Newly restructured Members Meeting a success
On May 2, 2015, KMS members gathered for the first, newly-restructured Members Meeting. The one-day format, which grew out of recommendations made by the Future Directions Task Force, replaced the former annual House of Delegates meeting. It was designed to encourage more members to attend by making the meeting shorter and more accessible, yet meaningful, with opportunities for networking, CME and current issues discussion.
The day began with the Members Forum during which any member could express an opinion or bring any topic to the attention of the KMS Board of Trustees. Topics discussed included Medicaid expansion, telemedicine regulation, APRN independent practice and alternative KMS membership models. Representatives from the Board of Trustees listened to the comments and will prepare a summary for the Board’s consideration at its next meeting.
The Presidential Luncheon which followed the Forum honored all KMS Past Presidents and newly-elected President James (Jay) Gilbaugh, III, MD. Dr. Gilbaugh is a practicing urologist in Wichita and will serve the organization’s first two-year term as President. Robert Gibbs, MD (Radiology-Parsons) was elected President-elect and will assume the Presidency in May 2017. The keynote speaker following the luncheon was Kevin Pho, MD—the founder and editor of the popular health care blog, KevinMD.com. Pho challenged physicians to engage in social media and helped the attendees understand the importance of claiming your online reputation before someone else has the opportunity to define it for you. Pho’s talk—which was accredited for CME—received very positive reviews from all who attended.
Planning is already underway for next year’s meeting; the date and location will be announced soon. We’re also seeking ideas for a 2016 keynote speaker. If you have a suggestion of someone of national stature who you believe would be of interest to the Kansas physician community, please email Allison Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wrap-up session continues
Rachelle Colombo; KMS Director of Government Affairs
The Legislature reconvened in the final days of April to begin the process of wrapping up their work. The veto-session, as it is sometimes called, follows the April break and is the final opportunity for the Legislature to pass an appropriations bill to fund necessary state services. Because the state constitution prohibits deficit spending, they must also identify revenue to fund all expenditures. The veto session also serves as the final opportunity to override the Governor's veto of any measures. Pressure continues to mount as legislators look for palatable revenue enhancements (tax increases) to balance the budget even as the days allotted to the process dwindle.