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Election Update

The reddest state in the nation got even redder on Tuesday. All of the state’s statewide elected officials and members of the congressional delegation will continue to be Republicans. In the Legislature, the numbers in the State House stayed the same, with the GOP holding a 72-29 majority. But Republicans picked up four seats in the State Senate, giving them an eye-popping 40-8 majority.

We will have a full election report in an upcoming issue of the OSMA Journal, but it was a good night for OSMA member physicians as 29 of our 32 endorsed candidates on the ballot Tuesday won. Overall, 91% of all the candidates endorsed by OMPAC in this election cycle were successful in their campaigns.


As many Americans know, Ebola has been in the news for months, since the outbreak started in West Africa this summer. But now, for many it seems closer to home as the first U.S. case was diagnosed in Dallas recently in a man who had just arrived in the U.S. from Liberia, and has since died.

As a service to physicians and patients, OSMA has joined with Governor Mary Fallin and other state health care professional organizations to talk about Oklahoma preparedness to address any potential outbreak/spread of the disease.

An important note: a more in-depth resource is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has a comprehensive toolkit containing guidance for health care workers available at:

In addition, a more general guidance piece can be found at:

Ken King, CAE
OSMA Executive Director

Click here for more information.


CME Mini Series III - October 24th



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Big things come in small packages….as those who attended the OSMA 2014 Annual Meeting CME on April 11, 2014, found out. The evening started with a few words from Terry Cline, PhD, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health who introduced Timothy Holder, MD, OSMA ARC Chair and Quality of Life Physician at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.  Dr. Holder then gave a special introduction for our guest speaker, Gold Medal Olympic Gymnast, Shannon Miller.  OSMA was proud to have as sponsors for this event PLICO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, St. Francis Hospital, and Wilshire Pennington. We were honored to have with us Olympic Champion, Shannon Miller who spoke on “Competing With Cancer.” What really set the stage for her presentation was a video of her winning Gold Medal performance!  When her petite frame stepped up to the podium, no one had any idea she was going to blow them away with her amazing story.  She brought everyone to tears. She touched the hearts of everyone in attendance.

She was so natural and down to earth.  She is for real and her story is real.  The take away points that Shannon presented was no matter how strong, or how in control you think you are, God is in control of everything. What she didn’t know was that God had been preparing her all of her life for this journey with ovarian cancer. With her struggles to win the Gold at the Olympics, she was being prepared to face other challenges in her life.  She shared her story so that those in the audience who thought she was just an “Olympic Champion” knew she was much more than that. Shannon encourages everyone to stay healthy, eat healthy, and exercise to stay fit because we never know what the future holds for us.  Her message of strength, courage, hope and perseverance, gave each of us encouragement.

Shannon is an amazing lady and we were all so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet her and share this time with her.  Her presentation was a “memorable experience”.  Thank you Shannon, you truly are an amazing young lady!



“Are You Prepared for ICD-10?” by Teresa Bolden, CPC
“Update HIPAA Requirements” by Benjamin Reed, JD

Instructional PDF for CME I

“Competing With Cancer” by Shannon Miller, Olympic Champion

Instructional PDF for CME II


OSMA Career Link Job Search (HEALTHecareers)


Featuring two new OSMA Preferred Associates!

Check them out!

Dell, Inc. and Office Depot - Wesbite just for OSMA Members! Click here

Dell, Inc. September Flyer


Free webinar:
ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use
While Improving Patient Care


Professional satisfaction for docs tied to better care, RAND study shows

Physicians' perception of their ability to provide high-quality care most strongly determines their level of professional satisfaction, according to a newly released RAND Corp. study. The American Medical Association sponsored the study as a way to better understand how physicians feel about their profession and their practices. CLICK HERE


ICD10 Resources



DocbookMD is an app for your smart phone and/or tablet device as a way for physicians to communicate in a HIPAA-compliant manner.  Not only can you send messages, but photos of x-rays, EKGs and chart information as well, and it’s all HIPAA-compliant.  DocbookMD is available FREE to all OSMA members!  For more information on DocbookMD or OSMA membership, please email


View free AMA CME webcasts! (click here)
Free webcasts are now available to members through the American Medical Association (AMA) Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS). Access webcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and earn valuable AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

These activities are designed for medical staff leaders (chiefs of staffs, medical staff presidents, medical directors and medical staff members), physicians interested in leadership issues and/or who are in small/single specialty groups, medical staff service professionals and medical staff legal counsel.


Hepatitis C Virus Treatment Update


International Medical Graduates

Now accepting applications for future sessions


Now Available – Aspirin Therapy Materials!