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    Top ISMS Headlines October 16, 2015


    Join the ISMS leadership team...


    ISMS Seeks Nominations for 2016 Officers!

    Nominations are now open for ISMS leadership positions.

    These include:

    • President-elect (three-year commitment)
    • Vice President
    • Secretary-Treasurer
    • Speaker of the House of Delegates
    • Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates
    • Illinois Delegates to the American Medical Association (AMA) (four slots)
    • Illinois Alternate Delegates to the AMA (four slots)

    The applications deadline is Dec. 31, 2015; elections will take place at the April 2016 House of Delegates meeting.

    View the nomination timeline and the application.

    Access an overview outlining responsibilities and time commitments for each office.

    Learn more.


    Breathe Out - Feds Simplify Requirements for Meaningful Use Reporting

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule related to EHR Incentive Programs in 2015 and future years. The rule outlines Meaningful Use requirements for 2015 through 2017 under "Modified Stage 2" guidelines - which simplify the program requirements and offer increased flexibility to help physicians avoid penalties in future years.

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    For medical groups of 10 or more
    Don't Get a Ding You Don't Deserve - Double Check your Data

    Review your 2014 Quality and Resource Use Report (QRUR) by November 9 to see how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) evaluated you - and, more important, to dispute that data if you identify inaccuracies that will put you on track for a 2016 negative payment adjustment.

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    What Will Patients See About You on Physician Compare?

    Preview your 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) data by November 6 to get a "heads up" on what your patients will read about you online and to identify any errors in your data.

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    Five Regions at a Glance
    ISMS is Taking Your Pulse on Medicaid's Mandatory Managed Care

    The 2011 Illinois Medicaid Reform Act ushered in a new major system redesign for Illinois Medicaid. This law directs the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) to transition at least half of Illinois' enrolled Medicaid population to a coordinated care organization.

    If you are experiencing administrative difficulties with individual Medicaid managed care plans, including the denial of physician payments due to out-of-network status, please contact us.

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    Learn More about Advanced Practice Nurses' Authority to Diagnose, Prescribe

    Advanced practice nurses (APNs) are a critical part of the health care team. Physicians who work in collaboration with them should understand the details of this relationship and know the extent of APNs' authority to diagnose and prescribe.

    Access ISMS' medical legal brochure to learn more.



    Sign Up for a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan - Endorsed by PBT

    Medicare Part D open enrollment begins October 15 and runs through December 7

    Your physician-managed health insurer, Physicians' Benefits Trust (PBT), has fully vetted a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan from Express Scripts, which includes the most commonly prescribed medications.

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    Gear Up for Flu Season with the Latest Resources

    This year's flu season is around the corner and ISMS is here to help!

    Check out our 2015-2016 Influenza Formulation and Coding Guide, a handy one-look reference chart that organizes important vaccine information based on manufacturer, dosage, demographics, billing and diagnosis codes, and more.

    Print and post this handy resource in your office today!



    A BIG Thank You to IMPAC Group Contributors

    The Illinois State Medical Society Political Action Committee (IMPAC) thanks the 2015 group contributors for their continued support.

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