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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
HIPAA most often is associated with privacy, but a significant aspect of HIPAA compliance involves security. The HIPAA Security Rule went into effect in 2005, two years after the HIPAA Privacy Rule. While the Privacy Rule applies to all protected health information (PHI) in any form or format, the Security Rule applies only to electronic PHI (ePHI).
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (MLB) conducted several lengthy contested hearings during its July 28 meeting. The ISMA Physician Assistance Program Coordinator, Candace Backer, testified to the MLB about a physician's compliance with the program.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
Some school districts are reporting to Noblesville allergist and immunologist David L. Patterson, MD, that physicians are reluctant to prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine because of liability concerns.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
Beginning Oct. 1, 2016, changes will be in effect on 2017 ICD-10-CM codes. Here is what you can expect: 2,305 new codes, 553 revised codes and 212 deleted codes.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA extends sincere sympathy to the families of the following members who have passed away.
Posted: August 31, 2016, 8:00 pm
In response to a callout to ISMA members over myriad unpaid MDwise claims, company officials say they are taking the following steps to remedy problems.
Posted: August 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
Now that Indiana law allows you to prescribe epinephrine for schools, help them obtain that medicine for free. The EpiPen4SchoolsR program offers qualifying public and private K-12 schools with a valid prescription for 4 free EpiPenR (epinephrine injection, USP) or EpiPen JrR (epinephrine injection, USP) Auto-Injectors
Posted: August 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
If you are planning a medical mission trip anytime 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 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
Late last month, the ISMA signed onto a letter to Under Secretary for Health David J. Shulkin, MD, with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter strongly opposes a Proposed Rule that, if finalized, would permit all advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) to practice without clinical supervision of physicians and without regard to state law
Posted: August 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA extends a warm welcome to these new members who join nearly 8,000 colleagues. Thank you for adding to our collective efforts in advocating for physicians and patients.
Posted: August 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
Registration is now open for the Annual Drug Abuse & Heroin Symposium offered by the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. This year's event, "Rebuilding the Hoosier Heartland," will be held Oct. 13-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis
Posted: August 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA's 167th Annual Convention debuts a new schedule designed to accommodate busy lifestyles with a fast-paced agenda. You'll still find time to interact with colleagues and enjoy casual conversation, but if you are a delegate, your schedule will be full.
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
Nominations for ISMA officers may be made from the floor at either the Saturday morning or Sunday House of Delegates session. Nominating speeches will be permitted for the president-elect position only. In nominating for other positions, delegates need state only the name and office of the candidates being nominated.
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
Since formation in 2014, the Future Directions Task Force has been examining the structure of the ISMA to prepare it for the coming years. The goal is to evaluate and assess the association's relevancy, credibility and ability to grow membership - in addition to removing barriers to physician participation
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana held 15 contested hearings, considered multiple license applications and finalized two rules on opioid prescribing during its June 23 meeting
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
HIPAA permits health care providers to disclose protected health information (PHI) to third parties who help them perform certain activities or functions.
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
The ISMA began hearing last fall about claims being incorrectly denied by Medicaid managed care contractor MDwise. Since that time, the ISMA has on numerous occasions met and talked with both MDwise and Indiana Family and Social Services Administration officials. The ISMA discussed not only claims issues but also the inability of MDwise to receive claims, provide effective customer service and access to their provider relations staff
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an antitrust lawsuit July 21 against Anthem, Inc., and Cigna Corp. to bring a halt to what would have been "the largest merger in the history of the health-insurance industry." The DOJ was joined in the suit by 11 states and the District of Columbia.
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
Q. I am concerned about the potential for increased violence in the physician office. What suggestions can you offer? A. The practice of medicine was once considered a safe haven from violent incidents. Unfortunately, the health care industry is more likely to experience workplace violence than most realize.
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
Starting Aug. 1, only updated disability license plate application forms will be accepted by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
A Huffington Post article highlighted the fact that "U.S. annual spending on prescription medicines will increase 22 percent over the next five years, climbing as high as $400 billion in 2020." Those figures were reported recently by health care information company IMS Health Holdings (IMS) Inc., a leading global information and technology services company.
Posted: July 27, 2016, 8:00 pm
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