Member/Society News

AMS Annual Membership Meeting Cancelled

As an organization of physicians, the AMS has an obligation to help slow the spread of the virus. Recommendations to avoid large gatherings are changing daily with initial thresholds set at 200, then reduced to 100, and now to 50. Based upon the most current information, the AMS…

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Walmart to Continue Accepting Paper Prescriptions

Walmart has announced they are delaying a January 1, 2020 policy on requiring electronic prescriptions for controlled substances and would continue to receive paper prescriptions for opioids and anti-depressants at all their locations.  The planned move to e-prescribing was part of the retailer’s efforts to reduce the opioid…

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Nominating Committee for 2020

Members of the AMS Nominating Committee will be meeting soon to prepare the 2020-2021 slate of officers to be elected at the annual meeting on May 1, 2020. The committee is required to submit the slate of officers to AMS no later than February 1, 2020. Positions to…

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Jenkins, Chance Join AMS Board of Trustees

The Arkansas Medical Society Board of Trustees welcomes two board members to the group. Parker Jenkins, MD, serves as District 4 Trustee in southeast Arkansas, and Joshua Chance, MD, rejoins the board, serving as District 8 Trustee in Pulaski County. Dr. Parker, family practice physician, joined Family Health…

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Reform of Arkansas Medicaid’s Drug Utilization Review Board

In recent years, physicians treating Medicaid patients have experienced significant challenges with the prior authorization and re-authorization process in Medicaid. The Arkansas Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) board is responsible for making clinical recommendations to the Arkansas Medicaid Pharmacy Program regarding the use of restrictions including prior authorization…

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Opioid Tales – Games Patients Play

From our Executive Vice President, David Wroten: I’m having dinner with one of my favorite physician friends a few weeks ago. He’s an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management. We don’t usually talk shop, but that night he was telling me about a recent experience with a patient (no,…

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AMS Publications Honored with Awards

The Arkansas Medical Society was honored as a Prism Award finalist and winner at the 2019 ARcom Award ceremony, held on Thursday, September 12, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.   The Prism Awards were presented by the Arkansas chapter of the Public Relations Society of…

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Letter to the Editor: More Work to Be Done

Gene Shelby, MD, past president of the Arkansas Medical Society wrote the following letter to the editor, which appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on September 29, 2019.  It was also signed by Patrice Harris, MD, president of the American Medical Association.     More Work to Be Done…

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Cochran Receives AMS Student Membership Award

Each year, AMS awards the Student Leadership Award to a medical student in good standing who is in the  first, second, or third year of medical school. This student embodies the values of the medical  profession through leadership, service, excellence, integrity, and ethical behavior, and also encourages other…

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