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IDPH Issues Reminder on Termination Reporting


Recently, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) widely distributed a notice to remind physicians and staff of their termination of pregnancy reporting requirements under Iowa Code section 144.29A and 146B.2.

Week 10 Legislative Update


It was a livelier than anticipated second funnel week at the capitol, with the biggest news of the week being the shake-up in leadership of the Senate Republican Caucus. While this political drama diverted significant time and energy, much work still

Week 9 Legislative Update


Next week marks the second legislative funnel - the date by which most policy bills must have passed a full chamber and a committee in the other chamber in order to remain eligible for consideration this session. The legislature is preparing to turn

New Medicare Card Webinars for Consumers, Beneficiaries, and Caregivers


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking help from providers to educate their patients who are Medicare beneficiaries about the new Medicare card they will be receiving.

Senators Seek Input on Health Costs and Transparency


Senator Grassley recently joined a bipartisan coalition in signing a letter seeking stakeholder input regarding healthcare prices and information transparency. In seeking this information, the coalition cited data showing that healthcare spending in

Week 8 Legislative Update


It was an incredibly busy week at the capitol for issues of importance to the medical community. In addition to a highly-successful Physician Day on the Hill on Wednesday, this week also saw floor debate on multiple bills impacting the physician comm

New Members - February 2018


New Members - February 2018

Week 7 Legislative Update


With the first funnel deadline behind us and the second funnel still a few weeks away, both chambers shifted their focus this week to floor debate. A number of noncontroversial bills were taken up and passed by both chambers. IMS spent this week work

CMS Conducting Study on Burden of Reporting for MIPS


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting the 2018 Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures Study, as outlined in the Quality Payment Program Year 2 final rule (CMS 5522- FC).

2017 MIPS Performance Scores Now Available


MIPS eligible clinicians who submitted Quality Performance data for 2017 MIPS via claims may now view their performance score for 2017 Claims Data through the MIPS data submission feature.

Nominations for Panels Developing Medicare Cost Episodes


CMS has issued a call for nominations of physicians and other practitioners interested in providing clinical input to develop new Medicare cost measures based on episodes of care.

Week 6 Legislative Update


Today marks the first funnel deadline, the date by which the majority of policy bills must pass a committee in their chamber of origin in order to remain eligible for consideration this session. With this deadline, many proposals of both interest and

IMS Goes to Washington!


TThis week, IMS physician leaders and staff traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference (NAC).

What Can a Practice Charge a Patient for Medical Records?


Entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) are required to provide patients, upon request, with access to their protected health information (PHI). However, the entity may charge the individual a fee for that

MIPS Reporting Deadline Fast Approaching


Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period.

Week 5 Legislative Update


Both chambers spent considerable time this week moving bills through subcommittee and committee ahead of next week’s first funnel deadline. After next Friday, the vast majority of policy bills will become ineligible for consideration this session unl

New Members - January 2018


New Members - January 2018

Join Governor Reynolds at Day on the Hill


Physician Day on the Hill has always been a great opportunity to speak directly with legislators about the policy proposals that matter most to the medical community. This year, we’ve decided to forgo the traditional private meeting between IMS leade

IDPH Seeks Public Input on Newborn Disorders


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recruiting individuals interested in issues related to newborn screening for inherited conditions.

Questions About Candor?


Over the past three years, IMS staff has traveled the state working to promote the innovative Candor early disclosure approach to unanticipated outcomes and the comprehensive statutory protections IMS championed in 2015 and expanded in 2017.

Week 4 Legislative Update


With just two weeks remaining until the February 16 first funnel deadline, work at the capitol this week continued at a rapid pace. Legislators devoted their time to numerous subcommittee meetings and private meetings to finalize details on a series

Week 3 Legislative Update


It was another busy week at the capitol as legislators spent significant time in subcommittee meetings as they work to move legislation forward ahead of the first legislative funnel on Friday, February 16. Legislators have three weeks to pass policy

Coalition Seeks Nonmedical Switching Stories


This session, IMS is working as part of the Iowa Continuity of Care Coalition in pursuit of legislation to restrict commercial insurers’ ability to force patients off their physician-prescribed medications for non-medically necessary reasons. This co

Health Care Leaders Collaborate to Streamline Prior Authorization and Improve Timely Access to Treat


Physicians, pharmacists, medical groups, hospitals, and health insurance providers are working together to improve prior authorization processes for patients’ medical treatments, also known as pre-approval. This will help patients have access to safe

Iowa Physicians Boost the State’s Economy


Beyond their role in safeguarding the health of our communities, physicians in Iowa are a major driver of the state economy, spurring economic growth and creating jobs across all industries.

