News Archive

 

Workforce in Action Engaging with Local Stakeholders

2/12/2020

Last week, IMS and partners kicked off the first of the regional stakeholder meetings as part of the healthcare workforce initiative with the Iowa Department of Public Health...

Advocate 2020 Session - Week 5

2/12/2020

Just one week remains until the first legislative funnel – the date by which nearly all policy bills must have passed a committee in their chamber of origin to remain viable for consideration this session...

Advocate 2020 Session - Week 4

2/7/2020

Tort reform efforts continue to move forward at the capitol. On Wednesday, the House held a packed subcommittee meeting to consider HSB 596 – the bill to enact a hard cap on noneconomic damages...

Advocate 2020 Session - Week 3

1/31/2020

The big news out of the capitol this week was the long-anticipated introduction of the companion bills to enact a hard cap on noneconomic damages in medical liability suits...

Physician Advocate of the Week Polk County Medical Society

1/31/2020

Through the new Physician Advocate of the Week Program, you can come to the capitol any Wednesday during legislative session to lend your voice to the tort reform debate.

IMS Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

1/22/2020

Below is a list of the awards IMS gives out at our presidential reception in April each year. We are always looking to honor those IMS members and Iowa organizations that are improving healthcare and who are making our communities healthier, safer a

IMS Seeks Leadership Nominations

1/15/2020

The IMS Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for election to the following positions...

IMS Advocate - Get Ready for Tort Reform

1/10/2020

The legislature is set to adjourn after just 100 days this year and the clock starts Monday morning. The Iowa Medical Society is committed to doing everything possible over the next 100 days to win the legislative fight for a hard cap on noneconomic

eRX Mandate Takes Effect

1/8/2020

Starting January 1, 2020, nearly all out-patient prescriptions in the State of Iowa must be issued electronically...

1.0 Work GPCI Floor Extended

1/2/2020

IMS advocacy has successfully averted a $22.5 million Medicare payment cut for Iowa physicians. As part of the year-end budget deal, which was signed into law on December 23, 2019, temporary 1.0 PW GPCI floor that was set to expire on January 1, 2020

Registration Now Open for Physician Advocate of the Week

12/6/2019

Through the new Physician Advocate of the Week Program, you can come to the capitol any Wednesday during legislative session to lend your voice to the tort reform debate.

Prospects for Delaying Aging - Iowa Medicine Article

11/13/2019

Prospects for Delaying Aging - Written by Paige Noble and Dr. Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA. Iowa Medicine, Fall 2019

Board of Medicine Updates Pain Management Rules

11/1/2019

The Board of Medicine (BOM) has voted to update its administrative rules regarding appropriate pain management...

IMS, Medical Schools Host Physician Workforce Meeting

10/25/2019

Representatives from more than 20 organizations, along with the Governor’s Office and the legislature came together for a physician workforce stakeholder meeting in Ankeny...

Burnout Programming in Sioux City

10/11/2019

IMS had a full day in Sioux City this week partnering with the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation to bring the Burnout Awareness program to their residents...

IMS Weighs in on CY20 Medicare PFS and Quality Draft Rule

10/4/2019

Last Friday marked the close of the public comment period for the CY20 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and Quality Program draft rule...

Iowa Drug Card Partnership

10/1/2019

Iowa Medical Society FREE Prescription Assistance Program

Reminder: eRX Waiver Deadline is October 18

9/27/2019

Physicians wishing to avoid administrative penalties for failing to comply with the new electronic prescribing (eRX) mandate have until October 1 to submit a waiver application to the Board of Pharmacy (BOP).

IMS Board Meets in Iowa City

9/27/2019

Last week, the IMS Board of Directors met in Iowa City for two days of meetings, networking, and policy setting to prepare for 2020. These events included an outreach event cohosted by the American Medical Association and the Johnson County Medical S

2020 Legislative Priorities

9/27/2019

At its September 19 meeting, the IMS Board of Directors voted to approve the 2020 Legislative Agenda. Developed with the input of hundreds of member physicians, residents, medical students, and clinic administrators, this agenda focuses on five prima

Policy Forum 19-2 Held in Iowa City

9/19/2019

The Policy Forum is the culmination of a six week virtual and in-person policy review process, where final actions on five Policy Request Statements submitted for consideration have been posted to the IMS website.

University White Coat Ceremonies & Student/Resident Socials

8/30/2019

DMU OSM1 and UI M1 students receive whitecoats and attend student resident socials with IMS.

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