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  • State Switches to 11 Regions for Restore Illinois; Each to Move Through Phases Independently

    ILregions Earlier this week, Governor Pritzker announced that the four Illinois regions of Restore Illinois have been revised into 11 smaller regions that approximate the state’s existing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regions. 

    Restore Illinois is the State of Illinois’ five-phase plan to reopen the state.

    The governor also announced a new strategy that adds new metrics to track the spread of COVID-19, which would determine future restrictions or reopening.  

    Having more and smaller geographic areas makes it possible to avoid widespread restrictions and shutdowns, as each region can move through each phase independently.

    Access ISMS’ newly updated resource, Restore Illinois: Criteria for Moving Between Phases.

    If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by email.

  • Making the Economic Case for Face Covering

    mask Wear a mask! That’s the message that needs to be reinforced to the general public. ISMS has partnered with Illinois business groups and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association to do just that.

    While infection rates are lower here than in neighboring states, the number of positive COVID-19 diagnoses have been inching up since moving to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. A diverse coalition of interests united together to sound the alarm.

    In a joint statement, ISMS President Robert W. Panton, MD, warned Illinoisans: “It’s very possible we could lose the progress Illinois has made against COVID-19 if people aren’t wearing masks in public.” Similar messages were shared by leaders of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. In total, more than 20 groups urged mask use in order to improve the public health and economic health of our state.

    Illinois has done well so far in the fight against COVID-19, but we can’t relax yet. Hopefully a united message from health professionals and business leaders will drive the point home!

  • Enrollment Requirements Resume August 1 for Health Professionals Who Order, Refer or Prescribe to Medicaid Beneficiaries

    medicaidAs a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) waived the requirement that health professionals who order, refer or prescribe to Medicaid beneficiaries be enrolled with Illinois Medicaid.

    HFS also requested a waiver through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to temporarily cease this requirement. However, this waiver request was not approved by CMS.

    Therefore, effective with claims received starting Aug. 1, 2020, HFS will resume this requirement, which applies to claims for both managed care and traditional fee-for-service participants.

    Please note: If you were not enrolled with Illinois Medicaid at the start of the public health emergency and would like to continue providing these services, you must enroll in the Illinois Medicaid Program Advanced Cloud Technology (IMPACT) system.

    If you have questions, please contact HFS by calling 877-782-5565.

      You may also contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team with questions at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by email.

  • Women in Medicine Summit: Call for Nominations, Abstracts and Perspective Pieces


    The 2020 Women in Medicine Summit (WIMS) will be held virtually this year on Oct. 9-10, 2020.

    The focus of this summit is to amplify the lives of women in medicine and work towards gender parity in healthcare through skills development, action plans, advocacy, professional growth, education and inspiration.

    WIMS is pleased to announce a call for award nominations, abstracts and perspective pieces. Please email nomination packets here by Friday, July 31, 2020

    The #IStandWithHer awards will be presented virtually at the Summit, recognizing individuals who exemplify the qualities of perseverance, resilience, leadership and/or allyship.

    Visit WIMS’ website and register today!

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