Member Benefits

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A multitude of benefits are available to the members of the Coastal Virginia Medical Society (CVMS) due to our collaboration with the Medical Society of Northern Virginia. They have been very gracious in allowing us to share the benefits they offer to their members, while we continue to develop our own corporate partnerships. Click here to access the benefits offered by MSNVA.

Planned Benefits for CVMS

These are the member benefits planned for CVMS after the merger has been completed. We intend to provide greater value in benefits than the cost of your dues. You must be a member to access these benefits. Come back here often to see what has been added. 

1. Advocacy

We will provide support for individuals and/or groups of physicians who are having difficulty with insurance companies, government agencies, or other companies that are causing barriers to your practice function or patient care.

We will collectively represent member physicians and providers in Eastern Virginia at the state level to advance any agenda that would improve the healthcare system and provider well-being, or that would remove barriers to better patient care.

We will provide any professional assistance we can to support our members in their endeavor to practice medicine as they wish. We will promote any new ideas or systems of practice that will improve efficiency, effectiveness, access and quality in patient care, or that reduces the burden on providers to do so.

2. Marketplace

In addition to the corporate partners that are listed on the MSVNA website, we intend to develop our own partnerships with local firms, companies, restaurants, and other entities that will provide benefits to our membership in return for advertising on our website and in our newsletters.

3. Education

We intend to collaborate with EVMS and ODU to provide medical educational CME programs for our members. We can help to keep track of your CMEs and provide certification for these credits at the end of the year or whenever you need them.

We will support excellence in education with scholarships and recognition awards for students, residents, faculty and practicing providers.

4. Business Resources

We will provide or recommend whatever resources you need to help you operate and/or improve your business.

5. Recruitment Services

We will provide or recommend recruitment services for residents, fellows and other young physicians to help them find good positions to start their careers. We will also help established practices recruit new providers.

6. Practice Advisors

If you are just starting out or if your practice needs an overhaul, we can recommend healthcare practice advisors, practice evaluations, healthcare attorneys, and accountants, practice efficiency experts, etc.

7. Financial Resources

We can recommend reputable accounting firms, banks, wealth management companies, life and health insurance companies, 401k plans and profit sharing plans. 

8. Risk Management

We can provide assistance, resources and education in professional risk management and malpractice insurance.

9. Legal Resources

There are a number of highly qualified, reputable law firms that specialize in healthcare. We can connect you with them.

10. Starting a Practice

Starting a new medical practice is not easy and there are many things to consider. We can help.

11. Communication

We want to enhance communication among providers. We need easier ways to talk to each other through secure verbal or written messaging services. We also need easier, but still professional, methods of communicating with patients more quickly. The technology is there to do this, but it has to be organized, and we all have to use the same program to make it work. 

The website and newsletter can be helpful to spread news and events to all the membership, but people have to access the information frequently to stay informed. You can establish an RSS feed to be alerted whenever there is a new article written.

A calendar will be developed on the website that will show meetings and events of interest.

12. Fellowship

One of the best advantages of medical societies is the ability we have to get together to see and talk to each other about anything. It can be cathartic and tension-releasing and goes along way to prevent burnout and depression. It reminds us that we are all in this together, that we are not alone, and that there are others out there who are willing to help us. The networking can provide new referrals for your practice. You may even create a new lifelong friendship. If you can couple all this with a CME credit and a great dinner, it is an evening well-spent.

13. Find a Doctor

And yes, we will continue to provide this service to patients and members. Patients who call asking for a physician recommendation will receive a referral to the next member on the list of those providers who are taking new patients. Of course, you must be a member to be on that list. If you are a new provider in the area, for the first three months of your practice, your name can be referred for every other request received.

14. Special Interest Groups

We intend to start groups of physicians or other providers within the organization who have common interests. These interests could include investments, hobbies, journal clubs, medical research, medical humanities, ethics, history of medicine, how to start a side business, learning about real estate investing, how to avoid burnout, learning about leadership, charity groups, scholarship groups. The possibilities are endless. 

15. Additional Services

The Society will continue to explore the development of additional services and benefits that may be helpful to its members and/or their patients. We will remain open to new ideas, new technology, and new secure ways of respectful communication. We may consider developing publishable research programs in improving patient care. We could provide courses in leadership, business, taxes, investing, hobbies, provider etiquette, challenging patient cases, challenging office situations, how to schedule office visits, time management, risk management, psychology, balancing work and home life, how to start a side business, how to avoid burnout, how to recruit a new provider, and many other items of interest that we may not easily get anywhere else. We are thinking about providing webinars on a host of topics that may be helpful.

This is not your average medical society!

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