Current Healthcare Issues

ISMA e-Reports

Attacking the drug epidemic is one of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s top priorities.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 10:00 am
Your resolutions, introduced each year at the ISMA House of Delegates, help drive ISMA policy and legislative agendas at the Statehouse.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 10:00 am
As the leading vaccine buying group in the country, Atlantic Health Partners (AHP) offers ISMA members the most favorable pricing and terms for Sanofi and Seqirus flu products.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 10:00 am
At its recent organizational meeting, the Board of Directors of the American Medical Association Political Action Committee (AMPAC) elected Dr.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 10:00 am
Last month, we reported on new donations to the ISMA Physician Assistance Fund (PAP). In addition to the 24 hospitals listed there, the medical staff and the administration office of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka campus, contributed funds, as did Witham Health Services in Lebanon.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 10:00 am
The Alliance for a Healthier Indiana, of which the ISMA is a founding member, is planning community town hall breakfasts across the state to let Hoosiers network with community leaders and learn how to help improve Indiana’s poor health rankings.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 10:00 am
Leaders of the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana show their support for HB 1578 at Wednesday’s Tobacco Tax Rally. More than 100 people joined the ISMA in the Statehouse north atrium on Wednesday, Feb.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
As of Monday, Feb. 13, the old Indiana Medicaid information system and interface will be retired.
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.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
By Stacy L. Cook, JD, LLM ISMA General Counsel On Dec.
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.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 10:00 am
Rates for ISMA-sponsored Anthem medical plans rose by just 0.3 percent on Jan.
Posted: January 25, 2017, 10:00 am
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 25, 2017, 10:00 am
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 25, 2017, 10:00 am
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.
Posted: January 25, 2017, 10:00 am
ISMA EVP Julie Reed, JD, spoke in favor of extending the federal waiver for Indiana’s HIP 2.0 Medicaid alternative program.
Posted: January 25, 2017, 10:00 am
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.
Posted: January 25, 2017, 10:00 am
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 25, 2017, 10:00 am
Advocacy by physicians against the proposed $34 billion merger of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc.
Posted: January 25, 2017, 10:00 am
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? Besides giving you access to important communications, webinars, discounts on supplies and other benefits, your membership dues support the ISMA s advocacy for Indiana physicians in courts and at the Statehouse.
Posted: January 17, 2017, 10:00 am
The ISMA welcomes two new Government Relations staff members, who will be working hard to represent physicians interests at the Statehouse.
Posted: January 17, 2017, 10:00 am
State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, (third from left) met with the ISMA Commission on Legislation to discuss issues for the 2017 legislative session.
Posted: January 17, 2017, 10:00 am
During its December 2016 meeting, the Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana summarily suspended the licenses of three physicians.
Posted: January 17, 2017, 10:00 am
Physicians regularly see problems or conditions they cannot cure. Yet, prevention, management and coping techniques can make a significant difference in someone s life.
Posted: January 17, 2017, 10:00 am
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, 10:00 am
The federal waiver for Indiana s HIP 2.0 is scheduled for renewal at the end of this month, and members of the public are invited to comment on the proposal through Jan.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 10:00 am
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, 10:00 am
Approximately $2.5 million is now available to help fund new medical residency slots in Indiana.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 10:00 am
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.
Posted: January 4, 2017, 10:00 am
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, 10:00 am
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, 10:00 am
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, 10:00 am
The Indiana legislature will convene in just a few short weeks 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: December 14, 2016, 10:00 am
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, 10:00 am
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, 10:00 am
As of 2014, Medicaid spending on outpatient prescription drugs registered at $27 billion, or about 6 percent of Medicaid spending.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 10:00 am
Give yourself a gift this holiday season and sign on for the Office Depot program through the ISMA. Enjoy a Keurig Brewer for only $34 or a box of copy paper for only $28, featured promotional items for December.
Posted: December 14, 2016, 10:00 am
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, 10:00 am
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: December 5, 2016, 10:00 am
Health care data breaches occur every day and affect health care providers of all sizes from large health care systems to solo physician practices.
Posted: December 5, 2016, 10:00 am
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.
Posted: December 5, 2016, 10:00 am
The Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana issued a new rule, effective Oct. 22, 2016, on standards for patients with high breast density.
Posted: December 5, 2016, 10:00 am
AMPAC holds candidate workshop Ever consider running for public office? The AMA s AMPAC Candidate Workshop may be for you. The annual program is designed for AMA member physicians, residents, students, spouses and state medical society staff who want to improve their political campaign skills.
Posted: December 5, 2016, 10:00 am
Q. What risk management suggestions can you provide regarding medical emergencies in an office setting? A.
Posted: December 5, 2016, 10:00 am