Advocacy & Key Issues

ICEP knows emergency physicians in Illinois face several critical issues including boarding/crowding in hospitals, violence in the ED, workforce issues, out-of-network billing, and much more. ICEP represents your interests in state legislative arenas and with a wide range of health organizations.

Did you know? ICEP has many accomplishments to share and was successful in passing legislation to improve the Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act:

  • Increased hospital reimbursement to provide acute medical care to sexual assault survivors
  • Allowed survivors to opt out of using private insurance in a situation where there is a concern for safety or confidentiality
  • Increased the period for follow-up care to 180 (instead of 90) days after the initial visit for medical forensic services

Other successful accomplishments were:

  • Supported state funding of the new 988 emergency care number for behavioral health emergencies
  • Represented on the new Community Emergency Services and Supports Act (CESSA) technical advisory committee to develop protocols for Mobile Crisis Response (MCR) for 988 calls
  • Successful in opposing additional CME requirements for physicians on topics such as Alzheimer’s disease, cultural competency, and pediatric issues
  • Continued to collaborate with IDPH to develop strategies for reducing boarding of patients, especially those with behavioral health issues, in the ED

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