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July 2016

In this Issue...
Upcoming Events
2016 Annual Conference
Baltimore, MD
State Membership Directors Meeting
Baltimore, MD
State Specialty Meeting
Baltimore, MD
County CEO Meeting
Baltimore, MD
National Specialty CEO Meeting
Baltimore, MD
State CEO Meeting
Orlando, FL

Dale SingerFrom the President

Dale Singer, MHA, AAMSE President

It is with mixed emotions that I write my last message as AAMSE President. The last 12 months have flown by and it has been an honor to serve you. In this role, I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know so many smart, creative and dedicated staff members from state, county, national specialty, state specialty and national medical societies. Each of you has made this experience richer and more rewarding than I could have imagined. There are so many people I want to thank for their support and assistance over the past year—they include my fellow Board members, AAMSE staff, committee chairs and committee members, RPA staff and Board members, and my family. It is because of this community we have been able to achieve great things over the past 12 months. I will highlight a few of these accomplishments here and will expand on them during my remarks at the annual conference in Baltimore later this month. We will also distribute an annual report at the conference to illustrate AAMSE’s financial and programmatic progress from 2015-2016.

Following AAMSE’s annual conference in Portland, Oregon, last year your AAMSE Board hit the ground running with our focus on efficient fiscal management and effective relevant programs to maximize our value to medical society staff. We populated our committees with your peers to plan AAMSE 360 for those who were relatively new staff members at medical societies, Leadership Academy, and CEO meetings for National Specialties, States, State Specialties and Counties. The 2016 Annual Conference Planning Committee began meeting last September to bring us an amazing and diverse program that we will experience in the coming weeks.

During the annual conference I will announce a new relationship with Higher Logic to improve AAMSE’s virtual communities and enhance and expand communication and collaboration opportunities. This project has been under development for several months and we just recently completed the beta test phase. We will have demonstrations of the Higher Logic user-friendly platform throughout the annual conference and Higher Logic staff will be available to answer questions. More information about how to create your profile and join one or more communities of your peers will be shared with you in the coming weeks. I am so excited we have created this interface for AAMSE so that we can virtually interact throughout the year, share resources, and problem solve without leaving our offices! (Of course, I encourage each of you to still include funds in your budgets to travel to all of AAMSE’s in-person programs.)

I am looking forward to celebrating all of AAMSE’s achievements with you in a few short weeks. We have a great deal to be proud of including our rich 70-year history serving medical society staff members. Join the party! And if you are so inclined, I encourage you to donate $70 to the AAMSE Foundation to mark this special milestone and insure the future of medical society management. Contributions will be accepted during the Annual Conference and on the AAMSE website.

If you can’t make it to Baltimore this month, please save the dates now for AAMSE’s 2017 Annual Conference, July 26-29 which will be held in Minneapolis. Be sure to include funds in your professional development budgets for AAMSE educational programs in the coming year. No other organization delivers content to uniquely meet the needs of medical society staff.

As I conclude my term as AAMSE President this month, I want to share a quote from Mark Twain that resonates with me.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

I encourage you to take advantage of all AAMSE has to offer—to increase your knowledge, your value and your professional and personal growth.

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AAMSE Fellows Program – Your Input Requested!

AAMSE is exploring the possibility of developing a new Fellows designation for our members – and we’re interested in your input.

Like other associations, an AAMSE Fellows program would, potentially:

  • Provide recognition opportunities related to professionalism within medical society management
  • Encourage career development for members or those who desire credentials
  • Increase community engagement possibilities and access to other fellows through special events, programs and networking

To help us better understand your interest and expectations, please take a moment to complete a short, seven question survey. You insights are greatly appreciated.

>> Click here to take the Survey

Watch for results and more information in future issues of AAMSE Hotline.

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AAMSE Collecting Comments on MACRA

June 27 was the deadline for medical societies to submit comments on the proposed MACRA rule to CMS. Through the National Specialty, County and State CEO listservs, AAMSE has been collecting the letters that were submitted. If you would like to review any of the letters, they have been sorted by society type and posted in the management library.

If you would like your feedback to be included, please send your letter to Darrin Hubbard at

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WVSMA Establishes Disaster Relief Fund to Aid Flood Relief Efforts

A Message from Paula F. Taylor, MD, President...

In the wake of the tragic and devastating floods that hit West Virginia in June, the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA), through its West Virginia Medical Foundation (WVMF), has established a special disaster relief fund to collect donations to support the ongoing relief efforts throughout the state. The WVMF is a 501 C(3) not-for-profit charitable foundation under IRS law.

I have asked Coy Flowers, MD, WVSMA Vice President-elect and current president of the Greenbrier Valley Medical Society to spearhead our relief efforts. Dr. Flowers is a practicing OBGYN in Lewisburg, WV, near the areas most devastated by the flooding, and has agreed to work closely with the WVSMA, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and many other agencies in assessing and prioritizing areas of greatest need. He will be our "boots on the ground" from a physician perspective. He can be reached by email at or on his cell phone at 304-206-7782. Karen Foy, WVMF Director, will work closely with Dr. Flowers to help coordinate communication, answer questions from donors, process donations and assist in outreach. Her email is, and her office phone is 304-925-0342 x25.

