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May 2016
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    LEGISLATIVE

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    Legislative Update: ISMS-Backed Bill Gaining Traction: Dangerous Scope Expansion Bills Must Be Stopped

    In the anticipated final weeks of the General Assembly's spring session, here's a status report on legislation important to medicine.

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    Ten-month Budget Stalemate Appears Far from Over

    It is now mid-May, and other than court funding mandates and piecemeal financial legislation, our state has been without a budget for almost an entire year.

    With the 99th General Assembly nearing its routine adjournment date of May 31, Illinois lawmakers have little time left. Yet, a breakthrough on the budget impasse does not appear to be on the horizon.

    MEDICAL LEGAL

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    Your Patient Wants Medical Cannabis. Now What?

    If a patient request for medical cannabis hasn't come up yet, it's just a matter of time. But when they do ask, do you know the drill?

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    REGULATORY

    IDFPR Advisory:
    Important Reminder for Administering Vitamin B12 Injections

    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has issued an advisory concerning B12 injections after taking recent action against spas and vitamin shops in Illinois.

    IDFPR's message?

    B12 shots require a prescription and must be administered under the supervision of a licensed health care professional, such as a physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant.

    Those violating Illinois' regulations for administering B12 injections could be subject to prosecution for a Class 4 felony!

    MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

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    What Are Your Patients' Life Challenges? New Book Covers "Contextualizing Care"

    ISMS member Saul J. Weiner, MD, has co-written the new book Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care. The book relies on more than 1,000 physician-patient encounters to make the case that better communication and understanding of each patient's unique circumstances can lead to better care.

    An author event luncheon will be held at the Union League Club in Chicago on Friday, June 17. Both authors, Dr. Weiner and Alan Schwartz, PhD, will be present and available for book signings. The price for this event is $45. Click here to register. The dress code is business casual; no denim.

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    EDUCATION

    June 8 Symposium to Focus on Population Health

    Understanding population health has never been more important - in both patient care and the business of medicine.

    Join the conversation at the Population Health Symposium, featuring a panel of experts, breakout discussions and networking on June 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in North Chicago. Lunch will be provided.

    Sponsored by Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, the symposium is FREE and has been approved for 3.5 AMA PRA Category I Credits™. Register today!


    Arm Yourself with Education to Tackle Opioid Abuse Epidemic

    CME offered

    Opioid misuse and abuse continue to be a major public health problem, often resulting in injury and death. Learn about the signs of opioid addiction, prescribing risks, Illinois' Prescription Monitoring Program and much more with ISMS' on-demand courses.

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    PUBLIC HEALTH

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    May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

    Help spread the word about the importance of Hep C screening during Hepatitis Awareness Month.

    ISMS offers numerous tools to help doctors stay informed and to help educate high-risk patients on the importance of Hepatitis C screening.

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    The Illinois Hepatitis C Task Force hosts Hepatitis C Advocacy Day on May 17 in Springfield.

    BENEFIT PARTNER

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    Don't Let Medical Communication Get Lost in Translation

    When hearing impaired or non-English-speaking patients come to your office, providing them with interpretation services is not only necessary for securing an accurate diagnosis and developing a treatment plan, it's the law.

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