WMS Annual Meeting Just a Week Away

CHEYENNE – There is just one week left before the Wyoming Medical Society’s Annual Meeting at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park. This year, 25 presenters will take their time in front of WMS membership discussing everything from Proton Pump Inhibitors to a session on how to work as a medical consultant on legal matters.

Friday will feature two presentations dealing with anesthesia issues – pain management and oversight of CRNAs – before offerings on robotics in medicine, and an update on marijuana and opioid issues. At 12:30, the WMS will have its membership lunch, going over the events of the year and trends in financial support and membership.

Myles Pensak, MD of the University of Cincinnati will make two appearances on Saturday discussing sudden hearing loss and the business of medicine. Steve Kline, a Cheyenne attorney, will also take physicians through the process of receiving a letter of complaint from the Board of Medicine and what to do next.

Saturday is highlighted by the President’s Dinner which is keynoted by Dr. James Bagian, MD, PE. Bagian is a former astronaut and is well-known in the world of patient safety. The President’s Dinner will be a time for the WMS to honor its Physician of The Year (Mike Tracy, MD), its out-going president (Sigsbee Duck, RPh, MD) and welcome its president (Paul Johnson, MD) for 2016.

The meeting winds down Sunday, but takes a Wyoming flavor with its presentations. Joe McGinley, MD, PhD will discuss the importance of county medical societies and highlight some of the accomplishments of the Natrona County Medical Society. A panel of representatives from Wyoming Medical Center, The Wyoming Business Coalition on Health, Wyoming Medicaid, and United HealthCare will then sit for a panel on Multi-Payer Claims Databases before Bob Chandler, MD, and Mike Tracy, MD discuss their Direct Primary Care practice in Powell.

WMS has secured 30 vendors for the meeting, with a nice mix of the new and old. In addition to Friends of the WMS program members Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna and others, WMS is joined this year by relative newbies, RT Welter, Kognito, and Wells Fargo Practice Solutions.

There is still time to register for the meeting by clicking here. Lodging availability at the Jackson Lake Lodge is slim with Saturday night being completely sold out. Perhaps the most attractive option for meeting-goers still in need of a place to stay is the Colter Bay Village, another lodge about a 10 minute drive from the Jackson Lake Lodge. The village offers cabins as well as tent-cabins for the more adventurous.