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    The ISMS Division of Health Policy Research and Advocacy assists members by decoding the myriad rules and regulations that apply to the medical profession.

    Our Issue Briefs aim to equip member physicians with practical information and resources to help them run their practices.


     

  • 2017
  • 2016
    • Privacy Protection in the Digital Age: The Threat Posed by Ransomware
      October 2016 - The modern privacy era in health care began with the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 1996. During the past two decades, HIPAA has changed significantly through legislative and rule-making processes, with the bulk of those efforts focused on protection of patient’s personal information. Physicians, health centers and hospitals are often on the front lines of those efforts, spending significant time, resources and money to comply with procedures required by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
    • Combating Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse: Physician and Patient Roles and Responsibilities for Disposal of Unused Medications
      ISMS-unlock September 2016 - As the country grapples with an opioid epidemic, a frontline of this battle is preventing unused medications from getting into the hands of those who might misuse them. Appropriate disposal of unused medications is paramount for success in this area; however, it is also important to dispose of these medications without harming the environment or others.
    • New Federal Overtime Rules: Understanding the Change and Successful Compliance
      July 2016 - On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced new federal rules governing overtime. The new regulations will have a significant impact on the number of individuals receiving overtime pay. The impact of the new rule on the health care industry is expected to be substantial, and ISMS has developed this Issue Brief to help physicians prepare their practices.
    • The SGR is History: What Physicians Need to Know
      Updated March 2016 - The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA, Public Law 114-10), which finally repealed the sustainable growth rate formula (SGR), includes provisions that will significantly affect the way physicians practice and get paid for caring for Medicare patients.
  • 2015
    • IMPACT: Illinois Medicaid Program Advanced Cloud Technology
      July 2015 - The State of Illinois is revamping its current Medicaid management information system (MMIS) by moving to a web-based process called IMPACT. This general overview of the initiative will address who is affected by this transition, why the transition is occurring and what it means for physicians.
  • 2014
    • Why am I Being Charged for Services That Were Part of My Annual Visit or Preventive Care?
      ISMS-unlockAugust 2014 - The Affordable Care Act expanded coverage for preventive care and screening services. It eliminated the assessment of co-pays, co-insurance amounts, and deductibles for preventive, well care, annual exams and certain preventive screenings when it is determined that these services are being provided to prevent illness and detect first signs of disease.
    • Medicare Advantage Plans: The Basics for Physicians and Patients
      ISMS-unlock June 2014 - Medicare Advantage (MA) plans – also known as Medicare Part C or Medicare replacement plans – were born out of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. MA plans are similar to commercial managed care insurance plans in that patients enroll in a managed care plan where services are sought from a network of participating physicians and health systems.


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