New Insurance Options for IMS Members

Date of Publication November 10, 2017

The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) is excited to announce that it has partnered with First Insurance Group to create a new insurance agency providing services statewide. Operating as the Iowa Medical Society Insurance Group and beginning this fall, physicians, their families, and employees have a new option in the insurance market place.

“The Iowa Medical Society Board of Directors felt the timing was ideal to launch such a venture. This opportunity is a way to bring new, customized, and competitive options to our members,” said Michael Flesher, IMS Executive Vice President and CEO.

The venture will represent nearly 150 carriers providing first-in-class products and services. Iowa physicians are currently accessing these resources but now can purchase them from a partnership that will continue to support physician and patient advocacy, physician wellness, medical education, and public health services.

First Insurance Group, via the Harry A. Koch Company, has a proven agency model currently in Nebraska and is excited to begin this partnership in Iowa. The First Insurance Group will be led by Derek Briscoe and Scott Morris working alongside the IMS staff. Briscoe and Morris have a combined 50 years of experience working with physicians and are leaders in the Midwest with regards to deploying proven and innovative healthcare services while staying ahead of emerging risks. Briscoe will lead the property and casualty programs while Morris will provide employee benefit solutions.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Morris. “Consumers in Iowa are fortunate to have many good agencies across the state, but we will serve a need dedicated specifically to healthcare businesses, providers, and families.”

The IMS venture will sell all line of insurance products including, but not limited to:

  • Professional liability insurance
  • Business insurance
  • Employee benefits
  • Health
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life
  • Disability
  • Retirement plans
  • Personal lines
  • Homeowners and private auto insurance
  • Umbrellas

Briscoe added, “We look forward to the opportunity to discuss product offerings with physicians and administrators all across Iowa. At the end of the day, we are a risk management company and we believe the time is perfect to launch our venture together with IMS. With recent legislative changes and the evolution of early intervention programs (Candor) IMS is perfectly positioned to work with healthcare leaders to implement meaningful change and improve practices from river to river.”

For more information please contact Derek Briscoe at (402) 861-7130, or Michael Flesher, Iowa Medical Society at (515) 223-1401.

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