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

  • President's Message: Hospitalization or Observation? The Difference in Medicare Patients’ Cash Outlay is Significant
    When you admit a patient covered by Medicare to the hospital, are you asked whether you want that patient covered under Part A or Part B? Probably not. But in reality...
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  • More Funds Sweeps by State Exposed; Chorus of Outrage Growing
    At press time, despite ISMS' determined efforts, the Medical Disciplinary Fund crisis slogs on. The bill most recently under consideration by the Illinois House of Representatives does not return the previously swept $8 million to the Medical Disciplinary Fund and holds docs accountable for paying back the swept fund through hefty medical licensure fee increases.
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  • Sequestration Cuts are Here; 2 Percent Cut to Medicare's Physician Payments Kicks in April 1
    Congress has not acted to stop the automatic sequestration cuts by today's March 1 deadline. The result: a 2 percent cut to Medicare physician payments, effective April 1, 2013.
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  • Dangerous Scope of Practice Bills Introduced in Springfield
    Numerous scope of practice bills have been introduced in the General Assembly Spring Session. ISMS strongly opposes these harmful bills and is working hard to advocate for Illinois physicians and protect Illinois patients.
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  • ISMIE Mutual Update
    ISMIE Mutual policyholders who successfully complete a practice assessment can earn a 5% premium discount for two policy years! The practice assessment involves an ISMIE risk management specialist conducting an on-site assessment ...
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  • Notice to Members
    Here's Good News about Your Dues The portion of your ISMS dues for the 2012 membership year reserved for non-taxable deduction purposes is 5 percent.
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  • Avoid Penalties in 2015 – Still Time to Report PQRS Data this Year
    Individuals or groups failing to report Physician Quality and Reporting System (PQRS) data during the 2013 reporting periods will be subject to a negative 1.5 percent payment adjustment beginning in 2015.
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  • Telepsychiatry Symposium Coming to Chicago, Springfield on March 6
    Plan now to attend an upcoming symposium on telepsychiatry, taking place in both Chicago and Springfield on March 6, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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  • Guarantee a Smooth Transition to EHR with Coker Group
    When converting paper files to electronic health records (EHRs), the smallest mistake can have long-term consequences. During such a vulnerable time, the Coker Group will ensure that all your practice t's are crossed and i's are dotted.
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  • ISMS welcomes these new members

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