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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Submit Your Policy Request Statement Before March 26

Submit Your Policy Request Statement Before March 26 IMS Members have until March 26 to submit their concerns about medical practice or IMS policy in order to be considered during Policy Forum 15-2 (PF 15-2). Members can do so via email or via mail to IMS headquarters. IMS staff will work with you to frame your concern as a Policy Request Statement...

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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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April 1 SGR Deadline Looms; IMS Joins National Call for Permanent Repeal

April 1 SGR Deadline Looms; IMS Joins National Call for Permanent Repeal With the April 1 Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula deadline quickly approaching, more than 100 national and state medical associations, including IMS, signed a letter to House and Senate leaders urging enactment of SGR repeal legislation. “During the 113th Congress, the three committees...

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Being Highly Ranked Is Not Always A Good Thing

Being Highly Ranked Is Not Always A Good Thing Rankings are all around us, such as sports teams, vacation destinations, and professions with high burn-out rates. Physicians rank among the top when looking at professions with high burn-out rates. In 2012, the American Medical Association (AMA) reported that 50 percent of physicians experienced symptoms...

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Governor Announces Appointments to Board of Medicine

Governor Announces Appointments to Board of Medicine Last week, Governor Terry Branstad announced the appointment of three new members to the Iowa Board of Medicine. If confirmed by a 2/3 majority vote of the Iowa Senate, each will serve a three-year term effective May 1. Mary Romanco, Pleasantville, a registered nurse at Mercy ACO, Des Moines Kyle...

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IMS Board Creates Data Taskforce

IMS Board Creates Data Taskforce Physician data has rapidly become one of the most significant driving forces in the practice of modern medicine. Patients have more access to physician data than ever before through patient portals and a wide range of public reports, which often do not include guidance on how the data should be interpreted....

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IMS Leaders Visit DC to Urge Medicare SGR Fix

IMS Leaders Visit DC to Urge Medicare SGR Fix         IMS physician leaders were in Washington, D.C. this week for a series of meetings with Iowa’s Congressional Delegation to urge a fix to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and to make permanent a 1.0 Work Geographic Practice Cost Index (GPCI) floor. IMS President Jeff Maire, DO,...

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Special Policy Forum Actions

Special Policy Forum Actions A special session of the IMS Policy Forum met on February 26, 2015, at the IMS office in Des Moines, and voted to amend the IMS Bylaws as follows: 1. An amendment to the IMS bylaws to place candidates for AMA Delegate and AMA Alternate Delegate on the ballot to be voted on by the entire IMS membership...

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IBM Discusses Proposed Telemedicine Administrative Rules

IBM Discusses Proposed Telemedicine Administrative Rules The Iowa Board of Medicine met last Friday, February 6. Board members discussed the proposed administrative rules to establish standards of practice for physicians who use telemedicine. The Iowa Medical Society, among others, submitted comments to the proposed rule; the IBM staff will incorporate many...

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Iowa’s Trauma System Reviewed by American College of Surgeons

Iowa’s Trauma System Reviewed by American College of Surgeons A Review Team from the American College of Surgeons completed an assessment of Iowa’s trauma system this week.  The Team questioned stakeholders Monday and Tuesday regarding a variety of topics related to trauma care, and then spent Wednesday reviewing information. Following the assessment,...

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