Mercy Awarded $10.1 Million CMS Contract

Mercy Awarded $10.1 Million CMS Contract Mercy Health Network (MHN) Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and allied clinics received a $10.1 million CMS Heath Care Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in effort to transition from a rural health network to value based care. The 25 CAH facilities are located throughout...

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IMS Seeks Applicants for Leadership Awards

The Iowa Medical Society invites 3rd and 4th year medical students at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and UI Carver College of Medicine to apply for the Leadership Award scholarships through the Iowa Medical Society Foundation (IMSF). The application period runs June 30 –...

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IMS Foundation Contributes $25,000 to Help Strengthen Iowa's Primary Care Network

IMS Foundation Contributes $25,000 to Help Strengthen Iowa's Primary Care Network The IMS Foundation has joined forces with other Iowa health care providers and businesses in support of the Rural Iowa Primary Care Loan Repayment Program.  The IMS Foundation strongly believes this investment will play a significant role in  increasing Iowa’s primary care physician...

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July 1 - Important Meaningful Use Deadline

Physicians who wish to stave off next year's financial penalties for not meeting electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use requirements have until July 1 to apply for a hardship exemption. The AMA offers a new tip sheet to help physicians avoid the 2015 penalty. Please note that even if...

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New Iowa Physician Workforce Data Shows Critical Shortages Persist

New Iowa Physician Workforce Data Shows Critical Shortages Persist According to new data from the AMA, Iowa ranks 44th nationally in terms of access to direct patient care physicians*, a drop from 43rd in the previous year. In 16 of 25 identified specialties, Iowa ranks 40th or lower. Here is a snapshot of Iowa’s national ranking per population (includes 50 states...

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IMS Celebrates164th Anniversary

IMS Celebrates164th Anniversary June 19, 2014 marks the 164th anniversary of the first meeting of the Iowa Medical Society, then named the Iowa State Medical and Chirurgical Society. The inaugural meeting was held June 19, 1850 in Burlington, Iowa, where 25 Iowa physicians met at the urging of Dr. John F. Sanford. Sanford had worried...

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IMS Provides Feedback on Health and Wellness Plan Implementation

IMS Provides Feedback on Health and Wellness Plan Implementation This week, the Iowa Medical Society submitted written comment to the Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding implementation of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan. As part of the CMS waivers allowing for the Marketplace Choice and Wellness Plan coverage options under the Health and Wellness Plan,...

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Wellmark launches system of real-time provider updates

Wellmark launches system of real-time provider updates Wellmark is making it easier for providers to learn about changes and issues that impact their day-to-day business operations. The new Wellmark Information Notification System (WINS) is a real-time messaging service that allows providers to register to receive email alerts that are relevant to their...

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IMS 2014 Leaves Lasting Impression

IMS 2014 Leaves Lasting Impression IMS 2014: Physician Driven. Patient Centered. was one for the IMS history book. This weekend consisted of a robust educational program, great networking opportunities and an historical governance decision. Those who follow us on Twitter received a play-by-play of the Saturday’s educational sessions,...

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Des Moines surgeon installed as IMS President

Des Moines surgeon installed as IMS President Jeffrey Maire, DO, FACOS, FACS, was installed as the 165th President of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) during the organization’s annual meeting in Des Moines on April 13. Dr. Maire is a general surgeon with Mercy Surgical Affiliates in Des Moines. Dr. Maire was...

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UIowa, DMU medical student sections recognized with community service award

Students at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine were given the Physician Community Service Award by the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) at a ceremony held during its annual meeting April 12. As the name of the award indicates, the award...

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IMS recognizes CVS for forward leaning decision

IMS recognizes CVS for forward leaning decision The Iowa Medical Society recently recognized the significant contributions being made to public health by CVS in its decision to pull tobacco products from its shelves by presenting it with the 2014 Washington Freeman Peck Award. “We applaud CVS for putting patients first and thank you for taking...

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IBM seeks input from Iowa physicians on their professional development activities to assist in its maintenance of licensure study

IBM seeks input from Iowa physicians on their professional development activities to assist in its maintenance of licensure study The Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) continues to work in coordination with the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) on the feasibility of implementing a regulatory program for maintenance of licensure (MOL). As part of its ongoing study, the IBM this week made available online a survey of 31 questions...

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Promoting Conversations through Choosing Wisely

Promoting Conversations through Choosing Wisely Helping physicians and patients engage in crucial conversations by Jeffrey Maire, DO Every day, crucial conversations between physicians and patients take place, discussing the medical options relating to the needs of that patient.  The physicians are striving to provide the safe, high-quality...

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IMS Board Endorses Innovative New Tort Reform Measures

IMS Board Endorses Innovative New Tort Reform Measures Meaningful tort reform in Iowa is a top legislative priority of the Iowa Medical Society. While the General Assembly earlier this year appeared poised to enact several reforms, IMS was disappointed when legislative leaders yielded on reform in negotiations during the final hours of session. In assessing...

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DUR requests physician feedback

DUR requests physician feedback The Iowa Medicaid Drug Utilization Review (DUR) Commission is seeking physician feedback on proposed changes to clinical prior authorization criteria. The proposed changes affect the following medications: 1) Sodium Oxybate (Xyrem®) 2) Anti-Diabetics, Non-Insulin agents 3) Proton Pump Inhibitors Details of the proposed changes are available here. Physicians wishing to provide...

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