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  • 23 Nov 2020 8:24 AM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    Click HERE for a list of biographies and statement of interest that have been submitted by the candidates on the 2021 ballot.  Below are a list of those candidates that have been submitted as of this posting.  

    Clif Knight, MD 

    Ingrid Ozols, MD

    Jodi Smith, MD

    Crystal Zhang, MD

    This post will be updated as more biographies and statements are submitted so please check back.  

  • 18 May 2020 10:17 AM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release

    May 15, 2020

    Media Contact:

    Curt Brantingham

    (317) 221-2316 │ (317) 525-7450

    cbrantingham@hhcorp.org


    Marion County Public Health Department, City of Indianapolis Announce

    New Community Testing Sites for COVID-19

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Marion County Public Health Department and the City of Indianapolis, with the support of the Indianapolis Medical Society and the Aesculapian Medical Society, announce two new COVID-19 community testing sites that will offer drive-through and walk-up testing in areas of the county most impacted by the virus. These sites will replace two existing testing locations.

    The Marion County Public Health Department’s first COVID-19 testing site at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, which began on April 2, will end on Friday, May 27, while the last day of testing at the Eastern Star Church main campus on East 30th Street was today, Friday, May 15.

    The health department is grateful for its partnership with Eastern Star Church and Senior Pastor Jeffery A. Johnson, Sr. to provide COVID-19 testing at its main campus in the 46218 ZIP code. The health department will continue to work with Eastern Star Church to identify nearby facilities that house individuals who are unable to leave those facilities, and testing will be provided for them. The goal is to offer testing in the identified hot spots for COVID-19 infection, which is why the mobile testing will move to two different hot spots in Marion County after May 15. Special thanks to Eli Lilly and Company for providing free testing kits at this site.

    Beginning Wednesday, May 20, drive-through and walk-up testing for COVID-19 will be offered on the east side of Indianapolis at Warren Central High School, 9500 E. 16th Street. Testing will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Testing will be closed on Memorial Day.

    Testing will also be offered on the west side at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 W. 16th Street, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. beginning Tuesday, May 26.

    “I am extremely appreciative for the way our community has come together to offer much-needed COVID-19 testing,” said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. “I want to thank the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Eastern Star Church for their tremendous partnership in reaching the community. These new sites at Warren Central High School and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway are critical in our continued efforts to offer testing in COVID-19 hot spots around Marion County.”

    This free community testing is aimed at addressing health disparities among diverse populations. Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms are strongly encouraged to get tested, as well as those with or without symptoms who are over age 65, immunocompromised, or a front line essential worker.

    “The City of Indianapolis is proud to partner with the Marion County Public Health Department to continue providing free COVID-19 testing in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by this virus,” said Paul Babcock, director of the Office of Public Health and Safety, the coordinating agency for the City’s response to COVID-19. “It takes an entire community, working together, to combat the effects of a global pandemic, and we are thankful to the many partners that have stepped forward to do their part, including Roger Penske and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as Warren Central High School.”

    The criteria for testing at these sites include those who are:

     Experiencing the following symptoms:

    o Fever

    o Cough

    o Shortness of breath

    o Chills

    o Muscle pains

    o Headache

    o Sore throats

    o New loss of taste/smell

     With or without symptoms in any of the following groups:

    o Seniors over 65 years of age

    o Those with weakened immune systems

    o Frontline essential workers

    Residents with symptoms of COVID-19 or who meet other testing criteria can register by visiting MarionHealth.org/indycovid. For more information, or to get assistance in registering, please call (317) 221-5515 or (317) 221-8967. All testing at these sites is by appointment only.

    Eric Tibsar, M.D., President of the Indianapolis Medical Society

    “On behalf of myself and the Indianapolis Medical Society, we are in full support of and very much appreciate the hard work that the Marion County Public Health Department has put into combating the COVID-19 epidemic. We feel very confident that the additional testing sites will help with contact tracing and curbing the spread of this deadly infection and are willing to help the Health Department in any way possible.”

    For the full press release, click HERE


  • 7 Apr 2020 1:38 PM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    All, 

    The ISMA is gathering information about how COVID-19 is impacting physician businesses statewide.  They will use this information as they work with the Indiana State Department of Health, the Governor, and state and federal lawmakers on challenges facing our community now and in future.  We encourage all physicians to complete this survey as your input is vital. 

