Welcome to the new CVMS Bulletin bringing you updates on the status of healthcare in Eastern Virginia. We hope you find it interesting, informative and enjoyable. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make it better.
We recently asked Claudia Telles, the Executive Director of the Medical Society of Northern Virginia, how they remain so strong with so many members. She revealed multiple ways in which they are able to provide valuable resources for their membership. This has resulted in an ongoing membership of 1600 healthcare providers. We could do the same and even expand on that including significant discounts on goods and services, insurance information and discounts, CME credits, scholarships, honorable recognition and awards, conferences on ethics, record-keeping in minimal time, office scheduling, office efficiency, business courses, billing information, Medicare guidelines, opiate use guidelines, providing correct information on infectious diseases in the area, good information on day to day patient care, newest information on vaccines, discounts on legal services, banking and financial services, medical equipment, furniture, new office set-up, etc., etc. Of course, this would require that we have enough members to negotiate effectively with other companies and that we have the ability to advertise for those companies through our website, newsletters, at meetings and through other venues.
Professional advocacy could include support for individual members or groups who feel that they have been treated unfairly, or who are now lacking a resource that had previously been provided, or help in finding local expert witnesses in legal cases. We may be able to advocate on behalf of members with regard to medical staff privileges, or in Medical Board investigations. We can eventually provide delegates to the State Legislature or bring cases to the Medical Society of Virginia to advocate for all of us on a particular issue.
Please note that these are all possibilities that are not available now, but could become realities if we are able to develop a strong enough medical society.
We hope you enjoyed this New Year's edition of the CVMS Bulletin. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to provide an article or your own story to put in this newsletter, send it in. Watch the "What's New" link in the Menu for updates in between the monthly newsletters. Let us know if you wish to be involved in the CVMS organization process or if you know of any resources or benefits we could potentially provide for the membership.
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