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  • October 30, 2018

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  • A Few Seats Available for One of the Year’s Biggest Events in Health Care Risk Management and Patient Safety - Register TODAY

    speaker presenting at the ISMIE SymposiumYou’ve waited long enough.

    It’s your last chance to register for Friday’s ISMIE Risk Management Symposium, the premier patient safety and risk management conference. 

    Join us in Oak Brook on Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. for Thriving in Change at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center to hear seven extraordinary speakers offer one-of-a-kind insights and practical guidance. You’ll hear the latest about telemedicine, genetic testing, precision medicine, polypharmacy, diagnostic accuracy, and burnout and resilience.

    Remember, this event is free to ISMIE policyholders and ISMIE business associates – producers and reinsurers who partner with ISMIE. Staff members of ISMIE policyholders may attend for $199.

    Other health care professionals, including members of the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM), are also invited to attend this event.

    Registration information for all attendees is available here.

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



  • Your EHR Can be an Important Tool for Fighting Diagnostic Error. Learn More at this Dec. 6 ISMIE Risk Management Seminar in Naperville

    physician doing work on the computerFighting diagnostic errors can be a complex challenge as health care team dynamics, system breakdowns and cognitive processes are all contributing factors. It’s time to make your electronic health record (EHR) part of the fight.

    Reducing Diagnostic Error with Your EHR is a Dec. 6 ISMIE seminar that focuses on ways your technology can keep your patients safer, examining how EHRs can be more than simply a place to store patient information. They can also be an integral part of the health care team and an important tool for providing better and safer care.

    Register here.

    And don’t forget these other upcoming ISMIE events: 

    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. 27, 2018 | 9 a.m. – Noon | Seminar | Naperville
    Beyond the Basics: Advanced Communications for Physicians and Other Clinicians

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



  • As Families Gather for the Holidays, Consider Sharing ‘A Personal Decision’ - An All-in-One Advance Care Planning Guide for Your Illinois Patients

    cover of the personal decision bookletWith the holidays around the corner, now’s a good time to raise the topic of advance care planning with your adult patients planning their family get-togethers. Remember, Medicare now reimburses for this important discussion.

    And ISMIE can make that conversation even easier.

    Our partners at the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) have created a helpful take-home resource to help your patients plan that discussion with their loved ones. A Personal Decision is an easy-to-understand guide that offers Illinois patients an introduction to the legal issues and documentation necessary to confirm one’s future health care preferences.

    While not a substitute for individualized advice from a legal or qualified personal advisor, “A Personal Decision” offers both practical guidance 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

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

    And please keep in mind that ISMIE’s online risk management course catalog offers Advance Care Planning and End-of Life Issues as a way to learn more about these important conversations.



  • 2018 Residency Program Directors’ Meeting Dec. 1 - Early-Bird Pricing Ends THURSDAY.

    two physicians posing for a pictureEach year, the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) and the Chicago Medical Society bring together residency program directors and other leaders in graduate medical education to hear national experts in the field discuss the latest trends and issues in GME. 

    This year’s event will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 at ISMS Headquarters, 20 N. Michigan Ave., from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

    Presenters are John Andrews, MD, Vice President of Graduate Medical Education Innovations for the American Medical Association, and Stanley J. Hamstra, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Medical Education at Northwestern University School of Medicine.

    For the full agenda and registration information, click here. Early-bird pricing ends Thursday, Nov. 1.



  • They're At It Again...Let’s Take the Fizz Out of This

    cartoon of people fighting in a court roomThere’s something about food and beverage lawsuits that really leaves us flat.

    We took special notice earlier this month when National Beverage Corp., manufacturer and distributor of the sparkling water brand LaCroix, was slapped with a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court from a customer claiming its products were mislabeled as all-natural yet contained synthetic compounds – including one known to be found in cockroach insecticide. National Beverage has denied all claims in the suit.

    So consider our happy surprise when none other than Popular Science rode to the rescue of ingredients limonene, linalyl propionate, and linalool – the latter used as a lemony flavoring agent that sparked the cockroach headlines – as naturally occurring and used in such small amounts in LaCroix products that they are unlikely to do any harm.

    As the article states, lots of ingredients in ordinary foods appear in many unappetizing forms, but “If someone is arguing that a substance is bad by telling you that it’s used in some poisonous product – as opposed to telling you how the exact substance in question is causing you harm – it’s a good indication they’re grasping at straws. Everything is made of chemicals; chemicals appear as ingredients in many things.”

    Good. Now we’re thirsty again.