COVID-19 Resources

The SCMA has compiled state and federal resources to facilitate answers on COVID-19 for South Carolina physicians.

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Opioid Crisis

Through the Opioid Risk Prevention Partnership, SCMA is sharing resources to help physicians and clinical care teams facilitate conversations with patients who have acute pain, chronic pain, and addiction. The Partnership aims to support medical providers’ efforts to have conversations with patients about pain, and the appropriate use of alternatives to opioids in pain management.

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Slow the Spread

As leaders of the health community here in South Carolina, the South Carolina Medical Association, the South Carolina Hospital Association and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina all strongly encourage you to do your part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask in public.

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We are the physicians who care for South Carolina.

The South Carolina Medical Association is the largest physician organization in the state, representing more than 6,000 physicians, residents, and medical students.

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Membership

The South Carolina Medical Association is the only membership organization in South Carolina that represents physicians of all specialties and geographic locations.

Advocacy

The SCMA is the voice for South Carolina physicians. SCMA has a constant presence at the South Carolina State House and SCMA staff works methodically to guide SCMA members though statewide issues affecting the practice of medicine.

Education

The SCMA offers our members timely and resourceful educational sessions for maintaining compliance with CME requirements.

Online CME Courses

Control Substance Training

Category:

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Credits:

1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Many continuing medical education (CME) courses are available on pain management and opioid misuse. However, few CME activities provide guidance that can be used in real-life clinical situations. The guidance presented in this CME is primarily derived from publicly available sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) opioid prescribing guidelines, Oregon State Resource for Professionals Treating Pain, Acute Pain Management: Meeting the Challenges by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and current National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recommendations on the treatment of opioid use disorder.

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Live CME Courses


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South Carolina Medical Association Executive Committee Meeting

December 16

South Carolina Medical Association Columbia, SC


South Carolina Medical Association Executive Committee Meeting

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South Carolina Medical Association Board of Trustees Meeting

January 28

South Carolina Medical Association Columbia, SC


South Carolina Medical Association Board of Trustees Meeting

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South Carolina Medical Association Board of Trustees Meeting

March 25

South Carolina Medical Association Columbia, SC


South Carolina Medical Association Board of Trustees Meeting

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News

December 1, 2020

Thousands of doctors' offices buckle under financial stress of COVID-19

Cormay Caine misses a full day of work and drives more than 130 miles round trip to take five of her children to their pediatrician. The Sartell, Minnesota, clinic where their doctor used to work closed in August. Caine is one of several parents who followed Heather Decker, M.D., to her new location on the outskirts of Minneapolis, an hour and a half away. Many couldn’t get appointments for months with swamped nearby doctors.

November 17, 2020

Arbitration, Not Rate-Setting, Is The Answer To Surprise Billing

At a time when medical professionals are under unprecedented stress dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it would seem that members of Congress would be loath to support a legislative proposal that would benefit insurers at the expense of providers.

November 2, 2020

SC COVID-19 Vaccination Program Enrollment

Letter from State Epidemiologist, Dr. Linda Bell: The success of our state’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign will depend on the collaboration of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), our vaccine planning partners, health care systems and South Carolina health care providers to administer pandemic vaccines. Vaccination with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, in addition to other important disease mitigation and prevention efforts such as face masks, frequent handwashing, and physical distancing, can help bring this pandemic under control.

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