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July 2014
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  •    Top ISMS Headlines  July 18, 2014


    ISMS Successful in Obtaining Increased Reimbursement for Illinois Workers' Comp

    9.5 percent average increase based on new rates

    Earlier this week, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission voted unanimously to raise reimbursement rates for non-surgical evaluation and management services, as expressed by a handful of CPT codes on the Workers' Compensation Fee Schedule.

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    Hepatitis C: The “Silent Epidemic” Gains a Voice

    ISMS member, Rashmi K. Chugh, M.D., who serves on the council for Medical Services, testified last week before the Hepatitis C Task Force on behalf of ISMS. We are developing education materials to raise awareness about this disease among doctors and patients.

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     Dr. Chugh (right) testifies before the Illinois Hepatitis C Task Force.


    Be Familiar with "Incident To" if You Hire Physician Extenders 

    If your medical office employs "physician extenders," it's imperative that proper billing protocols are followed for incident to in order to be compliant with regulatory requirements and to avoid potential fines or recoupments. Find out more by accessing ISMS' Issue Brief, "Incident To" Explained.

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    "Preventive" or "Diagnostic" - A Critical Distinction under the ACA

    Do you receive calls from patients wondering why they are being charged a deductible, co-insurance or co-pay for services that were part of their annual visit or preventive care? This Issue Brief reveals why some services are sometimes considered "preventive" and in other instances "diagnostic."

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    Thank You for Your Membership

    Be assured that your dues dollars directly impact the medical environment in Illinois.

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    Here's How to Save with "Card Carrying" Patients

    Whether they're at the grocery store or your practice office, patients expect to use their credit or debit cards for payment.

    Our advice?

    Let TransFirst, an ISMS Benefit Partner, customize your payment processing needs while saving your practice time and money.

    Get started with a complimentary analysis of your credit card payment costs. With no set-up (lease/purchase equipment) or early termination fee, there's nothing to lose.

    Learn more.


    Take Control of Your Practice – Free Webinar, July 24

    Join athenahealth’s webinar to learn how cloud-based services can help you run a high-performing medical group, navigate industry challenges and changes resulting from the ACA, capture incentives available to you, and more!

    The free webinar takes place Thursday, July 24 at 8:30 a.m.

    Register today.

    athenahealth is an ISMS Benefit Partner.

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