The LSMS has four Councils, serving as the primary work groups of the Society. Member-physicians consider pressing issues, then debate and provide recommendations to the Board of Governors and to the House on appropriate action.
Council on Legislation - David Broussard, MD, Chair
Directs all of the state and federal legislative activities of the LSMS in accordance with the actions and policies of the House of Delegates.
Advise the Society as to the appropriate course of action to achieve its legislative goals. The Council organizes and coordinates the efforts of the LSMS regarding lobbying activities and member contact on key issues and/or legislation before the Louisiana Legislature and the Congress of the United States.
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Council on SocioEconomics
The LSMS Council on SocioEconomics meets annually to discuss issues affecting a physician’s basic rights to fair compensation for services provided and their ability to practice medicine unencumbered by over-regulation at the local, state and federal levels. The members of the council are expected to lend their expertise and experience to issues up for discussion. The council may advise the LSMS staff, Board of Governors and/or House of Delegates on appropriate actions to protect physicians and their right to practice medicine.
Council on Member Services
The LSMS Council on Member Services serves as the society’s subject matter expert on graduate medical education, continuing medical education, and future physician manpower needs in the state. Additionally, the council develops and/or reviews programs related to recruiting, retention, member dues and general membership issues. The council is also charged with reviewing policies, directives and resolutions related to these issues as well as others and making recommendations to the House of Delegates. The council meets quarterly usually via teleconference but some face to face meetings may be necessary in order to conduct business.
Council on Public Health
The LSMS Council on Public Health meets annually to discuss social issues and governmental policies affecting public health of Louisiana citizens, including but not limited to infectious disease control, accident prevention, environmental concerns, occupational illnesses, disaster and emergency medical planning. The members of the council are expected to lend their expertise and experience to issues up for discussion, especially in relation to their specialty, by advising the LSMS on all aspects of medical care and treatment of special populations, e.g. maternal, perinatal and geriatric patients. The council may advise the LSMS staff, Board of Governors and/or House of Delegates on appropriate actions to protect patients and their physicians before, during or after a public health situation or emergency.
LSMS Standing Committees are established in the Society bylaws and are expected to meet at least once a year to perform duties as specified by its charge, the House of Delegates, or the Board of Governors.
Budget and Finance - R. Mark Williams, MD, Chair
Members - The Committee on Budget and Finance shall be composed of the following seven members: three members appointed by the Speaker of the House, two members appointed by the President of the Society, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society, and the Chair of the Council on Legislation shall have all rights except the right to vote and the right to serve as Chair of the Committee on Budget and Finance.
Term - The members appointed by the Speaker of the House serve terms of three years, staggered so that one member is appointed each year. The member appointed by the President of the Society serves terms of two years, staggered so that one member is appointed each year. The term of member begins on January 1st. A committee member with more than two unexplained absences during his term will be dropped from the committee roster.
Organization - The committee shall select its own chair. The term of the chair is one year. The chair may serve more than one term but no more than three terms consecutively. The committee shall formulate its own rules of procedure. These rules must not conflict with the rules of the House of Delegates or with the rules of the Louisiana State Medical Society.
Meetings - The committee shall meet at least once a year at the call of the chair.
Duties - To present to the Board of Governors a budget of income and expense for the ensuing year, to review the audit of the books of the Secretary-Treasurer and of all committee funds, to perform such advisory duties as may be of financial benefit to the Society, to recommend the employment of a certified public accountant, and to review proposed fiscal notes attached to resolutions and to make recommendations regarding funding.
Charter, Constitution & Bylaws - Gregory Sossaman, MD, Chair
Members - The Committee on Charter and Bylaws shall be composed of six members, who must be delegates to the House of Delegates. The members of the committee are appointed by the President. The Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Delegates shall serve ex-officio without the power to vote.
