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    WINTER 2018

  • Your Policyholders Have Until Dec. 31 to Complete Their Managing Risk Coursework and Earn Their Maximum Premium Discount

    2019 clockTick, tock it’s time to remind eligible ISMIE policyholders on your team that they have until Dec. 31 to complete all qualifying Managing Risk coursework for their maximum premium discount.  

    And here’s an important note – our offices will be closed Dec. 31, and no live assistance will be available on deadline day.

    So please plan ahead, and keep this information handy for your team:


    Managing Risk Help Guide  for ISMIE Policyholders:

    ISMIE’s offices will be closed:

    • All day Dec. 24 and 25, reopening 8:30 a.m. CST on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
    • All day Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, reopening 8:30 a.m. CST on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

    Password/Web Assistance:

    Call 888-476-7776 or email us. After business hours, we offer password and login assistance online

    To reach our risk management team:

    Contact the risk management division at 800-782-4767 or by email.



  • Don’t Risk a Late Fee! Make Sure Your Practice Renews Its Medical Corporation License on Time!

    physician renewing their licenseAll Illinois medical and professional service corporations and limited liability companies are required to renew their licensesannually with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) by January 1. 

    Of course, physician practices operate under a variety of business structures, so if you’re unsure about licensing status, confer with your team and contact your practice attorney or other qualified expert now to confirm. 

    Also, take a moment to download this Issue Brief from our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society to guide a first-time or renewal licensing process. This document details a new three-year renewal process that begins next year.

    Many Illinois medical corporations miss the deadline. Don’t be one of them.

    For immediate questions about the process, contact David Porter at 312-580-2468 or email davidporter@ismie.com.



  • ISMIE Makes Helpful Medical Legal Guidelines Available to Staff on Request - Check These New Releases

    court gavelISMIE provides important legal information for your team’s practice, and as a staff member, you can receive individual copies of these Medical Legal Guidelines on request. Our latest topics include:

    • Concealed Carry of Firearms – Mandatory Reporting
    • Medical Cannabis
    • Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Requirements and Temporary Protection Custody

     To request a copy, please email us with the words “Medical Legal Guideline Request” in the subject line. 



  • Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Has Been National News in ’18 - Share These New Illinois Numbers With Your Medical and Staff Teams

    pregnant woman at her checkupOne of the leading health stories this year has been rising U.S. maternal mortality rates at a time when similar statistics are falling around the world. 

    This disturbing trend should be a call for awareness at all medical practices, and staff members should be aware too. That’s because the Illinois Department of Public Health just released its first Illinois Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Report and the findings are eye-opening. 

    During 2008-2016, an average of 73 Illinois women died each year within one year of pregnancy, and black women were six times as likely to die of a pregnancy-related condition as white women.

    Read the report here



  • Are ALL of Your Controlled Substance License Holders Registered in the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program? IT’S THE LAW!

    physician recording controlled medicationIt’s been a year now, but as of Jan. 1, 2018, all prescribers holding a controlled substance license in the state of Illinois are required to register with the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) – regardless of whether they actually prescribe controlled substances. 

    PMP registration which only has to be done once, not annually - strikes an important blow against prescription drug abuse. So if you’re unsure whether all the license holders in your practice are compliant, it’s time to check. 

    Once registered, every prescriber is required to attempt to access this electronic database tracking patients’ prescription histories before they can write an initial prescription for a Schedule II narcotic, such as an opioid, though some exceptions apply. Pharmacists also have access to the PMP.

    Again, if your team members are licensed to prescribe controlled substances in Illinois but have not registered with the PMP, the time to do it is NOW. Have them start here




  • Happy New Year!