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  • September 6, 2016

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  • National Experts in Patient Care Offer Cutting-Edge Practice Safety Information for Physicians, Health Care Professionals

    RM_SymposiumAs 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, health IT, physician burnout, diagnostic error and more. View the agenda.

    Attendance is open to all health care professionals. ISMIE policyholders may register at no charge, and a discounted rate is available for your staff. Eligible attendees may also earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

    Space is limited and the early bird deadline is October 1 register today to secure your seat !



  • You’re on Social Media. When Was the Last Time You Checked Your Settings?

    Even if you and your staff are regulars on various social media sites, it’s important to check privacy controls and related settings on a regular basis. Depending on the provider, such controls can change without warning, leaving your profile open to unwanted display or contact.

    It’s also a good idea to follow the latest news involving the social media sites you use. In mid-August, LinkedIn filed suit against some 100 unnamed individuals for using data-gathering software – known as bots – to harvest user profiles from the 450-million-member networking website. Are you getting connection requests from strangers or from people you have already connected with? Consider taking extra time to evaluate anyone you may hear from on social media.

    Here’s more good advice. Make time to check or review ISMIE’S Social Media Guidance for Physicians and Their Practices, a helpful ISMIE risk management resource. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced user of social media, this resource offers policies and usage scenarios to help keep you and your practice safe.



  • Back to School: Put these ISMIE Risk Management Live Events on Your Calendar

    RM_BacktoSchoolHere’s a quick roundup of upcoming educational live events for ISMIE policyholders – click the links for full details and credit information:

    September 9, Springfield: Dissecting Diagnostic Error

    October 6, Oak Brook: Fellowship Fundamentals: Communications

    October 13, Oak Brook: Professional Liability Litigation: Finding the Support You Need

    October 18, Peoria: The Patient Experience: What Is It Like to Be the Patient?

    October 26, Glen Ellyn: Dissecting Diagnostic Error

    November 10, Oak Brook: ISMIE Risk Management Symposium: A Physician-First Approach to Patient-Centered Care (For more details, see our lead story.)

    November 15, Chicago: The Patient Experience: What Is It Like to Be the Patient?

    As always, ISMIE policyholders have access to an extensive lineup of online courses to help manage liability risk. As a bonus, this 24-hour course library also offers policyholders the opportunity to earn Risk Rewards premium discounts and AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ upon successful completion.



  • Check Your Paperwork: IDPH Now Requires New Medical Cannabis Certification Form

    Effective September 5, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will no longer accept the old form used by physicians to certify patients with qualifying conditions for medical cannabis.  

    If you are unsure of which form to use, take note that the new form is printed with the date “7/16” at the bottom and reflects the most recent changes to the program. 

    The Illinois State Medical Society has more details on the new document and other changes to the medical cannabis program.



  • ISMIE 40 Flashback: 1975 – How Illinois Doctors Found Themselves in the Insurance Business

    Physicians in Illinois have faced down many challenges in their pursuit of quality medicine, but few threats have matched the medical liability crisis that overtook the nation in the early 1970s. 

    A catastrophic claims environment sent premiums skyrocketing in virtually every state. In Illinois, carriers were leaving in droves. By late 1975, The Hartford, the state’s dominant insurer, gave Illinois doctors the final blow – it would terminate medical liability operations on June 30, 1976. The conundrum for Illinois doctors: Cease practice, buy inferior insurance from the state, or start a company from scratch? 

    Want to hear the rest of the story? Visit the ISMIE 40 page and peruse “A History of Innovation, Trust and Leadership” by flipbook or download the PDF.