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  • Lawmakers Set to Return to Springfield Next Week

    lawmakers in springfield A renewal of the state's hospital assessment program and, potentially, a Medicaid omnibus bill are among the items lawmakers could tackle as they return to Springfield next week for a limited agenda that will focus primarily on passing a state spending plan and responding to the COVID-19 crisis. 

    Lawmakers are set to convene from Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, May 22. The House of Representatives will meet at the Bank of Springfield Center in downtown Springfield. The Senate will meet in the Capitol. They are expected to consider a very limited list of bills. Your legislative team will be closely involved with any actions related to healthcare.

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

  • Learn About Newly Updated Federal Regulatory Changes That Impact Credentialing and Scope of Practice During COVID-19
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    In an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has relaxed rules related to credentialing and scope of practice to expand the medical workforce.

    These are changes in Federal rules; therefore, waiver authority only applies to Federal requirements and the waivers do not apply to Illinois statutory or regulatory requirements for licensure or scope of practice.

    ISMS offers a newly updated Issue Brief covering the latest about CMS’ emergency waivers and regulatory changes, which include:  

    • Medicare will no longer require an order from the treating physician or other practitioner for beneficiaries to receive a COVID-19 test and certain laboratory tests that are required as part of a COVID-19 diagnosis.
    • Pharmacists are now allowed to work with a physician or other practitioner to provide assessment and specimen collection services, and the physician or other practitioner can bill Medicare for the services. Pharmacists will also be able to perform certain COVID-19 tests if they are enrolled in Medicare as a laboratory, in accordance with a pharmacist’s scope of practice and state law.
    • Nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and physician assistants can now provide home health services, implementing a change mandated by the CARES Act.

    Policy is changing rapidly, and this document will be updated frequently as CMS continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

    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.

  • Illinois’ Medical and Controlled Substance License Renewal Now Open

    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has advised ISMS that license renewal notices have started to be sent out to physicians.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    • Renewals are sent via email in batches by IDFPR to the email address the department has associated with your license
    • Due to the pandemic, the renewal deadline has been extended through September 30
    • This extension also applies to the completion of CME requirements

    Later this month, ISMS will launch our enhanced renewal support resources for our members.

    Stay tuned!

    Questions? Contact us at 312-580-2468 or by email.


  • Elect Your Colleagues to the IMPAC Council

    IMPAC 2020 Logo While the Illinois State Medical Society Political Action Committee (IMPAC) Annual Meeting has regrettably been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to ensure the business of our political action committee can continue even in these unprecedented times. Part of that is conducting elections to the IMPAC Council for the 2020-2021 year.

    The IMPAC Nominating Committee is charged with reviewing and presenting a slate of nominees for election to the IMPAC Council, including nominees for IMPAC executive officers. Open to all IMPAC members, elections for the IMPAC Council will take place electronically beginning June 1 and closing June 7 at 11:59 p.m. IMPAC members should watch their email for their ballot on June 1. 

    Click on the link below to view the slate of nominees to be considered for the 2020-2021 IMPAC Council elections. Elected candidates will formally take office as of June 8, 2020, and will serve a three-year term expiring in 2023.

    Nominees for election to the IMPAC Council

  • We’re Living Amidst a Pandemic. Do You Need Professional Guidance? Or Maybe You Would Like to Offer Help

    mentor center Professional guidance can be critical for supporting physicians throughout their professional development even during the best of times. Now with the COVID-19 public health emergency taking place, making connections is more important than ever – even if you aren’t able to meet in-person.

    ISMS’ Mentor Center can help members connect virtually and create mentorship relationships with colleagues in Illinois. So reach out and make it known if you want to mentor someone or if you could really use some wisdom and guidance yourself right now.

    If you have any questions about the Mentor Center, please contact us by email.

  • Medicare Expands Reimbursement for Telehealth Services
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