Membership Benefits and Services
The IMA offers members a wide range of benefits and services including:
Professional Involvement and Commitment: The IMA offers members the opportunity to join with colleagues to address professional issues and challenges on local, state, and national levels.
Legislative Representation: The IMA provides state legislative and governmental liaison and monitors state and federal legislation affecting medicine. The IMA has input with state agencies, including the Department of Health and Welfare, and negotiates for Medicaid program improvements. The IMA closely monitors federal legislation affecting medicine by working with the AMA's Washington, DC, office. The IMA works directly with the Idaho Congressional Delegation on important issues and maintains a key contact system to facilitate open communication and support from the medical profession. IMPAC is the political action arm of the IMA, governed by a Board of Directors comprised of physicians from throughout the state.
Reimbursement Assistance: The IMA employs two reimbursement specialists who work with physicians and their staffs to enhance reimbursement by providing training and ongoing consultation on billing and coding. The IMA also works with all third party payers on behalf of physicians.
Audit Consultation: The IMA provides immediate consultative assistance to members involved in audits by Medicare and other insurers, assisting physicians and their legal counsel in preparing appropriate responses to audit findings.
Physician Advocacy: The IMA represents physician interests on many statewide committees as well as various ad hoc committees and task forces organized within government. By action of the House of Delegates, the IMA fosters meaningful physician input regarding healthcare issues at all levels of government.
Permanent Physician and Advanced Practice Provider Recruitment: IMA has endorsed Jackson Physician Search (JPS) as preferred partner for recruitment services. JPS specializes in permanent recruitment of physicians and advanced practice providers, with focused resources in Idaho and the Northwest region. The company is recognized for trust, transparency and their successful track record for recruiting providers who fit with their practices and thrive in their communities. For details and preferred pricing information contact Sharon Thompson, regional manager, at email@example.com or 770-643-5706 (office) or 360-450-1491 (cell).
IMA Financial Services: Having served more than 1,600
medical professionals, IMAFS specializes in providing financial services
for you! IMA members receive a free financial checkup, a discounted fee
for wealth management and additional services at no extra cost! The
services IMAFS provides are: investment planning, retirement planning,
tax planning, insurance planning and estate planning. All products and
services are screened by a board of your IMA peers. IMAFS operates as a
fiduciary to provide advice that is in your best interest, that means
they are not influenced by commissions. To take advantage of this member
benefit contact Martin Watkins, CFP or Jared Empey, MSFS at (208) 336-9066. You can learn more about them by going to www.imafs.org
Access To Care: The IMA takes a lead role on state committees, task forces, and coalitions seeking solutions for Idaho's uninsured and promoting access for the medically indigent. At the same time, the IMA addresses problems that impede access such as low reimbursement and uncompensated care.
Public Relations: The IMA's strong public relations program works with statewide and local media to address healthcare issues from the physician's perspective. The program enhances the image of the practicing physician and reinforces a positive perception of the medical profession in the public eye.
Physicians' Recovery Network (PRN): The IMA PRN offers assistance in the identification and treatment of physician impairment due to alcohol/drug abuse and mental illness and acts as an advocate for recovering physicians. Click here for detailed additional information about the Physicians' Recovery Network.
Publications: The IMA publishes a number of timely, informative publications:
- IMAges, a monthly newsletter containing news of general physician interest and reimbursement and coding information
- IMA Wire, a monthly e-newsletter providing IMA members with timely updates and news
- Directory of Idaho Physicians is published annually
- IMA legislative reports, a newsletter published regularly throughout each Legislative Session
- Special Alerts
Seminars and Workshops: The IMA offers many seminars and workshops to assist physicians and office staff with coding and practice administration. Current offerings include:
- IMA Education Series Teleconferences and Webinars
- Online CDL Certified Medical Examiner Training
The IMA is responsive to physician requests for coding education and regularly adds new seminars and workshops to the Association’s educational program.
Insurance Programs: The IMA sponsors various insurance plans:
- Life Insurance (Individual and Group)
- Disability Insurance (including Individual Special Disability Income and Group Disability)
- To take advantage of this member benefit contact Kevin Baker and Max Wilson at Physicians Nationwide, 208-947-5244.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee: The IMA is accredited by the ACCME (a national accrediting organization) and, in turn, accredits local CME providers throughout the state. The IMA, through the CME Committee, provides information and advice for organizations seeking to provide AMA/PRA Category I credit programs for physicians. The Committee also functions as an educational resource for organizations wishing to improve the quality and scope of their educational offerings.
DocBookMD: The IMA and MIEC are pleased to offer members access to this unique smartphone application that has revolutionized a physician’s ability to practice medicine and communicate with colleagues. Additional information is available here.
Staff Assistance for Medical and Specialty Societies: The IMA provides staff assistance to local societies and specialty societies upon request. Services include administrative support, meeting notices, meeting arrangements, and accounting.
2018 House of Delegates: As a member of the IMA you qualify to participate in the 2018 House of Delegates. As an IMA Delegate, you will help guide the direction of your Idaho Medical Association and develop relevant, meaningful policies that benefit physicians and patients. It is through your support and participation that the IMA can best represent ALL of Idaho’s diverse physicians.
For more information on any IMA member service or benefit, please call the Association at (208) 344-7888 or e-mail IMA Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.