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2014 ISMA convention delegates urged to 'improve our structure'
e-Reports, Sept. 22, 2014
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 3 Female Presidents
Thanking Shirley Khalouf, M.D. (center), for her leadership and example, Heidi M. Dunniway, M.D. (right), took the oath to become president of the ISMA during Presidents' Night festivities. Rhonda Sharp, M.D., of LaGrange (left) is now president-elect.

Your delegates to the ISMA’s 165th Annual Convention elected the first woman president in 27 years, Heidi M. Dunniway, M.D., and then delegates voted for Rhonda Sharp, M.D., to follow her as president-elect. ISMA’s new leaders signify the wave of change coming to the statewide organization.

In her address to the House of Delegates, Dr. Dunniway said, “Our profession has and continues to undergo tremendous change. Likewise, our organizations must also adapt.”

At a special forum during convention, Dr. Dunniway led discussion of a task force report on ISMA’s district and membership structure (See the Aug. 25 ISMA Reports.)

Dr. Dunniway pointed out that our district structure is based on legislative districting from two generations ago that no longer serves us adequately. “We have a great opportunity to improve our structure to provide a more effective regional presence for the ISMA and better serve physicians throughout the state,” she said, noting there are “some well-organized, active district and county societies that can help in that process.”

2014 resolutions on the ISMA
Reference Committee 1 recommended adoption of Resolution 14-11 that commits the ISMA to sponsoring an annual leadership program for students, residents and young physicians. Like a pilot session held this spring, the program would help ensure continued leadership for the ISMA and provide education for new generations. The resolution passed easily in the House.

Also, the House passed Resolution 14-26 that sets up a task force review of ISMA services, staffing and salaries in order to promote “an association that continues to be progressive, dynamic and effective.”

The ISMA Commission on Constitution and Bylaws recommended a resolution redefining “inactive” membership, while preserving “senior” status. Subsequently, the Board of Trustees submitted Resolution 14-12 proposing a 50 percent reduction in ISMA dues for seniors who work less than a 50 percent schedule. Members who already have achieved dues-exempt senior status would be grandfathered, thus remaining dues exempt.

The House amended the resolution to include as “inactive” those physicians who work in an un-compensated medical capacity, delivering charity care.

Recurring issues
A major issue from last year’s convention, our state’s newly developed opioid prescribing rules, arose this year. Resolution 14-45, submitted late by Richard Feldman, M.D., and Teresa Lovins, M.D., expressed concern about the unintended consequences of the new rule, including under-prescribing to legitimate chronic pain patients. The authors said in their resolution, " … although there is no question that tramadol can be abused and addictive, providers generally believe tramadol to be much less problematic with less abuse and addiction potential compared to other scheduled opioids … "

The House agreed and passed the resolution that requires the ISMA to support legislation that excludes tramadol from the Medical Licensing Board (MLB) of Indiana’s Opioid Prescribing rule. The resolution directs the ISMA to petition the MLB to exclude tramadol.

Another late resolution pertained to Gov. Pence’s proposed expansion of the Healthy Indiana Plan, HIP 2.0. The proposal is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (Learn more at in.gov.) Our AMA delegation submitted the resolution, indicating it agrees with AMA policy to expand access, offer flexibility and promote individual responsibility.

Seema Verma, with SVC Inc., who presented at a convention education session, is representing the governor in Washington during the review. She encouraged physicians to register their support for HIP 2.0 by sending a letter to CMS.

The House accepted an amended resolution to clearly state the ISMA supports HIP 2.0 “as currently written and submitted to the CMS.”

Dr. Dunniway ended her address by expressing optimism for the next 165 years of the ISMA. “We need to work together with open minds in order to ensure success,” she said.

2014 Elected ISMA Officers
DrSharp DrMcGoff DrTrobridge
President-Elect
Rhonda Sharp, M.D.
LaGrange
Speaker of the House
John McGoff, M.D.
Indianapolis
Vice Speaker
Andrew Trobridge, M.D.
Shelbyville
DrWenk DrAdams
Treasurer
Stacie Wenk, D.O.
Evansville
Assistant Treasurer
Jerome Adams, M.D.
Fishers
AMA Delegates
DrTharp DrKora
Stephen Tharp, M.D.
Frankfort
Vidya Kora, M.D.
Michigan City
AMA Alternate Delegates
DrMohr DrRidge DrVidic
Brent Mohr, M.D.
South Bend
Fred Ridge, M.D.
Linton
(One-year term)
Thomas Vidic, M.D.
Elkhart
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