. Paul G. Stumpf, MD, from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and Bobby C. Howard, MD, from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, are spearheading a teleconference-accessible maternal grand rounds program that will be available to all physicians in the state. Upcoming events will be announced via email.
Expect a challenge in 2013 or 2014 to Tennessee’s liability reform bills regarding caps on noneconomic damages and precertification of lawsuits. These bills are responsible for a significant decrease in liability premiums statewide over the last few years. Challenges to allow midlevel providers to practice independent of physicians are also likely to happen.
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