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    Connecting Physicians and Improving
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Advancing quality healthcare delivery, promoting Physician education and professional collaboration, and enhancing public health.


  • April 8, DuPage County officials, along with health and community partners and first responders, broke ground on the DuPage Crisis Recovery Center (CRC). The facility is intended to be a single service entry point for individuals experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis.

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  • AMA Secures Win on Prior Authorization

    American Medical Association president, Jesse M. Ehrenfeld, MD, MPH, offered the following statement on medicine's victory with the new prior authorization process

    Reform of the prior authorization process under the newly issued final rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will reduce patient care delays as well as the administrative burdens long shouldered by physicians, while saving practices an estimated $15 billion over the next decade.
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its website to reflect the new Medicare Physician Payment Schedule conversion factor. This is a result of the Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2024. The 2024 conversion factor for dates of service January 1 through March 8, 2024, was $32.74. CMS has now established the new conversion factor of $33.2875 for dates of service March 9 through December 31. CMS is also releasing updated payment files, including the MPFS and associated abstract files, the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) FS, and Anesthesia file.

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  • The persistence of anti-science aggression remains a disheartening reality that appears to be worsening even as the COVID-19 public health emergency has come to an end. Peter Hotez, MD, PhD—co-inventor of the patent-free, low-cost COVID-19 vaccine technology that led to Corbevax in India and IndoVac in Indonesia—has been at the forefront of this battle for two decades, tirelessly defending the safety of vaccines on TV and social media against an onslaught of skepticism and hostility.

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  • According to research compiled by Stacker, a newswire organization that promotes data-driven journalism, DuPage is the Illinois county with the longest life expectancy. DuPage County residents live to an average of 81.9 years old. DuPage County is also consistently rated among the healthiest in Illinois.

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  • Academic detailing is a one-on-one program that provides accurate, non-commercial, and current pharmacotherapy information. It is a unique interactive program tailored for each prescriber through customized and focused discussions. Illinois ADVANCE also offers online AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ continuing education programs for Medicaid prescribers. Programs are available that physicians may complete to meet their Illinois DEA license renewal requirement.

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  • This list summarizes the key functionality of the various telemedicine products as reported by the vendors on their own websites. These companies have not been reviewed or vetted by the DuPage County Medical Society (DCMS); this compiled information is provided strictly as a reference for physicians seeking to implement telemedicine into their practice. The list is not exhaustive.

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  • Thank you DCMS members for speaking up on Prior Authorization.

    "This legislation advances a key belief of mine that I know is shared by millions of residents across Illinois: health care is a right, not a privilege," Governor Pritzker said. "For too long, the misuse of prior authorization led to delays and additional worry for Illinois families in need of care. Through this legislation, we are taking bold action to overhaul this process and ensure Illinoisans have faster access to the quality care they deserve."

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  • Illinois Novel Coronavirus Hotline

    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) in coordination with the Illinois Poison Control Center have launched the Illinois Novel Coronavirus Hotline and email address to answer questions Local Health Departments, clinicians, and the general public may have regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The hotline and email address were created to provide consistent information, answer questions, share facts about symptoms, and provide up-to-date information from the CDC. Illinoisans can dial 1-800-889-3931 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get their questions answered.
  • Food Safety

    A useful guide for keeping your family safe and your refrigerator fresh.
  • FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working closely with state and local health officials to investigate incidents of severe respiratory illnesses associated with the use of vaping products as quickly as possible. While the investigation is ongoing, FDA has created a Consumer Update to provide information for consumers to help protect themselves, as well as a new Lung Illnesses Associated with Use of Vaping Products webpage to provide an overview of these incidents and FDA’s actions to date, as well as recommendations for consumers, healthcare providers, and state health departments.

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  • Health Dept Director Announces Retirement

    Karen Ayala, MPH, executive director of the DuPage County Health Department, told the DuPage County Board that she intends to retire this summer. Her last day will be June 30. Ayala first joined the DuPage County Health Department in 2007 and has served as executive director since 2014. The Board of Health has already started a search for a new director.
  • DCMS and MEDIQUS are a winning combination.
    Use your DCMS membership to your advantage with a MEDQIUS Asset Advisors check up of your financial health.

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  • Also known as MAT (medication assisted treatment) or MAR (medication assisted recovery), using medication therapy to assist jailed individuals who need treatment for opioid use disorder detainees makes sense. Jails are on the front lines of the opioid epidemic and also are in a unique position to initiate treatment in a controlled, safe environment. Treatment using MAT for justice-involved persons, particularly when coupled with evidence-based behavioral therapy, improves medical and mental health outcomes and reduces relapses and recidivism.

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The DuPage County Medical Society, established in 1918, is the professional organization for physicians in our community. Members are local physicians, medical students and residents dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of DuPage County patients


  • April 13, Northern Illinois Food Bank Volunteer Event

    April 13, Northern Illinois Food Bank Volunteer Event
    DCMS volunteers packed 8575 pounds of food for 7146 meals to tackle hunger and food insecurity in our communities. Thanks to our great team of DCMS volunteers!
  • November 11, Northern Illinois Food Bank Volunteer Event

    November 11, Northern Illinois Food Bank Volunteer Event
    DCMS volunteers packed nearly 20,000 hot cocoa packets into bundles of five for distribution with holiday boxes later this month. Thanks to our great team of DCMS volunteers!
  • October 18, DCMS Annual Meeting Webinar

    October 18, DCMS Annual Meeting Webinar
    DCMS peels back the curtain on non-compete clauses in physician contracts. Click the "Learn More" button for this thought-provoking webinar.

