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  • October 16, 2018

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  • Sign Up for Thursday’s Free Webinar on the Illinois State Cancer Registry and Learn How to Report this Information

    physician speaking to a patientIn Illinois, it’s mandatory for medical practices to report cancer cases to the state within six months of the date of diagnosis or within four months after the date of discharge from the reporting facility.

    If your team needs a better understanding of the Illinois State Cancer Registry (ISCR), join us for Illinois State Cancer Registry: Impact on State Incidence and Mortality this Thursday, Oct. 18. This noon CDT lunchtime webinar is sponsored by our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) and the Illinois Dermatological Society (IDS) and covers the essentials and timelines of the reporting process.

    It’s open to all ISMIE policyholders – register here.

    There’s still plenty of live education to take advantage of by year-end. Register TODAY for the following:

    Oct. 17, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Hoffman Estates
    Informed Consent: Getting on the Same Page with Your Patients

    Oct. 25, 2018 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Webinar
    Special Considerations for Physicians Who Treat Patients with Hereditary Predispositions to Cancer

    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 



  • Let Your Patients Know About the Next National Take Back Day Oct. 27 - Just One Week from Saturday!

    person safely disposing of their expired medicationsISMIE supports safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, now a twice-yearly event, is a great way to educate your patients on the best ways to dispose of medications that put their friends, family members and pets at risk.

    Our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) also provide promotional materials and background for safe prescription disposal. Click here.

    Oct. 27 is the next National Take Back Day, sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and participating local government offices around the country. The DEA’s website offers promotional posters, handouts and other materials, and a national locator for controlled substance public disposal locations.

    Remember, unless you are a licensed collector, you cannot accept medications for disposal at your practice. 



  • Don’t Let Food Allergies Stop Your Patients From Enjoying Halloween - Spread The Word About the Teal Pumpkin Project!

    children dressed up for halloween and holding blue pumpkinsKids with life-threatening food allergies often have to take a pass on trick-or-treating, which means missing time with their friends. Here’s a fun way to encourage patients and community members to consider offering non-food treats on Halloween so all neighborhood kids can join in.

    The Teal Pumpkin Project, launched nationally in 2014 by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), is a way for individuals to signal to neighbors that they’re offering alternatives to Halloween candy. The McLean, Va.-based organization makes downloadable social media materials, promotional flyers and window posters available for anyone to use, including physicians.

    According to FARE, teal is the official color of food allergy awareness. The organization estimates that about 15 million Americans have food allergies, equal to one out of every 13 children.



  • Learn What’s Next in Health Care Risk Management - Register TODAY for the Nov. 2 ISMIE Symposium, Coming to Oak Brook!

    speaker presenting at the ISMIE SymposiumIt’s one of the best time investments in patient safety you’ll make all year. 

    Join us in Oak Brook on Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. for the ISMIE Risk Management Symposium, titled “Thriving in Change.” The event is now in its third year and brings together seven extraordinary speakers to offer one-of-a-kind insights and practical advice. Topics will include telemedicine, genetic testing, precision medicine, polypharmacy, diagnostic accuracy, and burnout and resilience.

    Remember, this event is free to ISMIE policyholders and ISMIE business associates – producers and reinsurers who partner with ISMIE. Staff members of ISMIE policyholders may attend for $199.

    Other health care professionals, including members of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM), are also invited to attend this event.

    Registration information for all attendees is available here.

    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. Click here to book a room.

    The ISMIE Symposium has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.



  • 2018 Residency Program Directors’ Meeting Dec. 1 - Early-Bird Pricing Ends Soon!

    two physician posing for a photoEach year, the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) and the Chicago Medical Society (CMS) bring together residency program directors and other leaders in graduate medical education to hear from national experts in the field and discuss the latest trends and issues in GME. 

    This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at ISMS Headquarters, 20 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

    This year’s presenters are John Andrews, MD, Vice President of Graduate Medical Education Innovations for the American Medical Association and Stanley J. Hamstra, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Medical Education at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

    Early-bird pricing for this event ends Nov. 1. Register here.