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  • August 21, 2018

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  • Key Bills Still Await Governor’s Signature; New Law Will Require 1 Hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention CME BEFORE License Renewal in 2020

    capitol buildingWith deadlines fast approaching for Governor Rauner to act on bills passed this spring by the Illinois General Assembly, here’s a roundup of important practice legislation benefiting from the advocacy of our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society.

    Now law:

    • New CME requirements. The next three-year physician licensing period won’t begin until Jan. 1, 2020, but Illinois physicians will be required to complete at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention CME to be licensed for the first time or to renew. Another bill before the governor would require three hours of opioid prescribing coursework before a controlled substance license can be renewed.

    NOTE: Stay tuned to ISMIE News – We’ll alert you when online courses are available to help you and your team members meet these requirements.


    • Mental health admissions and FOID. This new law clarifies reporting standards for hospitals, requiring them to report all mental health admissions to the state Department of Human Services. These new standards will allow state police to intervene more quickly and suspend a person’s Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID).
    • Physical therapist referral. This law retains physician involvement, referral and diagnosis with regard to patients seeking direct evaluation and treatment from physical therapists.
    • Physician assistant collaboration. This law expands physician assistant hiring throughout Illinois. Now, physicians may collaborate with no more than seven physician assistants; the previous number was five.
    • Medical cannabis in schools. Known as “Ashley’s Law,” parents or guardians of qualifying minor patients are now allowed to administer medical cannabis-infused products to children on school grounds and school buses as registrants under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. 

    Awaiting action:

    • Tobacco 21. Pending legislation would raise Illinois’ smoking age from 18 to 21 for all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.
    • Worker’s compensation payments. This bill addresses the growing crisis of unpaid workers’ compensation medical bills, including requirements for timely collection and interest charges if bills are not paid promptly. 


  • PSO Data Confidentiality Case Now Closed - A Win for Illinois Physicians!

    gavel and stethascopeThe appeal deadline has passed for a recent Illinois Appellate Court ruling protecting the nature of patient safety work product reported to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs), defusing a dangerous threat to the confidentiality of patient safety work product in Illinois.

    A recent ISMIE News story explains the background, but the bottom line is that the case is now closed and that discovery protections for PSO data remain intact. 



  • You’ve Got a Busy Fall Coming Up - For ISMIE Risk Management Education! Check Our Upcoming Live Events Schedule:

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

    Sept. 27, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Seminar | Rosemont
    Levels of Maternal Care in the United States: What Does This Mean for You?

    Oct. 17, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Hoffman Estates
    Informed Consent: Getting on the Same Page with Your Patients

    Nov. 2, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. | ISMIE Risk Management Symposium | Oak Brook
    Thriving in Change: ISMIE’s Risk Management Symposium

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

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

    Nov. 30, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Rosemont
    Stress Management and Burnout Prevention for Health Care Professionals 



  • Credentialing? It’s a Snap to Download Your Loss History Report at ISMIE.com!

    physician working on the computerSpeedy credentialing usually requires a loss history report from your medical liability carrier – so ISMIE makes it easy!

    Just log on to www.ismie.com, and click on the “loss history” menu item on the left side of your screen.

    There you’ll find up-to-date copies of your 10-year and all-year loss history letters ready to download and send.

    Just a few keystrokes, and no need for a phone call!  



  • Ever Thought About Locum Work? Ask a Locum Doc!

    Dr_ Cooper profileThere are plenty of reasons doctors consider life as a part-time or full-time locum tenens physician. For some, it’s about finding greater scheduling flexibility or additional income; for others, locum assignments allow a chance to test an entirely new practice setting or place to live.

    Scott A. Cooper, MD, is a board-certified internist, critical care and emergency medicine specialist and a graduate of Loyola University’s Stritch School of Medicine. After a 28-year career in a full-time practice environment, he has spent four years as a locum tenens physician in a variety of practice settings throughout Illinois.

    Here’s his story.

    By the way, ISMIE now provides medical liability coverage to heath care staffing agencies looking for top locum professionals. If you’re considering locum work, ask a prospective staffing agent whether they provide ISMIE protection for the medical professionals they place.