Michael McCoy, M.D., receives Iowa Medical Society award

Michael McCoy, M.D., Great River Women’s Health, recently received the Iowa Medical Society’s (IMS) Merit Award for significant contributions to the medical profession and the society.

Dr. McCoy chaired the 2013 IMS Tort Reform Task Force, which sought to identify new policy options and break IMS’s decade-long medical malpractice reform impasse at the state leg

Candor supports patients and physicians when unanticipated health outcomes occur. The task force’s report included a recommendation to pursue legislation to establish a Communication and Optimal Resolution (Candor) program in Iowa. Gov. Terry Branstad signed the legislation into law March 31.

  • Emphasizes system improvements to prevent incidents from reoccurring
  • Helps physicians facilitate open, confidential, productive conversations with patients and their families
  • Provides a process for rapid, thorough investigation
  • Provides resources and peer support
  • Strengthens communication

“It is unusual to bestow this award on a sitting board member,” IMS Past President Jeff Maire, D.O., said during the awards ceremony. “But tonight’s honoree has provided unusual leadership and commitment on an issue of priority to IMS members: medical malpractice reform.”

Founded in 1850, IMS is Iowa’s largest statewide professional organization for physicians. Its core purpose is to assure the highest quality health care in Iowa through its role as physician and patient advocate.