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  • January 9, 2018

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  • Latest AMA Economic Impact Study Details Critical Role State’s Physicians Play in Illinois Economy, Health Care Employment

    Illinois PhysiciansYesterday, the American Medical Association (AMA) released its 2018 Economic Impact Study including in-depth analysis of how physicians support economic growth in every state.

    Here’s a quick summary of how doctors in Illinois contribute to economic growth, employment and tax revenue:

    • Illinois’ physician workforce accounts for $73.2 billion in economic output, averaging $2.4 million per doctor.
    • Each physician position accounts for an additional 13 local jobs to support health care delivery.
    • Each physician creates almost $100,000 in annual state and local tax revenue.

    In total, Illinois physicians create $34.8 billion in annual statewide wages and benefits, meaning every doctor plays an integral role in the Illinois economy.

    The national AMA report is available here, and for the full Illinois report, click here

  • As of Jan. 1, All Illinois Controlled Substance License Holders Were Required to Register in Illinois’ Prescription Monitoring Program. Make Sure You’re Registered!

    Computer with the RX symbolIf you are an Illinois controlled substance license holder not yet registered with the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), it’s time – as of January 1, it’s the law.

    In addition, all prescribers are now required to document an attempt to access the PMP before writing an initial prescription for a Schedule II narcotic, such as an opioid, though some exceptions apply. 

    Licensed prescribers who fail to register in Illinois’ PMP risk investigation by the state’s Medical Disciplinary Board.

    Registration is an all-online process, starting with a visit to the PMP site. If you’re having problems with this process, contact the PMP directly at 217-524-1311 or by email.

    Keep in mind that due to the continued high processing volume, PMP staff is facing a significant workload right now verifying registrations.

    For background, we invite you to watch the latest Illinois State Medical Societywebinar on Illinois’ PMP, and for general questions, contact our health policy department at 800-782-4767 or by email.

  • Happy 2018 from ISMIE News! Keep in Touch, Won’t You?

    ISMIE News on a tabletYour ISMIE coverage allows you to focus confidently on the practice of medicine. The electronic publications we provide – ISMIE News , PM Update (for practice management professionals), and soon, a new edition of ISMIE News for our growing policyholder audience outside Illinois – are dedicated to helping keep your practice running smoothly and safely. 

    Each issue, and especially at year-end, we pay close attention to what you’re reading. Last year, we devoted significant coverage to medical registrations and licensing requirements – after all, 2017 was a medical and controlled substance license renewal year in Illinois. Our intent is to make your life easier and help your team keep important practice events on schedule.

    Which story was No. 1? It was in our last issue of the year- our detailed guidance for registering for the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (you’ll find the latest information in the story above).

    Now we’d like to hear from you. If there are particular topics relevant to your practice you’d like to read more about, just email us. We want to keep improving the risk management, regulatory and legal coverage we share with you. Thank you for reading!

  • AHIMA Releases 17-Step Plan to Improve Cybersecurity in All Medical Settings

    Cybersecurity iconsLooking for a good resource to evaluate systems security in your office?

    The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), a national group for health IT professionals, closed 2017 with a 17-step plan to guide hospitals, health systems and individual clinics in better cybersecurity governance.

    With elements addressing both senior-level planning and desktop-level specifics on cybersecurity best practices, it’s a useful tool to evaluate and improve systems security at your office. Here’s the full report, complete with a glossary and reading list to get your team up to speed.

    Keep in mind that your ISMIE policy includes cyber liability protection at no extra cost. Also, higher limits for cyber liability protection are available for individual physicians and physician clinics at a relatively inexpensive cost of $850 per physician, subject to approval.

    If you utilize a broker, consider contacting him or her for more information, or reach out to ISMIE’s underwriting team at 800-782-4767 or via email.

  • They're At It Again...Next Time, Just Wave

    Animals in courtThis’ll grab you.

    In late December, a Tennessee appellate court revived a woman’s 2016 lawsuit alleging that her doctor’s handshake caused injury, ruling that the state trial court wrongfully decided that the familiar office greeting was part of the patient’s health care.


    In their decision, the three-judge panel consulted case law and even “Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior” to reject the defendant’s argument that the handshake served a medical purpose, “namely to build the patent’s trust.”

    We’ll be watching this gripping case to the bitter end.

    By the way, sometimes we wonder where people get these ideas. Big surprise.

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