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ISMS Weekly Rounds is a one-page update of breaking information and news issued exclusively to ISMS members. ISMS Weekly Rounds is issued via blast fax, email, and right here online.
March 28, 2014
In this Issue

  • Dentists Want to Give Flu Shots, POLST Form Needs Revision, and More - Update from Springfield
    In their latest quest to provide immunizations to patients, dentists now want to administer flu vaccines to individuals 18 years or older (S.B. 3409 and Amendment # 2).

  • U.S. House Passes Medicare; Delays ICD-10-CM Implementation
    On Thursday, using an unconventional procedural maneuver, the U.S. House of Representatives passed yet another 12-month patch, delaying a looming 24 percent Medicare reimbursement payment cut.

  • Enrollment Period for ACA Insurance Ends on Monday; Medicaid Enrollment Continues Forward
    Just a few days remain for the uninsured to enroll in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, as required by the Affordable Care Act, or face tax penalties.

  • Take this Survey, Influence Health Care Policy
    Have you read about the Physicians Foundation's third national survey of physicians in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and many other publications?

  • Seminar to Examine Donor Shortage Dilemma
    From Critical Shortage to Critical Mass: Addressing the Lack of Donor Organs is a live seminar geared for physicians, attorneys, policymakers and all others interested in human organ transplantation issues and policy.

  • Attention CMS Claim 1500 Users: Switch Now to New Form
    Beginning April 1, a new, updated version of the CMS 1500 claim form must be used, and payers won't accept the old form after that date.

  • Elect IMPAC Council Members at this Month's Annual Meeting
    The annual meeting of the Illinois State Medical Political Action Committee (IMPAC) will take place Saturday, April 26, at the Oak Brook Hills Resort.

  • Dial Correct Fax Number when Requesting Recoupment for Medicare Part B
    Be sure to send your immediate recoupment requests for Medicare Part B to the correct fax number. National Government Services (NGS) reports an uptick in misdirected faxes.

  • Tax Deductibility of Your Dues
    The portion of your ISMS dues for the 2013 membership year reserved for non-taxable deduction purposes is 5 percent.

  • Control Practice Costs with Strength in Numbers
    CCPA Purchasing Partners, a physician-only buying group, helps your practice meet one of its considerable and persistent challenges - controlling costs.

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