Resolutions that become ISMA policy expire after 10 years. However, if any of the policies listed here are important to you, consider reintroducing them during the 2013 House of Delegates, Sept. 20-22 in Indianapolis. Simply resubmit one of the resolutions below to the ISMA by July 22.
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REIMBURSEMENT OF TELEPHONE WAIT TIME WITH INSURANCE CARRIERS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA collect data from ISMA members regarding the cost of unreimbursed expenses related to telephone wait time for confirmation of insurance benefits.
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislation to amend Indiana laws regarding child abuse and neglect to reflect the national guidelines that place the child’s welfare above any rights of parents.
03-04A SCHOOL-LINKED HEALTH CARE PROGRAM
RESOLVED, that the ISMA encourage school-linked health programs that require school nurses, guidance counselors or other appropriate school personnel to work together with parents to refer students who need health care to appropriate health care providers in the community; and be it further,
RESOLVED, that the ISMA and the ISMA Alliance encourage the development of noncompetitive, self-improvement, physical fitness exercise programs throughout all school systems in Indiana through the 12th grade.
RETENTION OF “ANY WILLING PROVIDER” LANGUAGE
RESOLVED, that the ISMA continue to support “any willing provider” language at the conceptual, contractual and legal levels.
PRO-RATED MONTHLY DUES FOR NEW MEMBERS
RESOLVED, that RESOLUTION 81-04 be reaffirmed, and dues for new ISMA members be calculated on a pro-rated basis from the month that they join.
RESOLVED, that the ISMA continue to support beneficial modification and/or repeal of CLIA legislation at both the state and national levels.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
RESOLVED, that all candidates for ISMA offices elected by the House of Delegates (including the AMA delegation) inform the House of Delegates of any real, potential or perceived conflict of interest; and be it further
RESOLVED, that each candidate for ISMA elective office have on file a current signed Conflict of Interest Statement within two weeks of the ISMA annual meeting; and be it further
RESOLVED, that this information be available to all delegates and alternate delegates to the House of Delegates prior to and/or at each annual meeting of the ISMA.
SUPPORT OF A MEDICAL NUTRITION SUPPORT ACT
RESOLVED, that the ISMA encourage and provide information to Medicaid and third-party payers to appropriately reimburse for medically prescribed types
RESOLVED, that the ISMA explore solutions to the decreasing availability of malpractice insurance; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA Board of Trustees consider legislation to be introduced, if necessary, to implement solutions.
AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support the right of patients to choose the setting in which their care is delivered; and be it further,
RESOLVED, that the ISMA oppose any legislation that would restrict a patient’s right to choose a facility, including one in which the physician has an ownership interest.
PRIORITIZATION OF FAMILY VIOLENCE ISSUES
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support legislative efforts addressing family violence issues.
HEALTH CARE FOR UNINSURED
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support the concept of a voluntary plan to provide medical care to the uninsured.
INDIANA MEDICAL HISTORY MUSEUM
RESOLVED, that the Indiana Medical History Museum be provided a prominent exhibit area, free of charge, at each annual meeting of the ISMA.
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support legislation to require all Indiana hospitals to offer or provide information on emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault who are capable of pregnancy.
SAVE THE MEDICAL STAFF
RESOLVED, that the ISMA assist in saving the medical staff organizations of our Indiana hospitals, by supporting the strict enforcement of the JCAHO 2004 medical staff “Standards” and “Elements of Performance,” (specifically standards and elements directly impacting participation in governance and communication with hospital administrations and governing bodies); and be it further
RESOLVED, that our ISMA educate medical staffs in Indiana as to the process for reporting violations of the medical staff bylaws by their respective health care institutions’ administration and/or boards to JCAHO and the AMA-OMSS; and be it further
RESOLVED, that our ISMA, through the Ad-Hoc Committee on Hospital Medical Staff Organizations, compile all information regarding violations of medical staff bylaws by hospital administration and/or boards in Indiana and report to the House of Delegates at the ISMA 04 and 05 assemblies; and be it further
RESOLVED, that our ISMA correspond with the JCAHO, AMA-OMSS, HFAP and Indiana State Department of Health about any disturbing trend of violations of medical staff bylaws by hospital administration and/or boards in Indiana, requesting prompt enforcement of the standards; and be it further
RESOLVED, that our ISMA delegates to the AMA support making violations of medical staff bylaws by health care administration and/or boards a sentinel event; and be it further
RESOLVED, that our ISMA Ad-Hoc Committee on Hospital Medical Staff Organizations/Bylaws continue to meet as need arises for the next two (2) years to explore further issues of preservation/“Saving the Medical Staff Organization” self-governance/autonomy/authority, including but not limited to reforming the ISMA medical staff section and report to the ISMA HOD at its annual 2004 and annual 2005 assemblies.
REDISPENSING MEDICINES TO THE INDIGENT
RESOLVED, that the ISMA propose legislation that allows certain unit dose pharmaceuticals to be returned to pharmacies or other health care agencies for the purpose of redispensing to the needy.
STATE MANDATED CREDENTIALING
RESOLVED, that the ISMA pursue legislation to have mandatory centralized and standardized credentialing for physicians in the state of Indiana.
“MOST FAVORED NATION” CLAUSES
IN HEALTH CARE CONTRACTS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA request the Indiana General Assembly to introduce and enact legislation to eliminate the use of “most favored nation” clauses in health care contracts in the state of Indiana.
JURY DUTY EXEMPTION
RESOLVED, that jury duty is a civic responsibility and no profession should be excluded; and be it further;
RESOLVED, that the court should recognize special patient scheduling considerations.
COLLECTION OF UNFUNDED MANDATED EXPENSES
RESOLVED, that the ISMA encourage physicians and physician groups to calculate total costs for mandated requirements of CLIA, OSHA, HIPAA, Medicare, Medicaid, private carriers, etc.; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA collect such data; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA use the data to encourage fairer reimbursement from public and private payers; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA use the data to discourage additional unfunded requirements (mandates).
PSYCHIATRIST PARTICIPATION ON THE MEDICAL LICENSING BOARD
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislation to require that a psychiatrist serve on the Medical Licensing Board; and be it further
RESOLVED, that this person be appointed in collaboration with the president of the Indiana Psychiatric Society to serve for a period of two years; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA recognize the benefit of placing a psychiatrist on the Medical Licensing Board; and be it further
RESOLVED, that if a psychiatrist is placed on the Medical Licensing Board that it be done in collaboration with the president of the Indiana Psychiatric Association.
PHARMACEUTICAL DATA ON PHYSICIANS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA use any means to investigate pharmaceutical use of data to influence physician prescribing patterns and work with the appropriate personnel to make this data private and seek RESOLUTION of this escalating problem.