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August 2015
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  • Top ISMS Headlines August 21, 2015

    LEGISLATION

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    Medicine Related Bills Get Ink From Governor

    Governor Rauner recently signed these ISMS-backed bills into state law that:

    • Rename the "Do-Not-Resuscitate Advanced Directive" to "Practitioner Order for Life Sustaining Treatment," or "POLST."
    • Allow retired physicians who maintain active licenses to note on their online profiles that they are retired.
    • Grant additional powers and authority to a named health care agent (power of attorney for health care). 

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    The governor also signed a bill that allows a terminally ill person access to treatments that have not yet fully completed the FDA approval process. ISMS was neutral on this bill due to unaddressed potential liability concerns.

    ADVOCACY

    Do You Coordinate Care for Medicare Patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions?

    New ISMS resource

    As of Jan. 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began to reimburse separately for non-face-to-face care coordination services delivered to Medicare beneficiaries who have multiple chronic conditions. A new ISMS Issue Brief offers the details.

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    The IMPACT Provider Enrollment System is Now Live

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    placardsNOTICE TO MEMBERS

    Know the Law when Patients with Disabilities Request "Meter Exempt" Parking Placards

    Avoid prosecution, suspension of driving privileges and fines!

    Beware: The Illinois Secretary of State's office is cracking down on physicians who authorize unwarranted eligibility for handicapped parking placards. And recently the Chicago mayor's office sent letters to the city's physicians asking that they carefully review disability criteria for "meter-exempt" placards, noting that non-compliance will lead to penalties.   

    Let's review the law that took effect Jan. 1, 2014, which created the two-tiered disability parking placard program for Illinois.

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    PUBLIC HEALTH

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    ISMS Blocks Unsafe Rules Concerning Raw Milk

    ISMS advocacy recently led to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules unanimously rejecting proposed rules that would have put the general public's health at risk.

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    Help Reduce Cardiovascular Disease

    Applications due September 4

    With the goal of helping to reduce heart attacks and strokes among Medicare patients, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is rolling out the Million Hearts CVD Risk Reduction initiative, which offers financial incentives for physicians.

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