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2014 Legislative Session

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2014 Legislative Session Opened March 10th and concludes June 2nd.
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Archived 2012 Session Wrap-Up
Additionally, the LSMS won some hard-fought battles against a few bills that threatened physician-led medicine.
In the final days of the 2012 legislative session, lawmakers came to terms and agreed to use one-time funds to cover the shortfalls in the state's budget. Physicians will still see a slight decrease in their reimbursements; however the use of these funds means that physicians will see approximately a 3.7 percent decrease, instead of nearly a 10 percent reduction. Primary care physicians are exempt from these cuts, since they are mandated by federal law to receive reimbursements at a rate of 100 percent of Medicare.
Senate Bill 320 by Senator Martiny (R-Metairie) requires that when certain non-physician healthcare providers use the title of Doctor or the abbreviation "Dr." in any manner while providing direct patient care, that they clearly identify their roles. Dr. Neil Wolfson outlines LSMS concerns in this video, following his testimony in front of the House Health & Welfare Committee today. The bill passed unanimously out of committee.
On December 23rd, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed legislation that includes a two-month extension of emergency federal unemployment benefits and a delay in implementation of the 27.4 percent Medicare physician payment cut scheduled for January 1st.                
A House-Senate conference committee will convene this month to work on a longer-term agreement. At a press conference, Speaker Boehner said the goal is to extend all the expiring programs for a full year, except for the physician payment cut reprieve which is to be extended for two years.
The SGR is Bad Math
Louisiana physicians are not alone in wanting stability for seniors and military families.  Congress must stop compromising access to care for patients and give us a permanent solution to the way Medicare pays physicians. 
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"medicine cannot absorb further cuts"!!
See the latest Legislative updates on the LSMS' YouTube Channel.  Calls to action will be shared through Twitter. Follow @LaMedSoc / @JeffMedical or contact JPMS at with your questions. 
Although all Louisiana Senators and Representatives voted against the health care reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is now the law of the land and the implementation and regulation phase has begun.  President Obama acknowledges that the task of reforming the nation’s health care system is not finished.  Of note, physicians are still pursuing a permanent resolution for the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula under Medicare.  Congress extended the 2009 payment rates until May 31st so we still do not have a long-term solution that will replace the faulty formula Medicare uses to pay doctors.  JPMS will remain vigilant and seek ways to correct the flaws through the implementation process. 
We need your help to convince Congress to fix Medicare. U.S. Senators Landrieu and Vitter and Representatives Scalise, Cao, and Melancon need to hear from you and your patients. 
A coalition of medical societies has mounted an effort to advocate for a permanent fix to the SGR and to oppose Medicare cuts. Please sign the petition designed to communicate this message to Congress.  Ask your friends and patients to sign as well.
“Please fix Medicare by developing a rational Medicare physician payment system that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a fair, stable funding formula.”


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ith comments on national issues by Dr. Bill Cassidy
Tuesday August 20, 2013

JPMS Sizzlin' Summer Wine Tasting
Friday, August 2nd * Pearl Wine Co.
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Practice Protection Fund  *  Cerner Corporation

2013 Annual Meeting of the LSMS
House of Delegates
2012 JPMS Annual Meeting…


WHO DAT - Physicians - WHO DAT

Sunday, October 21, 2012 * Lafreniere Park – Picnic Island


Hosted by

Jefferson Parish Medical Society & Orleans Parish Medical Society

River Parishes Medical Society & St. Bernard Parish Medical Society


WHO DAT  •  Physicians  •  WHO DAT





with great view,fine food, cocktails and argentine wines, and good company.

