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  • November 15, 2016

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  • New Patient Certification Requirements, Qualifying Conditions Added

    Medical Cannabis BottleAt ISMIE, one of our most important goals is to provide you with timely and comprehensive legal and safety information to guide your clinical practice.

    You’ll find a wealth of such material in ISMIE’s Risk Management Resource Library at ISMIE.com, including these most recent updates:

    Medical Cannabis: In late June, Senate Bill 10 was signed into law, updating Illinois’ Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. This document reflects these changes, and provides the updated forms needed to certify patients for medical cannabis, while another resource provides tips for certifying medical cannabis patients.

    Definitions of Death: This resource details various definitions of death found in Illinois law. It was updated to note the new name of Illinois’ organ donation act – now the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act – and the modification of how death is defined within that piece of legislation.



  • A.M.Best Reaffirms Its View on ISMIE Mutual’s Strong Financial Health

    Insurance ratings agency A.M.Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength ratings of ISMIE Mutual Insurance Co. and ISMIE Indemnity Co. at A- (Excellent) and affirmed its issuer credit ratings at a- with a stable outlook.

    A.M.Best is an independent and objective ratings source. ISMIE Mutual is very pleased that Best continues to hold a strong positive view of ISMIE’s financial condition and operating performance.

    In communicating the review to ISMIE, A.M.Best indicated that “ISMIE ranks as the leading MPL insurer in the state of Illinois and continues to benefit from its high policyholder retention, aggressive claims management and emphasis on physician education programs and loss prevention techniques.”



  • Build Your Skills in Residency Training! ISMS Residency Program Directors’ Meeting Is Coming Up Dec. 3

    Street sign saying don't miss outCome meet your fellow program faculty and get valuable resident feedback at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) and Chicago Medical Society’s annual Residency Program Directors’ Meeting

    The session will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at ISMS headquarters (20 N. Michigan Avenue, 8th Floor, Chicago). It is open to all residency program faculty, administrators and staff who are interested in improving their skills and discussing the latest in graduate medical education. 

    You’ll cover best practices for teaching residents about high-value cost-conscious care, ways to build meaningful mentor relationships with medical residents, and more. For a broader look at the program, watch this brief video.

    ISMS members are eligible for a significant discount and CME is offered. Register today!



  • Physician Volunteers Wanted: State is Testing New Online Application System for Disability Plates and Placards

    It’s a big step forward for the state’s longtime paper-driven disability plate and placard system, and the Illinois Secretary of State’s office wants to hear from YOU.

    The office is considering an online application process for disability vehicle hang tags and plates, and is requesting physician feedback on the pilot before buildout of the final website.

    If you are interested in testing the online application process and providing your comments, please contact Mary Riseling at (217) 524-1166 or by email.



  • One Last Reminder – New Federal OT Laws Go Into Effect Dec. 1

    clock running in overtimeThe new federal overtime law starts December 1. Are you ready?

    This past spring, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the extension of overtime pay eligibility to an additional 4 million U.S. workers, including 200,000 in Illinois. At the time, the DOL predicted that the majority of those affected would be healthcare workers.

    If you haven’t planned for this change, take a moment to review these new federal rules to see if they affect your practice.



  • National Experts Map Out the Future Of Patient-Centered Care at Nov. 10 ISMIE Risk Management Symposium

    man presenting to a peopleMore than 200 ISMIE policyholders and other health care professionals gathered November 10 in Oak Brook for the inaugural ISMIE Risk Management Symposium, a daylong conference focusing on the hottest subjects in patient-centered care.

    The symposium was the first program of its kind at ISMIE, focusing on the latest trends in patient safety, quality, health IT, physician burnout, and diagnostic error. Ten of the nation’s leading patient-centered care experts were on hand to share advice and best practices.

    Even if you didn’t make it to the symposium, you still have access to a wealth of risk management resources and online courses to help you in your practice.

    And don’t forget to complete your Managing Risk coursework well in advance of the deadline - midnight, December 31 - to earn the maximum discount on your policy!



  • They're at it Again... Extra Innings... in Divorce Court

    Despite the glee that accompanied the Chicago Cubs’ World Series victory, there wasn’t universal joy in Mudville.

    It’s why matrimonial lawyers are always warming up in the bullpen. They might get that call at any minute.

    On Oct. 28, the estranged wife of a Cubs season ticketholder filed an “Emergency Petition for World Series Tickets” to see the next night’s pivotal Game 4 (the 7-2 Cubs loss to the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field).

    Reportedly, her estranged husband had bought the tickets in a season-ticket package deal with friends the year before their divorce proceedings started in April.

    A Cook County Circuit Court judge ruled that the husband could keep the two tickets for himself and the couple’s 12-year-old son to see the game, but had to pay for a seat for the wife in a “comparable section.” That night, the cheapest possible ticket was starting around $3,000.

    No word where the wife ended up at Wrigley. But we’re pretty sure the couple's lawyers already had terrific seats picked out.