    To access this survey, simply click HERE

  • 30 Mar 2020 4:54 PM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    Today Governor Holcomb issued an executive order on his directives to managing the health care response.  In his address, along with commissioners from the Indiana State Department of Health, Family and Social Services, Department of Corrections, Homeland Security and others, it was stated the the expected peak of COVID-19 is going to be somewhere in mid-April to mid-May in Indiana.  If you would like to watch today's press conference, you can see it on Facebook HERE.

    The executive order removes regulatory barriers to prepare for the surge and reserve PPE and you, medical physicians, in the event we need those of you sitting on the sidelines (for any number of reasons).  To see the full executive order, click HERE.  

  • 30 Mar 2020 4:52 PM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is asking for volunteers to relieve the front-line pandemic workers.  If you have not already completed their survey, you can do so on this link: ISDH Healthcare Reserve Workforce Licensed Professionals.


  • 30 Mar 2020 4:50 PM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    President Donald Trump signed into law a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief and stimulus package. The CARES Act includes provisions to support physicians and their practices. Last weekend, the ISMA signed onto a joint letter to asking Congress to include relief for physicians and medical practices in this legislation.”  You can read more about it HERE.  

    For additional information on the CARE Act, Senator Braun has provided the following documents: 

    Sen Braun Business Resource Guide.pdf

    Sen Braun_CARES Act_SBA_PaycheckProtectionProgram_032720.pdf

    Sen Braun_CARESAct_DirectPayment_032720.pdf

  • 26 Mar 2020 11:00 AM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    The following is direct communication from the ISMA on the COVID-19 telemedicine program for ISMA & IMS members.  ~Morgan 

    In response to the demand for virtual doctor visits created by the COVID-19 epidemic, ISMA is offering members an affordable, HIPAA-compliant tool to assess patients remotely.

    Backline for Telehealth, a secure messaging and clinical communication platform created by DrFirst, is now available to ISMA members at an annual cost of $300 per user. Additional users can be added at $300 each.

    About Backline:

    • Screen patients for coronavirus without risk of exposure for you or your staff.
    • Can be used for any office visit.
    • Communications features such as patient tracking and billing.
    • Visits initiated by a simple text from clinician.
    • No patient registration process.
    • No app to download.
    • No usage limits or per-session fees.
    • Share information among staff, family members, caretakers and outside providers in real time.
    • HIPAA-compliant.

    Learn more and register for Backline now. In the Association Code box on the registration page, enter ISMA.

    You can also register as one of the physicians who offer medicine. If you’d like to participate, submit our member intake form. Your name, office phone and specialty are required; your email address will not be listed.  

  • 20 Mar 2020 11:42 AM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    The Governor's home base where you can find the latest dashboard of cases, all his latest press releases and tweets about COVID-19. 

    Governor's COVID-19 Website: https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/

    This is the landing page for all of the Governor's official executive orders or official dictates that overrule law in times of emergency or in his powers of Governor. 

    Governor's Executive Orders: https://www.in.gov/gov/2384.htm 

    For those of you own your practices, below is a link to the small business impact information.  

    https://isbdc.org/indianacovid19smallbusiness/

    For patients that might need assistance: 

    https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/files/COVID-19%20Resource%20Guide%20for%20Hoosiers.pdf

  • 20 Mar 2020 11:00 AM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    The ISMA submitted this letter  (Holcomb-COVID-Letter_FINAL.pdf) to the Governor on March 19, 2020 asking him to take several steps to maximize telemedicine flexibility, increase access to covid-19 testing, and address healthcare workforce issues.  They are also talking to the payers about telemedicine coverage. 

  • 6 Mar 2020 6:12 PM | Morgan Perrill (Administrator)

    The first case of COVID-19 in Indiana has been announced: a Marion County resident who contacted Community Health in Indianapolis. As a result, Gov. Eric Holcomb has declared a public health emergency, which will allow the state to access federal funding to support Indiana’s efforts. This “isolated case” is an adult who had recently returned after traveling to Boston. The patient has been in isolation with no contact with any other patients.

    To read the release from the Indiana State Department of Health on this case of COVID-19, go here.

    ISMA recently launched its COVID-19 Resources Page to ensure Indiana physicians have the most relevant and up-to-date information on the virus. Check this page often for the most recent information Indiana physicians need to know.


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