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  • March 6, 2018

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  • Plenty of ISMIE Live Events, New Coursework and Practice Resources Are Waiting for You; Best Scheduling for ’18 Risk Assessment Available Now!

    Physician speaking to a risk management specialistPatient Safety Awareness Week begins Sunday, but ISMIE’s Managing Risk program offers opportunities year-round for on-site risk assessments, live events, online coursework and practice resources to keep your team focused on safe medicine.

    Even better: Combining your qualified activities within ISMIE’s Managing Risk program may save you up to 15% on your annual premium.

    Consider these options:

    Risk Assessments. ISMIE offers all policyholders the opportunity to undergo an on-site risk assessment that focuses not only on good risk management principles, but also on how your practice or facility is addressing potential litigation risks. In addition, your practice could earn a 5% premium discount for two policy years.

    Online coursework. All ISMIE risk management online coursework is available when you are. Consider our Patient Safety course or our all-new Fellowship series for 2018.  

    Risk management resources. A wide variety of patient safety and risk management issues come up every day at most practices, and ISMIE’s Risk Management Resource Library can help. Separately, ISMIE’s Lessons from the Field series offers in-depth case studies and action items on pertinent risk management issues.

    Live educational events. Here’s our current lineup – click to register:

    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



  • The New Medicare Cards Are Coming. Be Ready by April 1

    Medicare cardIf your staff isn’t ready for the new Medicare card, it’s time to prepare.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin shipping some 60 million new Medicare beneficiary cards in a state-by-state rollout starting in April. To learn when your patients will begin receiving their new cards in their mailbox, check the CMS website

    As you probably know, the new Medicare cards are being issued primarily to thwart identity theft. For years, Social Security numbers, also known as Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs), were used as the main patient identifier. With the arrival of the new cards, each patient’s card will carry a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) used only for that purpose.

    CMS will accept both HICNs and MBIs on Medicare transactions during a transition period from April 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2019. But starting  January 1, 2020, CMS will only accept the MBI. Here’s an overview of all details on the card replacement. 



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  • Do Your Team Members Fully Understand Preoperative Medical Clearance? Check This New ISMIE Resource
    Physician thinking

    Preoperative medical clearance (PMC) can be misleading for physicians because many assume completion of this process can clear them of all legal risks.

    In reality, there is no universal PMC process, and inadequate PMC can lead to devastating consequences for both patients and physicians.

    ISMIE’s Risk Management Library includes a new resource titled Preoperative Medical Clearance, which provides tips to minimize risks when seeking or providing PMC for surgical procedures. 



  • They Are At It Again...What Do You Mean Funny?

    They're at it againMovie lovers, if you remember the way things turned out for Frankie Carbone in “Goodfellas,” consider it a clue to the fate of a $250 million lawsuit filed by the actor who played him.

    In February, a California appeals court dismissed Frank Sivero’s pricey 2014 lawsuit against Twentieth Century Fox. The court rejected Sivero’s assertion that Fox’s landmark animated series “The Simpsons” had misappropriated his likeness to create Louie, one of Springfield’s mythical mobsters.

    Sivero claimed he had been “Simpsonized” by writers of the series who just happened to be living next door to his apartment complex in the late 1980s – right about the same time he was developing his ill-fated “Goodfellas” character.

    Frankie’s tormentor Jimmy Conway probably said it best: “Didn’t I tell you not to attract attention?”