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  • 07/16/2018 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ISMS House of Delegates approved a new membership dues structure for 2019. Instead of paying for both MCMS and ISMS as a mandatory requirement for membership, members will have the option to choose the membership that is best for them. MCMS will be sending dues renewals for county dues only. The dues rates won't change. County dues will remain at $250 and State dues will be $570. If you are part of a group you will still receive a discount on dues when the entire group joins as a group. All physicians are urged to continue their membership in both MCMS and ISMS, it's just the billing portion will be different this year, giving each member a choice. More information will be coming out in the weeks ahead. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the MCMS office at 630-584-7173.

  • 05/22/2018 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ISMS is teaming up with the Illinois Rx Card to get the word out to Illinois residents that they have access to a free Prescription Assistance Program (PAP). The free prescription card provides patients with up to 75% savings on prescription medication at over 68,000 participating pharmacies nation wide.  To download a free card go to https://www.illinoisrxcard.com/index.php


  • 03/22/2018 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In today’s world we hear a lot of talk about “Democracy”.  However, few truly appreciate its function or the consequences of an uninformed electorate voting and then doing so purely based on self-interest.  At one time regional governance was based on dictatorial principles where one lucky individual, often said to be chosen by God, made the rules.  Our own Country started that way under King George III.  With the Revolution that followed because of the tyranny of a non-benevolent ruler we formed the basis of a representative democracy that was led by an educated electorate.  This being the case our country was formed more as a Republic.  Nonetheless, because of seemingly benevolent intent we have become a Democracy in the sense that everyone gets a vote regardless of being qualified to make general decisions.  This is where one of the roots of our problems in healthcare originates.

    With the founding of our country the founders were terrified of the “Demos”.  Derived from a Greek word meaning the local masses, to our founders it meant “the mob”:  Alexander Tytler and Alexis de Tocqueville have been cited as saying, “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.  A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.   From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury , with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship!”   So the fear of complete governance by a mob directed by immediate gain over long term stability threatens the very heart of what our civilized professions stand for.  This is why professionals in the Medical Arts need to organize now more than ever!!

    Organized Medicine is the defense of our profession from the Barbarians at the Gates.  With the wolves of politicians, businessmen, accountants, lawyers, and the entitled sea of humanity setting their sights on more for themselves through entitlement, expect wholesale looting of our profession to continue under the premise of benevolence.  The consequences of the voting by the wolves with how to subjugate The House of Medicine under “regulatory capture“ is not hard to see.  It is represented by unfunded mandates and continues through prosecution / persecution of our brethren based on technical non-compliance as opposed to willful misconduct.  Of course the biased magistrate who governs by the mob is able to not only control the rules by which the game is played but also has the luxury of making up the rules as they go along.  The result from this dystopia of democracy is in fact “Three Wolves and a Sheep voting on what is for dinner”.  Where the self-interested unopposed majority governs, don’t expect to see Wolf Steaks on the menu anytime soon.

    So what is a physician under political and financial house arrest supposed to do?  The answer is to become organized and speak up with a unified voice to the legislature to act in defense of the sovereignty of the House of Medicine.  Until this happens the mob will have its way with us and expect the status quo to get worse.  As that Irish Statesman Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”!!  So with this I would encourage all physicians who read this to become engaged and get organized.  Without these actions we will be lead like lambs to the slaughter by those wolves who claim the “higher ground” through entitlement and the prostitution of “Democracy”. More powerful entities like Roman civilization, Native American Indian Civilization, European Nations and Cultures have been led to their demise through similar apathy that I now witness among physician groups today.  So the question to be asked is will we stand by and allow the Demos to vote us into “lamb chop” or “mutton” status where the only choice left is what sauce will be applied to us before we are consumed??  Or shall we defend our Noble Profession by becoming organized and joining our Medical Societies so that we may all become beneficiaries of the Profession of Medicine.  The choice is ours if we speak up.  So that being the case please step up and say you will be a member of your local and State Medical Society.

    Submitted by

    Steven Campau MD


  • 03/02/2018 12:22 AM | Anonymous

    The Voice of Physicians is Growing. McHenry County Medical Society welcomes the following new members:

    Mubashir Ahmed, MD Centegra Physician Care-Cardiology

    Muhammad Ahmed, MD-Mercyhealth Family Medicine

    Heather Beall, MD-Centegra Physician Care-OB/GYN

    Kevin Cronin, MD-UrbanCare, LLC

    Brian Flanagan, MD-Centegra Physician Care-McHenry County Orthopedics

    James Krcik, MD-Mercyhealth-Orthopedics

    Kun Wang, MD-Centegra-Hospitalist


  • 07/19/2017 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    The Illinois State Medical Society prevented the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice Nursing (ISAPN) from moving its top priority this year i.e., to allow APRNs to practice completely independent of a physician.

    After numerous negotiating sessions and intense advocacy from physicians throughout Illinois an agreement has been reached on this topic.

    ISAPN introduced legislation that would have granted APRNs full independent practice, including full prescriptive authority, after completing additional clinical training under the supervision of either another APRN or physician. ISMS opposed this legislation.

