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IMS Announces New Executive VP and CEO


The Iowa Medical Society Board of Directors is pleased to announce Michael Flesher as the society’s next executive vice president and CEO, replacing Clare Kelly, who announced her departure in November 2016 and will step down May 25, 2017.

Teaching the Next Generation of Medical Professionals


With a passion for medical education and an unwavering commitment to health care administration, Dr. Steven Craig (76BS 79MD) is helping shape the face of medical education in today’s ever changing health care landscape and providing exciting educati

National Health Groups Urge Action to Stabilize Individual Insurance Market


The AMA this week joined with other organizations representing insurers, hospitals, health plan purchasers, and physicians in sending letters to Congressional leaders and President Trump urging them to address an imminent threat to the stability of t

Legislative Report – Week Fourteen


It was another very active week at the capitol for issues of interest to the House of Medicine. Chief among these was the historic House passage of medical liability reform on Wednesday evening. Also this week, the Health and Human Services (HHS) App

Issue Analysis: Final Medical Liability Reform Legislation


SF 465, the IMS-crafted medical liability reform legislation that passed the House on Wednesday, is well on its way to final passage. As is typical, the components of the bill have evolved throughout the legislative process. The final draft of SF 465

Legislative Report – Week Thirteen


Work continues behind the scenes on SF 465, the IMS-crafted medical liability reform legislation that is currently awaiting floor debate in the House. This week, legislative leadership released their joint budget targets for the coming 2018 Fiscal Ye

Iowa Supreme Court: Patient Safety Net (PSN) Materials Confidential


The Iowa Supreme Court ruled today that PSN materials are protected under the morbidity and mortality privilege, so they are not discoverable in a medical negligence action.

Board of Medicine Announces Expedited Multi-State Licensure Process


The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) announced this week the availability of a new, voluntary process for qualified physicians living or practicing in Iowa to quickly gain licensure in 17 other states.

Open Payments “Review and Dispute” – What Physicians Should Know


Physicians have until May 15 to review and dispute Open Payments data on payments and other transfers of value made to physicians by drug or device companies. Don't miss your chance to review your data before it is released to the public.

CMS Finalizes 2018 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans


On Monday CMS released final updates to the Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Programs for 2018. Through these changes, CMS seeks to support benefit flexibility and efficiency that allows Medicare enrollees to choose the care that best

AMA Code of Medical Ethics – First of Its Kind


As one of its first acts, the AMA created the first national codification of ethics for any profession anywhere in the world.

Legislative Report – Week Twelve


Today marks the second legislative funnel — the date by which the majority of policy bills must have passed a full chamber and a committee in the other chamber in order to remain viable for consideration yet this session. Several bills of interest to

FY18 Budget Begins to Take Shape


This week, the governor released his revised budget recommendations for FY17 and FY18. Among the recommended FY18 reductions are a series of cuts to programs of interest to IMS.

Second Funnel Fast Approaches


Next Friday, March 31, marks the second legislative funnel. This is the date by which the majority of policy bills must have passed a full chamber and a committee in the other chamber in order to remain eligible for consideration yet this session. Wi

Doc Groups Urge CMS to Adopt Quality Reporting Relief


On March 21, the AMA, IMS, and 86 state and specialty medical societies, sent a letter urging the CMS to adopt relief related to existing Medicare quality reporting programs. The letter calls for changes that would reduce the likelihood of physicians

Legislative Report – Week Eleven


It was an exciting week at the capitol for the house of medicine! Following a lively debate on Monday, the Senate voted 28-21 to pass SF 465, the IMS-crafted medical liability reform legislation.

Physician Day on the Hill a Huge Success


On Wednesday, nearly 60 physicians, residents, and medical students from across the state traveled to the Capitol to take part in Physician Day on the Hill (PDOTH). This year’s annual day of advocacy was timed as both chambers prepare to take up SF 4

Legislative Report – Week Ten


Work continues at the Capitol as we prepare for floor debate on SF 465 and HF 487 — the IMS-crafted medical liability reform legislation.

An Iowa Medical Student Goes to DC


Medical doctors continue to be among the most trusted professionals in the United States. For this reason and others, it is incumbent upon us to advocate for our patients and for the betterment of our healthcare system. That was the message U.S. Surg

IMS Members Share Perspectives on ACA Replacement Bill; CBO Predicts More Uninsured


Last Saturday, IMS hosted a round table discussion with Congressman David Young (IA-3) to share perspectives on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Mike Romano, MD, Slated as IMS President-Elect


At its February 16 meeting, the IMS Board of Directors tapped Mike Romano, MD, Council Bluffs, as their selection to stand for President-Elect of the IMS. Dr. Romano currently serves as Chair of the IMS Board of Directors. If formally elected by the

AMA Responds to ACA Repeal Legislation


This week the AMA responded to ACA repeal legislation approved by U. S. House of Representatives's Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees.

