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  • March 7, 2017

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  • Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 12-18: Schedule Your 2017 Practice Assessment - Priority Deadline is April 1

    super doctorAn ISMIE practice assessment strengthens your operation in two important ways.

    First, our expert evaluation team members work on-site with you and your staff to identify potential litigation risks and offer personalized solutions to support making your practice safer.

    Second, ISMIE policyholders found to be in substantial compliance with all of our guiding risk management principles become eligible for a 5% premium discount.

    Want to know the top issues in the 2017 practice assessment so you can prepare?

    You’ve still got time to sign up for Preparing for Your Office-Based Practice Assessment, from noon­–1 p.m.



  • Also for Your Patient Safety To-Do List: ‘Dissecting Diagnostic Error’ Live Seminar Returns May 16 in Oak Brook

    doctor on the computerISMIE’s popular live event, Dissecting Diagnostic Error, will return May 16 from 9 a.m.­–noon at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills. The event features:

    • Mark Graber, MD, a member of the Institute of Medicine panel behind 2015’s “Improving Diagnosis in Health Care” report, will discuss how electronic medical record (EMR) systems can improve diagnostic practices.
    • Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD, a practicing emergency medicine physician, hospitalist, and author of “Blueprint for Diagnostic Excellence,” will offer guidance on improving diagnostic accuracy and skills and developing tracking and feedback systems.

    Register today



  • And Don’t Miss ISMIE’s Library of Online Patient Safety Coursework and Risk Management Resources!

    hand with a bow on their fingerBetter risk management practices and potential premium discounts are as close as your keyboard. Go to www.ismiemutual.comto access online courses and risk management resources on dozens of topics to help make your practice safer. 



  • Illinois Physicians, 2017 is a Renewal Year for Your Medical and Controlled Substance Licenses. Is Your Email Address Current With IDFPR?

    Here’s another important ISMIE reminder about changes in the upcoming medical license renewal period: Your email address must be current with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to receive a formal reminder of the renewal period, which begins next month and ends July 31.

    IDFPR has stopped sending notices of renewal through the U.S. mail entirely, soyour reminder will arrive only by email, and only if your email is current. Make sure to review the accuracy of all of your contact and identifying information on the IDFPR site today.

    IDFPR announced last month that it plans to start the renewal process sometime in April to give physicians a little extra time to make the July deadline. Previously, renewal began in May.

    Start here.

    If you have questions about using the IDFPR site, call the department at 800-560-6420.

    For any other questions on the physician license renewal process, contact Audrey Vanagunas at 312-580-2465 or email her at audreyvanagunas@ismie.com.



  • Federal Medical Liability Reform Legislation Clears U.S. House Judiciary Committee

    U_S_ capitolCould 2017 be the year for nationwide medical liability reform? It’s an uphill battle, but Congress is once again considering federal liability reform legislation.

    On March 1, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed the Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R. 1215), the first significant medical professional liability reform legislation approved by the committee since 2011.

    Supported by PIAA, the leading association representing the medical and healthcare professional liability insurance industry, the billis based on California’s MICRA statute. It institutes caps on non-economic damages, limits on attorney contingency fees, periodic payment of future damages, and a statute of limitations on medical liability filings.

    ISMIE is a PIAA member, and we are encouraged about possible federal reforms that have proven so elusive at the state level.

    ISMIE News will keep you informed on the progress of this important and necessary legislation.




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