Call for Resolutions and SLMMS 2017 Legislative Priorities
The St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society is seeking your ideas for positive change in the practice of medicine. We’ ve begun the process of preparing resolutions for the 2017 MSMA Annual Convention, scheduled for March 31-April 2 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The deadline to submit resolutions to MSMA is Monday, February 13, 2017 for publication in the convention materials.
Our resolutions represent organized medicine at work. If you’re considering a topic for a 2017 resolution, even if it’s still in the conceptual stage, please bring it forward to SLMMS in accordance with the following schedule:
For a resolution to be introduced and sponsored by SLMMS, it must be presented and reviewed twice by our delegate body. The first opportunity will be at the SLMMS Delegates’ Briefing Session on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the dePazzi Bentley Room in the von Gontard Conference Center at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
Resolutions accepted by the SLMMS delegates at the Briefing Session go forward to a second review held in conjunction with the monthly SLMMS Council meeting on Tuesday, February 7. (Please note the February Council meeting will be held one week early to meet the MSMA resolution deadline.) Resolutions receiving final approval at the second meeting will be submitted as sponsored by SLMMS.
If you are planning a resolution, notify the SLMMS office as soon as possible to have it added to the meeting agenda. It is preferable, but not required, that the author attend both meetings to defend and explain the resolution.
The SLMMS Political Advocacy Committee drafted the following 2017 legislative priorities for the Society. They were reviewed and approved by the SLMMS Council at its December 2016 meeting:
• Concentrate on aspects of tort reform laws that remain to be addressed
• Represent patient and physician interests in reforming the state’s Medicaid program
• Protect collaborative practice and the physician-led health care “team” approach to patient care
• Continue to oppose attempts by non-physicians to manage the practice of medicine
• Continue efforts that protect patients from misrepresentations by health care providers
• Promote coverage of drug addiction (including screening, prevention and treatment) by insurance providers as a medical condition
To review MSMA’s Guidelines on Resolution Writing, click HERE
For more information on submitting resolutions, contact the SLMMS office at 314-989-1014 or email firstname.lastname@example.org