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e-Reports, Aug. 22, 2011
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Before, during and after the 162nd convention, share your opinions about the 53 proposed resolutions, help set a new agenda for the ISMA and move resolutions to action. All that can happen if you attend in person – or not.

If you come to Indianapolis Sept. 16-18, you’ll be able to step to the microphone and respond to comments at reference committee debates. You can attend CME sessions – free for delegates – and have fun at the IMPAC Luncheon and Presidents’ Night.

If you can’t join colleagues in person, you can still participate. New technologies have opened social media outlets for members with computers and smartphones, allowing more members to contribute to the convention process.

Discuss, comment
The ISMA again has an online message board letting you send opinions about resolutions directly to reference committee members who recommend adopting or not adopting each resolution. Your communication can inform decision makers and help direct delegates’ votes during the House of Delegates.

See the resolutions insert; then comment on the ISMA message board.

During convention, ISMA physicians and staff will use Twitter to keep you informed. Not familiar with Twitter? Now is a good time to get acquainted. Twitter allows you to see short messages, up to 140 characters, that will provide up-to-the-minute headlines on convention action.

To participate, you’ll have to register – at no charge – at the twitter website. To view updates, search for our convention hashtag, #ismaconv, on Twitter, or our handle, @theISMA. If you need assistance, contact Ted Brandt via email or (800) 257-4762 or (317) 261-2060. (See this story for more on hashtags.)

After convention, learn what resolutions were adopted, see photos and videos of the fun and action, and discuss convention results with ISMA members and staff. Simply go online to Facebook.com/theisma.

Learn, discover
If you’re a convention delegate, you have four free CME sessions to choose from on Friday, Sept. 16 ($49-$99 per session for nondelegates):

  • Enforcing Nutrition on Our Teens: Are We Helping or Hurting?
  • Breast Cancer 2100: Raising the Bar
  • Prepare to Answer Patients Who Ask About Living Kidney Donation
  • ICD-10-CM Coding: Getting Started for Physicians

Learn more about each session on the ISMA convention page.

Debate, decide
In July, ISMA Reports detailed the confusion surrounding a new state law governing pathology billing. The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana declined to issue guidance to help with this regulation. Therefore, dermatology physicians submitted Resolution 11-33, urging the ISMA to collaborate with others to obtain clarification.

Indiana’s drug monitoring database, INSPECT, serves as a valued resource to prevent drug overdoses. Yet, methadone clinics and many pharmacists are not registered users. Some ISMA members want to change that. They submitted Resolutions 11-06 and 11-34 urging changes to INSPECT.

These key issues and many others will prompt discussion and debate. Be sure to make your own voice heard on resolutions that determine ISMA’s action agenda for next year.

Laugh, enjoy
But remember the convention packs in laughter and entertainment along with discussion and learning. The wit of Charlie Cook, IMPAC Luncheon speaker, drives his popularity, and this year he makes a return visit.

He’ll be followed Saturday evening at Presidents’ Night by First Impression Band. Some enjoy dancing; others just listening. But you won’t want to miss the sounds and celebration that are part of this ISMA weekend.

See details and register on the ISMA website.

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