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  • The Fall Veto Session Starts November 17; ISMS Can Help You Connect with Your Lawmakers!
    fall leaves laptopDo you know who represents you in Springfield? More important, do you know how to get their attention when a critical issue that could affect your practice is being debated?

    To help you advocate effectively for your profession, ISMS has developed a practical resource for members.

    The Legislative Advocacy: An Illinois Physician’s How-To Guide will help you get in touch and build relationships with your legislators so that you can advocate on the issues that matter to you. 

    The Illinois General Assembly is currently scheduled to convene for the fall veto session on November 17-19 and December 1-3. 

    Access ISMS’ guide today!   

    If you have questions, please contact ISMS Senior Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email




  • Call for Members to Serve on the 2021 ISMS Leadership Team
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    If you would like to serve in ISMS leadership, submit your name to be considered! Applications must be received by Dec. 3, 2020, at 4:45 p.m. 

    The Nominating Committee will consider applications from current ISMS members with:

    • At least four continuous years of membership

    • A minimum of two years of experience and service in ISMS or an external medically related professional organization

    • An active Illinois medical license

    Learn more about the available positions, along with the responsibilities and time commitment for each office. 

    Elections will be held at the April 23-25, 2021, ISMS Annual Meeting.

    If you have questions, please send us an email



  • Arriving in 2021: The Most Significant Changes Made to E/M Coding in a Quarter Century
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    Late last year, the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel issued historic coding guidance for office-based and other outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services (99201-99215). 

    These changes are included in the CPT 2021 code set, and are among the most substantial changes made to E/M coding guidance in a quarter of a century. In developing the new guidance, the CPT Editorial Panel sought to reduce administrative burdens, clarify and expand relevant definitions and guidelines, decrease the need for unnecessary or duplicative documentation, and ensure physicians have relevant options for code level selection. 

    ISMS’ latest issue brief, Changes Ahead for Office-Based and Other Outpatient Evaluation and Management Codes, offers an overview of the updates and highlights some of the most significant changes. 

    If you have questions or would like ISMS to present to your group or practice on the new coding changes and payer updates, please contact the ISMS Division of Health Policy Research and Advocacy by email



  • Take Note of Recent Changes to Medical Records Pertaining to Third Parties
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    As a result of a recent court ruling, requirements have changed regarding the ability to charge fees when patients direct that their protected health information (PHI) maintained in an EHR be shared with third parties.

    To learn more, access ISMS’ newly updated1 medical legal guideline, Individual and Third-Party Access to Medical Records, which addresses: 

    • How to respond when patients, or others they may designate, request medical records

    • How much can be legally charged in 2020 for copying medical records

    • The current differing charges between patients and third parties 

    Questions? Contact ISMS' legal division by email.  

    1 This medical legal guideline was updated due to a recent court decision in the case of Ciox Health LLC v. Azar et al. The Patient Rate – the limited fee that could be charged to patients – does not apply when the patient directs their record be sent to a third party, such as another person or attorney 



  • ISMS Welcomes These New Members
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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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