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November 2014
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  • State Lawmakers Wrap-Up 2014 with Action on Medical Practice Act, Anatomic Pathology Billing

  • The 98th General Assembly convened earlier this week for the final round of the fall veto session.

    Medical Practice Act

    The Illinois Senate unanimously passed S.B. 649 with House Amendment #5, which would extend the sunset of the Medical Practice Act until Dec. 31, 2015. Last month the House also unanimously passed this legislation.

    The bill includes minor revisions to the Act proposed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and agreed to by ISMS after the department approved our suggested edits to its proposal. 

    The legislation will now go to Governor Quinn for signature.

    Anatomic pathology billing legislation becomes law in 2015

    The Illinois House voted 86 yes, 13 no and 14 present to override Governor Quinn’s amendatory veto of the anatomic pathology billing legislation (S.B. 1630). Since the Senate did the same last month with a vote of 39-13, this measure will become law on Jan. 1, 2015, in the form originally adopted by the General Assembly.  

    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 the governor. 

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