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ISMA e-Reports

Pictured below are candidates who already have expressed their intentions to seek an ISMA elected office for the coming year. Convention delegates may make additional nominations from the floor of the House of Delegates at both the Friday, Sept. 5, and Sunday, Sept. 7 sessions.
Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you are concerned with legislative and regulatory issues affecting your patients and your practice, plan to attend the ISMA's Fall Legislative Dinner Oct. 15 in Indianapolis.
Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing to make data about physician financial relationships with drug/device manufacturers open to the public. If you want to review and ensure the correctness of data about you prior to its release - now is the time to act. Data review and submission for the 2013 year ends Aug. 27.
Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Oct. 1, 2015, deadline to implement ICD-10 is now firm. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued the final rule July 31. However, the deadline gives you one more year to prepare and work with vendors so you don't experience financial hardship next year.
Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
Recently, four Central Indiana physicians were arrested for allegedly providing Suboxone, a synthetic heroin, to thousands of patients over a three-year period. According to investigators, the physicians wrote an estimated 28,000 prescriptions without first performing any medical or mental exams.
Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (MLB) is busier than ever - finalizing rules and regulations that will potentially impact your daily professional life. A plethora of rules, mandated by recent General Assembly actions, are not yet finalized, but ISMA members on the MLB want to alert you to changes that are coming.
Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
Can't make it to convention? You can still have a voice in the formation of ISMA policy during the ISMA annual convention, Sept. 5-7.
Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Immunization Division of the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has a message for all birthing centers and hospitals regarding CHIRP, our state's Immunization Information System. Beginning Aug. 1, the vital records import to CHIRP will no longer provide records for the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine. However, the vital records import will continue to send infant demographic information to the registry.
Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
The July 11 Federal Register includes the proposed 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Several proposed changes may cause a stir, particularly one that would remove an exemption from the Sunshine Act for continuing medical education. Doing away with the exclusion would require pharmaceutical and device makers to disclose any amounts paid to physician CME presenters.
Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you've paid ISMA dues for many years but don't help determine - or even know - how those dues are spent, maybe this is the year to find out. Resolutions from members that are adopted annually during convention form the ISMA's action plan for the coming year, a plan that uses the organization's resources, both time and money (your dues dollars).
Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has changed health care in the U.S. and in Indiana. Make sure you are knowledgeable about how the law will continue to impact you - no matter if you are employed or independent, or where you practice.
Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
Q. How can I determine if a patient is a drug-seeker rather than someone with a genuine condition needing medication?
Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
You may not like online physician reviews, but according to a national study based on those physician rating sites, patients in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are very satisfied with their doctors.
Posted: July 23, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you're mired in meaningful use requirements and wondering if there really are payouts, the answer is YES. To date the federal incentive program to encourage use of electronic health records (EHR) has paid out $23,725,293,656. And - YES - your colleagues all across Indiana have received some of those funds.
Posted: July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one health care-associated infection (HAI), and more than half of all HAIs occur outside of the intensive care unit.
Posted: July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
Heidi Dunniway, M.D., who was elected by the ISMA House of Delegates to serve as its speaker for 2014, has become interim president-elect of the ISMA.
Posted: July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
Last November, the Trauma Registry Rule became law. It requires EMS providers, hospital emergency departments and rehabilitation hospitals to report trauma cases to the state's registry. But during a recent meeting, members of the Indiana State Trauma Committee learned that more and better data from hospitals, EMS and rehabilitation hospitals are needed.
Posted: July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sometimes being in the top 10 generates feelings of pride and accomplishment. For Indiana, news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 1 brings the opposite kinds of feelings.
Posted: July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
Bring your compliance plan, your reports - and more - because at these sessions, you'll immediately apply the knowledge you gain to everyday deadlines and demands.
Posted: July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you are seeing just a few patients enrolled in the federal exchanges, you are not alone. Most physician offices are reporting that patient volume or loss due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not yet been significant. Patients are still learning if their doctors and local hospitals are in their new networks. However, some practices have told the ISMA about challenges associated with the exchanges.
