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  • December 08, 2017 2:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    All prescribers possessing an Illinois controlled substance license will soon be required to register for Illinois’ Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). There is also a new requirement (with some exceptions) to access the PMP before writing an initial prescription for a Schedule II narcotic, such as an opioid.

    The General Assembly recently passed legislation that would require controlled substance license holders to register in Illinois' PMP by Jan. 1, 2018.

    While the measure is not yet law, ISMS urges physicians to begin the process for PMP registration NOW.

    Here's how:

    • If you are licensed in the state of Illinois to prescribe controlled substances and are not already registered with the PMP, visit the PMP online to initiate your registration. 

    • If you experience problems registering, contact the PMP at 217-524-1311, or by email.

    Due to the unusually high call volume to the PMP's phone number, ISMS has learned that this number may intermittently not accept phone calls or messages.

    ISMS will keep you informed about the requirements of this expected legislation as more information becomes available. If you have questions, contact us at 800-782-4767 or send an email

    *Some exceptions apply. ISMS is developing a detailed overview of the law and its requirements for checking the PMP.


     


  • May 24, 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.   

    In most other states, advanced practice nurses already have full practice authority to diagnose and treat patients including full prescriptive authority. Some 24 states and the District of Columbia don't require any physician involvement for APRNs to diagnose, treat, or prescribe.  In addition to those, eight states allow APRNs to diagnose and treat independently but require physician involvement for APRNs to prescribe. 
     
    ISMS physicians are committed to ensuring that care is centered on each patient’s needs and that each patient receives high-quality care by a well-trained team of professionals. These important provisions will be amended to HB 313 in the Senate this week.   We would not have been able to make these important changes without all of your assistance. 
     


  • March 24, 2017 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The portion of your ISMS dues for the 2016 membership year supporting non-tax-deductible activities is 91%. Therefore for federal income tax purposes, your dues for 2016 are 91 percent tax-deductible. 

    For applicability to your individual circumstances, check with your tax consultant or advisor. 

  • March 17, 2017 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

    (cell) 312-608-3620


  • March 17, 2017 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Healthcare is changing again! A new administration brings with it yet another attempt to revamp the US healthcare system. This time the changes to the ACA are broad and sweeping, effecting millions of once insured Americans. What do the changes mean for you as healthcare provider? Do you support or oppose the new healthcare proposal? Take a two minutes out of your busy schedule and CALL your US Representative! If you don't know who your representative is then it's time you find out. You can use the ISMS Lawmaker Lookup to find out who represents you in Congress. 

    YOU make a difference! Exercise your voice! Call your Representative TODAY!

  • March 07, 2017 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

  • March 07, 2017 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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. 

    During the month of November the Kane County Medical Society along with sister societies in McHenry and Will-Grundy collected money for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. NIFB assists more than 71,000 people a week with meals throughout a 13 county area which includes all of the areas covered by our three medical societies. This year KCMS along with MCMS collected approximately $3000. Way to go doctors!

    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. 







  • March 07, 2017 11:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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

  • July 08, 2016 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 advocacy@isms.com

  • June 30, 2016 1:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As an ISMS member you should be aware of the what has taken place on behalf of your patients and profession as it relates to the legislative session in Springfield this year. 

    ISMS has provided a comprehensive update on what has taken place in the general assembly so far this year. 

    ISMS 2016 Legislative Update

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