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

  • President's Message: Bath Salts Not the Harmless High Patients May Believe
    "Bath salts" is the street name for certain types of highly addictive and dangerous designer drugs. I first learned about these drugs at an ISMS House of Delegates meeting a few years ago. A fall meeting of the Sangamon County Medical Society hosted agents from the Illinois Attorney General's office...
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  • Legislation Demands Funds Restored to Medical Unit
    ISMS urges Illinois lawmakers to support H.B. 1001, a measure which would restore previously swept monies to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)'s Medical Disciplinary Fund.
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  • It's Tax Season: Here's Good News about Your Dues
    The portion of your ISMS dues for this past 2012 membership year reserved for non-taxable deduction purposes is 5 percent.
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  • Ensure Your 2012 Payment: Attest Now for the EHR Incentive Program
    If you participated in Medicare's EHR Incentive Program last year and completed the 2012 reporting period by Dec. 31, 2012, it's time to register and attest. But hurry - the deadline is fast approaching. The Medicare attestation deadline is Feb. 28, 2013.
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  • Save the Dates: Innovative Programming Coming in May
    Clear your calendar - ISMS is rolling out a packed year of new programming! Whether you want to learn proven strategies to remain independent amidst the pressure to seek employment or want to explore becoming employed, ISMS has a program just for you.
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  • New Laws on the Health Care Front for 2013
    Illinois kicked off 2013 with close to 150 new laws on the books. Here are several that are of importance to Illinois physicians.
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  • How to Handle Medical Records Requests in 2013
    An insistent patient is holding on Line 2 - you haven't treated this patient for nine years, but he is making an urgent request for medical records. Do you know the guidelines for medical records retention and how much you can charge for copies in 2013?
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  • Tracking Systems Are Key to Reducing Liability Risk
    Improper follow-up is a major source of liability risk in medical offices. Having a tracking system in place is essential to include in your Risk Management "toolbox."
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  • TransFirst: New Name, Same Savings
    Don't let an outdated payment system be a barrier toward improved efficiency and cash flow at your medical office. TransFirst (formerly Solveras) offers customized payment processing to meet your unique requirements ...
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  • ISMS welcomes these new members

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