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  • September 5, 2017

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  • Now’s a Good Time to Check: The Federal Renewal Notification Process is Changing

    green checkmarkThree-year medical and controlled substance license renewal recently wrapped up in Illinois, and now it’s time for a new reminder. Make sure your next DEA registration renewal date is on the calendar.

    Here’s why: As of this year, the DEA is no longer sending a second paper notification for your next three-year renewal. You will get a paper reminder about two months before your expiration and a second via email closer to your renewal date, but that final reminder many count on? It’s not coming.

    So it’s good to set up your own reminder system to make sure your renewal gets done on time.

    Physicians and other health professionals authorized to prescribe controlled substances must secure a renewal from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) every three years timed to the date of your initial DEA registration. By the way, that’s in addition to securing your controlled substance licenses in Illinois or in other states where you practice.

    Other tips:

    • The easiest place to find your registration expiration date. Your DEA certificate and the “wallet copy” of your certificate both note your renewal date.
    • Why it makes sense to act early in your renewal period. Your online application date will ensure you can continue prescribing no matter when the agency finally approves your renewal. It’s good practice as renewal processing could slow at certain times.
    • There is a grace period… The DEA allows reinstatement of an expired registration for one calendar month after the expiration date. Anything later requires a new DEA registration.
    • …but an expired certificate is an expired certificate. Until your certificate is reinstated during the grace period or under a new application, you must not handle or prescribe any controlled substances or List 1 chemicals.

      For more information, go to the DEA website. And if you have questions, email us at licensure@ismie.com.



  • Early Bird Registration Now Open for Nov. 17 Risk Management Symposium - And Don’t Forget Other ISMIE Live Events This Fall!
    early bird registrationRegistration is already filling up for the 2nd Annual ISMIE Risk Management Symposium, to be held November 17 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

    “Emerging Risks” is the theme of this year’s event, focusing on changing care models, genetic testing, opioid abuse, polypharmacy, cyber security and health IT.

    Click here for this year’s speakers, agenda and FAQs.

    The symposium is free to all ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians; a $99 early-bird rate ($199 after October 1) is available to employed staff of ISMIE policyholders. Early registration for all other physicians, clinicians, practice administrators and risk managers is $399 ($499 after October 1).

    A limited number of rooms are available at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for a conference rate starting at $149. Click here to book a room.

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

    Register here.

    Other Upcoming ISMIE Live Events:

    • September 28, 2017 | Noon – 3 p.m. | Seminar
    • Fellowship Fundamentals: Communications

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

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

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

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

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



  • Thinking of Volunteering in the Hurricane Relief Effort? Some Advice from ISMIE

    hurricaneAt ISMIE, we fully support our policyholders who perform volunteer medical services. 

    If you or other team members are considering taking time away from your practice to offer your services in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, we call your attention to the Texas Medical Association’s disaster preparedness resource page. Texas has temporarily suspended “all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state” to assist with Harvey disaster response.

    At publication, it was unclear how the aftermath of the storm would affect medical environments in neighboring states, so consider checking in with medical societies in other affected areas before you make a decision, during this or future emergencies.

    Finally, ISMIE’s underwriting team is always here to answer your questions about volunteer medical work. Don’t hesitate to contact us at 800-782-4767 or email underwriting@ismie.com



  • AHRQ Releases Long-Awaited Patient Safety and Medical Liability Report

    A new report focusing on new and innovative ways to address patient safety and medical liability issues has just been released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

    "Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability" is based on a series of planning and demonstration projects funded in 2010 and covers 11 topics including the newsmaking medical liability reform efforts in Massachusetts, error disclosure training, transitional care medication safety and much more.



  • Looking for Career Flexibility? Talk to ISMIE About Your Locum Tenens Coverage Options

    doctors talkingA recent news report said that since 2002, the number of U.S. contract doctors has nearly doubled to 48,000. It’s a number that could go much higher given an anticipated doctor shortage that could grow to more than 100,000 by 2030.

    The types of doctors considering locum work may surprise you too. Once the province of physicians transitioning into retirement, locum work is increasingly attracting newer physicians who want to test locations and practice settings in addition to the financial benefits locum work can provide.

    ISMIE understands that today’s physician careers are diverse and require flexible custom coverage solutions to match. Whether you’re an individual physician or a representative of a staffing agency looking for the right coverage for your locum team, ISMIE is here for you.

    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.



  • They're at it Again...Some Sanity With Your Sub?

    Late last month, Chicago’s 7th Circuit tossed a tasteless class action settlement against fast-food giant Subway. You might remember the 2013 case - nine angry noshers went after the chain for selling “footlong” sandwiches that didn’t quite measure up.

    However, in this latest ruling, the federal court described the case as “no better than a racket” thanks in part to the unappetizing $525,000 in legal fees awarded to the plaintiffs’ attorneys – who only managed to get their clients $500 apiece.

    “Because the settlement yields fees for class counsel and ‘zero benefits for the class,’ the class should not have been certified and the settlement should not have been approved,” said the decision.

    This restores our appetite.