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  • It's Official – Medical Cannabis Program Now Permanent; New Qualifying Conditions Added

    Last week Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2023 into law, which makes the state’s Medical Cannabis Pilot Program a permanentprogram.  

    This legislation also expands who can access the program, increases the number of caregivers that patients can designate to help them access the program, and adds 11 new qualifying conditions. 

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  • Essential State Law Governing the Practice of Medicine Extended to 2021

    Earlier this month, Governor Pritzker signed ISMS-backed Senate Bill 1221 into law, extending the sunset of the Medical Practice Act until Dec. 31, 2021.

    The Act is an essential state law that governs the practice of medicine in Illinois. Without it, any person – regardless of qualification – could practice medicine in Illinois without restriction or penalty.

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  • Doctors Must Provide Translation Services if Needed by Patients

    If you receive federal funds, including payments under Medicare or Medicaid, you are obligated to ensure effective communication for patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). Here in Illinois, interpretation services for non-English-speaking patients are required by law

    Learn more about providing effective communication with ISMS’ medical legal guideline. 

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  • Dr. Tynus Writes About Making Change in Medicine

    An article written by ISMS Immediate Past President Katherine Tynus, MD, has posted to Northwestern Medicine's "Physician Forum." 

    In the article, Dr. Tynus talks about her first forays into organized medicine. Becoming an active ISMS member was the difference between complaining about problems in healthcare and making a positive impact on the practice of medicine in Illinois! 

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  • Are Your Patients Asking for Medical Cannabis as an Alternative to Opioids?

    CME offered

    Last year, a new law was enacted to allow patients who have or could receive a prescription for opioids to have access to medical cannabis. The law created the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP), which is intended to help patients who might otherwise need opioids and to address the opioid crisis in Illinois.

    Learn more with ISMS' FREE on-demand course, The Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.

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