    There is strong support within the Illinois legislature for bills that would grant APRNs independent practice. Instead of voting against us, legislators asked ISMS to draft an alternative.

    ISMS offered alternative language that was eventually accepted by the APRNs. Our language:

    1. Maintains the requirement that APRNs have a written collaborative agreement, unless the APRN receives substantial post-graduate training under the direct supervision of a physician (4,000 clinical training and 250 hours in additional educational/training components). The physician then must sign a written attestation confirming that the training was completed.
    2. Does not change current practice within a hospital setting; APRNs must still be recommended for credentialing by the hospital medical staff.
    3. Requires APRNs to maintain a formalized relationship with a physician that must be noted in the state’s prescription monitoring program (PMP) if that APRN wishes to prescribe schedule II opioids and benzodiazepines. The opioids to be prescribed must be specifically noted in the PMP and APRNs and the consulting physician must meet at least monthly to discuss the patient’s care.
    4. Says that APRNs are prohibited from administering opiates via injection. APRNs are also prohibited from performing operative surgery.
    5. Prohibits APRNs from advertising as “Dr.,” which is extremely misleading to patients. APRNs who have doctorate degrees must tell patients that they are not medical doctors or physicians.
    6. Makes clear that CRNAs are not included in the agreement; nothing changes as to how CRNAs currently must practice.

    In most other states, advanced practice nurses already have full practice authority to diagnose and treat patients including full prescriptive authority. Some 24 states and the District of Columbia don't require any physician involvement for APRNs to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. In addition to those, eight states allow APRNs to diagnose and treat independently but require physician involvement for APRNs to prescribe.

    ISMS physicians are committed to ensuring that care is centered on each patient’s needs and that each patient receives high-quality care by a well-trained team of professionals. These important provisions will be amended to HB 313 in the Senate this week. We would not have been able to make these important changes without all of your assistance.

  • 01/29/2017 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    IL Medicaid Managed Care: A Physician Survey

    The state’s initiative to transition the majority of Illinois Medicaid patients to managed care organizations (MCOs) is causing significant confusion and unease among health care professionals and patients.

    As a result, ISMS conducted a survey of physicians’ views on the subject. The survey findings show that in order to expand patient access and reduce physician burdens, Illinois’ Medicaid managed care system needs:

    • A common credentialing system, to reduce hassles and duplication of effort by busy physicians;
    • A baseline state-maintained drug manual, to protect patients by requiring MCOs to abide by the coverage guidelines and product offerings included on the existing Medicaid drug manual and preferred drug list;
    • Greater transparency, including reliable staff contacts within the MCOs, to help physicians determine patient eligibility, clarify complex issues, and discuss coverage of medically necessary treatment and drugs; and
    • Widespread public reporting on the quality and effectiveness of MCOs.

    We have shared these results with policymakers and other key stakeholders, and will keep you informed about any further developments.

  • 01/29/2017 1:10 AM | Anonymous

    ISMS has revised our Medical Cannabis medical legal guideline to comply with changes to Illinois law.

    Here’s the scoop. Senate Bill 10 was signed into law in late June, modifying Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. ISMS-backed changes in the law impact the process of physicians certifying patients for medical cannabis.

    Previously, physicians would certify that they believed the patient would benefit from the use of medical cannabis; now, physicians certify that a bona fide physician-patient relationship exists, and the patient has a qualifying condition. New qualifying conditions were also added to the roster of debilitating medical conditions.

    Questions? Call 800-782-4767 or email sherridevito@isms.org.

  • 08/03/2016 1:57 AM | Anonymous

    The ISMS legislative team is active on your behalf every day, tackling dozens of issues in the legislature and elsewhere in state government. ISMS is the only organization that represents physicians of all specialities throughout Illinois. When leaders anywhere in the state want to know where physicians stand, they call ISMS.

    The 2016 ISMS Legislative Activity Report is now available. Read what ISMS has been doing for YOU!

  • 07/08/2016 11:17 AM | Anonymous

    ISMS recently asked for physician feedback on the CMS proposed MACRA rules. Numerous practices provided feedback which allowed ISMS to communicate those concerns to CMS.

    ISMS joined other state and national medical associations in a letter to CMS's Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt, outlining and detailing concerns about the proposal and requesting considerable modifications.

    If you would like to weigh in on MACRA and it's implications to your practice, you are encouraged to contact ISMS Advocacy at 800-782-4767 x 1470 or email advocacy@isms.com.

  • 07/08/2016 1:44 AM | Anonymous

    The Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) recently published a proposed rule that would give full practice authority to four categories of advanced practice nurses (APNs) in an effort to reduce wait times in the VA health system. The rule would allow APNs working as VA employees to provide services without the clinical oversight of a physician!

    ISMS has weighed in on this controversial subject and has urged both the VA and Congress to maintain physician supervision with APNs.

    ISMS urges VA to maintain APN supervision requirements

    ISMS urges Congress to maintain APN supervision requirements

    Your comments on this important decision are being solicited. Voice your opinion by submitting comments by July 25th.

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