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    FALL 2018

  • New Legislation Means New CME Before Your Physicians Can Relicense in 2020

    roundtableYour doctors will need to add new CME to relicense in 2020, and Gov. Rauner has signed other new laws that will affect your physicians and other members of your clinical team. Here’s a roundup:

    Effective now:

    • Physician assistant collaboration. If physician assistants are part of your practice, you’ll want to know changes here. This new law expands physician assistant hiring throughout Illinois and allows Illinois physicians to collaborate with no more than seven physician assistants – the previous number was five.
    • Medical cannabis in schools.Known as “Ashley’s Law,” parents or guardians of qualifying minor patients are now allowed to administer medical cannabis-infused products to children on school grounds and school buses as registrants of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act.

    Effective Jan. 1, 2019:

    • New CME requirements. All Illinois licensed professionals will be required to complete at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention CME to renew in 2020. And because controlled substance licenses must be renewed at the same time, controlled substance license holders also need to complete three hours of opioid prescribing coursework before that renewal as well.

    NOTE: The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) may, in the future, publish additional rules about which programs meet these educational requirements. PM Update will share those details if and when they are released.


    • Mental health admissions and FOID. This new law clarifies reporting standards for hospitals, requiring them to report all mental health admissions to the state Department of Human Services. These new standards will allow state police to intervene more quickly and suspend a person’s Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Card.





  • Maternal Care is in the News: Register Today for ISMIE’s Sept. 27 Seminar in Rosemont Focusing on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the U.S.

    Physician speaking to preganant coupleA recent USA Today investigation on hospital care for expectant mothers has drawn attention to patient care risks during delivery.

    On the evening of Sept. 27, you can take a closer look at this important patient safety issue at ISMIE’s new seminar, Levels of Maternal Care in the United States: What Does This Mean for You? This event will cover current statistics on maternal morbidity and mortality, define levels of maternal care and describe key components of a critical care obstetrics (CCOB) program.

    The session will run from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont.

    Register here

    Don’t miss these other important ISMIE educational events for clinicians and staff: 

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

    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. 30, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Rosemont
    Stress Management and Burnout Prevention for Health Care Professionals



  • Safe Prescription Disposal Helps Prevent Opioid Abuse – Tell Your Patients about the Upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 27

    Person looking at their prescription medicationISMIE supports safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medicines. The now twice-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events are a great way to educate your patients on the best ways to dispose of medications that could put their friends, family members and pets at risk.

    The next one is Oct. 27. Here’s why Take Back Day has become so important:

    • It’s created nationwide awareness of the problem of keeping leftover opioids and other potentially harmful medications at home – in 2015 alone, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.
    • Unless your practice is registered as a licensed collector, neither you nor other team members can accept leftover controlled substances from a patient.
    • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – which launched this event in 2010 – has been able to build an expanding nationwide database of controlled substance public disposal locations where your patients can go to find a licensed drop-off point close to home.

    The latest federal statistics show that more than half of people who misused pain relievers in 2016 reported getting them directly from a friend or relative.

    Stop by the Illinois State Medical Society’s public resource page on safe prescription disposal resources for promotional material for the Oct. 27 event and other useful information. You can also share this helpful DEA video with staff and patients. 



  • The ISMIE Risk Management Symposium is Nov. 2 - Early-Bird Registration Deadline is Oct. 1!

    Speaker at a Risk Management eventOne day, seven leading experts in patient safety and risk management – that’s the 3rd Annual ISMIE Risk Management Symposium, coming Nov. 2 in Oak Brook. 

    The Symposium is open to physicians, advanced practice clinicians and risk managers and other medical professionals. Topics will include telemedicine, genetic testing, precision medicine, polypharmacy, diagnostic accuracy and burnout and resilience.

    Oct. 1 is the last day for early-bird registration for the event, titled “Thriving in Change.” It runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center. Overnight guests can book a room here

    Find all the information on speakers, schedule and early-bird registration here

    The event is free to all ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians. A $99 early-bird rate ($199 after October 1) is available to employed staff of ISMIE policyholders.

    Early registration for all other physicians, clinicians, practice administrators and risk managers is $399 ($499 after October 1).

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