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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Illinois lawmakers sent the governor a proposal expanding the use of medical marijuana to fight the state's opioid crisis.
2018 ISMS House of Delegates Resolution Outcomes
At the end of April the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) House of Delegates convened in Oak Brook to set policy for the organization. Dozens of reports and proposed resolutions were debated, including 17 submitted from DuPage County.
As a result of one DCMS proposal, ISMS will seek to assure available and adequately funded treatment for victims of domestic violence. Another adopted DCMS resolution makes ISMS the nation's first state society to endorse the elimination of Hepatitis C by 2030.
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