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
CME Mandate on Human Trafficking: SB 3824 (Sponsor: Sen. Scott M. Bennett) - Senate Bill 3824 would create the Health Care Services Human Trafficking Recognition Training Act and require all Illinois healthcare professionals to undergo training in the recognition of human trafficking and protocols for reporting observed human trafficking to the appropriate authority as part of their continuing education. ISMS opposes this bill, which remains in the Senate Assignments Committee.
CME Mandate on Cultural Competency: HB 4654 (Sponsor: Rep. Dagmara Avelar) - House Bill 4654 would require that Illinois healthcare professionals take, as part of their continuing education, courses on cultural competency as it relates to issues within the LGBT community. ISMS opposes this bill, which remains in the House Rules Committee.
Expansion of Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Mandate: SB 3920 (Sponsor: Sen. Melinda Bush) - Senate Bill 3920 would expand the PMP mandate by requiring pharmacists to list all prescriptions dispensed to a patient, and require that each corresponding diagnosis be noted on the prescription by the physician and uploaded by the pharmacist into the PMP. ISMS opposes this legislation, which remains in the Senate Assignments Committee.