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  • October 17, 2017

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  • Just a Month Away! Sign Up for the 2nd Annual Symposium and ISMIE’s Other Risk Management Education Events Through Year-End

    speaker talking to audienceDon’t miss “Emerging Risks,” the 2nd Annual ISMIE Risk Management Symposium coming up November 17 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont. You’ll hear from seven health care industry thought leaders and innovators about the latest in changing care models, genetic testing, opioid abuse, polypharmacy, cybersecurity, health IT and much more.

    The day-long session is open to all health care professionals between 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians can attend the event for free, employed staff members of ISMIE policyholders may attend for $199, and all other clinicians, practice administrators and risk managers may attend for $499. 

    Register here

    Don’t miss the rest of ISMIE’s 2017 live events: 

    Oct. 26, 2017 | 6 – 8:30 p.m. | Seminar
    Professional Liability Litigation: Finding the Support You Need

    Nov. 2, 2017 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar
    Dissecting Diagnostic Error

    Nov. 28, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience



  • Early Warning: Not Sure About Your Medical Corporation Licensing Status? Renewal Deadline is Dec. 31

    desk with December 31 blocksIn January 2017, ISMIE received word from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) that an unusually high number of medical corporations, limited liability companies and professional service companies had failed to renew their licenses before the December 31 deadline.

    In Illinois, medical and professional service corporations and limited liability companies are required by law to register annually with IDFPR to protect consumers facing problems with their health care groups.

    Some who missed last year’s deadline did so because IDFPR has moved to an all-online reminder and application process. But it also became clear to us that some physicians and practice managers also needed to review their business structure as not all physicians are part of these types of corporations.

    Our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society have created an Issue Brief that can guide your first-time or renewal licensing process. It’s also a good idea to contact your practice attorney before year-end to discuss any changes in your business model that might have an impact on how you are licensed.

    So make time to check your corporate status, and here’s one more important reminder: The 31stfalls on a Sunday this year, so it’s best to renew early.

    If you have additional questions, contact David Porter at 312-580-2468 or email davidporter@ismie.com.



  • Educate Your Patients About Safe Disposal of Unused Medications! National Prescription Take Back Day is Oct. 28

    person looking at prescription bottle labelSince 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day program has drawn critical attention to safe practices for disposal of leftover prescription drugs.

    The next event is October 28.

    The program has proven so successful that the DEA now does two take back days a year – the last event on April 29 brought in 450 tons of unused medication at nearly 5,000 collection sites across the country.

    Why is it so important for physicians to get involved in promoting take back events and locations? Because unless you are a licensed collector, you cannot accept these medications for disposal.

    ISMIE and our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society now offer free patient resources promoting medication disposal, including a promotional poster for the October 28 event. You’ll find those resources here, and to direct your patients to year-round legal medication disposal, the DEA offers a central database searchable by ZIP code.



  • How’s That Risk Rewards Coursework Coming? Get it Done Now, Save Money and Enjoy the Holidays!

    doctors deskISMIE’s Managing Risk program offers some of the best medical liability education in the industry with an attractive bonus – up to 15% off your premium if you complete your annual coursework by December 31.

    If you haven’t checked your 2017 qualifying coursework to receive your Risk Rewards discount,  start here. Once you determine what coursework you still need to complete, know that the ISMIE Managing Risk support team is here to help with any questions you have.

    If you have questions on your Managing Risk status, please contact the ISMIE risk management team by emailor by calling 800-782-4767.



  • Still Haven’t Renewed Your Three-Year Illinois Medical License? Do It by Oct. 29

    surprised doctorPhysicians can’t practice medicine in Illinois without a valid three-year medical license.

    If you failed to renew by the July 31 deadline, you’re within the 90-day timeline that will allow you to retroactively renew to August 1.

    However, you must act by October 29. Here’s what to do.

    1. Go to IDFPR.com. Remember, Illinois medical license renewal is now an all-online process at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) website. You will need your medical license number, Social Security number, and date of birth to complete your renewal.
    2. Be ready to pay a late fee.If you’re an Illinois-based physician, you will now pay a total of $920 to renew your medical license (on-time fee was $690).
    3. Be prepared to document your CME hours. Physicians who renewed before July 31 were simply required to attest completion of the mandatory 150 hours of CME required for renewal. Physicians renewing after the deadline are asked to provide documentation that those hours have been completed.

    ISMIE can’t help you file your late renewal, but we can answer questions. Contact David Porter at 312-580-2468 or email davidporter@ismie.com.