AdvocacyEvery legislative session brings renewed efforts to grant greater practice privileges to allied health providers. Allowing non-physician health practitioners to expand their scope of practice through legislation rather than through education and training is not good public policy for improving access to quality care. A well-run clinical team requires successful coordination among physicians and other healthcare professionals.All too often proposed legislative remedies for problems center around new medical practice mandates. However clinical practice guidelines – of which there are now over 7500 – are never put forth to be codified into law. Such mandates only compromise physicians’ ability to provide appropriate patient-centered care.Elimination of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula in 2015 was a giant leap forward for Medicare reform. The law paves the way for important payment reforms – including the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that is under development and is intended to streamline the various reporting programs for physicians. Shaping the MIPS so that it fixes the problems of the current system and is beneficial for both physicians and patients is now at the heart of Medicare reform efforts.The doctor-patient relationship is sacred – the foundation of medical ethics. And it is regularly under assault, especially from insurers who regularly tinker with coverages, narrow networks and add barriers. The sheer hassle factor is inexcusably frustrating for both physicians and patients.
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Read This!AMA Vision on Health Reform
The American Medical Association has long advocated for health insurance coverage for all Americans, as well as pluralism, freedom of choice, freedom of practice and universal access for patients. The same core principles and priorities will guide future AMA advocacy efforts regarding health care reform proposals that are central to our mission of improving public health.
Read MoreResolution Outcomes for 2017
The Illinois State Medical Society's House of Delegates sets policy for the organization. It's 2017 Annual Meeting was held April 21-23 in Oak Brook.
DCMS contributed 13 resolutions this year and following action by delegates, three set ISMS policy, five were referred to the ISMS Board, and two reaffirm existing policy.
Take Note!New Major Medical PPO Available to Eligible DCMS Members
You and your employees may be eligible for a Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Association (VEBA) group health insurance product through your DuPage County Medical Society membership.
This new program offering is available to DCMS members in solo practice, or in group practice of two or more employees up to a maximum of 50 employees working 20 or more hours per week, and includes dependents. It accesses the Cigna Open Access Plus national PPO network and offers your choice of 9 separate plan options (including two Health Savings Account [HSA] qualified plans).
DCMS Offers Disability Income Program for Members
DCMS now offers a Disability Income Program, available exclusively to members. The program has Guaranteed Level Premiums and is tailored to your specific needs. The definition of disability is “your own occupation” and the program is available with a 20% discount over similar plans. Available only to Society members, the DCMS Disability Income Program plan has many other high quality features; and you can learn more by contacting the program administrator Irv Siegel at 312.714.1714. Of course there is no cost or obligation in receiving information about this plan.