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Welcome New Members

Floyd, Elizabeth M., MD
Fellowship – Meridian Plastic Surgeons / Meridian Plastic Surgery Ctr.
Otolaryngology / Facial Plastic Surgery
Orr, Charlotte E., MD
Fellowship – OrthoIndy
Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopaedic Trauma
Piatek, Roger A., MD
Piatek Institute
Family Medicine, 1990, 2014
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.

Susan K. Maisel, 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.

Doctor to Doctor: A Neglected Relationship?

We are always hearing about the importance and nuances of the Doctor-Patient relationship as it impacts the quality and efficacy of care, but have we minimized the importance of the relationships we have with each other as physicians? A critical component of delivering satisfying patient care is the ability to practice medicine within a collegial community. While completing medical school, we learned to bolster our own knowledge and ask for help when we wanted to make more significant progress with our patient’s care or our career path. Now that we are in practice, it seems that the medical meetings at our hospitals have become consumed by business, regulatory matters, or didactic lectures that are often only relevant to select segments of the medical staff in attendance. Opportunities to meet each other face to face, with an agenda designed to contribute to how we practice and how we communicate with each other, continues to be hard to find. Medical societies were developed to facilitate that freedom of communication and develop those relationships.

The Indianapolis Medical Society prioritizes these relationships. We are local physicians who enjoy sharing new information and collaborating about medical and community issues. Meetings are held outside office hours, in person. The familiarity that develops eases communication and allows new ideas to be shared and encouraged. Many times, a physician, known as a local expert, will be able to add historical content to the problem. Our doctors are passionate about what they do, enjoy helping other doctors, and are dedicated to improving the health of our patients, our profession, our community.

If you are a physician who lives or works in Marion County, you are welcome to check us out. If you are a member or thinking of becoming a member, please join us at the next Board Meeting.

Drs. Mary McAteer & Bob Flint

AMA Encourages Public comments on Physician Hospital Ownership

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 14 asks the public to comment on the appropriate role of physician-owned hospitals in the nation’s health care delivery system. Specifically, the proposed regulation asks about the impact that CMS regulations and the statutory restrictions on these facilities have had on health care delivery and on Medicare beneficiaries.

While there have been longstanding restrictions on physician hospital ownership under the Stark self-referral regulations, these restrictions were tightened with passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which essentially banned the construction of new facilities and placed restrictions on the expansion of already existing physician-owned hospitals.

Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX) recently re-introduced H.R. 1156, the “Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017,” which would repeal the ACA limits on physician-owned hospitals and allow these facilities to remain competitive. The legislation is supported by the American Medical Association.

Physician-owned hospitals provide high-quality care and contribute to a competitive health care marketplace. If allowed to compete on a level playing field, they may play an important role in enhanced care coordination as well as new health care delivery models.

Physicians are encouraged to submit comments to CMS electronically, following the instructions under the “comment now” button, before 5:00 pm ET on June 13, 2017.

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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 Thursday. Phones are answered 24/7 by the Medical Society Exchange Answering Service.

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.