What's New...  

  •  ICT Newsletter, March 2015
  •  ICT Workers' Compensation Symposium: Managing Medical Costs
    April 30th - May 1st

    Hilton Springfield
    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.  This program is complimentary to ICT members and members who received self-insured workers' compensation services through IRMS.  A fee of $150 is due for non-members.  Register Here
  • IIHA's Quality Leadership Conference: The New Normal in Care Delivery
    April 29-30

    Registration is now open for IHA's Quality Leadership Conference at Northern Illinois University's Naperville Campus.  The conference showcases leading-edge models and strategies among Illinois hospitals and health systems that reinforce transformative cultural changes to drive quality and patient safety improvement.  Click here to learn more and view registration fees.  Register Here
  • NEW FAQ: The Use of Blood Glucose Monitors for Critical Care Patients
    We have been using blood glucose monitors throughout the entire hospital for years to test patients' blood sugars.  We recently heard that CMS has banned the use of blood glucose monitors for critical care patients.  How should we define critical care patients?  What options do we have for testing patients' blood sugars at the point of care?
  • Memo: FDA Safety Communication on Reprocessing of Duodenoscopes
  • ICT  Announces Record $4.6 Million Dividend for 2014
    Illinois Compensation Trust (ICT) is pleased to announce a record-setting 2014 member dividend of $4.6 million.  This year's dividend represents 31.7% of total member contributions.  Since 1982, the program has returned more than $71 million to participating hospitals.  ICT, managed by Illinois Risk Management Services, a part of IHA Business Solutions, is a hospital-owned workers' compensation program serving nearly 100 hospitals and related health care organizations in Illinois.  Staff contact: Dianne O'Donnell
  • IPT Announces Record $5.8 Million Dividend for 2014
    Illinois Provider Trust (IPT) is pleased to announce a $5.8 million dividend for 2014, the largest dividend in IPT program history.  This year's member dividend represents a return of approximately 55% of the average member's total primary contribution.  More than $77 million in dividends have been issued to IPT members since 1979.  IPT, managed by Illinois Risk Management Services, part of IHA Business Solutions, is a Hospital Professional/General Liability program serving Illinois hospitals and their affiliated physicians.  Staff contact: Dianne O'Donnell
  • OSHA Requires Mandatory Posting of Injury/Illness Summary Form
    To comply with the OSHA recordkeeping rules posting OSHA's Form 300A is required.  The 300A summarizes the total number of
    job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2014 and were logged on OSHA's Form 300.  The summary must be posted between February 1 and April 30, 2015.
  • OSHA Requires Mandatory Posting of Injury/Illness Summary Form
    On Jan. 1, 2015, updates to the OSHA Recordkeeping Rule of reporting fatalities and severe injuries will take effect.  The updated rule expands the list of severe injuries that all employers must report to OSHA. Starting in 2015, all employers must report to OSHA. Starting in 2015, all employers under OSHA jurisdiction (which includes Illinois) must report the following:
    - All work-related fatalities (no change in rule);
    - All work-related inpatient hospitalizations of 1 or more employees (previously 3 or more);
    - All work-related amputations (new requirement); and
    - All work-related losses of an eye (new requirement).
    Click here for OSHA Fact Sheet.  Contact Clint Parram with any questions.
    Slips Trips and Fall Prevention

    Winter Walking, Staying on Your Feet
    Last month, Illinois Risk Management Services (IRMS) and the Illinois Compensation Trust (ICT) announced the availability of an excellent work safety video entitled, Slips Trips and Fall Prevention: Winter Walking Staying on Your Feet..  

    This 10-minute video tool was offered on a complimentary basis to provide assistance in reminding your staff of winter hazards and the precautions they can take to avoid slips and falls during severe weather.

    The video was well-received, and we received many requests to make it more easily available to hospital staff.  As a result, we have now arranged for easy 24/7 internet access by your employees on Vimeo.

    If you'd like to extend access to your employees, please contact Deidre Harris at 630.276.5414 for the Vimeo web address and password.  For technical assistance contact Lisa Galvan at 630.276.5694.
  • 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.  Staff contact: Mike Baiardo
    IHA is delivering more value to its members by collaborating with AHA SmartMarket. Here, health care professionals and vendors exchange creative ideas and address challenges affecting their strategic objectives.
  • "NIOSH List of Antineoplastic & 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.  
  • 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.