The ISMS House of Delegates approved a new membership dues structure for 2019. Instead of paying for both KCMS and ISMS as a mandatory requirement for membership, members will have the option to choose the membership that is best for them. KCMS will be sending dues renewals for county dues only. The dues rate won't change. County dues will remain at $325 and State dues will be $570. If you are part of a group you will still receive a discount on dues when the entire group joins as a group. All physicians are urged to continue their membership in both KCMS and ISMS, it's just the billing portion will be different this year, giving each member a choice. More information will be coming out in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the KCMS office at 630-584-6129.
ISMS is teaming up with Illinois Rx Card to spread the word that all Illinois residents have access to a statewide Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). The pharmacy card provides patients with prescription medication savings up to 75% at more than 68,000 pharmacies nation wide. To download a card click on the link. Cards are pre-activated and ready to use immediately.
The portion of your ISMS dues for the 2017 membership year supporting non-tax-deductible activities is 91%. Therefore for federal income tax purposes, your dues for 2017 are 91 percent tax-deductible.
For applicability to your individual circumstances, check with your tax consultant or advisor.
The Illinois State Medical Society prevented the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN) from moving its top priority this year i.e., to allow APRNs to practice completely independent of a physician.
After numerous negotiating sessions and intense advocacy from physicians throughout Illinois an agreement has been reached on this topic.
ISAPN introduced legislation that would have granted APRNs full independent practice, including full prescriptive authority, after completing additional clinical training under the supervision of either another APRN or physician. ISMS opposed this legislation.
There is strong support within the Illinois legislature for bills that would grant APRNs independent practice. Instead of voting against us, legislators asked ISMS to draft an alternative.
ISMS offered alternative language that was eventually accepted by the APRNs. Our language:
1. Maintains the requirement that APRNs have a written collaborative agreement, unless the APRN receives substantial post-graduate training under the direct supervision of a physician (4,000 clinical training and 250 hours in additional educational/training components). The physician then must sign a written attestation confirming that the training was completed.
2. Does not change current practice within a hospital setting; APRNs must still be recommended for credentialing by the hospital medical staff.
3. Requires APRNs to maintain a formalized relationship with a physician that must be noted in the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) if that APRN wishes to prescribe schedule II opioids and benzodiazepines. The opioids to be prescribed must be specifically noted in the PMP and APRNs and the consulting physician must meet at least monthly to discuss the patient’s care.
4. Says that APRNs are prohibited from administering opiates via injection. APRNs are also prohibited from performing operative surgery.
5. Prohibits APRNs from advertising as “Dr.,” which is extremely misleading to patients. APRNs who have doctorate degrees must tell patients that they are not medical doctors or physicians.
6. Makes clear that CRNAs are not included in the agreement; nothing changes as to how CRNAs currently must practice.
Illinois’ medical community is deeply invested in the conversation surrounding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The physician and medical student members of ISMS support access to care for all people, and advocate for a pluralistic health care system that leverages the strengths of both the public and private sector to secure such access. ISMS has identified 10 principles that should be prioritized when considering another round of health care delivery reform. These principles are articulated below. We are currently reviewing the American Health Care Act and how the proposed changes align with our principles:
1. Health care delivery and finance system reform should use the current public-private system as a basis and focus on incremental evolutionary change.
2. All patients should have access to a health benefit plan that would include catastrophic coverage as well as preventive services, appropriate screening, primary care, immunizations, and prescription drug coverage.
3. Health insurance reform is needed to allow public and private plans to develop innovative coverage plans, including the development of health savings accounts and other high-deductible plans to encourage patients, physicians, and other health care providers to pursue high-value care.
4. All health care expenditures should receive equal treatment for purposes of tax deduction and tax credits.
5. Professional liability reform – including caps on noneconomic damages – should continue to be pursued and defended as a way to reduce direct and indirect costs (defensive medicine) and to address the adverse effect the current medical liability system has on the physician-patient relationship and access to health care.
6. Use of information technology in health care delivery should be encouraged to improve quality and safety of care, enhance efficiency, and control costs.
7. Health care education and literacy must be an important part of any medical care financing and delivery system reform.
8. Health care reform proposals should include provisions for physicians to set and negotiate their own fees in order to adequately compensate physicians and other health care providers for the promotion of personal and public health.
9. Evidence-based protocols should support, not replace the patient-physician relationship.
10. ISMS objects to third party insurance carriers interfering with the practice of medicine and the patient-physician relationship.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
March 9, 2017
John Maszinski, 312-580-6440
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Thousands of Illinois residents are getting a raw deal on healthcare. Are you? ISMS has created the Network Adequacy & Transparency Act (NAT). Find out more about it here. NAT
The Kane County Medical Society continues to be present in the community in a variety of ways.
The Kane County Medical Society supports KCMS practice managers! More than 50 managers from all over the county are currently members of the Kane County Medical Managers group (KCMM). KCMS Membership support provides the funding needed to help equip practice managers in their work. Providing learning events and networking opportunities that otherwise would not be available.
On October 27, 2016 Dr. Wayne Polek gave a presentation on the history of the Kane County Medical Society to the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council.
On October 28, 2016 your fearless Staff leaders cleaned up the Kane County Medical Society stretch of highway on Randall Road from Dean St. to Crane Rd. on the west side of the street. Two large bags were collected. We are always looking for volunteers to help with this simple task. If no KCMS members volunteer Paula and Sue set out to get it done. Our months are April and October. If you are interested in volunteering call the KCMS office.
Each year ISMS members gather to discuss resolutions created by county members such as yourself. This year the annual ISMS House of Delegates meeting will take place at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center from Friday, April 21 to Sunday, April 23.
The Kane County Medical Society delegates to the convention are:
Dr. Susan Acuna, Dr. Brad Epstein, Dr. Patrick Para, and Dr. Andrew Ward
All KCMS Members are invited to attend the ISMS HOD meeting. For information on the daily activities and registration information go to ISMS House of Delegates.
ISMS recently asked for physician feedback on the CMS proposed MACRA rules. Numerous practices provided feedback which allowed ISMS to communicate those concerns to CMS.
ISMS joined other state and national medical associations in a letter to CMS's Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt, outlining and detailing concerns about the proposal and requesting considerable modifications.
If you would like to weigh in on MACRA and it's implications to your practice, you are encouraged to contact ISMS Advocacy at 800-782-4767 x 1470 or email email@example.com
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