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Welcome to this archived issue of Illinois Medicine EXPRESS.
August 2013
In this Issue

  • Making Medicine Fun Again
    One in three doctors is burned out. That is according to data from a study in The American Journal of Medicine way back in 2003. I suspect the number may be a bit higher now.
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  • Legislative Update
    Just yesterday, Gov. Pat Quinn signed H.B. 1, the medical marijuana proposal to legalize the medical use of marijuana in Illinois, making the Land of Lincoln the 20th state to permit medical marijuana. The new law will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
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  • Ensure Diagnosis is Stated on Disabled Parking Applications - or Pay the Consequences
    Re-certification for patients participating in the new Persons with Disabilities Parking Program is in full swing, and the Illinois Secretary of State's Office reports that a number of re-certification forms and new applications are missing the medical diagnosis.
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  • Back-to-School Means Expanded Tdap Requirement, New Physical Forms
    llinois is reporting the highest number of pertussis cases since 1950, with 2,026 cases of pertussis in Illinois residents for 2012. Whooping cough cases in pre-teens and teens have also been on the rise in Illinois during the last six years. The new physical forms for school year 2013-2014 have been modified to include a new requirement ...
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  • Empower Your Practice with Summertime Learning Opportunities
    Busy physicians know that taking the time for training and development is essential to navigate today's health care environment. The ISMS Education Center has a full stable of options to get you started; CME is available, too.
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  • Reduce Lawsuits Related to Cancer Diagnosis
    A significant number of medical liability lawsuits involve failure to diagnose the most prevalent forms of cancer in the United States - prostate, breast, lung and colorectal. The principal cause?
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  • The Coordinator's Column: A Prescription for Compliance
    I've written before in this column and elsewhere about circumstances where compliance with the Medical Practice Act and other relevant statutes is easy, but failure to abide by the law can have significant negative consequences for us as physicians. Recently, a new issue has emerged.
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  • Meet and Greet Your New Medicare Administrator, NGS
    National Government Services (NGS) invites you to an in-person session, which will cover an overview of the transition to NGS as the new Jurisdiction 6 Medicare Administrative Contractor. The meet and greet sessions are free, but pre-registration is required.
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  • Medical Records Fitness Begins with DataBank IMX
    Unless lifting large stacks of patient records on a daily basis is meant as a workout, it's time to transition to electronic document management. DataBank IMX is here to help.
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  • ISMS welcomes these new members

    Champaign County Medical Society Teekam Das Lohano, MD Chicago Medical Society Shelly Agarwal, MD Laura E. Baber, MD Irene M. Bakos, MD Pandelis D. Banias, MD Annapurna Bobba, MD Robin K. Drake, MD Jonathan C. Gamze, MD Leon M. Huddleston, MD Hoonbae Jeon, MD Anne M. Kudelka,


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