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  • Illinois General Assembly Convenes to Tackle State Budget, COVID-19 Relief and Other Agenda Items

    illinois senate Lawmakers returned to Springfield fora three-day session to address a limited agenda that will focus primarily on passing a state spending plan and responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Other items that the General Assembly may take up include a renewal of the state's hospital assessment program and a Medicaid omnibus bill.

    Prior to this week, lawmakers had not been in session since March 5. Any vote after May 31 would require a three-fifths majority for the law to go into effect within the next year.

    As we go to press, legislators are still in session and your ISMS legislative team is closely involved with any actions related to healthcare. Watch Physician Advocate next week for a full legislative recap.

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

  • New Executive Order Changes Civil Immunity Protections for Elective Surgery
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    On May 13, 2020, Governor Pritzker issued a new executive order (EO) that changes the scope of COVID-19-related civil immunity protections in Illinois for physicians, health professionals and facilities conducting elective surgery. This executive order is effective May 11, 2020.

    The new EO does not change the broad array of civil immunity shields for health professionals, volunteers, hospitals and many licensed health facilities rendering assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it does not specifically provide civil immunity for elective procedures performed in non-licensed settings.

    View a summary of the latest order and an analysis of Illinois’ COVID-19-related civil immunity protections.

    If you have questions, please contact Robert Kane, Chief Legal Officer, by calling 312-580-2477, or  by sending an email.


  • Crisis Care

    The privilege of being a physician comes with tremendous obligations, some of which may be difficult to uphold. The coronavirus epidemic has placed enormous stress on our physicians. Coronavirus has exposed physicians to personal risk at unprecedented rates, and yet physicians have responded as they have always responded: by providing care.

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  • ISMS Welcomes New Members 5-22-20
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    Thank you for joining the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS)!

    ISMS is the community for all physicians to be heard in Illinois. Your membership in ISMS provides you with some incredible opportunities and access to a team of individuals working tirelessly to provide you the resources and support you need throughout your medical career.

    ISMS is dedicated to addressing your needs and to making positive changes in the healthcare environment in our state. Welcome to ISMS!

    New members

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