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  • August 22, 2017

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  • All-Online IDFPR Process Awaits New Medical Corporation License Applicants Next Month; Year-End Renewals Will Go Digital Too
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    Starting September 1, all new applicants for Illinois medical corporation licenses will have to go online to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR)’s website to complete that process.

    If you have a current medical corporation license expiring December 31, you’ll also be moving to an all-online process later this year. It’s all part of the state government’s objective to eliminate paper-driven processes.

    Please note that we are referring to annual business licensing for medical practices in Illinois, not three-year medical or controlled substance licensing for individual Illinois physicians, which wrapped up July 31.

    Medical practices operate under a variety of business and legal structures, including medical corporations, limited liability companies and professional service corporations. If you are unsure of your business structure or licensing status, or are planning any changes to the operating structure of your practice, ISMIE recommends you speak to your practice attorney before you apply or renew.

  • Early Bird Registration Now Open for Nov. 17 Risk Management Symposium - And Don’t Forget Other ISMIE Live Events This Fall!
    early bird registrationRegistration is already filling up for the 2nd Annual ISMIE Risk Management Symposium, to be held November 17 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    “Emerging Risks” is the theme of this year’s event, focusing on changing care models, genetic testing, opioid abuse, polypharmacy, cyber security and health IT.

    Click here for this year’s speakers, agenda and FAQs.

    The symposium is free to all ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians; a $99 early-bird rate ($199 after October 1) is available to employed staff of ISMIE policyholders. Early registration for all other physicians, clinicians, practice administrators and risk managers is $399 ($499 after October 1).

    A limited number of rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for a conference rate starting at $149. Click here to book a room.

    For more information on the symposium, call the ISMIE risk management department at 800-782-4767 or email riskmanagement@ismie.com.

    Register here.

    Other Upcoming ISMIE Live Events:

    • September 28, 2017 | Noon – 3 p.m. | Seminar
    • Fellowship Fundamentals: Communications

    • October 4, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Seminar
    • Pediatric Care in 2017 and Beyond: New Risks and Opportunities

    • October 10, 2017 | 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Seminar
    • Optimizing Communication Surrounding the Hospitalized Patient

    • October 26, 2017 | 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Seminar
    • Professional Liability Litigation: Finding the Support You Need

    • November 2, 2017 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar
    • Dissecting Diagnostic Error

    • November 28, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar
    • Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience

  • Doctor/Patient Agreement Provides a Path to Safe Opioid Prescribing

    As the opioid crisis continues, ISMIE resources and coursework can help your practice assure safe painkiller prescribing.

    The Model Pain Management Agreement contains 22 conditions that a patient must promise to meet in order to receive a prescription for a controlled substance. One of the conditions outlined in the sample document states that a failure to comply may result in that patient’s termination from the practice.

    Additionally, you might consider the ISMIE online course Opioid Prescribing in the Office: What You Should Know to learn more.

    If you have questions, please contact the ISMIE risk management team at 800-782-4767, ext. 3300 or email riskmanagement@ismie.com

  • They're at it Again...Where the Streets Are Paved With Gold

    San Francisco is known for its beautiful vistas, unpredictable geological history and some seriously pricey real estate.

    Let us introduce you to Tina Lam and Michael Cheng. For the low, low (well, for San Francisco) price of $90,100, the eagle-eyed San Jose couple emerged the winners two years ago in a quiet city-run tax auction of Presidio Terrace, a private street crammed with multimillion-dollar homes.

    That’s right, we said “street.”

    In a war of words – so far – that must have Bay Area property lawyers salivating, the auction of Presidio Terrace happened when its longtime neighborhood association reportedly forgot to pay a $14 annual property tax bill for three decades.

    (Fun fact: San Francisco has 181 private streets, 180 of which, we suspect, have recently hired attorneys to camp out at the city treasurer’s office.)

    So in this corner, we have a very angry neighborhood association claiming they never saw the overdue tax bill because it was allegedly going to the address of a former business manager.

    In the other we have Lam and Cheng, who have reportedly decided their first money-making opportunity on their new street will be parking revenue – in a city where no one can find a place to park.

    We smell a comfy settlement coming, but if not, this looks like a court-clogger for the ages.