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CMS to let you pick your pace in move to Quality Payment Program
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received feedback on its April proposal for implementing the Quality Payment Program under MACRA, which replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. Included in that feedback was an AMA letter, with the ISMA as a signatory, expressing concerns about the implementation date occurring so quickly after the final rule would be released – considering the enormity and complexity of the program.
State shares in $9 million grant to fight drug misuse
Indiana will share a grant of $9 million with neighbor states Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 18 other states and tribes to further drug abuse prevention efforts. The idea is to raise awareness about the dangers of sharing medications and to address the risks of overprescribing.
FDA warns again about benzodiazepines and pain medications
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has again warned prescribers not to prescribe benzodiazepines along with cough medicines and pain medications, in an effort to help reduce the growing number of overdose deaths. The agency first announced new "black box" warning labels in March and now has added even more medications that depress the central nervous system to the warning list.

Evaluation and management codes - CERT
WPS, Indiana's Medicare administrative contractor, advised that recent claim reviews performed by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contractor have significant errors in evaluation and management (E/M) service procedure codes. In these cases, the performing physician/non-physician practitioner's (NPP) documentation did not support the level of E/M code billed.
Don't forget to register for 7th Annual Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Symposium
Join 900 professionals from local, state and federal agencies, businesses, academia, clinicians, treatment providers, counselors, advocates and others at the Annual Rx Symposium, Oct. 13-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Online message board allows you to comment on resolutions
Share your thoughts on 46 resolutions, even if you cannot attend convention. ISMA's online message board allows you to communicate your concerns about any of the proposals. Resolution 16-21, Replacing ISMA Districts, includes a FAQ.

Welcome new ISMA members
Each new member provides strength to ISMA efforts as we advocate for patients and medical practice. The officers and staff welcome these physicians and thank them for helping to make the practice of medicine stronger in Indiana.
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