March Roskam Meeting

On March 2, 2018, Doctors Hythem Shadid and Lanny Wilson of the DCMS Governmental Affairs Committee, met with Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R - IL 6) in his West Chicago office. Roskam has represented Illinois’ 6th Congressional District since 2007, and currently chairs the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Care.

Asked about the status of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Roskam said, “We can’t stay in the 2017 debate or the 2010 debate. Let’s pose a different question. What are the things we can do together?” In a recent address before an assembly of the American Medical Association, he addressed the current state of health care – where one person’s onerous regulation is another’s patient protection.

Cong. Roskam has family members in the medical profession and reported that during a recent family gathering, a physician relative was sealed away in her room finishing-up charting from patient care earlier in the day. He sees first-hand the problems our profession faces – longer hours and less pay, burdensome regulations, and more – and says he wants to help. He feels that, as chair of the Health Care Subcommittee, he can make a difference.

Another issue discussed was the opioid crisis confronting the nation. Roskam feels that the new U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, is leading the way. In DuPage County, the Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Taskforce has been developed to help solve the problem locally and Roskam offered to assist.

Cong. Roskam indicated that legislation to prevent school shootings might include new ways for family members and law enforcement to work together, allowing courts to temporarily keep guns away from people who show warning signs of potential gun violence. “Bump stocks”, which can make semiautomatic weapons even more deadly, Roskam believes have no legal reason to exist in our country.

Hepatitis C Lecture

Proposed Participants         Internal and Family Medicine Physicians, Gastroenterologists

Hepatitis C: Curing One of the Deadliest Infectious Diseases in the United States

Monday, November 13, 2017  |  6:00 p.m.   |  Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, Oak Brook

Format           Lecture with Question/Answer Period

Faculty          Rockford G. Yapp, MD, MPH, AGAF |  Digestive Health Services

Activity          The CDC recommends that everyone born between 1945 and 1965 should be screened for Hepatitis C. Without diagnosis and treatment, those infected are at risk for liver cancer and other Hepatitis C-related illnesses. They are also likely to transmit the disease to others. Safe and effective treatments for Hepatitis C are now available.

Learning       At conclusion of educational activity, participants will be able to:

                         a) Cite the risk factors of becoming infected with HCV

                         b) Determine who should be screened for HCV

                         c) Describe the treatment options for curing HCV

                         d) Manage the long-term health of patients after curing HCV

Agenda         6:00 pm          Registration and Reception

                      6:30                Dinner and Presentation

                      7:15                Questions and Discussion

                      7:30                Adjourn

Location       Michael Jordan’s Restaurant | 1225 W. 22nd St, Oak Brook, Illinois

Registration Information: No cost to attend  |  Registration is required
Please call Susan Marshall at 708-245-8050 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Medical Practice Extension Act

ISMS-Backed Medical Practice Act Extension Signed into Law

Governor Rauner recently signed Senate Bill 1348, which extends the sunset of the Medical Practice Act until Dec. 31, 2019. The bill had passed the General Assembly unanimously.

This two-year renewal is an important move in the right direction. In recent years, the General Assembly has only authorized one-year renewals. Having to reauthorize the Act each year opens the door to unnecessary chicanery and tinkering with the legal foundation for the practice of medicine.

The Medical Practice Act spells out the licensure standards and disciplinary proceedings for Illinois physicians. Without it, any person – regardless of qualification – could practice medicine in Illinois without restriction or penalty.

Learn more with ISMS’ brochure, What is the Medical Practice Act and Why Is it Important?

In the meantime, watch the Legislative Action Hub and Physician Advocate for future legislative developments.