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  • Your Help Needed! Contact Governor Pritzker and Urge Him to Veto the Trial Lawyers’ Exorbitant Prejudgment Interest Bill

    Earlier this week, while the Illinois General Assembly was meeting in a lame duck session, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association introduced a last-minute bill to require the payment of prejudgment interest in medical liability cases. By Wednesday, this onerous bill had passed both chambers. 

    Illinois doctors are outraged at the passage of House Bill 3360! “Illinois lawmakers should be supporting healthcare heroes who are working tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic, not caving into this galling effort to pad the pockets of the plaintiffs’ bar,” said ISMS President Robert W. Panton, MD. 

    YOUR immediate action is critical!

    House Bill 3360 would amend the Code of Civil Procedure to allow interest to accrue between the date the defendant has notice of the injury (from the incident itself or a written notice) and the time of judgment – often a period of years. It would also apply to any personal injury or death occurring prior to the date the bill becomes law.

    House Bill 3360 would also set the rate of prejudgment interest at 9% per year, potentially increasing the ultimate award by tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    In medical liability cases, it could be two years or more before the case is actually filed. This has been further exacerbated by COVID-19, which has dramatically slowed civil proceedings.  

    Contact Gov. Pritzker immediately! Tell him that physicians and healthcare professionals urge his veto.

    CONTACT OPTIONS:

    217-782-0244 (Capitol)

    312-814-2121 (Chicago)

    Due to high call volume, we are hearing that some phone calls are going unanswered. Please call back, try the alternate number listed above or send comments electronically via the link below.

    Send an email to the governor .



  • Next Stage of COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Addresses Racial Equity, Lowers Age Range

    Some communities have already been cleared by IDPH to begin Phase 1B

    Governor Pritzker recently announced an updated vaccine roll-out plan for Phase 1B for Illinois. This phase will now include: 

    • Residents age 65 and over: Illinois lowered the age eligibility (as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) by 10 years, from age 75 to age 65 to provide more equitable vaccine access to elder populations. 
    • Frontline essential workers:Residents who carry a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure because of their work duties (responders, education, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers and inmates, USPS workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers and staff at shelters and day cares) 

    Illinois has 1.3 million people who qualify as “frontline essential workers” and 1.9 million adults age 65 and over, totaling 3.2 million eligible Illinoisans.

    Currently underway is Phase 1A, which includes vaccinations for the frontline healthcare workforce and nursing home and long-term care facility residents and staff. Approximately 850,000 Illinoisans qualify for Phase 1A. 

    On Monday, the Governor said that local health departments that have completed Phase 1A will be allowed to move on to Phase 1B. At press time we know that he expects to announce soon that the entire state will move to Phase 1B.  

    Illinois also starting posting daily vaccination data, with up-to-date information about vaccine distribution and administration.

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



  • Having a Tough Time Meeting MIPS Requirements Due to COVID-19?

    Apply for relief by February 1 deadline

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented its Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances policy intended for health professionals, groups and virtual groups participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Under the policy, those who have encountered significant difficulties and circumstances that were out of their control due to COVID-19 may apply to re-weight any or all MIPS performance categories. 

    The deadline to submit your application is Feb. 1, 2021.

    Submit here and be sure to cite COVID-19 as the reason for your application.

    Learn more with CMS’ Fact Sheet

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



  • Don’t Miss an Important Update Related to CPT Evaluation and Management (E/M) Codes

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently moved its “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative forward. Part of that process involved a revision in the documentation requirement to support the use of CPT Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes. Join ISMS’ webinar, 2021 E/M Office or Other Outpatient Services Changes, on January 20 at noon for an update on revised documentation guidance pertaining to E/M codes. 

    • Registration is open to ISMS members and their staff at no cost.
    • CME offered
    • Register here

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

    by email.



  • January 20 Webinar Covers an Important Update Related to CPT Evaluation and Management (E/M) Codes

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently moved its “Patients Over Paperwork” initiative forward. Part of that process involved a revision in the documentation requirement to support the use of CPT Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes. Join ISMS’ webinar, 2021 E/M Office or Other Outpatient Services Changes, on January 20 at noon for an update on revised documentation guidance pertaining to E/M codes. 

    • Registration is open to ISMS members and their staff at no cost.
    • CME offered.
    • Register here.

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



  • ISMS Teams Up with ActionPPE – Members Can Obtain PPE Supplies at a Discount

    Members enjoy a 5% discount, with free shipping on orders over $500

    ISMS has partnered with ActionPPE.org to help physicians and their practices obtain PPE supplies with the power of group purchasing.  

    ActionPPE can connect ISMS members with a certified bulk PPE supplier. Product details and certificates for the masks, gowns, gloves, face shields, etc. are provided for your convenience only on the ISMS eCommerce site. Orders are placed online and shipped directly from ActionPPE to your offices. 

    Review and order products by accessing the ISMS eCommerce site

    The DISCOUNT CODE for members: ISMS-SAVE5

    By pooling resources, physicians can meet the needs of their practices and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    If you have any questions, please send an email to support@actionppe.org.

    These products are available only to qualified medical professionals for use in their practices.




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