Legislative Report – Week Nine


While high-profile issues including voter ID and changes to the workers’ compensation system dominated the news out of the capitol this week, IMS continued to work behind the scenes with legislators in preparation for the upcoming floor debate on SF

State Working to Fix New CPT Code Denials


Numerous practices from across the state are reporting issues with the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) administering Iowa’s Medicaid program denying new 2017 CPT codes due to Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) not yet having established a rate for thes

IMS President: Physicians Are Called to Lead


From the time we speak the Hippocratic Oath at our “white coat” or graduation ceremonies in medical school, we as physicians are called to be leaders.

Legislative Report – Week Eight


Friday marked the first legislative funnel – the deadline by which nearly all policy bills must have cleared a committee in their chamber of origin in order to remain eligible for consideration this session.

IMS Joins Call to Defer 2015 Edition EHR Requirements


The Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA and the Meaningful Use (MU) program utilize electronic health records (EHRs) certified to federal standards.

Have a Policy or Practice Concern? Submit it to the IMS Policy Forum


IMS Policy Forum 17-1 will convene on Friday, April 28 at 12:30 p.m. the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in conjunction with the 167th IMS Annual Conference , Renewing Passion and Purpose in Practice.

IMS Leaders Visit DC, Urge Fix to Iowa’s Part B Payment Disparity


Iowa Medical Society physician leaders went to Washington, DC this week to meet with Iowa’s Congressional delegation

Addressing Your Managed Care Issues


Addressing Your Managed Care Issues

Telligen Chosen to Provide Support for Small Practices in CMS Quality Payment Program


IMS Business Affiliate, Telligen, awarded CMS contract to help small practices prepare to participate in QPP.

Residents Take Leadership Roles with Johnson County Medical Society


Three residents take on leadership roles within the Johnson County Medical Society.

Legislative Report – Week Seven


We’ve wrapped up another incredibly busy week at the Capitol. The article below offers an in-depth view of the tort reform advocacy from the past week, but this isn’t the only area of work for IMS this week.

ACA Repeal/Replace Text Leaked


On Friday, Politico released a leaked version of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replacement draft. The draft is date-stamped February 10, 2017 ...

Bookmark These MACRA/QPP Resources


Have you buried your head in the sand hoping Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program (QPP) will go away? Have you been brave enough to peek out only to be overwhelmed by what you don’t understand?

A Successful Week of Tort Reform Advocacy


It was a big week in the push for meaningful medical liability reform at the Capitol. This week saw subcommittee hearings on the bills in both chambers and a significant push from the trial attorneys to stop these reforms.

CMS Releases ACA Market Stabilization Proposals


In its first major healthcare rulemaking, the Trump Administration on February 15 released a proposed rule intended to stabilize the ACA Marketplaces ...

CMS Tips for Successfully Reporting PQRS 2016 Data


A review of Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) revealed common errors in submissions for the 2015 performance-period. ...

Legislative Report – Week Six


The most significant development at the Capitol for the medical community this week was the introduction of the IMS-crafted tort reform legislation.

CMS Awards $100 Million to Help Small Practices Succeed in the Quality Payment Program


This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year ...

Tort Reform Introduced in Iowa Legislature


On Monday, both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees introduced bills on tort reform

Fighting Together, Physicians Foil Insurance Goliaths


In another significant win for organized medicine and the nation’s patients, federal judge Amy Berman Jackson blocked the proposed merger between insurance giants Anthem and Cigna.

Opioids: Attorneys General Urged to Help End Prior Authorization for MAT


Nationwide, state legislatures are considering a myriad of proposals to combat the opioid abuse epidemics in their states. Last week, the AMA urged the ...

Legislative Report – Week Five


This week, the first of the IMS-crafted priority legislation came out of drafting. HSB 99 enacts a series of measures to help combat opioid abuse in our state.

Issue Spotlight: Commercial Fireworks Sales


For the past few years, advocates from both chambers and both parties have pushed to repeal Iowa's long-standing ban on the commercial sale of fireworks.

Psychologist Prescribing Subcommittee Holds Third Meeting


This past Monday, subcommittees from the Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) and the Iowa Board of Psychology (IBP) met for the third time to continue work on joint ...

Legislative Report – Week Four


It was another busy week at the capitol. This week saw considerable discussion of HSB 48, which would repeal statutory restrictions to allow an optometrist to ...

Advocacy Spotlight: Optometrist Injections & Surgical Procedures


A number of IMS members and their staff have already been to the capitol this session to advocate for their profession and their patients. Starting this week, the ...

New Fact Sheets Highlight the Role and Reach of Medicaid in Every State


The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a series of fact sheets that illustrate the role of Medicaid in each state. The new state Medicaid fact sheets highlight the ...

IMS Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for Board, AMA Delegation


The IMS Nominating Committee will meet via conference call on March 16, 2017, to slate candidates for election to IMS leadership positions. Physician members, residents and students who are interested in seeking leadership roles within IMS, including