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  • Need Help Accessing PPE? Project N95 May Be Able to Help

    In a recent ISMS survey, 33% of Illinois physicians indicated lack of PPE continues to be a significant challenge as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If this is a problem for your practice, Project N95 may be able to help. 

    Project N95 is a not-for-profit national COVID-19 clearinghouse for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical equipment. The project seeks to deliver critical equipment into the hands of frontline workers as quickly as possible. 

    Project N95 helps support frontline workers by:

    • Performing due diligence on suppliers and products to accelerate procurement and sourcing decisions;
    • Processing and validating inbound organization requests for PPE and critical equipment to intelligently match with vetted suppliers and products; and 
    • Coordinating with governments and other purchasers to aggregate orders and assist COVID-19 response teams with sourcing, procurement and equitable distribution of critical medical equipment.

    If you are in need of PPE or medical equipment, you may want to consider reaching out to Project N95 by submitting this request form for critical equipment. If you have questions, please email Project N95

    Links to third parties are for the information and convenience of ISMS members, and the inclusion of a link does not constitute ISMS approval or endorsement of a product or service. The ISMS maintains no responsibility or liability for the product or service advertised.

  • Renew Your Medical License Now Through ISMS!

    renew now The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has opened the 2020 medical license renewal process. Due to COVID-19, IDFPR has extended the deadline for renewal (and completion of CME requirements) to Sept. 30, 2020.

    ISMS will again be offering renewal services, and as in the past, renewing through ISMS will allow you to avoid paying IDFPR’s credit card fee. Due to the public health emergency, renewal for the 2020 cycle will be offered on our website, but phone assistance will also be available: 

    • To get started online, visit our License Renewal web page and enter your name, date of birth and then select “Search.” From there you will complete the online form. 
    • To renew by phone, please call our hotline at 800-632-7478 and leave a message. Our friendly staff will return your phone call during business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. 

    The cost of a three-year medical license renewal is $543. Previously, the license renewal fee was $690. The reduction in medical licensure fees for 2020 renewals is a direct result of ISMS advocacy

    Remember to also renew your controlled substance license(s) – each costs $15.

    Renewal processing can take up to five to 10 business days. If you have questions, please send us an email or call 800-632-7478. 

  • Financial Relief for Physicians Who Participate in Illinois Medicaid, CHIP

    If you have not previously received any payments from the Provider Relief Fund, and you participate in Illinois Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), here’s good news. 

    Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced additional distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to the tune of about $15 billion to eligible physicians, health professionals and entities who participate in Illinois Medicaid and CHIP. This additional funding is specifically for those who have not received any money from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation. 

    HHS has launched a payment portal for you to report annual patient revenue data that will be used to determine your payment, which will be at least 2% of your reported gross revenue from patient care. Per HHS, before applying through the portal, applicants should:

    Read the Distribution Instructions - PDF

    Download the Distribution Application Form - PDF

    Then access the Relief Fund Payment Portal

    Learn more by visiting HHS’ web page CARES Act Provider Relief Fund: General Information.

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


  • Meet the Elected Council Members for IMPAC 6-12-20

    Elections for the Illinois State Medical Society Political Action Committee (IMPAC) Council took place last week. To see election results, click on the link below to view the council members who will serve a three-year term, ending in 2023, and the council members elected to the executive committee who will serve a one-year term ending at the IMPAC Annual Meeting in 2021.

    Elected IMPAC Council members and executive officers formally took office on June 8, 2020.

    Elected IMPAC Council members and executive officers


    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ISMS resolutions for 2020 are being made available for your consideration in an electronic consent calendar in two batches for Annual Meeting business. Members reviewed the first batch of consent calendar materials last month. Earlier this week, the second batch was distributed to members via a special email. (You can also click the link below to review the second batch.)

    Extractions are due via email by June 16, 2020, and must include your name, the resolution number and the reason for extraction.

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