|Your resolution is needed by July 26
ISMA policies and legislative actions are determined by resolutions you and other members introduce.
Now is the time to put your ideas, issues and concerns into a resolution. Submit it to the ISMA no later than Monday, July 26, at 4:30 p.m. EST. E-mail your resolution to Rhonda Bennett.
Need help? Contact the ISMA at (317) 261-2060 or (800) 257-4762.
The decade-old resolutions below are set to expire this year unless an ISMA member proposes re-adoption by the 2010 House of Delegates, Sept. 24-26 in Indianapolis.
You may re-introduce any one of these resolutions from 2000 by submitting a 2010 resolution before the deadline of Monday, July 26.
Call the ISMA at (317) 261-2060 if you need assistance.
GRADUATED LICENSING FOR 16- & 17-YEAR-OLD DRIVERS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support legislation requiring that Indiana should adopt graduated licensing requirements for young drivers consistent with recommendations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and be it further
RESOLVED, that restrictions on carrying passengers shall be included in graduated licensing systems for young drivers.
RESOLVED, that the ISMA adopt the policy that laser surgery should be performed only by individuals currently licensed by statute (MD or DO) and properly trained to practice medicine and perform surgical services.
MEDICAL MISSIONS SPONSORSHIP
RESOLVED, that the ISMA each year sponsor a physician on a medical mission trip; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the physician be chosen by lottery from nominations from county alliances and medical societies.
RESOLVED, that the ISMA make available additional funding to our Alliance to assist in their various endeavors and increase the amount of these funds from $2 to $4 per ISMA member.
INCREASED MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT RATES
RESOLVED, that the ISMA reaffirm its policy and continue to support legislation that increases Medicaid provider reimbursement, preferably to a level comparable to Medicare.
PREEMPTIVE TOBACCO LEGISLATION
RESOLVED, that the ISMA initiate and support legislation to repeal the current preemptive tobacco law on the sale, distribution and display of tobacco products; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA strongly oppose any further attempts to pass preemptive clean indoor air ordinances.
SMOKING PROHIBITION IN DAY CARE CENTERS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support legislation that would prohibit smoking in all day care centers.
TOBACCO DISPLAYS IN PHARMACIES
RESOLVED, that the ISMA work with the Indiana Pharmacy Association to explore strategy to request that no licensed pharmacy in Indiana sell tobacco products.
ACTIVE MEDICAL STAFF PHYSICIAN REPRESENTATION ON COUNTY HOSPITAL GOVERNING BOARDS
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on the next session of the Indiana General Assembly to amend the Indiana Health Law Title 16, Article 22, Chapter 2, Section 2 to mandate or require active medical staff physician representation on the respective county hospital governing boards; and be it further
RESOLVED, that any and all active medical staff physician members of county hospital governing boards not be contracted employees of their respective county hospitals, its governing board, or any of its public or privately developed corporations.
ADOPTION OF AMA’s GUIDELINES FOR MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION SITES ON THE INTERNET
RESOLVED, that the ISMA adopt and place into policy the “Guidelines for Medical and Health Information Sites on the Internet” adopted by the Executive Committee of the AMA Board of Trustees in February 2000; and be it further
RESOLVED that due to constantly evolving technology, the ISMA establish a standing Internet committee to review and continually revise these guidelines and to ensure that they represent the current state of technology and practice on the Web; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the composition of the Internet committee be determined in accordance with the ISMA bylaws to provide oversight in the development of all Web-based functions of the ISMA and adherences to the guidelines; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA continue to serve the physicians of Indiana by providing guidance for implementation of the Internet as an important tool permitting physicians and other health care professionals, patients and consumers rapid access to medical information in unprecedented volume.
MANDATED HEALTH INSURANCE FOR AUTISM
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support efforts by the Indiana Legislative Commission on Autism, the Indiana Resource Center for Autism and other appropriate agencies in their efforts to legislate health care insurance for autistic children.
VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES BAN TO MINORS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA endorse Indianapolis/Marion County General Ordinance #239.2000 banning the use of violent video and arcade games by minors in public facilities and seek such policy as a model for state law.
VACCINATIONS FOR CHILDREN
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support efforts, legislative, administrative and educational, that seek to ensure that Indiana children receive all CDC-recommended vaccinations.
