Physician formed and physician led, the Arkansas Medical Society was created by our predecessors to help ease the burden, to increase our reach as individuals, to look out for our interests … to make us better physicians.
AMS is dedicated to improving health care in Arkansas and helping physicians focus on caring for their patients. Whether you want to get fully involved in the process or simply support the mission, the Society is here for you – your advocate, your support system and your source for health care news and resources.
A Bit of History
The Arkansas Medical Society was formed in 1875 by a small group of physicians who recognized that physicians needed to work together collectively in order to improve health care. Through the years, the society has grown to become one of the most respected and influential health care organizations in Arkansas.
The Arkansas Medical Society was founded on the principle that by combining our efforts, we all become a powerful force for physicians and their patients. At the AMS Annual Session and Fall Meeting, members come together to review the year’s goals and activities, plan for upcoming tasks and elect new officers. The Annual Session is held each spring and the Fall Meeting is held every other year.
The AMS governmental affairs team diligently represents your interests at the state Capitol and in Washington. Most recently, your team celebrated an undefeated legislative session, going 8-0 on passing bills Arkansas physicians supported and 13-0 on defeating those they opposed.
Members and staff have worked together to support the extension of private health insurance coverage to working families earning below 138% of the federal poverty level, advocating for responsible and practical reforms such as patient-centered medical homes and establishing a prescription drug monitoring program to combat abuse and diversion of prescription drugs, and nationally, putting an end to the SGR.
AMS members serve on various task forces, boards, commissions and committees relative to health care issues. AMS also retains knowledgeable legal counsel as a source of beginning reference for physicians, their offices and the society.
For Your Practice
The Arkansas Medical Society has the tools and resources to help individual physicians, clinic staff and large groups improve the business side of medicine. Staff members work diligently to stay up-to-date in all areas of practice management and can provide the help you need with billing, coding, problems and concerns with insurance payers, personnel issues and more. We continually strive to keep abreast of changes that can impact your practice. Help is just a call (800-542-1058) or click away.
AMS also provides educational programs. The most popular event, the Annual Insurance Conference, is specifically designed to provide updates from the major insurance payors to help address concerns about claim processing, coding and other billing or administrative issues. Other educational opportunities including webinars and online CME are also available and can be found in the events section.
AMS Benefits, Inc. is a one-stop shop for physician-focused insurance. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Arkansas Medical Society, AMS Benefits, Inc. is dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality insurance coverage for physicians, their families and their practices.
AMS members receive the award-winning Journal of the Arkansas Medical Society, published monthly, containing in-depth coverage of current medical issues, scientific reports and case studies. AMS NewsBriefs is also published on a semi monthly basis and contains timely information relating to physicians and the practice of medicine in our state. Members also have access to the online AMS Membership Directory. This valuable resource is widely used by physicians, office staff, hospitals and other health care professionals.
The call to improve health care involves touching the lives of all Arkansans in need. AMS has the opportunity to specifically work towards becoming a better state through its foundations, created to serve physicians, patients and medical students.
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