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More than 100 people joined the ISMA in the Statehouse north atrium on Wednesday, Feb. 1, for a rally to support HB 1578. Our efforts were rewarded when the bill, a four-part plan to reduce Hoosiers' dependence on tobacco products, passed out of the House Public Health Committee that afternoon on a vote of 11-0. The rally was sponsored partly by the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana (Alliance), of which the ISMA is a founding member.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
As of Monday, Feb. 13, the old Indiana Medicaid information system and interface will be retired. To submit claims, providers must register with the new information system, CoreMMIS, through the new interface, Provider Healthcare Portal.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
The MLB rule does not dictate the type of follow-up care or testing, but, instead, allows for a number of possibilities. Several members contacted me to ask whether the "consult" had to be verbal or in-person, or whether the "consult" could be made in writing.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
In December, the ISMA reported that 13 Indiana hospitals had donated a total of $26,360 to help continue the 26-year-old Physician Assistance Program. Since then, 11 more hospitals have contributed a combined $41,160, bringing the total aid to $67,520.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
At its January meeting, the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (MLB) elected officers for 2017. Kirk Masten, DO, will remain president, and Bharat Barai, MD, will remain secretary. John Strobel, MD, was elected to serve as vice president. All are ISMA members.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
MIPS is a new program for certain Medicare-participating eligible clinicians (ECs) that brings with it payment adjustments based on performance in four categories: quality, cost, advancing care information, and improvement activities.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
ISMA members might already know the Indiana Drug Card can help uninsured or underinsured patients save up to 75 percent on prescription drugs. But, now will also help provide care for patients at Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
Advocacy by physicians against the proposed $34 billion merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc. was crucial to a court ruling that the deal violated antitrust laws, according to the American Medical Association. Tuesday, the AMA called the decision by US District Judge John D. Bates "a landmark win.for organized medicine and the nation's patients." ISMA members, responding to an AMA-ISMA survey last year, overwhelmingly opposed the merger.
Posted: January 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana, of which the ISMA is a founding partner, is working hard to improve Hoosiers' health. Its first goal is to lower the number of Hoosiers who smoke and deter new smokers from starting. That's why the Tobacco Tax Rally, scheduled for Wed. Feb. 1, is important. We need your support as legislators prepare to consider House Bill (HB) 1578.
Posted: January 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
Licensed Indiana physicians may now apply to be listed in the Volunteer Health Care Registry, which provides immunity from civil liability for participants who meet the requirements. The volunteer registry, which is part of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA), was established by House Enrolled Act 1145 to offer more health care services freestanding from traditional health care facilities. Agency officials hope the registry will provide a convenient way for Hoosiers to address their health needs and encourage medical practitioners to care for Hoosiers in their neighborhoods, according to a PLA statement.
Posted: January 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
Rates for ISMA-sponsored Anthem medical plans rose by just 0.3 percent on Jan. 1, the lowest increase in nearly 20 years. Rates for the dental plan remained the same. Tom Martens, ISMA director of health insurance administration, said a favorable claims experience helped hold the increase down.
Posted: January 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
ISMA Executive Vice President Julie Reed, JD, spoke to Indiana's Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC) on Jan. 5, strongly supporting the renewal of the state's Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0 waiver. In her comments at the public hearing, Reed discussed the many ways eligible Hoosiers have benefited from the program and called it "a resounding success."
Posted: January 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
Julie Dart is the new managing editor on the ISMA Communications team; she replaces Kathleen Hopper, who retired Dec. 31 after 20 years of dedicated service.
Posted: January 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
Each member strengthens the ISMA in its efforts to advocate for patients and medical practice. On behalf of nearly 8,000 physicians, we extend a warm and hearty welcome to these new members, who add to our collective strength.
Posted: January 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites small, rural, and underserved practices to join a webinar on Feb. 1 at 1 pm to learn more about participation in the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program.
