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  • Governor Issues Executive Order Extending Civil Immunity Protections to Health Professionals

    In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order (EO) extending civil immunity protections to healthcare professionals and healthcare volunteers working in healthcare facilities rendering assistance to combat the COVID-19 pandemic as defined by the order. 

    This means that certain healthcare facilities, healthcare professionals, and healthcare volunteers are immune from civil liability for any injury or death alleged to have been caused by an act or omission by the facility, professional or volunteer while providing care to patients. 

    ISMS partnered exclusively with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association to persuade the administration to take this action.

    Access ISMS’ EO Analysis and Detailed Summary.


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  • What Does the CARES Act Do for Illinois Physicians and Medical Practices?

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a new federal law that will benefit physicians and physician practices.

    For starters, small businesses, including physician practices, with no more than 500 employees are eligible to apply for a special loan program administered by the Small Business Administration.

    The legislation also includes financial support for hospitals and physicians, offers emergency loans, and places limitations on professional liability for volunteer health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For more details about the new programs and links to apply, access ISMS’ CARES Act summary.


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  • Your Telehealth News and Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Governor Pritzker announced an executive order (EO) related to telehealth services rendered during the COVID-19 crisis. To learn what the order means for you and your practice, review our new guideline, Telemedicine Tips for COVID-19. Note: some employer provide plans are regulated under federal ERISA rules and not bound by the EO. 

    Telehealth services have also been expanded for Medicare beneficiaries, with 80 more services.

    Be sure to access ISMIE Mutual’s new on-demand webinar, free for ISMS members: Telemedicine During COVID-19: Considerations for Keeping Your Patients Safe.




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  • Due to the Financial Burdens of COVID-19, Medicare Will Offer Emergency Funding and Address Cash Flow Issues for Health Professionals

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will expand its accelerated and advance payment program for participating providers and suppliers as a result of the financial burdens placed on them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Expedited and advance Medicare payments will provide emergency funding and accelerate cash flow, based on payment history, to those impacted by this public health crisis. 


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  • During a Public Health Emergency, Don’t Forget to Accommodate Patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)



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