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U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued a preliminary injunction June 30, a day before HEA 1337 concerning abortion in Indiana was set to take effect. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit in April, soon after Gov. Mike Pence signed the law in March. The suit claims the law is unconstitutional and violates privacy rights.
Posted: July 13, 2016, 8:00 pm
Effective immediately, physicians, as well as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) with unlimited licenses may complete athlete examinations and sign pre-participation sports physical evaluation forms. The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Executive Committee amended Rule 3-10 and announced this change June 27.
Posted: July 13, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA joined 118 state, national and specialty societies in signing a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) formally commenting on draft rules for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Posted: July 13, 2016, 8:00 pm
People in the U.S., young and old, are dying from misuse of prescription pain medications. Physicians are sometimes blamed for these tragedies. However, challenges facing physicians who want to reduce opioid prescriptions include the fact that patients frequently do not have access to physical therapy and other non-pharmacological therapies
Posted: July 13, 2016, 8:00 pm
Anthem's new Pharmacy Home Program will identify and notify high-risk insureds in both individual and employer-sponsored plans to choose one home pharmacy to fill their prescriptions - if they do not change behavior within 60 days
Posted: July 13, 2016, 8:00 pm
If you have concerns, frustrations or recommendations concerning the Indiana Medicaid provider auditing process, the Provider Audit Workgroup wants to hear from you.
Posted: July 13, 2016, 8:00 pm
Resolutions you submit to the ISMA House of Delegates influence the ISMA's legislative efforts or policy. You have until Tuesday, July 26, at 4:30 pm to submit your resolutions for the 2016 annual convention, Sept. 24-25 at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.
Posted: July 13, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA, the Indiana Hospital Association, the Indiana Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and other stakeholders have developed a set of opioid and controlled substance prescribing guidelines. They will help physicians in emergency departments (EDs) manage pain - safely and appropriately
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
Hiring a lawyer to review a potential employment contract can be expensive, but not having a legal review can end up costing you much more. That's the dilemma many Indiana physicians have faced - until now!
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
This month, changes take effect in Indiana's prescription monitoring program, INSPECT. Patients' INSPECT reports can now be included in their medical records - with limitations.
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
For many years, Indiana law has set the fees health care providers can charge for copies of medical records. The HIPAA Privacy Rule in 2003 created an enforceable, legal right of access for patients to request copies of their medical records. It also added a new layer of restrictions on what can be charged for copies of protected health information (PHI).
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
The headlines and numbers are familiar now. National media, industry press and even local hospital newsletters have highlighted increasing reports of physician burnout. Typically, they include the shocking fact that nearly 400 physicians in the U.S. die by suicide each year. That's more than one medical school class lost.
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
At the AMA annual meeting in Chicago June 11-15, ISMA Past President David J. Welsh, MD, a general surgeon and county health officer from Batesville, was elected to the Council on Science and Public Health and ISMA Past President John Knote, MD, of West Lafayette was re-elected to the AMA Senior Physicians Section Governing Council. The new president of the AMA, Pennsylvania's Andrew W. Gurman, MD, called physicians to be leaders and advocates, fighting against powers in government, the private sector and elsewhere that are inserting themselves into health care.
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
The opioid epidemic in Indiana is well documented, and SEA 297 makes the commitment to respond to this issue with an evidence-based comprehensive integrated approach. Six million people suffer from prescription drug abuse disorders in the U.S., and as a result, drug overdoses were blamed for more than 1,000 deaths in Indiana in 2012.
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana conducted contested hearings, considered license applications and finalized a new rule during its May 26 meeting. Two physicians whose licenses had previously been suspended had their licenses restored
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
Atlantic Health Partners (AHP) is ISMA's vaccine program partner. As the leading vaccine buying group in the country, AHP offers ISMA members the most favorable pricing and terms for a wide range of immunizations from Sanofi Pasteur, Merck, Pfizer, Seqirus and Medimmune.
Posted: June 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
Hiring a lawyer to review a potential employment contract can be expensive, but not having a legal review can end up costing you much more. That's the dilemma many Indiana physicians have faced - until now!
Posted: June 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
In less than a year, syphilis cases in Indiana have increased 70 percent. In response, the Indiana State Health Department urges you to educate patients and aggressively test, treat and report the infections.
Posted: June 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
Last year at this time, medical practices were busy preparing for the change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 that occurred rather uneventfully in October 2015.
