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  • Law Requiring Insurers to Accept Electronically Submitted Workers’ Compensation Bills Will FINALLY Be Enforced!

    In 2018, ISMS delivered a big win for physicians and patients regarding workers' comp payments with the enactment of Senate Bill 904. 

    One of the provisions of this bill requires workers' compensation insurers to accept claims that are submitted electronically.

    Good news! The rules that the Illinois Department of Insurance developed pertaining to electronic claims have been finalized.

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  • Don’t Get Caught Off Guard by a Subpoena! Do You Know What to Do?

    For physicians, receiving a subpoena usually means a lawsuit has been filed involving a patient, a former patient or another doctor’s practice.  

    If you receive a subpoena, you must respond in an acceptable way. Not responding would put you at risk of being held in contempt of court.

    ISMS offers a medical legal guideline that covers what physicians need to know about subpoenas. 

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  • Severe Respiratory Illness, Death Reported Among Those Who Recently Vaped

    Illinois and several other states are reporting cases of significant respiratory illness among individuals who had a recent history of vaping.

    Last week, a patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, possibly the first death in the United States related to the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices to inhale aerosolized liquid. 

    Read the Illinois Department of Public Health’s health alert

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  • A DEA Agent’s Perspective on Working with Doctors Amidst the Opioid Crisis

    ISMS’ newest on-demand course pulls back the curtain on how the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) deals with medical professionals in relation to the opioid epidemic.

    The presenter, Dennis Wichern, former DEA Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Division, covers how law enforcement is working alongside physicians to end the opioid crisis. He also includes guidance on how health professionals can avoid DEA interaction.

    FREE for ISMS members and their staff!

    Take the course. CME offered.


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  • Do You Practice in a Rural Location? Check Out ISMIE’s New Guide on Reducing Your Risk

    If you practice medicine in a rural location, you already know the difficulties your patients face, including lack of access to healthcare, food insecurity, and higher rates of chronic disease.

    You also know the challenges you face: long hours, house calls, and limited access to healthcare resources to name a few – which can increase your liability risk.

    ISMIE offers a whitepaper to help address these issues, titled A Rural Physician’s Guide to Mitigating Risks. The resource discusses various strategies for maintaining an effective medical practice in a rural location. 

    ISMIE Mutual is the Illinois State Medical Society's endorsed carrier.  

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