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  • HHS Must Provide Emergency Funding to Physicians Placing Their Lives and Businesses at Risk

    emergencyfunding >ISMS joined 135 other state and national medical organizations to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide immediate financial relief for physicians across the country who are tirelessly striving under the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver care for patients with chronic conditions and other urgent needs while incurring significant financial losses due to postponing non-essential procedures and visits. 

    Congress intended to provide relief to physician practices who are suffering financial loss due to COVID-19 by designating funding in the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The statute requires HHS to interpret eligibility for the funding broadly to include all physicians who are experiencing revenue losses and non-reimbursable expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. HHS announced today that the Department will be issuing the first round of disbursements of this funding to medical practices based on their overall share of Medicare fee-for-service spending in 2019. It is expected that additional funds will be released in the future. More information is available here

    HHS must provide immediate relief to ensure a sufficient physician workforce is available in this country now and throughout the pandemic.

    If you have questions, please contact our advocacy team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by email.

  • New Guidance for Allied Healthcare Professionals Coming to Work in IL from Other States

    Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) issued new guidance related to its earlier proclamation allowing allied healthcare professionals licensed in other states to provide care in Illinois in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Previously, ISMS advocated for the Department to strike a balance between strengthening the state’s healthcare workforce, while also ensuring that patients continue to receive team-based care

    The new guidance does exactly that.

    APRNs and PAs coming to work in Illinois from other states may practice without a written collaborative agreement, but must register with the IDFPR and adhere to all the requirements of their profession’s Illinois licensure act. They are also limited to working under the direction of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and providing treatment in a state licensed long-term care facility, state regulated hospital, or federally qualified health center in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    While out-of-state health professionals may practice in Illinois without collaborative agreements, all the other patient safety protections that ISMS has fought for continue to apply.

    If you have any questions, please contact ISMS Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien at 312-580-6488. 

  • COVID-19 Pandemic Pushing Dedicated Clinicians Toward Burnout

    burnout Burnout among health workers was already a crisis before the COVID-19 pandemic, but now physicians and other health workers are at an even higher risk. Burnout is a long-term stress reaction marked by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and a lack of sense of personal accomplishment. 

    A study done in Wuhan about the effects of front-line healthcare professionals revealed that they are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia and distress. 

    ISMS offers an on-demand course, Physician Wellbeing and Burnout, covering how burnout affects physicians and the entire healthcare system, and what can be done about it at both the individual and organizational level.

    The course is free for ISMS members and CME is also offered.


  • COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Now Listed Online by ZIP Code

    Cases by Zip Earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that a breakdown of the number of COVID-19 cases by ZIP codes is now available online.

    ZIP codes with less than five cases will not be listed for privacy reasons.

    Access IDPH’s COVID-19 Statistics web page and enter a ZIP code to perform a search.

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