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Note: Our office will be closed January 30 to February 6. Email from members will be answered daily. Voice messages will be picked up periodically. Faxes are received daily. Please fax to 847-574-0445. Thank you!
LCMS Annual Meeting & Holiday Party Held
Members, family and friends enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner and the spectacular musical Singin' in the Rain at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater on December 29. Dr. Piyush Vyas was elected to serve as president for the second year in a row. That's a first for LCMS! Congrats to Dr. Vyas who also serves as the District 1 Trustee to the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. James Milam is an ISMS Delegate to the AMA as well as a past president of the Illinois State Medical Society and Lake County Medical Society.
The 2017 ISMS Annual Meeting will be April 21-23, 2017 in Oak Brook. All members are welcome to attend. Details will be posted early in 2017.
New Affordable Dental and Vision Insurance
Plans Available for All LCMS Members!
The Lake County Medical Society is excited to offer current Members and their staff access to affordable Dental and Vision insurance plans through Delta Dental of Illinois, featuring the largest network of dentists in the nation!
This is not your traditional employer sponsored Dental & Vision Plan. There are no employer participation requirements. Your employer does not have to contribute toward the premium. Employers and employees pay for their coverage individually. The plans are voluntary and offered as a benefit to member employers and their employees.
The plan effective date is December 1st, 2016. Annual open enrollment will be held each year from November 15th to December 31st. Note: The open enrollment for dental insurance has been extended until January 31 due to the holidays.
Your rates will be guaranteed for 2 years! Finally something you can count on not to increase next year!
The Delta Dental Insurance plans pay 100% for preventive services such as exams, cleanings and x-rays, with NO deductible. Additionally, with the Delta Dental PPO plan, deep discounts are provided for services such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and more, with an annual maximum benefit of $1250 per person. If you select the Delta Dental DHMO, you have an unlimited annual benefit for most covered services, including coverage for orthodontia.
The Delta Vision Insurance plan provides comprehensive coverage, including a $10 copay for your annual eye exam, plus a $25 copay for frames, lenses and contacts. There is even a benefit payable if you purchase your glasses or contacts at a non-participating provider! Just send in your receipt and receive a check back for the annual benefit allowance. It is as simple as that.
As an LCMS member, you now have access to comprehensive dental and vision plan options that are both affordable and easy to use! Please visit our enrollment website at LCMS.lakecountybenefits.com to learn more about the different plan options.
Enrolling in the plans is simple! You will need to enter our group membership code to enroll: 3629530. Enroll now at LCMS.lakecountybenefits.com!
Photos from April's Illinois State
Medical Society Annual Meeting
Lake County Medical Society delegates joined over 100 representatives from around the state for the annual meeting of the Illinois State Medical Society House of Delegates, on a beautiful spring weekend. Attendees enjoyed a reception on Friday evening at the Old State House, walking distance from the Capitol building, and many members enjoyed other historic sights during free time in Springfield. Business matters, including resolutions submitted from around the state were discussed throughout the weekend. Watch for summaries in our newsletter and on the ISMS.org website.
We are proud to have honored our own member, Scott Cooper, MD (emergency medicine) the outgoing ISMS president, as his term and service to physicians and patients in Illinois ended this weekend. Thank you, Dr. Cooper!
Annual Doctor-Lawyer Dinner Held March, 2016
First year medical student Patrick Kim (pictured to the left of Dr. Cooper in the photo below) from Rosalind Franklin University meets with Scott Cooper, MD, president of the Illinois State Medical Society at the annual Doctor-Lawyer dinner, March 2016, at The Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest. The speakers addressed the medical and legal implications of medical marijuana use. The dinner program was attended by 98 doctors, attorneys and Lake County judges.
The Medical Society was happy to welcome three medical students (pictured above, left) from Rosalind Franklin university here in Lake County. They seemed to enjoy the program and the opportunity to mingle with members during the dinner program. L to R: Patrick Kim, Yao Ying Jonathan Tseng and Farah Khan.
