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New PCF surcharge rates released
The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) recently issued a bulletin announcing new Patient Compensation Fund (PCF) surcharge rates and requirements. The rates, which go into effect on July 1, 2017, are based in part on changes in the Medical Malpractice Act (Act) passed by the General Assembly in 2016.

Incorrect CPT code edits cause denials for sedation
Medicare has unexpectedly denied several claims submitted using the new 2017 CPT codes 99151 – 99157 for conscious/moderate sedation.

Submit nominations for ISMA physician, non-physician awards
Do you know of a physician who voluntarily works to promote the health and safety of young people by addressing endangerment or violence? Do you know a layperson who has worked hard to improve the health and well-being of local residents? If so, consider honoring them with a nomination for an ISMA award.

The Dr. Kathleen Galbraith Legacy Leadership Award was established in 2006 in memory of longtime ISMA member Kathleen Galbraith, MD and recognizes those who share Dr. Galbraith’s passion for increasing awareness of domestic violence in Indiana.

The Patient Health Advocate Award recognizes a non-physician who has contributed significantly to the health and well-being of Hoosier patients.

The nomination deadline for both awards is June 19. They will be presented during the ISMA’s annual convention, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Sheraton Indianapolis North.

Nomination forms are available at http://www.ismanet.org/convention/index.htm.


Help CMS improve its QPP website
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for participants to complete a 10- to 15-minute online task to help improve the design and usability of its Quality Payment Program (QPP) website.

To take part, click here and complete the task by Monday, April 24.

Updated AMA Code of Medical Ethics available for purchase
The American Medical Association (AMA) is offering three editions of the new, modernized AMA Code of Medical Ethics, including a commemorative, leather-bound edition.

Encourage patients to dispose of leftover drugs safely
Saturday, April 29, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, an annual project of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Justice. The observance provides a great opportunity for physicians to educate patients about the potential for abuse of prescription drugs and the existence of safe, convenient places to dispose of leftover medications.

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