|Medical Licensing Board of Indiana Members – As of July 2014
Kirk Masten, D.O.
John McGoff, M.D.
Bharat H. Barai, M.D.
Victoria McCann, J.D.
Rebecca Moredock-Mueller, M.D.
Write to any of the board members by sending your letter to:
(Board member name here)
Medical Licensing Board of Indiana
402 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana (MLB) is busier than ever – finalizing rules and regulations that will potentially impact your daily professional life. A plethora of rules, mandated by recent General Assembly actions, are not yet finalized, but ISMA members on the MLB want to alert you to changes that are coming.
To start, some members have vacated their positions or transitioned off the board. Also, new members have been appointed, officers were elected and vacancies remain. Attorney Stephen L. Huddleston completed his tenure as MLB president, and the new consumer member replacing him is Victoria McCann, J.D., of Westfield.
ISMA member Worthe Holt, M.D., and Mike Busk, M.D., have now left the board and psychiatrist Rebecca Moredock-Mueller, M.D., of Greenfield was named as a new member. Two spots remain vacant. Kirk Masten, D.O., of Roanoke is now MLB president; John McGoff, M.D., of Indianapolis is vice president and Bharat Barai, M.D., of Merrillville is secretary. All three are ISMA members.
Current MLB activities
“The MLB is busy with more regulatory rules than ever before,” said Mike Rinebold, director of Government Relations.
Dr. Masten, MLB president concurred, adding: “Not only are we busy adjudicating numerous cases brought forth to us from the OAG (Office of the Attorney General), we will be charged with the duty of promulgating rules on various topics in the next few months.”
The Medical Licensing Board of Indiana is accepting written public comments from interested persons, said Dr. Masten, as it begins discussions to draft the following rules on 2013 legislation:
- Chronic Pain Management Rules as required by SEA 246
- High Breast Density Rules as required by SEA 414
- Anesthesiology Assistants Rules as required by SEA 233
- Diabetes Educator Rules as required by SEA 233
- Telehealth Pilot Program Rules as required by HEA 1258
The MLB asks that written comments be sent on or before Aug. 28, 2014, to Medical Licensing Board of Indiana, Attention: Michael A. Minglin, J.D., Director, 402 West Washington Street, Room W072, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46204. Or email comments to Mr. Minglin.
Here are rules under development:
- Prescribing of controlled substances – Last December, emergency interim rules for controlled substance prescribing became effective, and the MLB was tasked with issuing final rules by the end of this year. The draft “permanent rules” are now available for your review; find them here.
Your comments are welcome, and the ISMA is also preparing comments. All comments must be received prior to the final public meeting on these rules on Sept. 25. The new rules will become effective Nov. 1.
- Telehealth pilot – The 2014 General Assembly adopted a bill regarding prescribing for patients not seen in person. Current Indiana law states that physicians cannot prescribe if a face-to-face encounter has not occurred to establish a patient/physician relationship. The pilot project would allow a patient relationship to be established using technology (both audio and visual) for purposes of a primary care visit.
American Health Network (AHN) and IU Health are participating in the pilot and waiting for the state to complete a rule-making process before they can proceed. Ben Park, M.D., president and CEO of AHN, said he hopes they can get the pilot started by the end of the year.
- Anesthesia assistants’ scope of practice – The 2014 General Assembly voted to create a new license type for anesthesia assistants. The bill was supported by the ISMA since anesthesia assistants would work under the direct supervision of anesthesiologists. The MLB is developing final rules for this new licensure.
- Breast density rules – In 2013, the General Assembly voted to establish rules and regulations around identifying and testing for dense breast tissue. Under the new law, facilities must send information to patients diagnosed with dense breast tissue, advising them to seek additional testing. Insurance coverage of the additional testing is required.
- Midwifery rules – The MLB is just beginning the work of creating rules and regulations for certified direct entry midwives, as directed by a bill passed in the 2013 General Assembly.
AMA now has guidelines for telemedicine
At its annual meeting in June, the AMA voted to approve a list of guiding principles for ensuring appropriate coverage of and payment for telemedicine services. The principles are intended to foster innovation in use of telemedicine, protect the patient/physician relationship, and promote improved care coordination and communication with medical homes.
Find the AMA telemedicine guidelines on the AMA website.