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  • Understanding Telemedicine Reimbursement During COVID-19

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    As the COVID-19 public health emergency began escalating, health professionals and hospitals quickly expanded their use of telemedicine to continue treating patients while containing the spread of the virus.

    Through Executive Orders (EOs), Governor Pritzker has modified reimbursement rules for telehealth services rendered during the pandemic. The initial EO was issued on March 19 and has been extended to date. Similar rules were enacted at the federal level for Medicare beneficiaries. A grey area exists for some commercial insurance companies; some employer-provided plans are regulated under federal ERISA rules and are not bound by the order. 

    To help our members better understand how these billing changes impact them, ISMS offers Telemedicine Tips for COVID-19. This resource covers general guidance for healthcare professionals and important changes related to telehealth.

    If you have specific telemedicine questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by calling 800-782-4767 ext. 1470, or by  sending an email



  • ISMS Speaks Up for Medical Students Who Wish to Also Pursue Parenthood
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    Many aspiring physicians fear that pursuing medical studies will force them to delay their dreams of also becoming parents – or give them up entirely.

    ISMS believes that individuals should be able to choose to attend medical school and become parents at the same time, and that medical schools can play an important role in supporting those who do so.

    We recently reached out to the deans of medical schools in Illinois to encourage them to review their policies and resources to ensure that there is a culture that is flexible and supportive of students who choose to pursue parenthood while attending medical school. If we provide the right support for those who choose this path, our profession and our patients will benefit.

    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



  • Register Now for These Free Live Webinars

    CME Offered

    Obesity Bias and Its Impact on Patients

    September 8 | Noon to 1 p.m. (CDT)

    With the national spotlight on implicit bias related to gender and race, it is important to remember another group whose healthcare experiences are affected by bias: patients with obesity. Obesity is a disease state that can cause direct harm to patients’ health in many ways. But evidence suggests that many healthcare professionals hold negative attitudes about patients with obesity, and these attitudes may affect the care they provide – potentially compounding the problems these patients already experience. ISMS’ webinar will discuss obesity bias from several different angles and help you build stronger relationships with your patients. 

    • ISMS members and their practice management professionals can participate in this webinar for free. All others must pay $150 to attend.
    • Register here

    Successfully Navigating the Illinois Workers’ Compensation System

    September 10 | Noon to 1 p.m. (CDT)

    This webinar will explain how physicians bill for services provided to Illinois injured workers and will help physician offices navigate the unique challenges of getting paid through the Illinois Workers’ Compensation System. Presenters will speak about the intricacies of reimbursement for treating injured workers, overcoming friction points in the system, and how to work with employers and payers to optimize payment for services provided. 

    • ISMS members and their practice management professionals can participate in this webinar for free. All others must pay $150 to attend.

    Register here.



  • Medical License Renewal Deadline Is Less Than 4 Weeks Away! ISMS Is Ready to Help You

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    With the deadline to renew medical and controlled substance licenses in Illinois coming up on September 30, ISMS offers you a battle plan: 

    • How to renew: You can either renew your medical license online at ISMS’ License Renewal web page or call our hotline to renew at 800-632-7478 and leave a message. (Our friendly staff will return your call during business hours.) 

    • Remember to also renew your controlled substance license(s) – each costs $15. 

    • Need more CME? Members can access our no cost CME here.  

    • Still need to fulfill the State of Illinois’ new CME mandates? Members can access no cost online courses.  

    When you renew through ISMS, you avoid paying IDFPR’s processing fees.

    Renewal processing can take up to five to 10 business days. If you have questions, please send us an email or call 800-632-7478.



  • New Event Series for Residency Program Directors Starts this Month!
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    ISMS is excited to announce that our popular Residency Program Directors’ Meeting will re-launch as the Residency Program Directors’ Series.

    Beginning in September, ISMS will offer programs in a webinar format throughout the year, geared for program directors, program coordinators and other professionals interested in medical education.

    Our goal is to help Illinois residency program directors (RPDs) navigate common challenges and develop a sense of community among medical education leaders in Illinois. The series will also present opportunities for RPDs to hear directly from the experts on big-picture medical education trends.

    Our first program, Navigating Your Residency Program Through a Crisis, will take place on September 17, from noon to 1 p.m. (CDT). CME is available!

    ISMS members may attend for free, while non-members can participate in any single program for $100. While the webinars will be targeted for RPDs, we encourage anyone with an interest in graduate medical education to participate.

    Register today!

    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.



  • NGS Will Remain Illinois’ Medicare Administrative Contractor

    National Government Services (NGS), the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin, will retain its Jurisdiction 6 (J6) MAC contract. 

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently renewed the contract. Therefore, NGS will continue to perform all of its current contractual Medicare fee-for-service activities, with no changes for providers or beneficiaries.   

    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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