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  • September 4, 2018

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  • ISMIE Will Offer Coursework on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Opioid Prescribing; Key Dates to Know for New Illinois Laws Affecting Your Practice

    rotundaGov. Rauner has signed a range of legislation that will affect your practice in 2019, including new continuing medical education requirements you'll need to complete before you relicense in 2020.

    Here's a sampling of new laws to emerge from Springfield:

    Effective now:

    • Physical therapist referral. The new law  retains physician involvement, referral and diagnosis with regard to patients seeking direct evaluation and treatment from physical therapists.

    • Physician assistant collaboration. This new law expands physician assistant hiring throughout Illinois. Now, physicians may 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. Illinois physicians 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, you'll 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) has not yet set the rules for fulfilling these educational requirements. ISMIE News will share those details as soon as they’re 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 Owner's Identification (FOID) card.

  • September is Women in Medicine Month – Don’t Miss This Important Event for Illinois Physicians Sept. 22

    physiciansOver the past 10 years, the number of female physicians (including residents) has grown more than 43%, though critical questions remain about pay disparity and the dearth of women in physician leadership roles.

    You’ll hear about those issues and more at the Sept. 22 Women Physicians Forum sponsored by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) at 20 N. Michigan Avenue, 8th floor between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. At the conclusion of this event, physicians will be able to:

    • Identify simple changes to improve access and efficiency in your own practice and save time.
    • Assess ways to use teamwork and planning to ease the physician burden and provide better, more efficient patient care.
    • Develop a plan for reconnecting with the purpose and pleasure of practicing medicine.
    • Describe the key underpinnings of gender disparities, including unconscious or implicit bias.
    • Discuss how organizations may strengthen their workforce with equitable practices.

    ISMS designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. ISMS members may attend for $50; non-ISMS members, $100. The event is open to female physicians and medical students only. 

  • It’s a Busy Fall at ISMIE! Check Our Most Recent Risk Management Education Events Calendar

    eventsSept. 12, 2018 | Noon – 1 p.m. | Webinar
    Physician Burnout and Impairment: How an Unhealthy Doc Can Affect a Healthy Practice

    Sept. 14, 2018 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Seminar | Lisle
    Communications for Staff: The Keys to Building Trust and Improving the Patient Experience

    Sept. 27, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Seminar | Rosemont
    Levels of Maternal Care in the United States: What Does This Mean for You?

    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. 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 

  • Have You Registered for the 3rd Annual ISMIE Risk Management Symposium? Only a Few More Weeks for Early-Bird Savings!

    symposiumIn three short years, the ISMIE Risk Management Symposium has become one of the nation's hottest tickets on emerging issues in health care risk management.

    From 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center, you'll hear about new approaches to some of the hottest topics in patient safety, including telemedicine, genetic testing, precision medicine, polypharmacy, diagnostic accuracy, and burnout and resilience.

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

    The event is free to all ISMIE-insured physicians and clinicians, as well as ISMIE Business Associates —producers or reinsurers who partner with ISMIE. 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).

    A limited number of rooms are available at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center for a conference rate starting at $119 through October 12. Click here to book a room.

    This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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