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  • ALERT: Fake DEA Agents Targeting Physicians and Patients With Extortion Scheme

    As part of an international extortion ploy, criminals posing as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents or other law enforcement officials are attempting to extort money from victims over the phone. 

    There are reports of both physicians and patients being targeted by this scam.




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  • Contact Your Lawmakers NOW to Urge Override of Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Veto

    Earlier this year, ISMS helped to pass bipartisan legislation that would address the current issues with workers' compensation, such as the need for late-payment interest and electronic billing. 

    But Governor Rauner rejected it with an amendatory veto, stripping important protections from the bill. 

    The fall legislative veto session starts Tuesday, November 13. Lawmakers have the ability to override the veto, but they need to hear from you! 


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  • CMS’ 2019 Quality Payment Program Final Rule is Out! Here Are the Top 5 Points Physicians Need to Know

    Last week CMS published a final rule that included updates to the 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP). 

    January starts Year 3 of the QPP, which comprises the Medicare Incentive-Based Payment Program (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  

    Check out the top 5 points that you need to know for 2019:


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  • Look Back 100 Years in Time: Medicine in Ottawa

    The Times, of Ottawa, Illinois, recently ran an article highlighting three stories from 100 years ago – October 1918. 

    The first story highlighted how local physicians were dealing with the spread of Spanish influenza and turned the Ottawa boat house into a fully equipped emergency hospital. 

    The second story, "No More Wars Like This," features an ISMS President-Elect, Col. Charles D. Center, and is certainly worth a read.* 

    For a good laugh, check out the final story about a chicken thief!

    *As Sunday is Veterans Day, ISMS honors the service of Dr. Center and veterans everywhere.


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  • Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Facilities Can Now File Liens – Thanks to ISMS

    ISMS-backed House Bill 4911 was recently signed into law by the governor, amending the Health Care Services Lien Act to allow ambulatory surgical treatment facilities (ASTFs) to file liens.

    Previously, only individual health care professionals and state-licensed medical facilities (hospitals, home health agencies, and ambulatory surgical treatment centers [ASTCs]) were allowed to file liens.

    Through ISMS advocacy, ASTFs now stand with equal footing when seeking reimbursement for medical care provided to victims of accidents.

    Learn more with ISMS' updated medical legal guideline which reflects the recent changes in Illinois law.


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