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  • November 13, 2018

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  • If You’re Considering a Telemedicine Practice, Read This New ISMIE ‘Lesson from the Field’ FIRST

    video chatting with a physician on the phoneISMIE’s “Lessons from the Field” series brings everyday health care risk management challenges to life with familiar scenarios and advice you can put immediately to work in your practice. The latest installment is a must-read on Telemedicine.

    Telemedicine, as defined by the Federal Communications Commission, is “using telecommunications technologies to support the delivery of all kinds of medical, diagnostic and treatment-related services usually by doctors.” The latest ISMIE “Lesson” begins with a case study detailing a remote diagnosis gone wrong in a university setting, and provides several helpful features to guide your future telemedicine decision-making, including:

    • A tips section outlining important considerations for physicians and patients using telemedicine;
    • An interview with a physician expert on telemedicine and the diagnostic process;
    • Information on delivering mental health care via telemedicine; and
    • Resources where you can learn more.

    “Lessons from the Field” is just one risk management resource available to all ISMIE policyholders nationwide. To review our risk management education options and ways to earn premium discounts through our Managing Risk program, visit www.ismiemutual.com.

    And keep in mind that Dec. 31 is your last day to complete all your Managing Risk coursework and other activities to earn your maximum policy discount in 2018. As you plan, here’s ISMIE’s lineup of year-end risk management live events:

    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 

    Dec. 6, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Seminar | Naperville
    Reducing Diagnostic Error With Your EHR



  • ‘This is the DEA Calling’ - Probably NOT. Pass the Word to Staff and Patients About This Extortion Scheme

    Physician speaking on the phoneCriminals posing as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agents or other law enforcement officials are attempting to extort money from individuals over the phone, and reports say physicians and patients are being specifically targeted.

    Here’s how the scam works. First, these thieves hack the recipient’s Caller ID, which then shows the DEA Registration Support 800 number, making the call look legitimate. Reportedly, one impersonator targeting a Texas physician used the doctor’s actual NPI number to make the call more convincing. 

    These thieves, believed to be part of an international ring, reportedly target patients who have purchased pharmaceuticals by telephone or online. The callers start with a pitch that purchasing drugs this way is illegal and instruct the target to pay a "fine" via wire transfer to a designated location, usually overseas. If the target refuses, the caller escalates, threatening arrest or property search. 

    Keep in mind that a DEA employee would never call someone who has a DEA registration number to demand money or threaten to suspend the registrant’s DEA registration. 

    For more information, the DEA has issued an alert on this scheme; to report an incident, click here



  • Did You Miss the 3rd Annual ISMIE Symposium? Stay Tuned

    Speaker at the ISMIE SymposiumIf you weren’t at the ISMIE Risk Management Symposium in Oak Brook on Nov. 2, you missed an up-to-the-minute review of health policy, telemedicine, genetics/genomics and many other newsmaking trends likely to transform your practice in the near future. 

    But here’s your second chance.

    After the first of the year, ISMIE policyholders will be able to view the presentations in archived form for CME credit and possible Risk Rewards discounts

    Since 2016, the ISMIE Risk Management Symposium has gathered physicians and other leading health care risk management experts from around the nation for a single-day destination event covering the latest trends in patient safety. Every fall, ISMIE offers this expertise at no charge to policyholders and producers and reduced early-bird rates to staff and other audiences.

    Keep watching ISMIE News for updates on the Symposium sessions and other live educational events offered by your ISMIE risk management team throughout the year.  



  • If Your Practice is a Corporation or an LLC, You Have a State License Renewal Deadline Coming Up!

    Calendar with December 31 circledDec. 31 is the deadline for all Illinois medical and professional service corporations and limited liability companies to renew their annual license with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

    And remember – it’s now an all-online process. Here’s what to do:

    Keep in mind that even though New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday this year, it’s always good to start the process earlier.

    If you have questions, begin by contacting your practice’s business or legal advisor.

    For additional details, reach David Porter at 312-580-2468 or by email.




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