Applicants for Iowa’s Health Insurance Exchange Include Both New, Familiar Payers

Applicants for Iowa’s Health Insurance Exchange Include Both New, Familiar Payers Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced last week that seven companies have applied to sell health insurance plans through Iowa’s partnership with the federal health insurance marketplace, or the “exchange.” Coventry Health Care of Iowa and Medica Insurance Company have...

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Heartland Rural Physician Alliance Holds Annual Summit

Heartland Rural Physician Alliance Holds Annual Summit The Heartland Rural Physician Alliance (HRPA) held its fourth annual summit meeting in Ankeny last week. Founded in 2011 by a small group of Iowa and Nebraska family practice physicians, HRPA began as a way to unite rural physicians in taking an active role in the changing healthcare environment. HRPA...

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New Iowa Medical Society Leaders Elected

New Iowa Medical Society Leaders Elected The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) announced the election of new officers and directors during the 165th meeting of the organization in Cedar Rapids May 2-3. Founded in 1850, IMS is Iowa’s largest statewide professional organization for physicians. Its core purpose is to assure the highest quality...

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Stier Named Director of IME

Stier Named Director of IME The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) announced Friday that Mikki K. Stier has been appointed as the new director of the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME).  Stier replaces former director Jennifer Vermeer, who resigned from the IME last August to become assistant vice president of medical affairs...

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Prizes for Poster Displays Awarded

Prizes for Poster Displays Awarded         For the second year, residents and medical students from across Iowa competed in the poster display contest held during the IMS Annual Conference. Posters were judged on their results and conclusions, the effectiveness of the visuals in aiding the explanation of research and findings, and the overall...

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IMS Election Results and New Board Members Announced

The 2015 IMS Board of Directors and AMA Delegation election winners were announced last week during the Annual Conference, IMS2015: Lead. Succeed. Thrive. The newly elected Executive Board consists of five officers. K. John Hartman, MD, is a General Surgeon in Davenport and will serve as the President...

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Policy Forum 15-2 Results Published

Policy Forum 15-2 Results Published Policy Forum 15-2 (PF 15-2) was held May 1 at the Doubletree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Center Complex. Members of the Policy Forum considered 12 policy requests statements (PRSs), virtual testimony offered during the Testimony Forum, and in-person testimony submitted by member physicians. The...

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Davenport Surgeon Installed as 166th President of IMS

Davenport Surgeon Installed as 166th President of IMS A general surgeon from Davenport became the 166th President of the Iowa Medical Society during a formal ceremony at the organization's annual conference, IMS 2015: Lead. Succeed. Thrive., held in Cedar Rapids May 2 and 3. K. John Hartman, MD, was installed by now Past-President Jeff Maire, DO, FACOS,...

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IMS Year in Review

IMS Year in Review When the IMS Board of Directors embarked on a new strategic plan in 2013, it asked a defining strategic question: "How does IMS....?" Less than two years after implementing the new strategic plan with its goal of demonstrating tangible value, significant progress has been made. Here is a look at...

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Physicians Receive Prestigious Awards at IMS Dinner Gala

Several physicians were honored with awards during a dinner gala at the Iowa Medical Society's Annual Conference on Saturday, May 2 at the Doubletree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex. The gala serves as a time to network with peers, celebrate accomplishments, and look forward to the coming...

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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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NPDB Guidebook Brings Reporting Changes

NPDB Guidebook Brings Reporting Changes The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) finalized changes to its guidebook last week. The Health Care Quality Improvement Act (HCQIA) has always required reporting of a physician’s surrender of medical staff membership or privileges while under investigation. The biggest change in the new guidebook,...

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Success! President’s Signature Makes SGR Repeal Permanent

Success! President’s Signature Makes SGR Repeal Permanent On April 16, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, hailing it as a “significant bipartisan achievement.” The bill repeals the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula and provides positive annual...

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Governor Signs Medical Liability Reform

Governor Signs Medical Liability Reform On Tuesday, Governor Terry Branstad signed IMS priority Candor  legislation into law. The new Candor law – Communication and Optimal Resolution - is the culmination of nearly three years of work that included collaboration between IMS and the Iowa Association for Justice (IAJ), the 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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