IPMA Newsletter

 

 

 

Lead Article for the March Newsletter

Our team, comprised of Matthew O’Shea, Sarah Kuhn and Ben Lazare, has had the honor and privilege of representing the IPMA in Springfield starting in February of last year. The initial goals were to pick up where the other lobbying team left off but build additional legislative ambassadors, coordinate with the Illinois State Medical Society and have a presence on the political side.

Last legislative session a number of medical licensed professionals received a fee waiver, however the Podiatrists did not receive a fee waiver. We organized a legislative strategy for the House, Senate and Executive side that began this past veto session and continued into lame duck session. Our legislative ask was a fee waiver for 2023 or to be given a credit if it was already paid. This was truly a team effort as we had to convince the Legislative Medicaid Working group and Executive side that we should have been included in the original fee waiver. At one point the Executive side was opposed due to the budget concerns and we were able to work through their concerns and legislative concerns to ultimately pass HB 240 in lame duck session. We were the only additional group to be added as a fee waiver. State Representative Fred Crespo and Leader Theresa Mah were very helpful in our efforts.

We have started the 103rd legislative session with democrat supermajorities in the house and senate. We have a brand new House Republican Minority Leader Tony McCombie (first Republican woman) in House and Senate Republican Minority Leader, John Curran, in Senate. There are 20 new members in the House and 7 in the Senate. With the new year, we have started on our path of continuing to build our relationship with the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS). We asked to present before the ISMS to educate their group on our training and where we could work togehter. We were invited to participate in a meeting before their Health Care Committee. On January 11, Dr. Sanchez, Dr. Norquist and Dr. Hryanek appeared before the Health Care Committee of the ISMS. We were the second group to ever appear before the ISMS. The feedback I received was that the team did a great job led by Dr. Hrywnak. The goal was not only to add additional responsibilities for Podiatrists but also to find common area where we could work in a collaborative effort with ISMS. We are finalizing a bill that will allow for vaccinations. Our legislative champions are Assistant Majority Leader Theresa Mah and Senator Julie Morrison.

The legislature is set to adjourn Friday, May 19th. Our efforts will be focused on this legislative effort, partnering with ISMS, and continuing to build legislative champions.

Matthew O’Shea
President
Matthew O’Shea Consulting, Inc.

 

 

 


 

Newsletter Article for January  2023 From IPMA President

Dear IPMA Members,

 

As the new year arrives, exciting times remain ahead for the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to say thank you for your support and we will continue to serve the membership and promote our great profession. It is an honor to serve as your President for the upcoming year. 

Full licensure remains a top priority for our organization as insurance companies move away from fee for service and reimbursements continue to decline. It is important to note that our goal is not to expand our scope of practice per se; we want to simply be on the same playing field as other providers. As podiatrists, we have a limited license; however, MDs, DOs, NPs, and PAs all have full, or plenary, licensure which could potentially affect insurance inclusion as value-based care becomes more prevalent. Being cut out of insurance plans would obviously be devastating to our profession so it is important to get ahead of this issue. Thus, it continues to be a top line item for our profession at a state and national level. The IPMA will continue to work with Scholl College and the Illinois State Medical Society to pave a path more clearly to full licensure and mitigate this risk.

 

As most are aware, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation modified license renewal requirements this upcoming cycle in January 2023. Podiatrists are now required to have an additional hour of training in Alzheimer’s and other dementias as well as an hour of training in implicit bias. The IPMA is proud to provide these webinars free of charge to our members. Dr. Janet Simon presented a wonderful and informative lecture to our members last month on bias training. Please be sure to sign up for the Alzheimer’s lecture on Tuesday, January 10 presented by the IPMAs own Dr. Hrywnak to make sure to have all new requirements satisfied for the upcoming renewal. In the same vein, we are very close to receiving our renewal fee waiver with the hard work of our new lobbyist, Matt O’Shea. This language has been included in HB 240, which has passed both chambers, it now awaits the Governor’s signature. Please note that should this pass, and a podiatrist has already paid the renewal fee, the podiatrist will be credited for the next renewal cycle in 2025. We will alert the membership via an email blast as soon as the Governor has signed the bill.

The IPMA's affiliation with the Guild is up for renewal this year as well. There are a great number of benefits to continue the affiliation. For example, the Guild works with members of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Labor office which makes it easier for our organization to meet with BCBS. The sheer number of members of the OPEIU/Guild is helpful for our lobbying efforts. Additionally, there are a number of members who have health insurance offered through the OPEIU. There are numerous other benefits including free roadside assistance, identity protection, death benefits, student debt reduction programs, selective loan programs, AT&T, and other company discounts. This is not all inclusive, but please go to the IPMA website to take a deep dive into all the member benefits. Information will be forthcoming regarding the vote.

Young member involvement is as important as ever for the IPMA. We remain focused on recruiting talented and motivated students to our field. The youth is the future of our profession and organization, and we must nurture our incoming leaders. Earlier this year, myself and other members of the Board of Directors spent a day at Scholl College speaking with podiatry students. We gave a lecture and had the opportunity to have lunch with the students. They were very appreciative of our support. The IPMA will continue its commitment to academic excellence and support scholarships for our hardworking students.

The IPMA still has a lot in store for the next year including more free CE webinars, an in-person meet and greet, and a virtual town hall! Stay tuned for more details.

Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for your continued support of the IPMA.

 

Sincerely,

Patrick Sanchez, DPM

IPMA President

 

 IPMA CME Offerings
The IPMA will be offering members the following complimentary webinars:

 

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  • Sexual Harassment 101 Hosted, on demand by PICA, click the link below, listen to the presentation, and answer the required questions to receive your CE Certificate from PICA.

https://info.picagroup.com/video-sexualharassment-101

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Presented by Sev Hrywnak, DPM

Click Here to register 

 

License Renewal Information

License renewal occurs preceding January 31 of each odd- number year (01/31/2023). For additional information follow the below links

https://idfpr.illinois.gov/default.asp

https://idfpr.illinois.gov/renewals/apply/forms/f1494po.pdf

https://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/068/068013600000700R.html

 

Continuing Education Hour Requirement

  1. Every renewal applicant who applies for renewal of a license as a podiatric physician must complete 100 hours of continuing education (CE) relevant to the practice of podiatric medicine.
  2. A prerenewal period is the 24. Months preceding January of each odd- numbered year.
  3. A renewal applicant is not required to comply with CE requirements for the first renewal.
  4. Podiatric physicians licensed in Illinois by residing and practicing in other states must comply with the CE requirement set for in this section.
  5. OPIOD Requirement- 3 hours on safe opioid prescribing practices  Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Podiatric Administrative Code: Podiatric Medical Licensing Board - State of Illinois 

 

Podiatry CME State Requirements

Find your state in the table below to see how many CME Credits your State requires, when your next renewal date is, and how many you can earn online (revised: August 2022)

 https://www.podiatry.com/State-Online-Podiatry-CME-Laws#info