SGO Issues Aug 21, 2014

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SGO Issues August 21, 2014

SGO bylaws vote begins Aug. 28
CMS Open Payments System Registration due Sept. 8
Join MySGO online communities
CDC focuses on HPV immunizations as students go ‘Back to School’

SGO bylaws vote begins Aug. 28

SGO bylaws allow for electronic voting of bylaws changes. The recommendations will be voted upon by the membership online beginning Thursday, Aug. 28, through Tuesday, Sept. 30. Eligible voters will receive an email with instructions on how to cast their vote on Aug. 28. The subject line will say “2014 SGO Bylaws Amendment Vote – Action Required” from noreply@directvote.net and voting will be conducted in the same manner as the 2014 Board of Directors election.

Reminders will be sent to all SGO voting members until an affirmative vote is reached. Proposed amendments must receive the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the votes cast with no less than 15 percent of voting members participating. If you have any questions or concerns regarding these recommendations, please contact candy.taylor@sgo.org.

CMS Open Payments System Registration due Sept. 8

Physicians and teaching hospitals have until Sept. 8 to register in the CMS Open Payments system to review and dispute data submitted by applicable manufacturers and group purchasing organizations prior to public posting on Sept. 30. Registration in Open Payments is voluntary, but it is required if a physician or teaching hospital wants the opportunity to review and dispute data reported about them for the 2013 reporting period. Additional information is available at CMS.gov.

Join MySGO online communities

Have you logged in to MySGO recently? This online community enables SGO members to share resources, engage in discussion boards, offer insight to peers, and make new connections. MySGO fosters a feeling of collectiveness that makes the online community a sought after resource for SGO members. Contact SGO’s membership staff at membership@sgo.org or 312-235-4060 with questions about navigating MySGO or developing networks and groups.

CDC focuses on HPV immunizations as students go ‘Back to School’

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and the CDC has a number of resources for clinicians to promote vaccinations and encourage their fellow practitioners to do the same. The NIAM Communication Toolkit includes key messages for all immunizations, while CDC’s PSAs, Preteens and Teens Vaccines and You Are The Key websites are more specific to HPV vaccination.