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POLICY FORUM 21-1 RESULTS

PRS 21-1-01: Medical Students Bylaws Amendments

Policy Request

Amend the Iowa Medical Society bylaws as noted in the Policy Request Statement to add a second Medical Student Director position. 

Action Taken

Approved as written

PRS 21-1-02: Firearm Policy

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society establish organizational policy that mirrors the AMA’s position on gun safety, common sense gun control, and advocating for more research, and oppose any relaxation of current gun laws that might lead to more deaths and injuries. 

Action Taken

Referred Author-Recommended Amendment to PRS 21-1-02 to Committee on Law & Ethics for further study with a

report back to a future Policy Forum.

PRS 21-1-03: Prior Authorization Regulations

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society pursue legislation to regulate the insurance prior authorization process to ensure coverage and payment for care authorized for a patient in the past twelve months without the need to do repeated prior authorizations or peer-to-peer consultations.

Action Taken

Referred to Committee on Legislation for further study with a report back to a future Policy Forum.

POLICY FORUM 20-2 RESULTS

PRS 20-2-01: Bylaws Amendments

(IMS Board of Directors)

Policy Request: Amend the Iowa Medical Society bylaws as submitted.

Action Taken: Adopted as Submitted


PRS 20-2-02: Interstate Telehealth Coverage

(Rob Lee, MD, Des Moines)

Policy Request: IMS submit a resolution to the AMA House of Delegates seeking federal action to permanently allow physicians to provide telehealth services to established patients traveling out of state, including waiving medical licensure requirements for the state in which the patient is traveling, and mandating Medicare and commercial insurance coverage for telehealth services provided to patients while traveling out of state.

Action Taken: Not Adopted


PRS 20-2-03: PMP Use Mandate

(Nicola Preston, DO, Des Moines)

Policy Request: The Iowa Medical Society pursue legislation to exempt prescriptions for acute conditions from the mandate that providers check the Prescription Monitoring Program prior to issuing an opioid prescription.

Action Taken: Referred to Committee on Legislation for further study and a recommendation to a future Policy Forum.


PRS 20-2-04: Iowa Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act

Angeline Best, M2, Iowa City; Elvis Castro, M2, Iowa City; Pooja Patel, M2, Iowa City; Rebecca Peoples, M2, Iowa City; Katy Pham, M2, Iowa City; Lulua Rawwas, M2, Iowa City; Zainab Tanveer, M2, Iowa City; Kelsey Adler, M3, Iowa City; Jocquil Givens, M3, Iowa City; Anna VC White, M3, Iowa City; Christine Mbakwe, M4, Iowa City; Deepika Raghavan, M4, Iowa City

Policy Request: The Iowa Medical Society pursue legislation to require that all providers working in perinatal care complete implicit bias training.

Action Taken: Referred to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for further study and recommendation back to a future Policy Forum.


Policy Forum 20-2 Met Virtually on September 17, 2020

POLICY FORUM 20-1 RESULTS

PRS 20-1-01: Multidisciplinary Corporate Practice Arrangements

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society actively promote legislation to the General Assembly, modeled after current Indiana Statute, that would recognize the legal right of physicians to incorporate with independently practicing non-physician clinicians in professional corporations.

Action Taken: Referred to Committee on Legislation for further study with a report back to a future Policy Forum.


PRS 20-1-02: IMS Policy Sunset Report for 2020

Policy Request

The Policy Committee recommends that the Iowa Medical Society policies listed in the Appendix to its report be acted upon in the manner indicated in its report.

Action Taken: Adopted as Submitted


PRS 20-1-03: 8 to 10 Program

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society actively engage in a public education initiative to promote the 8-10 concept, and that IMS encourage state and local government to do the same.

Action Taken: Adopted as Amended

The Iowa Medical Society actively engage in a COVID-19 public education initiative to promote the 8-10 concept, use of cloth face coverings, and other safety measures as circumstances become necessary, and that IMS encourage state and local government to do the same.