Posted: June 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
If you care for Medicare patients, you will be under new requirements next year and you have until the end of this month to send in your feedback about those rules currently being developed.
Posted: June 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
The officers and members of the ISMA extend a warm welcome to these new members. Collectively, each new member strengthens our efforts to advocate for patients and medical practice. Thank you!
Posted: June 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers an online toolkit to help you communicate with patients and families when unexpected events may cause harm.
Posted: June 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
Congratulations to ISMA Past President David Welsh, MD, for his election to the AMA Council on Science and Public Health! Elections were held during the AMA's annual meeting June 11-15 in Chicago.
Posted: June 15, 2016, 8:00 pm
Several new laws involving medical practice in Indiana will take effect July 1. For only the first time in 18 years, the state's medical malpractice cap will increase from $1.25 million to $1.65 million in 2017 and go up to $1.8 million in 2019.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:00 pm
Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) Commissioner Stephen W. Robertson signed the Final Order May 23 to approve the acquisition of Cigna HealthCare of Indiana, Inc. by Anthem, Inc.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:00 pm
The federal Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued new regulations May 18 that prohibit physicians, physician practices, other health providers and insurers from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The regulations take effect for physicians on July 18, 2016, and apply to all physicians who participate in Medicaid, or the meaningful use program, or who receive any other federal financial assistance.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:00 pm
What steps are important for physicians managing a medical practice in the event of death, disability or retirement?
Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:00 pm
Do you know whether you are providing your practice employees the best possible deal in an employee benefits program? You can't know for certain unless you have recently considered the ISMA Group Health Insurance Plan in your decision-making process. We have a unique offer that allows small employers to bundle together to purchase health insurance as a large group, providing the opportunity to save money and stabilize future premium increases.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:00 pm
I read the article by Dr. Larry Cripe on the art of dying well with grave concern, as it fosters physician-assisted suicide. The physician "aid in dying" concept states that the goal is patient death, quite a distinction from palliative care where relief of suffering is the goal - even if it hastens death. Our Hippocratic Oath requires we do no harm.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA proudly recognizes nearly 90 members celebrating 50 years of dedicated service in the medical profession. The special pins and plaques these physicians are receiving in the mail from the ISMA serve as symbols of our esteem and appreciation for their five decades of caring for the people of Indiana. Congratulate these physicians in your community. See the list here.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:00 pm
Resolutions that become ISMA policy expire after 10 years. This year, these so-called sunsetting policies address issues like human papilloma virus vaccine, taxes on cigarettes, submission of claims and silent network PPOs.
Posted: June 2, 2016, 8:00 pm
Next year, new requirements will be in effect for clinicians providing services to Medicare patients. In April, the Department of Health and Human Services announced 962 pages of proposed rules for implementing key provisions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Posted: May 18, 2016, 8:00 pm
We've all heard the terms used to describe individuals struggling with drug addiction. These terms are dismissive and disdainful. They reflect a moral judgment that is a relic of a bygone era when our understanding of addiction was limited, and many thought addiction was some moral failing and a source of shame.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 8:00 pm
You might have heard the meaningful use (MU) program for electronic health records (EHR) is morphing into another program soon, but that doesn't mean the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has less interest in where $20 billion in MU incentive payments have gone. In fact, numerous providers have received audit letters from CMS in the past few weeks.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 8:00 pm
While the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) continues to investigate confirmed outbreaks of mumps at four universities, you are urged to watch for symptoms in students returning home for the summer.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 8:00 pm
During the ISMA's 2016 annual convention, Sept. 24-25 at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing, you have a chance to shape the association's policies and honor a colleague.
Posted: May 18, 2016, 8:00 pm
The officers and members of the ISMA extend a warm welcome to these new members. Collectively, you strengthen our efforts to advocate for patients and medical practice. Thank you!
Posted: May 18, 2016, 8:00 pm
Years in the making, a new law will soon govern telehealth or telemedicine in Indiana. HEA 1263 grants prescribers the authority to issue a prescription using telemedicine - even if the patient has not been seen previously in person by the physician or health care provider - with some exceptions. Also, certain provisions and conditions must be met.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
Brian Heimer, MD, with American Health Network (AHN) in New Albany has been part of a telehealth pilot project, working closely with Anthem, which offers telemedicine visits as a covered benefit. The pilot study begin in earnest in December 2014.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
ISMA EVP Julie Reed, JD, presented testimony April 29 during a hearing before the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) on the proposed acquisition of insurer CIGNA by Anthem. Reed told the IDOI that the ISMA believes an insurance consolidation would be harmful to Hoosiers by reducing access, quality and affordability of their care.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
I look at my son's death certificate and autopsy report and ask, "Why? Why an opioid overdose? What else could I have done?"