Posted: January 26, 2017, 8:00 pm
The ISMA welcomes two new Government Relations staff members, who will be working hard to represent physicians' interests at the Statehouse. Scott Gartenman most recently served as chief quality officer and counsel on program integrity for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Michael Brady most recently served as director of INSPECT, Indiana's prescription drug monitoring program. He worked at the ISMA as legislative coordinator from 2013 to 2015.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
The 2017 Indiana General Assembly began Jan. 3 with new faces, replacement committee chairs and a recently developed list of ISMA priorities. Indiana's new governor, Eric Holcomb, will benefit from strong Republican majorities in both houses, and Organization Day, Nov. 22, included a swearing-in ceremony for 22 freshman legislators - 10 senators and 12 representatives.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
Physicians regularly see problems or conditions they cannot cure. Yet, prevention, management and coping techniques can make a significant difference in someone's life. Physician burnout, like chronic disease, is not likely to go away. But managing it can greatly improve daily life.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
During its December 2016 meeting, the Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana summarily suspended the licenses of three physicians. All three cases were related to controlled substances.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
Since 1997, Fort Wayne ophthalmologist Barbara Schroeder, MD, has traveled to the Yucatan on medical missions. In 2015, Surgical Eye Expeditions became involved and gave new life to the efforts. This group of health care providers performs cataract and pterygium surgeries, as well as eye exams for local Mayans. In January, Dr. Schroeder will return to the area - with help from the ISMA.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
The Indiana legislature has convened to begin important work on hundreds of bills. You can play a role in the process by serving as the Physician of the Day when legislators are in session. When you volunteer, the day begins with your introduction before the House and Senate. You'll have time to observe the legislative process, as well as meet your legislators. In the clinic, you may treat minor ailments of legislators and their staffs.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
With all the cards, catalogs and sale fliers filling your mailbox in the past month, could you have missed seeing your ISMA dues renewal statement?
Posted: January 12, 2017, 8:00 pm
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will continue to allow a grace period for prescribers to renew their registrations, reversing a recent decision to do away with the policy starting this month.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
The federal waiver for Indiana's HIP 2.0 Indiana Medicaid plan is scheduled for renewal at the end of this month, and members of the public are invited to comment on the proposal through Jan. 20.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
Approximately $2.5 million is now available to help fund new medical residency slots in Indiana. The grants are available in increments of $45,000 for each year of a resident's training, and programs receiving them must provide some matching funds.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) issued a Bulletin Dec. 20 that expands the list of health-care "provider types" allowed to order physical and occupational therapy services for IHCP members.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
As of e-Reports press time, no ruling had been announced in the Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust challenge to the proposed merger of Anthem Inc. and Cigna Inc., a consolidation of insurance giants that deeply concerns ISMA members.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
A new fact sheet explains how the HIPAA rules allow disclosures of protected health information (PHI) to support activities of public health agencies.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
The Indiana legislature has convened to begin important work on hundreds of bills. You can play a role in the process by serving as the Physician of the Day when legislators are in session.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 8:00 pm
Effective Jan. 1, 2017, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will eliminate the informal grace period it has allowed for registrants to renew their registrations and will tighten other renewal policies, according to the AMA.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
More than a year after its creation by Executive Order 15-09 from Gov. Pence, the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention has issued a final report.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
Indiana Medicaid has advised its managed care contractors that they are allowed to reduce their physician fee schedules for non-contracted providers by 2 percent starting January 2017.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
I am excited to serve as president and alternate trustee for the ISMA's Resident Fellow Society (RFS). As a new PGY-1 resident-physician, I am eager to strengthen our advocacy in Indiana and give our region a strong voice in the House of Delegates for many years to come.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
To adequately prepare providers, The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) has scheduled on-site training workshops during December on the new Provider Healthcare Portal.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
Give yourself a gift this holiday season and sign on for the Office Depot program through the ISMA.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Indiana Drug Card is a free resource for you to help lower out-of-pocket prescription costs for patients. If your patient has a high deductible, takes a medication not covered by insurance or does not have prescription coverage, the Indiana Drug Card can save you up to 75 percent of prescription costs.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 8:00 pm
A coalition of health care professionals, advocates, community and business leaders from across the state has announced formation of the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana to work toward improving health status.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
Indiana policy consultant Seema Verma, MPH, has been named by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Verma is president and CEO of SVC, Inc, a national health policy consulting firm, which she founded
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
Gathering soon after the presidential election, many delegates to the AMA interim meeting expressed concern about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, Indiana received considerable support for its resolution proposing how the AMA could work with the new administration on the issue
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana issued a new rule, effective Oct. 22, 2016, on standards for patients with high breast density. The General Assembly directed the MLB to issue the rule to educate women with high breast density and establish standards for providing an annual screening or diagnostic test for women 40 and older
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
Health care data breaches occur every day and affect health care providers of all sizes - from large health care systems to solo physician practices. Health care providers often are targets of cyber criminals because medical records contain robust personal information and because health care provider security is perceived by hackers as more lax than other industries, such as banking and retail services
