A physician’s education is extensive, as well as extremely competitive, with many years of both medical school and clinical training being required to hone their skills and expertise. To maintain their license, physicians are required to take 150 hours of continuing medical education (CME) every three years – with additional requirements for various specialties. Moreover, they are healthcare and community leaders who work long hours to serve their communities.
Each year, ISMS pushes back against hundreds of onerous mandates on how physicians should practice medicine in Illinois. However, non-physicians and other parties often try to regulate the medical profession by passing onerous and time-consuming mandates on physicians. These mandates are often applied broadly, are not evidence based, and place an increasingly heavy burden on the shoulders of physicians.
To see ISMS’ specific work on issues related to mandates, please check out the end of session legislative report.
Currently Tracked Bills
Healthcare Professionals Continued Medical Education on Cultural Competency: HB 2280 and SB 2427 (Sponsors: Rep. Dagmara Avelar, Sen Ram Villivalam) - Require healthcare professionals who have continuing education requirements to complete five hours of cultural competency and sensitivity training every licensure cycle. These bills were again referred to their Rules and Assignments Committee, respectfully.
Lyme Disease Mandated Continuing Education Hours: SB 2044 (Sponsor: Sen. Sally J. Turner) - Senate Bill 2044 creates the Tick-Borne Disease Prevention and Protection Act. Part of this act requires physicians to take additional medical education in chronic Lyme disease. ISMS opposes this bill, which has been re-referred to the Senate Assignments Committee.