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  • April 3, 2018

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  • Preparing for Your Office-Based Risk Assessment’ Covers 2018 Requirements for ISMIE’s Popular On-Site Program - Sign up NOW

    physicianThere’s still time to register for Preparing for Your Office-Based Risk Assessmentthe hour-long live webinar begins at noon tomorrow, April 4.

    ISMIE risk management specialists will discuss what’s involved in our 2018 assessment and ways to help you succeed. All ISMIE policyholders and employed staff are invited to attend – wherever you are!

    All ISMIE policyholders are offered the opportunity to undergo an on-site risk assessment, focusing on principles of good risk management and potential litigation risks you may face. Policyholders who complete this on-site assessment receive personalized feedback and recommendations to help address issues identified during the visit.

    And that’s not all. Policyholders found in compliance will be awarded a 5% discount for two policy years.

    Register here

    And don’t forget the rest of ISMIE’s upcoming risk management live events:

    April 10, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Oak Brook
    Beyond the Basics: Advanced Communications for Physicians and Other Clinicians

    May 8, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Rosemont
    Beyond the Basics: Advanced Communications for Physicians and Other Clinicians

    June 14, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar | Springfield
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience

    September 14, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar | Lisle
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience

    October 10, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Springfield
    Beyond the Basics: Advanced Communications for Physicians and Other Clinicians

    November 7, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar | Schaumburg
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience

    November 27, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Naperville
    Beyond the Basics: Advanced Communications for Physicians and Other Clinicians



  • April 28 is National Take Back Day - Let ISMIE Help You Promote Safe Prescription Disposal with Free Promotional Materials, Online Resources

    National Takeback thumbnailOver the past eight years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has collected nearly a million pounds of unused prescription drugs at a now twice-yearly event: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

    In case you were wondering, that’s triple the weight of the Bean in Millennium Park. Or about as heavy as half a million pan pizzas – or about 23,000 Divvy bikes.

    Anyway, it’s a lot.

    But here’s something even more important to know. The next Take Back Day is April 28 and it’s a great opportunity to start a broader conversation with your patients about all aspects of safe medication use, not just what to do with their leftover prescriptions.

    The DEA also offers information about year-round options to help patients to get rid of unused prescription medications, particularly pain relievers.

    Statistics show that more than half of people who misused pain relievers in 2016 reported they obtained them from a friend or relative.

    Remember, if you are not a licensed collector, you cannot accept medications for disposal. 

    But you can still help your patients get rid of medications safely.

    Start with this resource page. Here you’ll find promotional material you can use in your practice to promote the April 28 event as well as search and contact information about year-round disposal locations. 



  • Frustrated by Step Therapy Requirements? New Reforms Are Now In Place!

    Frustrated physicianIf you’ve ever had to go through an insurer’s step therapy process to get your patients on the right prescription or treatment, here’s good news.

    New rules require Illinois health insurers to maintain a medical exceptions process that mandates step therapy exception review. Step therapy is a cost-control method used by health insurers that forces patients to try cheaper prescriptions or treatment alternatives before a physician’s recommended solution can be considered for coverage.

    The new rules allow a step therapy requirement exception if:

    • The required prescription drug is contraindicated;
    • The patient has tried the required prescription drug while under the patient’s current or previous health insurance or health benefits plan, and the prescriber submits evidence of failure or intolerance; or
    • The patient is stable on a prescription drug selected by their health care provider for the condition under consideration while on a current or previous insurer or plan.

    Stay tuned to ISMIE News for coverage of policy and legislative developments that affect your practice.  




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