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June 2014
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  •    Top ISMS Headlines  June 20, 2014

    ISMS ADVOCACY

    Double-Check Your Compliance Status for Meaningful Use

    Hardship exemption deadline is July 1

    Eligible professionals who do not successfully register and attest for Meaningful Use in 2014 will be subject to a 1 percent payment adjustment applied to Medicare allowable fees, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

    You may think this doesn't apply to you because you registered and attested for Meaningful Use in a previous year. However, you must successfully register and attest every year to avoid financial penalties, and if your EHR system was compliant in 2013, it may not be compliant in 2014.

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    Life Preserver: Resources for Taking the EHR Plunge

    Dipping your toe into the pool of electronic health records (EHRs) within a large health system or hospital may prompt you to send out an S.O.S. Navigate the challenges by diving in to two new ISMS Issue Briefs that address EHRs, portals and data sharing agreements.  

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    LEGISLATION

    Senate Bill 741 Restores Some Medicaid Cuts, Keeps Poison Center Open

    This week Governor Quinn signed into law SB 741, a health care bill that reinstates some Medicaid cuts made two years ago under the SMART Act and secures funding for the foreseeable future for the Illinois Poison Center, which was on the verge of closing. 

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    Senate Bill 1630 to Change Anatomic Pathology Billing Practices Lands on Governor's Desk

    An initiative of the Illinois Society of Pathology would impose restrictions and guidelines on physicians who order and bill for anatomical pathology services, but did not perform the test.

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    NEW: 2014 Update on ISMS Legislative Activity in the Illinois General Assembly

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    MEDICAL LEGAL

    Advance Directives are the "New Normal"

    ISMS has the perfect resource for you and your patients

    Get your patients on board for planning their advance directives with A Personal Decision, providing practical information and guidance on determining end-of-life decisions. The booklet details Illinois requirements on living wills, statutory declarations, organ donation and more.

    ISMS members: Learn how to get your free copies today.

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    PUBLIC HEALTH

    Got Milk? Only if Pasteurized, Not Raw, Please

    No bones about it: According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria including Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria, possibly resulting in outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and posing serious health risks to the public.

    What is ISMS doing about it?

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    West Nile Virus Hovers in the Prairie State

    Just as folks gear up for outdoor fun this time of year, some sobering news hits: Mosquitoes in Illinois have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

    Not only that, the alarm has sounded for another mosquito-borne disease poised to hit this summer.

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    POLICY

    Illinois Delegation Heads to Annual AMA Policy Meeting

    The American Medical Association's 2014 House of Delegates kicks off this weekend in Chicago, running June 7-11. Your Illinois Delegation will present 15 resolutions that were referred to the AMA from last April's ISMS House of Delegates.

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    ISMS BENEFIT PARTNER

    Control Practice Costs with "Strength in Numbers"

    Join forces with your fellow physicians to save cash on office supplies and other business expenses with CCPA Purchasing Partners, a physician-only buying group and Benefit Partners.

    Through group negotiations, significant savings and favorable payment terms are available with vaccine manufacturers, medical and office suppliers, and medical waste disposal services.

    Learn more about different membership options and find one that meets your needs.

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