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  • General Election Results – Brought to You by IMPAC

    Thank you to all the members and medical groups who generously contributed to the Illinois State Medical Society Political Action Committee (IMPAC) in this important election year. With your support, IMPAC was able to help re-elect friends of medicine this year. You truly make the difference for us, and we hope for your continued support! 

    Here’s a recap as of the latest election news as we go to press:

    Fair Tax

    Illinois voters rejected the Fair Tax amendment. Forty-five percent of Illinois voters voted “Yes” on the question, falling short of the approval threshold. This constitutional amendment would have allowed the Illinois Legislature to implement graduated tax rates based on income.

    Illinois General Assembly

    One-third of the seats in the Illinois Senate were up for election this cycle. Incumbents were successful in most districts. Senate Democrats picked up the vacant 25th District seat to expand their supermajority to 41 seats out of 59. A total of 11 new candidates will be joining the Illinois House of Representatives, including six challengers who defeated incumbents to flip their districts. It appears as of this writing that House Democrats may have lost a net total of two seats, but Democrats will still hold a 72-46 supermajority in the House.  

    Illinois Supreme Court

    There were two Illinois Supreme Court races in the 2020 General Election, one for election and one for retention. Judge David Overstreet successfully defeated Judy Cates for election in the Illinois Supreme Court’s 5th District. Justice Thomas Kilbride became the first sitting Illinois Supreme Court justice to lose a retention contest, failing to reach the required 60% of the vote. 

    Please feel free to reach out to either Ross Kwasneski or Erin O’Brien to talk about any of these races in greater detail. 

  • If Your Medical Office Lost More Than $5,000 Due to COVID-19, Apply Now for the BIG Program

    The Pritzker administration has developed the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program to provide economic relief for small businesses by helping offset losses related to COVID-19. If your medical office had losses exceeding $5,000 due to the pandemic, you are eligible to apply. 

    This is the second round of BIG funding. A total of $220 million (out of the original $636 million) is now available for small businesses of all types in Illinois until the fund is depleted. You may use the money to help with payroll costs, rent, utilities and other operational costs. 

    Applications for “Round 2” of BIG funding are now live. Apply here

    Businesses must attest that they have at least $5,000 in eligible costs or losses. 

    Administered jointly by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), the BIG program leverages federal funding provided by the CARES Act. 

    If you have questions or are experiencing technical difficulties, you can submit your question here

    Access DCEO’s Frequently Asked Questions

    You may also contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email if you need assistance. 

  • Do You Need Face Shields? Illinois-Based Volunteer Group is Making Them Available to Healthcare Workers – for Free

    A group of volunteers featured earlier this year on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight program is creating face shields for healthcare professionals and frontline workers using 3D printers. All the work and supplies are donated. 

    You can place an order for no cost by email. Indicate how many face shields are needed and by when. Also include where you would like the shields to be shipped. 

    If you have a 3D printer of your own, the group’s website offers free resources for creating and distributing face shields. 

    Kudos to the “Noble Army” for providing much needed PPE for our healthcare professionals!

  • Take a Mental Health Break!

    Take time out for yourself! ISMS offers a variety of online courses focused on your well-being and that of your colleagues. The courses are available 24/7 and are FREE for ISMS members and their practice management professionals. CME is also offered

    If your practice management professionals wish to take these online courses and need to request a username and password, they can contact us here

    Balancing Work-Life Responsibilities During COVID-19

    COVID-19 has led to many unique challenges. Physicians need to be productive while also managing home responsibilities. Trying to be productive comes with a new set of difficulties to balance during this pandemic. This session offers some tips on how to try to find equilibrium. Take this online course here

    Physician Well-Being: What’s Changed and What’s More Important than Ever in the Wake of COVID-19

    Working to address physician well-being is a complex but highly important issue, and the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgency and need to support our healthcare professionals. Learn more about the concepts related to physician well-being. Take this online course here

    Physician Well-Being and Burnout

    Learn how to identify burnout, how burnout affects you and the entire healthcare system, and what can be done about it at both the individual and organizational levels. Take this online course here

    Mental Health During COVID-19: When Pandemic and Epidemic Collide

    As the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the country and the world, the opioid epidemic worsened. How can physicians and other healthcare professionals treat both the pandemic and the opioid epidemic and manage the stress of dealing with two major crises at the same time? Take this online course here

    If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.

  • Reduce Your Credit Card Processing Fees, Receive a Free Credit Card Terminal!

    Even before the trend to limit the use of cash due to the COVID-19 pandemic, patients were mostly using credit or debit cards to pay for doctor visits.

    But when patients use cards, medical offices bear the brunt of those high processing fees.

    Now you can shrink those fees and start getting 2.49 percent flat-rate pricing when you switch to TSYS, an ISMS Benefit Partner

    In addition to the flat-rate pricing, your medical office will also receive a FREE payment terminal valued at $399. 

    Contact TSYS today and begin saving! 

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