Mississippi Academy of
Family Physicians Newsletter
November 6, 2017

Upcoming Events

MAFP Board Meeting
December 8-9
Indianola, MS

MAFP Capitol Day
March 7, 2018
Mississippi State Capitol, Jackson

MAFP Spring Conference and 
Spring Fling
April 20-22, 2018

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Christopher S. Blomberg, MD
Lucedale, MS

Brittany Brooks, MD
Jackson, MS

Justin L. Smith, MD
Oxford, MS

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Stephanie Barrow
Angelic Dye
Nikita Patil
Diana Roy

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Weston D. Eldridge
Maribeth Hillhouse
Brannon Myrick
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GETU1 and promote healthy living in the state of Mississippi by purchasing a Live Healthy specialty license tag for the small fee of $31.
Request this tag at your county tax collector's office when you renew your license tag. Proceeds from the sale of this tag benefit the Mississippi Academy of  Family Physicians Foundation.


Have You Changed Your Prescribing Practices Due to the Opioid Crisis?
Answer our poll here. Results will be helpful when we present our concerns at the public hearing.

MSBML Public Hearing 11/15
MAFP officials have spoken individually with several State Board of Medical Licensure members to make sure they are aware of family medicine's concerns with its proposed new regulations regarding opioid prescribing.  The proposed regulations will be discussed at a State Board of Medical Licensure public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 15, in advance of the MSBML's official meeting the next day. 

MAFP President Dr. Katie Patterson of Indianola will speak on behalf of MAFP. Other licensees can request to speak Physicians can attend the Public Hearing Nov. 15 at 1 pm, at 1867 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite 200B, in Jackson. The Board will have its monthly meeting the next day, Nov. 16, at 9 am.
Dr. Marquetta Blue, Family Physician in Mound Bayou

Pass On Your Love of Family Medicine to a New Generation of Students
Would you like to help a medical student fall in love with family medicine through hands-on experiences?

That's the concept behind Primary Care Exploration, started this year by the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program. The goal is to engage medical students between their  M1 and M2 years in 6 weeks of job shadowing so they can see first-hand what family physicians do. 

Family physician Dr. Marquetta Blue of Mound Bayou, who has already signed up to mentor a medical student, said she is excited to participate. "It's an opportunity for rising 2nd-year medical students to gain practical experience working in a rural primary care area of Mississippi," she said. "Plus, they get an early chance to work on their interactions with patients."

MRPSP hopes to have 25 medical students participate this summer, from June 4 to July 13, 2018, Director Wahnee Sherman said.  Hospitals, clinics or practices can sponsor a student, as long as one board-certified physician agrees to serve as the primary preceptor and mentor. Sponsors also must agree to provide a $1,500 stipend to the student for their 6 weeks of work.

MRPSP needs to be able to promote the program to M1 students as soon as possible, so the deadline for signing up is Nov. 13, 2017. Contact Wahnee Sherman or Dan Coleman for more information.
Help us do the Good Work 
of the MAFP Foundation
Thanks to your support of the MAFP Foundation in 2017, we were able to accomplish the following:
  • Made a $1,000 donation to Puerto Rico AFP to purchase generators, following Hurricane Maria
  • Provided a Family Medicine Welcome Breakfast for M1s at UMMC
  • Presented our Tar Wars program to 225 medical students
  • Purchased new lighting for the MAFP sign at headquarters
  • Provided scholarships for 3 family medicine residents and 9 students to attend MAFP Annual Meeting
  • Provided travel scholarships to 3 medical students interested in family medicine and attending AAFP National Conference
  • Provided college scholarships to 3 high school students as part of the David G. Hall, MD, Memorial Scholarships
  • Received a Matching Grant for a student externship at UMMC
This year, WE'D LIKE TO DO EVEN MORE! Please consider giving to the MAFPF as part of your year-end giving.    Here's how to donate to the Foundation.
Give Your Clinic Staff 
the Shirt Off Your Back (Almost)

Forget a bottle of wine or a ham. MAFP logo golf shirts make a great gift for your STAFF or the fellow PHYSICIANS in your practice. Our men's and women's  Nike Dri-Fit shirts are $45 each. We've got them in stock at the MAFP office and can ship them out to you immediately. ORDER ONLINE HERE.
Oschner Value Summit in New Orleans Offers Physicians CME Hours
Paid Advertisement from Ochsner Health Network

The Ochsner Health Network (OHN) announces the OHN Value Summit, presented by The Kinetix Group, in partnership with American Medical Group Association (AMGA) and McCann Managed Markets on December 1-2, 2017 at The Sheraton New Orleans.
This unique event is the first opportunity of its kind for healthcare industry decision makers to come together to explore new ideas and share best practices for delivering high-quality care in a value-based environment. The Summit will feature engaging discussions on important topics ranging from challenges and opportunities in the shift to value-based care delivery, the payer-provider relationship dynamic, and managing risk-based populations.
The conference is eligible for 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits .  Some of the topics of interest include: Managing Risk-Based Populations: The Building Blocks to Success; Using Collaboration and Leadership as Tools for Success; and The Role of the Pharmaceutical & Device Industry in Value-Based Care Success.
The conference is scheduled on Friday, December 1, from 9 am to 5:45 pm. On Saturday, December 2, it lasts from 7 am to 1:30 pm. The Exhibit Hall will be open from 9 am to 6:45 pm Friday and 7 am to 2:30 pm on Saturday.
The Summit will attract administrative and clinical healthcare leaders from health systems, accountable care organizations (ACOs), hospitals, group practices, payer organizations, and life science companies throughout the US.
Attendees will hear from some of the country's leading voices in healthcare innovation, including:
  • Warner Thomas, President & CEO of Ochsner Health System
  • David Carmouche, MD, President of Ochsner Health Network
  • Bruce Broussard, CEO of Humana
  • Steve Udverhelyi, CEO of BCBSLA
  • Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, SVP & Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at Cedars-Sinai
  • Eric Newman, MD, VC of Innovation at Geisinger Health
  • Jerry Penso, President & CEO of the American Medical Association (AMGA)
Registration is $250.00 for non-OHN health system attendees. Get more details here , or examine the printed agenda . Online registration is available .

Be a Legislative Doctor of the Day
Sign up now to serve as Doctor of the Day during the Mississippi Legislative Session (January to March), to represent family medicine and see state government in action while performing a needed service to those at the State Capitol. You must be a MSMA member, since they sponsor/fund the program. Get all the details here. Our MAFP Capitol Day is March 7, and we would encourage you to sign up for that week, so the entire week would be filled with our family physicians.

Referral to Specialist Letter 
Now Available for Member Use
Have you ever felt out of the loop after referring a patient to a specialist? Have you sent a patient to a specialist, only to have them actually see a PA or NP?  In response to requests from family physicians, the MAFP Board has authorized the use of a letter that clarifies a family physician's expectations to the specialist. Feel free to use the letter in your practice. If you have questions, contact Beth Embry.