News Archive

 

BPC, UnityPoint Host Rural Workforce Discussion

8/16/2019

On August 13, the IMS attended a multidisciplinary discussion on rural workforce shortages, hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center and UnityPoint.

Atlantic Iowa Burnout Programming Recap

8/16/2019

A recap of the August 13 Burnout Resiliency Programming in Atlantic, Iowa, and more information on IMS events.

Proposed 2020 Medicare Fee Schedule Rule Released

8/8/2019

CMS recently released the calendar year 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) proposed rule including a number of proposed changes to Medicare payment policy, rates, and quality program metrics.

IMS Board Holds Summer Retreat

7/18/2019

This past weekend, the IMS Board of Directors held its July board meeting on the campus of Des Moines University (DMU) and its annual board retreat.

Medicaid MCO Transition Assistance

7/5/2019

July 1 marked the scheduled transition of Medicaid administrators within the managed care system with UnitedHealthcare (UHC) ending active benefit administration and Iowa Total Care (ITC) beginning active patient operations.

New Laws Take Effect Monday

6/28/2019

Several bills and Iowa statutes of interest to the medical community will go into effect July 1

MIPS Data Validation and Audit

6/28/2019

Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Data Validation and Audit to begin June 2019 for Performance Years 2017 and 2018

GPCI Fix Legislation Introduced

6/20/2019

IMS President-Elect Brian Privett joined Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer for Cedar Rapids press conference to introduce new bill.

CMS RFI on Reducing Administrative Burden

6/20/2019

CMS seeks input on are reporting and documentation requirements, prior authorization requirements, and policies for dually enrolled beneficiaries.

IMS President Dr. Elson receives GME Leadership Impact Award

5/6/2019

AMA IMS MAT news release: Iowa Removes Barriers to Evidence-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

AMA IMS MAT News Release May 2019

5/6/2019

AMA IMS MAT news release: Iowa Removes Barriers to Evidence-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

IMS Past-President Dr. Romano, MD, MHA, shares State of the Society Address

4/24/2019

Dr. Michael Romano, MD, MHA, Family Medicine, Council Bluffs delivers the 2019 State of the Society Address.

CMS Integrated Care Models for Dually Eligible Individuals

4/24/2019

Letter to State Medicaid Directors invites states to partner with CMS to improve outcomes for those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

IMS Presents Annual Awards

4/17/2019

On April 5, IMS presented three awards, the Merit, Physician Community Service, and Washington Freeman Peck in recognition of outstanding commitments to the health care, the professional of medicine, and IMS.

Medicaid Managed Care Update

4/11/2019

Find the latest information regarding Medicaid Managed Care.

Elson Elected as IMS President

4/11/2019

Marygrace Elson, MD, MME, FACOG, was installed as the 170th IMS President during the President's Reception on April 5. The results of the recent leadership election were announced during the reception, read who the newest leaders are .

New Members April 2019

4/10/2019

New Members - April 2019

Last Week to Submit 2018 MIPs Data

3/28/2019

2018 MIPS data may be submitted and updated any until 8:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 2.

Brian Privett, MD, Next IMS President-Elect

3/20/2019

The IMS Board has selected Brian Privett, MD, as the next IMS President-Elect. Learn more about Dr. Privett and submit your commitments.

Alex Smith, DO -How Physicians Help Legislators Make Decisions

3/7/2019

Helping legislators make the best evidence-based decisions for physicians, patients, and the practice of medicine is why Alex Smith, DO, is attending Physician Day on the Hill on March 27.

Iowa Total Care Contracting Information

3/7/2019

Iowa's newest MCO, Iowa Total Care, will be providing coverage on July 1. Learn how your practice can contract with this new MCO.

Share the Issues Impacting Patient Care

2/28/2019

Speaking on behalf of her patients is key reason Jen Groos, MD, FAAP, Pediatrics, Des Moines attends Physician Day on the Hill and you should too!

Nebel Named IBM Executive Director

2/26/2019

IBM Names Kent Nebel, JD, new executive director

CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform

2/26/2019

New podcast “CMS: Beyond the Policy” offers regular episodes that discuss agency updates and policies in a user-friendly medium

IBM Releases Chronic Pain Management Rules

2/21/2019

The Iowa Board of Medicine releases rules related to opioids and chronic pain management.

