Reasons to Join the Nebraska Medical Association
Advocating for our Patients
The NMA actively advocates for our most precious patient population through a special focus on child health and obesity. The Foster Healthy Weight in Youth Provider Toolkit and Resources developed by NMA Member Karla Lester, MD, and DHHS through a CDC grant help set standards for physicians to use in their clinics. In addition to the toolkit, the resources developed for physicians and patients are housed on the newly launched Childhood Obesity Prevention Project page of the NMA website.
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.
The NMA Committee on Public Health is forming partnerships with other stakeholders and organizations across the state to lobby state policy makers to take action and address the growing epidemic of childhood obesity in Nebraska.
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.
The 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.
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. States without motorcycle helmet laws have far greater mortality rates and permanent injuries.
Men’s and Women’s Health
The Section on Men’s Health and Section on Women’s Health continue to develop and disseminate information on men’s and women’s health and related events. Numerous events with participating NMA members have been held throughout the state in past years.
Patient 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
State Senator Meetings
Every year the NMA, in conjunction with our county societies, meet with our state senators to discuss upcoming legislation.
NMA’s lobbyist keeps senators informed and educated about issues of interest to the state’s medical community.
Nebraska Hospital Medical Liability Act
Nebraska 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 which meets twice a year. We continue to work with the Legislature to maintain the cap.
Nebraska Medical Association Political Action Committee
Our PAC meets routinely throughout the year to identify and support candidates and legislators who understand and are supportive of Nebraska physician and patient issues.
Nebraska Medical Foundation
The NMA Foundation awards scholarships to medical students and also supports other grant requests throughout the year.
COPIC Medical Malpractice Insurance
Malpractice insurance is available at a 10 percent reduced premium rate for all NMA members.
NMA Health Plan
Blue Cross/Blue Shield group health insurance is available to all NMA members, their families, and office staff. This insurance is portable.
DocbookMD is an exclusive HIPAA-secure messaging application for
smartphone and tablet devices that allows physicians to send messages,
text patient information, and exchange images such as X-rays or EKGs over a
secure mobile platform. With the recent CareTeam feature, members can now
extend this benefit to non-physician staff involved in care coordination.
Docright’s web-based service empowers physicians and their staffs to make faster, more informed decisions about EHR and IT vendors and their products and services.
NMA has entered into an agreement with this financial consulting firm to manage NMA assets as well as to advise individual members.
Discounted rate on medical evacuation insurance for NMA members, staff and their families.
Nebraska Medicine, NMA News, STAT and other publications such as the Physician’s Voter’s Guide as well as events and other special communications. Topics include medical liability, insurance reimbursement, Medicare/Medicaid and other current topics.
NMA advocates for Nebraska patients and physicians by lobbying at the state and federal levels and mobilizing physicians for grassroots efforts.
Solutions for Medical Practice
Assistance with regulatory payment issues and legal questions along with access to resources to help physicians address practice issues.
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.
NMA represents the interest of Nebraska physicians on countless committees and commissions on important topics including: Medicaid, Medicare, mental health, professional liability, rural health, health insurance, public health, worker’s compensation and many more.
NMA works with commercial
insurance carriers as well as Medicare and Medicaid to bring physician issues
to the forefront and advocate for an efficient resolution. Through various
advisory councils and NMA committees, physicians can voice their concerns in a
Payor Related Issues
NMA 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.
The NMA has three committees
focused on keeping close connections between the medical community and
commercial and government insurers: Committee of Medicaid Services, Committee
on Medicare Services and the Committee on Health Care Insurance and Medical
Delivery Systems. In addition to the NMA committee meetings, the members are
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 hot button issues and changes within the programs. Members are also
represented on 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.
For more information on membership contact Membership Director Meghan Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 474-4472.