December's Annual Dinner
Left: Dr. Daniel Liesen (general surgeon), who served as president for 2015, with incoming president Dr. Piyush Vyas (radiologist) at the Annual Dinner in December, 2015, an enjoyable holiday celebration, dinner and theater night at the Lincolnshire Marriott for members and families. Thank you for your service to the Medical Society, Dr. Liesen!
LCMS Hosts Fall Mini-Internship
Five Mini Interns spent part of two days at Vista Medical Center East and James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Facility the second week of October, 2015, shadowing doctors in our annual show-and-tell program.
This learning experience for attorneys, judges, insurance company employees and others who are closely associated with the medical profession is invaluable to each of the participants. The opportunity to exchange information and learn about the intricacies of closely related professions is of mutual benefit to our members and the invitees who participate.
This year, Mini-Interns got a welcome educational experience for several hours in radiology from the helpful professionals under Dr. Piyush Vyas at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care facility in North Chicago.
We extend our most sincere gratitude to Joan Ordesta, Supervisor in Surgery at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan and her entire welcoming staff. Thanks to all for their gracious assistance and time during this important community outreach program, which has taken place at least once a year since it was first implemented in 1989 by the Lake County Medical Society, with the guidance of the current program chairman, Dr. Raghu Thunga and executive director Jane Stein.
Top photo: Two Mini-Interns, a doctor and a nurse. Picture taken during our fall Mini-Internship program. Many thanks to Vista Medical Center East and especially to Joan Ordesta supervisor in Surgery. Pictured above are Mini-Interns Jill Munson and Lisa Munch, both defense attorneys with Hinshaw and Culbertson, general surgeon Dr. Daniel Liesen, who is president of LCMS and Joan Ordesta. Dr. Raghu Thunga, an anesthesiologist, chairs the event and generously guided the Mini-Interns during their time in surgery. Mini-interns always remark about how beneficial this opportunity is for them, and how first hand observation helps them immeasurably in their jobs.
Bottom left photo: A first-hand observation experience is worth more than any words one may read or hear. Pictured in the lower right picture Dr. Thunga explains the patient record. The intricate and detailed records that are maintained in hospitals sometimes astound lay people, not to mention the strict regulations covering everything from equipment cleaning to privacy procedures.
Below, top photo: Group of staff and Mini-Interns at Vista Medical Center East. Thank you for your hospitality!
Photos below, top left: Dr. William Woods; photo top right: Dr Piyush Vyas with two mini-interns at
the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Facility
Our Own Antiques Show Delights Members!
Fall is in the air, but August, 2015, was still a gentle summer evening to enjoy with colleagues and friends. What fun we had with antiques appraiser Karl Gates who looked over a wide variety of members' antiques, art objects and collectibles! We saw everything from old coins, to paintings, jewelry, a rifle from 1846, 18th and 19th century sterling silver, porcelain, old Irish bagpipes, and Disney cartoon drawings. The informal social evening gave everyone the opportunity to share some personal treasures and anecdotes in addition to just enjoying the company of friends and colleagues at Bella Via restaurant in Highland Park. We were delighted to see Dr. Scott Cooper, a Lake County Medical Society member who is now President of the Illinois State Medical Society, in addition to Dr. James Milam, our District I Trustee to the Illinois State Medical Society. Watch for news of our fall program, soon.
Photos from 2015 ISMS Annual Meeting
Pictured above in photo on left (left to right) are Drs. Gerald Frank, James Milam and Erik Nelson. In the picture
above right, Dr Gerald Frank (left), a Lake County Delegate, and ISMS president elect, Dr. Scott Cooper.
Illinois State Medical Society is celebrating its 175th birthday this year. Dr, John Todd was the first president
in 1840. Members were treated to cake and ice cream at the end of the first day of the Annual Meeting.
Top left photo, left to right: Drs. Piyush Vyas, James Milam, Scott Cooper, Rashmikant Patel and Gregory Kruper at
the ISMS House of Delegates meeting in Oak Brook. Dr. Scott Cooper, a Lake County member, was installed as ISMS
president. Dr Rebecca Bergman is featured in the other photos including with Dr. James Milam in the photo top
right and with Dr. Scott Cooper in the bottom left photo.
