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  • April 5, 2016

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  • Better Communication May Mean Fewer Lawsuits: Check Out These Upcoming ISMIE Live Events

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    April 19, Chicago: "Fellowship Fundamentals: Communications"

    ISMIE loss data shows that communications breakdowns between patients, health care professionals and staff can be costly. Failed discussions, hand-offs, discharges and on-call coverage can become significant factors in medical liability lawsuits.  

    On April 19, ISMIE will sponsor Fellowship Fundamentals: Communications, an interactive live seminar aimed at building empathy and rapport with patients, staff and other health care professionals. The first session of the event will address building better clinician-patient communications in a variety of case scenarios and real-life situations. The second will build better clinician communication during consultations and at critical points of transition in patient care.  

    Policyholders may qualify for a 1% premium discount credit for attending this three-hour session, which will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at ISMIE headquarters, 20 N. Michigan Ave., 8th floor, Chicago, IL 60602.


    patientMay 13 - Nov. 15, Multiple Locations: "The Patient Experience"

    Switching perspectives on the clinical experience isn't always easy, but it's a great learning tool for physicians and staff trying to better connect with their patients.  The Patient Experience: What Is It Like to Be the Patient? helps all practice team members, from physicians to billing clerks, create solid relationships with patients that could lead to better treatment outcomes and a better working environment overall. The program is being offered throughout the state and is open to all ISMIE policyholders and their staff:

    • May 13, Rockford, Hilton Garden Inn
    • July 12, Oak Brook, The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
    • Oct. 18, East Peoria, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
    • Nov. 15, Chicago, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company

    Attendees will apply communication strategies and techniques to improve the patient experience using case scenarios and real-life situations. Policyholders may earn AMA-PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending. For more information on both of these programs and other ISMIE risk management activities, email the Risk Management Team or call 800-782-4767 ext. 3300.



  • Indiana's New Medical Liability Cap Signed into Law

    lawIndiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed legislation raising the state's medical liability cap from the current $1.25 million to $1.65 million in 2017 and to $1.8 million by 2019. 

    The new law raises individual physician liability from $250,000 to $400,000 for a claim brought after June 30, 2017, and to $500,000 after June 30, 2019. Any award in excess of those levels will be paid from the state's Patient Compensation Fund.

    Not surprisingly, personal injury lawyers negotiated a larger cut of the increased awards for themselves. After June 30, 2017, attorney fees will be capped at 32% of any recovery under the act, compared to the previous 15%.



  • Is Your Practice Model Changing? Call ISMIE or Your Broker

    If you're thinking of expanding patient services or bringing other clinicians into your practice, it's a good idea to give the ISMIE Mutual Underwriting Division a call. It's our job to make sure your coverage fits all services you're providing or planning for the future.

    Make us a part of your advisory team. Email the Underwriting Division or call 800-782-4767 ext. 3350. If you utilize an insurance broker, you may also wish to contact him or her.



  • They're at it Again...Hoch teS! (Translation: We're all Ears!)

    If you consider Klingon a second language, listen up. There's a Hollywood lawsuit that's gone where no complaint has gone before - and it's aiming its phasers directly at you. Well, at a few of your geeky friends, anyway.

    For now.

    In December, Paramount and CBS, the respective owners of Star Trek's movie and TV rights, sicced their lawyers on a crowdfunded, feature-length Star Trek film called Axanar.

    Everybody sues over intellectual property rights in Hollywood, right? Well, apparently not in the Star Trek universe, where for the past 50 years, die-hard fans have been running around in Federation uniforms and pointy ears creating content without so much as a snotty letter from the Borg.  

    In return, most Trekkies would claim they've helped build the legendary space opera into one of the world's most enduring and valuable entertainment properties. So that might explain why the forces of Century City have escalated concerns over a fan film to a full-scale intergalactic IP war with everythingTrek at stake - including the rights to the Klingon mother tongue. 

    We'll be watching. No, really. With snacks.