Welcome!

Thank you for visiting the

Will-Grundy County Medical Society website.

 

Affiliated with the Illinois State Medical Society

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Feel free to contact us at 3033 W. Jefferson St., Suite #220, Joliet, IL 60435

Phone us at 815/744-5676 or reach us through our Contact Page.

Various members are associated with the following:

Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital

Presence St. Joseph Medical Center

Silver Cross Hospital

Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers

Become a member today!

For a membership application, click here. (then press the “More” button for Print and/or E-mail Options.)

Medical Society Moving!

As of October 15, 2018 the Will-Grundy County Medical Society will be closing it’s office in Joliet. We are in the process of working with the other collar county medical societies to see if there’s any future in becoming part of a larger regional organization. But for now we need to make some major changes to prepare for whatever comes next.

Our office secretary (Sue) has offered to allow us to move the important materials and records to her home to continue the functioning of the medical society for next few months. Our phone number will remain the same 815/744-5676.

All correspondence should be addressed:

Will-Grundy County Medical Society

P.O. Box 275

Channahon, IL 60410

Thank you,

JD Wright, M.D.

 

Doctor Paul Rubino’s wife Ann is an accomplished book writer.

Her next book titled “Inga’s Amazing Ideas” is about a girl from the Orphan Train who stirs up a tiny Iowa town in 1889 with her vigorous approach to all things mechanical. Members may want to know about it for their middle grade children/grand-children.

Mrs. Rubino will be at the American Italian Cultural Society on September 23rd from 3 – 5 p.m, signing and sharing cookies. All are invited.

American Italian Cultural Society, 1918 Donmaur Drive, Crest Hill, IL

 

For many years memberships in the state society (ISMS) and your local county medical society (WGCMS) have been linked. After much discussion and interchange with county societies and individual physician members, ISMS has decided to essentially de-link from ALL County Medical Societies. Starting January 1, 2019, Illinois physicians can belong to their County Medical Society, or ISMS or to both.

This in no way diminishes the level of interaction or cooperation between ISMS and your local medical society which still relies on ISMS for a number of important functions, including lobbying and advocacy on our behalf.

Any questions, please call the Medical Society office at 815-744-5676 or email us at wgcms220@outlook.com

Special Event filled with learning, and personal and professional development for women physicians and medical students.

Where: Illinois State Medical Society Office Building, 20 N. Michigan Ave., 8th Floor, Chicago

When: September 22

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

ISMS MEMBERS $50

Non-Members $100

Students and Residents Free

Lunch will be served, along with coffee/snacks in the morning.

Register Today! Call 800-782-4767

Clean Claims are being “edited” for review by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBSIL) of ILL when modifiers -25 and -59 are used. If claim is not validated, the claim for the modifier is denied.

The original procedure should be paid without edit. The edit only applies to modified services when using modifier -25 or modifier -59.

Back in November of 2017, BCBCIL, implemented code-editing software into its claim processing, that validates modifiers included on submitted claims. This focused on Modifiers -25 and -59. This software edit being applied requires a practice to validate the use of the modifier on the claim. Therefore, for denied claims, file for RECONDISERATION with medical records that provide support for the use of the modifier. DO NOT SUBMIT AN “APPEAL” IN THIS CIRCUMSTANCE. Use the online Claim Inquiry. Resolution (CIR) Tool to submit medical records for further review, or print out the Claim Review Form, fill it out and mail it to the address on the form.

If you are an ISMS member, you can contact the ISMS Advocacy Team by calling 800-782-4767 Ext. 1470.

Patients who need help with the cost of prescription medications can now get a complimentary discount card from the state’s largest association of physicians.

The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) announced plans to distribute the Illinois Rx Card, a discount prescription medication card to all Illinois residents. The discount card generates savings of up to 75 percent on prescription drugs at more than 68,000 pharmacies nationwide.

