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  • May 17, 2016

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  • June is Busting Out with Can't-Miss ISMIE Live Events - Get These Sessions on Your Calendar!

    calendarNational Experts Lead "Dissecting Diagnostic Error:" June 7 in Northbrook, June 8 in Naperville

    "Dissecting Diagnostic Error" is a single-day seminar presenting two of the leading national experts in detecting and preventing diagnostic error. Physicians and staff can improve their diagnostic accuracy and skills with a choice of two locations: June 7 at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook in Northbrook, or June 8 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville.

    Featured speakers:

    • Mark Graber, M.D., a member of the panel behind last year's "Improving Diagnosis in Health Care" will discuss major findings and how electronic medical records (EMRs) can improve diagnostic practices.  
    • Gurpreet Dhaliwal, M.D., a practicing emergency medicine physician, hospitalist, and author of 2014's "Blueprint for Diagnostic Excellence" will offer guidance on diagnostic tracking and feedback systems as well as practical skill development.

    Register to attend one of the dates.

    That's not all - policyholders may be eligible to earn a premium discount and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending.


    Build Your Interpersonal Skills at "The Patient Experience:" Multiple Dates and Locations

    Do you and your team understand how patients experience the care and services you offer every day? Build better communication skills using case studies and real-life situations at "The Patient Experience: What Is It Like to Be the Patient?" through November at multiple locations throughout Illinois. Here's the schedule:

    • June 22, The Sangamo Club in Springfield
    • July 12, The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus in Oak Brook
    • Oct. 18, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in East Peoria
    • Nov. 15, ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company in Chicago

    Register to attend one of the dates.

    Policyholders may earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for attending any one of these sessions.

    If you have further questions on either of the above ISMIE Risk Management programs, email the Risk Management Team or call 800-782-4767 ext. 3300.

  • IDFPR Advisory: Remember, B-12 Shots Require a Prescription and Proper Medical Supervision

    After taking recent action against spas and vitamin shops, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) issued an advisory that B12 injections not only require a prescription, but must be administered under the supervision of a licensed health care professional, such as a physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant.  

    Failure to follow this requirement could result in prosecution for a Class 4 felony. 

  • DOI Offers Free Workshops on Insurance Parity for Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorders

    pillsThe Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is offering free statewide training on health insurance coverage parity for behavioral health and substance disorders. Training programs will be held from 6-8 p.m. on these dates:

    • May 19 - Rockford
    • May 26 - Normal
    • May 31 - Collinsville
    • June 1 - Chicago

    For locations and other registration information, click here

    This series was created by the 2015 Heroin Crisis Act , a comprehensive package of reforms designed to address heroin and opioid abuse and addiction in Illinois. It includes several provisions to strengthen the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), which physicians can use to check patients' controlled substance prescription history. It also improves patient safeguards while protecting physicians from onerous mandates and restrictions.

    Beginning next year, all physicians will be enrolled in the PMP when receiving or renewing an Illinois medical license.  Physicians or prescribing health professionals can enroll in the program now to begin using this important tool.

  • New Report on Health Care Data Breaches Urges Organizations to 'Embrace Cyber Insurance'

    cyber-insuranceA May 5 paper from The Brookings Institution notes that widespread health care digitization has created "more reasons to be concerned about patient privacy than ever" and urges health care executives to "embrace cyber insurance" as part of a strategy to ward off increasingly sophisticated hackers.

    The report explains various reasons the health care industry has become the No. 1 target for data breaches, pointing to the high monetary value of hacked health care data on the black market. Patient files may include such information as Social Security numbers, home addresses and bank, credit card and insurance account numbers.

    ISMIE Mutual policyholders needn't fear. All policies, including new business and renewals, are issued a cyber liability endorsement at no additional cost. ISMIE also offers an affordable higher limit cyber liability coverage option for interested policyholders. If you have questions about your coverage, give the Underwriting Division a call at 800-782-4767 or reach out by email to underwriting@ismie.com

    If you work with a broker, you may also want to contact him or her about this important aspect of your policy.

  • Summer's Coming - Have You Considered the ISMIE Suspended Coverage Option?

    Whether it's an important event like maternity/paternity leave, extended travel, completing a fellowship or simply a much-needed break, ISMIE offers a suspended coverage option designed to accommodate policyholders considering a leave of one to 12 months. When your policy is on suspended coverage, you will not be covered for patient care, but your premiums will be reduced by 75 percent off the full-time base premium.

    Please be aware that if your leave is due to illness, you'll need a letter from your treating physician before you can re-establish coverage for your return to active practice. For more information or to request this important coverage option, email the Underwriting Division or call 800-782-4767 ext. 3350.

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