Why Join the IMA?
Idaho Medical Association is the leading organization representing physicians in all specialties, practice settings and geographic locations in our state, and is recognized as the voice of medicine in Idaho. IMA’s mission is to unify and advocate for all Idaho physicians, promote the art and science of medicine, and remain dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all Idahoans.
The Idaho Medical Association has over 3,500 members, all Idaho medical professionals who meet the Association's stringent membership requirements. Predominant membership is comprised of over 2,000 actively practicing physicians, including residents, with the balance of members comprised of retired physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and medical students.
IMA Benefits and Services
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.
Payor Policy Portal: As Idaho's physicians continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, IMA has partnered with Gill Compliance Solutions to offer a brand new membership benefit to IMA members that will help you find updated telehealth and vaccine payor rules for Idaho all in one resource. The new Payor Policy Portal provides you with viewing rights to a Smartsheet that includes updated common codes, modifiers, and links to vital information and payor guidelines. The Portal is updated each Monday for the most current guidelines available to the public. This new benefit comes at no extra cost to your membership.
How to Access:
The Payor Policy Portal is only available to Idaho Medical Association Members, members have access for the entire 2021 membership year. If you would like access to this benefit, please complete the following steps:
1. Email Rebecca at the IMA (email@example.com) and include the emails you would like to have access to the Portal.
2. The IMA will check membership and send your information to Gill Compliance Solutions.
3. Within 24 hours, you will receive an email from Smartsheet with your access to the Portal (you will be required to create a login and password). This email will also include a disclosure for your review.
4. Once you’ve accessed the Portal, you are able to scroll and view at anytime. Updates are made weekly and highlighted for your convenience.
5. PLEASE watch this two-minute tutorial for navigating the Portal.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
2020 House of Delegates: As a member of the IMA you qualify to participate in the 2020 House of Delegates to be held October 9-11, 2020 in Sun Valley, Idaho. 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.
Preferred Partners: Our carefully selected preferred partners offer IMA members significant discounts on a wide variety of services and products
To learn more about any of these benefits, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 344-7888.