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  • May 1, 2018

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  • Attention Policyholders: $15 Million in ISMIE Dividends Will Begin Distribution on July 1

    banners and confettiISMIE Mutual is pleased to announce that $15 million in dividends will be distributed starting in July for the 2018-19 policy year.

    Since 2007, a total of $240.2 million has been paid out to ISMIE policyholders. Said ISMIE Mutual Chairman Paul H. DeHaan, MD, “This marks the 12th consecutive year of dividend distribution. ISMIE’s consistency paying dividends is an outgrowth of our stability and operating standards, which have sustained us for more than four decades and positioned us for long-term viability.”

    This distribution will begin July 1, 2018 to all eligible ISMIE Mutual policyholders.1

    What’s your next step? Don’t worry, there’s nothing to do – your dividend will be automatically applied as a premium credit at your renewal.

    Questions? If you utilize a broker, consider contacting him or her or reach out to ISMIE’s underwriting team at 800-782-4767 or by email.

    1The ISMIE dividend provides a renewal premium reduction to ISMIE Mutual policyholders in the following states and district: Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.

  • Paul H. DeHaan, MD, Elected ISMIE’s Fourth Chairman; New Officers and Board Members Elected

    Paul H_ DehaanISMIE Mutual Insurance Company today announced the election of Paul H. DeHaan, MD as the medical professional liability insurance leader’s fourth chairman since the company’s founding in 1976.

    Dr. DeHaan, previously ISMIE vice chairman, had been acting chair of ISMIE since the passing of former chairman Harold L. Jensen, MD in May, 2017.

    As an active ISMIE board member, Dr. DeHaan has been an integral leader of ISMIE’s business development and expansion. He is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who has lived and practiced in McHenry, Illinois for 30 years, a diplomate with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

    Dr. DeHaan studied medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and interned and completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals.

    New officers and board members elected

    ISMIE’s board of directors elected Peter E. Eupierre, MD, a Melrose Park internist, as the company’s new vice chairman and Richard A. Geline, MD, a Glenview-based orthopaedic surgeon, as secretary-treasurer.

    Adrienne L. Fregia, MD, a Chicago-based specialist in internal medicine and gastroenterology and Dennis G. Norem, MD, a Rockford-based internist, were elected as new board members during the ISMIE annual meeting. 

  • Two-Part ISMIE Webinar Series Focuses on Sexual Misconduct Allegations in the Medical Setting - First Session is May 23

    clipboard with physician imagesRecognizing and dealing with sexual misconduct in the practice environment is essential for safe working conditions and quality patient care.

    That’s why ISMIE is hosting an upcoming two-part webinar series to ensure that policyholders and their medical team have an organized approach to dealing with potential sexual misconduct allegations within the practice workplace and the clinician-patient encounter.

    The one-hour sessions will be presented by Daniel O’Connell, PhD, a Seattle-based clinical psychologist and a consultant to The Institute for Healthcare Communication and a faculty member of the Foundation for Medical Excellence.

    Here are the dates and registration links for both sessions:

    May 23, 2018, Noon CDT: Sexual Misconduct in the Medical Setting, Part 1: Among Colleagues

    June 19, 2018, Noon CDT: Sexual Misconduct in the Medical Setting, Part 2: Defining Boundaries in the Clinician-Patient Relationship

    Full 2018 calendar of upcoming ISMIE live events:

    May 2, 2018 | Noon – 1 p.m. | ISMS Webinar, Open to ISMIE Policyholders
    Identification of Patients with Substance Use Disorder in the Primary Care Setting

    May 8, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Rosemont
    Beyond the Basics: Advanced Communications for Physicians and Other Clinicians

    June 7, 2018 | Noon – 12:30 p.m. | ISMS Webinar, Open to ISMIE Policyholders
    Do You Know How Medicare Sees You: Understanding Medicare Data Collection and Reporting Practices

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

    June 27, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Seminar | Chicago
    Professional Liability Litigation: Finding the Support You Need

    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

  • FDA Issues Warning on Certain Multi-Patient Endoscope Connectors

    FDA iconIf you use endoscope connectors in your practice, you’ll want to heed a new safety alert from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The agency has issued guidance to avoid use of all 24-hour multi-patient use endoscope connectors because they carry a risk of cross-contamination. 

    Check the full FDA safety alert for more detail, but the agency recommends the following for all health care providers and staff performing endoscopy:

    • Use single-use endoscope connectors with backflow prevention features, or
    • Use reusable endoscope connectors with backflow prevention features as long as they are reprocessed according to their instructions before each patient procedure.

  • They're At It Again...TAIA: No More Monkeyshines?

    Animals at courtLooks like Naruto’s struck out with the 9th.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, that is. Naruto, of course, is the “Selfie Monkey” no one can get enough of – well, not animal rights activists, or curiously, us.

    But it appears the Indonesian crested macaque, who purportedly took several photos of itself in 2011 when wildlife photographer David Slater left his camera sitting around, has finally lost a PETA-assisted battle to become the rightful owner of the selfie shared around the world.

    PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - originally sued Slater in 2015 on a copyright infringement claim against the photographer, claiming Naruto holds right to the image. PETA planned to channel court winnings toward a wildlife habitat for Naruto and kin.

    In the three-year battle that even included a settlement at one point, the judges ruled April 23 that animals may not sue for copyright protection. And in a concurring opinion, one of the judges called PETA's suit "frivolous."

    Is this the end of the story? Don’t worry, if we see further monkeying around in court, we’ll bring it to you.