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April 2015
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  • See You at the 2015 House of Delegates

  • William A. McDade, MD
    ISMS President
    William A. McDade, MD, PhD

    Join the Forum, Share Your Thoughts, Impact Medical Policy

    In just two weeks, our annual gathering of Illinois physicians will commence in Oak Brook. I’m looking forward to the 2015 ISMS Annual Meeting and House of Delegates, where I will hand the reins of ISMS President to Dr. Scott Cooper, an emergency physician representing Lake County.

    This gathering is one of the few opportunities Illinois physicians have to meet with one another to discuss the pressing issues they face in practice and where county representatives will bring your issues for consideration as official ISMS policy. I have visited many of you this year at your county meetings and have heard a lot of issues that need to be addressed. Here is your opportunity! Many of the resolutions considered by our HOD are forwarded to the AMA for consideration, and often, adoption. 

    The direction outlined by the House of Delegates has informed numerous policies and laws. A recent example is the CPT code for advance care planning that was created due to ISMS advocacy and is now under review for inclusion in the Medicare fee schedule. At the state level, we successfully initiated a no cost license category for retired physicians who volunteer their services without reimbursement. 

    Both of these changes are examples of how one or two interested physicians made a difference. They identified a concern and brought it forward through the HOD process.

    This year our delegates will review more than 50 new proposals introduced by Illinois county medical societies. Participation and debate through the House of Delegates is an important vetting process for these resolutions. We also accept feedback from our members who are not attending the Annual Meeting via our online “Virtual Reference Committee Forum.” I encourage ALL members to visit this page, preview the topics queued for debate and share your thoughts. Your online comments will be shared with meeting participants to inform the discussion.  

    I look forward to catching up with colleagues in Oak Brook on April 17-19!



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