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The scoop for ISMS practice management professionals

April 2019
In this Issue

  • Tasked With Filling a Position in Your Practice?
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    Finding that new hire just got easier! Browse top candidates with ISMS’ Career Center, a national online network where you can list open positions for physicians, other healthcare workers and practice management professionals. 

    ISMS member offices receive the discounted rate of $115 to post a job opening for 30 days ($400 for non-members) and $175 for 60 days ($500 for non-members). 

    Start searching for your new team members today!

    Learn more about other ISMS Benefit Partners

  • Yes, it’s Springtime – And Already Time to Order Flu Shots for Next Year!

    The best way to ensure that your medical office will have the appropriate stock of influenza vaccines when the 2019-2020 flu season arrives is to pre-order them now.

    Manufacturers determine the quantity of influenza vaccine they will produce based on orders they receive at this time of year. 

    If your regular vaccine supplier hasn't reached out to you yet, be sure to contact them now.

    Questions? As a practice management professional of an ISMS member, you may contact the ISMS advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.  

  • The School Bell Is Ringing – Check Out Medicare University!

    Medicare University (MU), a new program from National Government Services, Inc. (NGS), offers a variety of free Medicare-related training for healthcare professionals.

    You can sign up for webinars, live seminars and teleconferences, as well as MU's computer-based-training (CBT) courses covering Medicare-related topics. 

    Here's how to access the training:

    1. Visit the NGS website
    2. Sign in or select “Continue as a Guest” at the bottom of the red box on the left side
    3. On the new page, select the “Education” tab at the top
    4. Next, select a blue tab on the right for either “Webinars, Teleconferences & Events” or “Medicare University Course List”

    National Government Services, Inc. is Illinois’ Medicare carrier for Jurisdiction 6 (Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin).

  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 27
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    Why is the proper disposal of old prescription drugs so important? 

    About 6 million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2017 – many of them coming not from street dealers but from nightstands, medicine cabinets and kitchen counters

    Whether unused or expired drugs are present in homes or medical facilities, the frontline battle is preventing diversion – but proper disposal is not as simple as throwing them away. 

    For safe disposal, let patients know about the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27

    You can also help patients locate a convenient collection site.

    ISMS offers a free downloadable office poster

    Important: It is unlawful for physicians to take custody of prescription medications for the purpose of disposal unless they are licensed collectors.

    Questions? As a practice management professional of an ISMS member, you may contact the ISMS advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.  

  • A Reminder for the Prescribers in Your Medical Office


    Are the prescribers in your office using Illinois’ Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP)

    At the start of 2018, a new law took effect requiring all those licensed to prescribe controlled substances in Illinois to:

    • Register with Illinois' PMP
    • Document an attempt to check the PMP before writing an initial prescription of a Schedule II narcotic, such as an opioid 

    Check out ISMS’ popular Frequently Asked Questions covering Illinois’ PMP law.

    Questions? As a practice management professional of an ISMS member, you may contact the ISMS advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email.  

  • ISMS Resource Covers Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements

    Certain members of your medical team are required to report to the Department of Children and Family Services when they have reasonable cause to believe that any child known to them in their professional capacity may be abused or neglected. 

    This requirement applies to physicians, residents, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses and other healthcare professionals

    Do you know what would happen if someone in your office failed to report? In addition to the possible consequences for the child, would your colleague be fined or subjected to disciplinary action, such as license suspension or revocation – or even a prison sentence?

    Get answers to these important questions with ISMS’ medical legal guideline, Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements and Temporary Protection Custody.* 

    Questions? Contact ISMS' legal department at 800-782-4767 or by email.  

    This medical legal guideline is a member benefit and is password protected. If you wish to access this resource and need to request a username and password as a practice management professional of an ISMS member, please contact us.

    *This guideline is for educational purposes only.

  • Free Practice Management Help Is Available to YOU!

    As a practice management professional for an ISMS member, you have access to numerous resources.

    If you need help with quality reporting, medical records, HIPAA privacy and security policies, credentialing or reimbursement, or are experiencing hassles with various government agencies and third party payers, we’re here to help! 

    The ISMS Division of Health Policy Research and Advocacy assists members and their staffs! Contact the team with your questions by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by sending an email

    ISMS also has a special content page for our practice management professionals. 

    You don't have to go it alone!

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