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       Top ISMS Headlines  May 9, 2014

    LEGISLATION

    A Sick Idea: Psychologists Prescribing Psychotropic Drugs  

    At press time, the full Illinois House will soon consider legislation that would allow psychologists to prescribe powerful psychotropic drugs - in spite of grossly inadequate training to do so. Urge your state representative to oppose this action that puts your patients at risk. 

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    Funding is the Antidote for Poison Center Demise

    IPC-home-webUnless long-term funding is secured, Illinois' only remaining poison center serving both physicians and Illinois residents will close its doors on June 30.

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    Volunteer License Legislation on the Move in Springfield  

    An ISMS initiative that would make it possible for retired health care professionals to apply for a category of license allowing for limited practice for uncompensated care in free medical and public health clinics is now before the State Senate. The measure cleared the House last month.

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    REGULATION

    Physical Therapists Can No Longer Perform Dry Needling  

    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation determined last week that dry needling is not within the scope of practice for physical therapists. This decision reverses the department's previous informal opinion.

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    ISMS ADVOCACY

    Meaningful Use Compliance Calls for Your Staff to be Certified  

    To ensure your practice is in compliance with Stage 2 Meaningful Use, it's essential that your medical staff who enter orders into the EHR system are properly certified.

    Currently, several organizations provide credentialing for medical staff certification.

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    MEDICAL LEGAL

    SocialMediaCoverSocial Media and Medicine: What You Need to Know Now

    If you find yourself wide awake at 2 a.m., wondering if you should accept your patient's request to "friend" you, or worrying that your office staff may not be following social media best practices, consult the ISMS Social Media Guidance for Physicians and Their Practices.

    >> Read more

    MEMBER SERVICE

    Is License Renewal Still Stuck on Your "To Do" List?

    ISMS can facilitate the renewal of your medical license and controlled substance license(s) ahead of the July 31, 2014, deadline. Welook forward to assisting you!

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    DEADLINE TO NOTE

    trucksPhysicians: Register by May 20 to Certify Commercial Drivers

    Physicians must register with the U.S. Department of Transportation (UDOT) before medically verifying a commercial driver.

    The deadline to register is May 20, 2014. If you don't register, you won't be able to medically clear a patient for a commercial driver's license.

    Register by visiting the UDOT website.

    ISMS BENEFIT PARTNER

    Enough Paper Cuts! Switch to Digital Files Today  

    Save office space while securing your practice data with athenahealth, an ISMS Benefit Partner specializing in the "switch to a digital office."

    Practices with 100 percent ISMS membership are eligible for a 6 percent discount on athenaCollector®, a physician billing and practice management software.

    >> Learn more



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