Jeffrey Halverson, RPh, MBA, Vice President Physician Network, Covenant Clinic at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Waterloo, has received the IMS 2018 John F. Sanford Award.
Are you interested in serving on the Iowa Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Advisory Council? There are currently three openings for physicians.
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).
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 .
2018 Legislative Scorecard for the Iowa Medical Society.
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.
During the IMS President’s Reception on April 27, 2018, Joyce Vista-Wayne, MD, installed Michael Romano, MD, MHA, as the 169th IMS President.
Award recipients were honored at last week’s Presidential Reception. Four annual awards are given each year.
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
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.
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
The Iowa Board of Medicine elected officers and approved the meeting schedule for 2019 at their April 6 meeting.
April is National Minority Health Month and you can help observe it by promoting Quitline Iowa with your minority patients who smoke.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
TThis week, IMS physician leaders and staff traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in the AMA’s National Advocacy Conference (NAC).
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
Deadlines are fast approaching if you plan to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period.
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
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
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is recruiting individuals interested in issues related to newborn screening for inherited conditions.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
The IMS Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the multiple positions on the IMS Board of Directors and AMA Delegates.
On Thursday, IMS held its final Board of Directors meeting for 2017. This full day of work included the following areas:
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
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.