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  • April 4, 2017

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  • For Easy, Money-Saving Medical License Renewal, Call ISMIE

    Call ISMIE first

    In the next few days, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will open the 2017 medical license renewal process. As we’ve previously reported, the department has gone paperless and will only be sending a single email notification

    If IDFPR doesn’t have your valid email address on file, you will not receive a formal renewal notice at the time renewal opens. Take a moment to check your information.

    IMPORTANT: Each reminder notice contains an individual PIN to start the renewal process. However, if you don’t receive your email notice, you can still renew by providing your medical license number, Social Security Number and date of birth. The renewal deadline is July 31.

    When it’s time to renew, call ISMIE first. We offer a convenient renewal solution that will save you time, money and frustration. 

    When licensing officially opens, ISMIE and our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society will be offering our renewal-year phone hotline – 800-632-7478 – from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through the July deadline. In addition to the convenience of renewing over the phone aided by our friendly staff, you’ll save IDFPR’s service charge for online renewals.

    The cost of a three-year medical license renewal is $690. Also, remember that you must renew your controlled substances licenses at this time, which many physicians forget to do. A $15 fee is required for each controlled substance license renewal.

    Questions?  Contact us at licensure@ismie.com or call 800-632-7478.

    One more thing. It’s important that you enroll in the  Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) if you haven’t done so. The PMP is a voluntary, state-sponsored online database that collects patient prescription histories to prevent doctor-shopping by individuals who would abuse prescription opioids.

  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 29. Educate Your Patients on Safe Drug Disposal With These Handy Resources

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    If you’ve ever had a patient walk in with a bag of leftover prescriptions assuming you or your staff will dispose of them, here’s the correct way to help.

    First, unless you’re a licensed collector, you can’t accept such medications. Instead, tell your patients about the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 29 with the help of year-round resources available to you on the Illinois State Medical Society’s (ISMS) safe prescription disposal webpage.

    Since 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Take-Back Days have mobilized local police and government employees to establish legal and efficient disposal systems for unneeded prescription and non-prescription medications.

    Cleaning out home medicine cabinets has become a national priority with the rise of the nation’s opioid epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that prescription opioids are a “driving factor” in the 15-year increase in opioid overdose deaths, which now total 91 a day

    Want to keep your patients informed? Use and promote these downloadable resources:

    • A two-sided office poster – side one promotes the April 29 event and side two shares year-round steps for safe disposal; 
    • Printable pocket cards summarizing those steps; and,
    • The latest ISMS Issue Brief for physicians on disposal of unused medications.

    Visit the ISMS resource page for more information.

  • Fighting Burnout? Learn Ways to Build Your Resilience at April 26 ISMIE Webinar

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    A recent Health Affairs Blog essay penned by 11 U.S. health care CEOs described physician burnout as a “public health crisis” and urged fellow executives to respond vigorously to the problem.

    You don’t have to wait.

    Sign up now for the new ISMIE webinar, How Work-Life Balance Predicts Burnout, to be held from noon to 1 p.m. on April 26. 

    Featuring J. Bryan Sexton, PhD, head of Duke University’s Patient Safety Center, this free webinar examines clinician work-life balance and techniques you can use to reduce your own chances for burnout.

    Sign up today!

  • Is Your Practice Model Changing? Give ISMIE a Call

    If you’re thinking of expanding patient services, recruiting new clinicians or considering a solo path like locum work, get in touch. 

    The ISMIE Underwriting Team will make sure your coverage fits the next exciting stage of your career. 

    Email us or call 800-782-4767. If you utilize an insurance broker, you may also wish to contact him or her.

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