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Welcome New Members

Herrera, Maria J., MD
Resident – IU School of Medicine
Patel, Damien G., MD
Resident – IU School of Medicine
Internal Medicine / Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Spanenberg, William J., MD
Internal Medicine
As president of IMS, I welcome you to membership into an organization representing you as physicians, your patients, and quality medical services since 1848. I encourage your participation in our IMS activities including meetings and written contributions to the Bulletin.

IMS can only be as energized as the members who comprise it, so reach out to your IMS colleagues and get to know them, as well as, our focus of collegiality and quality medical care.

David R. Diaz, MD, IMS President

If you want more information about our newest IMS members, visit them on our physician finder here. A simple search is all that is required.

Medical License - Renewal Information

Renewal notices are sent approximately sixty (60) days prior to the expiration date (October 31, 2015). License holders with valid e-mail addresses on file will be e-mailed the renewal notice. Those who do not have valid e-mail addresses on file will be mailed the license renewal notice; this notice is mailed to the address of record with the Board. The Board has no way of knowing whether or not a notice reaches its destination; therefore, when a notice has been e-mailed to a valid e-mail address or mailed, the duty of the Board has been performed.

Online Renewal
To renew your license online please visit anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for most license renewals. Online renewal takes only minutes and your renewal will be processed and available for verification the next business day.

Paper Renewal Documents
To renew your license by paper you must select a form from Print and mail the completed form with the required renewal fee to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. The address is on the form and checks should be made out to ‘Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.’ If your license has been expired for more than three (3) years or the license renewal form you need is not available please contact the Board by email at

From the AMA ICD-10 Readiness

Physician practices lag on ICD-10 readiness, WEDI survey finds.

EHR Intelligence (8/4) reports that the latest ICD-10 “readiness survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) shows industry-wide progress in preparing for the ICD-10 implementation deadline although physician practices continue to lag behind health IT vendors, health plans, and health systems.” Seven-eighths of hospitals and health systems said they are ready for the Oct. 1 deadline, compared with less than half of physician practices.

What to do When the DEA Visits and Demands you Surrender your Registration

ISMA e-Reports, Aug. 10, 2015, By J. Richard Kiefer, JD, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Courtesy of ISMA

You are busy seeing patients when your receptionist interrupts you to tell you there are two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in the lobby to see you. They show their badges and credentials and tell you they’ve come to inspect your controlled substance prescriptions and ask some questions. Click here for further information.

Indiana Immunization Coalition

This is to inform you about the Adult Vaccine Program administered through the Indiana State department of Health (ISDH). ISDH offers publicly funded adult vaccines for individuals who meet the following criteria: The following vaccines are available through the ISDH Adult Vaccine Program: Provider Locations who are Eligible to Participate include:

Please see the accompanying ISDH document which outlines the specifics on the Adult Vaccine Program as well as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommendations for each of the vaccines.

Participating as an Adult Vaccine Provider is a great way to increase your adult vaccination rates and protect your patients and the community from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Providers who wish to enroll in the Adult Vaccine Program should contact ISDH Immunization Division at 1-800-701-0704 or

For additional information, please contact Lisa Robertson, MPH, Executive Director, Indiana Immunization Coalition or visit our website at

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About IMS

The Indianapolis Medical Society was established in 1848. We are a professional membership organization for all licensed Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathy in the Indianapolis area. Our offices are located at 631 E. New York St., Indianapolis, IN 46202-3706; our office hours are 8:00 to 4:30, Monday through Friday. Phones are answered 24/7 by the Medical Society Exchange.

If you are a physician and want additional information on becoming a member of our organization, please call (317) 639-3406 or E-Mail us: Please visit our membership page ... we want you to join us! For an application and other membership needs, use our easy online forms or download the information utilizing this link.

If you are a member of the general public and want to know if your physician is a member of Indianapolis Medical Society, or if you would like education information on your personal physician, please call (317) 639-3406 or E-Mail us: or use our handy Physician Finder.

We also provide referrals to physicians using our staff and website physician finder. If you are new to our area or simply seeking a change of physicians, we are ready to help! Ask your physician if they are a member and if not, why not.

Additionally, our Commission on Professional Affairs reviews concerns from patients who might have questions about whether or not their treatment was ethical or appropriate.