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  • July 25, 2017

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  • ISMIE’s Renewal Hotline Will Process Your Licenses and Save You Money Through the July 31 Deadline - Call Today!
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    It’s time to get serious.

    If you haven’t renewed your three-year Illinois medical and controlled substance licenses, midnight on Monday, July 31 is the final deadline to complete the state’s all-online process without a late fee.

    Of course, you can make renewal a lot easier – and save money, too – by calling ISMIE.

    Call 800-632-7478 between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday through July 31 to have a friendly ISMIE staffer handle your entire renewal process. You’ll also save transaction fees you’d pay the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by going it alone on their online system.  

    As a reminder, here’s what you’ll pay for your 2017 Illinois medical and controlled substance licenses:

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    Here’s all you’ll need to renew: your medical license number, Social Security number, date of birth and method of payment.

    One last thing: If you’ve already renewed your medical license, but forgot to renew your controlled substance license(s), call us – we can help you complete that process quickly. Contact us at licensure@ismie.com or call the hotline at 800-632-7478. 

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  • Registration Now Open: ISMIE’s 2nd Annual Risk Management Symposium Coming Nov. 17

    Seven thought leaders in health care will take center stage at ISMIE’s 2nd Annual Risk Management Symposium on November 17.

    “Emerging Risks” will be the theme, and topics will include changing care models, genetic testing, opioid abuse, polypharmacy, cybersecurity and health IT.

    This daylong conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont from 8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Click here for this year’s speakers, agenda and FAQs.

    The event is free to all ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians; a $99 early bird rate ($199 after October 1) is available to policyholder-employed staff and Illinois State Medical Society members. Early registration for all other physicians, clinicians, practice administrators and risk managers is $399 ($499 after October 1).

    A limited number of rooms at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare are available for a conference rate starting at $149.

    For more information, call 800-782-4767, ext. 3300 or email riskmanagement@ismie.com.

    Register here.

  • ‘Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives’ - Register Now for this ISMIE Two-Part Live Webinar Series on Aug. 2 and Aug. 22

    RX symbolThe continuing opioid addiction epidemic poses serious questions for physicians and other clinicians considering whether to prescribe these drugs. 

    ISMIE is offering a timely two-part webinar series next month focusing on the lifespan of prescribing opioid medication:

    Part 1, August 2, noon – 1 p.m.: This session will provide strategies to help accurately assess patients, establish realistic treatment goals and safely initiate opioid treatment, when appropriate. Register here.

    Part 2, August 22, noon – 1 p.m.: The second part of this webinar series will offer techniques for effectively managing the patient’s opioid treatment plan, including patient monitoring and education for the patient, their family members or caregivers. This session also offers important overall information on opioids. Register here.

    ISMIE policyholders and their employed staff are invited to attend these sessions free of charge. If you have questions, contact ISMIE’s risk management team at 800-782-4767 or by email at riskmanagement@ismie.com

  • Don’t Miss ISMIE’s ‘Fellowship Fundamentals: Communications’ Live Seminar Sept. 28

    doctor talkingEffective communication not only builds the clinician-patient relationship, it also reduces your professional liability risk. 

    Join us September 28 for a live seminar titled Fellowship Fundamentals: Communications from noon to 3 p.m. at our Chicago headquarters, 20 N. Michigan Avenue, 8th floor.

    This live seminar is free to ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians. It is designed to help medical professionals build rapport, express empathy, provide patient education and establish a partnership with any patient.

    Check ISMIE News for more risk management educational events coming soon!

    Sign up here.

  • Wisconsin Appeals Court Rules Against Non-Economic Damages Cap in Medical Liability Cases

    On July 5, a Wisconsin appeals court ruled the state’s $750,000 non-economic damages cap in medical liability cases unconstitutional. 

    Deciding in favor of a $16.5 million award shared by a Milwaukee woman who lost all four limbs to an infection and her husband, the First District Court of Appeals said the cap, in place since 2006, violates the state constitution’s equal protection guarantees. The Wisconsin Medical Society said it was “disappointed” by the ruling, “which threatens to destabilize Wisconsin’s well-balanced, relatively stable medical liability environment.” 

    An appeal to the Wisconsin Supreme Court is expected.

  • Plan Ahead - August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

    smiling childrenBack-to-school season begins in a few days, and the Centers for Disease Control and the National Public Health Information Coalition have useful resources available to promote the importance of immunization to parents at the start of the new school year.

    For Illinois-specific vaccination requirements for the upcoming year, check the Illinois Department of Public Health website

  • They're at it Again...Angry Birds

    It’s summer, and those red-winged blackbirds can get pretty nervous. After all, it’s their nesting season, and their maternity wards are tucked inside shrubs, tall grass and other thick landscaping to avoid predators.

    So it can be a bit of a surprise when an unsuspecting pedestrian or cyclist gets too close and the males of the species go to battle stations, diving for the skin and hair of the unwelcome interloper.

    Still, we had to cock an eyebrow at a recent lawsuit filed in DuPage County Court against Elmhurst Hospital. A woman claims she was “viciously” attacked in 2015 by a squad of red wings with no warning that they were nearby. She said the attack caused her to fall and suffer what one report referred to as “unspecified but serious injuries.” Further, she alleged that the hospital knew the touchy tenants were there, but didn’t bother to post any signs or warnings. 

    What’s the alleged price tag of this feathery fuss? According to the lawsuit, $50,000 plus legal costs. If she wins, we figure that’ll buy a lot of hats to foil the problem next year.