Reasons to Join the Nebraska Medical Association
Advocating For Our
The NMA actively advocates for our most
precious patient population through a special focus on child health and
obesity. The NMA is represented in many
groups working in the area of child health such as the Nutrition, Physical
Activity and Obesity Advisory Group, the Coordinated School Health Statewide
Partnership Workgroup, and Nebraska Action for Healthy Kids. We continue to lobby state policy makers to
take action and address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in Nebraska.
The Foster Healthy Weight in Youth
Provider Toolkit and Resources are available on the Childhood Obesity
Prevention Project page of the NMA website.
Health Care Reform
With passage of the Patient Protection
and Affordable Care Act in March of 2010, the NMA will keep members informed on
how this legislation will impact physicians and their patients.
Motorcycle Helmet Law
NMA has continued to work to fight the
repeal of the state’s motorcycle helmet law. This issue is repeatedly brought
before the Nebraska Legislature and we remain active in efforts to retain the law.
Centered Medical Home
NMA’s Committee on Medical Home is working with commercial and governmental
insurers to educate and provide information on the NMA Core Principles as the
Medical Home concept is implemented in pilot locations across the state.
grievances are heard through a review process utilized through the local
medical societies with the assistance of the NMA’s Board of Councilors.
Advocating For Our Physicians
advocates for Nebraska physicians and patients by keeping senators informed and
educated about issues of interest to the state’s medical community.
Hospital Medical Liability Act
is a more desirable state to practice medicine because of our malpractice award
cap. This is due to the efforts of the NMA and its Professional Liability
Committee who continue to work with the Legislature to maintain the cap.
NMA Foundation awards approximately $38,000 in scholarships to medical students
Medical Political Action Committee
PAC meets routinely throughout the year to identify and support candidates and
legislators who understand and are supportive of Nebraska physician and patient
represents the interest of Nebraska physicians on countless committees and
commissions on important topics including: Medicaid, Medicare, mental health,
professional liability, rural health, health care reform, health insurance,
public health, worker’s compensation and many more.
NMA committees are focused on keeping close connections between the medical
community and commercial and government insurers: Committee on Medicaid
Services, Committee on Medicare Services and the Committee on Health Care
Insurance and Medical Delivery Systems. Members are also represented on an
advisory council that meets monthly with the Director of Medicaid as well as
three times a year at the regional CMS level to discuss current issues and
changes within the programs; WPS/Medicare’s Carrier Advisory Council (CAC) that
helps influence Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs); and WPS’s Provider
Outreach and Education Advisory Group (POE AG) to discuss administrative
concerns and provider education regarding claims and payment information.
year the NMA, in conjunction with our county societies, meet with our state
senators to discuss upcoming legislation.
Associate and Life Membership
Physicians who are semi-retired and have
been an active member for five years are eligible for a discounted associate
Physicians who have practiced for 40
years, are fully retired and have been an active member for five years are
eligible for dues exempt life membership.
Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The NMA is a recognized accreditor of
the ACCME. We accredit providers
throughout the state to provide continuing medical education for our
COPIC Medical Malpractice Insurance
Malpractice insurance is available at a
reduced premium rate for all NMA members.
Member benefit that provides physicians
with fast, secure HIPAA compliant messaging, vital patient information at the
touch of a button and a directory of local pharmacies and NMA colleagues. DocbookMD
is available on the iPhone/iPad and Android devices, up to one phone and one
NMA has an agreement with this financial
consulting firm to manage NMA assets as well as to advise individual members.
They are available to serve as personal CFOs for physicians in helping them
accomplish all that is important financially. NMA members receive a
no-obligation second opinion on their current personal financial situation.
Keeping You Informed
All members receive the Nebraska
Medicine magazine, NMA Newsletter, STAT (electronic newsletter) and other
publications such as the Physician’s Voter’s Guide. Topics include medical
liability, insurance reimbursement, Medicare/Medicaid and other current issues.
Student loan refinancing.
Discounted rate on medical evacuation
insurance for NMA members, staff and their families.
NMA members receive a membership
directory annually at no cost.
NMAEIC – BCBSNE Group Health Plan
Group health plan available to NMA physician
members, their families, and staff.
Practice Related Resources
The NMA provides assistance with
regulatory payment issues and legal questions along with access to resources to
help physicians address practice issues.
Periodically the NMA offers workshops on
topics from the roles and responsibilities of medical staff, risk management
and coding.The sessions are designed to meet physician and staff needs as they
face the challenges of practicing medicine.