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  • March 20, 2018

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  • Congress Considering National Protection for Medical Volunteers

    government buildingHealth care professionals are willing volunteers in the face of natural and other federally declared disasters, but they face significant liability risk when assisting victims outside the state where they are insured for liability.

    That’s why ISMIE is urging Illinois’ representatives in the U.S. House and Senate to support the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act of 2017, which would provide narrowly tailored civil liability protection for medical professionals who volunteer their services during federally declared disasters. The legislation is gaining steam with bipartisan support in both chambers. Stay tuned for information as this legislation progresses.

    We know how hard you work in your practice. We also know that many of you travel extensively to volunteer in times of need. ISMIE is working to protect you whenever and wherever you go to provide life-saving medical care in such emergencies.

  • Thinking About an Office-Based Risk Assessment? Don’t Miss This Upcoming ISMIE Webinar

    physician speaking with a representativeOne of ISMIE’s most popular live events is coming directly to you.

    Preparing for Your Office-Based Risk Assessment is being presented as a live webinar from noon-1 p.m. on April 4. ISMIE risk management specialists will discuss what’s involved in our 2018 office-based risk assessment with tips for success. All ISMIE policyholders and employed staff are welcome to attend.

    ISMIE policyholders are offered the opportunity to undergo an on-site risk assessment, focusing on principles of good risk management and potential litigation risks you may face. Keep in mind that policyholders found in compliance will be awarded a 5% discount for two policy years.

    Register here.

    Questions? Email ISMIE’s risk management department or call 800-782-4767.

    And don’t forget the rest of ISMIE’s upcoming risk management live events:

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

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

  • Do You Prescribe Biaxin? FDA Says Antibiotic Presents ‘Potential Increased Risk of Heart Problems or Death’ to Heart Patients

    physician signing a prescriptionIn late February, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert for prescribers of the antibiotic clarithromycin – brand name Biaxin – to patients with coronary heart disease. The FDA is advising caution before prescribing the antibiotic to such patients because of “a potential increased risk of heart problems or death that can occur years later.”

    The agency based its announcement on a review of the results of a 10-year follow-up study of patients with coronary heart disease from a large clinical trial that first observed this safety issue.

    At ISMIE, we keep watch for significant regulatory and patient safety alerts that could raise liability risk at your practice. We’ll continue to cover these events in our publications and social media (join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.)

  • New ISMIE Risk Management Resource Focuses on Proper Response to EMR Downtime Incidents, Including Cybersecurity Emergencies

    physician on her computerIn a survey late last year, the American Medical Association reported that 8 in 10 doctors have experienced a cyberattack in their practice.

    However, cybersecurity incidents are not the only technology risks medical practices need to prepare for.

    It’s important to have a plan in place for all potential electronic medical record (EMR) downtime incidents, not just cyberattacks or breaches. Any incident that shuts down your EMR can pose patient safety and medical liability risks.

    ISMIE’s latest risk management resource, EMR Downtime, offers a way to plan for such events, respond when disruptions occur and execute follow-ups and checks once your system is back up and running.

    This ISMIE resource also connects you to other important practice information on cybersecurity issues you’ll want to review as part of your regular system safety upgrades. 

  • Order the Red Carnations - Doctor’s Day is March 30!

    physician with a red carnation on their coatTime to do something nice for you and your physician team.

    Doctor’s Day is March 30 – established in 1933 and made official in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, it’s a day of recognition for everything doctors do for their patients and their fellow professionals.

    So whether Doctor’s Day means sharing a small gift, a special lunch or the wearing of the traditional red carnation by every physician on your team, mark the day – and enjoy it!

  • They're At It Again...Bigfoot Goes to Court

    They're at it again, animals at courtJust get your popcorn now.

    There’s allegedly a Sasquatch wandering around the San Bernardino, Calif. mountains on the brink of legal legitimacy – that is, if a self-proclaimed Bigfoot expert gets her way in court.

    On January 18, a lawsuit was filed in San Bernardino Superior Court against the state of California for not acknowledging the existence of the Sasquatch species. According to a local woman who claims to have researched the so-far mythical ape-creature for the past 20 years – and also claims to have had a surprise encounter with the hairy hominid just a year ago – the Golden State needs to dump its Bigfoot bias and just admit he’s out there.

    After all, news reports indicate the plaintiff has teamed up with a documentary filmmaker who just released a Bigfoot documentary on Netflix – oddly, just a couple of weeks before the suit was filed.

    A pure coincidence, we are certain. Why would anyone think a Sasquatch case might generate PR?

    We’re hoping the big guy shows up in court. He might have a lot of back pay coming if he sues everyone who’s profited off his image all these years.