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  • February 6, 2018

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  • ISMIE’s Managing Risk Coursework, Resources and Assessment Guidelines Get an Update in ’18

    photo of a physicianGreat risk management resources and education? Check. Option to earn up to 15% in premium discounts annually? Check. New additions and streamlined options for ISMIE’s popular, money-saving Managing Risk Partnership Program? You guessed it:

    Fellowship Program updates: Whether you’re tackling ISMIE’s Fellowship program for the first time or renewing in 2018, three courses must be completed to qualify for your two-year, 10% discount:

    Each course takes 1-2 hours to complete and offers policyholders CME credits and ABIM MOC points where applicable. NOTE: If you earned this discount in 2017, you will not need to renew until 2019.

    Updated Risk Assessment guidelines: ISMIE Risk Assessments – formerly known as “practice assessments” – have been updated with guidelines that apply to ISMIE policyholders in all 50 states.

    A refreshed online Resource Library: You’ll still find plain-English guidance for important practice management issues here, in addition to sample policies, letters and other templates you can use in everyday practice.

    Questions? Email the ISMIE risk management team or call us at 800-782-4767 ext. 3300.



  • All Things Medical Records - Here’s Your 2018 Guidance on Copying Fees and Procedures

    medical records folderMake sure your office knows how to respond when patients or their surrogates request medical records.The amount that can be legally charged for copying medical records has changed for 2018, and it’s important to know the proper amounts for patients and third parties.

    ISMIE’s risk management resource library features these popular guides:

    For specific questions on individual patient records issues, it’s best to contact your practice attorney. For questions on the resources, contact the ISMIE risk management team at 800-782-4767 or by email.



  • Secure Your Controlled Substance Prescribing Procedures with this Risk Management Resource

    open prescription bottleAs physicians continue to wrestle with the nation’s opioid epidemic, ISMIE has created a Medication Management resource to reflect the latest national information related to safe prescribing, with links to useful prescribing information for all 50 states.

    Reminder: As of January 1, all Illinois-based controlled substance license holders are now required by law to register in the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). Licensed prescribers who fail to register risk investigation by the state’s Medical Disciplinary Board.

    Registration is an all-online process, starting with a visit to the PMP site. If you’re having problems with registration, contact the PMP directly at 217-524-1311 or by email.



  • AMA: What We Pay for a ‘Broken Medical Liability System’

    gavel and stethoscopeThe American Medical Association recently released three important policy reports taking a close look at the burden physicians carry and the escalating costs patients pay under the current ‘broken’ medical liability legal system. 

    Among the AMA’s findings:

    • More than a third of physicians (34%) have had a claim filed against them at some point in their careers.
    • Before they reach the age of 55, more than 50% of general surgeons and OB/GYNs have already been sued. 
    • The average expense incurred on medical liability claims that closed in 2015 was $54,165 – a substantial increase of 64.5% since 2006.

    In about 25% of claims, an indemnity payment was paid to the claimant. The average indemnity payment was $365,503 for paid claims that closed in 2015—a notable increase of 11.5% from two years prior.


    Here’s how ISMIE supports your practice in this medical liability environment. 

    Our Managing Risk Partnership Program offers a rich portfolio of practice resources and ongoing live and online risk management education that makes a difference. In a recent study, policyholders who fully participated in Managing Risk were 37% less likely to experience a claim resulting in a payment, and 21% less likely to experience a claim overall, than non-participants.



  • Thinking About a Risk Assessment This Year? ‘Preparing for Your Risk Assessment’ Live Seminars are Coming Up Soon

    physicians talkingISMIE risk assessments are optional, on-site evaluations that help you and your team focus on principles of good risk management and avoid potential legal landmines. Another bonus: Policyholders found to be in compliance with these principles will be awarded a 5% discount every two policy years.

    You’ll find two upcoming risk assessment prep sessions in the latest ISMIE events calendar: 

    February 22, 2018 | 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Seminar
    Preparing for Your Risk Assessment | Oak Brook

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

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

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

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

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



  • They're at it Again...Selfie Monkey, Meet Grumpy Cat

    animals at courtIf the animal kingdom ever starts lawyering up on its own, we’re in trouble. But for now, we can always count on their human counterparts to stampede courtrooms with wild arguments that have much more to do with bank accounts than creature comforts.

    A couple of years ago, we heard about a monkey – a smiling Indonesian macaque, to be precise – who sparked a 2015 lawsuit and a settlement last year between a photographer and PETA over the rights to his image.

    And now we have a famous frowning cat with a copyright victory worth $710,000.

    Indeed, internet sensation Grumpy Cat (offstage name: Tardar Sauce) and her owner, who has reportedly benefited handsomely by putting her feline online, successfully clawed a California beverage company for using the cat’s image beyond an agreement for something called a “Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino.”

    Can’t say we’ve ever tried it. Can’t really say the cat has either, but no matter.

    When you’re a four-legged sensation with an IMDB profile and a verified Twitter account with 1.4 million followers, apparently you can afford legal counsel who can triumphantly state, "Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and feels the jury reached a just verdict."