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  • August 9, 2016

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  • Great News, ISMIE Policyholders: NO Change in Base Premiums for 2016-17!

    happyphysicianValue, service and innovation - these are the hallmarks of ISMIE Mutual coverage, and for 2016-17, policyholders will receive even more protection without any change in their base premiums.

    "For nearly a decade, ISMIE Mutual has held Illinois premiums essentially flat," said ISMIE Chairman Harold L. Jensen, MD. "Many of our policyholder partners are actually paying less than they were 10 years ago when factoring in premium credits for participation in our risk management program and dividend distributions."

    If you have any questions about your coverage, feel free to contact ISMIE's Underwriting Team at 800-782-4767 or by email at underwriting@ismie.com. If you utilize an insurance broker, you may also wish to contact him or her.



  • ISMIE Risk Management Events: New Dates for Popular 'Dissecting Diagnostic Error' Series; Records Release Webinar Set for August 16

    Whether you're a clinician hoping to sharpen your diagnostic skills or a practice management professional handling patient medical records requests, ISMIE's upcoming Risk Management events have great information for you.

    Dissecting Diagnostic Error  - New Dates! If you missed this informative program earlier this year, you're in luck - ISMIE will add two new dates to its popular "Dissecting Diagnostic Error" seminar series, September 9 in Springfield and October 26 in Glen Ellyn. The program presents an analysis of the latest research and solutions clinicians can use to improve their diagnostic accuracy and skills. The sessions feature:

    • Mark Graber, MD, a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel behind last year's "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care" report, who will discuss major findings from the report and how electronic medical records can play a role in better diagnostic practices; and
    • Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, a practicing emergency medicine physician, hospitalist, and author of "Blueprint for Diagnostic Excellence," who will offer guidance on diagnostic tracking and feedback systems, metacognition, real-time learning and practical skill development.

    Date/Time:

    • September 9, noon-3 p.m., Sangamo Club, 227 E. Adams Street, Springfield. 
    • October 26, 9 a.m.-noon, Crowne Plaza, 1250 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn.  

    Eligible policyholders may earn a 1% premium discount and AMA-PRA Category 1 Credit.

    Register here to attend the seminar.

    Record Release: Do You Know What's Changed?  This 45-minute ISMIE webinar will cover recent federal guidance on fees and procedures for patient record requests. ISMIE Mutual's Assistant Vice President of Legal Services, Robert Kane, will discuss how physicians and staff can avoid potential financial penalties and patient confusion tied to these new rules. Eligible policyholders may earn AMA-PRA Category 1 Credit.™

    Date/Time: August 16, noon. Register here for the webinar.

    ISMIE will be adding exciting new Risk Management events in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!



  • Allied Health Professionals? ISMIE Has Them Covered

    healthyheartA recent PIAA poll of underwriting professionals noted that requests for coverage from nurse practitioners and physician assistants are up - way up. In fact, 62% of the medical liability trade association's respondents noted an increase in coverage requests from such allied health professionals over the past year.

    While many non-physician health professionals, such as lab technicians, office nurses and x-ray technicians, are covered under ISMIE Mutual policies at no additional charge, for a separate premium ISMIE covers a wide range of allied health professionals on a shared- or separate-limit basis. 

    These professionals include: certified nurse midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and psychologists. Coverage is also available on a separate-limit basis for podiatrists, pharmacists, chiropractors, dentists, and optometrists.

    If you have questions about coverage for your expanding staff or on behalf of colleagues in the field who may be looking for new coverage, don't hesitate to reach out to a member of the ISMIE Underwriting Team. Contact us at 800-782-4767 or by email at underwriting@ismie.com.



  • PM Update Readers Respond

    PM Update  - ISMIE Mutual's quarterly e-newsletter for practice management professionals - recently conducted an online survey to determine how our readers define their jobs and what topics and activities matter most to them. Some outtakes:

    • Most describe their No. 1 job responsibility as office management (76%), followed by compliance (45%) and finance (37%).
    • The topics PM Update readers are most interested in involve HIPAA and risk management (tied at just over 60%), followed closely by seminars and online educational opportunities (58%) and practice management career development (54%).

    The responses show that we're writing for a dynamic audience with a workload that's always changing, so learning is key. That's why we'd like to continue to hear from you about what you'd like us to cover in PM Update and whether our publishing schedule is right for you. Here's our email. We'd love to hear from you, and if you have colleagues who may enjoy receiving PM Update, please have them contact us.

    Also, we'd like to congratulate PM Update readers Darla Charles, Cynthia Wise and Rachel Stomberg for winning our readership survey drawing for three $25 Starbucks gift cards - enjoy your coffee break!

    For all of you who participated, we appreciate your time, feedback and suggestions for making PM Update better. Stay in touch!



  • August Means Back to School... And National Immunization Awareness Month!

    childrendiversityAre your patients - old and young - up to date with their immunizations? As August is National Immunization Awareness Month, make sure your year-round vaccination prep fits your entire patient population.

    One particular area of focus should be the cancer-preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for adolescents. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has launched an important public awareness campaign to increase HPV vaccination among girls and boys, optimally between the ages of 11 and 12.

    HPV is known mainly for its link to cervical cancer, but is also connected to a range of cancers affecting male and female patients of all ages. The IDPH website allows medical professionals to access informational resources on HPV and vaccines in general.

    The Illinois State Medical Society supports HPV vaccination for children (girls and boys) as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



  • They're at it Again...Like Looking into a Really Litigious Mirror

    Exactly how many ways can you split a split personality? 

    Ask Stephen Colbert, the real-life CBS talk show host and creator of Stephen Colbert, the fake Comedy Central talk show host character modeled on real cable news talk show hosts.

    With us so far?

    During the GOP convention two weeks ago, the real Colbert dusted off the fake Colbert and put him to work. That is, until Comedy Central's attorneys apparently called to remind Colbert about a small wrinkle in U.S. copyright law that usually add up to three magical words: "Cease and desist."

    And that's how "Stephen Colbert's identical twin cousin" was born. On July 27, the next-to-last night of the Democratic National Convention, Colbert changed into a short-sleeved American flag shirt and announced that "thanks to corporate lawyers, the character of 'Stephen Colbert,' host of The Colbert Report, will never be seen again."

    Or WILL he?

    After all, there's a rumor that CBS, which used to be part of the Viacom universe that still owns Comedy Central, might merge again with Viacom, leaving the Eye Network in charge of everyone. Which, in all truthiness, could make all the Colberts, their reunited employer and everyone's lawyers very happy.

    Got it? Now explain it back to us. 




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