HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
(READOPTED 15-14, HOD; RESOLUTION 05-16) RESOLVED, that the ISMA support patients’ rights to choose their physicians and any proposed legislation supporting these principles. (RESOLUTION 13-28) RESOLVED, that the ISMA seek legislation requiring physician licensure in Indiana not be conditioned upon or related to physician participation in any public or private insurance plan, public health care system, public service initiative or emergency room coverage. (RESOLUTION 11-32A) RESOLVED, that the ISMA: recognize that exclusion from civil union or marriage contributes to health care disparities affecting same-sex households; will work to reduce health care disparities among members of same-sex households, including minor children; and will support measures providing same-sex households with the same rights and privileges to health care, health insurance and survivor benefits as afforded opposite-sex households. (RESOLUTION 10-19) RESOLVED, that the ISMA policy support legislation to encourage physicians, especially those near retirement, to continue to provide care by decreasing liability costs (especially for total charity care); and be it further, RESOLVED, that the ISMA study ways to help keep senior physicians engaged in the practice of medicine as they near retirement. (RESOLUTION 10-02A) RESOLVED, that the ISMA: Recognizes that exclusion from civil unions or marriage contributes to health care disparities affecting same-sex households; Will work to reduce health care disparities among members of same-sex households, including minor children; and Will support measures providing same-sex households with the same rights and privileges to health care, health insurance and survivor benefits, as afforded opposite-sex households. (RESOLUTION 09-67) RESOLVED, that the attached set of principles be a starting point for the discussion to establish the ISMA's position on health reform; and be it further, RESOLVED, that the ISMA supports: Extending coverage to all Americans through health insurance market reform Consumer choice of plans to encourage competition that favors quality, affordability, and appropriate patient care Essential health insurance reforms that eliminate coverage denials based on pre-existing conditions Medicare reforms including repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula Chronic disease management and care coordination through additional funding for primary care services, without imposing offsetting payment reductions on specialty care Addressing the growing physician workforce concerns Prevention, wellness and patient responsibility initiatives designed to keep Americans healthy Making needed improvements to the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative that will enable greater participation by physicians The private practice of medicine on a fee-for-service basis within a pluralistic system of health care delivery Medical liability reform (with the understanding that it will not adversely affect Indiana or other states effective tort reforms) Responsible physician investment in technology, facilities, services and equipment that results in high quality, efficient, effective health care Physicians' voluntary participation in any health plan Health reform that is meaningful, fair and sustainable Reducing oppressive and arbitrary administrative regulations set by insurers and government agencies that compromise patients' safety and health Health reform that includes improved responsiveness to physicians concerns from insurance companies and government agencies (READOPTED 09-32, HOD; READOPTED 99, HOD; RESOLUTION 86-7) RESOLVED, that physicians of Indiana will not compromise the quality of medical care because of financial incentives. (RESOLUTION 08-32) RESOLVED, that the ISMA review and support when appropriate health care regulation to advance legitimate patient care, patient safety or quality issues and oppose regulation that does not. (7/15/79, BOT) That the optimal patient-physician relationship is founded in freedom of choice and mutual responsibility--a relationship best achieved under a fee-for-service system for the delivery of medical services.