Welcome to the Illinois Society of Medical Assistants.
Executive Memo 
February 2016
“Let’s bind together and explore the next chapter of our ISMA”

Hello everyone,

I hope this finds everyone well and staying warm.  I am ready for summer already!

McClean County chapter recently became Central Illinois Chapter and combined with Mid State College and is up and running.  Their new slate of officers is as follows:
President: Amber Schappaugh, MA, RMA (AMT),
Vice President: Gail Piscaglia, CMA (AAMA)
Treasurer:  Patti Bean, CMA (AAMA). 
We wish them great success!!!

Recently CMA’s (AAMA) received good news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  CMS responded as follows:

We [CMS] disagree that the training on the use of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) is adequate for the purposes of entering an order under computerized provider order entry (CPOE) and executing any relevant action related to a clinical decision support (CDS). We believe CPOE and CDS duties should be considered clinical in nature, not clerical.  Therefore, CPOE and CDS duties, as noted, should be viewed in the same category as any other clinical task, which may only be performed by a qualified medical or clinical staff. 

This position of CMS is a resounding affirmation of the fact that only professionally credentialed medical assistants (such as CMAs (AAMA)) are qualified to enter orders safely into the CPOE system.

Thank you Don Balasa, JD, MBA, CEO for all your diligent work for CMA’s.  

Also if you know of anyone that wants to become a MA beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year through the 2020-2021 academic years, the Commission [Illinois Student Assistance Commission] shall, each year, receive and consider applications for grant assistance under this Section. An applicant is eligible for a grant under this Section if the Commission finds that the applicant meets all of the following qualifications:
(1) He or she is a resident of this State and a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen.
(2) He or she is enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a medical assistant program at a public community college in this State that will lead to certification to work as a medical assistant.  
(3) Recipients shall be selected from among applicants qualified pursuant to subsection (a) of this Section based on financial need, as determined by the Commission. Preference may be given to previous recipients of assistance under this Section, provided they continue to maintain eligibility and maintain satisfactory academic progress, as determined by the institution at which they enroll.
(4) Each grant awarded under this Section shall be in an amount sufficient to pay the tuition and fees of the institution at which the recipient is enrolled, except that no recipient may receive more than $5,000 in a single academic year.  This is a great way for individuals to be able to afford an education and become a CMA (AAMA).

CONTINUE TO SEND DONNA THE COKE CODES.  IF YOU CAN'T READ THE NUMBER ON A CAP HOLD IT UP TO A LIGHT OR USE A LITTLE FLASH LIGHT AND SHINE IT THROUGH THE BACK, INSTANT NUMBERS. You can email the numbers to Donna Radzun, CMA (AAMA).  Every little bit counts and is used for raffle items. donnabella4121@yahoo.com.     

Winter Meeting and Education session in Normal, IL. 
February 19-21, 2016. 
Candlewood Suites, 203 Susan Dr, Normal, IL 61761
Call:  309-862-4100 for reservations. $79.99 per night.
The meeting will be held at the Center for Health Bloomington Radiology, 2200 Fort Jesse Road, Normal, IL. 

APRIL 22-23, 2016
847-985-0101  2 Queens - $89.99  1 King - $99.99
Hosted by Aux Plaines Chapter. 
Call Donna Radzun if you have any questions:  708-687-3265 

2016 ISMA Symposium - August 20, 2016. 
Hosted by Mississippi Valley Chapter 
Holiday Inn, 22617th Street Rock Island, IL 61201
309-794-1212  Room Rates:  $99.00 for 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed  

September 16-19, 2016 in Reston, Virginia  

Sharon Strutzenberg, CMA (AAMA), MA
ISMA President2014-2016
815-636-1460 fax