Legal

ISMA offers legal resources in several key areas. Some are available only to members. Click on the tabs above to learn more.

Legal FAQs

This section covers frequently asked questions pertaining to terminating patients, medical records, death certificates consent, lawyer referrals, fees, beginning a practice, leaving a group, closing a practice, treating relatives and treated patients who are hearing impaired or have limited proficiency with English. 

Prescribing controlled substances

With increasing public and regulatory attention on the dangers of controlled substances, the need for physician vigilance is greater than ever. This section contains resources on these issues.

Practice issues

This section contains resources such as an explanation of Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act, the health of the Patient's Compensation Fund (PCF) and the PCF surcharge, discounts on commercial malpractice insurance and information on medical staff, employees, health records and insurance company issues.

Compliance Here, you'll find information on laws and regulations affecting medical practitioners, physician licensing and registrations, compliance and guidance.

Consumer information This section contains information about topics of interest to health consumers, such as health records and filing complaints.

Legal articles Read a collection of recent article on legal topics published in ISMA Reports and e-Reports.

NOTE: This should not be a considered a complete or exhaustive source of information; it is intended to be general in nature and in no way is it intended to serve as legal advice. Each issue is fact-sensitive, and it is important that physicians contact their medical malpractice insurance provider and/or their health care attorney for specific guidance.

Tool aids compliance with information-blocking rules coming April 5

Posted on 2/11/2021
In the last issue of ISMA e-Reports, Bob Anderson, JD, and Stephanie Eckerle, JD, of Krieg DeVault LLP, discussed how physicians should prepare for April 5, when new federal rules on information blocking and interoperability take effect.

Don’t get caught information blocking: What you need to know

Posted on 1/28/2021
Health care providers need to be prepared to comply with the new information blocking rules found in the 21st Century Cures Act (the Cures Act).

New e-prescribing mandates begin Jan. 1

Posted on 11/4/2020
Two laws passed by the Indiana General Assembly have requirements that go into effect Jan. 1 and include mandates for prescribing controlled substances.

New laws impact price estimates, physician contracts, out-of-network pay, e-prescribing

Posted on 6/11/2020
Although the health care industry has recently been focused on COVID-19 and the public health emergency’s impact on medical practices and patients, it is important for physicians to be prepared to comply with news laws passed during the 2020 legislat