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  • ISMS-Backed Medical Practice Act Extension Signed into Law

    Governor Rauner recently signed legislation that extends the sunset of the Medical Practice Act until Dec. 31, 2019. The General Assembly unanimously passed the bill.

    This two-year renewal is an important move in the right direction. In recent years, the General Assembly has only authorized one-year renewals. Having to reauthorize the Act each year opens the door to unnecessary chicanery and tinkering with the legal foundation for the practice of medicine.


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  • Refresh Your Knowledge on Rules for Prescribing Schedule II Medications

    If you prescribe Schedule II controlled substances, you might consider a review on the latest prescribing rules.

    For example, do you know the current federal regulations for treating patients who need long-term use of Schedule II medications? Or are you aware of Illinois law regarding the amounts of a controlled substance physicians can prescribe?



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  • Hardship Exception Deadline is October 1 for First-Time Participants in Medicare’s MU Program

    Physicians who are participating in Medicare’s Meaningful Use (MU) program in 2017 who have never attested before are on track to receive a negative payment adjustment in 2018. 

    Medicare has developed a one-time hardship exception for 2017 first-time reporters who plan to participate in the MIPS program. 


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  • Frazzled by a Medicaid MCO Claim? State Announces New Dispute Process

    If you are enrolled with an Illinois Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO), take note of new procedures that took effect August 9 for resolving certain disputed medical assistance claims. 


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  • Register Now for ISMIE’s Fall Symposium; Early-Bird Discount for ISMS Members

    CME offered

    Don’t miss ISMIE Mutual’s 2nd annual Risk Management Symposium, taking place on November 17 in Rosemont.


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