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Be sure to raise liability limits before July 1
Physicians who want to remain protected by the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act (Act) after July 1, 2017, must be sure liability limits on their policies match statutory increases before that date.

Video, website aim to help doctors avert MIPS penalties
Feeling baffled by the new quality-measure reporting requirements under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)? A new, short video and website developed by the American Medical Association (AMA) can help.  

CMS moves to simplify QPP
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that it says will “simplify the program, especially for small, independent and rural practices, while ensuring fiscal sustainability and high-quality care within Medicare.”  

5 ways to prepare for switch to new Medicare cards
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering advice to help physicians prepare to accept the new Medicare cards being issued to deter identity theft. The new cards will have a new unique, randomly assigned Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) number instead of the current Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN). CMS will begin sending them out in April 2018 and will have finished by April 2019.  

Video explains HIP enrollment process
A new online video, available in both English and Spanish, is designed to help Hoosiers understand how to enroll in the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) program. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, which administers HIP, is encouraging physicians and others to share this information with patients and others.  

ISMA speaks in support of HIP waiver amendment
ISMA is supporting changes to Indiana’s HIP 2.0 Medicaid alternative program proposed by Gov. Eric Holcomb on May 24. The amendments include making HIP 2.0 members’ required POWER account payments more predictable and requiring active participation in the Gateway to Work job training and employment services for unemployed members who are not disabled.  

Gift brings total PAP donations to $94,130
Since the June 21 issue of ISMA e-Reports, another donation to the Physician Assistance Fund (PAP) has brought the total to $94,130. Thank you to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Medical Staff Office in Mishawaka for their generous assistance!  

Task Force to propose major resolutions
The ISMA Future Directions Task Force (FDTF) is considering two 2017 ISMA resolutions designed to strengthen and grow our organization for the future. The FDTF has been working on the resolutions since late last year and will introduce them at the ISMA 2017 annual meeting Sept. 16-17. The measures would change ISMA’s membership structure, House of Delegates selection and dues.  

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