Week 4 Legislative Update

2/14/2019

Highlights from the week 4 of the 2019 legislative session.

Rob Lee MD Shares Why Advocacy is Important

2/14/2019

Highlights from the week 4 of the 2019 legislative session.

New Members - January 7 -13, 2019

1/14/2019

New Members - January 7-13, 2019

New Members - January 2019

1/8/2019

New Members - January 2018

Noreen O'Shea, DO, Receives Iowa Family Physician of Year Award

11/28/2018

The Iowa Academy of Family Physicians announced that Noreen O'Shea, DO, has been named the 2018-2019 Iowa Family Physician of the Year.

New MCO Enters Iowa Market

11/8/2018

New MCO Enters Iowa Market Iowa Total Care will begin serving the Iowa Medicaid population effective July 1, 2019. Iowa’s newest Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) is a subsidiary of Centene, and brings more than 30 years of Medicaid benefit

IMS Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Board, AMA Delegation

11/7/2018

The IMS Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the multiple positions on the IMS Board of Directors and AMA Delegates.

Medicare Influenza Vaccine Coding & Payment Updates

9/27/2018

The Iowa Medical Society welcomed a special guest at its quarterly board meeting in Iowa City on Thursday, September 20.

AMA President Returns to Iowa

9/27/2018

The Iowa Medical Society welcomed a special guest at its quarterly board meeting in Iowa City on Thursday, September 20.

Please Join Us Thursday, October 18 for the Next Installment in the IMS Physician Burnout Series

9/6/2018

IMS is committed to combatting physician burnout and professional resiliency, and creating collaboration opportunities in local settings throughout the year. We invite you to collaborate with physicians, clinic administrators, insurance regulators, a

IMS Weighs in on Medicare Fee Schedule Rule

8/29/2018

IMS submitted written comments on hte proposed revisions to payment policies under Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule (PFS).

New Prescription Monitoring and CME Mandates take effect July 1st. Are you Impacted?

6/28/2018

The new Opioid Omnibus Legislation, effective July 1, will change requirements for prescribers.

IBM Advances Draft Psychologist Prescribing Rules

6/15/2018

The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM), at its June 8 meeting, voted to move forward with draft administrative rules to allow psychologists who have received additional pharmacology training to begin issuing prescriptions for psychotropic medications. Thes

Meet IMS At-Large Director Damon Dyche, MD

6/14/2018

In April the IMS membership elected new members to the IMS Board of Director. Meet newly elected IMS At-Large Director, Damon Dyche, MD.

Closer Look at Lenard Kerr, DO

6/14/2018

In April the IMS membership elected new members to the IMS Board of Director. Meet newly elected IMS At-Large Director, Damon Dyche, MD.

Halverson Honored with Award

5/25/2018

Jeffrey Halverson, RPh, MBA, Vice President Physician Network, Covenant Clinic at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Waterloo, has received the IMS 2018 John F. Sanford Award.

Physician Openings On PMP Advisory Council

5/11/2018

Are you interested in serving on the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Advisory Council? There are currently three openings for physicians.

MIPS Eligibility Now Available at Group Level

5/10/2018

Providers may now use the CMS Quality Payment Program (QPP) website to check their groups 2018 eligibility for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Weighing In on the Obesity Epidemic

5/7/2018

Seventy to 80 percent of adult Americans are now overweight or obese, with the nation’s adult population in 2015-2016 approaching an obesity rate of 40 percent [1].

2018 Legislative Scorecard

5/4/2018

2018 Legislative Scorecard for the Iowa Medical Society.

Michael Romano Installed as New President

5/1/2018

During the IMS President’s Reception on April 27, 2018, Joyce Vista-Wayne, MD, installed Michael Romano, MD, MHA, as the 169th IMS President.

New IMS Leadership

5/1/2018

During the IMS President’s Reception last Friday Joyce Vista-Wayne, MD, passed the presidential medallion to Michael Romano, MD, MHA, installing him as the 169th IMS President.

IMS Presents Annual Awards

5/1/2018

Award recipients were honored at last week’s Presidential Reception. Four annual awards are given each year.

Week 15 Legislative Update

4/20/2018

The legislature is officially in overtime as the second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly passed its 100th day this past Tuesday and legislators stopped receiving dialed per diem payments. Typically, session will stretch not far beyond the en