SGO Issues May 28, 2015
SGO joins Council of Medical Specialty Societies
Gyn Onc publishes SGO cost of care recommendations
2016 SGO Winter Meeting in Lake Tahoe
CDC HPV Vaccine webinar now available
The value of an SGO membership
On May 9, SGO was accepted into the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), an independent forum for medical specialists to discuss issues of national interest and mutual concern. Founded in 1965, CMSS includes more than 40 societies with an aggregate membership of well over 750,000 U.S. physicians.
SGO Executive Director Mary Eiken, MS, RN, noted that CMSS has similar goals and numerous resources that can assist SGO with its mission to serve its members involved in the treatment of women’s cancers. She added that SGO can also benefit from current research initiatives the CMSS is participating in, including the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement, which explores the ABMS Multi-specialty Portfolio Project (MSPP).
“The CMSS is consistently in the forefront of issues relevant to organizations similar to SGO,” said Eiken. “This includes addressing the future of medical specialty society business models, involvement with convened groups that address continuing education and programming, and establishing new initiatives and changes in policy.”
Eiken added that two CMSS task forces should be of particular interest to SGO members: The Task Force on Alternative Payment Models, which explores alternative payment models that, if implemented, would appropriately value physician services, enhance the physician-patient relationship, and improve quality of care; and the Task Force on Registries, which focuses on workshops dedicated to how registries are used for research, fit other Society priorities, are evaluated on technologies, meet required regulatory issues and are capable of providing patient-reported outcomes.
“Our involvement in CMSS will allow myself and senior staff to network with organizations facing similar challenges through networking events, relationship building, and engagement in collaborative and resourceful efforts for its members and the Society’s mission,” said Eiken. “The benefits of CMSS membership will open a new door for the SGO to additional resources, forum discussion, and gives new and abundant opportunity to instill an influential voice for the gynecologic oncology specialty.”
Identifying potential cost savings in gynecologic oncology care without sacrificing quality is the focus of an SGO paper, “Improving quality and decreasing cost in gynecologic oncology care: Society of Gynecologic Oncology recommendations for clinical practice,” in the May 2015 issue of Gynecologic Oncology.
The 21st annual SGO Winter Meeting will be held Feb. 11-13, 2016, at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, CA. Check the SGO website in the coming months for details on abstract submissions and meeting registration.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recording of the webinar “HPV Vaccine Recommendation Update” presented by Lauri Markowitz, MD, on April 3, is now available on CDC’s YouTube Channel. A PDF copy of the webinar presentation slides is also available here. For more information, contact the CDC at firstname.lastname@example.org.