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 Depart. of Health, ND Board of Medicine, ND Dept. of Human Services, ND Office of the Attorney General, 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.
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. NDMA provides the basis for supporting activities that promote professionalism, including education on professional issues.
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.
NDMA membership qualifies all physicians for free membership to DocBookMD, a HIPAA-compliant texting application that can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. This app has been especially helpful to physicians who do not have a texting/instant messaging system within their facility's EHR. Click here for more information!