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  • Top ISMS Headlines June 10, 2016


    On July 1, Illinois Will Enter Year Two of the "State without a Budget"

    springfield news

    For the second year in a row, Illinois lawmakers ended the spring legislative session without enacting a state budget for fiscal year 2016. They also have to approve a budget for fiscal year 2017. This is unprecedented!

    The General Assembly will be in continuous session this summer, with lawmakers scheduled to meet every Wednesday.

    Fiscal year 2016 ends June 30 so they don't have much time.

    Spring Legislative Session Update

    The budget mess has made it more difficult for legislation to move. Here's an update on important issues for Illinois physicians.

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    Dangerous Scope Expansion Bills Stalled, but Not Yet Stopped

    Certified midwives continue to push for licensure; optometrists seek to perform surgery and give medication by injection.

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    Is Your Medical Staff at Risk for a Negligent Credentialing Lawsuit?

    The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that information collected through medical staff applications and certain other credentialing documents is discoverable in medical liability lawsuits, if it is suspected the medical credentialing process was inadequate.

    In the wake of the high court's decision in Klaine v. Southern Illinois Hospital Services, ISMS has joined with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) to offer a practical resource with tips on how to evaluate your institution's credentialing process. Find out how to minimize credentialing risk and what best practices and procedures to adopt for your medical staff.


    ISMS to Pharmacies: Stop Selling Tobacco, E-Cigs

    ISMS is urging Illinois pharmacy retailers to kick their tobacco and e-cigarette addictions. We believe that the sale of these products in pharmacies is a considerable conflict of interest, especially those pharmacy chains that tout themselves as "health care" companies.

    cigs news

    Tobacco is harmful to one's health and the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. It is still not known what impact e-cigarette use has on one's health, and evidence suggests that they are not a safe cessation tool for those trying to kick the smoking habit.

    CVS took tobacco products off its shelves in 2014. Other pharmacies must follow suit.

    Read a sample letter sent to pharmacy chains.

    First Mosquito Batch Tests Positive for West Nile. What about Zika?

    The first mosquito batch testing positive for West Nile virus in 2016 has been identified in northern Illinois. No human cases have been reported yet this year.

    But this summer you may be fielding questions from your patients about the Zika virus. Have any mosquito batches tested positive for this virus in Illinois?

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    overtime news

    New Overtime Rules: Medical Practices Must Comply

    In less than six months, new federal regulations affecting many medical offices and health professionals will be upon us. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a final rule to update overtime regulations, which will take effect Dec. 1, 2016.

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    Illinois Delegation Heads to Annual AMA Policy Meeting

    Physicians and medical students from around the nation will gather June 11-15 in Chicago for the AMA House of Delegates meeting to debate proposed policies on key topics in medicine.

    Your Illinois Delegation to the AMA will be hard at work presenting eight resolutions at the meeting, all of which are the result of actions taken at the ISMS House of Delegates meeting in April.

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    Enhance Your Financial Wellness at Chicago Event, June 23

    Boost your financial literacy this summer by attending the AMA's Strategies for Financial Wellness: A Roadmap for Physicians. The event will take place Thursday, June 23 from 6-9 p.m. at Sepia, located at 123 N. Jefferson Street in Chicago.

    Learn more about the employment contracting process, how to plan for your family's future and strategies to develop a strong financial base.

    This event is free for AMA members; the cost for non-AMA members is $500.

    Register today!
    Non-AMA members must call 800-262-3211 to register

    Ensure Patient Safety When Providing Moderate Sedation

    CME offered

    docs news

    The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is offering online training to non-anesthesiologist physicians and health care professionals who provide moderate sedation.

    Some of the learning objectives include identifying a high-risk patient, distinguishing deep sedation from moderate sedation, monitoring effectively and rescuing a patient from deeper-than-intended sedation.

    You or your care team members may register online for the ASA's Safe Sedation Training - Moderate.

    Group discounts are available.


    Free Webinars June 14-16:
    Learn About Value-Based Care Incentives, Medicare's Chronic Care Management Program

    care vitality news

    Care Vitality, one of ISMS' Benefit Partners, is offering FREE webinars on value-based care incentives, how to improve your practice and Medicare's chronic care management program, including the new CPT code to reimburse doctors for non-face-to-face care.

    >> Read more

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