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Calling All IMS Members

To maintain and grow your Indianapolis Medical Society, Membership needs to be job ONE!

Do you have a Son, Daughter, Nephew, Niece or Grandchild who has chosen to follow in your footsteps and practice medicine? Or, are you currently mentoring a resident or fellow? If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, please speak with them about joining the Society!

Maybe you would prefer to “gift” them with a membership instead. Applications can be found on our website, Upon entering our website, click on the membership tab, and there you will have two options for membership: either print an application, complete and send in with check, or fill in the online application and submit payment separately. We also accept payment over the phone using your MC, AE or Visa credit card. OR, if all of this is a bit much for you, give us a call to have a pre-populated Membership Application sent to you or them.

We are offering a $100 discount off of the IMS dues investment for both YOU and the NEW MEMBER you recruit! Please call Tyna McCauley at 639-3406 to confirm an amount before payment is submitted. The amounts vary depending on the new member’s status; i.e., Resident, 1st Year Practice, Active. You may also contact her via email at

We want your photographs to use as covers for the IMS Bulletin and to highlight your talents in the magazine and on the web. Need high resolution (300 dpi) or at least 8” x 10.” Questions, please phone Marcia 639-3406.

Please submit articles, comments for publication, photographs, Bulletin Board items, CME and other information to by the first of the month preceding publication.

10 Medicare Payment Policy Revisions You Need To Know

Chances are you haven't been able to read through the nearly 1,200 pages that constitute the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule released Oct. 31 and published Thursday in the Federal Register. We've pulled out the 10 top payment policy changes discussed in this mammoth document that you need to know about.

Among the policy changes discussed in the top 10 list are:

The sustainable growth rate formula calls for a 21.2 percent cut to physician payments, effective April 1.

Continuing medical education will not be reported under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

Proposed penalties under the value-based payment modifier will be scaled back.

The timeline for submitting new codes and revaluations of services will shift.

Read the full list and get additional details about each policy change at AMA Wire®.

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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.