On May 30, the DuPage County Health Department hosted an Opioid Listening Session featuring Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D - IL 8th). This is the second year the Congressman has come to hear concerns around the opioid epidemic from DuPage County residents.
In his opening statement, Krishnamoorthi told the capacity audience that addressing the opioid epidemic is a bipartisan effort in Washington. He also noted that despite efforts all over the country, the severity of the epidemic has not lessened.
There is a critical shortage of beds for Substance Use Disorder treatment and treatment is expensive. The Congressman cited a pilot program Elk Grove Village is trying – paying for treatment, believing that over the long run that will prove less costly for the village.
Audience concerns included availability of alternative pain treatments, care for chronic pain patients, the high price of medical marijuana, and HIV and Hepatitis preventive care for current addicts.
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As passed by the Illinois General Assembly, Senate Bill 904 made three changes to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act:
● Allowing physicians to collect 1% interest on late medical claims by filing a claim for this interest in circuit court. Currently physicians cannot collect the 1% interest because there is no enforcement in current law.
● Requiring workers' compensation insurance companies to send an Explanation of Benefits to medical offices explaining why they have denied the authorization of medical care, or what additional information insurers need to make a decision on that care.
● Preventing workers' compensation insurers from ignoring the law that requires them to use electronic billing for workers' compensation claims.
"The important care provided by doctors, hospitals, and other providers is threatened because of a loophole being exploited by workers’ compensation insurance companies that allows them to authorize treatment and then not pay a medical provider," ISMS president-elect Paul E. Pedersen, MD, said in a statement.
Currently doctors in Illinois are owed millions of dollars for approved workers' compensation medical care.
Noting that the legislation enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support in the General Assembly, ISMS will seek an override of the Governor’s amendatory veto.