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  • Even in the Throes of a Pandemic, Your ISMS Legislative Team Achieved Victories for You

    capital 62620 The 2020 spring legislative session was one of the most unusual sessions in recent memory. ISMS was building bi-partisan momentum to streamline burdensome prior authorization requirements when the public health emergency brought the legislative session to an early halt.

    But ISMS lost no time:

    • Instead of spending this Legislative Spring Session advocating for or against legislation, we successfully worked with Governor Pritzker’s office in the drafting of many important executive orders, including civil liability protections and increased access to telehealth. 

    • We successfully communicated our concerns with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) on efforts by allied healthcare professionals to inappropriately expand their scope of practice during the pandemic.

    • During the four-day special legislative session, ISMS defeated a bill that would have allowed insurance carriers to inappropriately limit physician reimbursement for telehealth services.

    For a complete wrap-up of what your legislative team achieved for Illinois physicians, access our 2020 ISMS Legislative Report .

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

  • Your Help Needed! Federal Bill Aims to Deliver Liability Protections for Physicians During Pandemic

    physician with mask and xray In the midst of this public health emergency physicians put themselves at risk every day, facing medical supply and safety equipment shortages while making critical medical decisions based on evolving directives and guidance.

    Health professionals now must confront the threat of excessive medical liability litigation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives ( H.R.7059) would provide targeted liability protections for physicians during this national health emergency.  

    Call to Action: ISMS urges you to contact your member of Congress to support House Resolution 7059 (H.R. 7059) today!

    If you have questions, please contact us by email.

  • Grant Program to Aid Businesses Impacted by the Pandemic

    illinois road sign The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is providing financial support through the Business Interruption Grant (BIG) program to small businesses, including medical practices, experiencing significant disruption or shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Priority will be given to businesses located in disproportionately impacted areas (DIAs), which include zip codes in low-income neighborhoods that have experienced a significant number of COVID-19 cases. More than 30% of the $636 million will be allocated to DIAs. 

    Grant money for DIAs will be prioritized for businesses located in “Severely Impacted DIAs.” These areas are not only dealing with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, but have also experienced property damage as a result of civil unrest during protests and demonstrations on or after May 25, 2020.

    View zip codes for Severely Impacted DIAs.

    To learn more about the eligibility of your business, visit DCEO’s website.


  • Democracy Amidst a Pandemic

    ISMS democracy Despite the restrictions created by coronavirus and social distancing guidelines, it is the responsibility of ISMS to effectively represent its members. Technology has been incredibly helpful in this regard, with telephone conferencing easily evolving into video conferencing, but the basic challenge remains. How does the Society evaluate complex medical issues in a timely manner while continuing to represent the members in a democratic fashion?

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