Illinois HIV Care Connect Launches Upgraded Website
With Viral Suppression Educational Campaign and Survey
Illinois HIV Care Connect recently announced the launch of an upgraded website (www.hivcareconnect.com) featuring information about the importance of achieving viral suppression for people living with HIV.
Achieving viral suppression is a goal for individuals receiving anti-HIV medications, also known as anti-retroviral treatment (ART). Reaching viral suppression means that the amount of HIV in the blood is very low. Keeping HIV at this low level helps people living with HIV to stay healthy and live longer, and greatly reduces their chances of passing HIV on to others.
The viral suppression page on the website — www.hivcareconnect.com/viral-suppression — educates people living with HIV about the importance of achieving viral suppression. The page includes a link to a survey through which people with HIV can test their understanding of viral suppression and provide feedback to Illinois HIV Care Connect.
LCMS News Briefs
Our LCMS office is closed on Wednesdays. Email from members to LakeDocs@aol.com is monitored 7 days a week. Contact the LCMS office with any questions. Responding to member inquiries is our first priority.
Our "bounce-back list" for your email addresses and fax numbers needs to be refreshed periodically. Please keep us posted so we can communicate with you most effectively. Email your preferred email address and fax number to LakeDocs@aol.com and please provide your full name, or call 847-482-0222.
Many thanks to Senator Morrison for sharing her time with us last August in her Deerfield District office. Our Trustee to the Illinois State Medical Society, James Milam, MD, and executive director Jane Stein spent an hour sharing ideas and exchanging thoughts on topics of mutual concern to physicians and patients.
In July, 2015, HealthReach Clinic partnered with Erie Family Health Center to open the Erie HealthReach Health Center in Waukegan at 2323 Grand. This partnership transitioned HealthReach Clinic, which has provided healthcare in Lake County for 22 years, from a free clinic to a federally qualified health center. Erie HealthReach Health Center - Mundelein, a former HealthReach site, will remain at 109 N. Seymour Ave. Erie serves individuals who are on Medicaid or private insurance, as well as those who are uninsured via a sliding scale fee system. Erie estimates the new Waukegan center will provide care for about 13,000 patients through more than 44,000 annual patient visits. Erie also partners with local hospitals to provide patients with diagnostic and specialty services such as mammograms and cardiology services. For more information, go to the Erie Family Health Center website.
Have you seen this? Our most popular post of the year!
From the Illinois State Medical Society What Happened During the Legislative Session? A lot.
Illinois doctors have a strong advocate in the state's capitol — ISMS. During each legislative session, the governmental affairs staff works hard behind the scenes to educate legislators on the realities of practicing medicine in Illinois. This past session was no different.
Check out the end-of-session wrap up recently compiled by ISMS. This 23-page document details the many health related bills debated in Springfield, from scope-of-practice legislation, to public health, payor issues and more.
We encourage you to share this document with your colleagues, particularly those who are nonmembers and get this crucial advocacy for free! ISMS has produced a poster about the report that can be displayed in your medical staff office or elsewhere. And remember, without your dues dollars and IMPAC (Illinois Medical Political Action Committee) donations, this type of advocacy would not be possible.
LCMS and Medline Partner to Offer Product Discounts
Through an agreement with Medline Industries, Inc., a local company and the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical/surgical supplies in the US, LCMS members will receive discounts on products and services.
Volunteer for the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps.
In response to the outpouring of volunteer support in the days following September 11, 2001, the Citizen Corps. was created by the President. Citizen Corps volunteers work to make sure their families, homes, and communities are prepared in the event of terrorism, crime, and disasters of all kinds. One specialized component of this effort is the Medical Reserve Corps. [Get complete details!]
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Piyush I. Vyas, MD
District I Trustee -
Illinois State Medical Society
Scott Cooper, MD
Immediate Past President
James Milam, MD
District 1 Trustee
ISMS Past President