Jefferson Parish Medical Society president, Gabe Riviera, MD, and Orleans Parish Medical Society president, George S. Ellis, Jr., MD, plan for Louisiana State Medical Society's 2019 House of Delegates last night at the JPMS/OPMS Caucus of Delegation at Ralphs On The Park. OPMS and JPMS advocate on behalf of physicians and their patients to improve health and the practice of healthcare in the Greater New Orleans Area.
Orleans Parish Medical Society board members, George S. Ellis, Jr., MD, president, Myra Kleinpeter, MD, and Floyd Buras, MD, met members and leadership of Jefferson Parish Medical Society and OPMS at a Caucus of Delegation to prepare for the Louisiana State Medical Society's 2019 House of Delegates on 1/25/19-1/26/19.
Dr. Gerald S. Berenson, creator of the famous Bogalusa Heart Study and Boyd professor of cardiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, died Thursday while visiting family in Houston. He was 96.
Berenson was an internationally known physician-scientist whose work helped shaped doctors' understanding of the causes of heart disease.
A native of Bogalusa, he led the Bogalusa Heart Study, one of the most significant studies of the development of heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.READ FULL ARTICLE...
Letter to Dr. Gee: Need sufficient funding to provide Medicaid care
October 5, 2018Rebekah E. Gee, M.D., M.P.H.SecretaryLouisiana Department of HealthP. O. Box 629Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629Dear Dr. Gee,Thank you for taking the time to meet with members of Orleans and Jefferson Parish Medical Society on September 13th at the LCMC Health Conference Center. Those in attendance certainly appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the state of ‘Healthcare In Louisiana’ and the challenges faced by the Medicaid program and Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.Your presentation opened eyes and raised concerns. We are especially grateful for the time you took to take and answer questions from the audience. As you know, physicians in the Greater New Orleans Area and throughout Louisiana are frustrated with low Medicaid reimbursement that does not cover our cost. At this time, Medicaid reimbursement for providers in Louisiana only covers 80 percent of cost – making it extremely difficult for physician practices to pay monthly bills, buy supplies and make payroll. As a result, many of us have had to lay off good employees and strip cost to the bone. This undo stress contributes to physician burnout, compromised healthcare and forced retirement for healthcare providers who can no longer meet the needs of their employees and their patients.Dr. Gee, the members of Orleans and Jefferson Parish Medical Societies are dedicated to improving healthcare throughout Louisiana for all citizens. In your next budget proposal to the Legislature, please include sufficient funding to cover the real cost of providing care to Medicaid patients.Sincerely,George S. Ellis, Jr., M.D.PresidentOrleans Parish Medical Society
Louisiana Needs to Raise the Legal Age to Purchase Tobacco Products to 21
Leadership from the Smoking Cessation Trust, Orleans Parish Medical Society and Jefferson Parish Medical Society support and endorse legislation in Louisiana to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21. Raising the age requirement has been made law in six states (Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon and Maine), and in at least 340 U.S. cities.As a result of numerous studies, we now know that raising the tobacco age to 21 will have a substantial positive impact on public health and save lives. We know that nicotine is addictive; tobacco companies deliberately market to young adults to recruit “replacement smokers”; that kids often turn to older friends and classmates as sources of cigarettes; about 350 kids under the age of 18 become regular smokers each day – with one in three eventually dying as result; and that smoking causes more deaths each year than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes, and alcohol combined. So, when do we say enough is enough?According to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, smoking accounts for 7,200 deaths in our state every year. Our 23 percent adult smoking rate (the U.S. average is 15.5 percent) contributes significantly to our state’s dismal health status. What is most concerning is that the majority of Louisiana smokers began their addiction prior to age 18.National data show that about 95 percent of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. The ages of 18 to 21 are also a critical period when many smokers move from experimental smoking to regular, daily use. While less than half of adult smokers become daily smokers before age 18, four out of five do so before they turn 21.According to a recent State of Tobacco Control 2018 Report from the American Lung Association, the State of Louisiana received a failing grade (“F”) across several categories when it comes to helping Louisiana smokers quit. One of those failing grades is because we continue to allow 18-20 year olds to legally purchase tobacco products.As healthcare professionals and caring citizens, we appreciate the efforts of our elected officials to sponsor and support legislation that limits tobacco use and help to improve the overall health of Louisiana. The Smoking Cessation Trust, Orleans Parish Medical Society and Jefferson Parish Medical Society strongly advocate for increasing the tobacco purchase age in Louisiana to 21 and invite other organizations to join us.
Mike Rogers, CEOSmoking Cessation Trust
George S. Ellis, Jr., M.D., PresidentOrleans Parish Medical Society
John H. Wales, M.D., PresidentJefferson Parish Medical Society
Orleans Parish Medical Society (OPMS) and Jefferson Parish Medical Society (JPMS) continuously seek to provide added value to their members. An important aspect of their collaboration is in providing joint continuing medical education (CME) for physicians and medical students. In the next few months, the two organizations will provide CME related to: the opioid epidemic, physician burnout and social determinants in healthcare. The two organizations will also host a meeting in September with Louisiana Secretary of Health, Rebekah Gee, M.D.‘Controlled Substances For Louisiana Prescribers’ – Online Opioid CMEAt discount rates for OPMS and JPMS members, LAMMICO and Medical Interactive Community now provide 3 hours of opioid CME that meets the subject requirements specified by Act 76 of the Louisiana legislature and the LSBME rules. LAMMICO insureds and LSMS members receive complimentary access to this course.
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