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  • May 2, 2017

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  • With One Quick Call, ISMIE’s Renewal Hotline Will Save You Time and Money

    Mug with July 21 on itYou have until July 31 to renew your Illinois medical and controlled substance licenses. But why wait when ISMIE makes it so fast, easy and affordable?

    Our renewal hotline at 800-632-7478 is now open from 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. each business day until the July 31 deadline.

    Our friendly staff will not only speed you through a potentially cumbersome online process, you’ll save the online processing fees charged by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

    The cost of a three-year medical license renewal is $690. It’s important to 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.

    For physicians who prefer to go it alone, start at the IDFPR website. As we’ve mentioned, IDFPR renewal reminders have gone paperless via email – by now, you should have received yours with an individual PIN to start the renewal process. However, if you missed that reminder, you can still renew by providing your medical license number, Social Security Number and date of birth.

    Questions? Let ISMIE cure those renewal headaches. Contact us at licensure@ismie.com or call 800-632-7478.



  • Dissecting Diagnostic Error’ Live Seminar Returns May 16 in Oak Brook

    Doctor watching a seminarISMIE’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. He 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.” He will offer guidance on improving diagnostic accuracy and skills and developing tracking and feedback systems.  

    Register today



  • Medicaid Managed Care in Illinois: Free May 23 ISMIE Webinar

    Airplane with ISMIE webinar informationIf your medical practice has faced significant hassles with the Illinois’ Medicaid managed care transition, you won’t want to miss this event.

    Register for the May 23 webinar, Medicaid Managed Care in Illinois: Where Have We Been, and Where Are We Going? from noon - 1 p.m.

    You’ll learn the background and current status of Medicaid managed care in Illinois, hear about efforts underway to address current administrative barriers, and identify key elements of the new Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) contracting process and their potential impact on delivery of care.

    The webinar is free to all ISMIE policyholders and staff – all others must pay $150 to attend. 

    The Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ISMS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Sign up here.



  • Tune Up Your Patient Follow-Up Procedures With This New ISMIE Case Study

    Poor follow-up with patients – or follow-up not done in a timely manner – increases the risk of diagnostic error. 

    And that can lead to a lawsuit. 

    A 2012 study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that missed test results affected patient outcomes in more than 35 percent of reviewed studies, with more than 20 percent of those involving missed cancer diagnoses. 

    The latest installment of ISMIE’s Lessons from the Field, titled “Follow-up,” is designed to help you and your staff improve your procedures for tracking test results, specialist referrals and other key information important to your patients’ care. 

    Don’t miss the other lessons in this worthwhile risk management educational series – only from ISMIE.



  • NAT Act Passes in Illinois House!

    government buildingYou know the pressures your patients face when their health insurers suddenly change physician networks.

    That’s why we’re pleased to announce that our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) scored a big victory last week as the Illinois House of Representatives passed HB 311. This bill would create the Network Adequacy and Transparency Act – the NAT Act for short. This brief video will tell you more.

    If passed, the NAT Act will require insurance companies to ensure that their networks meet patients’ needs, that their provider directories are up-to-date, and that patients with complex medical conditions do not have their care disrupted due to network changes.

    What can you do? Keep an eye on the ISMS Legislative Action Hub for progress on this bill in the Illinois Senate, and consider contacting your state senator to urge them to support the bill. 




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