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  • J & J COVID-19 Vaccine: CDC Releases Alert Geared for Health Professionals
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    Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert with specific recommendations for healthcare professionals pertaining to the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. 

    The alert comes on the heels of a recommendation from the CDC and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to ensure that the healthcare community is aware of the potential for adverse events, including rare blood clotting (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis in combination with low levels of blood platelets [thrombocytopenia]). In addition, the alert emphasizes that this type of blood clot requires unique treatment

    The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met in an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the pause, and decided to delay a decision on whether to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until it had more data on the risks, cause, and frequency of the blood clot condition. It will meet again to consider the data and make a decision within a week and a half.

    Watch the AMA’s webinar COVID-19: What Physicians Need to Know with Peter Marks, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the FDA. The webinar focuses on the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine.  

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

  • Pilot Plan Evaluated
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    At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin spoke of the great challenge for the delegates: to put aside lingering doubts and to create a new form of constitutional government. The members of ISMS now face a similar, albeit less daunting, challenge as the Society decides the fate of the current three-year Pilot Plan of organizational and governance reform.

    In response to Resolution A-100 (A-17), the 2018 House of Delegates adopted a Pilot Plan to modernize the Annual Meeting and reform governance. The Society is now at the end of the three-year Pilot Plan, and the entire matter is to be put before the membership at the Virtual Annual Meeting later this month.

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  • Illinois Is First State to Extend Medicaid Coverage for New Mothers

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) gave approval for Illinois to move forward with expanding Medicaid coverage for new moms. The federal government approved an ISMS-supported request to provide healthcare coverage for Medicaid mothers for one full year after delivery.    

    Illinois is the first state in the nation to provide the coverage extension, which was included in the federal government’s latest COVID-19 relief bill. 

    HHS made the announcement at the start of Black Maternal Health Week.

    A 2018 report by the Illinois Department of Public Health (covering 2008 to 2016) revealed that non-Hispanic Black women are six times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related condition as non-Hispanic white women.

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

  • ISMS Virtual Annual Meeting is Next Week!
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    The formal agenda for the Reference Committee will be sent on Monday, but several extractions were received before the extraction deadline. The Reference Committee hearing will include discussion on sexual reassignment surgery on young children, health system reform and medical aid in dying. 

    The live virtual sessions of the meeting will be held on two separate days. A Reference Committee hearing will be held on Wednesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. The Annual Business Session will take place on Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m. Click here to view the meeting materials.

    If you can’t attend, but would like to submit testimony you can submit your comments to AM@isms.org. Registration closes on April 19, but late registrations will be accepted by email at AM@isms.org

  • Poster Contest Culminates in Live Virtual Session Tomorrow
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    ISMS is hosting a virtual poster contest in conjunction with its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting!

    After receiving dozens of high-quality abstracts from students and residents around the state, our physician judges accepted a small number for submission of a full poster and pre-recorded video presentations. For Q&A and further engagement with poster presenters, a live virtual poster session will be held tomorrow, April 17, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    The posters and presentations are available on our poster contest web page. All ISMS members are encouraged to view the presentations and register for the live virtual poster session to network and ask questions of the poster presenters. Participating in a poster contest is an excellent educational experience for physicians in training, and engagement from physicians is crucial!

    Check out the posters here

  • Register Now for Live Webinar on Illinois’ Response to the Opioid Crisis

    Since the passage of the Heroin Crisis Act in 2015, Illinois has made reducing opioid-related deaths in the state one of its top priorities. A State of Illinois Opioid Action Plan (SOAP) was developed on the basis of recommendations made by the Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council, made up of members of government and numerous organizations, including ISMS. Join our webinar for a discussion on where Illinois stands now in the opioid crisis and the current activities of SOAP, which will be presented by the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery.

    Illinois' Response to the Opioid Crisis: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

    April 29 | Noon to 1 p.m. CT

    • ISMS members and their employed staff can participate in this webinar for free. 
    • CME offered.
    • Register here.

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

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