IPMA’s contracted legislative consultant monitors and responds to state legislation and regulatory agency proposals related to the practice of podiatric medicine in Illinois including the Podiatric Medical Practice Act, the Medicaid program, hospital and surgery center privileges for podiatric physicians.
Capwiz link on IPMA website allows members direct and easy communication with national and state representatives.
In 2008 alone, APMA’s visibility in Congress & liaisons with the entire medical community resulted in stopping cuts to Medicare reimbursement and gained an exemption from DME certification for podiatric physicians.
APMA’s e-Advocacy site allows you to keep track of national legislation affecting podiatry.
Inclusion in an advisory capacity to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in a public policy setting.
Clinical & scientific programs providing required continuing medical education credits
Programs that provide practice management information, i.e., coding.
Reduced registration fees for continuing IPMA and APMA educational programs around the country – Midwest Podiatry Conference, the APMA National.
APMA Publications: APMA News, The Journal and the daily APMA eNews
IPMA Publication: the monthly Memo to the Membership and timely email and fax bulletins.
Materials relating to practice management, position papers, patient education brochures – all available to members.
Assistance with coding and insurance issues from the IPMA’s Insurance Committee and the APMA’s Health Policy and Health Systems Committees.
Representation on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee.
Working relationship with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois decision makers
The ‘members only’ section of the IPMA and APMA web sites offers current public relations materials that can be customized to your practice.
Support for foot screenings, health fairs, career events in your community.
Access to APMA’s national public education programs such as Knock Your Socks Off, Diabetes Month materials – all developed by the APMA’s Public Education and Information Committee.
IPMA’s public relations efforts – Spring Pedometer/Walking campaign; Fall Call in Day, Shoe Drive in December; monthly CAN-TV programs; monthly press releases on foot health.
Referrals from the IPMA website, from the state-wide toll free number and from the APMA website.
Liaisons with other professional organizations, including the Illinois Diabetes Coalition and the Arthritis Foundation.
PICA medical malpractice insurance discount.
Guild Membership gives IPMA members access to a union health plans and the AFL-CIO lobbying power in Washington and Springfield and other Guild benefits like legal assistance, a financial planning program and discount programs.
IC System for debt recovery from unpaid bills.
To obtain a list of all your APMA benefits, please visit www.APMA.org.
THE MOST IMPORTANT BENEFIT OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE IPMA/APMA:
YOU CAN PUT THE KEY IN THE DOOR AND OPEN YOUR OFFICE TO PRACTICE PODIATRIC MEDICINE EVERY DAY!