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
One of Indiana's robust health information exchanges (HIEs), HealthLINC provides services to health care professionals and institutions throughout the state, helping them adopt health information technology, exchange data and use information to improve outcomes. In a rigorous process with input from the medical community, HealthBridge was selected as a partner more than a decade ago.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine has joined more than 60 medical schools nationwide in signing a pledge to require opioid prescribing education for students.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
During this year's ISMA annual convention Sept. 24-25, you can honor a physician or layperson with an outstanding record of service to their communities. Nominations must be submitted by June 17.
Posted: May 4, 2016, 8:00 pm
Recently, ransomware attacks on health systems and providers have dominated the news. In fact, a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute warns that threats from hackers are on the increase this year, and they are targeting mobile health applications and connected medical devices. Be prepared for a security breach or cyberattack or risk lawsuits, loss of revenue and damage to your reputation.
Posted: April 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
Indiana has become a testing ground for improving insurers' provider directories.
Posted: April 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
By 2019, reimbursement models, such as the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), meaningful use and the current value-based modifiers, will be replaced. Two new payment systems will take their place.
Posted: April 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final regulations clarifying Medicare's overpayment refund rule, which became effective March 14. Physicians and other health care providers now face new obligations to proactively find and investigate overpayments.
Posted: April 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
Obesity remains one of the state's top health concerns even though most Hoosiers have adequate access to locations for physical activity. According to the 2016 County Health Rankings report, nearly one-third of Indiana's population is obese.
Posted: April 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
The officers and members of the ISMA extend a warm welcome to these new members. Greater membership and engagement makes a difference as we collectively strive to advocate for patients and physicians.
Posted: April 20, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Indiana Court of Appeals recently ruled that a physician who enters into a collaborative practice agreement (CPA) with a nurse practitioner (NP) has a duty to the NP's patients, even if the physician never sees those patients or reviews their medical records.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
On March 24, Gov. Mike Pence signed into law SEA 28 that incrementally raises the medical malpractice cap on total damages beginning July 1, 2017. The action ends a 17-year era since the last increase, thanks to efforts by the ISMA to defend the law.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
If your patients aren't yet looking for assistance with the cost of their prescription drugs, they likely will soon. indicates that by 2020, the dispensing rate of generic medicines will increase from 88 percent to as high as 92 percent. The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics also predicts that in the same timeframe, 75 new medications will be introduced - for treating cancer, hepatitis-C, auto-immune disorders and more.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
I'm aware of the importance of obtaining informed consent from my patients, but what about informed refusal?
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
All providers enrolled with Medicare prior to March 25, 2011, will be required to revalidate due dates by the last day of each month. The revalidation can be submitted up to six months prior to the due date.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
Shortly after completing my fellowship, I cared for a woman with chemotherapy-refractory lymphomatous meningitis who had been hospitalized when she fell. In the course of a week, she lost the use of her arms and legs, control of her bowels and bladder, and her eyesight. She asked me why she had to lie there losing - one by one - the things that made life worth living. Why couldn't she die when and how she chose? She was going to die anyway.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
The March 24 meeting of the Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana resulted in a number of license suspensions.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
Last fall, the ISMA House of Delegates adopted a resolution encouraging physicians to use a special form that would help reduce iatrogenic relapse among patients with a history of prescription medication addiction.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
If you practice in a small clinic, consider participating in the Purdue Healthcare Advisors (PHA) Healthy Hearts in the Heartland (H3) research program, designed to strengthen quality improvement strategies for cardiovascular care
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
To help combat prescription opioid abuse, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded grants totaling $94 million to 271 health facilities nationwide, including four in Indiana.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
On behalf of our nearly 8,000 ISMA members, we extend a warm and hearty welcome to these physicians and thank them for adding to our collective strength. Each member advances ISMA efforts to advocate for patients and medical practice.
