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  • Get a Preview of ISMS' 2018 Legislative Agenda

    As the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly gets underway, ISMS is prepping our agenda and reviewing all proposed health legislation that has been introduced so far.  


    Read more for a glimpse of our priorities...



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  • New Medicare Cards: Prepare Now to Ensure Smooth Transition (Psst: Be Ready by April)

    Starting next month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin to flood the postal mail system with 60 million new beneficiary Medicare cards.

    The new Medicare card was developed to help curb identity theft by removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards.


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  • Get Out the Vote! Early Voting Begins Monday for March 20 Primary Election

    Illinois' March 20 primary election is fast approaching, and it's important to make your vote count! 

    The primary will decide Democratic and Republican nominees for the November 6 general election for statewide offices, including the governor and attorney general, as well as all state House positions and most state Senate seats. 


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  • Know the Current Laws About APRNs’ Authority to Diagnose, Prescribe

    As you know, last year a new law took effect that renewed the Nurse Practice Act with modifications to provide advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with full practice authority and the ability to practice without a written collaborative agreement. The new law also provides APRNs with certain prescribing authority if they meet various conditions.

    As a result, ISMS has updated our medical legal guideline on Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Authority to Diagnose and Prescribe. This resource provides an overview of current statutory requirements for health-care team relationships, specifically APRNs' authority to diagnose and prescribe.


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  • Make Sure You Are in Compliance with 'Incident To' Billing Practices

    Physicians often hire advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, psychologists and other health care professionals to provide services to patients under their clinical leadership.

    When it comes to billing for professional services provided by a non-physician, the services can sometimes be billed by the physician supervising the services. In other words, in certain circumstances, if the services were provided “incident to” the physician’s own delivery of care, the services can be reimbursed at 100 percent of the physician’s fee schedule.


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