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  • UnitedHealthcare to Stop Reimbursing for Certain Consultation Services Codes After October 1

    Be prepared – UnitedHealthcare (UHC) is imposing a new reimbursement policy:

    Payment for certain outpatient and inpatient consultation CPT services codes (99241-99245 and 99251-99255) will no longer be permitted for claims with dates of service on or after October 1, 2017.

    Instead, UHC will reimburse the appropriate level of evaluation and management (E/M) procedure code to describe the office visit, hospital care, nursing facility care or home service care. 


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  • Did You Miss the Deadline to Renew Your Medical & Controlled Substance Licenses?

    The deadline to renew three-year medical or controlled substance licenses in Illinois was July 31, 2017.

    If you missed this deadline, you can still renew online but now the cost of a medical license for Illinois physicians will be $920; the cost for a controlled substance license remains at $15 each


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  • ISMIE Fall Symposium Announced: Special Early-Bird Discount for ISMS Members

    National health care industry thought leaders will take center stage at ISMIE Mutual's 2nd annual "Risk Management Symposium," taking place on Nov. 17, 2017, in Rosemont.

    The theme for this year is emerging risks, and the all-day conference will focus on practical ways physicians can mitigate emerging patient safety risks. 


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  • “When I Die, I want to Donate My Organs,” Said Your Patient.

    An anatomical gift of a donor’s body or body part may be arranged for purposes of transplantation, therapy, research or education.

    ISMS has developed a medical legal guideline to help physicians navigate the complexities of organ donation.

    We also publish a brochure for patients that covers practical information about organ donation and other advance directives.


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  • Southern Illinois the Spot for Total Eclipse – Remind Patients About Eye Safety!

    On August 21, a solar eclipse will be visible across the entire United States. Parts of southern Illinois are in the path of eclipse totality. Residents in central and northern Illinois will be able to see varying degrees of the partial eclipse.

    But regardless of where your patients will be located on August 21, remind them that looking at the sun without special-purpose filters, such as eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers, can cause eclipse blindness or retinal burns.


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