News Archive

 

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.

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.

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.

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

Walk with a Doc

4/20/2018

In preparation for the Provider Burnout and Professional Resiliency Conference, IMS staff had the opportunity to speak with Cheryl True, MD, Family Medicine/Lifestyle Medicine, Davenport.

Week 14 Legislative Update

4/13/2018

It was a relatively quiet week at the capitol, as leadership in the two chambers continue to negotiate on multiple fronts to develop a path toward adjournment. Both chambers had limited floor debate and limited committee work, as committee chairs met

Board of Medicine Elects Officers

4/11/2018

The Iowa Board of Medicine elected officers and approved the meeting schedule for 2019 at their April 6 meeting.

National Minority Health Month

4/6/2018

April is National Minority Health Month and you can help observe it by promoting Quitline Iowa with your minority patients who smoke.

Marygrace Elson, MD, MME, Slated as IMS President-Elect

4/6/2018

The IMS Board of Directors selected Marygrace Elson, MD, MME, to serve as president-elect beginning on April 28. Bylaw states that members have 14 days to respond to this selection.

Week 13 Legislative Update

4/6/2018

The pace at the capitol has slowed considerably as negotiations between the two chambers over tax reform and joint budget targets have stalled. The list of issues of interest to the medical community that are still moving has dwindled, but work remai

Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Naloxone

4/5/2018

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, has released a public health advisory that urges more Americans to carry a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Policy Forum Scores Legislative Victory

3/30/2018

Over the past few weeks, you have received multiple notices encouraging you to participate in the process leading up to Policy Forum 18-1, which will be held on Friday, April 27 in Des Moines.

Week 12 Legislative Update

3/30/2018

It was an exciting week at the capitol as IMS saw two legislative priorities become law and work continued behind the scenes on additional priorities, including the opioid abuse legislation, which is expected to be taken up by the full Senate soon. M

Week 11 Legislative Update

3/23/2018

This week saw extensive floor debate as more bills, including several of interest to the medical community, are now on their way to the governor’s desk. Leadership in the two chambers are also working behind closed doors to establish budget targets,

IDPH Issues Reminder on Termination Reporting

3/21/2018

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

3/16/2018

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

3/9/2018

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

3/9/2018

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

3/6/2018

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

3/2/2018

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

2/28/2018

New Members - February 2018

Week 7 Legislative Update

2/23/2018

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

2/21/2018

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).

COPIC Releases 2017 annual report

2/21/2018

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

2/21/2018

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.

IMS Continues Federal Advocacy

2/21/2018

IMS representatives trip to Washington DC was a success. Meetings with the Wisconsin Medical Society addressed the GPCI floor and Opioid Abuse.

Nominations for Panels Developing Medicare Cost Episodes

2/16/2018

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

2/16/2018

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!

2/16/2018

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?

2/14/2018

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

2/9/2018

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

2/9/2018

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

2/7/2018

New Members - January 2018

Join Governor Reynolds at Day on the Hill

2/2/2018

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

2/2/2018

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

Questions About Candor?

2/2/2018

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

2/2/2018

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

1/26/2018

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

1/26/2018

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

1/18/2018

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

1/12/2018

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.