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  • Congress Considers “Surprise Billing” Action: Independent Dispute Resolution Process is Essential to Any Law

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    Legislation is under consideration on Capitol Hill to address “surprise billing” – the favored term for when an insured patient receives care at an in-network hospital or facility, and then is shocked to receive a bill for services provided there by an out-of-network physician

    Illinois physicians believe that any attempt by congressional lawmakers to fairly address this issue must include an independent dispute resolution (IDR) process



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  • It’s School Physical Season! Are You Getting Questions About Whether Kids Can Carry Auto-Injectors in School for Asthma?

    If you treat children, you may be swamped with back-to-school physicals for the coming school year. 

    Some parents may ask if their son or daughter will be allowed to carry an auto-injector in school to treat his or her asthma.

    To help you inform parents and their children about procedures that public and private schools must follow concerning asthma medication, access ISMS' medical legal guideline.


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  • Vaccines for CHIP-Eligible Children Can Once Again Be Ordered through the VFC Program

    Health care professionals who treat children covered under the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can once again obtain vaccines through the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. This policy change allows doctors to avoid having to buy vaccines from private sources at market cost and be reimbursed later.

    In 2016, the VFC and CHIP programs were separated and it was no longer possible for children’s vaccines covered by CHIP to be ordered through the VFC program. 

    Under the Pritzker administration, the programs have been rejoined. 


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  • End of an Era: The ISMS Alliance Bids Farewell

    For almost 100 years, the Illinois State Medical Society Alliance (ISMSA), formerly The Women’s Auxiliary to the ISMS, gathered to focus on volunteer work for charities and worthy causes and to promote better health for Illinois residents.

    The ISMSA formally dissolved as of June 30, 2019. 

    Take a look back in time with the Alliance’s final edition of its newsletter, Pulse. This special edition covers many historical highlights and current and past leaders.

    ISMS sincerely thanks the members of the Alliance for their many years of support and service! 


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  • July 25 Webinar Covers IDPH’s New Lead Testing Rules Pertaining to Children

    CME available 

    The rate of lead poisoning for children in Illinois is among the highest in the nation.

    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently adopted new rules for lead testing in children. 

    Are you in the know about IDPH’s new regulations?

    Don’t miss ISMS’ webinar, Look Out for Lead: Updates for 2019, on July 25 at noon




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