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Combatting January Snows and Health Insurance Woes

Jan. 10, 2014

Eldon A. Trame, MD
ISMS President
Eldon A. Trame, MD  

Anyone watching television or listening to the radio since the new year began has been besieged by two topics: the avalanche of cold, snowy weather and health care insurance enrollments.

Jan. 1, 2014, is in the rearview mirror, and the most significant phase of the Affordable Care Act has begun.

Despite significant problems in enrolling, thousands of Illinoisans signed up for coverage through private insurance and the Medicaid program. And despite the sign-ups, it is unclear for many if they even have health insurance. Most of the big insurers in Illinois initially agreed to allow new insureds to make a first payment by January 10 to ensure coverage. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois recently extended the deadline for payment until the end of January.

Each week seems to bring a new issue or a changing deadline.

We know that many physician offices are facing uncertainty. ISMS offers resources to assist you with some of the current challenges. We also are working to address emerging concerns and provide support in meeting your patients’ needs. On Monday, February 3 at 7 p.m., I’ll be co-hosting a town hall call for Illinois physicians to update you on the latest ACA developments and to listen to your perspective on how the law is affecting you. Pre-registration is required, so please take a moment to sign-up.

Next month we will also be launching “Keeping Pace,” a live event and on-demand webinar series that will focus on mastering care coordination, understanding changing reimbursement structures and addressing technology roadblocks. Registration for seminars in Oak Brook and Springfield is now open. On-demand programs will be available soon.

If you can’t attend the call or Keeping Pace events, I’d still like to hear how the ACA rollout is affecting you and your practice. Contact me at DrTrame@isms.org to share your thoughts.

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