Posted: April 6, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids March 15, broadening the discussion on this topic and keeping it a focus of concern among physicians and prescribers. In Indiana, the epidemic of opioid abuse has impacted patients, families and communities. Since 1999, drug overdose deaths have increased five-fold in Indiana.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning March 22 about several safety issues with the entire class of opioid pain medicines. The agency noted there are potentially harmful interactions with numerous other medications, problems with the adrenal glands, and decreased sex hormone levels. Label changes will now warn of risks with these drugs.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
When caring for a patient with chronic non-cancer pain, the best advice is to start or restart the treatment paradigm. Beyond the scope of this discussion, it is necessary to have a comprehensive history, physical examination, and radiographic and diagnostic procedures performed prior to starting the treatment paradigm.
A new pilot program is being tested in Indianapolis that will help improve the health of Indiana veterans.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
The big switch is history now, but ICD-10 coding should still be a focus of attention and interest. You want to maintain the progress you've made and stay current on changes and revisions.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
Atlantic Health Partners has helped many ISMA members lower their immunization expenses - and they can likely help you.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
Across the nation, physician burnout, depression and suicide have become a major medical concern. A recent Merritt Hawkins survey reported nearly 78 percent of Indiana doctors described themselves "at full capacity" or "overworked." Nationally, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention estimated that 300-400 U.S. physicians commit suicide each year.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
ISMA Executive Vice President Julie Reed explains how public health officers can partner with the ISMA during the Local Public Health Leadership Symposium in Indianapolis. Reed, who was invited by State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams, MD, encouraged the group to become involved in the policymaking process by introducing resolutions in the ISMA House of Delegates. She noted the many public health laws ISMA had supported through the years.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
A proclamation from Gov. Michael R. Pence officially recognizes Indiana's approximately 14,000 physicians on March 30, nationally set aside each year as Doctors' Day.
Posted: March 23, 2016, 8:00 pm
Officials are proceeding to approve the mergers of four insurer giants into two, Anthem with CIGNA and Aetna with Humana. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and many state attorneys general and insurance departments are investigating the potential competitive effects of the proposed mega mergers. To assist state and federal regulators in understanding the potential impact of these proposed mergers on patient care and medical practice in our state, the ISMA is collaborating with the AMA to seek member opinions.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
Stacy L. Cook, JD, LLM has joined the ISMA as general counsel and will provide legal resources to our members.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
Change. Are you ready for it? Do you want to make it happen? Whether you're part of a small practice or a large health system, more comfortable in an exam room than in a board room, understanding the world of business and how financial decisions are made can prove invaluable when positioning yourself and your practice for whatever challenges may come.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
By ISMA Past President Stephen Tharp, MD You may have heard about a petition to create a Black Box Warning for concurrent use of opiates and benzodiazepines. The petition was filed with the FDA on Feb. 22, 2016, and signed by a number of state and city health officials from around the country.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
By Stacy Cook, JD, LLM, ISMA General Counsel The Feb. 25 meeting of the Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana included contested hearings, license renewal personal appearances and discussions on several potential new rules.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
At a hearing Feb. 25 before the Office of the Secretary of Family and Social Services Administration, Emily Zarse, MD, a psychiatry resident, testified on behalf of the ISMA regarding proposed changes to the Tobacco Cessation Treatment Policy LSA 14-338. The purpose of the public hearing was to offer citizens an overview of the rule and opportunity to make comments.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
The new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may not bring payment adjustments until 2019, but those adjustments will be based on a 2017 performance year.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
In 2014, the ISMA received calls from hundreds of physicians affected by fraudulent 2013 state and federal tax returns. These fraudulent returns contained Indiana physician names, addresses and Social Security numbers. Indiana nurses and dentists were also victims of the tax fraud.
Posted: March 16, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA has signed a letter to Congress, authored by the Alliance to Prevent the Abuse of Medicines (APAM), in support of the reauthorization of NASPER, a federal program that supports state prescription drug monitoring programs, such as our state's INSPECT. Dozens of specialty societies, state medical associations and pharmaceutical organizations signed the letter, which was delivered to Congress Feb. 24.
