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  • May 30, 2017

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  • Oversaw Massive Change in the Medical Liability Industry and Unprecedented Growth for ISMIE

    Harold Jensen

    Harold L. Jensen, MD, chairman of ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company, passed away suddenly May 22.

    Dr. Jensen became ISMIE’s third chairman in 1991, beginning his tenure during a tumultuous era in the Illinois medical liability market. He oversaw innovations in risk management education, the creation of the ISMIE’s popular dividend program and strategy for the company’s current national expansion. Today, ISMIE is the 10th largest medical liability insurer in the United States.

    Throughout, Dr. Jensen advocated tirelessly for legal fairness and balance in Illinois courtrooms, a battle that continues today. ISMIE Vice Chairman Paul H. DeHaan, MD, described Dr. Jensen as a “consummate physician advocate,” adding, “Chief among his goals was improving the way Illinois courts handled medical liability. He spoke out on the negative impact of our state’s hostile lawsuit climate on physicians and, most importantly, on patients’ access to medical care.”

    Dr. Jensen, an internist, made his home in south suburban Frankfort. He was born in Minnesota, and after serving in the U.S. Army, earned his undergraduate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    After completing his residency at Illinois Central Hospital, Dr. Jensen was a longtime medical staff member at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, where he also served as the hospital’s vice president of medical affairs, as chair of the Department of Medicine and as medical staff president. Dr. Jensen was also on the medical staff of South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, now part of the Advocate system.

    Dr. Jensen will be deeply missed by his friends, family and ISMIE colleagues. For more on the career and accomplishments of Dr. Jensen, click here.

  • Summer’s a Great Time to Learn at ISMIE - Add These Upcoming Live Events and Webinars to Your Calendar
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    Consider making time for these upcoming in-person programs and webinars for ISMIE policyholders and staff through September:

    • June 8, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - Noon | Live seminar
      Aging Patients: How to Meet Their Needs and Keep Them Safe - Naperville

    • June 16, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Live seminar
      Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience -  Skokie

    • June 22, 2017 - Noon - 1:00 p.m. | Webinar
      Tracking and Follow-up

    • July 13, 2017 - Noon - 1:00 p.m. | Webinar
      Protecting Your Practice's Privacy & Security

    • July 19, 2017 - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Live seminar
      Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience - Oak Brook

    • September 28, 2017 - Noon - 3:00 p.m. | Live seminar
      Fellowship Fundamentals: Communications - Chicago

  • Save Money and Time Renewing Your Illinois Medical and Controlled Substance Licenses - Call the ISMIE Hotline!

    time to renew clockYou have until July 31 to renew your Illinois medical and controlled substance licenses, but why wait when ISMIE makes the process so easy and affordable? Call our Renewal Hotline at 800-632-7478 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., open each business day through the July 31 deadline.

    By going through ISMIE, you won’t have to pay online processing fees charged by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) for your renewal.  However, all other regular charges apply. The cost of a three-year medical license renewal is $690, and it’s important to remember that if you have any controlled substances licenses, you must also renew them at this time. 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.

    Please Note:  If you already renewed your medical license, but forgot to renew your controlled substance license(s), call us – we can help. Contact us at licensure@ismie.com or call 800-632-7478.

  • They're at it Again...The Bachelor

    Consider the plight of one Brandon Clarke Vezmar from Austin, Texas. 

    On May 6, he allegedly sprung for two movie tickets on a first date, only to find that his companion was paying much more attention to her text messages than to “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.” 

    Or him, for that matter. 

    How does one deal with such treatment? In court, of course! 

    In his May 11 filing in Travis County, Vezmar sued his date, or pardon us, “the defendant,” for exactly $17.31 for activating her phone “at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes affecting the viewing experience of Plaintiff and others,” declaring her behavior “a threat to civilized society.”

    This would normally be the part where we would chastise Mr. Vezmar for clogging our court system with his petty dispute and let you get on with your day. 

    But like any Marvel blockbuster, this epic has added an extra scene after the credits. 

    Presumably piling on for principle and clearly not the free PR benefit, the head of a competing theater chain with a strict no-texting policy offered to play peacemaker. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema CEO Tim League offered Vezmar a $17.31 gift certificate to end his legal challenge. Upping the drama, League emailed the Austin American-Statesman to state, “On one hand, I am concerned about our courts being clogged with superfluous lawsuits, but as Vezmar states, ‘this is a threat to civilized society.’” 

    No word yet on whether the gift certificate got picked up or the lawsuit got dropped. But we think the story of Vezmar and League would make a great movie. Something about the beginning of a beautiful friendship -- thanks to self-promotion by lawsuit. 

    Enjoy your 15 minutes, gents.

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