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  • February 9, 2016

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  • 2016 Medical Record Guides - Available Now!

    Medical record fees change at the start of every year, so it's time to update your links to two popular online resources from the Illinois State Medical Society, provided as a courtesy to ISMIE policyholders:

    For questions, call 800-782-4767 ext. 3004 or send an email

  • It's American Heart Month - Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk

    heartFebruary is American Heart Month - so as you work to improve your patients' cardiac health, get a jump on some heart-healthy risk management coursework.

    Exploring Liability Issues in Cardiovascular Disease takes one hour to complete and discusses several issues associated with the management of cardiovascular disease, including strategies to mitigate the associated risks. Completion of this course can earn ISMIE policyholders premium discount and CME credit. 

    Visit ISMIE.com to take this course today.  

  • March 8 Seminar: Preparing for Your Practice Assessment

    As a service to our policyholders, ISMIE offers all practices - office- and non- office-based - the opportunity to undergo onsite practice assessments to ensure top risk management performance. 

    ISMIE's practice assessment not only helps our policyholders create a safer, more effective health care environment, but can also earn policyholders a 5% premium discount through ISMIE's Risk Rewards program.

    Physicians who have never been through a practice assessment before, or those in need of a refresher, should plan to attend Preparing for Your Practice Assessment. This live seminar will be March 8 at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus, 2815 Jorie Blvd. in Oak Brook, from 9-11:30 a.m.

    For additional questions, contact ISMIE's Risk Management Team at 800-782-4767, ext. 3300 or email riskmanagement@ismie.com.

  • Thinking of Ending a Patient Relationship? Check ISMS' Medical Legal Guidelines First

    In many cases, discontinuing the physician-patient relationship is not only an option, it can actually be good risk management. 

    Generally, physicians may withdraw from a physician-patient relationship, provided the relationship is terminated in the proper manner. It's important to approach these situations carefully, as you can be considered liable for abandonment under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 if the relationship is not discontinued appropriately.

    Before you make a move, read the Illinois State Medical Society's medical legal guideline, Physician-Patient Relationship: Withdrawal or Termination. This resource covers circumstances in which ending the physician-patient relationship may be desirable, and discusses the process for terminating the relationship. 

  • VA Proposes Radical Plan to End Advanced Practice Nurse Supervision Regs

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Nursing Services is proposing a controversial new policy document, the "VHA Nursing Handbook," to allow thousands of advanced practice nurses to work independently of physicians.

    This group includes certified registered nurse anesthetists, certified nurse-midwives and clinical nurse specialists. Some members of Congress have also supported bills to widen responsibilities for advanced practice nurses within the VA.

    The impact of this policy would extend far beyond the VA itself, creating a model for public and private health care institutions to move critical health care functions outside the oversight of medical doctors. The physician-led team represents the cornerstone of quality health care delivery, and proper supervision of advanced practice nurses is critical to maintaining patient safety and minimizing liability risk.

    Visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists' (ASA) SafeVACare.org site to register your displeasure with this move.

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  • They're at it Again: We Find This a Bit Cheesy

    McDonald's kicked off the year with complaints from customers that some of its mozzarella sticks were missing a crucial ingredient - specifically, the cheese. Social media was abuzz with photos of cheese stick orders cut open to display just a hollow breading shell, prompting the hashtag #WheresTheCheese.

    If the missing cheese wasn't enough of a PR nightmare, McDonald's is now calling in their lawyers to deal with a complaint over what constitutes cheese.

    On Jan. 29, a Riverside County, CA man filed a 32-page, federal class-action lawsuit alleging the global fast food chain had falsely advertised the product as being made with "100% real cheese."  

    The suit, which includes federal standards for cheese and the methods by which McDonald's allegedly violated them, not only requests a refund for the original purchase (about $1.30), but at least $5 million in damages on behalf of consumers in more than 40 states. 

    That's a lot of cheese. 

    A spokesperson for McDonald's told Fortune it plans to vigorously defend the suit.