Term - Committee members are appointed for a term of three years, serving from the time of their appointment until the appointment of their successor. A committee member may be reappointed for succeeding terms at the discretion of the President. One third of the members of the committee are appointed each year. The chair is appointed for a term of one year, serving from the time of his or her appointment until the appointment of his successor. The chair may be reappointed for succeeding terms at the discretion of the President. A committee member with more than two unexplained absences during his or her term will be dropped from the committee roster. A committee member not in attendance at the HOD will be presumed to have resigned unless he or she has a valid excuse, subject to the approval of the committee. A vacancy, whether due to death, disability severe enough to prevent fulfillment of duties, resignation, or removal, shall be filled by an appointee of the President.
Organization - The President designates the chair of the committee.
Meetings - The committee shall meet at the call of the chair. Three members shall constitute a quorum.
Duties - To serve as a fact-finding and advisory committee on matters pertaining to the Charter and Bylaws of the LSMS, to evaluate and recommend to the House of Delegates and the Board of Governors the guidelines and rules that establish the authoritative direction or control of the conduct and affairs of the corporate and policy-making bodies of the Society, to periodically review the Charter and Bylaws, and other adopted rules of the LSMS and initiate the process of amending such when indicated, to receive all proposed amendments to the Charter and Bylaws for review and perfection of language to implement the actions of the House of Delegate, to issue interpretations of meaning of the Charter and Bylaws and other adopted rules when requested by the President, the Board of Governors or the House of Delegates, and to review the bylaws of Chartered Parish Societies as to compliance with the Charter, Bylaws,or other adopted rules of the LSMS.
Members - Each committee shall be composed of not less than 6 nor more than 18 members including the chair. The number of members of a committee shall be divisible by three. The members of a committee are appointed by the President
Term - Committee members are appointed for a term of three years, beginning on January 1st, serving from the time of their appointment until the appointment of their successor. A committee member may be reappointed for succeeding terms at the discretion of the President. One third of the members of a committee are appointed each year. A committee member with more than two unexplained absences during his or her term will be dropped from the committee roster. A vacancy, whether due to death, disability severe enough to prevent fulfillment of duties, resignation, or removal, shall be filled by an appointee of the President.
Organization - The President designates the chair of each standing committee. The chair is appointed for a term of one year, serving from the time of his or her appointment until the appointment of his successor. The chair may be reappointed for succeeding terms at the discretion of the President.
Meetings - Each committee shall meet at least once a year at the call of the chair. One third of the members of a committee, but not less than three members, shall constitute a quorum.
Duties - Those duties specified in the Committee Functions Handbook and those other duties required of the committee by the President, the Board of Governors, or the House of Delegates.
Reports - Minutes shall be developed and maintained for each committee meeting. A copy of these minutes shall be submitted to the Board of Governors. Recommendations from the committee to the House of Delegates shall be submitted in the form of resolutions.
CME Accreditation - Harold L. Ishler, Jr., MD, Chair
The Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to accredit continuing medical education (CME) programs for physicians within the states of Louisiana and Arkansas. Accredited CME programs that award AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to physicians are required to adhere to the ACCME’s Essential Areas, Elements and Criteria as well as the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.
The LSMS Committee on CME Accreditation oversees the functions of the LSMS CME Accreditation Program. Committee members review program documentation when an organization is considering an initial accreditation or reaccreditation of its CME program. Some travel is required to conduct site-visits, review CME program materials and to observe live educational offerings for compliance with ACCME’s criteria. Physician committee members meet quarterly to discuss issues pertaining to accredited CME and to vote accreditation decision outcomes.
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Medical-Legal Interprofessional Committee - Randolph L. Roig, MD, Chair
The Medical-Legal Interprofessional Committee of the Louisiana State Medical Society and Louisiana State Bar Association (“committee”) serves to promote understanding between physicians and attorneys and to resolve conflicts which may arise between them.
In our society, physician and attorneys frequently are drawn into close association with each other while serving the interests of a common patient/client. This association sometimes leads to misunderstanding and conflict, all to the detriment of the patient/client and the public.
In a continuing effort to promote interprofessional harmony and to provide a mechanism for the resolution of disputes which may nevertheless arise, the Committee has established the Interprofessional Code.
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