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  • 2014 IRMS Risk, Claims, & Underwriting Services Evaluation
    Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) and the Illinois Provider Trust (IPT) asks their member clients to help in evaluating risk management, claims management, and underwriting services by completing the annual services survey.  We are asking surveys be completed by January 9, 2015.
  • Sentinel Alert 53: Managing Risk During Transition to New ISO Tubing Connector Standards
    The purpose of this memo is to remind all of our Illinois Provider Trust (IPT) and Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) clients that the new ISO tubing connecting standards will start January 1, 2015.  This Sentinel Event Alert, regardless if you are a Joint Commissioned facility or not, can provide the risk manager or patient safety officer with the necessary platform for discussion and action necessary to safely transition to the new ISO tubing connectors.
  • Save the Date - 2015 Workers' Compensation Symposium
    Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) and the Illinois Compensation Trust (ICT), part of IHA Business Solutions, will host their 12th Annual Workers' Compensation Symposium on April 30-May 1, 2015 at the downtown Hilton in Springfield.  Staff dealing with workers' compensation, loss control or related positions are encouraged to attend.  The symposium is complimentary for IRMS and ICT members; non-members may attend for a fee.
  •  ICT Newsletter - October 2014
  • IRMS Workers' Compensation Shares Return to Work Best Practice
    Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) Workers' Compensation program, a part of IHA Business Solutions, has released the fifth installment in their Capstone series on member best practices.  "Return to Work" features a community health system's successful approach to re-engaging employees injured on the job while simultaneously reducing hospital cost and fostering a culture of caring.

    This best practice was presented at the IRMS' 2014 Workers' Compensation Symposium, illustrating how information sharing and collaboration can assist in reducing overall worker's compensation costs.

    Previous Capstone summaries have highlighted other key issues such as pre-employment testing policies; slip, trip and fall prevention; and hazard prevention strategies.

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  • "NIOSH List of Antineoplastic and Other Hazardous Drugs in Healthcare Settings, 2014"
    NIOSH has released the above posting, an updated list of the hazardous drugs that healthcare workers administer to patients, such as those used for cancer therapy.  The agency estimates 8 million US healthcare workers are potentially exposed to such drugs in their workplaces.
  • Distracted Driving - Full and Distracted Driving - On the Job
    Distracted driving caused by the use of electronic devices is a leading cause of motor vehicle incidents.  These video links can provide brief safety reminders for staff who drive as a part of their job and tips for supervisors to develop policies for safe driving. 
  • New FAQ: "Courtesy" Blood Pressure Checks in the ED
    A few years ago our ED implemented a policy of "no blood pressure checks" unless the individual registered as an ED patient.  Now our CEO and physicians want us to do "courtesy" blood pressure checks in the ED.  Wouldn't it be preferable to refer those individuals to the on-site Rural Health Clinic or to their physician's office?
  • IRMS Claims Website
    IPT/IRMS client hospitals have electronic access to claims data through the enhanced IPT/IRMS Claims Management website.  Once registered, client hospitals will have access to claims data with details related to individual claims, including a description of the occurrence, nature of the allegations, where in the facility the injury occurred, reserves, payments, etc.  In addition, reports can be run and searches performed as frequently as needed.  Registration can be facilitated through Jennifer Kempiak at 630.276.5690.
  • IRMS Workers' Compensation Shares Hazard Prevention Best Practice
    Employee hazard prevention awareness and accountability is the topic of the fourth installment in the Capstone member best practices series by Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) Workers' Compensation program, a part of IHA Business Solutions.  A community hospital implemented a top-down safety awareness culture using creative measures which include hazard identification, surprise safety inspections, employee learning opportunities, awards for safety violation identification, and website "Tip of the Day" reminders.
  • REAP Saves IPT Hospitals More Than $800,000 
    Through the Illinois Provider Trust's (IPT) Risk Exposure Adjustment Program (REAP), 30 hospitals collectively reduced their annual Trust contributions by more than $800,000 in 2014.  REAP is an integral component of IPT's hospital professional and general liability program, providing IPT hospitals with risk criteria based on evidence-based guidelines and best practices.  By complying with REAP criteria, hospitals can reduce their annual contribution to the Trust.  IPT is managed by Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS), a part of IHA Business Solutions, which provides claims handling, risk management and other administrative services to its members.  For more information, contact Cheryl Hellyer at 630.276.5672.
  • ICT Announces Record 2013 Dividend
    Illinois Compensation Trust (ICT) recently announced a record dividend of $4.1 million for 2013.  This year's dividend represents 22% of total member contributions.  Since 1982, the program has returned more than $69 million to participating hospitals.  ICT is a hospital-owned first-dollar workers' compensation program of approximately 100 health care organizations in Illinois.  It is managed by Illinois Risk Management Services, a part of IHA Business Solutions.
  • IPT Announces Significant 2013 Member Dividend
    The Illinois Provider Trust (IPT), a program managed by Illinois Risk Management Services, part of IHA Business Solutions, has achieved yet another milestone in its history of providing value to its members. This year its Board of Trustees declared a dividend of $5.6 million for 2013 program participants. Read more>