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November 2014
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  • State Lawmakers Take Action on Medial Practice Act, Anatomic Pathology Billing

  • The 98th General Assembly convened earlier this week for the fall veto session. At press time, here’s the latest news of importance to Illinois physicians.

    Medical Practice Act

    The House passed S.B. 649 unanimously with a vote of 112 - 0, with House Amendment #5. The legislation extends the sunset of the Medical Practice Act until Dec. 31, 2015. The bill also includes minor revisions to the Act, as proposed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). ISMS does not oppose these changes as the department agreed to our suggested edits to their proposal. 

    Next, the bill will go to the Illinois Senate for concurrence. 

    Anatomic pathology billing practices

    An initiative of the Illinois Society of Pathology, S.B. 1630 imposes restrictions and guidelines on physicians who order and bill for anatomical pathology services, but do not perform the test.

    ISMS remained neutral on both S.B. 1630 and the amendatory veto changes proposed by Governor Quinn last August, which ensure that physicians will not be prevented from sending a patient's specimen to any laboratory that provides anatomic pathology services and that IDFPR has the right to discipline any physician found to be in violation of this law.

    As ISMS anticipated, sponsors of the bill filed motions to override the governor’s amendatory veto. The Senate did just that by voting 39 - 13 during this week’s veto session. The bill now goes to the House where the amendatory veto must be overridden, or the bill fails. 

    The veto session continues today and will run again December 2-4.

    Watch for updates in future editions of Physician Advocate.


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