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  • July 24, 2018

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  • Don’t Miss ISMIE’s July 31 Webinar on Enterprise Risk Management - And Check Our Schedule for Upcoming Live Events This Fall!

    physicians talking around a tableNew practice risks emerge every day – how about learning a broader approach to making your team safer?

    Join us on July 31 for Enterprise Risk Management and Your Practice: Strategies for Success. This ISMIE webinar offers a primer for physicians and staff in the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) movement in health care. Launched in the corporate arena, ERM is a strategy that identifies, assesses and addresses all potential physical and operational risks to any commercial operation, with specific advantages for medical practices. You’ll learn to look at clinical risk and more when in developing a successful ERM model for your team. The webinar runs between noon-1 p.m. July 31. Register here.

    Don’t forget to add these future ISMIE live events to your team’s training lineup:

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

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

    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 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 



  • Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Confidentiality for Patient Safety Organization Info

    gavel and stethoscopeHere’s some good news on the legal front.

    Late last month, the Illinois Appellate Court issued a positive ruling in a case that could have undermined the privileged nature of patient safety work product that is reported to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs).

    Under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (PSQIA), the federal government established PSOs that can review data created for the purpose of reporting to PSOs. Under federal law, this information is privileged from discovery in litigation. The 2005 law established a voluntary reporting system designed to improve patient safety and health care quality issues.

    Next step: the plaintiff in the case now has the opportunity to appeal the ruling. ISMIE News will keep you posted. 



  • Preparing for the Worst Means Learning with the Best - Make Time to Review ISMIE’s ‘Disclosing Unanticipated Outcomes’ Risk Management Resource

    physician checking on a patientDespite the skills and best efforts of dedicated medical professionals, unanticipated outcomes happen.

    It’s best to plan your approach to such events, even if you never have to deal with one.

    Start with Disclosing Unanticipated Outcomes, one of the most popular entries in ISMIE’s risk management resource library. This resource provides important considerations to keep in mind regarding patient interaction if health care goes wrong.

    ISMIE helps policyholders limit risk. For a review of all our risk management activities, visit www.ismiemutual.com – and if you have any questions about any practice risk issue, email us or call 800-782-4767.



  • Join Us in Oak Brook Nov. 2 for ‘Thriving in Change’ - The 2018 ISMIE Risk Management Symposium

    Speaker at ISMIE Risk Management SymposiumOne day, seven experts and a great way to re-energize your efforts in patient safety – that’s the ISMIE Risk Management Symposium, a national event focusing on emerging issues in health care risk management.

    From 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. November 2 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, you’ll hear about new approaches to some of the hottest topics in patient safety, including telemedicine, genetic testing, precision medicine, polypharmacy, diagnostic accuracy, and burnout and resilience.

    Find all the information on speakers, schedule and early-bird registration here.

    The event is free to all ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians, as well as ISMIE Business Associates —producers or reinsurers who partner with ISMIE. A $99 early-bird rate ($199 after October 1) is available to employed staff of ISMIE policyholders. Early registration for all other physicians, clinicians, practice administrators and risk managers is $399 ($499 after October 1).

    A limited number of rooms are available at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center for a conference rate starting at $119 through October 12. Click here to book a room.

    This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.



  • Get Ready for August - It’s National Immunization Awareness Month

    kids playingIf the back-to-school rush hasn’t begun at your practice, get ready.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Public Health Information Coalition have useful resources available to promote the importance of immunization to parents at the start of the new school year.

    And for Illinois-specific vaccination requirements for the upcoming year, check the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) website