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March 2016
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  • Top ISMS Headlines April 1, 2016

    STATE EMPLOYEES GROUP INSURANCE PROGRAM

    Relief for Practices Experiencing Payment Delays

    While our current budget situation has left a 15-month and $2.8 billion backlog of payments owed to health insurers and to physicians who treat state government workers and retirees covered in the State Employees Group Insurance Program (SEGIP), there is a small dose of good news.

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    ISMS ANNUAL MEETING AND HOUSE OF DELEGATES

    Attention ALL ISMS Members:
    Virtual Reference Committees Now Accepting Comments on Resolutions

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    While the ISMS Annual Meeting and House of Delegates will be held April 15-17 in Springfield, all members may weigh in on the issues now via our online Virtual Reference Committee Forum.

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    Announcements: Leadership Meeting April 15

    All members, county leaders and meeting attendees are invited to attend the ISMS/County Medical Society Leadership Meeting on Friday, April 15 at 1 p.m. in Springfield. Ms. Victoria Poindexter, Principal at Hammond Hanlon Camp, LLC, is a frequent speaker to health care industry groups on topics such as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions. She will share insights on health industry trends.

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    LEGISLATIVE

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    Call to Action:

    Help Stop Bills to Allow Optometrists to "Use the Knife," Inject Meds

    Legislation is advancing in the General Assembly that would allow optometrists to perform certain surgical procedures and administer medications by injection. One proposed procedure to be performed by optometrists is the chalazion treatment, which could require an incision on the inner lid of the eye. Subcutaneous, subconjunctival and intramuscular injections would also be allowed.

    This legislation is not in the public's best interest!

    CALL TO ACTION: Please contact your state representative and state senator today and urge them to vote NO on House Bill 6166 and Senate Bill 2899.

    PUBLIC HEALTH

    April 19 Shines the Spotlight on Advance Care Planning

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    With National Health Care Decision Day on April 16, this month is a great time to encourage patients to make their health care wishes known through an advance directive. This year's theme for the day is "It Always Seems Too Early, Until It's Too Late." Access ISMS' free advance directive.

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    There is No Risk-Free Level of Exposure to Tobacco Smoke

    Access ISMS' infographic

    ADVOCACY

    Medicaid's Revalidation Deadline Extended to August 31

    Do you treat Medicaid patients? If so, please note that the deadline for individual physicians to revalidate their existing Medicaid enrollment data online has been extended to Aug. 31, 2016.

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    BENEFIT PARTNER

    Goodbye Paper, Hello Digital Office

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    Office space is expensive. So lose those cumbersome filing cabinets - and secure, store and retrieve your practice data with athenahealth, an ISMS Benefit Partner specializing in helping doctors transition to a digital office.

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