Posted: July 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
The ISMA is a member-driven organization. That fact will become apparent as you read over some of the new laws passed by the 2014 Indiana General Assembly that become effective July 1. These laws were passed from the 813 bills introduced in this year's session.
Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
John Wernert, M.D., M.H.A., won't be taking the oath to become the ISMA's next president in September, as planned. The psychiatrist from Carmel has agreed to accept the position of secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, as officially announced June 25.
Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
Cyber liability and regulatory risk continue to be a concern for the health care industry. What are these risks and how can you protect your practice?
Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
An Anthem Network Update in June announced a reimbursement change for contracted payers in Indiana, Ohio and Wisconsin concerning modifiers 25 and 27. Starting with service dates on or after Oct. 1, 2014, Anthem will reduce by 50 percent the maximum payment allowed for claims when a problem-oriented evaluation and management (E/M) service is eligible for separate reimbursement on the same date of service as a preventive exam.
Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
At its annual meeting, the AMA House of Delegates adopted Substitute Resolution 231. It directs the AMA to advocate strongly for President Obama to take immediate action to provide eligible veterans timely access to health care, using the health care sector outside the Veterans Administration (VA) health system.
Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Immunization Program advised that letters are being sent to homes of Indiana residents to ensure children are up to date on vaccines prior to the 2014-2015 school year. The effort is an attempt to prevent another outbreak of meningococcal disease and hepatitis A, as occurred in the state in recent years.
Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
Bring your compliance plan, your reports - and more - because at these sessions you'll immediately apply the knowledge you gain to everyday deadlines and demands. Whether your practice is part of a large organization or a solo practitioner's office, the ISMA's Practice Management Workshop will transform your processes - for profit and proficiency.
Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
A successful ISMA Pilot Leadership Training project conducted June 21 may be the first in a regular series. The session, led by Jim Funk, M.S., SPHR, Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant, focused on two topics: conflict resolution and fundamentals of mentoring.
Posted: June 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
A comprehensive new report from The Physicians Foundation, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Beyond the Horizon into 2015," examines the ACA's political and budget dynamics, initial successes and failures, and its most serious challenges for the future. Specifically, the report provides updates on the Medicare physician fee schedule, emerging physician-insurer network and contracting issues, and new Medicare legislation.
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you're considering changing your payer mix, you'll want to pay attention to athenahealth, Inc.'s 2014 PayerViewR Report on health insurers. The technology firm annually conducts a study of health insurers' performance on financial, administrative and transactional functions to assess how well they work with providers.
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
Fielding more than 100 calls from members all over Indiana, the ISMA sent a letter in April to members of Congress and the General Assembly to alert them to the tax scam affecting physicians and health care professionals. At the ISMA's urging, Indiana's entire congressional delegation then sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
Make sure you are properly registered to review data reported by manufacturers before that information is open for all to see. Registration is a two-step process you must complete before Sept. 30 when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes your interactions with pharmaceutical and medical device companies available online, as required by the Physician Payment Sunshine Act.
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
The ISMA group health insurance program renews on July 1 for all physicians with individual policies and many employer groups. Renewal packets were mailed the first week of May.
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
An average of 50 resolutions is submitted each year to the ISMA for consideration by the House of Delegates, and many of them become ISMA policy. But those proposals are first vetted by reference committees before they are debated by the House of Delegates.
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
No one intentionally fails to protect vaccines, but spoilage does occur. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) wants to help you protect your patients and your bottom line through proper handling and storage of vaccines in your office or clinic.
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
Health insurers provided updates and helped resolve problems during the annual ISMA Commercial Payer Forum, June 6 in Indianapolis. This year, representatives from MDwise, Anthem and Ambetter discussed patients enrolled in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges.
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
A new survey has found that most Indiana physicians are aware of the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking Program (INSPECT) but are checking it only on a periodic basis, mostly because of time restraints.
Posted: June 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
Resolutions passed by the ISMA House of Delegates become ISMA policy, but previously adopted resolutions expire after 10 years. That means resolutions passed in 2004 will sunset this year unless YOU reintroduce them.
Posted: May 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
I still use paper records, for the most part; what do I need to know about stolen records?