Policy Forum 20-1 Met Virtually on July 10, 2020

POLICY FORUM 19-2 RESULTS

PRS 19-2-01: Coverage for Behavioral Health Collaborative Care Model

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society advocate for Medicaid and commercial insurance coverage and reimbursement for the CoCM, consistent with the Medicare coverage and reimbursement included in the 2017 and 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

Action Taken

Adopted as written

PRS 19-2-02: Advancing Gender Equity in Medicine

Policy Request

1.      The Iowa Medical Society draft and disseminate to the membership a report detailing its positions and recommendations for gender equity in medicine, including clarifying principles for state and specialty societies, academic medical centers, and other entities that employ physicians.

2.      The Iowa Medical Society:

a)      advocate for institutional, departmental, and practice policies that promote transparency in defining the criteria for initial and subsequent physician compensation;

b)      advocate for pay structures based on objective, gender-neutral objective criteria;

c)      encourage a specified approach, sufficient to identify gender disparity, to oversight of compensation models, metrics, and actual total compensation for all employed physicians; and

d)      advocate for training to identify and mitigate implicit bias in compensation determination for those in positions to determine salary and bonuses, with a focus on how subtle differences in the further evaluation of physicians of different genders may impede compensation and career advancement.

3.      The Iowa Medical Society recommend as immediate actions to reduce gender bias:

a)      eliminate the question of prior salary information from job applications for physician recruitment in academic and private practice;

b)      inform physicians about their rights under the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Equal Pay Act;

c)      establish educational programs to help empower all genders to negotiate equitable compensation;

d)      work with relevant stakeholders to host a workshop on the role of medical societies in advancing women in medicine, with co-development and broad dissemination of a report based on workshop findings; and

e)      create guidance for medical schools and health care facilities for institutional transparency of compensation, and regular gender-based pay audits.

4.    The Iowa Medical Society collect and analyze comprehensive demographic data and produce a study report on the inclusion of women members including, but not limited to, membership, committee makeup, and leadership positions within IMS, including the Board of Directors,speaker invitations and recognition awards, and disseminate such findings in regular reports to membership, beginning in 2020 and continuing yearly thereafter, with recommendations to support ongoing gender equity efforts.

5.    The Iowa Medical Society commit to pay equity across the organization by asking the Board of Directors to undertake routine assessments of salaries within and across the organization, while making the necessary adjustments to ensure equal pay for equal work.

Action Taken

Adopted as amended

PRS 19-2-03: Violence Against Healthcare Workers

Policy Request

  • 1.      The Iowa Medical Society adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward violence against health care workers.
  • 2.      The Iowa Medical Society shall:
  • a)      Inform all member physicians of the meaning of Iowa Code 708.3A
  • b)      Communicate Work with Iowa Hospital Association to ensure that IHA informs its members of IMS policy and have awareness of the law and its implication.
  • c)      Communicate with state agencies as appropriate to ensure these agencies are not creating a chilling effect on hospital and clinician response.
  • d)      Interface with and educate Des Moines and other police agencies about their part in protecting healthcare workers. 
  • 3.      The Iowa Medical Society conduct a study of the charges filed against patients attacking hospital staff to ensure hospitals take seriously their responsibilities to protect their employees and identify opportunities to improve the safety of all healthcare workers.

Action Taken

Adopted as Amended

PRS 19-2-04: Policy Sunset Report for 2019

Policy Request

The Policy Committee recommends that the Iowa Medical Society policies listed in the Appendix to this report be acted upon in the manner indicated in its report.

Action Taken

Adopted

PRS 19-2-05: Increasing Medicaid Reimbursement for Psychiatric Mental Institutions for Children

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society shall advocate for increasing the PMIC reimbursement rate and establishing a reimbursement rebasing methodology wherein future increases are made in a reliable manner, creating funding stability for Iowa’s PMICs.

Action Taken

Adopted

Policy Forum 19-2 Met on September 19, 2019

POLICY FORUM 19-1 RESULTS

PRS 19-1-01: Increasing Access to Buprenorphine Treatment for SUD

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society submit a resolution to the AMA House of Delegates seeking federal advocacy to eliminate the educational requirements for obtaining a DATA 2000 waiver.

Action Taken

Not Adopted; AMA Policy D-95.972 Reaffirmed


PRS 19-1-02: Board of Medicine Physician Member Stipends

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society, in partnership with the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association and on behalf of all Iowa physicians, will pay the physician members of the Iowa Board of Medicine a daily stipend for their service.

