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  • Trial Lawyers Offer Revised Prejudgment Interest Legislation; Yet, Proposal Remains Seriously Flawed

    Our members have been urging Governor Pritzker to VETO the outrageous prejudgment interest bill (House Bill 3360). Now, with less than three weeks before the bill signature deadline, Illinois trial lawyers have doubled down with another modified version of a proposed prejudgment interest. The new proposal (Senate Bill 72) was likely introduced due to an anticipated veto of H.B. 3360. 

    S.B. 72 has several differences from H.B, 3360, but it remains a severely flawed legislative package. Last night, S.B. 72 passed out of the Illinois House and now heads to the Senate. ISMS will continue to oppose this legislation and will keep our members updated.

    Send a message urging your Illinois State Senator to vote “no” on S.B. 72.

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

  • Facing Difficulties Meeting MIPS Requirements for 2020 Due to COVID-19? CMS Announces “Automatic” Relief for Individual Physicians

    There are additional accommodations for groups

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced changes last week to its Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception policy. 

    Under the new policy, individual physicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) will automatically have any or all MIPS performance categories re-weighted for 2020 if they: 

    • Encountered circumstances that were out of their control, such as COVID-19; and
    • Did not submit MIPS data for the 2020 performance period

    In addition, they will also avoid a 2022 payment penalty.

    CMS is also reopening the Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Exception application for 2020 for group practices, virtual groups and alternative payment model entities who missed the previous deadline. The re-opened application deadline is now March 31, 2021.

    Groups and eligible physicians who choose to submit data in at least two MIPS categories will not receive the hardship exception. These physicians will be subject to the usual potential bonuses or penalties associated with the MIPS program.

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

  • Important Announcement: 2021 ISMS Annual Meeting Materials Now Available; Resolution Extractions Must Be Made in Advance
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    Beginning today, anyone who signs up to attend the 2021 ISMS Virtual Annual Meeting will be emailed the Annual Meeting materials directly. This information will also be accessible to any member at our meeting page later today. 

    Please note that due to the virtual format, there are several advance dates to be aware of if you plan to attend the meeting. One notable date is the resolution extraction deadline. Resolutions must be extracted from the consent calendar by email no later than April 13 at 4:45 p.m. in order to be considered at the Reference Committee Hearing on April 21 at 5 p.m. A written reason for extraction must be submitted. Requests for minor technical amendments of no more than five words in length will also be accepted via email. All items that are not extracted from the consent calendar and acted upon by the members on April 24 will take effect at the close of Annual Meeting business. 

    Review the meeting calendar and be sure to register before the April 19 registration deadline!

     Contact us with questions. 

  • Tax Season is Here! 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.

  • Resolve Your Disputes with MCOs Through a New Portal

    If you are participating in Illinois’ Medicaid Managed Care program and have unresolved disputes with a Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO), here’s help.

    The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) offers a dispute resolution portal specifically for this purpose. To receive help resolving issues with an MCO, physicians and other healthcare professionals are now required to submit disputes through this portal

    To learn more, read HFS’ March 3, 2021, Provider Notice.

    Questions regarding the portal or portal registration can be submitted to the Bureau of Managed Care and Portal team by email

    For complaints pertaining to Medicaid fee-for-service, physicians should continue to direct their issues to HFS at 877-782-5565

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

  • Get Help with Time-Consuming Credentialing Paperwork!

    To help you streamline the credentialing processes, ISMS offers members Credentialing and Enrollment Services, powered by 3WON. 

    This credentials verification service, a partnership between ISMS and 3WON, can help you simplify and automate the time-consuming credentialing process.

    Here’s how it works: 3WON assumes the responsibility of credentialing and enrollment for physicians by collecting the data once, maintaining its accuracy, and distributing it to authorized parties – significantly reducing the time you and your staff members spend on credentialing.

    This ISMS Benefit Partner is a cloud-based product so there's no need for a software purchase. Therefore, there are no implementation or maintenance fees.

    For ISMS members, 3WON's fees are locked at the same level for the first three years!

    Contact ISMS Credentialing and Enrollment Services, Powered by 3WON today!

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