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  • October 2, 2018

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  • Regulatory/Paperwork Burdens and Professional Medical Liability Concerns Lead List of Frustrations - Read the Physicians Foundation 2018 Survey Results

    Physician having a conversationFeeling frustrated in your practice? On the bright side, you’re far from alone. 

    Every two years, the Physicians Foundation takes the temperature of the nation’s physicians in key areas of career satisfaction. In the organization’s latest survey, 78 percent of the nation’s doctors say they’ve felt burnout in their medical practices, due in large part to the “inefficiency” of electronic health records (EHRs); another 88 percent reported that many or all of their patients were affected by such social determinants as poverty, unemployment, lack of education and addictions. 

    And now we come to Illinois.

    A total of 67.7 percent of Illinois physicians cited regulatory/paperwork burdens as the least satisfying aspect of their jobs, equal with national results. However, 40 percent of Illinois doctors said professional medical liability concerns were their second greatest concern, compared with only 30.2 percent nationwide. Coming in third was “erosion of clinical autonomy,” just slightly above the national average. 

    On the positive side, at nearly 80 percent, Illinois physicians rate their patient relationships as the most satisfying aspect of practice, with the intellectual stimulation of medicine following at 55 percent.

    For more on the Illinois responses, click here.  

  • Don’t Miss ISMIE’s Oct. 12 Webinar, ‘Demystifying the Litigation Process,’ and Check the Rest of Our Upcoming Risk Management Events

    Frustrated PhysicianAccording to 2018 figures from the American Medical Association, more than a third of U.S. physicians have had a medical liability lawsuit filed against them at some point in their careers. 

    So the best time to learn about the litigation process is before you’re sued. 

    On Oct. 12, ISMIE is presenting Demystifying the Litigation Process, a noon CDT webinar that answers basic questions about the medical professional liability litigation process and what physicians can expect should they experience a lawsuit. 

    Register here. 

    Check the rest of our upcoming ISMIE events calendar:

    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

  • Registered Yet for the Nov. 2 ISMIE Risk Management Symposium? One Day, Seven Leading Experts in Patient Safety

    Speaker talking at an eventOne of the best time investments you’ll make in patient safety and risk management education all year is just around the corner. 

    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 through October 12. Click here to book a room.

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

  • Illinois Doctors, Here’s Why You Need to Care About Our Workers’ Compensation System

    injured patientIn August, Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of Senate Bill 904 ignored a longtime problem in the Illinois workers’ compensation system: delayed payments to dedicated Illinois physicians treating workers injured on the job.  

    According to our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS), the governor’s decision gave Illinois workers’ comp insurers continued latitude to skirt current law on payment of workers’ compensation claims – a loophole that allows authorization of treatment yet keeps some doctors waiting for payment for up to three years.  

    ISMS says these companies also refuse to use electronic billing, further delaying care through a paper-based system that introduces errors and wastes administrative time and money, delaying payment for these valuable services. S.B. 904 would have corrected this inefficiency, but now workers’ compensation insurers will be emboldened to ignore current law

    So maybe you don’t treat workers’ compensation patients. Why should you care?

    Put simply, if this is allowed to happen in workers’ compensation, where will it stop? 

    Noting that S.B. 904 passed the General Assembly by an overwhelming margin, ISMS is planning to seek an override of this amendatory veto in the coming weeks. Physicians cannot afford to allow this situation to continue.

    ISMIE News will keep you informed – if you’d like to learn more, click here, and if you’d like to get involved, here’s how to get started.  

  • Help Your Patients Dispose of Medication Safely - Oct. 27 is the Next National Take Back Day

    someone disposing of their medicationsAs you know, ISMIE 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. 

  • They're At It Again...Ready Player...Lawsuit?

    Animals at courtYou may have heard of Fortnite. If not, keep up. It’s the most popular online video game on the planet right now.

    Some 40 million Fortnite players worldwide enjoy a particular brand of mayhem known as battle royale, which blends elements of survival, exploration, resource-gathering and, well, blowing things up until you get to the last player standing. 

    We wonder who will be the last player standing at the end of Epic Games v. Rogers, a copyright infringement lawsuit filed last year by Fortnite’s creator, Epic Games, against a 14-year-old defendant for making use of an online video game cheat – a regular phenomenon in the gaming world, except for one thing.

    In video gaming, it’s apparently not so much about cheating as the way you cheat.

    According to the suit, the defendant allegedly live-streamed himself on YouTube using cheat codes and then linking to said codes in a YouTube description box. That’s a no-no, says Epic. A recent report about the case says the suit is the first video game cheating suit that “identifies an actual individual, targeting him directly.”

    And lest you think that this is all about a bunch of lawyers ganging up on a little kid, realize the kid has a feisty warrior in his corner: his mom. In a letter, she and her son maintained Epic’s terms of service weren’t valid because the player is a minor and didn’t seek parental consent. Reportedly, they haven’t hired a lawyer yet.

    In the original October 2017 complaint, Epic filed the suit calling him a “cheater,” adding that “nobody likes a cheater.”

    Well, OK. But we still can’t wait to see who wins this battle royale. And we don’t even know how to log on.