The flooding in central and southeastern West Virginia is historic. The recovery for thousands of West Virginians and dozens of counties and towns across this state is going to be a long, difficult process that requires a multitude of needs. Many of these needs can be anticipated, such as vaccines, first aid supplies, flashlights, batteries, and cleaning supplies and equipment. However, there will be just as many needs that are not anticipated or will not be fulfilled by governmental agencies or local organizations in the affected communities. These can include but are not limited to crisis intervention, mental health services, housing, water, food, clothing and other such services.

The WVMF Disaster Relief Fund will enable Medical Associations, both local societies and state associations from around the nation, as well as pharmaceutical and medical device corporations and other strategic partners from within and outside the state to donate monies that can be utilized to provide basic medical relief efforts and to fill the gaps unexpectedly discovered in the recovery effort.

The Greenbrier Valley Medical Society (GVMS) wishes to appeal to all WVSMA medical societies and every West Virginia Physician — both those who are WVSMA members and those who have yet to join — to donate today to the WVMF Disaster Relief Fund. To kick off this campaign, GVMS has given an initial $10,000 contribution and challenges their colleagues to please dig down deep to help with these crucial efforts.

All donations to the WVMF Disaster Relief Fund will be tax deductible, and all donations will be used to support flood relief efforts as approved by the WVMF Board of Directors.

Checks should be made payable to:

West Virginia Medical Foundation
Attn: Karen Foy
4307 MacCorkle Ave., SE
Charleston, WV 25304
Please write "WVMF Disaster Relief Fund" on your check.

If you would like to make a donation by credit card, please call the WVSMA offices at 304-925-0342

Thank you in advance for generosity and compassion!

Paula Taylor, MD
President, WVSMA and WVMF

Coy Flowers, MD,
Chair, WVMF Disaster Relief Fund

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Redefining Value in an Environment of Change

As industries evolve, association’s must be proactive in recognizing and embracing change. This Board Forward describes one association’s successful efforts to rebrand and redefine its value proposition against a backdrop of shifting industry dynamics.

All associations need to keep pace with change and effectively evolve their missions, visions and value propositions. Boards that recognize and embrace the need for change are able to not only better meet the needs of members, but also more effectively preserve the interests of a profession.

Read the full article by SmithBucklin.

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AAMSE Needs your Talents!

Make 2016 the year you get involved with AAMSE!

AAMSE is looking for volunteers to serve on various committees and task forces for the upcoming year. Make the most out of your membership and give back to your professional organization by volunteering with AAMSE. Our volunteers say that their experience has helped deepen their national peer network and have an impact in many of the programs and services available to members each year. Please click here to take this brief survey to indicate where your interests lie.

Read the full article by Lydia Dishman published on July 6 on

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Annual Conference Business Partners

AAMSE would like to recognize the business partners who are sponsoring and exhibiting at this year’s Annual Conference:

Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors



Guardian Publishing




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More People Work From Home Now Than Ever Before

The traditional workweek is becoming obsolete.

Thanks to 24/7 connectivity, the boundaries between work and life are eroding, several studies have found. A survey from EY, a global assurance, tax, and advisory services organization, found that 64% of U.S. workers report they’re working two to four hours more a week, and one-third (36%) are on the job an extra five hours or more. No wonder satisfaction with work-life balance is sliding downward as well. Glassdoor’s most recent survey of employee feedback from about 60,000 company reviews revealed a drop in ratings from 3.5 (out of a possible 5) in 2009 to 3.2 this year.

Read the full article by Lydia Dishman published on July 6 on

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Welcome, New AAMSE Members

Leigh Wagner
Public Communications, Inc.

Miriam Markowitz

Elsie Perez
Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society

Sherry Whitworth

Kersha Cartwright
American Commerce Bank

Timothy Heine

David Dauphinais
American College of Preventive Medicine

Anita Balan
American College of Preventive Medicine

Lois Cornell
Massachusetts Medical Society

Sharla Hooper
Arizona Medical Association

Beth Gerber
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Janet Thompson
Pennsylvania Medical Society

TJ Huckleberry
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Susan Neville
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Deb Shoemaker
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Cicely Elliott
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Robbi-Ann Cook
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Ginger Tinsley
MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society

Melanie Dang
MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society

Gail Fritz
American Medical Association

Mike Harvey
American Medical Association

Mike Rinebold
Indiana State Medical Association

Erin Henke
San Francisco Medical Society

Judy Szatucka
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Justina Andonian
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

Ashley Ciardelli
Ohio State Medical Association

Miriam Markowitz

Catherine Rydell
American Academy of Neurology

Helen Leonard
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Jayzel Lizares
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Ana Hilton
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Saima Hedrick
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Stefanie Cunnane
Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Lara Goodwin
Palm Beach County Medical Society

Jacquelyn Coleman
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Steve Van Hout
American Academy of Sleep Medicine

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