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  • Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Issues Emergency Amendment that Impacts COVID-19 Front-Line Workers, First Responders

    frontline workers On April 15, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) issued an emergency amendment to the IWCC’s rules. The emergency amendment provides that in any proceeding before the IWCC in which the petitioner is a “COVID-19 First Responder or Front-Line Worker” and that petitioner’s injury, occupational disease, or period of incapacity resulted from exposure to the COVID-19 virus during the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation 2020-38 and any subsequent COVID-19 disaster proclamations, there is a rebuttable presumption that the exposure arose out of and in the course of the petitioner’s employment and that it is causally connected to the hazards or exposures of the petitioner’s employment. 

    The “COVID-19 First Responder or Front-Line Worker” definition includes a wide range of individuals, such as healthcare professionals engaged in patient care and first responders such as police and EMS personnel.

    The emergency amendment goes into effect on April 16, and applies to future claims filed with the IWCC. It is effective for a maximum of 150 days.

    If you have questions, please contact our advocacy team by email.

  • Note Important Clarifications for the HHS Emergency Fund Grants
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    The Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is intended to provide relief to physician practices who are suffering financial loss due to COVID-19. On April 10, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began releasing the first $30 billion of relief to physicians and other healthcare providers who received Medicare payments in 2019.

    CMS fast-tracked the release of these funds, which will be allocated by the taxpayer identification number (TIN) based on the provider’s share of total Medicare payments made in 2019. Funds are being directly deposited into physician and other provider accounts on a rolling basis. As noted, funds are being distributed based on TIN numbers, so employed physicians or those who have assigned billing rights to a separate TIN will need to contact the billing entity separately to receive the appropriate share of funds.

    Physicians and providers must complete an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agreeing to the terms and conditions of payment within 30 days of receiving the funding from HHS. The Department recently clarified some of the language in the attestation that refers to eligibility based on providing care specifically to COVID-19 patients. Specifically, HHS has posted clarifying language stating that it views every patient as a possible case of COVID-19. 

    HHS partnered with UnitedHealth Group (UHG) to deliver the stimulus payments, and physicians should contact UHG’s Provider Relations department at 866-569-3522 with inquiries about eligibility, whether a payment has been issued, and where it was sent. 

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

  • NGS Hosting Free One-Hour Webinar Monday at 9:30 a.m. on CMS’ Accelerated Payment Process
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    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has expanded its accelerated and advance payment program for participating providers and suppliers as a result of the financial burdens placed on them due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Join National Government Services (NGS), the Medicare Administrative Contractor for Illinois, for a free webinar to get the latest information about the Accelerated Payment Process. There will also be time to address your questions.

    The webinar will take place Monday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. (CDT).  

    Preregistration is required for Let’s Chat About the Accelerated Payment Process

    Register here


  • ISMS Videos Offer Quick Tips on Topics Important to You in the COVID-19 Era
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    The response to COVID-19 from state and national policymakers changes every day. That’s why ISMS now offers COVID-19 Quick Tips, a new video series on current info you need now – in less than 3 minutes.

    Topics include Medicare payments, financial assistance, telehealth and much more. Our staff experts may be working from home, but they’re still working for you.

    Visit our video page and click on your preferred topic.  

    Watch this page as videos are continuously added.

  • ISMS Welcomes New Members
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    Thank you for joining the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS)!

    In the midst of the unknown, please know this: ISMS is the community for all Illinois physicians. Your membership in ISMS provides you with some incredible opportunities and access to a team of individuals working tirelessly to provide you the resources and support you need throughout your medical career.

    Welcome to ISMS!

    New members.

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