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It’s NO April Fool’s Day joke: The ISMA supports physicians and offers you foolproof benefits
e-Reports, April 1, 2013
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As we conclude renewal season, the ISMA thanks you for your continued membership. Your dues dollars support many activities the ISMA leadership and staff undertake to improve health care delivery in our state. Here’s just a sampling of what the ISMA has been up to lately – on your behalf.

And access to these services

ProAssurance premium credit – save 5% on your next premium

Coding Hotline – get an expert coder’s advice with one call

Atlantic Health Partners discounts – spend less on vaccines and medical supplies

Legal, regulatory informationavailable here or in a call to ISMA legal staff

Claims advisors – help with troublesome claims – Medicare, Medicaid or commercial

Office Depot – pay up to 60 to 80% below retail for personal and professional supplies

Insurance products – obtain rates you can afford on insurance for professional liability, workers' compensation, health, dental, auto, home, business, and much more

Physician Assistance Program – meets the needs of you or a partner impaired by chemical dependence, psychiatric disorders and disability, as well as the disruptive physician.

… to name just a few!

Court challenges
In Plank vs. Community Hospital and now Matthews vs. Lupton, the ISMA filed amicus briefs to defend our state’s medical malpractice law and its cap on damages.

Why should you care? Our favorable medical liability climate keeps insurance rates affordable for you. For patients, the law maintains a healthy physician supply in Indiana. The Plank case was decided in our favor, but Matthews vs. Lupton – and likely continued challenges – will require vigilance to keep our law intact.

Statehouse advocacy
The ISMA attends the 2013 General Assembly every day of session because you can’t be there. We’re monitoring bills that might impact you or your patients, like those listed here.

  • SB 246 requires practices that prescribe/dispense controlled substances be owned by a physician or other licensed health care provider. Why? To keep pill mills from operating in our state.
  • HB 1465 provides full funding for the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collection and Tracking program (INSPECT). Why? Data available in the tracking program help you prescribe appropriately and combat drug abuse in your community.
  • HB 1182 establishes a process for execution of a physician order for scope of treatment (POST) form. Why? This measure, which started at the ISMA House of Delegates, will give you a clear understanding of the treatment patients want – or don’t want – while in your care.
  • SB 268, SB 273, HB 1034 and HB 1099 pertain to scope of practice for non-physician providers. Why are these bills important? While you may want to work as a team with allied health professionals, your education and training uniquely qualify you to supervise, as head of a team providing the best possible care for Hoosiers.

Needed education
The ISMA offers you the knowledge you need at a price you can afford. Why continue learning? Changes like ICD-10 coding are coming. Scrutiny over your prescribing practices is increasing. Laws and regulations are constantly changing. But the ISMA knows what to offer to keep you and your staff current and out of trouble. Visit here for a listing of classes and webinars.

Public health outreach
The ISMA is a long-standing member of Smoke Free Indy, a coalition of state and local public health organizations. Our School Health Committee is working on legislation to mandate 30 minutes of physical activity daily for Indiana school children, among other measures. Our Family Violence Committee offers resources, assistance and education to prevent abuse in Hoosier households.

And we support our ISMA Alliance members as they combat bullying, obesity and other threats to Hoosier well-being. Why? We all want to live in thriving communities that support, not threaten, the health of our families and our patients.

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