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  • January 23, 2018

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  • Don’t Go Onscreen Until You’ve Reviewed ISMIE’s Latest Risk Management Coursework and Resources on Telemedicine Topics

    physician teachingYou’ve probably seen the figures.

    A recent study by the National Business Group on Health reported that 96% of large U.S. employers were planning to build more cost-effective telehealth options into their benefits plans during 2018 in states where such health care delivery systems are allowed. Telemedicine, the clinical component of telehealth, enables two-way, real-time communication between physician and patient by audio/visual means.

    If you think you’ll be involved in telemedicine in the future, ISMIE can help.

    Here’s the first thing to know: While rules vary state to state, a physician typically must be licensed in, or under the jurisdiction of the medical board of, the state where the patient is located.

    Now here’s where to learn more.

    Start with Telemedicine Tips, a medical legal guideline created by our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) that focuses on essential information Illinois-based physicians and related clinicians need to know about virtual visits with patients.

    Also consider Telemedicine in Illinois and the Impact on Physicians, an online course which can help you qualify for a potential premium discount.

    As always, ISMIE’s risk management team can help with questions specific to your practice. Don’t hesitate to email us or call 800-782-4767, ext. 3300.



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  • Back to School for 2018! Check Out These Upcoming ISMIE Live Events

    Audience at a live eventHere’s the start of 2018’s lineup of live educational events for you and your staff. For questions, email the ISMIE risk management team or call 800-782-4767, ext. 3300.

    January 24, 2018 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Webinar
    Establishing a Buprenorphine Practice: What You Need to Know

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

    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



  • They're At It Again...HOW Did We Miss This?

    animals in a courtroomTurns out it happened in March. We were apparently too busy with that Spuds MacKenzie-comes-back-from-the-dead lawsuit or all those food and beverage actions that kept us stuffed all year.

    But on March 8, in a Miami courtroom, a defense attorney’s pants literally burst into flames while he was making closing arguments.

    In an arson case.

    The attorney told the jury the minor conflagration wasn’t staged for effect. He just happened to be fiddling with an e-cigarette in his right pocket when smoke suddenly began billowing out.

    The attorney was fine. His pocket? A little singed. But his argument? One for the ages: The client’s car hadn’t been intentionally set on fire - it had spontaneously combusted.

    You can reach your own conclusions. We’ll just stick with "pants on fire."