Business of Medicine
ISMS believes consistent, high quality health care should be a right for all patients, yet we are all too aware if the bureaucratic hurdles that must be overcome in order achieve this goal.
For a health system to function proficiently it is imperative that health systems consciously align their care offerings with the requirements of the patients they serve, as well as maintain their efforts to effectively support their healthcare workers health and wellbeing.
To see ISMS’ specific work on issues related to the business of medicine, please check out the end of session legislative report.
Currently Tracked Bills
Autopsy Report: SB 1445 (Sponsor: Sen. Suzy Glowiak Hilton) - Senate Bill 1445, an ISMS initiative, provides that a coroner make available one copy of the deceased's autopsy report without charge to the deceased's physician after the physician attests to the physician-patient relationship in writing on a form supplied by the coroner. The coroner’s association opposed the bill stating that a coroner is often charged for medical reports by the physician. The bill did not advance in the Senate. It has been re-referred to the Senate Assignments Committee.
Neutral as Amended
Health Facilities Mergers: HB 2222 (Sponsors: Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, Sen. Ann Gillespie) - House Bill 2222 requires healthcare facilities and physician offices to provide advance notice of mergers to the Illinois Attorney General 60 days before the transaction closing or effective date of the transaction. Originally, this bill would have included small and medium sized physician organizations. ISMS opposed this bill and was able to negotiate the amendment so that it now only applies to transactions between healthcare facilities and large provider organizations. House Bill 2222 passed the House and now awaits action in the Senate.