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
Q. What risk management suggestions can you provide regarding medical emergencies in an office setting?
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
Purdue University Head Team Physician Gregory Rowdon, MD, accepted the Team Physician of the Year Award from the ISMA Commission on Sports Medicine during the recent Athletic Trainers Association banquet.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
In September, the ISMA sent letters to 157 hospitals and organizations across the state seeking financial support for continuance of our 26-year-old Physician Assistance Program. Since letters were sent, 13 hospitals have responded with donations totaling $26,360.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
On Nov. 22, a federal judge in Texas issued an order temporarily blocking the Department of Labor's new rule on overtime pay. The rule was set to take effect Dec. 1, 2016.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
Too few physicians diagnose and treat substance use disorder (SUD). Yet only physicians can prescribe life-saving medication-assisted treatments (MAT), including methadone, buprenorphine, and extended-release naltrexone for opioid use disorder.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
On Dec. 5, Indiana Medicaid transitions its long-time processing system, IndianaAIM, to the new CoreMMIS system, expected to provide greater accuracy and efficiency in processing claims for services. The new system will also deliver a new provider interface called the Provider Healthcare Portal to replace Web interChange. The portal will be your most effective tool for conducting IHCP-related business.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
Two long-time ISMA staffers, Susan Grant and Kathleen Hopper, are set to retire Dec. 31.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
Prescription drug monitoring programs have proliferated across the nation and are now recognized as an invaluable tool in combating the epidemic of opioid abuse in our nation. Indiana's Prescription Monitoring program (INSPECT) was established in 1994 and since that time, increased funding and successful partnerships have stretched reporting requirements to include schedule II through V controlled substances.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
Fort Wayne physician Mitchell Stucky, MD, values ISMA membership, and he has encouraged his colleagues in the Parkview Physician Group to become members. In fact, the group has achieved 100 percent membership in the ISMA with an additional incentive to join
Posted: November 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
On Dec. 5, the transition will replace Indiana Medicaid's longtime processing system, IndianaAIM, with the new CoreMMIS system, which will provide greater accuracy and efficiency in processing claims for services. MDwise will also switch to a new claims vendor on Jan. 1, 2017.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
Indiana health officials anticipate a surge in patient requests for Zika testing during the winter travel season and are alerting physicians to be prepared.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
As the holiday season approaches along with our traditional day of thanks, the time seems right to recall your original motivations for choosing the medical profession. Consider a pause to remember why you were drawn to a career in caregiving, which means facing patient challenges every day.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
Two cases of domestic assault this year serve as reminders about the importance of including strangulation in screening for patients who may be victims of abuse.
Posted: November 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
Insurers use the term "seamless conversion" but physicians and medical societies just call it unfair. Seamless conversion refers to the process of a health insurance company automatically enrolling a beneficiary from its commercial plan into its Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan when that beneficiary turns age 65. The beneficiary must take action to opt out to stop the automatic enrollment.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced it is expanding its $0 premium Medicare Advantage (MA) HMO and its $0 premium MA dual-eligible Special Needs Plan HMO to 21 Indiana counties.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the MACRA Final Rule Oct. 14, with provisions taking effect Jan. 1, 2017. The final rule provides for great flexibility in the first two "transitional" years, 2017 and 2018. That includes a "pick your own pace" reporting option and removal of penalties tied to 2017 and 2018 reporting years.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched a new smartphone app providing essential resources for health care providers. The recent push to get more patients access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction is going mobile.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
This year's symposium addressed topics such as neonatal abstinence syndrome, teen substance abuse and physician involvement in addiction treatment. Approximately 900 physicians, pharmacists, nurses, treatment providers, counselors and educators attended the conference held Oct. 13-14 to learn how to reduce the state's prescription and heroin drug abuse epidemic.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana recently finalized changes to the opioid pain management prescribing rule. In general, the rule provides that if a physician prescribes particular opiates in certain amounts (prescribing thresholds), the physician is required to take a number of actions, such as entering into a treatment agreement with the patient, and periodically checking INSPECT (prescribing requirements), our state's drug monitoring program for scheduled drugs.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
Today, we will lose 129 Americans to addiction, primarily through opioid overdose. Addiction is a chronic brain disease. Yet, for years we have not acknowledged this or treated addiction from a chronic disease model approach. We have been led to believe "treatment" will solve the addiction dilemma: We send people off for 30 days to get "treated".
