Physicians who have contributed to IMPAC are encouraged to contact IMPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the names of those candidates they support and why.
Please submit the names of your suggested candidates prior to
Learn more about the criteria used to select IMPAC candidates.
You can help physicians to be successful in achieving a "medical majority" in all levels of government by joining or renewing your IMPAC membership today.
Midwest Residency Program
Directors Meeting; CME Offered
Deep discount for ISMS members
Whether you are a residency program director or a physician involved in medical education, the Midwest Residency Program Directors Meeting offers the best opportunity to keep up with the latest updates happening in your field.
The event takes place Saturday, December 7, from 7:30 a.m. to noon in Oak Brook. Breakfast will be served.
The cost for ISMS members is $20; all others pay $125.
Don't miss this must-attend event for the GME community.
ISMS designates this activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Free Opioid Course Offers
CME, Available Online 24/7
The medical licensure deadline of July 31, 2014, is less than a year away. Take advantage of this educational opportunity to work toward your required 150 hours of CME.
Prescription opioid abuse is a national epidemic. The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) for extended-release and long-acting opioid medications.
ISMS and ISMIE Mutual are co-sponsoring this REMS education, available online and at no cost to participants.
Register today for Extended-Release/Long-Acting Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care.
The ISMS Education Center has numerous other on-demand courses offering CME, designed to fit your unique preferences and busy schedule.
Questions? Contact the ISMS Division of Health Policy Research and Advocacy via email or call 800-782-4767 ext. 1470.
CMS Teleconference December 17
Physician Fee Schedule Final
Rule: Quality Reporting in 2014
MLN Connects™ will present the next National Provider Call on Tuesday, December 17, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (CST), covering an overview of the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule and quality reporting options.
(MLN Connects™ is part of the Medicare Learning Network.)
Register in advance for the call.
Once you register, you will receive an email with the participant dial-in information.
Planning to Change Your Medicare Participation Status? The Deadline
is December 31
Toward the end of each year, physicians have an opportunity to determine if they want to change their Medicare participation status for the following year.
If you are planning to make a change for 2014, you must do so between now and December 31.
Physicians who are currently participating in Medicare and choose to continue for 2014 do not have to do anything. Likewise, physicians who are currently non-participating should do nothing if they decide to continue as non-participating.
Physicians who wish to become PAR for 2014 (to begin participating in Medicare and accept assignment on all claims) must complete the Medicare Participating Physician or Supplier Agreement by Dec. 31, 2013.
Physicians who wish to become Non-PAR in 2014 (may accept Medicare assignment on a case-by-case basis) must write to each Medicare contractor to which they submit claims, advising that they are terminating the participation agreement for 2014. This written notice must be postmarked prior to Jan. 1, 2014.
Questions? Call your ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email.
"Upgrade" to a Digital Office
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Practices with 100 percent ISMS membership are eligible for a 6 percent discount on athenaCollector®, a physician billing and practice management software.
So go for the "upgrade" and call 800-981-5084 today.
athenahealth is one of our ISMS Benefit Partners.