Action Taken

Not Adopted


PRS 19-1-03: Medicare Co-Payment Medication Coupons

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society submit a resolution to the AMA House of Delegates seeking federal advocacy to amend the anti-kickback statute to allow Medicare patients to use co-payment coupons to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses for medication.

Action Taken

Not Adopted; AMA Policies H-330.899 & D-110.993 Reaffirmed


PRS 19-1-04: Annual Meeting Bylaws Changes

Policy Request

Amend the IMS Bylaws to remove replace all references to the “Annual Meeting” with “Presidential Installation.”

Action Taken

Adopted


PRS 19-1-05: Protecting the Physician-Patient Relationship

Policy Request

1. The Iowa Medical Society shall adopt as organizational policy that it is the policy of IMS to oppose inappropriate interference by the government and third parties that causes a physician to compromise his or her medical judgment as to what information or treatment is in the best interest of the patient.

2. IMS will work with other organizations as appropriate to oppose legislation or state or federal rules or regulations that inappropriately interfere with the patient-physician relationship or that prevent physicians from freely discussing with, or providing information to, patients about medical care and procedures, or which direct physicians to provide specified information or perform specified tests that are not medically necessary.

3. IMS will work with other organizations as appropriate to oppose legislation or state or federal rules or regulations which require a physician to provide information which is not medically accurate, evidence-based,  and appropriate for the patient or a medical service which is not evidence-based and appropriate for a patient.  IMS will likewise work to oppose legislation or state and federal rules which prohibit a physician form providing information which is medically accurate, evidence-based,  and appropriate for the patient or a medical service which is evidence-based and appropriate for a patient. 

4. IMS will communicate to government entities and to the public the concerns inherent in rules, regulations or statutes that restrict or direct communication between physicians and their patients as stated in this policy.

Action Taken

Referred to Committee on Legislation for review and recommendation to a future Policy Forum.


PRS 19-1-06: Direct to Consumer Pharmaceutical Advertisements

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society submit a resolution to the AMA House of Delegates seeking federal advocacy to ban direct to consumer pharmaceutical advertisements. If such federal efforts are unsuccessful, the resolution shall call for federal advocacy to require that pharmaceutical companies disclose the list price of medications and cheaper alternatives in all direct to consumer advertisements and that such advertisements include information on patient-centered health improvement measures that are recommended for patients with the condition for which the advertised medication seeks to treat.

Action Taken

Adopted as Amended; AMA Policy H-105.988 Reaffirmed


PRS 19-1-07: Value-based Payment or Alternative Payment Model Promotion & Development

Policy Request

The Iowa Medical Society will develop a strategy, potentially working with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative and local payers, to promote and develop alternative payment models that would offer better incentives for value-based care. These new payment methods would primarily use outcome measures and meaningful measures of quality and cost, and use benchmarks that would not penalize higher performers.

Action Taken

Not Adopted

Policy Forum 19-1 Met on April 5

POLICY FORUM 18-2 RESULTS

PRS 18-2-01 Report of IMS Committee on Medical Services on Referred PRS 17-1-04: Protections for Prescribing Epinephrine

Policy Request

  • 1a. The Iowa Medical Society shall pursue legislation establishing that only a gross negligence standard shall be sufficient to establish liability of proof if a physician writes a prescription for self-injection epinephrine to treat an allergic reaction, regardless injection method.
  • 1b. The Iowa Medical Society shall submit a resolution to the American Medical Association House of Delegates requesting that it advocate for statutory protections for prescribing injectable epinephrine to treat an allergic reaction without the auto-injector (e.g. vial/syringe). 

Action Taken

Approved with Recommended Amendment


PRS 18-2-02 Report of IMS Committee on Medical Services on Referred PRS 17-1-06: Requiring Physician Disclosure of Investigations and Complaints

Policy Request

IMS adopt the following policy:

The Iowa Medical Society does not support requiring a physician to disclose, for purposes of credentialing and privileging, that a complaint was filed against him/her if the investigation into the complaint resulted in a finding that it was unfounded and ultimately dismissed.

Action Taken

Adopted


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