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The scoop for ISMS practice management professionals

May 2017
In this Issue

  • It’s Time to Pre-Order Influenza Vaccines (Yes, Already!)

    As the springtime flowers continue to pop up all over the state, flu season is probably the furthest thing from your mind.

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    Yet pre-ordering influenza vaccines in the spring is the best way to ensure that your medical office will have the appropriate stock when the 2017-2018 flu season arrives. Manufacturers determine the quantity of influenza vaccine they will produce based on orders they receive at this time of year.  

    To pre-order seasonal influenza vaccines, contact your regular suppliers.

    You may also access our Influenza Formulation and Coding Guide, a handy one-look reference chart that organizes important vaccine information based on manufacturer, dosage, demographics, billing and diagnosis codes, and more.

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



  • Your Physician Can Call ISMS for Easy Medical & Controlled Substance License Renewal!

    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has opened the 2017 medical license renewal process. ISMS will again be offering renewal services for medical and controlled substance licenses.

    Your physician may call our hotline at 800-632-7478 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. In addition to the convenience of renewing over the phone with our friendly staff, he or she won’t have to pay IDFPR’s service charge that goes with online renewals.

    So remind your physician that easy renewal is just a phone call away! 

    If you have questions, please call contact us via email or call the hotline.



  • Don’t Panic – But Find Out What You Must Do in the Event of a Breach
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    If a HIPAA breach should happen – compromising patients’ medical records – your office must adhere to federal and state reporting requirements. 

    Prepare ahead of time with ISMS' medical legal guideline, HIPAA Breach Notification Requirements. This resource defines "covered entities" and includes how to determine whether your medical office has had a breach, the requirements for notification and how to prevent unauthorized access of PHI.

    Don’t forgot to take a deep breath!

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



  • Consent Form for Treatment of Minors When Parents Are Not Present

    At times, minor patients appear in your office in need of medical services and their parent or legal guardian is not with them.  

    Help parents prepare for these circumstances by authorizing medical services in advance for their minor child.

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    ISMS offers a consent form for just that purpose. Parents or legal guardians can use the form to authorize other adults to bring their child in for medical services. The form also serves as consent for treatment.

    All patients under the age of 18 are considered minors by law and are unable to consent to their own medical treatment, with a few exceptions such as those who are parents, married or pregnant.

    Download ISMS' Consent To Treat Minor Patient Without Parent or Guardian Present form and keep copies on hand to distribute to families when necessary. The document also acknowledges that parents and legal guardians are still financially responsible for the medical services provided to the minor child.

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



  • Lower Your Credit Card Processing Fees, Get a FREE Terminal
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    More often than not, your patients hand you a credit or debit card to pay for their doctor visits. But with the flurry of cards comes the financial squeeze in sky-high processing fees.

    How would you like to stop getting pinched and start getting 2.49 percent flat-rate pricing?

    Switch to TSYS, an ISMS Benefit Partner. In addition to the flat-rate pricing, your medical office will also receive a FREE terminal (card swiper) valued at $399.

    Contact TSYS today and begin saving!



  • When You Don’t Know Where to Turn, Turn to ISMS

    These days, practice management professionals balance a myriad of tasks, including navigating patients’ various insurance companies and plans. Next, add government payers to the mix. Top it off with MACRA, HIPAA privacy, medical records and reimbursement snafus, and you’re bound to have questions or need guidance.

    That’s where we come in. All practice management professionals working with ISMS members have access to numerous resources.

    You don’t have to go it alone! Just contact the ISMS Division of Health Policy Research and Member Advocacy at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by email.

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




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