In early 2019, ISMS surveyed more than 1,000 Illinois physicians to assess concerns about PA and its overall impact on patient care. The results won’t surprise you:

To read the full survey report, click here.

What are we going to do?

The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) is concerned that prior authorization (PA) is overused by health insurers and places unnecessary burdens on patients and physicians. We are working to change that. We are committed to bringing efficiency, fairness and transparency to prior authorization in Illinois.

How are we going to do it?

Making prior authorization work for Illinois patients is going to require legislative action. The Illinois State Medical Society has identified several priorities we believe are critical to reforming prior authorization in Illinois, from streamlining the process and increasing transparency to ensuring that PA requirements are based on evidence-based criteria.

We are leading the charge, and will work with advocates representing physicians, other health professionals, and patients, to name a few. Our goal is to make prior authorization work for Illinois patients!

How can I help?

There are four ways you can help fix prior authorization in Illinois:

  1. Tell us your story. Send us an email at to tell us how prior authorization affects your patients and you. As we work with elected officials and negotiate with other stakeholders, having real stories from real people is critically important to driving home the need for these reforms. Your name and other identifying information will be kept strictly confidential.
  2. Sign the petition below. Every signature helps to show elected officials that there is overwhelming support for fixing prior authorization.
  3. Call your legislators. Your elected officials will be hearing from us, but hearing from their constituents is vital as well. Urge them to support the Prior Authorization Reform Act (H.B. 5510 / S.B. 3822) and fix prior authorization for Illinois patients!
  4. Spread the word. Tell your colleagues, friends, and family about this campaign, and encourage them to join you in taking these steps. Tell your patients who are affected by prior authorization that they can join in the fight as well!
Sign the petition! To lend your voice to our effort and receive updates on the status of our campaign, enter your name and email address below, along with a brief story about how prior authorization affects you:
If you’re a physician and are not currently a member of ISMS, join us today.
ISMS is the only organization dedicated to helping every Illinois physician BE HEARD!

Coalition Members

Illinois State Medical SocietyThresholdsArthritis FoundationIllinois Chapter of the American Association of Pediatrics LogoIllinois Section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists · Illinois Society of Eye Physicians and SurgeonsIllinois Society for Advanced Practice NursingAmerican Nurses AssociationIllinois Association for Behavioral HealthIllinois Academy of Family PhysiciansAmerican Cancer SocietyIllinois College of Emergency PhysiciansIllinois Hospital AssociationAmerican Association of Clinical UrologistsIllinois Primary Health Care AssociationIllinois Society of AnesthesiologistsIllinois Association of Orthopaedic SurgeonsNational Alliance on Mental Illness