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Your input can help shape health care policy during ISMA’s annual convention
e-Reports, August 23, 2010
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This year’s 161st ISMA Annual Convention offers opportunities for you to debate important issues and learn about federal guidelines that will impact your work. You will also hear about physicians in Indiana and around the nation who volunteer to practice bare-bones medicine after natural disasters. Here are some highlights of this year’s three-day convention.

Educational programs
The weekend begins with two educational sessions, both offering continuing medical education (CME).

Convention delegate or ISMA officer?

You still must submit a registration form, indicating what events you want to attend. Register online or use the convention registration form mailed with Aug. 23 issue of ISMA Reports.

The Friday morning session, “CME to PQRI: Everybody mu st demonstrate change,” will prepare you for evidence-based medicine by helping you recognize the various requirements for identifying and reporting change.

Confused about “meaningful use?” Learn how electronic health records (EHR) must meet meaningful use requirements and how they are tied into incentive payments during the Friday afternoon session.

The program “EHRs: Getting to the meaning of meaningful use” will feature David Groves from HealthBridge Tri-State Regional Extension Center and Monica Arrowsmith from the Indiana Health IT Extension Center. They will explain how Regional Extension Centers can help you select and implement an EHR system.

To register for these seminars, visit the ISMA website.

Enlightened speakers
Friday night’s session of the House of Delegates (HOD) opens with encouragement from ISMA member and Doctors without Borders volunteer, Aileen Stiller, M.D.

The LaPorte County ob/gyn has traveled to 45 counties and seen firsthand the needs of the world’s populations. Hear her accounts of how she has helped deliver care to save lives and reduce suffering in some very challenging environments.

On Sunday, hear AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, M.D., who has a prescription for an ailing health care system.

“If nothing changes by 2020, America will spend $4.4 trillion dollars a year on health care,” he noted in his inaugural speech. “We need a comprehensive plan for containing costs and getting the most out of our health care dollars. If we don’t, reform will fail.”

Your opinion counts with us at the ISMA

Even if you cannot attend the convention, your voice can be heard on the issues.

Read the resolutions on the insert and then comment about them using the online message board here.

All comments will be shared directly with the reference committees when they meet Sept. 25 and prepare their recommendations to the House of Delegates.

Resolution debates
On Saturday, Sept. 25, reference committees will debate 67 resolutions addressing a variety of issues, and you are encouraged to attend and participate. Reference committee members listen to testimony about each resolution and then make recommendations to the HOD.

Are you concerned about the formation of clinically integrated networks or accountable care organizations (ACOs)? If so, you may want to attend Reference Committee I at 11 a.m. Committee members will discuss Resolution 10-12 that asks the ISMA to study ACOs and the impact of bundled payments on physician practices. Or you may want to attend Reference Committee III at 9 a.m. to listen to debate on Resolution 10-25, which addresses physician representation on ACO boards of directors.

In another resolution, the St. Joseph County Medical Society wants to modify INSPECT, the state’s drug monitoring program. Members there want doctors to see what prescriptions have been filled under their prescribing authority. (See Resolutions 10-12, 10-14, 10-25 on the ISMA Convention page.)

If you support or oppose these or other resolutions, attend the reference committee meetings and join the discussion. Can’t attend? Use the ISMA’s online message board to register your opinion. All comments will be shared with the appropriate reference committee.

If you plan to attend, bring the Resolutions insert with you. Find more information about convention on the ISMA website.

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