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
The percentage of ISMA dues attributable to lobbying efforts for the 2017 dues year is 24 percent.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA and the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) invite you to an educational webinar on step therapy patient protections in Indiana. Enacted this year and effective in July, current step therapy protections, offer patients and physicians a clear process to obtain an exception. Our webinar will provide a synopsis of the protections and guidance on how they can be best utilized.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
Legislators make decisions during each General Assembly session that can profoundly impact you, your medical practice and your patients. Many state lawmakers have heard about the ISMA and understand our focus, but they don't know YOU, our members.
Posted: November 7, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule implementing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 Quality Payment Program (MACRA).
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
Since 2013, child fatalities in Indiana resulting from abuse or neglect have increased nearly 35 percent. Half of those cases involved children one year old or younger, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). Head trauma was the primary injury in abuse fatalities, and drowning was the primary contributor in neglect fatalities.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Drug Utilization Review Board is currently working to clarify a new rule regarding prior authorization and overprescribing for narcotic prescriptions. A bulletin will be issued soon and Medicaid physicians are encouraged to check online regularly for this notice.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced sufficient injectable flu vaccine for this season. In fact, manufacturers estimate that as many as 157 to 168 million doses of injectable flu vaccine will be available.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
You most likely have an electronic health record (EHR) system in your office, but are you making the best use of it? If you haven't purchased an EHR or you are planning to upgrade, do you need some help?
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
Hoosiers who enroll in the federally facilitated Healthcare.gov marketplace are now making decisions about their plans for 2017. They may ask you questions about the networks as they complete enrollment by the Nov. 1 deadline.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
A recent survey of managed care organizations, (MCOs), health insurers, third-party administrators (TPAs), and pharmacy benefit managers predicts that medical plan options will trend in 2017 similar to how they have in the past. However, carved-out prescription drug benefit costs for active populations will continue to increase at double-digit rates, noted the report by Segal Consulting.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
Legislators make decisions during each General Assembly session that can profoundly impact you, your medical practice and your patients. Many state lawmakers have heard about the ISMA and understand our focus, but they don't know YOU, our members. This year, show the 2017 General Assembly who you are, particularly legislators from your own community. You can do that in just one day.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
Four physicians will debate whether the Affordable Care Act helps or hurts physicians and patients on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 pm EST at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
The officers and members of the ISMA extend a warm welcome to these new members.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
If you are planning a medical mission trip any time from September 2016 through all of 2017, you have until Nov. 1 to apply for the ISMA's Medical Mission Sponsorship.
Posted: October 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
Resolutions and testimony at the 2016 House of Delegates reflected increasing concerns about public health. Major debate focused on Reference Committee 4, Public Health Issues, calling for action on tobacco, pollution, needle and syringe disposal, opioid prescribing and physician aid-in-dying.
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
Thomas Whiteman, MD, an otolaryngologist with IU Health Ball Otolaryngology in Muncie, was sworn in as president of the ISMA during the 167th Annual Convention in Indianapolis.
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
Payments from the Patient's Compensation Fund (PCF) increased more than 42 percent since April, reflecting a surge in paid claims in July.
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
The environment in 2017 will cause employers of all sizes to make difficult choices to gain a competitive advantage in recruiting talented employees. When it comes to health care benefits, there is no single solution response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
Feeling stressed and exhausted? Would you describe yourself as "burned out" or are you uncertain what that really means?
