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  • How Should You Address Patient Comments on Physician Rating Websites?
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    In this digital age, physician rating websites have become increasingly popular among patients.

    In fact, a whopping 69.9% of consumers see positive doctor reviews as “very” or “extremely” important and 72% use reviews on doctor rating sites as the first step to finding a new doctor. 

    ISMS’ newly updated medical legal guideline, Social Media and Electronic Communications Guidance for Physicians and Their Practices, covers topics ranging from patient portal usage, unencrypted emails and physician rating websites. Learn more about social media strategies for protecting your patients’ interests, applying principles of ethical medicine and how your medical practice staff should handle communications with patients, colleagues and employers.

    If you have questions, please contact ISMS' legal division by email

  • Register Now for These Live Webinars – at No Cost

    Implicit Bias in the Mirror and Through the Glass: Navigating Implicit Bias Personally & Professionally

    February 18 | Noon to 1 p.m.

    Join ISMS’ new webinar covering why the concept of implicit bias is relevant to the practice of medicine, and how physicians can begin to uncover and challenge their unconscious perceptions. The Program will also include a discussion providing examples of how physicians can find personal and professional satisfaction while learning to reframe their interactions with their patients.

    • ISMS members, ISMIE policyholders and their staffs can participate at no cost.
    • CME offered | Register here

    Medication Safety Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    March 16 | Noon to 1 p.m.

    In the midst of the pandemic, information related to medications used for COVID-19 treatment is rapidly changing. This could pose significant risks, including adverse drug interactions and polypharmacy, for physicians and patients when adding COVID-19 treatments to a patient’s medication regimen.

    Minimizing this risk is of utmost importance in providing safe patient care.

    Join ISMIE Mutual’s* webinar to address this risk, covering risk management strategies for COVID-19 treatments and supportive/alternative therapies, along with the latest guidance and common adverse effects.

    •  ISMS members, ISMIE policyholders and their staffs can participate at no cost.
    • CME offered | Register here

    *ISMIE Mutual is ISMS’ endorsed carrier.

  • Controlled Substances Must Now Be Prescribed Electronically for Medicare Part D Prescriptions
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    As of Jan. 1, 2021, Medicare began requiring that prescriptions for a Schedule II, III, IV or V controlled substance under Medicare Part D be prescribed electronicallyin accordance with an electronic prescription drug program. This new requirement is being implemented due to the SUPPORT Act, which was enacted in 2018 to address the nation’s opioid overdose epidemic. 

    The provisions in the SUPPORT Act allow for certain exceptions to the requirement. It is expected that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will provide specific guidance on how physicians can qualify for an exception in future rulemaking.

    While the requirement for electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) took effect Jan. 1, 2021, the compliance date for this requirement is set for Jan. 1, 2022.

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

  • A Large Portion of Your ISMS Dues Is Tax-Deductible

    The portion of your ISMS dues for the 2020 membership year supporting non-tax-deductible activities is 10%.

    Therefore, for federal income tax purposes, your dues for 2020 are 90% percent tax-deductible.

    For applicability to your individual circumstances, check with your tax consultant or advisor.

  • Doctors Asked to Complete 5-10 Minute Survey Related to Health IT
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    The Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC) seeks physicians to participate in a quick survey (5-10-minutes) to determine the extent to which health information technology is being used by healthcare professionals and hospitals in Illinois. 

    Topics include EHR adoption, utilization and functionality, as well as Health Information Exchange participation.

    Access the 2021 Illinois Health IT Survey.

    The survey results will help inform current and future support and resources for healthcare professionals, medical practices and hospitals in Illinois and will be shared with these agencies:

    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
    • Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS)
    • Illinois Health IT (ILHITREC) and Chicago Health IT (CHITREC) Regional Extension Centers

      If you have questions, please contact ILHITREC by email

  • During These Difficult Times, Make Connections with Other ISMS Members!

    Professional guidance can be critical for supporting physicians throughout their professional development even during the best of times. Now amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, making connections is more important than ever – even if you aren’t able to meet in person.

    ISMS’ Mentor Center can help members connect virtually and create mentorship relationships with colleagues in Illinois. So reach out and make it known if you want to mentor someone, or if you could really use some wisdom and guidance yourself right now. Start by creating a profile, then get connected .

    If you have any questions about the Mentor Center, please contact us by email

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