REDUCE UNDERAGE DRINKING
RESOLVED, that the ISMA reaffirm its policy passed in RESOLUTION 98-29 regarding underage drinking; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislation increasing the minimum age of sellers of alcoholic beverages to 21; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislation to require responsible beverage service training for all servers of alcoholic beverages.
BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT (BAC)
RESOLVED, that the ISMA introduce legislation or support legislation that would lower the acceptable BAC level in Indiana so that .08 percent BAC level constitutes prima facie evidence of intoxication and seek harsher penalties for driving while intoxicated.
LAW ENFORCEMENT DATA
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek a legislative study to determine the current and desired status of police and court records being filed in a timely manner and the accessibility of such information to governmental agencies, especially of arrests and convictions of driving under the influence of alcohol; and be it further
RESOLVED, that blood alcohol testing be mandated for all drivers involved in all motor vehicle accidents with fatalities.
SMOKING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA initiate legislation to ban smoking and the use of all tobacco products at all Indiana elementary and secondary schools, on school properties, in all vehicles used for school-sponsored events and at all school-sponsored events.
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support continued funding for tobacco control efforts as outlined by the CDC guidelines from the monies Indiana received via the Master Settlement Agreement (i.e. tobacco settlement); and be it further
RESOLVED, that all additional monies from the Master Settlement Agreement be used for health-related issues.
RESOLUTION 00-30 (Adopted as 00-30A)
SUPPORT OF EXISTING GUN LAWS
(RESOLUTION 00-30A) RESOLVED, that the ISMA advocate educational programs for the responsible use and storage of firearms; advocate comprehensive health education as a means of addressing social issues such as violence and urge incorporation of such health education into our societal framework; support scientific research and objective discussion aimed at identifying causes and of finding solutions to the crime and violence problem; and support vigorous enforcement of existing gun laws and support free enjoyment of rights granted under the Constitution to law-abiding citizens.
MALPRACTICE INSURANCE FOR RETIRED PHYSICIANS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support efforts to encourage the state to pay for malpractice insurance for retired physicians who donate their time and talents in free medical clinics.
STUDY OF IMMUNIZATION REGISTRY
RESOLVED, that the ISMA work with the Indiana State Department of Health to study the feasibility of implementing an immunization registry in Indiana; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA educate its members on the importance of immunization registries.
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislation requiring insurance companies to notify each participating physician of any major plan changes (i.e., fee schedules, rules) at least 90 days prior to enactment by the company and allow that physicians de-select their participation without penalty if the terms are not agreeable to them.
UNUSED MEDICATIONS AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES
RESOLVED, that the ISMA supports the concept of having pharmacies supply unused packaged medications and medical supplies from nursing homes and extended care facilities to free clinics for use by these patients; and be it further
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislative support to provide legal protection to companies, clinics, providers and physicians that supply these medications and materials.
PHYSICAL THERAPY DIRECT ACCESS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA oppose the concept of direct access to physical therapists without a prescription for therapy from a physician.
PARTIAL BIRTH ABORTIONS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support the present Indiana ban or any future ban regarding partial birth abortion except in situations where the mother’s life is endangered.
INSURANCE GRACE PERIODS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislation that requires all insurance programs doing business in this state are not allowed to reject claims purely upon the time of submission for a minimum period of one year from the last date of service.
INSURANCE DENIALS OF PAYMENT
RESOLVED, that the ISMA work with the legislature to support laws for payment of services rendered with penalties to insurance companies for improper denials including but not restricted to denials based on multiple physician visits on the same day.
HEALTH PROFESSIONS BUREAU
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek support from the governor and the legislature to adequately fund and improve the operation of the Health Professions Bureau.
DESIGNATING LABS ON INSURANCE CARDS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislative action mandating that network providers for laboratory testing, pathology services and radiology testing be specifically designated on the insurance card of the enrollee.
CELL PHONES AND DRIVING
RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek a proper study of accidents that have occurred while drivers’ attention has been distracted by the use of electronic communication devices.
BUNDLE CODING FOR NEWBORN HOSPITAL CARE
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support legislation that prohibits a payer or PPO from adjusting coding that results in unfair compensation for physicians’ services.
REQUIRED CPT/ICD9 CODES ON PAYERS AND INSURANCE COMPANY SYSTEMS
RESOLVED, that the ISMA support legislation that requires all payers and insurance companies to have all new CPT and ICD9 information loaded to their systems as of Jan. 1 of each year.