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:
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.
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.
MSSC members can receive up to six free, confidential teletherapy sessions with a vetted therapist. Physicians who are interested can complete an application at www.thebattlewithin.org/frontline-therapy-network. Here is a link for more information: Frontline Therapy Network
MSSC also partnered with WorkWell KS to provide help for other health care team members. Free resources include training for employees on mindfulness and stress management. Here is a link for more information: WorkWell KS
MSSC also compiled a list of local counselors and psychiatrists who offered to see MSSC physicians and staff (for a fee). Contact MSSC is you would like this list.
Patient Referral Service
MSSC maintains a Physician Finder database on its website. It also regularly receives phone calls from the public seeking physician recommendations.
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.
Membership meetings provide networking opportunities and informative presentations. MSSC also helps sponsor meetings that 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.
MSSC is involved in a number of initiatives, such as maternal infant health, sports concussion and end-of-life planning. It also helps oversee the Sedgwick EMS System.
The Medical Society utilizes its monthly MSSC News to distribute, by mail or email, information of interest and importance to Sedgwick County physicians.
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.
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.
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
A career in medicine as a physician, nurse or other health professional is rewarding but costly to pursue. The MSSC Medical Careers Loan Fund is designed to lesson that burden for students from Sedgwick County. The loan fund provides financial assistance for students going to medical school or training for a career in nursing, medical technology, X-ray technology, inhalation therapy or other allied health field.
Assistance: The loans are for tuition, books, fees, and related expenses and all funds are paid directly to the registrar of the involved school. The amount loaned annually is determined by the fund’s committee, based on the applicant’s financial needs. The loans are low interest and are a maximum of $6,000 per school year ($3,000 per semester). Repayment begins following completion of residency or other training. Learn more by this guide to MCLF Policies and Procedures
Application: To apply for a loan, please complete the MCLF Loan Application Form and the Letter of Reference and return by September 1st to:
Medical Society of Sedgwick County
1102 S. Hillside
Wichita, Kansas 67211
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.