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House GOP works for health care reform compromise
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) continues to be the focal point in the health care world. Since being released to the public, the AHCA has been voted through key committees and is on its way to a possible vote in the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 23. Questions continue to arise about whether it will pass the House, with greater concern about the current bill being raised by both parties in the Senate.

Anthem-Cigna appeal to be heard Friday
Indianapolis-based insurance giant Anthem's proposed merger with Cigna Corp. will be back in a District of Columbia federal court Friday, March 24. Arguments will be heard in Anthem's appeal of an injunction that blocked the $54 billion deal in February on the grounds that it would lessen competition, hurting the market for large national health insurers.

5 tips to audit-proof documentation, protect revenue
Payer audits are inevitable in today's health care environment. If you have not been audited yet, you will be. Third-party payers are looking for old dollars to pay new claims. The federal government estimates that approximately 12.1 percent of all Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments in 2015 were "improper" and it wants that money back. Will your coding and documentation withstand an audit?

Urgent: Call lawmakers today to support tobacco tax
Thank you to all ISMA members who have called members of the Senate Appropriations Committee advocating for a $1.50 increase in the price of cigarettes and $35 million toward tobacco cessation and prevention programs. We and our Alliance for a Healthier Indiana partners want to keep the momentum going leading up to the committee's March 30 vote on House Bill 1001. It is extremely important that we continue to reach out to these lawmakers. Read further for contact information and call scripts.

Attend health technology, innovation event for half-price
ISMA members are eligible for half-price admission to the Next Era in Innovation/Intersection of Technology and Health conference, slated for Thursday, April 13 in Indianapolis. The event unites leaders in health care and technology from across the United States, as well as Indiana. Gov. Eric Holcomb will welcome participants, and keynote speakers include Larry Einhorn, MD, of IU Health Simon Cancer Center, and Sarah Hallberg, DO, medical director of Virta Health. Panels for health care providers focus on topics such as burnout, the role of technology in health care, and ideas for addressing opioid dependence.

Indiana Drug Card helps patients afford medication
According to CBS News, prescription drug costs for Americans younger than 65 are projected to jump 11.6 percent this year, a higher rate than the 11.3 percent in 2016, according to Segal Consulting. Older Americans will get a break, but a small one: Their drug costs are projected to rise 9.9 percent this year, compared with 10.9 percent in 2016. Wages are expected to rise just 2.5 percent in 2017. The Indiana Drug Card can helpmany families struggling to pay for medications save up to 75 percent.

March 30 is National Doctors Day
In honor of Doctors Day, March 30, the ISMA would like to express our deep appreciation for you, our more than 8,000 members. Your support for the ISMA's mission, as well as your dedication to the profession, your patients and your communities, continually inspire us. We are privileged to work on your behalf! According to NationalDayCalendar.com, the first Doctors Day was observed in 1933.

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