Iowa Medicaid Awards $84K in VIS Bonus Payments

Iowa Medicaid Awards $84K in VIS Bonus Payments The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) recently announced that it has completed its first round of Value Index Score (VIS) bonus payments. Iowa Medicaid included the VIS quality measurement system – the same system also used by Wellmark – in the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, which began in...

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Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Cast Your Vote: Elect IMS Leaders

Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Cast Your Vote: Elect IMS Leaders Changes to the IMS bylaws adopted in 2014 opened elections for IMS Board of Directors and the AMA delegation to the entire IMS membership. This change was instituted to make elections more transparent and to engage the broader membership in the important role of selecting leaders for our professional...

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House Passes New Malpractice Protection Provision

 House Passes New Malpractice Protection Provision Quality-of-care standards used by federal health programs are not admissible in malpractice cases under a new provision passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Proponents of the bill, H.R. 2, noted that federal standards and guidelines do not accurately reflect the standard of care and...

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Some Physicians Affected by Tax Fraud Scheme

Some Physicians Affected by Tax Fraud Scheme Some physicians have discovered that their taxes were fraudulently filed. Physicians typically learned of the fraud upon filing their own legitimate taxes when they received a letter from the IRS informing them of possible fraud or, if filing electronically, the legitimate tax return was rejected because...

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Why Should You Attend IMS 2015?

Why Should You Attend IMS 2015? Time is a commodity, so when considering attending a conference, it is common to ask “what’s in it for me?” Why should you attend the IMS Annual Conference, IMS 2015: Lead. Succeed. Thrive., on May 2 and 3? Expand your knowledge of topics that are important to the practice of medicine...

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Senate Delays SGR Vote; 21 Percent Cut Takes Effect April 1. Now What?

Senate Delays SGR Vote; 21 Percent Cut Takes Effect April 1. Now What? On March 26, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, by a vote of 392-37. Iowa Representatives Dave Loebsack (D-IA2) and David Young (R-IA3) voted for the bill, which also includes a two-year extension of the 1.0 Work...

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Stage 3 Rule for Meaningful Use Program Released

Stage 3 Rule for Meaningful Use Program Released On March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Stage 3 rule for the Meaningful Use (MU) program; simultaneously, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released their rule for the next version of certified electronic health records (EHRs). Both...

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Chuck Long to Speak at IMS 2015

Chuck Long to Speak at <i>IMS 2015</i> Chuck Long thrilled football and gained national attention during the 1985 Heisman race, the closest vote at the time. Following his college career, Chuck went on to play in the NFL; coached at Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas, and was the head coach at San Diego State University; is an announcer and analyst...

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SGR Replacement Bill Introduced; Opponents Working to Defeat It

SGR Replacement Bill Introduced; Opponents Working to Defeat It With only days left before the current physician payment patch expires on April 1, leaders in the Senate and House introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation on Thursday to replace the broken Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula with an improved payment system...

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How do IMS Elections Work?

How do IMS Elections Work? With the closure of the 164-year-old IMS House of Delegates in April of last year, IMS is embarking on a new process for electing physicians to the IMS Board of Directors and to seats on the AMA delegation. The process began in January with a call for physicians, residents and medical students to indicate...

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Technology in Medicine: Disruptive or Helpful?

Technology in Medicine: Disruptive or Helpful? Over the years, new technologies have transformed the practice of medicine. They have also been disruptive to the status quo. What are the anticipated new technologies in the next several years, and how do medical practices and organizations take maximum advantage of these new technologies? Steve Berkowitz,...

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Paul Mulhausen, MD, Slated as President-Elect

Paul Mulhausen, MD, Slated as President-Elect At its February 25, 2015, meeting, the Iowa Medical Society Board of Directors tabbed Paul Mulhausen, MD, Swisher, as their selection to stand for President-Elect of the IMS. Dr. Mulhausen currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors and Speaker of the IMS Policy Forum. He also chaired the 2013-2014...

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IMS Policy Forum 15-2 Call for Action Period Now Open

IMS Policy Forum 15-2 Call for Action Period Now Open In April 2014, the Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates permanently closed, making way for a more nimble, responsive and transparent policy setting body called the Policy Forum. Today marks the beginning of the Call for Action period in support of Policy Forum 15-2 (PF 15-2), which is scheduled...

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Naloxone Passes Out of Committee, Moves on to Senate Floor

Naloxone Passes Out of Committee, Moves on to Senate Floor IMS’s 2015 legislative priorities include a bill proposal that would expand availability of naloxone, a drug used to temporarily halt opioid drug overdoses. The bill, SF 410, passed out of committee last week and has been placed on the Senate calendar for debate. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist...

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Top IMS Priority Benefits Physicians, Patients and Practices

Top IMS Priority Benefits Physicians, Patients and Practices Last week, IMS’ top legislative priority, Candor, passed unanimously out of committee in both the Iowa House and Senate. The bills, now up for consideration by the full House and Senate chambers, establish procedures and confidentiality protections for physicians who choose to engage patients...

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Reps. Young and Loebsack Champion 1.0 Work GPCI Floor Extension

Reps. Young and Loebsack Champion 1.0 Work GPCI Floor Extension In collaboration with the Wisconsin Medical Society, IMS is spearheading a bipartisan Congressional letter to House Republican and Democratic leaders urging a permanent 1.0 Work Geographic Practice Cost Index (GPCI) floor as part of any SGR patch or repeal legislation. The letter is championed by Representatives...

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