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e-Reports, Sept. 19, 2011
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If you live north or south in our state – or somewhere in between – the ISMA is bringing you an opportunity to impact medicine in Indiana Untitled document

In the past, you may have been unable to attend the ISMA’s Medicine Day at the Statehouse, a physician/lawmaker gathering held annually at the start of the General Assembly session. But this year, the ISMA is maximizing convenience by enhancing that traditional event with regional evening sessions in various parts of the state.

“You are invited to attend the ISMA event in your area to share concerns with your local state lawmakers, discuss the ISMA’s priorities for the coming session, and perhaps gain insights about the impact your own practice has on the local economy,” said Mike Rinebold, director of Government Relations.

The new series of Fall Legislative Dinners will debut in Indianapolis and then move outward around the state. On Oct. 19, Central Indiana members are invited to gather for a meal and program that promises to enlighten them about their own importance to our state.

Kimberly Horvath with the AMA’s Advocacy Resource Center will present results of an Economic Impact Study released earlier this year that shows how office-based physicians contribute to the quality of life in Indiana.

“We’ve known that access to medical care improves the health of Hoosiers and adds value to their lives. This study shows that office-based physicians add to the economic health of the state as well,” said Brent Mohr, M.D., ISMA president when the study was released.

The study found that, in comparison to other industries, office-based physicians almost always contribute more to state economies than each of the following: hospital, legal, nursing home and home health. In 2009, office-based physicians in Indiana contributed $14.7 billion in economic activity and supported 66,409 jobs.

“When reinforced by a constituent physician, our economic impact makes a strong statement, helping legislators understand how important doctors and their practices are to Indiana communities,” said Mike Mellinger, M.D., chair of the Commission on Legislation. “These local events will offer important opportunities to educate our General Assembly about issues we face every day.”

Though other events around the state may offer different programming, all Fall Legislative Dinners will let physicians meet face-to-face with those who make state laws and influence regulations that challenge us in delivering health care.

“Seize this opportunity – when you don’t need to travel or spend hours away from the office – to help legislators understand some of the barriers to good patient care that confront you and your staff,” said Rinebold.

Note the times, locations and registration information listed here; then mark your calendar and consider inviting a colleague to join you.

FALL LEGISLATIVE DINNER SCHEDULE
October 19 - Indianapolis

Marriott Downtown

5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

6 p.m. Dinner/Program

October 26 - Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne Country Club

5:30 p.m. Legislative Forum

6:30 p.m. Dinner/Program

November 1 - St. Joseph County/Elkhart/LaPorte

Windsor Park, Mishawaka

6 p.m. Welcome Reception

6:30 p.m. Dinner/Program

November 9 - Lake County

Tiebel’s Family Restaurant, Schererville

6 p.m. Welcome Reception

6:30 p.m. Dinner/Program

November 16 - 1st District

Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh

6 p.m. Welcome Reception

6:30 p.m. Dinner/Program

November 17 - 3rd District

Sheraton Louisville Riverside Hotel, Jeffersonville

6 p.m. Welcome Reception

6:30 p.m. Dinner/Program

To register, contact Sally Pierson at the ISMA at (800) 257-4762.

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