MSSC is one of the most active medical societies in the country. Members are engaged in programs and initiatives that address issues affecting the health of people living in Wichita and Sedgwick County. MSSC also is a local and state advocate on behalf of the medical profession, patient care and the practice of medicine.
Membership in the MSSC is a great way to build friendships with fellow physicians and develop referral connections. MSSC boards and committees also offer leadership opportunities.
Here are some other of MSSC’s many benefits:
MSSC Membership Roster: Physician members are listed in the Medical Society’s annual membership roster alphabetically, by their ABMS-recognized specialty and by practice group. The MSSC Roster is distributed each year to MSSC members and to other physicians, hospitals, pharmacists and related medical professionals throughout the state.
Malpractice Insurance: Membership in Kansas Medical Society (KMS) and MSSC enables physicians to obtain liability coverage from the Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company (KaMMCO), KMS’s physician-owned malpractice insurance company.
Disability and Long-Term Care Insurance: MSSC offers members discounted disability insurance and long-term care insurance policies.
Messaging service: MSSC and KMS members have free use of DocbookMD, a fast, HIPAA-secure messaging service for smartphones and tablet devices. It includes accurate, up-to-date physician contact information and details on local pharmacies.
Patient Referral Service: In response to requests from the public for referrals, physician names are provided on a rotating basis by specialty.
MSSC Legislative Committee: This committee works closely with MSSC’s executive director and KMS staff to monitor legislative issues related to the practice of medicine in Kansas, including medical malpractice, regulations and scope of practice. The committee communicates its positions and concerns to the Sedgwick County Legislative Delegation. MSSC board members also travel to Washington, D.C., each year to meet with members of Congress.
MSSC Meetings/CME: Membership meetings provide networking opportunities and informative presentations. Some meetings also offer CME credit.
Young Physicians Group: WD<40 (Wichita Docs Under 40) hosts mixers and other events that enable young physicians to network and get to know each other.
Initiatives/EMS System: MSSC is involved in a number of initiatives, such as maternal infant health, sports concussion and end-of-life planning. It also provides medical oversight of the Sedgwick EMS System.
MSSC NEWS: The Medical Society utilizes its monthly MSSC News to distribute, by mail or email, information of interest and importance to Sedgwick County physicians.
Website/Facebook/Twitter: Through its various online channels, the MSSC shares news and events of particular interest to local physicians.
Medical Provider Resources: This MSSC-operated entity helps physicians and hospitals efficiently respond to the growing demand for credentialing information and other practice management requirements. MPR verifies the credentials of physicians and allied health practitioners seeking membership and/or privileges at participating hospitals or medical facilities at the time of initial application, reappointment or re-credentialing. Providers complete only one standard application, resulting in less paperwork. Other services include provider enrollment with insurance plans and Medicare/Medicaid, Kansas licensure renewal, DEA registration or renewal, network credentialing and recruitment credentialing.
ProviDRs Care: The only physician-owned PPO in Kansas (formerly known as WPPA, Inc.) is a managed health care provider network. Providers and hospitals in Kansas and adjoining states offer their services through ProviDRs Care to self-funded groups, fully insured businesses, insurance companies and third-party administrators.
Project Access/ Central Plains Health Care Partnership: The nationally recognized Project Access program was initiated by MSSC in 1999 to address the needs of low-income, uninsured residents of Sedgwick County. More than half of all MSSC members participate in the physician-led program, which efficiently coordinates donated medical care and services provided by physicians, area hospitals, pharmacies and other providers. Central Plains Health Care Partnership is the non-profit entity overseeing Project Access and other not-for-profit activities.
Medical Careers Loan Fund: The loan fund, created in 1960, provides medical students and others pursuing health careers with financial assistance in obtaining their education.
Medical Student Emergency Loan Fund: The fund, created in 1992 with the assistance of the MSSC Alliance, provides financial assistance to medical students in need of a short-term, emergency loan. Interest-free loans up to $500 are made for a period of 90 days.
MSSC Alliance: In the 1920s, the spouses of physicians created an organization to support the society and its activities. Today, the MSSC Alliance coordinates programs that contribute to the quality of life and health in Sedgwick County.