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February 28, 2014
In this Issue

  • The Fight for SGR Repeal on Legislative Front Burner
    With bipartisan bills on the table, Congress is closer than ever to fixing Medicare's faulty payment system. But without congressional action soon, Illinois Medicare physicians face a pay cut of 24 percent at the end of March courtesy of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, on top of a 2 percent sequestration cut ...
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  • Check Out Guidelines on Guns, Pot and More ... from the Medical Legal Library
    The ISMS Medical Legal Library provides a central hub for members to access numerous medical legal guidelines, publications, forms and other documents important to physicians and their practices.
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  • Flu Season Persists; Keep Going with Vaccinations
    Your patients can still benefit from an influenza vaccination, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While flu activity in Illinois is on a downward trend, data indicates that the virus will circulate for several weeks yet.
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  • Licensure Renewal Deadline is Five Months Away
    The medical and controlled substance licensure deadline of July 31, 2014, will be here before you know it. The ISMS Education Center can be your one-stop resource toward fulfilling the requirement of 150 hours of CME.
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  • Successfully Register, Attest for Meaningful Use by Oct. 1 to Avoid 2015 Financial Penalty
    To receive an incentive payment through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, physicians must show they are meeting certain thresholds on a number of objectives for EHRs, as established by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
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  • When it Comes To Your Translation Needs ... Experto Crede
    "Experto crede" is Latin for "trust the experts," a fitting phrase when discussing issues surrounding a physician-patient language barrier. If such translation is left to unqualified individuals, such as the family and friends of a patient, a misdiagnosis or other medical errors could follow.
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