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  • Trial Lawyers Outrageous Prejudgment Interest Legislation Passes the General Assembly!

    Yesterday Senate Bill 72 passed out of the Illinois Senate. With last week’s passage by the Illinois House, the bill will be sent next to Governor Pritzker’s desk. 

    Contact Governor Pritzker and urge him to VETO the Trial Lawyers’ Exorbitant Prejudgment Interest Legislation – Senate Bill 72.

    The Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association introduced this new legislation as a tactic to circumvent the resounding criticism that was unleashed when House Bill 3360 passed the General Assembly in the middle of the night during a lame duck session.

    Senate Bill 72 is slightly modified from House Bill 3360 on these two key provisions: Senate Bill 72 would provide that prejudgment interest begin to accrue on the date the action is filed (rather than the date the defendant has notice of the injury from the incident itself or a written notice). In addition, Senate Bill 72 would add interest to the amount of a judgment, calculated at the rate of 6% (rather than 9%).

    In other words, Senate Bill still remains a severely flawed legislative proposal and the measure will inflict deep harm on the state’s already challenged medical climate.

    Contact Governor Pritzker and NOW!

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

  • ISMS Resource Explains the 2021 Rules for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on the ongoing implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

    During the 2020 performance year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made accommodations and adjustments to the program to help reduce the reporting burden on physician practices, and minimize the impact of potential negative payment adjustments in future years. As the calendar flipped over to the new year, and in recognition of the ongoing effects of the pandemic on physician practices, the final rule regarding 2021 QPP implementation reflects fewer changes in the program than CMS originally anticipated.

    To learn more about the rules that CMS announced for 2021, access ISMS’ newly updated Issue Brief, Medicare Quality Payment Program for 2021. The resource includes five notable updates for this year pertaining to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and updated rules to the QPP. We summarized all of the notable information related to this year’s changes to save time for you and your staff. 

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

  • Join Us for the 2021 ISMS Virtual Annual Meeting!

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    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISMS will convene its 2021 meeting virtually during a window of April 21-24.

    The Annual Meeting materials are now available. This year almost 40 new policy resolutions will be debated. Be Heard as we shape the future of ISMS! 

    Review the special meeting calendar, be sure to register before the April 19 registration deadline and take note of key meeting dates below: 

  • Register Now for These Live Webinars; No Cost for ISMS Members!

    The following webinars are offered at no cost to ISMS members and their practice administration staff; all others must pay $150 per person to attend.

    The Future of Telehealth and Value-based Care

    March 31, 2021 | Noon to 1 p.m.

    The role of telehealth in the delivery of care has been greatly expanded during the past year. What does the future hold for telehealth, and what impact will virtual care have for your value-based care contracts and patient management opportunities? Join us for a webinar with nationally recognized Health Management Associates speakers who will help you understand how your practice can prepare for the future.

    The Tsunami of Virtual Care

    April 6, 2021 | Noon to 1 p.m.

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more patients want virtual care. However, telemedicine is a complex service to provide and it takes time to implement a successful and safe telemedicine system. ISMS’ webinar will cover “lessons learned” from the large increase in virtual care visits due to the pandemic specific to Medicare and review the appropriate billing requirements and codes for Medicare telemedicine services, including Remote Patient Monitoring and Chronic Care.

    • CME offered
    • Register here.

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

  • Elect Your Colleagues to the IMPAC Council
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    The IMPAC Annual Meeting will be virtual and held on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at 1 p.m. CST. The IMPAC Nominating Committee is charged with reviewing and presenting a slate of nominees for election to the IMPAC Council. Open to all IMPAC members, voting for the IMPAC Council will take place electronically from April 18 through April 24 at 11:59 p.m. IMPAC members should watch their email for their ballot on April 18. 

    Click on the link below for the slate of nominees to be considered for the 2021-2022 IMPAC Council elections. Elected candidates will formally take office as of April 25, 2021, and will seek a three-year term expiring in 2024.

    Nominees for election to the IMPAC Council

  • Effective Communication is Key to Providing Quality Patient Care

    Interpretation and translation services offered at a discount for ISMS members

    When hearing-impaired or non-English-speaking patients come in for a visit, providing effective communication is not only necessary for securing an accurate diagnosis and developing a treatment plan, it's the law

    ISMS’ LanguageLink offers interpretation and translation services via conference call, remote video or on-site personnel. Members receive a 30% discount on per-minute fees, with no monthly minimum and no sign-up fee.

    LanguageLink is one of your many ISMS Benefit Partners

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