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  •  MAIC/IRMS Webinar
    Clinical Decision Making & How to Improve Diagnostic Accuracy

    August 13, 2014 Noon - 1:15pm
    Featured Guest Speaker: Patrick Croskerry, MD, PhD of Dalhousie University
    Diagnostic errors (missed, delayed, incorrect diagnoses) account for significant harm and are the leading cause of medical malpractice claims, but are poorly understood.  One in every ten diagnoses is wrong, and one in every thousand ambulatory diagnostic encounters results in harm. The goal of this webinar is to help physicians, other clinicians, and various leaders to recognize why diagnostic errors occur and strategies to implement that minimize the risk of patient harm and improve outcomes.
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  •  ICT Trust Newsletter - July 2014
  • 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.
  • Another Successful IHA Workers' Compensation Symposium
    More than 100 people representing over 50 IHA members attended the 11th annual Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS)/Illinois Compensation Trust (ICT) Workers' Compensation Symposium, How Higher Influences Affect Your Employees, in East Peoria, May 1-2.
  • New FAQ: I am a new risk manager and want to know which policies and procedures I should be responsible for writing or reviewing?
    We recommend the risk manager participate in the development and review of certain policies because of risk management or patient safety implications.  This is also important because any policy can be admissible as evidence in a malpractice case and can be used to demonstrate that the...
  • 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.
  • IRMS Workers' Compensation Best Practice Focuses on Injury Prevention
    Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) Workers' Compensation program, a part of IHA Business Solutions, has released the third in a series of member best practices.  Learn how a community health system successfully reduced annual workers' compensation claims by 20% and decreased lost employee work days by 90% at one of its hospitals through a top-down safety awareness culture focused on injury prevention.
  • IRMS Workers' Compensation Shares Slip, Trip, Fall Prevention Best Practices
    Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) Workers' Compensation program, a part of IHA Business Solutions, has released the second in a series of member best practices.  This next best practice focuses on slip, trip and fall prevention strategies implemented by two central Illinois hospitals.
  • 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>
  • IRMS Workers' Compensation Shares Member Best Practices
    IRMS Workers' Compensation program, a part of IHA Business Solutions, has released the first in a series of member best practices. This first best practice focuses on pre-employment testing policies successfully implemented by two community hospitals. Read more>
  • IRMS Offers Value-Added Claims Service Enhancement to Assist Clients in Managing their Self-Insurance Programs
    We are pleased to announce that Illinois Risk Management Services is implementing a new software product for legal bill review.  We have contracted with Acuity Management Solutions, a leading provider of web-based tools for the legal profession, for its electronic bill system.  This product is designed to create efficiencies within our claims department and to allow us to be prudent stewards of our clients' resources.  Click on the link above to read more about this addition to our services.
  • OSHA Releases New Resources to Protect Hospital Workers and Enhance Patient Safety
    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a new educational Web resource, Worker Safety in Healthcare, which has extensive materials to help hospitals prevent worker injuries, assess workplace safety needs, enhance safe patient handling programs, and implement safety and health management systems.  The materials include fact books, self-assessments and best practice guides.
  • The Aging Workforce: Challenges for the Healthcare Industry Workforce
    The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment has released a brief that addresses the aging American workforce, provides examples of current initiatives healthcare employers are using, and discusses strategies and promising practices for employers and policymakers.
  • FDA, NIOSH & OSHA Joint Safety Communication: Blunt-Tip Surgical Suture Needles Reduce Needlestick Injuries and the Risk of Subsequent Bloodborne Pathogen Transmission to Surgical Personnel