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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
As one of its first acts, the AMA created the first national codification of ethics for any profession anywhere in the world.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Work continues at the Capitol as we prepare for floor debate on SF 465 and HF 487 — the IMS-crafted medical liability reform legislation.
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
Last Saturday, IMS hosted a round table discussion with Congressman David Young (IA-3) to share perspectives on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)
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
This week the AMA responded to ACA repeal legislation approved by U. S. House of Representatives's Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees.
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
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
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.
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.
The Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA and the Meaningful Use (MU) program utilize electronic health records (EHRs) certified to federal standards.
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.
Iowa Medical Society physician leaders went to Washington, DC this week to meet with Iowa’s Congressional delegation
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IMS Business Affiliate, Telligen, awarded CMS contract to help small practices prepare to participate in QPP.
Three residents take on leadership roles within the Johnson County Medical Society.
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.
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 ...
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?
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.
In its first major healthcare rulemaking, the Trump Administration on February 15 released a proposed rule intended to stabilize the ACA Marketplaces ...
A review of Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) revealed common errors in submissions for the 2015 performance-period. ...
The most significant development at the Capitol for the medical community this week was the introduction of the IMS-crafted tort reform legislation.
This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded approximately $20 million to 11 organizations for the first year of a five-year ...
On Monday, both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees introduced bills on tort reform
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.
Nationwide, state legislatures are considering a myriad of proposals to combat the opioid abuse epidemics in their states. Last week, the AMA urged the ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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