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  • Access ISMS’ Updated Resource on Medical Cannabis

    In August, Governor Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2023 into law, making the state's Medical Cannabis Patient Program permanent, along with several other changes. 

    ISMS' newly updated medical legal guideline covers what physicians need to know about medical cannabis, including the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program. 

    Although recreational marijuana will become legal in Illinois in less than two weeks, interest in medical cannabis certification is expected to remain steady due to the higher taxes that will be imposed on non-medical purchases.

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  • U.S. Physicians Have the Highest Suicide Rate of Any Profession; Help is Available!

    Attention physicians: Your Job Is Not Worth Dying For.

    This is the key message from the Illinois Psychiatric Society (IPS) in a campaign to reach out to physicians who may be depressed or even suicidal.

    According to a Medscape report, physicians in the United States have the highest suicide rate of any profession. 

    IPS offers numerous suicide prevention resources.

    The number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:


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  • Surprise Billing Legislation Stalls in Congress … For Now

    In recent weeks it has been reported that bipartisan legislation to protect patients from surprise medical bills was emerging from the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. In tandem, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee had advanced similar bipartisan legislation.

    As we went to press, ISMS learned that the bills under consideration appear to have stalled. We also learned that they “missed the mark” for health professionals. Important provisions weren’t going to be included and without them, the proposals would be overly favorable to insurers – especially in relation to how disputes are resolved.

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  • CME Activities, Lively Debates on Hot Topics Are Key Features of ISMS’ Upcoming Annual Meeting

    Join your peers from across Illinois for a weekend filled with CME, camaraderie and conversation on hot healthcare issues at the ISMS Annual Meeting, taking place April 17-19, 2020, in Springfield.

    This year’s debate topic will be “Health Care Models: Market Based vs. Single Payer.” On-site CME will be offered that counts toward the requirements for your 2020 license renewal. 

    Your voice matters. Attend the 2020 Annual Meeting and Be Heard.

    Registration is now open!


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  • The Numbers Prove It: It’s A New Day for ISMS

    When I was sworn in as president back in April, my message was simple: It’s a new day for ISMS.

    The changes ISMS has made to be more nimble, more transparent, and more inclusive of new voices and new ideas have resulted in more membership engagement and the first net increase in membership in a decade. 

    ISMS is growing more effective and efficient every day, and more and more Illinois physicians are reaping the benefits of a strong Society through their membership and our advocacy.

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