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  • December 12, 2017

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  • All Controlled Substance Prescribers Should Register with the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program by Jan. 1

    computer mouse and a medication bottleHere’s an alert for all controlled substance license holders in your practice. 

    The Illinois General Assembly recently passed legislation that will require everyone who holds an Illinois controlled substance license to register in Illinois’ Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) by January 1, 2018.

    While the measure is not yet law, our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) are urging physicians to begin the process for PMP registration now. 

    Beginning January 1, the expected law will require prescribers to access the PMP before writing an initial prescription for a Schedule II narcotic, such as an opioid, though some exceptions apply. 

    For you and your team members licensed in Illinois to prescribe controlled substances who are not already registered with the PMP, go to www.ilpmp.org to register. If you’re having problems with this process, contact the PMP directly at 217-524-1311 or by email. Please be aware that due to call volume there have been intermittent reports of the line not accepting new messages.

    For background, we invite you to watch our latest ISMS webinar on Illinois PMP, and for general questions call 800-782-4767 or send an email

  • Dec. 31 is the Illinois Medical Corporation License Renewal Deadline - Don’t Risk a Late Fee!

    Doctor drinking coffeeAll Illinois medical and professional service corporations and limited liability companies are required to renew their licenses annually with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) no later than December 31.

    Not sure about the licensing status of your practice? Since physicians operate under different types of business structures, now is a good time to confirm your status with your practice attorney or other qualified expert. 

    Also, take a moment to download this ISMS Issue Brief to help guide your first-time or renewal licensing process. 

    Many Illinois medical corporations failed to renew on time last year. Don’t be one of them.

    If you have immediate questions on the process, contact David Porter at 312-580-2468 or by email.

    One last reminder: The 31st falls on a Sunday this year, and IDFPR’s renewal process can only be done online, so don’t wait until the final day to renew because assistance won’t be available. 

  • Want to Save Up to 15% Off Your Premium? It’s Time to Finish Up That Managing Risk Coursework

    Computer with a 15 percent off tagIt’s crunch time. 

    You have until midnight, December 31 to complete your qualifying 2017 online coursework in ISMIE’s Managing Risk program, and we’re here to help. 

    Start with a visit to www.ismiemutual.com to determine what coursework you need to complete to earn up to 15% off your premium.

    Live support is available every weekday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. through year-end with the exception of Monday, December 25 - ISMIE will be closed all day. All after-hours messages will receive a prompt reply the next business day.

    Important: All live Managing Risk coursework assistance for 2017 will end at 4:45 p.m. on December 29. 

    For password and web assistance, call 888-476-7776 or email us. After business hours, we offer password and login assistance  online

    Questions for our Managing Risk team before December 29? Call the ISMIE risk management division at 800-782-4767 or send an email.

  • New Doctors Joining Your Team in ’18? ‘Starting Your Career: A Guide for New Physicians in Illinois’ is Available Free from ISMIE

    Cover of the New Physicians GuideIf your practice is adding new physicians in the New Year, ISMIE is pleased to offer a brand-new ISMS resource that can make their orientation a little easier. 

    “Starting Your Career: A Guide for New Physicians in Illinois” is a comprehensive new guide from ISMS with general advice and resources for physicians completing their training or those resuming their practice in Illinois. Topics include:

    • Organizing an effective job search while finishing up a busy residency, fellowship or current position (including samples of cover letters and CVs to build a portfolio);
    • Evaluating job offers and contracts;
    • Licensing and credentialing information for new Illinois physicians, including specifics for International Medical Graduates (IMGs);
    • Financial planning, including basic managing medical student debt;
    • Understanding Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements in Illinois, and
    • Enjoying ISMS-specific benefits that smooth all aspects of starting a new practice in our state.

    For your complimentary copy, send an email with “Starting Your Career” in the subject line. 

  • It’s Been Another Busy Year for Health Care Cyber Attacks - But ISMIE Has You Covered

    An oral surgery center in Arkansas suffered a ransomware attack in July that exposed the data of 128,000 patients. Detroit-based Henry Ford Health discovered an October breach that used employee email credentials to expose health data for some 18,000 patients. And in June, a notorious hacker called TheDarkOverlord made daily extortion attempts on medical and dental offices all over the country.

    No matter what your practice size, population served or location, all healthcare settings are at risk of cyber attack, and ISMIE offers the right coverage options to fit your needs.

    Every ISMIE policy offers basic cyber liability coverage at no additional cost. But did you know that ISMIE also offers a very affordable option to add higher limits cyber liability protection for individual physicians and physician clinics?

    Here's how to learn more. If you utilize a broker, consider contacting him or her or reach out to ISMIE’s underwriting team at 800-782-4767 or by email

  • They're At It Again...Food Fight

    They're at it again2017 was a banner year for lawsuits against restaurants and other food and beverage companies. Here’s a few that left us with quite a sour aftertaste:

    1. In May, Starbucks was sued by a Brooklyn café owner claiming the major coffee chain’s shockingly pink and short-lived Unicorn Frappuccino was whipped up first by its baristas to the tune of a $10 million trademark infringement suit. We’re not sure whether we’d be more stunned by a unicorn sighting or an actual win in this case.
    2. In September, we felt a bad case of bloat coming on when a man filed a suit in Cook County Circuit Court alleging that the $2.49 bag of Starburst candy he bought actually had 10 more calories listed on the back of the bag than the front. Most people might get a twinge of guilt for eating the sweets in the first place, but not this guy – his lawsuit against Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and its parent Mars is going after full damages.
    3. However, in August, we decided to put Chicago federal court judge Diane Sykes on our “nice” list for declaring a lawsuit against Subway’s “footlong” sandwiches a “racket” before she tossed it.

    Happy Holidays, and here’s hoping for fewer lawsuits in the food court in 2018! But keep the antacids around just in case.