Published in the July/August 2013 edition of the KCMS BULLETIN
Is it time to look at the Illinois State and Kane County Medical Societies as archaic vestiges of the past, no longer relevant to today’s physician or medical practice? Hardly! If ISMS and KCMS vanished from the scene, who would have…….
Opposed the professional licensing of colon hydrotherapists?
Opposed the licensing as professionals for direct-entry midwives to practice medicine with no formal training, education, or credentialing?
Opposed the practice of advanced practice nurses to do so independently without physician supervision?
Opposed licensing naturopaths to practice alternative medical therapies as evidence-based medicine?
Worked to modify the new Illinois Medicaid expansion bill so that it justly covers patients in need and fairly reimburses primary care services beyond the 2 year “guaranteed” reimbursement level?
Continued to work on Medical Liability Reform in Illinois despite strong opposition from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association?
Continued to fight for a long term solution to the yearly sun-setting of the Illinois Medical Practice Act so that it is not used as a bludgeon against physicians?
Lobbied for the moderation of the increase in Illinois Medical Licensure fees. OK, they increased, but it would have been far more usurious without the legislative push from ISMS/KCMS.
Championed for public health advocacy, including: breast cancer education, mental health record confidentiality, and comprehensive and appropriate sex education.
And there’s more…..
KCMS is your advocate for general medical, legal and practice management education and CME’s. We have a strong CME program working with the ISMS, hospitals and hospital systems.
We have a great CME program (3+ hours) on the implementation of ICD-10 coming to you right in the middle of our 13th District at the Holiday Inn in Elgin, IL. On the September 26th 2013, in joint association with the ISMS and collaborative sponsorship by BCBSI and the new Advocate Sherman Hospital, you and your staff will be enthralled with experts in the field to implement the new ICD-10 coding.
The healthcare landscape in Kane County continues to change as we have seen most recently with the newly named Advocate Sherman Hospital and Presence St. Joseph Hospital. KCMS remains dedicated to working with all the heath care facilities in the county.
Finally, what is it time for? A committed and strong county and state medical society! Your leadership at KCMS, in association with the ISMS, works tirelessly to provide knowledge and value to our constituents – you the members of the society. Legislative advocacy and education is our creed, to maintain your rights, privileges and freedom to practice excellent medical care is our goal.
Dr. Brad Epstein, M.D.
Kane County Medical Society