Monday, August 21, 2017

Value and Member Benefits

Value of Membership

Being a member of the Capital Area Medical Society (CapitalAMS) and Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) signifies your decision to identify and associate with the only organization that represents all physicians, regardless of specialty.  Your decision to join the CapitalAMS/LSMS helps make the voice of all physicians heard.

Member Benfits

The Capital Area Medical Society (CapitalAMS) and Louisiana State Medical Society (LSMS) offer a wide array of programs and services that help improve the practice of medicine for their members.

Capital Area Medial Society

Advocacy & Grassroots Activities
In addition to its strong voice in the Louisiana State Medical Association, CapitalAMS represents the interests of members through involvement with many organizations.  CapitalAMS functions as a grassroots organization to support or oppose legislative initiatives that impact the practice of medicine and patient care.  An organized voice of medicine to local, state and national governments in collaboration with the Louisiana State Medical Society and American Medical Association.

Mediation and Issue Resolution
With the goal of preserving relationships the CapitalAMS helps members and patients resolve misunderstandings and communication difficulties.  This valuable service assists physicians and patients in settling disputes as an alternative to the patient seeking resolution within the legal system.


Networking Opportunities
General membership meetings and social functions create a forum for physicians to get to know each other.


Opportunities to Serve Your Organization
As a member you are eligible to serve on the CapitalAMS Board of Directors, Committees and Task Forces.  In addition you are eligible to serve as a Delegate or Alternate Delegates to the LSMS House of Delegates/


CapitalAMS Physician Locator
The “Physician Locator” Section of our Web Site is a FREE online service for the community that helps doctors too.  We provide names of member physicians and information that assists patients in locating a physician.  In addition, CapitalAMS receives hundreds of calls each year from consumers seeking physicians.  Callers are referred to the CapitalAMS Website Physician Locator Section where they can search through the names of our member physicians.


Online Membership Directory
This important Members Only feature located on the CapitalAMS Web Site offers you information that will assist you in locating your colleagues and in patient referral.


Quarterly Newsletter Publications
Our informative quarterly newsletter, The Stethoscope, which features articles on legislation, issues impacting the practice of medicine and your association, and more.


MemberFAX & MemberEMAIL Networks
Keeping you informed about pending legislation, breaking news and upcoming events and activities.


Members receive discounted rates on advertising and classified advertising in The Stethoscope, the quarterly newsletter of the CapitalAMS, and on the CapitalAMS Website.


CapitalAMS Endorsed Programs



Robert Ellis & Associates is the exclusive marketing agency for the Capital Area Medical Society's endorsed health and life insurance portfolio.  In addition to top quality, competitively priced High Deductible (HSA) Health Plans, the Society's Long Term Disability program offers a true "own occ" definition of disability -- an exclusive feature of the Society's group program typically found only in more expensive, individual policy formats.  As specialist in the medical property and casualty insurance arena, Robert Ellis & Associates can also provide you with comprehensive business office insurance protection (building and contents) as well as competitively priced workers' compensation insurance.  For additional information contact David Ellis ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Stormy Blair ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) at 1-888-503-5547. 


TeleCheck Services, Inc.
TeleCheck Services, Inc. is a leading provider of paper and electronic check services.  With over 40 years of experience, TeleCheck's commitment to continuous innovation helps business safely and efficiently accept check payments at the point-of-sale.  TeleCheck helps more than 350,000 retail, financial, and other industry outlet increase profitability, reduce risk and streamline operations.  To learn more about TeleCheck contact Teresa Alvarez Andersen at 225-806-1979, or via email at
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Louisiana State Medical Society

Professional Advocacy
Through the Department of Governmental Affairs, LSMS provides a legislative and government liaison monitoring and introducing legislation to protect and enhance the ability of physicians to practice medicine. It also works closely with many state agencies such as the Department of Health and Hospitals, the Department of Insurance, the Department of Environmental Quality, the Attorney General’s office, and the Office of the Governor. The Society also monitors federal legislation in concert with the American Medical Association’s Washington, D.C. office.


The LSMS enjoys representation on many boards, committees, and task forces organized within state government. Officials of the LSMS meet regularly with representatives of Medicaid, the Medicare Part B carrier, the Peer Review Organization (PRO) and others to clarify issues, present physician concerns and improve communications. The Society pushes for more physician input regarding health care issues at all levels of government, third party payors and the business community.


Legal Activities & Support
The LSMS Department of Legal Affairs provides members with a resource for legal information and guidance, coordinates legal activities to benefit the membership, and acts as a liaison to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.  Ongoing legal support continues to be provided to the membership after having joined class action lawsuits filed in Louisiana state courts against four of the largest health plans in the state.  Aetna and CIGNA have agreed to a settlement.


You will receive current news and information that affect you and your patients. LSMS communicates with its members, electronically and in print, the value of member benefits through The Journal of the LSMS, Capsules, bi-monthly newsletter, LSMS Online (, and LSMS Direct, internet directory providing members contact information and access to NPI numbers. Consultation with a knowledgeable, experienced staff is also available to LSMS members.


The LSMS accredits 24 organizations in Louisiana and Arkansas as CME providers that offer a variety of AMA/PRA Category 1™ accredited activities to Louisiana physicians. The Philip H.Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to medical students at LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans and Shreveport, and Tulane Medical School.


Public Relations
The LSMS Department of Public Affairs provides media relations and communications on behalf of physicians and patients, presents a positive image of the profession with the media and the public, and works with statewide media to address healthcare issues from the physician’s perspective.  LSMS also produces the following publications:  The Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, Capsules Newsletter, Special Bulletins, Legislative Alerts, LSMS Annual Report, and LSMS Direct – an online member directory ( with access to members-only information.


Medical School Scholarships
The LSMS Educational and Research Foundation is responsible for the P. H. Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund, with awards scholarships to needy medical students attending Louisiana medical schools.


Preferred Benefits
Through the LSMS Physicians Services, Inc, you will have access to products and services to help manage the costs of your practice. The list of member benefits is continually reviewed to find the latest and most effective services to meet your personal and professional needs. A complete list of products is available at



The LSMS and your local parish/component medical society are working together to provide a powerful voice to represent physicians and their patients. Adding your voice will help ensure a strong medical profession for the future. 

Contact Us

Capital Area Medical Society
5261 Highland Road #181
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

225-273-7904 - Phone
225-273-7905 - Fax

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