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  • February 20, 2018

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  • Considering a Risk Assessment in 2018? Register for ISMIE’S March 16 Seminar in Chicago

    physicians talkingAn on-site ISMIE risk assessment brings 40 years of our risk management expertise right into your patient setting. And there’s a bonus – completing a risk assessment in compliance with ISMIE’s risk management principles can help you earn a 5% premium discount for two policy years.

    Not sure what’s required? Grab your calendar.

    Attend ISMIE’s annual seminar “Preparing for Your Risk Assessment” March 16 at ISMIE headquarters in Chicago. Register here.

    You’ll learn from ISMIE risk management specialists what’s new in our 2018 risk assessment with tips for success. This seminar covers all types of risk assessments, including those for office-based clinicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists, pathologists, emergency care specialists, urgent care specialists, nursing home specialists, and hospital-based specialists.

    All ISMIE policyholders and their employed staff are welcome to attend. Registration is also open to ISMIE brokers. NOTE: To get the best risk assessment scheduling opportunities in 2018, consider booking your assessment before July 1.

    Need to know more? Contact the ISMIE risk management team by email or at 800-782-4767.

    Here’s our complete lineup of upcoming ISMIE risk management live events:

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

    March 16, 2018 | 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Seminar | Chicago
    Preparing for Your Risk Assessment

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



  • Joint Commission Issues ‘Quick Safety’ Advisory Providing Support for Health Care Workers After Adverse Patient Events

    physician thinkingWhen a patient suffers an adverse health event, health care professionals can suffer what’s known as second victim syndrome – a range of emotional and physical effects when medical care goes wrong. 

    The Joint Commission recently issued a new Quick Safety advisory providing research, recommendations and resources to help. According to the advisory, “For some, recurrent memories of the event contribute to burnout, depression and suicidal ideation,” adding that nearly half of all health care providers could “experience the impact as a second victim at least once in their career.”

    Keep in mind that ISMIE provides valuable policyholder resources in this area, including this guideline and links to services for health professionals in need.



  • Pop Quiz: Could You Identify a Phishing Email at 50 Paces?

    laptop with phishing emailBetter yet, could you identify a phishing attack as close as your desktop or handheld screen? If not, you’re far from alone.

    A recently released report on privacy and security awarenesssays that at least 24% of physicians could not differentiate phishing emails (fraudulent emails appearing to come from legitimate sources) from legitimate ones. The report also notes that nearly 80% of health care employees showed “at least some lack of preparedness” to handle common privacy and security threats, compared to 70% across all industries.

    Every ISMIE policy carries Cyber Liability protection at no extra cost, with the option of higher limits coverage available at a relatively inexpensive $850 per physician. 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 by email or at 800-782-4767.



  • Know What You’ve Missed on ISMIE Twitter? Follow Us!

    thumbnail for video about ISMIEStories about trailblazing African-American physicians. A go-to guide for talking to patients about self-measured blood pressure monitoring. And of course, the latest news on ISMIE products and services – you’ll find it all on ISMIE’s Twitter page.

    Keep in mind that ISMIE’s Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channels also provide constant updates on matters essential to safe medicine.

    Connect with us! And by the way, if your colleagues are reevaluating their choice in medical liability coverage, take a minute to introduce them to ISMIE



  • If You’re a Licensed Illinois Controlled Substance Prescriber, Registering in the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program is Now Mandatory. Act TODAY!

    physician holding a medication bottleThe start of a new year can get busy. However, if you’re a licensed controlled substance prescriber in the state of Illinois, as of January 1, the law requires you to register in the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP).

    All prescribers are now required to document an attempt to access the PMP before writing an initial prescription for a Schedule II narcotic, such as an opioid, though some exceptions apply. 

    Licensed prescribers who fail to register in Illinois’ PMP risk investigation by the state’s Medical Disciplinary Board.

    Registration is an all-online process, starting with a visit to the site. If you’re having problems with this process, contact the PMP directly at 217-524-1311 or email dhs.pmp@illinois.gov.

    Keep in mind that due to the continued high processing volume, PMP staff is facing a significant workload right now verifying registrations.

    For background, we invite you to watch the latest ISMS webinar on Illinois’ PMP, and for general questions, call our health policy department at 800-782-4767 or email HPResearch@ismie.com.