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  • Physicians, Nurses and Hospitals Speak Out Against Legal Challenge to Stay-at-Home Order
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    Earlier this week, ISMS joined with the American Nurses Association (ANA) – Illinois; the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN); and the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) to submit an amicus brief in a lawsuit challenging Governor Pritzker’s stay-at-home executive order. 

    Yesterday, the Illinois Firth District Appellate Court quickly accepted our amicus brief.

    Our organizations are speaking out against the Clay County Circuit Court’s April 27 temporary restraining order, which prevents the administration from enforcing the extended stay-at-home order against the plaintiff who filed the lawsuit. This ruling only applies to the plaintiff in this case, but another lawsuit has been filed that would apply to everyone in the state. 

    We strongly believe that the public health measures taken by the Governor’s executive order are needed to save lives by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

    Read the news release announcing the amicus brief

    Questions? ISMS members may contact the ISMS Legal Division at 800-782-4767 ext. 6485 or send an email



  • IDPH Issues Guidance for Elective Surgeries, Procedures and Testing

    elective surgeries >The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has released initial guidance for resuming elective surgeries and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, which takes effect May 11, 2020

    By first meeting specific criteria, hospitals and ambulatory surgical treatment centers (ASTCs) may begin to perform elective outpatient procedures that had previously been postponed to conserve resources for the care of COVID-19 patients. Additional conditions related to regional health system capacity must also be met before elective inpatient procedures may resume.

    Read our alert.

    Please note: IDPH is expected to release further guidance soon.

    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.



  • Workers’ Comp Commission Rescinds Emergency COVID-19 Rule. What’s to Come?

    patient in bedEarlier this week, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) repealed an emergency rule it had issued last month. 

    The emergency rule would have allowed essential employees – everyone from first responders to grocery store workers – to receive coverage under workers’ compensation during the governor’s disaster declaration if they contract COVID-19, rebuttably presuming that the exposure arose out of and is causally connected to the employee’s employment. Under normal conditions, Illinois workers must show that their illness or injury arose out of and in the course of their employment. 

    As many states are expanding workers’ compensation in this COVID-19 era, the IWCC may revisit the issue and provide a revised policy that would still address first responders and front-line workers in Illinois. 

    ISMS will keep you informed of any developments. 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.


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  • Get an Overview of Fed COVID-19 Regulatory Changes that Impact Credentialing and Scope of Practice

    federal covid19 regulatory changes thumbnail 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.

    Learn more about emergency waivers by accessing ISMS’ new Issue Brief

    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



  • Attention Physician Practices: Find Out the Latest About COVID-19 Financial Resources

    calculator and stethescope The Federal Government, as well as the State of Illinois, continue to create programs and release funding designed to provide financial relief to small businesses and other medical practices that are negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    ISMS has created a resource to help you navigate this ever-changing web of programs. Access ISMS’ newly updated COVID-19-Related Financial Resources and Opportunities for Physician Practices.

    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.



  • CMS Suspends Advance Medicare Payments While Reviewing Program

    medicare payments The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced over the weekend that it is immediately suspending its Accelerated and Advance Payment Programs (AAP) for physicians, hospitals and other providers and suppliers. It is reevaluating the programs and pending applications because of other federal relief dollars earmarked for the same purpose, specifically through the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.

    AAP payments made to date will be subject to recoupment as detailed in the original program guidance. Repayment will initiate via reimbursement recoupment beginning 120 days from the date the advance payment occurred.

    Additional information is available here.

    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 emai.




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