Resolutions provide you an opportunity to create a better health care environment in Indiana by either proposing changes to Indiana law or directing the association’s public policy.
ISMA President Fred Ridge, M.D., notes that resolutions, which are debated before ISMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) every September, help improve the organization.
“Resolutions provide a way for our members to bring issues before their peers,” he said. “People think no one listens, but resolutions encourage discussion in our House of Delegates. It’s a great way to get involved.”
Each year, ISMA members experience the satisfaction of seeing their ideas effect change. On average, about 50 resolutions are submitted annually for the HOD consideration.
An effective resolution must go through these steps:
- An ISMA member writes and submits a resolution to the ISMA by the deadline. (This year, July 26.)
- The resolution is assigned to a reference committee by ISMA leadership.
- That reference committee, made up of five ISMA members, discusses the proposal in an open meeting during convention and then makes a recommendation to the House whether or not to accept or amend it.
- The HOD reviews and debates the committee recommendations. Delegates vote to accept or not accept the committee recommendations, or to amend a resolution.
- If the resolution is accepted by the HOD, it becomes ISMA policy.
- Resolutions requesting the ISMA seek legislation are reviewed by the Commission on Legislation.
- As appropriate, the ISMA’s Government Relations Department works with state legislators to formulate a bill.
Here are a few resolutions that either became law or were recognized by the Indiana General Assembly in recent years.
Physician Access to Prescription
Drug Monitoring Databases
Author: Don Wagoner, M.D.
Allows physicians to receive information from the state’s INSPECT program
Time Period Permitted for Take-Back By Payers
Author: James Leland, M.D.
Places a two-year time limit on an insurer’s ability to take back money it over reimburses a provider for health care services
Silent Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs)
Author: William Penland, M.D.
Requires conspicuous language in a physician contract if a network intends to sell a physician’s discounted reimbursement rate to third parties
Supporting Awareness of Stress Disorders in Military Members and Their Families
Author: William Pond, M.D.
The Indiana General Assembly supports compassionate treatment and efforts to raise awareness of PTSD and other associated psychiatric disorders related to the unique stresses of members of the armed forces and their families.