Educate Your Patients About Radon


January is National Radon Action Month. As a health care provider, you ask your patients if they smoke, but do you ask them if they test their homes for radon?

IMS Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Board, AMA Delegation


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

IMS Board Holds December Meeting


On Thursday, IMS held its final Board of Directors meeting for 2017. This full day of work included the following areas:

2018 Advocacy Preview: Protecting the Practice of Medicine


Over the past several weeks, IMS has be previewing these priorities as we prepare for the 2018 Legislation Session, which convenes on January 8, 2018. This week, we focus on the legislative priority to protect the practice of medicine.

New Members - December 2017


New Members - December 2017

IMPAC Seeks New Physician Leaders


Are you interested in public policy and politics? Are you interested in representing your profession in the political process without committing a significant amount of your time for yet another obligation? If so. . .

2018 Advocacy Preview: Strengthening Public Health


On October 25, the IMS Committee on Legislation approved their recommendations for the 2018 IMS Legislative Agenda. These recommendations will go before the IMS Board of Directors for review and approval on December 14, 2017.

IMS Outlines Concerns with Tax Reform


This week, IMS President Joyce Vista-Wayne, MD, DFAPA, wrote to Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst to outline IMS’ concerns with the health policy implications of the current federal tax reform proposal working its way through the. . .

2018 Advocacy Preview: Physician Workforce


On October 25, the IMS Committee on Legislation approved their recommendations for the 2018 IMS Legislative Agenda. These recommendations will go before the IMS Board of Directors for review and approval on December 14, 2017.

AmeriHealth Transition – What You Should Know


Friday marked the official transfer date for more 200,000 Medicaid patients who previously had coverage administered by AmeriHealth Caritas.

2018 Advocacy Preview: Protecting Medicaid


During the 2017 Legislative Session, lawmakers enacted more than $300 million in state funding cuts to help balance the budget. For the 2018 Fiscal Year, which began this past July, these included a series of Medicaid provider rate cuts. . .

IMS Calls Special Policy Forum


In accordance with Article VIII, Section 4 of the IMS Bylaws, IMS President Joyce Vista-Wayne, MD, DFAPA, has requested a special meeting of the Policy Forum to be held on Thursday, December 14, immediately following the conclusion of the IMS Board o

New Insurance Options for IMS Members


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.

2018 Advocacy Preview: Combating Opioid Abuse


On October 25, the IMS Committee on Legislation approved their recommendations for the 2018 IMS Legislative Agenda. These recommendations will go before the IMS Board of Directors for review and approval on December 14, 2017.

New Members - November 2017


New Members - November 2017

2018 Advocacy Preview: Strengthening the Behavioral Health System


Over the next several weeks, IMS will be previewing the 2018 IMS Legislation Agenda as we prepare for the 2018 Legislation Session, which convenes on January 8, 2018.

AmeriHealth to Exit Medicaid November 30


After weeks of speculation, the Department of Human Services announced this week that AmeriHealth Caritas would be ending its participation as one of the three managed care organizations (MCOs) administering Iowa’s Medicaid program. . .

Iowa Medical Society Endorses COPIC


IMS is pleased to announce that COPIC was selected as the preferred medical professional liability insurance provider for its members and will serve as an IMS Strategic Partner.

New Members - October 2017


New Members - October 2017

MIPS Virtual Group Election Period Ends December 1


Small practices have additional participation opportunities available next year as they look to prepare for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program. The election period is open to form a virtual group for the 2018 MIPS performance per

What Stopgap Decision Means For Your Patients


You have likely seen the media coverage this week following the decision by Governor Reynolds to direct the Iowa Insurance Commissioner to withdraw Iowa’s 1332 federal waiver application for the Iowa Stopgap Measure.

University of Iowa Names Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of Carver College of Medicine


University of Iowa Names Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Carver College of Medicine

Hinson Receives IMS Presidential Citation


This week, State Representative Ashley Hinson (R-Marion) was presented with the IMS Presidential Citation for her work on this year’s historic tort reform legislation.

Improvements Needed in Childhood Lead Poison Testing


The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has contacted IMS with concerns regarding the need for greater blood lead poison testing in Iowa’s children.

IMS Looks to Improve Mental Health Delivery


Increasingly, physicians from diverse specialties are encountering issues with Iowa’s current mental health system.