Posted: May 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
A new rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implements a payment system that may increase Medicare payments to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) by as much as 32 percent.
Posted: May 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you're struggling to meet Stage 2 meaningful use criteria in the federal electronic health record (EHR) incentive program because of vendor issues, you've got some stress relief. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed giving more time for Stage 2 and Stage 3 if participants are experiencing lack of availability or module functioning or similar issues caused by their vendors.
Posted: May 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
You have until June 21 to comment on the proposed expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) announced by Gov. Mike Pence last month. Once the public comment period is complete and the waiver is finalized, HIP 2.0 will be formally submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The application deadline ends in June.
Posted: May 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sometimes you can find answers to your own community's problems by gaining a global perspective. That's one idea behind an international gathering of physicians in Singapore attended by ISMA Past President David Welsh, M.D.
Posted: May 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
(Part 2) While David Rau, M.D., had started improving processes at Rau Family Medicine through meaningful use of his electronic health record (EHR) and information on the American Academy of Family Physicians website, the TransforMED project to create a patient-centered medical neighborhood (PCMN) accelerated change for him.
Posted: May 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
This fall, many rural Indiana patients across the state will receive additional help in managing their chronic diseases, thanks to a new program developed by the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA).
Posted: May 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
See how eight practices of Columbus Regional Health Physicians are adopting the PCMN model to improve the health of their community, increase efficiency and lower costs.
Posted: May 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
The ISMA is launching a free pilot leadership program for medical students, residents/fellows and young physicians. This pilot is the first step in developing a more encompassing leadership program to meet the needs of ISMA future leaders and to help physicians maintain their influence.
Posted: May 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has a new program aimed at preventing cases of infant pertussis. Our state continues to see record numbers of reported pertussis cases each year. ISDH is particularly concerned because 50 percent of infants under one year of age who acquire pertussis are hospitalized.
Posted: May 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
Now is the time for you to act on issues you think should become ISMA policy by introducing a resolution for consideration by the ISMA House of Delegates Sept. 5-7. But hurry! The deadline to submit a resolution is Monday, July 7.Additionally, each year, the ISMA seeks to recognize physicians and laypersons who contribute time and talent to their communities. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 13.
Posted: May 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you treat patients with worker's compensation claims, you need to be aware of a new law that will soon have an impact on your billing.
Posted: April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you see Medicare patients, you may know that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released payment data on you and more than 880,000 of your colleagues nationwide.
Posted: April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has named Indiana one of seven states that provides complete tobacco cessation treatment coverage for Medicaid enrollees.
Posted: April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
The ISMA sent letters to members of the Indiana General Assembly and the Indiana Congressional Delegation April 17, about the identity theft tax scam affecting physicians. The ISMA characterizes the scam as widespread, noting we have logged nearly 100 calls from physicians and believe there are many more affected.
Posted: April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
The state's two highest ranking doctors in government teamed up to present federal and state perspectives on health care in Indiana.
Posted: April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you use electronic health records (EHRs), you may agree with physicians surveyed in a Rand study published last fall.
Posted: April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the NIH, has a host of new, science-based resources to help you manage patients at risk for substance abuse disorders, including prescription drug abuse.
Posted: April 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
The ISMA considers 50 years of dedication to caring for Hoosiers a milestone worthy of recognition. That's why 98 of our members are being honored this month with special plaques and pins to celebrate their service - not only to the care of patients for five decades but also to their professional organization.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
Physicians, like you, produce a positive and lasting influence on the health of patients - as well as communities all across Indiana.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
Based on reports from physicians and accountants, the ISMA previously issued several email alerts about physician identity theft and tax fraud at the federal level. The ISMA has now learned the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) has been investigating identity theft and tax return scams at the state level as well.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
With help from the ISMA Medical Mission Scholarship, Jeremy Bramwell, D.O., traveled to Haiti in January with members from Lifeline Christian Church. It was his first medical mission trip, and he described the experience as humbling and amazing.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
The ISMA has heard from members about a problem with Medicare meaningful use attestation, and staff alerted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency advised that officials are compiling cases to request the "problem be analyzed and addressed."
