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  • Illinois General Assembly Passes Prior Authorization Reform – Unanimously!

    Yesterday the Prior Authorization Reform Act (House Bill 711) passed the Illinois Senate unanimously! Previously, this legislation also passed unanimously in the Illinois House. 

    This ISMS initiative would not have been possible without the hard work of our members and the Your Care Can’t Wait coalition members who joined with us. We also thank Illinois lawmakers for supporting the Prior Authorization Reform Act, which is designed to address significant delays for patient care.  

    In 2019, ISMS surveyed more than 1,000 Illinois physicians and almost every physician surveyed – 95% – believes that the current process of prior authorization has a negative impact on patients.

    Illinois lawmakers have 30 days to send the bill to Governor Pritzker’s desk. ISMS will keep you informed on any developments. 

    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

  • Members Can Obtain PPE Supplies at a Discount! Get a 5% discount and free shipping on orders over $250

    At the start of 2021, ISMS partnered with ActionPPE to help physicians and their practices obtain PPE supplies with the power of group purchasing. 

    ActionPPE connects 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.orgThese products are available only to qualified medical professionals for use in their practices

  • 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 

  • Attention Primary Care Doctors: Are You Vaccinating Patients Against COVID-19?

    Administering COVID-19 Vaccine in the Primary Care Setting

    June 2 | noon to 1 p.m. CDT

    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?

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

    This webinar is co-sponsored by IDPH and the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians.

    Register here.

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

  • Yes, Already! It’s Time to Prepare for the 2021-22 Flu Season

    This past flu season was not a typical year

    A recent study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with substantial reductions in encounters for respiratory diseases for children due to public health interventions. Currently, the number of children in the United States who died of the flu this 2020-21 season remains at the number of one. The typical range for the number of flu deaths among kids is between 100 and 200 per year.

    Looking ahead at the 2021-22 flu season year, the spring is still the best time to pre-order influenza vaccines to ensure that your medical office will have the appropriate stock – even amidst these uncertain times! Manufacturers determine the quantity of influenza vaccine they will produce based on orders they receive this time of year.

    If your regular vaccine supplier hasn't reached out to you yet, be sure to contact them now.

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

  • June 8 Virtual Event: Hear from the Experts on Building Equitable Communities

    CME available 

    Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) and the Southern Illinois University (SIU) Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy are proud to present the 21st Annual SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute: 

    The COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Health Policy: A Renewed Focus on Healthy and Equitable Communities

    This virtual event will take place on June 8, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. 

    You’ll hear from local, state and national experts in the fields of health, public policy and law pertaining to building equitable communities. Participants will be able to select from a variety of breakout sessions, attend a virtual networking session and learn about improving equity in the wake of COVID-19.

    ISMS is proud to be a co-sponsor of the program.

    View the event flyer, which also includes the various registration fees.

    Register here.

    Questions? Contact the Office of Continuing Professional Development by email.

  • Discounted Translation Services for Members – Available for Telemedicine Services or In-Person Visits

    Effective communication is key to providing quality patient care

    Language Link, one of your many ISMS Benefit Partners, offers interpretation and translation services at a discount for you.

    These services can be delivered via conference call, remote video or by on-site personnel.

    If you have hearing-impaired or non-English-speaking patients, providing effective communication is not only necessary for securing an accurate diagnosis and developing a treatment plan, it is also required by law. 

    ISMS members receive a 30% discount on per-minute fees, with no monthly minimum and no sign-up fee.

    Check out Language Link.

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