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  • Illinois Lawmakers Act to Snuff Out Youth Vaping

    At the close of the spring legislative session, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 512,which creates the Preventing Youth Vaping Act. 

    This bill is designed to curb e-cigarette use by those under 21. Some of the key provisions of the legislation would: 

    • Prohibit advertisements and marketing materials from being directed at people younger than 21 by including cartoons, images from video games, movies, videos and other media that appeal to youth.

    • Require retailers to ensure that purchasers are at least 21 years old.

    • Require that online orders be paid by check or a credit card with the customer's name to prevent underage purchases.

    The bill now goes to Governor Pritzker’s desk. If approved, the legislation would take effect immediately.

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



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    Are you paying too much for “swipe fees,” which banks charge when your patients use a credit or debit card?

    Now you can shrink those fees and start getting 2.49% 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! 



  • Missed Our Latest Webinars? They’re Now Available On-Demand!

    ISMS’ newest webinars are now available as on-demand programming, which can be accessed at your convenience! Members and their employed staff can participate in these programsfor free

    Gender Equity: Why it is Important to Everyone

      

    CME offered

    In a panel discussion format, ISMS’ on-demand course highlights issues related to gender inequality in medicine and solutions for building a more inclusive physician workforce. Evidence of the “gender gap” persists across many professions, and medicine is no different. Studies show that female physicians experience salary inequities and barriers to career advancement more commonly than their male counterparts, yet women are not the only ones harmed by environments that foster gender inequality. More subtle, but of equal concern, are the potential negative effects of gender inequality on patient care.

     

    Take the program here.

    Administering COVID-19 Vaccine in the Primary Care Setting

     

    As vaccine supplies increase, primary care physicians and medical offices can play a much larger role in COVID-19 vaccinations. Do you know where to start?

     

    This on-demand course features presentations from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) experts on vaccine procurement, storage and administration. Participants learn how to enroll in I-CARE, place an order for COVID-19 vaccines, improve vaccine uptake among patients and more.

     

    Take the on-demand course here.

     

    ISMS, IDPH and the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians are the co-sponsors of this program.

    Questions? Please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.



  • Your Proposal Could End Up as Legislation – With the Power of ISMS

    Did you know that ISMS accepts and reviews resolutions year-round? By submitting one, your ideas can drive change in healthcare! 

    Submit your proposal in the form of a resolution here

    A resolution is simply a written proposal and can cover a range of topics, such as medical practice, public health, medical education and many other areas that intersect with medicine.

    If you would like help with the process, we’ll be happy to explain how to get started. Just send us an email. You can also access ISMS’ Guide to Developing Resolutions



  • 2021 Women in Medicine Summit: Call for Abstract Submissions, Award Nominations

    The 2021 Women in Medicine Summit (WIMS) will take place virtually on September 24-25. Abstract submissions, award nominations and registration are now open! 

    • Abstracts may include op-ed style pieces, and selected abstracts will be accepted for either poster or oral presentations. All accepted abstracts are published in the International Journal of Academic Medicine and the top oral and poster abstracts will be recognized in print! The deadline for abstract submissions is August 6. Submit here

    • Women, men and non-binary individuals can be nominated for awards. Nominations can also be self-nominations so please consider forwarding this opportunity to young faculty or residents! The deadline for award nominations is July 23. Submit nominations on the WIMS website

    Register now for WIMS 2021!

    If you want to receive monthly educational equity updates, sign up for the WIMS newsletter. 



  • Education Available on OUD, Addiction and Opioid Safety Training

    2-part series tackles the barriers for treating patients with OUD

    A two-part series, “Medication Assisted Treatment of Opiate Use Disorders - Overcoming Barriers,” will take place in June and September. Learn more!

    Training programs in addiction

    The Carle Addiction Recovery Center is offering two new training initiatives at no cost to help in the fight against addiction. Learn more!

    General opioid education

    Don’t forget, all Illinois physicians must take 3 hours of opioid safety training for controlled substance license renewal. Get a head start by taking ISMS’ recent course at no cost: Illinois’ Response to the Opioid Crisis: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.

    Questions? Please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.



  • Business Expenses Add Up! Save When You Buy in Bulk with Other Doctors

    Check out CCPA Purchasing Partners, a doctors-only buying group. 

    Through group negotiations, significant savings and favorable payment terms are available with vaccine manufacturers, medical and office suppliers, and medical waste disposal services.

    It’s easy to join and there are: 

    • No minimum purchase requirements with vendors or vaccine companies in order to receive upfront discounted pricing.

    • No monthly or annual dues required.

    Learn more today!

    CCPA Purchasing Partners is an ISMS Benefit Partner




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