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
You can learn about recently enacted laws affecting patient care, your medical practice and public health, while earning continuing medical education (CME) credit through a free podcast offered by the ISMA.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
You may want to check out a new report to see how healthy residents are in your county and how your area compares to the rest of the state.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
ISMA members who join Atlantic Health Partners and order Sanofi's Fluzone by April 30 will receive the lowest prices and best terms. Atlantic also offers the most favorable prices and terms on the entire portfolio of Sanofi and Merck vaccines.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
The case, Christopher Smith v. State of Indiana, provides a direct example of legal ramifications for failure to report suspected child abuse immediately. "The case teaches us that waiting four hours to report suspected abuse is too long, and that the first call should be to the appropriate authorities," said Julie Reed, ISMA general counsel.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
You can be a key part of the ISMA policy-setting process by serving on a reference committee during the House of Delegates annual meeting Sept. 5-7 at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you hold a Florida medical license, you need to know about the state's latest licensure requirement. Florida has implemented a new continuing education (CE) reporting system as part of its mandated standards of competency needed for licensure.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
Don't forget that beginning May 21, new rules go into effect for physicians who provide physical exams for interstate truck and bus drivers.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
Approaching deadlines aren't scary if you're prepared. That means readiness to start using ICD-10 CM by the Oct. 1 deadline can save you from panic - and from a potentially serious drop in revenue.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
Address claims questions directly to payer representatives, network with other medical practices that share your concerns during an opportunity-filled day next month.
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
Congress has voted to delay the implementation of ICD-10 to as early as Oct. 1, 2015. Certainly, many physician practices were on track to make the massive coding change but plenty of others were not. The good news is: Everyone now has more time to prepare and practice.
Posted: April 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
The ISMA now has two ways you can pay less on membership dues: a discount for groups or a discount for prepayment. If you qualified for one of these options in 2014, you need not take any action at this time. You will receive a verification in August. However, if you failed to qualify in time last year or only recently decided to take one of the options, now is the time to act.
Posted: April 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
Medical students from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia met in Indianapolis Feb. 29-March 1 for the annual AMA-MSS Region 5 meeting at the IU School of Medicine. The event's theme centered on personal awareness.
Posted: April 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
You are likely already aware of the worrisome time for physicians under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) called the "grace period." That kicks in when a patient who files for health insurance in one of the insurance marketplaces fails to pay the premium in full. The non-payment triggers a 90-day grace period.
Posted: April 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
The ISMA has received multiple reports from members about an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax scam directed at physicians. According to the reports, someone is filing fraudulent federal income tax returns using physician names, addresses and Social Security numbers.
Posted: April 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
I am starting to use a smartphone and medical apps like Epocrates more and more. What are some risk management suggestions to keep in mind?
Posted: April 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
If you're trying to figure out how to pay for technology costs for achieving Stage 2 meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) while paying for the transition to ICD-10 - you're not alone. Practices here and nationwide are feeling the financial pinch; some are even juggling the added demands of Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).
Posted: April 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
On this day, the ISMA pays tribute to its members who not only provide care to patients each day but serve as positive role models in every community. Your life commitment involves caring and advocating for patients, young and old and in between.
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
For more than a year, the ISMA has heard from members that pharmacists were aggressively invoking their legal "corresponding responsibility" to ensure controlled substances were dispensed for legitimate medical purposes. At ISMA's urging Indiana has now acted to address this issue, which has been occurring nationally, presenting barriers for patients and prescribers.
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Indiana Health Care Foundation (IHCF) is accepting scholarship applications from physicians pursuing educational training for Medical Director Certification to be held July 12-18 in Baltimore, Md. However, you must hurry. The deadline to apply is March 31.
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
Your patients with chronic progressive illnesses, frailty or terminal conditions are likely considering preferences and planning for end- of-life treatment. A Physician Order for Scope of Treatment (POST) form, passed into law by the 2013 Indiana General Assembly, facilitates identification and implementation of patient treatment preferences near the end of life. The document, based on those used in 40 states, is a preferred practice - to improve quality and continuity of care.
