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    WINTER 2015

  • One in Three Consumers Will See Their Health Records Breached in 2016. How Prepared is Your Medical Office?

    locksFor practice management professionals, keeping patient health care data safe is only going to get tougher in the new year and beyond.

    A recent report by health IT research group IDC Health Insights notes that one in three American consumers will have their health care records compromised by cyberattack in 2016. Health records are the richest trove of data out there - reportedly worth 10 times more than credit card information on the black market.

    If your practice ever experiences a data breach, ISMIE Mutual has you covered. Free cyber liability coverage is already part of your existing policy, and expanded protection is available.

    Keep in mind that even the smallest of medical practices could be targeted by hackers, and might benefit from increased coverage at a low per-physician flat rate.

    Not sure whether your practice's current cyber liability coverage is adequate? Call ISMIE's Underwriting Division at 800-782-4767 or email underwriting@ismie.com.

  • Don't Miss Your Year-End Policy Discount - Risk Reward Deadline is December 31

    hourglassIf your physicians or other eligible health professional staff haven't finished their Risk Rewards coursework for 2015, now's the time to remind them. 

    December 31 is the last day to complete necessary courses for significant policy discounts, and ISMIE team members are standing by to help you beat the rush - but be sure to note our office closures below!

    They can start by visiting www.ismie.com/discount for an overview of the program and a quick check of completed and unfinished courses for your team. For questions, contact our live support line between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. After-hours requests will be answered promptly the next business day.

  • ISMIE Support 'Cheat Sheet'

    NOTE: Our offices will be closed December 24-25 and January 1, and will close at 12:30 p.m. on December 31.

    Password/Web Assistance:

    Call 888-476-7776 or email onlinehelp@ismie.com. Password and account administration are available online 24/7.

    Questions about your Risk Rewards:

    Call the Risk Management Division during business hours at 800-782-4767, ext. 3300, or email riskmanagement@ismie.com.

  • Download This Handy Summary of the 2016 Medicare Final Payment Rule

    Download This Handy Summary of the 2016 Medicare Final Payment Rule

    On October 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Final Medicare Physician Payment Rule for 2016. The new policies in the Rule will apply to payments under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for services furnished on or after January 1.

    The Illinois State Medical Society has prepared a helpful summary of the Rule. 

    Updated fee schedules are available on the Part B home page of the NGS website.

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health recently revised the Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination school physical form to accommodate changes in immunization requirements. 

    Illinois law now requires students entering 6th and 12th grades to receive the meningococcal vaccine. This requirement took effect for the 2015-2016 school year and is reflected on the new form, which practices may begin using immediately.


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