Illinois Rx Card helps uninsured and under-insured residents afford prescription medications. This resource has already saved Illinois residents more than $171 Million since inception.

Illinois Rx Card discounts are available to patients whose health insurance coverage does not include prescription benefits. Those who do have prescription coverage with their health insurance can use this program to get discounts on medications that are not covered by their insurance plan. All Illinois residents are eligible regardless of their current prescription coverage benefits.

Illinois residents can print a discount card, search drug pricing, and locate participating pharmacies at www.illinoisrxcard.com

 

9 RED HOT INGREDIENTS TO FIRE UP YOUR ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE COLLECTIONS IN JUST 30 MINUTES A WEEK

Let’s face it. You didn’t get into the medical profession to be a bill collector. Yet, as the cost of medical care continues to rise and families struggle to pay their monthly bills more and more medical offices are finding themselves in the very difficult role of also trying to collect on unpaid bills.

Don’ worry. We’re going to spice things up and give you our top 9 tips to help you get paid quickly and easily. Best of all, it will only take you 30 minutes a week to get it done!

Here’s just a taste of what you’ll learn:

How to collect money in your office.Why time costs you money. How to effectively separate the financial transaction from the doctor’s visit.
How to pick and effectively work with a collection agency.
And much, much more!

Where:     Denny’s

2531 Plainfield Road, Joliet

Time:        11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Date:         May 15th, 2018

Cost:          $20.00 per person

Please RSVP to Sue at 815-744-5676 or email to wgcms220@outlook.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On March 22, 2018 the WGCMS will hold it’s 2018 Annual Meeting, Business Reception and Physician Appreciation Dinner.

It will be held at the Bolingbrook Golf Club at 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook.

Come out and visit our Business Supporters from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., followed by our dinner and program.

This year our guest speaker will be Dr. John Kahler from MedGlobal. Dr. Kahler will do a presentation on his travel to Bangladesh.

The title of his program is “The Rohingya: providing care to the voiceless”

In August of 2016 the government of Myanmar began to systematic attempt to ethnically cleanse their country of the Rohyngia. Over the next 6 months, 700,000 refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh. Dr. Kahler’s MedGlobal, Inc was there from the beginning. Dr. Kahler will discuss the crisis and the efforts to deliver primary health care services to this beleaguered population.

Invitations will be mailed out mid February. ALL PHYSICIANS ON STAFF AT LOCAL HOSPITALS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! There is no cost to attend…..

RSVP to wgcms220@outlook.com or call Sue at 815-744-5676

There is no cost to enroll or to use the program, which also integrated into many electronic medical records systems. All prescribers with an ILL substance license includes physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and others Must Enroll in the PMP.

Those in the program will be required to attempt checking the PMP Before writing an initial prescription for a Schedule ll opioid. That attempt must be documented in the medical record. There are exceptions oncology treatment; palliative care; and acute traumatic medical conditions, when a supply of 7 days or less is prescribed in the ER.

If you are a member of ISMS, and you need help in registering call 1-800-782-4767, Ext. 1470 or   hpresearch@isms.org

To register go to http://www.ilpmp.org

dhs.pmp@illinois.gov                         Or you can call 217-524-1311

 

 

If your office sees Medicare patients, a blitz of new ID Cards will begin appearing at your check-in desks in April.

Coming in April of 2018 new Medicare ID Cards will be sent by mail to all beneficiaries.

Why?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is preparing an initiative designed to combat fraud and better protect patients.

The big change is that the cards will NO longer contain society security numbers. Instead, they will use a unique, randomly-selected number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), and 11-digit number using alpha and numeric characters. The MBI will replace the current Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN), which is based on patients social security number.

The new cards will begin to be mailed out in April 2018. The transtiion period that will run from April 2018 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Test your system and work with your billing staff to ensure that your medical office will be ready to use the new MBI format.

Questions, call Sue at the Medical Soicety officee at 815/744-5676 or email her at wgcms220@outlook.com

 

 

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