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  • September 20, 2016

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  • Medicare Softens Jan. 1 Requirements; ISMS Offers Steps You Can Take NOW

    Doctor on the ComputerIf you and your administrative staff are sweating the Jan. 1, 2017 transition to the new payment provisions imposed under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), it’s time to take a breath.

    Medicare recently offered medical practices a little breathing room with a choice of four options to ease implementation of the new system.

    But before you begin, our colleagues at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) have offered five essential strategies to help you streamline your MACRA planning. It’s a good way to evaluate all key systems involved in your dealings with Medicare so you can make the best implementation choice for your practice.

    Want one more tip?

    ISMS members receive regular news updates, educational opportunities and legislative advocacy on matters critical to their careers and patient care. To inquire about ISMS membership for yourself or for other physicians in your practice, visit the ISMS website or call 800-782-4767 for more information.



  • Make Your Reservation for the Nov. 10 ISMIE Risk Management Symposium Today!

    Man Presenting to Physicians and CliniciansAs an ISMIE policyholder, you are invited to attend our first-ever Risk Management Symposium, titled A Physician-First Approach to Patient-Centered Care, November 10 at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills.

    This all-day program brings together 10 national thought leaders to discuss patient safety, quality improvement, health IT, and other issues critical to your practice. View the agenda.

    Attendance is open to all health care professionals. ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians may register at no charge, and a discounted rate is available for your staff if they register by October 1.

    Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and eligible attendees may also earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

    Space is limited –  register today to secure your seat!



  • How Much Do You Love/Hate Your EHR?

    Yes, we know Valentine’s Day is months away, but ISMIE Mutual would like to know how you really feel about your electronic health record (EHR) system from a design, training and operational standpoint. 

    Here’s why we’re asking. 

    A recent Huffington Post opinion piece by a third-year medical student knocked us over. Apparently, it’s not just paper-loving doctors who grind their teeth over EHRs.

    According to this piece, physicians who have actually grown up on computers – digital natives, if you will – are also frustrated by the current generation of EHR systems.

    As the author states, “…even the newest cohort of medical students can’t understand the workflow of pending a note.”

    At ISMIE, accurate, timely medical record-keeping is more than just an administrative issue – it’s a patient safety issue. So we’d like to know about your greatest EHR challenges and ideas for how these systems can be improved in the future. Drop us an email, won’t you?

    If we get enough interesting feedback, you’ll read about it here. 



  • What Is It Like to Be the Patient? Attend ISMIE’s Upcoming ‘The Patient Experience’ Live Seminars in East Peoria and Chicago

    Patient talking to a doctorDo you and your team really understand how your patients view the care and treatment your practice offers? 

    Case studies and real-life situations fuel ISMIE Mutual’s The Patient Experience: What Is It Like to Be the Patient. This popular live event’s last two sessions of 2016 are coming up:

    • October 18, Holiday Inn & Suites East Peoria in East Peoria
    • November 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 session of “The Patient Experience.”

    Questions? Contact the ISMIE Risk Management Team by email or call 800-782-4767.



  • They're at it Again...Beating an Undead Horse?

    Maybe it really is possible to overdo it with pop cultural mash-ups of zombies, vampires, authors of British romantic fiction and hatchet-wielding former American presidents. 

    But don’t tell that to the lawyers.

    We’re talking about a federal lawsuit filed late last month by Hachette Book Group against author and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, author of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”  

    In the August 26 complaint, New York-based Hachette recently declared one of the author’s followup books DOA after a deadline extension of nearly three years. The publisher alleges the tardy manuscript wasn’t long enough, its undisclosed subject wasn’t approved in writing and finally, the draft was “in large part an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain work.”

    Seems that wasn’t a problem when the author used the same approach to give Jane Austen’s beloved heroine Elizabeth Bennet mad martial-arts skills in 2009. The zombie book paid off handsomely with a lengthy stay on the New York Times Best Sellers list. But now, Hachette wants its stake back – half of Smith’s $1 million first-stage advance from a two-book deal – with interest. So far, Smith hasn’t commented.

    We’re wondering what Austen would say about this. After all, when Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, her advance was only about £110, worth less than $10,000 today.

    She should have thrown in a few zombies while she still had copyright.