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  • Immediate Action Needed: LAST CHANCE to Urge Governor Pritzker to VETO the Prejudgment Interest Bill!

    Contact Governor Pritzker now and urge him to VETO Senate Bill 72.

    The Trial Lawyers' latest bill, Senate Bill 72, would institute prejudgment interest in medical liability cases at the rate of 6% per year. The bill passed through the General Assembly and is now awaiting the action of Governor Pritzker. May 31 is the deadline for the governor to sign the bill into law or issue a veto on Senate Bill 72. If no action is taken by the governor, the bill becomes law. 

    Even if you have already contacted the governor, please contact him again to urge the veto of this harmful bill!

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

  • Lyme Disease Webinars Shines Spotlight on Awareness and Prevention

    May is National Lyme Disease Awareness month, a time to spread awareness on how to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Two upcoming programs for health professionals will provide important updates on Lyme disease mitigation: 

    • Johns Hopkins Medicine offers a webinar on Lyme Disease Awareness taking place May 26 at 11 a.m. CT. Register here.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hosting a live program offering Lyme disease updates and new educational tools. Pre-registration is not required. Simply use this link to attend the Zoom webinar on May 20 at 1 p.m. CT. A recorded version of the program will be available here a few hours after the live program concludes.

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

  • Are Your Patients Struggling to Pay for Their Prescriptions?

    Millions of patients skip medications because they cannot afford the high cost of their prescriptions. And many are managing health issues that require more than one medication.

    The Illinois Rx Card may be able to help ease the burden of costly prescription medications for your patients. Patients (and physicians) can save up to 80% on prescription drugs by using this free card. All they need to do is present the card at a pharmacy when paying for a prescription. 

    This savings program is designed to help those who may be uninsured, underinsured or who have health insurance coverage with no prescription benefits – but anyone can use it.

    In instances in which patients are unable to go to the pharmacy in person, they should call the pharmacy to provide the information and the discount can be applied.

    If you are interested in ordering cards for your practice, clinic, hospital or for yourself, please contact Program Director Charlie Hartung by email or call 888-615-1988. The card can also be printed at home or in your office 

  • Contact Your State Senator to Urge Reform of Prior Authorization!

    The Prior Authorization Reform Act (House Bill 711) is advancing in Springfield and now awaits a vote by the Illinois Senate. 

    Contact your State Senator to urge support of House Bill 711!

    Previously, this legislation passed unanimously in the Illinois House, as well as the Senate Insurance Committee. 

    House Bill 711 is designed to address significant delays for patient care caused by prior authorization and would: 

    • Establish important maximum timelines for urgent and non-urgent prior authorization requests. Currently, there are no standard timelines, forcing patients to wait an excessive amount of time, often weeks, before care can be initiated.

    • Ensure that prior authorization requirements are based on medical evidence and that decisions are administered by qualified professionals.

    • Require peer-to-peer review to ensure that a physician in the same or similar specialty under review is considering the medical request.

    Learn more at www.yourcarecantwait.org.

    Questions? Contact ISMS Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email

  • Are You Vaccinating “Underinsured” Patients for COVID-19?

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a new program called the COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund (CAF)

    This program will cover the costs of administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients enrolled in health plans that either do not cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing. Since patients cannot be billed for COVID-19 vaccination fees, this new program compensates healthcare professionals vaccinating underinsured patients. 

    CAF will accept eligible claims dated on or after Dec. 14, 2020, and is being funded through the Provider Relief Fund Program and rolled out by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). 

    Learn more about CAF.

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

  • Don’t Miss Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Lyme Disease Awareness Webinar

    May is National Lyme Disease Awareness month, a time to spread awareness on how to prevent Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. 

    Johns Hopkins Medicine will present Lyme Disease Awareness, a webinar taking place May 26 at 11 a.m. CT

    Learn more and register here.

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

  • Register Now for These Panel Discussion CME Programs

    ISMS will offer two webinars next week in a panel discussion format. Members and their employed staff can participate in both webinars for free. (All others must pay $150 to attend.) CME is also available.  

    Gender Equity: Why it is Important to Everyone

    May 25 | Noon to 1 p.m. CT

    Join ISMS’ panel discussion highlighting 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.

    Register here

    Welcoming New Medical Residents – Considerations for a Smooth Start to the Academic Year

    May 27 | Noon to 1 p.m. CT

    Getting a new class of resident physicians acclimated to the processes and culture of a medical institution is challenging at any time, but especially so during a pandemic. Join us for a conversation with medical education experts and residency program directors as they discuss how to streamline administrative processes, communicate effectively and introduce incoming residents to the culture of the institution. The program will be moderated by ISMS President Regan Thomas, MD.

    While this ISMS webinar is designed to help residency program directors with the onboarding process, anyone interested in medical education is welcome to attend!

    Register here

    For more information, please email us

  • Tap ISMS’ Resource to Advance Your Career

    If you are looking to make a career move or if you’re trying to identify promising candidates, check out ISMS’ Career Center

    There are no fees for job seekers. This online resource is connected to a national job bank that features thousands of listings for physicians, other clinicians and practice management professionals.

    ISMS member offices receive discounted rates for job postings:

    • $115 to post a job opening for 30 days ($400 for non-members)

    • $175 for 60 days ($500 for non-members)

    This ISMS member benefit is just one of many provided through our Benefit Partners.

    Check out the Career Center today!  

  • ISMS Welcomes New Members

    Thank you for joining the Illinois State Medical Society!

    ISMS is the community for all physicians to be heard in Illinois. Your membership in ISMS provides you with some incredible opportunities and access to a team of individuals working tirelessly to provide you the resources and support you need throughout your medical career.

    ISMS is dedicated to addressing your needs and to making positive changes in the healthcare environment in our state. Welcome to ISMS!

    New members

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