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September 2015
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  • Top ISMS Headlines September 18, 2015



    Hep C Screening Will NOT be a Mandate in Illinois (at Least for Now)

    In a victory that shows relentless advocacy efforts, ISMS finally stopped a bill that would have required physicians to offer a one-time Hepatitis C screening to persons born between 1945 and 1965 when providing a "comprehensive physical examination."

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    New Law to Tackle Illinois' Serious Problem with Heroin, Opioid Abuse

    Earlier this month, Illinois' House and Senate voted to override Governor Rauner's amendatory veto of House Bill 1, a comprehensive legislative package designed to address heroin and opioid abuse/addiction in Illinois.

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    ISMS Helps Nix "Physician Mandate" from Cytomegalovirus Legislation

    ISMS, along with the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, achieved success in removing a physician mandate from House Bill 184.

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    Find Out if Your Workers' Compensation Payers Will Switch to ICD-10

    While all entities covered by HIPAA must implement ICD-10 by October 1, entities not covered by HIPAA, such as workers' compensation payers and their third party administrators, have the option to not implement ICD-10. In other words, some non-covered entities may not require that you submit claims using ICD-10 - and could even require that claims be submitted using ICD-9.

    So how are non-HIPAA covered entities going to handle claims?  

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    Illinois' Long History of Balancing Budget on the Backs of Physicians Gets New Chapter

    If you count state employees among your patients, you already know that Illinois' pockets are nearly empty when it comes to paying you for medical services. Our state government has long relied on the tactic of delayed payments as a means to balance the books.

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    Planning to Retire Soon or Close your Practice?

    Question: What's the best strategy for dealing with the intricacies of departing from, closing or selling a medical practice?

    Answer: Advance planning.

    So prepare now to make this difficult task well organized and less confusing with ISMS' medical legal guideline, A Physician's Guide for Departing or Closing a Medical Practice

    For members only.

    thumbdriveA Plethora of Patient Resources on a Thumb Drive

    To commemorate 175 years of patient and physician advocacy, ISMS makes available FREE USB data drives containing ISMS patient resources; request your USB drives here or call 800-782-4767. (Limit three per member.)

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