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October 2014
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  • Top ISMS Headlines October 24, 2014

    MEDICAL LEGALMEDLEGAL

    Homeless Youth Can Now Consent to Their Medical Care

    Unaccompanied minors can now consent to their own routine medical care under a new Illinois law, which went into effect Oct. 1, 2014.

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    IN THE NEWS

    Too Few Insurers Corner the Market in Illinois

    Illinois joins the top 10 states with the least competitive commercial insurance market, which could signal limited options for patients and insufficient physician networks.

    Read ISMS' news release.

    ADVOCACY

    EHR Incentive Program: Physicians Get Second Chance to Apply for Hardship Exception

    If you treat Medicare patients, you may be eligible to apply for a meaningful use hardship exception to avoid a financial penalty in 2015.

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    Get Your Questions Answered about Hospital EHR Systems, Data Sharing Agreements

    Because EHRs provide quicker access to patients' test results and records, hospitals and health systems may be incenting - or requiring - physicians to use EHRs and patient portals. If you need to get up to speed quickly on these systems and related agreements, check out these ISMS Issue Briefs - for members only.

    Physician Participation in EHRs, Portals, and Data Sharing Agreements - Learn about participating in EHR and portal technology, including data use and integrity, privacy, security and more.

    To Share or Not to Share: Physician Participation in EHRs and Data Sharing Agreements - Find out if participation in a hospital-based electronic health record system will mean loss of control of your data or patient population, and if hospitals and affiliated business associates can market to your patients.

    Questions? Please contact the ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or by email.

    EDUCATION

    October Marks One-Year Countdown to ICD-10

    With just a year left to transition to the ICD-10 code set, be sure to allow sufficient time for your medical office to prepare. If you haven't yet, begin working with your software vendors to test the systems.

    Kick start your preparations by joining a national call, Transitioning to ICD-10, Wednesday, November 5, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. (CST). Industry experts will cover implementation issues, opportunities for testing, code updates, how claims that span the implementation date will be handled, and other important topics, hosted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Sign up online.

    1024Take a Financial Pulse of Your Medical Practice

    Stay competitive, boost payments at the time of service, enhance team behavior, refresh your HIPAA knowledge and make sure your medical practice is up to snuff from a legal perspective at this all-day seminar,
    Time for a Check-up: Improving the Business Health of Your Practice, Thursday, November 13 in Des Plaines.

    Discount for ISMS members and their staffs; CME offered.

    Register today. This seminar is sponsored by ISMS and CCPA Purchasing Partners, L.P.


    Learn How to Curb Prescription Drugs from Getting "Hijacked" for Recreational Use

    CME offered

    The diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances, especially opioids, is a growing problem throughout the United States. Pharmacy thefts, forged prescriptions, patients requesting drugs from multiple physicians and more are frequent events.

    Learn how to identify and prevent diversion activity at this free all-day conference, November 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Palos Hills. (No meals provided.)

    The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Diversion Control.

    GUEST COLUMN

    The Physician's Duty of Confidentiality in a Technologically Advanced HealthCare System

    Mobile technology has become an integral part of the delivery of health care. Communications between physicians and patients occur through cell phones, tablets and email. As the practice of medicine continues to incorporate these new technologies, concerns about the privacy of patient medical information have also intensified.

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    BENEFIT PARTNER

    Find That New Hire or New Gig with ISMS Career Center

    Considering a new position or need to fill one in your practice? Rely on the ISMS Career Center, a nationwide, online resource featuring thousands of listings for physicians, health care professionals and medical office staff.

    There are no fees for job seekers, and ISMS member offices receive the discounted rate of $115 to post a job opening for 30 days ($400 for non-members) and $175 for 60 days ($500 for non-members).

    Start looking today and learn more about our many ISMS Benefit Partners.



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