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  • Time for Choosing

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    At about 3 a.m. on Jan. 13, 2021, the last day of session, the Illinois General Assembly passed House Bill 3360, which imposes new prejudgment interest in liability cases. This interest would accrue at the rate of 9% annually from the time a physician has notice of an injury, which is usually before a claim is even filed.

    The bill was rushed through outside of the normal process of lawmaking, which helps explain why the vote was held in the final hours of a lame duck session of the previous legislature. In additional to the fundamentally punitive nature of the bill, the legislative process did not include a careful, deliberative process. The bill was introduced by amending a bill dealing with mortgage issues and passed within 48 hours. The entire process was designed to obfuscate rather than illuminate the complex nature of the issues involved.

  • What Has Changed in 2021 Related to Medical Records?

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    Each year, changes take effect pertaining to charges for copies of medical records.

    To find out the fees for 2021, access ISMS' newly updated 2021 Medical Record Quick Guide. This handy one-page reference guide covers fees and the length of time medical records must be retained. 

    These related ISMS medical legal guidelines have also been updated for 2021:

    • HIPAA Medical Record Cost Calculation Sheet: This cost calculation worksheet is designed to help your team calculate the actual costs for providing medical records to patients or their personal representatives, including paper, postage and labor; average costs; flat fees for electronic copies; and per-page copy fees. 

      Questions? ISMS members may contact the ISMS Legal Division by email

  • Important Announcement: The 2021 ISMS Annual Meeting Is Going Virtual

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    The ISMS Annual Meeting in 2021 will take place virtually as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

    The format for the upcoming meeting will include a Reference Committee Hearing on April 21 and a Business Session on April 24

    Please note – the virtual meeting will follow a different schedule than the normal meeting schedule: 

    March 19 – Annual Meeting Packet available online

    April 13 – Extractions from Consent Calendar due. Extracted items to be debated at the Reference Committee 

    April 19 – Listing of extracted items made available to all registrants. 

    April 21 – Reference Committee Hearing

    April 22 – Reference Committee Report distributed

    April 23 – Extractions from Reference Committee Report due. Extracted items to be debated at Business Session

    April 24 – Business Session

    Visit www.isms.org/am for start times and further details. 

    All ISMS members are encouraged to register and participate in our policy-making process.

    CME sessions typically associated with this meeting will be rescheduled to take place throughout the year.

    Join your Illinois peers in building the future together by registering today!

    If you have questions, please call the ISMS Annual Meeting hotline at 312-853-4745 or send us an email

  • Illinois Reopens ACA Marketplace Health Insurance Due to Ongoing Pandemic

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    Patients can sign up for insurance or change their health plans

    Illinoisans who do not have health insurance can enroll in an ACA Marketplace health plan during a special open enrollment. 

    The 2021 COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is in response to the pandemic and runs from Feb. 15, 2021, through May 15, 2021

    Those who have lost their job-based health coverage or who are uninsured for any reason can enroll in an ACA Marketplace health plan. In addition, Illinois residents currently enrolled in an ACA Marketplace health plan will be allowed to change plans

    Direct your Illinois patients to  www.getcoveredillinois.gov to purchase health insurance.

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

  • ACOG Offers Guidance on Vaccinating Against COVID-19 While Pregnant

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    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant and lactating individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on the priority groups recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

    COVID-19 vaccine development and regulatory approval are rapidly progressing. Thus, information and recommendations will evolve as more data are collected about these vaccines and their use in specific populations.

    For more information about vaccinating pregnant and lactating women against COVID-19, access ACOG’s resources:

    Practice Advisory: Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19

    COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy: Conversation Guide for Clinicians

    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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