The North Dakota Medical Association provides excellent value for North Dakota physicians by efficiently leveraging resources to provide physicians with benefits and services that make a real difference in the physician practice environment.
Public Policy Advocacy
NDMA provides effective advocacy and legislative representation for physicians. Your NDMA membership gives physicians a strong, independent voice. NDMA is always on the frontlines to address issues that impact all physicians and their patients – coverage for the uninsured and underinsured people in our state, especially children; planning for the future of North Dakota’s health care system; fighting for fair reimbursement from Medicaid, Medicare and private insurers; supporting prevention and wellness initiatives; building the future of our health system infrastructure; and working to improve public health.
In advocacy before the North Dakota Legislative Assembly, your NDMA physician leadership and staff actively represent you every day of the legislative session, as well as during the interim between sessions when the ND Legislative Council interim committees undertake a wide variety of health policy studies.
NDMA also maintains close relationships with North Dakota's Congressional Delegation and congressional staff on federal issues that impact the quality of health care in our state. In addition, we work closely with national partners to ensure our state efforts have strong support. National partners include the American Medical Association and many national specialty societies. On a local level NDMA works in collaboration with many state agencies and organizations, including the ND Dept. of Health, ND Board of Medicine, ND Dept. of Human Services, ND Office of the Attorney General, and the ND Insurance Department.
Advocacy in the Private Sector
Unfair commercial insurance company practices, hospital employment practices, medical staff issues, and similar topics are a focal point for NDMA advocacy efforts. NDMA is a state medical society member of the Litigation Center of State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association, which coordinates litigation efforts across the country in cases of interest to physicians.
COUNCIL LEADERSHIP: NDMA provides physicians with opportunities for personal and professional development including NDMA Council leadership positions as the President, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Policy Forum Chair, AMA Delegate, and Alternate AMA Delegate.
COMMISSIONS & STATUTORY APPOINTMENTS: There are also leadership opportunities by serving on a NDMA commission or the political action committee. Other opportunities include assisting NDMA lobbyists on legislative issues, or representing NDMA on one of the various physician positions with state agencies, boards, committees, and other organizations.
Some statutory appointments include:
- ND Medicaid Drug Utilization Review Board (4 physicians)
- ND Board of Athletic Trainers
- ND Health Information Technology Advisory Committee
- ND State Board of Respiratory Care
- ND Workforce Safety and Insurance
- UND SMSH Advisory Council
- Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Advisory Council
DISTRICT LEADERSHIP: More leadership opportunities include serving on positions within your own District Medical Society, including representing your district on the NDMA Council.
Practice and Legal Information
NDMA staff has access to a variety of resources, and is available to work with you on issues that impact your practice.
Collegiality and Professionalism
The Association offers the collegiality of physicians working together to provide their peers with valuable resources and support. NDMA activities bring physicians together from across the state to engage in educational efforts that promote physician wellbeing, professionalism and advocacy efforts.
Wednesday Wellness & Advocacy Updates are held monthly and designed for you to gain practical information to enhance your personal and professional well-being and receive a quick overview on topics that can impact your medical profession.
The Physician Advisory Group was organized during the pandemic to unit physicians and public health officials. The group shares information on infection rates, treatment strategies and inventory status for treatment, prevention and vaccination. The goal is to unit together to help build a quicker means to respond to the pandemic's twists and turns so that we can better serve the public and patient needs.
Public and Media Relations and Resources for Public Presentations
NDMA serves you well in providing media relations on behalf of the medical profession as a whole, as well as providing useful information or other resources or advice on topics if you are asked to be interviewed or to provide public presentations.
Publications include the ND Physician published three times each year and delivered to your home. This magazine provides timely information of interest to members of the Association. In addition, you will receive a weekly e-Physician news update that features the latest news and hot topics.
Specialty Society Support
NDMA supports several North Dakotan specialty society chapters, through cost effective administrative arrangements for staffing, advocacy and financial administration services. This service assists your specialty society in providing a staff component that may not otherwise exist.
The NDMA coordinates the Doctor of the Day program during each North Dakota legislative session. This program offers member physicians the opportunity to spend a day serving the medical needs of Senators and Representatives, as well as observing and participating in the legislative process.