DEA Reschedules Hydrocodone Combination Products; Refills may not be honored

DEA Reschedules Hydrocodone Combination Products; Refills may not be honored In less than two weeks, on October 6, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Final Rule rescheduling hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) into Controlled Substance Schedule II will take effect.  Despite the DEA rule stating refills for HCPs written prior to October 6,...

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IMS comments on CY 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) proposed rule

IMS comments on CY 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) proposed rule The annual proposed rule to govern Medicare physician payment policy in CY 2015 was published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the July 11, 2014, Federal Register. IMS submitted comments on the long-standing issue of concern to Iowa physicians –...

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Time running out to review Open Payments data

Time running out to review Open Payments data As noted in an earlier article, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the public launch of the online Open Payments system that will list payments from drug and medical device manufacturers to physicians after a reported data mix-up was discovered. CMS has since reopened its...

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Understanding the IMS Policy Forum: Policy Request Statements

Understanding the IMS Policy Forum: Policy Request Statements At its meeting on April 13, the IMS House of Delegates voted to close itself as a policy setting body of the Iowa Medical Society in favor of a virtual process being called the IMS Policy Forum. By way of quick overview, the Policy Forum process has four key steps: A “Call for Action”...

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CMS Delays Public Launch of Open Payments System

CMS Delays Public Launch of Open Payments System The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the public launch of the online Open Payments System listing payments from drug and medical device manufacturers to physicians after a reported data mix-up was discovered. The site was scheduled to go public on September 30, after physicians...

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IMS Call for Action Begins Today

IMS Call for Action Begins Today Today marks the beginning of the Iowa Medical Society’s first “Call for Action” period in support of the new Policy Forum, which was established by the House of Delegates during its final session in April to serve as a more nimble, responsive and transparent policy setting body. The...

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A Primer on the IMS Policy Forum Process

A Primer on the IMS Policy Forum Process The first IMS Policy Forum, PF 14-1, will convene on September 25 in Iowa City at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine immediately following adjournment of the IMS Board of Directors meeting. To date, three issues have been submitted by IMS members for consideration by the Policy Forum: Legalization...

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CMS proposes CY 2015 revisions to policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

CMS proposes CY 2015 revisions to policies under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule The annual proposed rule to govern Medicare physician payment policy in CY 2015 was published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the July 11, 2014, Federal Register. The proposed rule does not address the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, but a Fact Sheet accompanying...

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Sunshine Act: What Physicians Must Do Now Before Their Financial Data Goes Public

Sunshine Act: What Physicians Must Do Now Before Their Financial Data Goes Public Now through August 27, 2014, is the time for physicians to review reports about their financial interactions with manufacturers of drugs and medical devices and dispute potentially inaccurate reporting under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act). The Sunshine Act requires...

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Mercy Awarded $10.1 Million CMS Contract

Mercy Awarded $10.1 Million CMS Contract Mercy Health Network (MHN) Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and allied clinics received a $10.1 million CMS Heath Care Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in effort to transition from a rural health network to value based care. The 25 CAH facilities are located throughout...

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Next Iowa Health & Wellness Plan Roundtable Discussion in Des Moines August 26

Next Iowa Health & Wellness Plan Roundtable Discussion in Des Moines August 26 A number of practices have contacted the Iowa Medical Society regarding issues they are encountering with the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. To help facilitate a dialogue with Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) officials, IMS and IME Provider Services have organized a series of Iowa Health and Wellness...

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IMS Seeks Applicants for Leadership Awards

The Iowa Medical Society invites 3rd and 4th year medical students at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and UI Carver College of Medicine to apply for the Leadership Award scholarships through the Iowa Medical Society Foundation (IMSF). The application period runs June 30 –...

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IMS Foundation Contributes $25,000 to Help Strengthen Iowa's Primary Care Network

IMS Foundation Contributes $25,000 to Help Strengthen Iowa's Primary Care Network The IMS Foundation has joined forces with other Iowa health care providers and businesses in support of the Rural Iowa Primary Care Loan Repayment Program.  The IMS Foundation strongly believes this investment will play a significant role in  increasing Iowa’s primary care physician...

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July 1 - Important Meaningful Use Deadline

Physicians who wish to stave off next year's financial penalties for not meeting electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use requirements have until July 1 to apply for a hardship exemption. The AMA offers a new tip sheet to help physicians avoid the 2015 penalty. Please note that even if...

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New Iowa Physician Workforce Data Shows Critical Shortages Persist

New Iowa Physician Workforce Data Shows Critical Shortages Persist According to new data from the AMA, Iowa ranks 44th nationally in terms of access to direct patient care physicians*, a drop from 43rd in the previous year. In 16 of 25 identified specialties, Iowa ranks 40th or lower. Here is a snapshot of Iowa’s national ranking per population (includes 50 states...

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IMS Celebrates164th Anniversary

IMS Celebrates164th Anniversary June 19, 2014 marks the 164th anniversary of the first meeting of the Iowa Medical Society, then named the Iowa State Medical and Chirurgical Society. The inaugural meeting was held June 19, 1850 in Burlington, Iowa, where 25 Iowa physicians met at the urging of Dr. John F. Sanford. Sanford had worried...

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