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
Congratulations to Lisa Hatcher, M.D., of Columbia City! Dr. Hatcher was the winner of the ISMA's e-newsletter ICD-10 contest. The family medicine physician was the first to respond with the correct answer explaining the code Z00.01; she won a free registration to an ISMA ICD-10 seminar or webinar.
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
Thank you to all ISMA members who volunteered in February to serve as Physician of the Day. Our organization had a significant presence at the Statehouse and an admirable list of volunteers during the 2014 General Assembly, which has now ended.
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
You may not be very concerned about online physician rating sites, but a new study suggests more people are turning to the Internet when choosing a physician.
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
For just a few minutes of your time, the ISMA can help you and your staff learn more about issues affecting your patients and practice.
Posted: March 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) announced a statewide campaign, Expand Indiana, to focus on advancing health care coverage in Indiana. The goals of the campaign align with IHA's support for providing health care security to thousands of uninsured Hoosiers, according to IHA President Doug Leonard.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
Approaching deadlines aren't scary if you're prepared. That means readiness to start using ICD-10 CM by the Oct. 1 deadline can save you from panic - and from a potentially serious drop in revenue.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
You and your colleagues across the nation are urged to call members of Congress and tell them to support H.R. 4015/S. 2000, the bills to repeal Medicare's fatally flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. While the bills do not address all physician concerns with the current Medicare system, the ISMA has long- standing policy in favor of repealing the SGR
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
Many local societies have resources to share - time and dollars - as a way of giving back to their communities. If your society is not one of them, consider examples from medical societies around the state. Here is just a snapshot of how Indiana communities benefit from medical society efforts.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
On Feb. 18, 2014, Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) issued the fourth-quarter 2013 Affordable Care Act (ACA) primary care physician fee payments to fee-for-service providers. On Feb. 25, 2014, these payments were reissued in error, resulting in duplicate payments.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
At least 38 million American adults drink too much, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of these individuals are not alcoholics and their drinking may not seem like a problem.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has ordered an audit of inpatient claims denied under the two-midnight rule since Oct. 1. The controversial policy established that inpatient hospital stays not lasting through two midnights would be paid as outpatient services. A stay longer than two midnights would qualify for Medicare Part A reimbursement.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
Every town and city in Indiana has physicians and laypersons who work hard to make their communities a better place to live and work. No doubt, you know one of these people. If so, consider nominating that person for one of three ISMA awards. The selected recipients will be honored during the ISMA annual convention Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Westin Hotel in Indianapolis.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
Each year at the ISMA convention, resolutions approved by your delegates determine how the resources and efforts of your organization are allocated - from one September to another. That means you can help determine how your dues dollars are spent and what issues should be targeted by ISMA leaders and staff.
Posted: March 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
Atlantic Health Partners provides the lowest prices for a wide range of immunizations - along with valuable customer service and support. A key ISMA benefit, the Atlantic partnership helps our members more effectively provide immunizations to their patients.
Posted: February 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
Too many Hoosiers continue to light up in spite of years of research linking cancer and other diseases to smoking. In fact, Indiana ranks higher than the national average for smoking prevalence, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General.
Posted: February 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
Legislation just introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate would permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and enact important reforms to support improvements in health care delivery.
Posted: February 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
Seldom do physicians need to make a brain death determination, but if it happens, the ISMA has resources to help you with that decision. On the ISMA website, you'll see specific guidelines that provide a common reference point. You'll also find a checklist you can use as a diagnostic tool for making the best possible end-of-life decisions.
Posted: February 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
Thanks to increased adoption of electronic health records (EHR) spurred by meaningful use, more than half of Indiana physicians are now e-prescribing, a 19 percent increase from 2011. In fact, last December, 1.86 million e-prescriptions were electronically routed.
Posted: February 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
Meetings with congressmen, messages from policy experts and networking with physician advocates from across the U.S. were all part of the 2013 National Advocacy Conference (NAC) of the AMA in mid-February. Indiana physicians were well represented and your concerns were presented and discussed.
Posted: February 27, 2014, 8:00 pm