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  • Just Announced: More Illinois Physicians Will be Able to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine

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    ISMS Trustees join Governor Pritzker for the announcement.

    At a press conference yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced a plan to make the COVID-19 vaccines more available to Illinois patients through physician offices. The Governor’s action is the centerpiece of an effort to make getting the COVID shots more convenient for Illinois residents.

    ISMS Trustees Dr. Rodney Alford and Dr. Paul Pedersen participated in the press conference with the Governor and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. 

    Primary care physicians are encouraged to sign up to administer the COVID-19 vaccines through the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Immunization Registry Exchange (I-CARE). Pediatricians are also encouraged to participate, as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to grant Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be made available to 12-to-15-year-old children.

    Contact us for more information. 



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

    On Wednesday, the ISMS-backed Prior Authorization Reform Act ( House Bill 711) passed out of the Senate Insurance Committee and now heads to the full Senate.

    The Illinois House of Representatives previously approved House Bill 711 unanimously by a vote of 117-0.

    Please contact your state senator today and urge support of House Bill 711, the Prior Authorization Reform Act!

    This legislation 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.

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



  • Immediate Action Needed: CONTINUE Urging Governor Pritzker to VETO the Prejudgment Interest Bill!

    Senate Bill 72 would institute prejudgment interest in medical liability cases at the rate of 6% per year

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

    If you have already contacted the governor, thank you! And please contact him again to urge the veto of this outrageous bill.

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



  • Attention Women in Medicine: Let's Talk Leadership and Advocacy

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    Virtual Networking Event

    The ISMS Ad Hoc Women Physicians’ Committee will be hosting another virtual networking event on Wednesday, May 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CT. Join the conversation on how we each lead and advocate for ourselves as women. 

    Register today!

    Enjoy a night of networking with women in medicine from the comfort of your own home. You won't want to miss it!

    Gender Equity in Medicine: Why it is Important

    ISMS is also hosting an upcoming panel discussion on gender equity in medicine. This live webinar will be held on May 25.

    Learn more and register!

    If you have question, please contact ISMS staff by email or call 312-580-6449.

    We look forward to seeing you there!



  • Certain Health Professionals Can Now Prescribe Buprenorphine – Without a Waiver

    Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new practice guidelinesthat will allow physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse anesthetists and certified nurse midwives to treat up to 30 patients with buprenorphine. 

    Previously, only physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners could prescribe buprenorphine – and only after taking the required training to obtain a “waiver” (a special buprenorphine license).

    Opioid-involved deaths spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to the new guidelines.

    According to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 90,000 drug overdose deaths are believed to have occurred in the United States in the 12 months ending in September 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period

    Health professionals will still be required to submit a notice to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that they intend to prescribe buprenorphine. 

    For more information, access SAMHSA’s FAQs About the New Buprenorphine Practice Guidelines.

    You can also contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email if you have questions. 



  • Lyme Disease Awareness Month Shines Spotlight on Prevention Strategies

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    May 26 webinar

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

    Now that the weather is heating up and more people are spending time outdoors, physicians and their patients should be on the lookout for possible symptoms of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks and is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States. 

    Anyone who experiences a rash or any unexplained illness accompanied by fever following a tick bite should consult their physician and explain that they were bitten by a tick. The Illinois Department of Public Health offers guidance on avoiding tick bites that you can share with your patients. 

    The Infectious Diseases Society of America recently posted 2020 Guidelines for the Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease, an evidence-based resource covering the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. 

    ISMS also offers a comprehensive web page on Lyme disease, Understanding the Risk Associated with Tick Bites

    Webinar

    Johns Hopkins Medicine offers a webinar on Lyme Disease Awareness taking place May 26 at 11 a.m. CT. Register here.

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



  • Buried in Time-Consuming Credentialing Paperwork? Here’s Help!
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    To help you streamline the credentialing processes, ISMS offers members Credentialing and Enrollment Services, powered by 3WON. 

    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; there's no need to purchase software, saving you those implementation or maintenance fees.

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

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