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Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Renew Your ISMS Membership
Posted on: 1/17/2014

While ISMS legislative advocacy consistently ranks highest on the list of reasons physicians choose to join ISMS and to retain their membership, it is but one of the many benefits that come with membership. Here are the top 10:

  1. ISMS offers medical legal resources available 24/7 to help you run your practice, including numerous medical legal guidelines like the latest Concealed Carry of Firearms and Medical Marijuana.
  2. Our Legislative Team works to pass legislation consistent with ISMS policy and defeat harmful proposals, such as preventing under-trained health professionals from practicing medicine. Access the 2013 End-of-Session Legislative Report demonstrating the advocacy of ISMS on behalf of all Illinois physicians.
  3. ISMS regularly updates members regarding pending legislation via Weekly Rounds, the Legislative Action Hub and the ISMS website. Legislative Alerts requesting members to contact their legislators are an important function of ISMS advocacy efforts.
  4. We advocate for your interests with public and private payers as well as third party entities to reduce hassles, and eliminate payment problems. Guidance is available from the Advocacy Team for dealing with billing, coding, compliance, and payment issues.  In fact, each year our team assists scores of member physicians and their practices.
  5. ISMS provides regulatory updates to help keep you compliant on any number of issues. Whether it's an upcoming deadline, how to avoid a financial penalty or direction on how to obtain a financial incentive, we keep you up-to-date on these matters all year long.
  6. Top-notch continuing medical educational opportunities are available through the ISMS Education Center, including live seminars and numerous on-demand courses - available whenever you are.
  7. We help you to renew your license, hassle-free. ISMS operates a member hotline service. You speak with a "live person" from ISMS headquarters who quickly renews your medical license, at no additional fee. Remember, 2014 is licensure renewal year; licensure renewal will begin in May 2014.
  8. ISMS provides your practice with tools to improve your practice. Our newsletters, webinars, seminars and website offer you and your office staff the latest Illinois-focused medical information.
  9. We have developed partnerships with office services firms that offer savings via discounted products and services, such as buying as part of a group of physicians to save cash on everyday business expenses with CCPA Purchasing Partners, LP, or taking advantage of a 6 percent discount on a physician billing and practice management software, athenaCollector®, available to practices with 100 percent ISMS membership.
  10. Valuable online patient resources are available at no cost, including an education flyer for the new health insurance marketplace, advance directives and a pocket-sized record booklet to help patients partner with their physician by recording their own vital medical information.

Members who have not renewed for 2014 will have their benefits discontinued on February 1.

Renew online, by email or contact the Division of Membership Services at 800-782-4767 ext. 1900.

Don't lose your ISMS benefits! Renew today.

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