News Archive

 

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.

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 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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