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Mandates

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

Dementia Training SB 677 (Sponsors: Sen. Ram Villivalam) The bill would have initially required physicians to complete 12 hours of CME on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with cognitive impairments, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Due to ISMS’ opposition, the required hours of training went from 12 hours down to one hour per licensure cycle required of all relevant licensed health care professionals who provide services to adult populations age 26 and older. This bill has passed both chambers and awaits further action by the Governor.

Medical Implicit Bias Training HB 158 (Sponsors: Rep. Camille Lilly / Sen. Mattie Hunter) – is the Legislative Black Caucus’ health care pillar. Part of the new law requires all healthcare professionals to complete one hour of training on implicit bias awareness per licensure cycle. This is in response to health care disparities noted in a report on maternal health, as well as disparities uncovered during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill was signed into law as Public Act 102-0004.

ISMS Opposes

Co-Prescribing Naloxone SB 2535 (Sponsor: Sen. Melinda Bush) and House Bill 348 – would mandate that prescribers offer a prescription for naloxone under certain circumstances, and require that physicians have specific conversations with not only patients but one or more individuals designated by the patients about addiction. ISMS is strongly opposed to this bill, which is an initiative of a drug company that makes naloxone. This bill is duplicative of current law that allows pharmacists, under a standing order, to offer naloxone to any patient being dispensed an opioid. Because of ISMS’ intervention, the language is not advancing and instead ISMS will participate in stakeholder meetings over the summer on how best inform patients about naloxone and increase access to those individuals who need it.

CME Mandate on Maternal Mental Health HB 2376 (Sponsors: Rep. Theresa Mah) – would mandate that all physicians take a course on maternal mental health as part of their required continuing medical education. ISMS opposed this bill. The sponsor did not call the bill for a vote.

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