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  • THREE Sources of Financial Relief Are Available for Physicians Affected by COVID-19

    Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) – Apply by October 31

    • Physicians who participate in Medicaid can apply for financial assistance by submitting an online application though the HFS CARES Funding Portal
    • IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Be sure to review the portal for eligibility criteria.

    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – No Application Deadline Announced

    • Healthcare professionals can be reimbursed with federal funds for testing uninsured patients for COVID-19 and treating uninsured patients with a COVID-19 diagnosis for services provided on or after Feb. 4, 2020.

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Apply by November 6

      If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.



  • Does Your Patient Have COVID 19? Or Is it the Flu?

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    Some experts believe the United States is on the brink of a tsunami of viral illness as the flu season begins during the current pandemic, while others believe widespread mask wearing and social distancing will reduce flu infections to an unprecedented low. At this time, the answer is unknown.

    What is the best way to differentiate between patients who have the flu and patients with COVID-19

    This answer is known: The only way to diagnose whether someone has the flu or COVID-19 is through testing.

    COVID-19 and the influenza virus share many common symptoms and patients can also contract the flu, other respiratory illnesses and COVID-19 – all at the same time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a test that will check for A and B type seasonal flu viruses and COVID-19, which will be used by U.S. public health laboratories. 

    According to the CDC, getting the flu shot is more critical this year than ever before, and the agency has worked with vaccine manufacturers to ensure that extra flu vaccines are available for the 2020-2021 flu season.

    If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email



  • Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace for 2021 Starts Next Month

    If patients are starting to ask about Illinois’ Marketplace health insurance for next year, here are a few key points to know:

    • The open enrollment period runs from November 1 to December 15, 2020

    • Patients can preview 2021 plans and prices shortly before November 1 by visiting www.HealthCare.gov

    • If your patients are currently enrolled in a Marketplace plan, they will be automatically re-enrolled for 2021; while automatic enrollment is a good fallback, patients can ensure they have the best plan for their needs by revisiting ALL plan options for 2021.

      If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.



  • Save Money on Supplies and Services When You Buy in Bulk with Other Doctors

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    With your budget negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, check out CCPA Purchasing Partners – a doctors-only buying group. 

    Through group negotiations, significant savings and favorable payment terms are available with vaccine manufacturers, medical and office suppliers, and medical waste disposal services.

    ISMS members can join with:  

    • No minimum purchase requirements with vendors or vaccine companies in order to receive upfront discounted pricing.

    • No monthly or annual dues.

      Learn more. CCPA Purchasing Partners is an  ISMS Benefit Partner.




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