South Carolina Medical Association to Partner with KaMMCO Health Solutions for Statewide Interoperability and Analytics Tools
July 20, 2016
Physicians and healthcare professionals nationwide are in the midst of unparalleled industry transformation. Successful adoption of the new performance- based delivery and payment models will rely heavily upon interoperability and development of actionable intelligence through analytics. South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) has recognized these as critical factors for their statewide membership and is pleased to announce a new partnership with KaMMCO Health Solutions (KHS) in support of their mission to improve health of South Carolinians through both interoperability and transformative data analytics.
SCMA has existed as the voice of physicians in South Carolina for over 160 years, representing more than 6,000 physicians. An SCMA physician-led advisory board will soon be formed to work with KHS to establish a statewide health information network, allowing connected physicians to share real-time patient information while employing powerful analytic reports designed to help improve clinical outcomes, reduce inefficiencies, and positively impact patient safety. A launch of the new SCMA-endorsed entity is anticipated fall 2016.
“SCMA members are continuously seeking opportunities to improve patient encounters and health outcomes. In keeping our priorities aligned, SCMA is positioned to help physicians across the state realize success,” shared SCMA President Alexander Ramsay, MD. “Partnering with KHS allows us to support the physicians of South Carolina with benefits unlike any other professional association when it comes to data analytics relevant to both patient care and the successful transition to alternative payment models. This is a win-win for all South Carolinians.”
“We appreciate the unique perspective KHS offers, as they too are physician-led. We are pleased to work with an organization comprised of leaders that have the actual experience of developing and successfully maintaining a health information network which also serves as the foundation for development and delivery of meaningful data analytic reports,” added SCMA Chief Executive Officer, Todd Atwater.
“SCMA represents a statewide membership of highly engaged and forward-thinking physicians. We are thrilled and honored to partner with SCMA to provide the integral solutions to the healthcare community of South Carolina,” stated KHS President and Chief Executive Officer, Kurt Scott.
Grant to Improve End-of-Life Care in South Carolina
July 20, 2016
A generous grant from the Physicians Foundation to the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) Foundation will strengthen the association’s initiative to help physicians work with patients in identifying, capturing and honoring their end-of-life care choices.
“The Physicians Foundation is pleased to fund and support the South Carolina Medical Association Physician Practice Innovations initiative,” said Alan Plummer, MD, Physicians Foundation vice president and chairman of the Grants Committee. “Advanced care planning is an important aspect of care for patients and their families, and it is our hope that this grant will help provide helpful information and resources to aid in this process.”
According to Initiative Director Dr. John Ropp, the project “will help South Carolina physicians further develop Advance Care Planning (ACP) leadership skills designed to empower patients and their families to take a greater role in defining how they will be treated medically during serious illnesses.“
“We are grateful to the Physicians Foundation for funding our project,” Ropp said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to help our membership move forward in addressing a very critical issue.”
The Physicians Foundation grant of $475,100 will support a training partnership with Respecting Choices©, an internationally recognized, evidence-based program developed by the Gundersen Health System, and with the S.C. Office of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs (RFA). RFA will assist in a comprehensive evaluation to help document patient and family satisfaction with ACP and will assess the physician and patient education component that will be used.
Grant activities will include educational outreach to physicians and their staff members, to allied medical and social service providers and to the general public. There will be four pilot sites in family practice offices where a comprehensive intervention will test best practices and refine education and outreach strategies around the topic.
Dr. Ropp said ACP will be one of the key topics during the President’s Session at the 2016 SCMA Annual Meeting. For more information about the project please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexander W. Ramsay, MD – 155th President of the SCMA
July 20, 2016
Alexander W. Ramsay, MD, a urologist practicing in Charleston, South Carolina, was installed as the 155th president of the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) during the 2016 Inaugural Ceremony held on April 30 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Dr. Ramsay began his medical career by attending the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate degree. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Currently, Dr. Ramsay practices at Lowcountry Urology Clinics in North Charleston, South Carolina. He has held multiple leadership positions in his clinical capacity and currently serves as the Quality Assurance Chairman for Bon Secours St. Francis Xavier Hospital. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Charleston County Medical Society, the Society of Government Urologists, the South Carolina Urological Association, the American Urological Association, and the Southeastern Urological Association.
As a physician dedicated to organized medicine, Dr. Ramsay has held numerous leadership roles the South Carolina Medical Association, as well as other local and specialty-specific medical organizations. Previous roles have included: President of the South Carolina Urological Association, Chief of Urology at three of Charleston’s hospitals, President for Charleston County Medical Society, Board Member for Roper Hospital and Care Alliance Health System, among much more.
During his presidential year, Dr. Ramsay will focus on a variety of issues important to medical community in South Carolina, including: promoting the importance of involvement in organized medicine, ensuring that physicians remain the paramount provider in health care, helping physicians understand the legislative and federal issues affecting their practices, and, of course, helping physicians in South Carolina practice the best medicine possible.
As president, Dr. Ramsay will lead in setting the SCMA’s legislative priorities for the upcoming year, serve as the true leader and spokesperson of the profession of medicine in South Carolina, and visit the various sections of the state and meet with the Trustees and their respective societies in an effort to advance the work of the SCMA.