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  • January 24, 2017

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  • IDFPR Indicates Many Practices Did Not Renew Before January 1

    Confused DoctorThe Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has alerted ISMIE to an unusually high number of medical corporations, limited liability companies and professional service corporations that did not renew their licenses before January 1. Could this be your practice? 

    We’ve heard that some offices might have missed the deadline because the IDFPR has moved to an online license renewal reminder system instead of the traditional reminder through the U.S. mail.

    Keep in mind that not all physicians are part of medical corporations, limited liability companies, or professional service corporations. We recommend that you speak to your practice attorney regarding your business structure if you are unsure.

    Unfortunately, missing an electronic notification does not provide any leniency from the state. An expired license is an expired license.

    It’s a good idea to double-check whether your license is current. Here are your steps:

    • Start at the IDFPR’s online license renewal page. Once you’re there, click “Professions Currently in Renewal," and click on your type of corporation. 

    • Then click "Print Renewal," and enter your corporation's license number and PIN number. Your PIN number is located on your license renewal notification email; if you do not have this email, you will need to call IDFPR at 800-560-6420 to get your PIN.

    • You must print the renewal form to be mailed to IDFPR, along with your license renewal fee. Fortunately, there is no financial penalty for restoring your entity's license - but you must act fast if your license has expired.

    Questions or concerns? Go straight to IDFPR by calling 800-560-6420 or submit your question through the department’s online contact form.



  • Make Sure Your Practice is Compliant with Current Federal Nondiscrimination Law

    Silhouette of people gathered togetherA little-known provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that took effect last year places new requirements on medical offices. It’s worth checking to see if whether it affects your practice.

    It is known as Section 1557 of the ACA, which, among other provisions, requires qualifying practices to post a notice of nondiscrimination in their offices.

    Section 1557 “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities” and provides that “an individual shall not … be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any health program or activity, any part of which is receiving Federal financial assistance.”

    Those covered by Section 1557 include physicians receiving Medicaid payments, Medicare payments and meaningful use payments, but it does not apply to physicians who only participate in Medicare Part B unless they are also receiving meaningful use payments.

    So what does this nondiscrimination notice look like? HHS provides a basic sample here. It also requires covered entities to post taglines that indicate the availability of language assistance written in each of the top 15 non-English languages spoken in the physician’s state. For HHS’ 50-state list, click here.

    Qualifying physicians must place this notice in a prominent area within their practice and on the homepage of the practice’s web site if applicable.

    Also, Section 1557 requires separate notice for  significant communications and significant publications that are small-sized, such as postcards or tri-fold brochures; only two taglines are required for these materials.

    Need help? Physicians should consult the HHS website on Section 1557 for additional information which includes a summary of the final rule, FAQs, and training materials. The American Medical Association also provides this fact sheet.

    You may also consider contacting your practice attorney for any details specific to your operation.



  • Did You Miss ISMIE’s January 18 MACRA Webinar? Catch Up Today!

    MACRA word bubbles on desktop screenOur January 18 webinar “Quality Payment Program Reporting: Using Qualified Clinical Data Registries to Maximize Success” is now archived for viewing.

    Co-hosted by ISMIE and the Illinois State Medical Society’s (ISMS) Health Policy Research & Advocacy Team, the session features two health quality experts from the American Medical Association explaining how your practice can use Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) – CMS-approved entities that collect clinical data for the purpose of patient and disease tracking – to meet your Medicare program requirements and monitor performance throughout the year.

    ISMIE policyholders and their employed staff have access to this archived webinar at no cost.

    Medicare’s evolving reimbursement model is challenging medical practices large and small. ISMIE and our colleagues at ISMS are committed to offering valuable training and discussion so you can make MACRA work for your practice.



  • Grab That Calendar - April 1 is the Priority Deadline for Requesting a 2017 ISMIE Practice Assessment

    Women spelling the word safetyOne of the most valuable parts of your ISMIE coverage is the opportunity for a free, onsite practice assessment that can help protect against litigation landmines. It’s a popular feature – we assess more than 2,500 clinicians each year.

    With that in mind, we like to remind policyholders that it’s best to reserve your appointment early in the year. April 1 is our priority deadline to make sure your team gets the best selection of available dates.

    If you are new to the practice assessment process, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming Preparing for Your Practice Assessment seminars. The first will be February 21 at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus, 2815 Jorie Blvd. in Oak Brook; the second will be held March 9 at ISMIE’s Chicago headquarters, 20 N. Michigan Ave. This seminar will detail what’s new in the 2017 ISMIE practice assessment and provide tips on how best to prepare.

    Register today!



  • Does Someone on Your Team Practice Sports Medicine? Keep an Eye on Washington

    Injured player being treatedThe Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R. 302) passed the U.S. House January 9 and now heads to the U.S. Senate for approval.

    This bill would allow sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers and other health care professionals working with high school or college teams to be covered across state lines by their primary state medical liability insurer as long as the insurer is informed of their team medical duties.

    ISMIE will keep you updated on this bill’s progress.