Last week, the ISMA sent you an important message pertaining to possible insurance company mergers - namely, Aetna with Humana and Anthem with CIGNA. The AMA needs your response to a survey about these proposals; aggregate data from the responses will be shared with state and federal regulators who are interested in knowing the prospective impact of these possible mergers on medical practices and patient care.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 8:00 pm
Recently, a new patient came to ISMA President Rhonda Sharp, MD, complaining of an inability to concentrate. After considerable questioning, the young woman admitted that her boyfriend had choked (strangled) her.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA first alerted members in 2014 that federal and state income tax returns were being filed using physician names, addresses and Social Security numbers. Since that time, the ISMA has issued several alerts about income tax scams impacting physicians. Now that tax season is here again, the ISMA reminds you to renew your vigilance.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 8:00 pm
Two new local coverage determinations (LCDs) are open for comment until March 26 and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule Feb. 11 clarifying overpayment refunds.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 8:00 pm
Anthem representatives have informed the ISMA that system problems causing incorrectly denied claims with the XYL prefix have been identified and fixed.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 8:00 pm
Deaths from prescription opioid and heroin-related overdose have become a public health crisis in America - currently outpacing deaths from car accidents, federal statistics show. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will turn the tide, strong leadership and swift action from our nation's physicians inspires hope that we will heal this public health crisis.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 8:00 pm
Inflation on prescription drug prices will hit double digits in 2016 with prescription drug prices rising 9.8 percent, according to the Segal Group and its recent survey. Reports show that even patients with insurance and substantial incomes are sometimes obligated to make difficult decisions - tapping into savings, taking on new debt or forgoing treatment to avoid pricey medications.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 8:00 pm
Have you heard that the federal program for meaningful use (MU) of electronic health records is going away? File those thoughts under "wishful thinking" and take a reality check.
Posted: February 24, 2016, 8:00 pm
Last month, state leaders gathered to recognize the first anniversary of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) 2.0. Since HIP gained federal approval, more than 370,000 Hoosiers have acquired health insurance, but thousands more are eligible to join the program.
Posted: February 10, 2016, 8:00 pm
If you woke up tomorrow and we had no ISMA but you wanted to create one, what would you have it look like? That was the challenge posed by ISMA President Heidi Dunniway, MD, to a packed room of physicians at the 2014 ISMA annual meeting. The forum resulted from Resolution 13-33 introduced by another ISMA Past President, Kevin Burke, MD.
Posted: February 10, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Jan. 28 meeting of the Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana sent a distinct message: Personal responsibility is of the utmost importance. Whether addressing disciplinary cases or renewal applications, MLB members expect physicians to be prepared and take responsibility for their actions - not make excuses.
Posted: February 10, 2016, 8:00 pm
Do you realize the ISMA sends you an action alert only when it's at a critical time for legislation affecting physicians and patients? That means it's important for you to respond by contacting your legislator as requested - quickly and effectively.
Posted: February 10, 2016, 8:00 pm
What personal health information are physicians required to disclose upon receiving a subpoena?
Posted: February 10, 2016, 8:00 pm
Indianapolis addictions specialist Tim Kelly, MD, is urging physicians to embrace Indiana's new law that allows for the prescribing of Naloxone or Narcan to family members.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
While no locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been reported in the continental U.S., global infection rates are increasing rapidly. Be prepared to identify and handle possible cases and stay informed so you can answer patients' questions. To date, more than 30 cases have been confirmed in returning travelers.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA has received repeated calls regarding rejected Medicare claims for "place of service" (POS) when a physician's office must bill for a registered inpatient from a psychiatric facility, comprehensive rehabilitation facility or hospital. When these patients visit your office or clinic to receive services, they still are considered to be inpatients for billing and claims purposes.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
Beginning April 1, you will see an increase in the surcharge rates on medical malpractice insurance for the Patient's Compensation Fund (PCF).
Posted: February 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has developed a free app designed to help prevent injuries.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
Physicians often bemoan that the use of electronic health records (EHRs) interferes with critical patient/physician interaction. Some doctors have regained essential patient contact by employing scribes.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has announced that monitoring of travelers from Ebola-affected countries is over. Local health departments no longer need to conduct active daily monitoring of travelers from any African country, according to the ISDH. Physicians are still encouraged to ask about current or recent travel.
Posted: February 3, 2016, 8:00 pm
In the 2016 General Assembly, LGBT issues will absorb a major portion of time, along with infrastructure concerns, like improvements to our highways. But for the ISMA, efforts to protect the state's Medical Malpractice Act will dominate.
Posted: January 13, 2016, 8:00 pm