Courtesy of Dr. Juan Gershanik

Courtesy of Dr. Kathleen Sullivan

JPMS Day at the Races




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2014 Board

The 2014 Board was formally installed
  on Friday, January 10th
Board of Trade, 316 Magazine Street, New Orleans

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 President --------------------------
 Dr. Sidney H. Raymond
 Vice President --------------------
 Dr. Ralph P. Katz
 Dr. Gregory N. Sossaman
 Treasurer -------------------------
 Dr. Pablo J. Labadie
 Chairman, Board of Censors-------
 Dr. John H. Wales
 Member-at-Large ----------------
 Dr. Gabriel Rivera-Rodriguez
 Member-at-Large ----------------
 Dr. Tania Busenlener
 Immediate Past President ---------
 Dr. Kathleen T. Sullivan

    DELEGATION to the Louisiana State Medical Society:

Dr. Luis Arencibia

Dr. Kaleem Arshad
Dr. Bradley Bartholomew
Dr. Joseph Biundo
Dr. Brian Bourgeois

Dr. David Broussard 

Dr. Robert Brousse 

Dr. Tanya Busenlener 

Dr. James Callaghan  

Dr. Vernon Carriere, Jr.

Dr. Robert Chugden
Dr. J. R. Corcoran 
Dr. Candace Cutrone 
Dr. Eric Ehrensing
Dr. Paul Fuselier
Dr. Daniel Gallagher

Dr. Daphne Glindmeyer

Dr. Julio Guillen
Dr. Michael Happel
Dr. Joseph Hellman
Dr. Janet Higgins
Dr. Paul Hubbell
Dr. Sudhir Julka
Dr. Ralph Katz 
Dr. Kevin Kirchner
Dr. Juan Labadie 
Dr. Pablo Labadie
Dr. Owen Leftwich
Dr. William P. Long
Dr. I. Ricardo Martinez
Dorothy McCord

Elizabeth McCord

Dr. Robert McCord

Dr. Elizabeth McDonald

Dr. Harold Miller

Dr. Emery Minnard

Dr. Rachel Moore

Dr. Christopher Naquin

Dr. Cherie Niles

Dr. Bennie Nobles

Dr. Sydney Raymond
Dr. G. Rivera-Rodriguez
Dr. Kearney Robert
Dr. C. Rodriguez-Fierro
Dr. Katharine Rose
Dr. John Rynning
Dr. Marguerite Sandow

Dr. S. Kenneth Smith

Dr. Mohammed Suleman 

Dr. Kathleen Sullivan

Dr. Harry Vorhaben
Dr. Jeremy Waggenspack 
Dr. Roland Waguespack

Dr. John Wales

Dr. Neil Wolfson

Information on Emergency Preparedness

 HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS - June 1st. marks the beginning of another hurricane season for the Eastern United States.

Information for Physicians & Patients

Are you ready for a Hurricane Emergency? 

1. First assure the safety of your family and property.  You can better respond to the disaster if you know that your family is safe.

2. Have a response plan prepared for your practice. When will you close and open your practice? How will you protect your paper and electronic records?  Is there sufficient insurance coverage for the physical assets of the practice? Is there business interruption coverage? Contact JPMS for a list of areas to consider when making a plan.  Register with JPAlert and consider registering with the JumpStart Business Community Network to communicate with your patients in the event of an evacuation.  Create a profile on
3. Assist your patients, especially the frail elderly or oxygen dependent.  Ask them about their plans.  Will they evacuate, shelter at home, or need a shelter? Remind your patients to keep a two-week supply of chronic medications.  Contact JPMS for your free supply of Medifile cards, a wallet sized card for patients to record basic medical information.
Re-entry following an Evacuation:

Have you obtained a reentry placard to return to your practice following a hurricane evacuation?  If not visit to apply.

If you are not expected at the hospital, consider volunteering at a special care shelter. Both Jefferson Parish and Orleans Parish have established a Medical Reserve Core where you or members of your family or office staff can register to assist the returning population following an evacuation. 

Contact JPMS for more information (504) 455-8282 or
CLICK HERE to visit LSMS' Health Care Disaster Planning Website

List of Local Legislators

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List including Jefferson, Orleans, St. Tammany & River Parishes with email links



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