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  • DCMS Family Volunteering

    DCMS Family Volunteering
    On April 15, DCMS President Mitra Kalelkar,MD volunteered at The Northern Illinois Food Bank with her granddaughter. DCMS has been volunteering at the food bank since 2019. Thank you to all of our members who give their time for a good cause.
  • Webinar on FTC Proposed Ban on Non-Compete Clauses

    Webinar on FTC Proposed Ban on Non-Compete Clauses
    Our DuPage County Medical Society hosted an informative interactive webinar to help physicians understand the implications of a proposed Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rule that would ban employee non-compete clauses. Well worth the listen.

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  • Another Great Volunteer Event at Northern Illinois Food Bank

    Another Great Volunteer Event at Northern Illinois Food Bank
    Great group of DCMS volunteers made a difference at the Northern Illinois Food Bank this morning, packing nearly 800 (of the needed 58,000) holiday food boxes. Thanks to everyone who helped!
  • June 1, The New Retirement Lifestyle

    June 1, The New Retirement Lifestyle
    On June 1 DCMS and MEDIQUS Asset Advisors continued with our financial series focusing on four stages of a physician's career. The June 1 session, The New Retirement Lifestyle, is intended for physicians in mid career and beyond who are anticipating retirement.

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  • Prescription for Financial Health: Start Your Career on The Right Financial Path

    Prescription for Financial Health: Start Your Career on The Right Financial Path
    On April 27 DCMS partnering with MEDIQUS Asset Advisors launched a webinar series aimed at physicians in different stages of their careers. The first "Prescription for Financial Health: Start Your Career on The Right Financial Path" is for physicians at the start of their careers.

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  • April 9, Volunteers at the Northern Illinois Food Bank

    April 9, Volunteers at the Northern Illinois Food Bank
    So thankful for the these hardworking DCMS volunteers. Together they packed 9300 pounds of food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank to benefit those in our community experiencing food insecurity. Bravo!
  • April 4 - A Rare In Person Meeting

    April 4 - A Rare In Person Meeting
    Leaders of DCMS and Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine met on April 4 to explore opportunities for greater collaboration.
  • January 13- COVID-19 Vaccine in DuPage County

    January 13- COVID-19 Vaccine in DuPage County
    Rashmi Chugh, MD, MPH, Medical Officer at the DuPage County Health Department, reported on COVID-19 vaccination progress in the county and outlined the anticipated process of moving into additional prioritization phases. Chester Robson, DO, Chief Clinical Officer for Walgreens, described the pharmacy chain’s participation in the vaccination efforts and Stuart Marcus, MD, Chief Clinical Officer for AMITA Health, shared lessons learned during the health system's initial weeks vaccinating health care personnel.

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  • December 16-COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION WEBINAR

    December 16-COVID-19 VACCINE DISTRIBUTION WEBINAR
    Rashmi Chugh, MD, MPH, medical officer at the DuPage County Health Department, provided an overview of initial vaccine allocation and dispensing plans for DuPage County. A brief panel discussion with Valerie Phillips, MD leading Advocate Health's vaccination clinic addressed strategies for vaccination implementation. This is the first in a planned series of virtual updates on the COVID-19 vaccination effort.

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  • Chicago's Health Officer Offers Pandemic Perspective At Virtual DCMS Annual Meeting

    Chicago's Health Officer Offers Pandemic Perspective At Virtual DCMS Annual Meeting
    Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, is the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and has been a visible local leader in the fight against COVID-19. On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, for Doctor Arwady's spoke on, "Pandemics Past, Present and Future." A recording of Doctor Arwady's informative and thought-provoking presentation is available. Her presentation begins around the 12 minute mark.

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    Our Foundation

    Providing Student Scholarships

    Fifty years ago the DuPage County Medical Society led efforts to immunize our community against Polio – protecting thousands while prompting the creation of the DuPage Medical Society Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. As our Foundation celebrates its Golden Anniversary, the $365,000 it has awarded in scholarships to area students in medicine and allied health professions remains tangible evidence of DCMS support for quality healthcare in our community, now and into the future.

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    Upcoming Events at DCMS



    • June 12, DCMS Executive Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee Meetings

      June 12, DCMS Executive Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee Meetings

      Monthly meetings of the Executive and Governmental Affairs Committees will be held online via Zoom. Invitations to follow. Executive Committee 4 pm, Governmental Affairs Committee 5 pm.
    • July 10, DCMS Monthly Executive and Governmental Affairs Committee Meetings

      July 10, DCMS Monthly Executive and Governmental Affairs Committee Meetings

      Monthly meetings of the Executive and Governmental Affairs Committees will be held online via Zoom. Invitations to follow. Executive Committee 4 pm, Governmental Affairs Committee 5 pm.
    • August 14, DCMS Executive Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee Meetings

      August 14, DCMS Executive Committee and Governmental Affairs Committee Meetings

      Monthly meetings of the Executive and Governmental Affairs Committees will be held online via Zoom. Invitations to follow. Executive Committee 4 pm, Governmental Affairs Committee 5 pm.