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA bestowed several awards to worthy individuals during the 167th Annual Convention.
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
Q. I am concerned about pain management and liability exposure. Could you provide some suggestions to reduce my risk with chronic pain patients?
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
The week preceding our convention, Sept. 16-24, was officially proclaimed Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week by Pres. Obama. In
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
Our country is in the midst of a public health crisis involving prescription drug abuse and addiction. In fact, 8 to10 percent of Americans (age 12+), or 20 million people, have serious substance abuse problems (Source: NIDA).
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
If you are planning a medical mission trip any time from September 2016 through all of 2017, you have until Nov. 1 to apply for the ISMA's Medical Mission Sponsorship.
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
Legislators make decisions during each General Assembly session that can profoundly impact you, your medical practice and your patients. Many state lawmakers have heard about the ISMA and understand our focus, but they don't know YOU, our members.
Posted: October 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received feedback on its April proposal for implementing the Quality Payment Program under MACRA, which replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. Included in that feedback was an AMA letter, with the ISMA as a signatory, expressing concerns about the implementation date occurring so quickly after the final rule would be released - considering the enormity and complexity of the program
Posted: September 19, 2016, 8:00 pm
Indiana will share a grant of $9 million with neighbor states Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 18 other states and tribes to further drug abuse prevention efforts. The idea is to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and to address the risks of overprescribing.
Posted: September 19, 2016, 8:00 pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has again warned prescribers not to prescribe benzodiazepines along with cough medicines and pain medications, in an effort to help reduce the growing number of overdose deaths. The agency first announced new "black box" warning labels in March and now has added even more medications that depress the central nervous system to the warning list.
Posted: September 19, 2016, 8:00 pm
WPS, Indiana's Medicare administrative contractor, advised that recent claim reviews performed by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contractor have significant errors in evaluation and management (E/M) service procedure codes. In these cases, the performing physician/non-physician practitioner's (NPP) documentation did not support the level of E/M code billed.
Posted: September 19, 2016, 8:00 pm
Join 900 professionals from local, state and federal agencies, businesses, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, advocates and others at the Annual Rx Symposium, Oct. 13-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Posted: September 19, 2016, 8:00 pm
Share your thoughts on 46 resolutions, even if you cannot attend convention. ISMA's online message board allows you to communicate your concerns about any of the proposals. Resolution 16-21, Replacing ISMA Districts, includes a FAQ.
Posted: September 19, 2016, 8:00 pm
Each new member provides strength to ISMA efforts as we advocate for patients and medical practice. The officers and staff welcome these physicians and thank them for helping to make the practice of medicine stronger in Indiana.
Posted: September 19, 2016, 8:00 pm
As a physician, you urge patient after patient to reduce smoking. Another way to help reduce the number of smokers in Indiana will be open to you at convention this month. Ask your county delegate to consider supporting ISMA Resolution 16-23, authored by ISMA President Rhonda Sharp, MD.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
Indiana in the 1930s had 13 congressional districts, and the ISMA's structure was aligned with those 13 districts. Today, Indiana has nine congressional districts and at any time, the state may again redraw those districts. But the ISMA retains the 13 districts created some 80 years ago. In 2014, Heidi M. Dunniway, MD, ISMA president at the time, formed an ad hoc Future Directions Task Force to study the district structure.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
In July, the ISMA filed a request to submit an amicus brief in the case of Kenneth Lockridge, et al v. Anonymous MD, et al. The Indiana Supreme Court granted the ISMA's request and accepted our brief.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
If you are planning a medical mission trip any time from September 2016 through 2017, you are eligible to apply for the ISMA's Medical Mission Sponsorship. The annual award provides up to $3,000 to help defray costs of a trip.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
On Aug. 19, Indiana Medicaid's Drug Utilization Review Board adopted restrictions on access to opioid painkillers for the state's Medicaid patients, as previously recommended by the board's Therapeutics Subcommittee. The changes cap the number of opioid doses available to NEW opioid-using Medicaid patients at two (2) seven-day supplies.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
In August, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, sent a letter to every physician in the country, a historic first, discussing the opioid crisis. The letter asks physicians to pledge their support to end the crisis and offers three steps to take to help.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm