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    LEGISLATIVE

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    Turning the Page from 2015 to 2016: Highlights and What to Expect on the Legislative Front

    As we look back, 2015 featured some big headlines for ISMS. We are proud of our success in stopping legislation unfriendly to medicine and advancing several important priorities for Illinois physicians.

    Now looking ahead, here are several new laws for Illinois that took effect January 1 that significantly impact doctors and highlights of what ISMS expects to contend with legislatively in 2016.

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    How Does the Fed's Spending/Tax Package Impact Medicine?

    Last month, Washington adopted the 2016 federal budget. Find out what's in this spending and tax package that is particularly important for physicians to know!

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    ADVOCACY

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    Good News: Medicaid's Revalidation Deadline Pushed Back Six Months

    Do you treat Medicaid patients? If so, then breathe out! The deadline to revalidate your existing Medicaid enrollment data online is now June 30, 2016.

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    Double-Check Mailing Address for Medicare Voluntary Refund Checks

    When physicians identify a Medicare overpayment, they typically take care of refunds by submitting adjustment bills. But occasionally they choose to submit a voluntary refund via check.

    Illinois' Medicare carrier, National Government Services, Inc. (NGS), identified that some voluntary refund checks were making their way to an incorrect location. Here's the correct mailing address for Illinois physicians:

    National Government Services, Inc.
    P.O. Box 809194
    Chicago, IL 60680-9194

    Don't forget to also complete this Voluntary Refund Form for each check you mail.

    EDUCATION

    Meaningful Use Reporting
    Avoid Future Penalties - Learn the Ropes on the New Rules

    CME offered

    Check out ISMS' FREE on-demand course, New Rules for Meaningful Use Reporting - 2015-2017.

    You'll learn about the recent changes to the meaningful use program, including:

    • How "Modified Stage 2" differs from Stage 1 and Stage 2.
    • Exceptions and modifications that may be available.
    • Requirements for attesting during 2015 through 2017.

    The Graduate Medical Education Event of the Year - Now Available On-Demand

    Speaker Large

    Did you miss the Residency Program Directors' Meeting back in December? Rest assured. You haven't missed out completely! The meeting awaits you... on your schedule.

    With ISMS' new on-demand program, you can still experience the 2015 event and hear from top national experts on resident wellness.

    Physicians may earn up to 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. The cost is a bargain for members at $15; the cost for non-members is $100.

    PUBLIC HEALTH

    Check Out the Latest on Hep C Screening, Treatment and Cure

    An estimated one in 75 Illinois residents are infected with Hepatitis C and are unaware. That's because only a quarter of infected patients have been diagnosed.

    ISMS offers a FREE on-demand course on Hepatitis C and several patient resources.

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    A MESSAGE FOR YOUR PATIENTS

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    Sense of Hearing is Vital When Driving, Biking... and Walking!

    Most likely, you have patients who drive, ride bikes, jog, rollerblade or skateboard. So here's a safety tip reminder for them: Tuning out one's surrounding with headphones or earbuds is hazardous.

    Your patients may not believe it, but even walking becomes dangerous while wearing headphones or earbuds. And it's illegal in Illinois to drive using headphones or earbuds, unless it is a single-sided headset for a cell phone.

    MEMBERSHIP

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    Don't Get Dropped - Renew Your ISMS Membership Before February 1

    Members who have not renewed will have their benefits discontinued on Feb. 1, 2016.

    If that's you, be sure to renew either online, by calling the Division of Membership at 800-782-4767 ext. 1900, or by watching your email inbox for a "quick click" renewal notice.



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