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  • Springfield Update: Illinois House Unanimously Passes ISMS-Backed Prior Authorization Reform Bill!
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    Earlier this week, Illinois state representatives unanimously passed House Bill 711 designed to address significant delays for patient care caused by prior authorization. 

    Known as the Prior Authorization Reform Act, this initiative would:

    • Establish important maximum timelines for urgent and non-urgent prior authorization requests. Currently there are no standard timelines, forcing patients to wait an excessive amount of time, often weeks, before care can be initiated. 

    • Ensure that prior authorization requirements are based on medical evidence and that decisions are administered by qualified professionals.

    “Wednesday’s vote is a win for the patients of Illinois,” said ISMS President Robert W. Panton, MD. “As part of the Your Care Can’t Wait Coalition, ISMS would like to thank lawmakers who recognize the need to reform the prior authorization process so the people of Illinois can receive the healthcare they deserve without bureaucratic delays.” 

    ISMS’ message to Illinois patients is simple: Your care can’t wait!

    Learn more at www.YourCareCantWait.org.

    If you have questions, please contact ISMS Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email



  • Drug Companies Want to Manipulate Illinois Law to Line Their Pockets
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    A flawed bill has surfaced in Springfield! Senate Bill 2535 would: 

    • Mandate that prescribers offer a prescription for naloxone under certain circumstances
    • Require that physicians have specific conversations about addiction not only with patients, but one or more individuals designated by the patients

    This bill is an initiative of a drug company that manufactures naloxone and is their attempt to manipulate state law to increase their profits at the expense of the physician-patient relationship. 

    It is dangerous precedent to allow drug companies to pass laws that mandate how physicians treat their patients.

    Contact Your State Senator and Urge Them to Vote NO!

    Click here to send an email to your State Senator to Oppose Senate Bill 2535.

    If you have questions, please contact ISMS Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email



  • Contact Governor Pritzker and Urge a VETO of the Prejudgment Interest Bill!

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    Senate Bill 72 would institute prejudgment interest in medical liability cases at the rate of 6% per year.

    Contact Governor Pritzker now and urge him to VETO Senate Bill 72!

    If you have already contacted the governor, thank you! And please contact him again to urge the veto of this outrageous bill.

    Questions? Contact ISMS Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email



  • AMA Seeks Your Experiences Related to Releasing Reports/Notes Without Vital Physician Context
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    Deadline is April 30, 2021

    The American Medical Association (AMA) is conducting an informal survey to collect perspectives, stories and examples of patient harm related to the release of protected health information (PHI) due to the new information blocking regulations.

    Guidance from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

    directs physicians to release certain electronic health information (“EHI”, a term that includes lab tests, clinical notes, medications, etc.) to patients upon request, which could occur before the physician reviews the information and without regard to whether such release could be mentally or emotionally distressing to the patient. To be clear, there is no requirement under the information blocking regulations to proactively make available any EHI to patients or others who have not requested it. 

    Physicians interfering or imposing delays in the access, exchange or use of that information may run afoul of the new rules aimed to prevent information blocking unless they qualify for an exception. For example, the “preventing harm” exception allows that physician practices may limit access to electronic health information in a way that is "reasonable and necessary to prevent harm to a patient or another person," but under current rules, mental and emotional distress are not considered “harm.” 

    (Access ISMS’ Issue Brief on Information Blocking.)

    The AMA is advocating for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to revise its sub-regulatory guidance on “harm” to include emotional and mental distress.

    Your examples will help inform the AMA’s efforts to address unintended consequences of OCR’s current policy and ONC’s information blocking regulations. 

    Please send your examples via email to Ela Cameron of the AMA by April 30, 2021



  • Final Day of ISMS Annual Meeting Is Tomorrow

    Please join us for the final day of our Virtual Annual Meeting. Late registrations are accepted at AM@isms.org. Tomorrow’s business session will begin at 10 a.m. sharp.

    Access the reference committee report here and be sure to visit our exhibitors!



  • Register Now for April 29 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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