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  • Top ISMS Headlines June 12, 2015

     

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    John Todd, MD - ISMS President 1840-1847

    ISMS ISMS Celebrates 175 Years of Advocacy, Action for Physicians and Patients 

    Illinois doctors proudly celebrate 2015 as an important anniversary year for Illinois medicine. Read ISMS' news release


    Governor Rauner declared June 9, 2015, as Illinois State Medical Society Founders Day. On this same day in 1840, 12 physicians and surgeons from Illinois gathered in Springfield to convene the first meeting of ISMS. View the proclamation


    Trace the rich history of almost two centuries of medicine in Illinois with ISMS' Then & Now. Here's an excerpt: 

    Then

    House calls are just as common as office hours in the 1800s, and doctors spend long hours on horseback making "rounds." A sturdy leather bag thrown over his saddle is the doctor's traveling drugstore from which he dispenses morphine, calomel (mercury), salves, and his own prepared powders, pills and potions. Physicians are attentive to finding a good horse, one that can trot, pace or lope, so as not to break the valuable bottles in their saddlebags.

    Now

    The tradition of house calls lives on, but with a technological twist. New smart phone applications in some areas of the U.S. connect patients with a new breed of mobile physicians who efficiently arrive at patients' homes to provide a limited range of services. Telemedicine, patient web portals, and consultations via email and video conference are tools used in medical practices across the country.


    Watch ISMS' video, ISMS Celebrates Its 175th Anniversary.  

    LEGISLATION

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    Stalemate in Springfield as Governor, Lawmakers Grapple with Illinois' Urgent Issues 

    Governor Rauner and the Illinois legislature are at odds over solving the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and many other issues. 

    At the top of the list, the two sides continue to have major disagreements over how to fund this coming year's budget, which will begin July 1, 2015. They are also bumping heads on how to best address the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act, tort reform, a property tax freeze, term limits for elected officials and labor laws. 

    ISMS is, of course, very concerned about the budget, especially for Medicaid and funding for the state employee group health insurance, as well as proposed cuts to the workers' compensation medical fee schedule. 

    Lawmakers continue to meet on a weekly basis in Springfield, even after the official May 31 session adjournment deadline while the summer heat cooks the outdoors and the pressure builds inside the Capitol Building. 

    ISMS will continue to update you on the latest. 

    ADVOCACY

    Attention Group Medical Practices 
    Avoid a Payment Ding - Register by June 30 to Participate in PQRS 

    Medical groups with two or more eligible professionals have only a few weeks left to register for the group option to participate in the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). 

    To avoid a 2 percent payment cut in 2017, groups must meet the reporting criteria through the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO), as directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Register to participate by June 30; access a registration guide. Learn more.
      

    everEver Heard of Physician Compare? Your Patients May Have 

    Physician Compare is an online database housing info about physicians and health care professionals. Learn more at a June 23 webinar, from noon to 1 p.m.  (CST). Send an email to register and to submit questions in advance of the webinar. 

    Also check out CMS's fact sheet and the public reporting plan; watch a YouTube video

    Questions? Call your ISMS Advocacy Team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email.  

    REGULATION

    federalFederal Sunshine Bill Aims to Protect Medical Education from Onerous Reporting 

    ISMS joined 114 other state and national medical organizations in a communique to Congress expressing support of H.R. 293. This legislation would clarify that certain manufacturer financial transactions for independent medical educational programs and materials would be exempt from reporting requirements under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.  

    EDUCATION

    ebolaISMS Ebola Education:
    From the Front Lines in Africa to Illinois 

    Vigilance is still needed to tackle Ebola. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Ebola transmission has increased in Guinea and Sierra Leone, with 25 confirmed cases reported within the last few weeks - an uptick from the 10-month low of 9 cases.

    Learn about Illinois' Ebola preparedness efforts and gain insights on how to recognize, isolate and safely treat Ebola patients with ISMS' new on-demand course, The Ebola Crisis and Infectious Disease: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines. A physician who directly cared for Ebola patients in Sierra Leone contributed to this educational learning activity.

    CME available.

    boostBoost Your Knowledge for Treating Opioid Dependent Patients

    Join a live webcast, Part 1:Office-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders, on Saturday, July 11 from 7 to 11:30 a.m. (CST) to learn about treatment for those with opioid dependence, substance use disorders, and other mental or medical illnesses - at no cost to participants. (Part 2 is a 3.75 hour computer-based course.)

    Register today



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