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  • October 3, 2017

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  • New Legislation Speeds Out-of-State Licensure Process for Physicians Here

    Illinois doctors expanding to other statesIf you’re an Illinois-based physician and considering adding professional opportunities across state lines, there’s a new fast-track medical license application process offered through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

    While Illinois is already a member of the 22-state Compact, new legislation makes it possible for doctors here to receive expedited licenses in other participating states.

    Here’s how to learn if you qualify. For an overview of the process, click here.

    It costs $700 to apply plus applicable state licensure fees.

    One more thing. Expansion is a good time to review your coverage needs with ISMIE. In case you haven’t heard, ISMIE is expanding its coverage offerings in all 50 states.

    We’ll be there to protect your practice as it grows. To find an experienced broker with whom to discuss your coverage options, please contact any one of the brokers listed here, or contact ISMIE’s underwriting team at 800-782-4767. You can also email us at underwriting@ismie.com.



  • Did You Miss the July 31 Deadline to Renew Your Illinois Medical License? Do It By Oct. 29
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    Physicians cannot 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



  • Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert on Patient Handoff Communication

    doctors talking togetherTransitions of care – usually from hospitals to other patient settings – require well-planned communication strategies in verbal and written form to maximize patient safety. The Joint Commission has released a new Sentinel Event Alert, titled Inadequate Hand-Off Communication, to guide best practices in this arena

    The Oakbrook Terrace-based organization notes that communication failures in U.S. hospitals and medical practices were “at least partly responsible for 30% of all malpractice claims resulting in 1,744 deaths and $1.7 billion in malpractice costs over five years, according to a 2015 study.”

    The Joint Commission makes seven recommendations to improve hand-off communication in health care and offers eight specific tips to begin the process.



  • Register Today! Nov. 17 ISMIE Symposium Leads a Busy Lineup of Risk Management Events Through Year-End
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    One of the year’s biggest events in risk management education is coming up soon – ISMIE’s 2ndAnnual Risk Management Symposium, November 17 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    The theme is “Emerging Risks” and you won’t want to miss it. Seven health care industry thought leaders and innovators will be on hand to discuss changing care models, genetic testing, opioid abuse, polypharmacy, cybersecurity, health IT and much more. Click here for this year’s agenda and FAQs.

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

    For more information on the symposium, call the ISMIE risk management department at 800-782-4767, ext. 3300 or email riskmanagement@ismie.com.

    Register here.

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

    Oct. 4, 2017 | 9 – 11:30 a.m. | Seminar
    Pediatric Care in 2017 and Beyond: New Risks and Opportunities

    Oct. 10, 2017 | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Seminar
    Optimizing Communication Surrounding the Hospitalized Patient

    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



  • Remember - The Next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 28

    medication bottles in a plastic bagSuggest that your patients participate in the next promotional National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28.

    Since 2010, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has mobilized local police and government employees to establish legal and efficient disposal systems for expired or unneeded prescription and non-prescription medications. Leftover medications have been a major driver of our country’s opioid epidemic.

    ISMIE and our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society offer free patient resources promoting medication disposal and the upcoming event, including a poster to print and hang in your office. Why is it so important for medical practices to get involved? Because unless you are a licensed collector, you cannot accept these medications for disposal.

    It’s also a good time to remind patients that they have year-round disposal options available in their communities. Many law enforcement agencies and pharmacies offer disposal drop boxes – click here to view Illinois locations



  • Follow us! ISMIE’s Social Media Lineup Now Includes Facebook and LinkedIn
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    Thanks to your responses in a recent policyholder survey, ISMIE has added information-filled feeds on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    In that survey, nearly two-thirds of you told us you use social media, with half of you checking it every day. Facebook’s your leading channel, YouTube and LinkedIn are tied, and those of you in the 24-39 age group told us that Instagram is your No. 1 choice.

    What will you find on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter channels? Certainly the latest news about ISMIE products and services, but also informative content about risk management education and the new legal and technology trends affecting your practice.

    We invite you to follow us, and we’d like to know if there are other topics you’d like to see. You can message us through each channel, and you can also send suggestions to e-news@ismie.com.

    Stay in touch! 



  • Here’s a Nice Way to Give Kids With Food Allergies a Fun Halloween - The Teal Pumpkin Project

    kids with pumpkins and halloween costumesKids with life-threatening food allergies often have to take a pass on trick-or-treating, which means missing time with their friends. Here’s a fun way to encourage patients and community members to consider offering non-food treats on Halloween so all neighborhood kids can join in.

    The Teal Pumpkin Project was launched nationally in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) as a way for individuals to signal to neighbors that they’re offering alternatives to Halloween candy. The McLean, Va.-based organization makes downloadable social media materials, promotional flyers and window posters available for anyone to use, including physicians.

    According to FARE, teal is the official color of food allergy awareness. The organization estimates that one in 13 children have food allergies, roughly two in every classroom. 



  • They're at it Again...Butting Heads

    A high-profile $75 million settlement in an NCAA concussion case has kicked off another nasty scrimmage – over $21 million in attorneys’ fees, of course. 

    The original case dates back to 2011 and a lawsuit filed by a former Eastern Illinois University football player

    Today, two litigators in the case that sparred over legal strategy are now fighting over the spoils. No doubt the plaintiffs will spend another six years of wrangling in court to figure out how much the lawyers will get.

    And even then, don’t be surprised if they take it to overtime with another lawsuit over their fees.




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