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2017 Annual Meeting | Register

as_logo_2017-01All AMS members are invited to attend the 141st Annual Session. Events will include educational programs, exhibits, State Volunteer Mutual Risk Management Seminar, and the President’s Gala honoring incoming president Amy Cahill, MD, Pine Bluff.

With the many issues facing you and your medical practice, there is an opportunity to make your voice heard.  AMS will hold the annual governance session of the House of Delegates on Saturday, May 6.  AMS members can offer resolutions individually or resolutions can be submitted by county or specialty medical societies.  Resolutions may deal with socioeconomic, public health, science, medical education, or AMS financial and organizational matters that are important to physicians and patients.

The deadline to submit resolutions is April 14.  Any item of business not submitted by this date must have two-thirds consent of attending delegates for introduction at the meeting.  Contact Kay Waldo at 501-224-8967 for more information.

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 5, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. AMS Registration Open
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. 50-Year Club Luncheon
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. SVMIC Educational Program (separate registration required)
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  AMS Board of Trustees
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. AFMC Welcome Reception
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. President’s Inaugural Gala & Reception

Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. AMS Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Educational Session
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Educational Session
10:30 a.m. – 11: 45 a.m. AMS House of Delegates

Hotel Room Reservations

For room reservations at the Doubletree Hotel, please call 501-372-4371 and mention the Arkansas Medical Society for a lodging room rate of $129 plus tax for single/double rate; $139 plus tax for triple rate; and $149 plus tax for quad rate.

Inaugural Gala

Amy Cahill, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist who practices in Pine Bluff, Ark., will be installed as the 2017-2018 president of the Society during the President’s Inaugural Gala on Friday night. Attendees will enjoy dinner and a dessert reception in the newly-renovated Robinson Center, which has a stunning view of the Arkansas River.

AMS House of Delegates

On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., Andrew W. Gurman, MD, president of the American Medical Association, will address the AMS House of Delegates to update members on national issues. Dr. Gurman, an orthopaedic surgeon from Hollidaysburge, Penn., has been an active member of the AMA Board of Trustees. He served as both speaker and vice speaker of the AMA House of Delegates during a period of change and refocus for the organization. Dr. Gurman served as vice speaker and speaker of the Pennsylvania Medical Society House of Delegates and a two-time chair of the PMA’s Political Action Committee.

The AMS House of Delegates, composed of delegates from component medical societies, specialty societies, members of the Board of Trustees, AMS past presidents and the vice speaker, is AMS’ legislative and policy making body. Any dues paying member of the society has full-voting rights. All members are invited to attend the AMS House of Delegates meeting. Any member may submit a resolution to AMS for consideration. Deadline for submission is April 14. Any item of business not submitted by April 14 must have two-thirds consent of attending delegates for introduction at the meeting.

Spouse Tour: Smith’s Moss Mountain Farm

The New York Times hails P. Allen Smith’s Arkansas home, Moss Mountain Farm, as a “stunning estate.” On Friday, May 5, the Society has arranged for a limited number of spots on the tour of the farm’s terrace gardens, one-acre vegetable garden, Poultryville and the house. The tour also includes lunch prepared by the chef.

The tour will leave the DoubleTree at 9:00 a.m. for a 45-minute drive to the farm. The tour is from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and participants should arrive back to the hotel by 3:00 p.m. Cost is $135.00 per person. Deadline to reserve your spot is April 21. Rain or Shine Policy – No cancellations or refunds after April 21.

By Invitation Only

  • Fifty-Year Club Luncheon
    Any AMS member who has practiced medicine for 50 years or more is eligible to attend the Fifty-Year Club Luncheon, where we will honor new inductees, on Friday at noon. Watch your mail for a special invitation.

Educational Session Highlights

Join your colleagues for an inside look at the highs and lows of the 91st General Assembly and learn how the recently passed legislation will affect you and your practice. The AMS legislative team, led by H. Scott Smith, JD, will lead you through the twists and turns of the 2017 legislative session.

Educational Session: Legislative “Pot”luck
Saturday, May 6 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

The Arkansas Medical Society tracked 53 bills related to the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, which was approved by Arkansas voters in November 2016. These bills covered a variety of issues from licenses for dispensaries and cultivation facilities to physician certification to bans in certain “smoke-free” zones. Attend this session to learn about the timeline for implementation and how these bills might affect your medical practice.

Act 820 of 2017 mandates that all prescribers check the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) each time they write a prescription for Schedule II or III opioids and on initial prescriptions for benzodiazepines. While many states have statutes that mandate PDMP checking, this will be one of the most restrictive in the country. There are some exemptions such as for patients in nursing homes, hospice, and inpatient hospital stays. There is also a less restrictive provision for cancer patients.

Educational Session: The 91st General Assembly: What Happened and What Didn’t  

Saturday, May 6 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Learn about what legislation passed and what didn’t. This educational session will highlight bills concerning peer review fairness, expanded scope of practice, prior authorization transparency, and much more.

Contributors and Exhibitors

AMS will once again have a limited number of exhibit booths. Contributors and companies
with exhibit booths are listed below.

Gold Contributors
AMS Benefits, Inc.
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company

Silver Contributors
Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE)
Tribute Health Plans

Bronze Contributor

AMS Benefits, Inc.
Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care
Correct Care Solutions
Mallard Medical Supply, LLC
State Health Alliance for Records Exchange (SHARE)
State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company
Tribute Health Plans
UAMS Physician Relations

Exhibitors/Contributors | Register

Supporting the 2017 Arkansas Medical Society Annual Meeting provides your company with a unique opportunity to market to an influential group of Arkansas physicians.

Exhibit booths allow you to inform attendees of current and improving technologies, products, equipment, and services in the medical field. Event sponsorships promote your company through mentions in AMS publications and online, as well as signage and verbal recognition during the meeting.

Exhibitor Registration