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  • October 31, 2017

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  • All-in-One Advance Directives Guide Gives Patients Tools to Plan Future Medical Decisions

    Cover of the Personal Decisions GuideAll patients – young and old – can benefit from a discussion about future health care wishes. Medicare now reimburses for advance care planning counseling, which promotes dialogue between patients and physicians. 

    Having useful information to take home and review after an office visit can help patients have similar conversations with family or trusted advisors who may be called on to make medical decisions on their behalf.

    “A Personal Decision” was created by our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to do just that. This easy-to-understand guide offers Illinois patients an introduction to the legal issues and documentation necessary to confirm one’s end-of-life health care preferences.

    While not a substitute for individualized advice from a legal or qualified personal advisor, “A Personal Decision” offers both practical advice and examples of necessary forms that include:

    • A Living Will Form
    • Statutory Short Form for Power of Attorney for Health Care
    • Illinois Official Statutory Declaration for Mental Health Treatment Form
    • Organ Donor Card
    • IDPH Uniform Practitioner Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Form

    ISMS members can request up to 300 free print copies per year. ISMIE policyholders who aren’t ISMS members are able to purchase the resource at money-saving bulk rates. ISMS also makes the booklet available as a free download.

    ISMIE also has several advance care planning resources for download. Our risk management resources offer additional information on advance directives, do-not-resuscitate orders and power of attorney for health care.



  • Top Health Care Industry Thought Leaders are Coming to the Nov. 17 ISMIE Symposium - Are You?

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    Make time to register for “Emerging Risks,” the 2nd Annual ISMIE Risk Management Symposium happening November 17 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont.

    The day-long program is open to all health care professionals and you’ll hear from seven top health care industry thought leaders on the latest trends in care models, genetic testing, opioid abuse, polypharmacy, cybersecurity, health IT and much more.

    ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians can attend the event for free, employed staff members of ISMIE policyholders may attend for $199, and all other clinicians, practice administrators and risk managers may attend for $499.

    Register here

    That’s Not All – Sign Up for ISMIE’s Remaining Live Educational Events for 2017:

    Nov. 2, 2017 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar
    Dissecting Diagnostic Error

    Nov. 28, 2017 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience



  • American College of Surgeons Clarifies Position on Concurrent Surgeries

    doctor putting on her glovesIn its most recent update, the  American College of Surgeons (ACS) clarified its position on concurrent surgeries. Concerning this practice, the ACS states: “A primary attending surgeon’s involvement in concurrent, or simultaneous, surgeries on two different patients in two different rooms is inappropriate.” However, the ACS’ clarified position doesn’t preclude the practice of overlapping surgeries.

    For detailed guidance, visit Concurrent Surgeries, an ISMIE risk management resource. 



  • Dec. 31 is the Deadline for Renewing Medical Corporation Licenses. Not Sure About Your Status? Check Now

    calendar with december 31st circledIn Illinois, medical and professional service corporations and limited liability companies are required by law to renew their licenses annually with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

    The renewal deadline is December 31.

    While it’s important to know that not all Illinois physicians operate under these specific types of business entities, now is a good time to check your status, particularly if you’ve adjusted your practice model this past year.

    Our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society have created an Issue Brief that can guide your first-time or renewal licensing process, and it’s generally a good idea to check in with your practice attorney or qualified expert before you take action.

    Many Illinois medical corporations failed to renew on time last year. Don’t be one of them.

    One more reminder: The 31st falls on a Sunday this year and IDFPR’s renewal process can only be done online. If you have additional questions, contact David Porter at 312-580-2468 or email davidporter@ismie.com.




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