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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ABIM Announces Changes to MOC

ABIM Announces Changes to MOC The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) on February 3 announced substantial changes to its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. “ABIM clearly got it wrong. We launched programs that weren't ready and we didn't deliver an MOC program that physicians found meaningful. We want to change...

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2014 Medicare EHR MU Attestation Deadline for EPs is February 28

Eligible professionals (EP) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program have until February 28, 2015 to attest to demonstrating meaningful use of the data collected during their EHR reporting period for the 2014 calendar year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

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HHS Sets Clear Goals, Timeline for Shifting Medicare Reimbursements from Volume to Value

HHS Sets Clear Goals, Timeline for Shifting Medicare Reimbursements from Volume to Value On January 26, in a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the healthcare system...

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CMS Intends to Modify Requirements for Meaningful Use

CMS Intends to Modify Requirements for Meaningful Use The American Medical Association (AMA) has aggressively advocated for changes to the Meaningful Use (MU) program, calling for reforms that will make it less prescriptive and easier for physicians to be compliant. Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a blog post...

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Does Your EHR Vendor Limit Interoperability?

Does Your EHR Vendor Limit Interoperability? Congress recently directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to identify EHR vendors who actively limit interoperability and to develop a report on data blocking.  To improve national advocacy efforts, and to get a better understanding of these issues, IMS is collecting information...

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IMS President Dr. Jeff Maire: Legislative Advocacy is our Duty

IMS President Dr. Jeff Maire: Legislative Advocacy is our Duty The thousands of physicians who have elected membership in the Iowa Medical Society since its founding in 1850 embody a story of service to our profession and to the citizens of Iowa. When Dr. John Sanford gathered 25 physicians in Keokuk for the inaugural meeting of the Society in 1850, it was out...

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The U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell

The U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in King v. Burwell The ACA allows individuals to purchase competitively-priced health insurance on exchanges that may be run by either the States of by the federal government. Iowa is a “partnership” state; it regulates health plans and handles consumer outreach while relying on the federally-run healthcare.gov...

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ATTN Trauma Medical Directors & Coordinators: Register for ACS Iowa Trauma System Consult Visit

ATTN Trauma Medical Directors & Coordinators: Register for ACS Iowa Trauma System Consult Visit The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will conduct a trauma system consultation visit for Iowa the week of February 2rd at the Holiday Inn-Des Moines Airport/Conference Center, 6111 Fleur Drive. The consultation visit will be set up in a town hall forum allowing interaction between the consultation...

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IME Delays Provider Enrollment Fee

IME Delays Provider Enrollment Fee The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) has announced that it is delaying implementation of its annual Provider Enrollment Application Fee until further notice. The federally-mandated fee is set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and requires organizational providers to include...

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IID Notices Administrative Rule Re Drug Prior Authorization

IID Notices Administrative Rule Re Drug Prior Authorization In early October, IMS had informed physicians that the Iowa Insurance Division (IID) was drafting a drug prior authorization (PA) administrative rule in response to HF 2463 which requires the commissioner to adopt rules to provide for a single prior authorization form and PA process for approval of...

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Corrected 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedules Available

As part of the April 2014 legislation, "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014," the 2014 pricing policy was extended through March 31, 2015. This meant the update to the Conversion Factor (CF) for the first three months of 2015 was to be 1.000. On November 13, 2014, the CY 2015 Medicare Physician...

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IBM Holds Hearing on Proposed Telemedicine Practice Standards

IBM Holds Hearing on Proposed Telemedicine Practice Standards On Thursday, the Iowa Board of Medicine (IBM) held a public hearing to continue the public vetting process for the proposed telemedicine practice standard rules we told you about last month. IMS continues to closely monitor development of these rules to ensure that appropriate, uniform standards for...

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AMA Seeks Nominees for “Excellence in Medicine” Awards

AMA Seeks Nominees for “Excellence in Medicine” Awards Do you know a fellow physician who has led an exemplary career of service, working tirelessly to improve public health, provide the highest quality care and serve the community? The application deadline for the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Awards is January 20, 2015. The AMA Foundation...

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Insurance Division re CoOportunity Health: “Providers will be paid”

Insurance Division re CoOportunity Health: “Providers will be paid” The Iowa Insurance Division (IID) released the following guidance to providers concerning the status of payment for services provided to CoOportunity Health members: Providers will be paid for services delivered to CoOportunity Health enrollees. Claims are being processed as usual, but payments...

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