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March 14, 2018

10th Annual Nebraska Patient Safety and Risk Management Symposium

​COPIC's 2018 Nebraska Patient Safety & Risk Management Symposium will be held on April 26 and 27 at the Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Nebraska. This event is known for its top speakers and informative presentations, and offers a great opportunity to network with peers.

Who is eligible to attend?

The symposium is open to all COPIC-insured physicians, practices and staff. This year's Symposium will provide a variety of informative sessions on improving patient safety and mitigating risk. THERE IS NO COST FOR COPIC INSUREDS TO ATTEND.

Purpose and Goals:

  • Purpose: COPIC is dedicated to empowering our insureds and their staff with proactive and meaningful information regarding patient safety and risk management through professional education and workshops.
  • Our Goals: Discuss current issues and trends in medical liability that facilitates proactive interventions. Provide evidence-based best practices based on state and national trends. Provide educational information and tools that improve patient safety and mitigate risk in the office setting.
CLICK HERE for the event page which includes more detailed information as well as the 2018 Symposium Registration Form. To register for the event, please download and complete the registration form and return to Stephanie Heronema by fax (720-858-6129) or email Please complete one registration form for each individual attending. RSVP deadline is April 6, 2018.

March 06, 2018

Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 11th - March 17th

The United in Patient Safety campaign culminates each year with Patient Safety Awareness Week, designed to mark a dedicated time and a platform to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. This year, Patient Safety Week is March 11-17, 2018. The week will bring together and engage health care professionals and patients to help spread this important message; to reduce harm to patients and the organizations united in this mission while providing the opportunity for discussions, events, and engagement by those dedicated to the cause.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Each year, health care organizations around the country take part by prominently displaying promotional materials within their organizations, creating awareness in the community, and utilizing NPSF educational resources among hospital staff and patients.

There are a number of ways to get involved in Patient Safety Awareness Week. Visit the United for Patient Safety website for more information on ways to get involved as well as access to 2018 Patient Safety Awareness Week resources and promotional materials.

February 27, 2018

Annual Update on COPIC's Community Relations

COPIC’s Community Action Team (CATeam) was created to encourage employees to serve the community through participation in events and services that support initiatives that will improve local communities. The CATeam coordinates the planning, administration and evaluation of community programs that COPIC sponsors. The CATeam also recruits employees as well as pursues and evaluates possible partnerships with other community institutions and nonprofit organizations for community service projects.

This past year, employees volunteered in a wide range of capacities, from donating blood to playing in a charity volleyball tournament. The CATeam Annual Update provides a snapshot of the volunteer and fundraising efforts of COPIC’s employees in 2017.

February 22, 2018

Register for GI Symposium for the Primary Care Provider

March is Colorectal Awareness Month, and in honor of that, this physician educational symposium will discuss some of the latest advances in the world of GI from a panel of experts including:

  • 8 a.m.– Dr. Mandeep Bhamra, "Endoscopy: Large Polyp Therapy"
  • 9 a.m.–Dr. Eben Strobos, "How Advancements in GI Surgery are Changing Patient Outcomes"
  • 10 a.m.–Dr. Dennis Ahnen, "Colorectal Cancer Update: Genetics Has Changed Everything"
  • 11 a.m.–COPIC, "Tales from the Hotline"

3 hours of CME will be awarded and 1 COPIC point will be issued.

For more information, or to RSVP, please call 303-689-4595.

February 20, 2018

COPIC's Launch of Updated Newsletters

COPIC newsletters have a fresh new format! Besides having a new look, the newsletters have shifted to a quarterly publication and will feature inserts with state-specific news. Our newsletter redesign also includes the evolution of COPIC News; a combination of the previous COPIC Topics and Nebraska Bulletin.

We hope you enjoy the new layout and that it helps you understand how COPIC supports your efforts and strives to be a trusted partner.

To view all newsletters, current and past issues, please click here. Feedback? Comments on what you would like to see in future issues? Please email and let us know your thoughts.

February 13, 2018

COPIC Medical Foundation Accepting Grant Applications Thru April 1

Do you have a program or initiative that needs funding support and can really make a difference in the health care community? Apply for a grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation. The application deadline for the next round of grant funding is April 1st. Before submitting a full grant application for consideration, please make sure your program fits one of our grant funding guidelines:

  • The education and training of health care professionals
  • Development, implementation, or changes in health care-related systems, tools, and processes that improve outcomes
  • Pilot programs designed to improve medicine

Please note that we do not provide on-going grant support. Once approved for funding, your organization will be eligible for funding again after three years.

Please contact Kathy Brown at (720) 858-6066 to learn more about the COPIC Medical Foundation and our eligibility requirements or visit to download a grant application form.

February 06, 2018

IMS Event: Iowa Physician Day on the Hill

Wear your white coat and stand out! Decisions made by Iowa’s General Assembly have an impact every day on physicians, patients, and the practice of medicine in our state. To educate lawmakers and ensure physicians have a voice in the legislative process, we invite you to join your colleagues from across Iowa for this vital day of grassroots advocacy. 

For more details, please visit the IMS event page.

January 31, 2018

Sign-Up for the Financial Focus

COPIC Financial Service Group’s quarterly e-newsletter covers timely topics about business and personal insurance as well as financial planning and other services. Concise, at-a-glance articles include helpful information and links to resources on topics such as health care reform, trends in cyber liability, retirement planning, benefits of life insurance, and more.

Sign-up to have Financial Focus delivered directly to your inbox. You can also access the Financial Focus archive to view previous issues.

January 24, 2018

COPIC's 2018 Spring Conference Schedule

COPIC will be sponsoring and presenting at several conferences and events this spring in Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming and South Dakota. To find out where COPIC will be exhibiting in upcoming months, take a look at the recently updated Conference Support page. This page will continue to be updated throughout the year, so check back regularly to see where you can find COPIC next. If you see our booth at an event, please stop by and say hello!

January 16, 2018

IMS Event: Provider Burnout & Professional Resiliency Conference

Register now! The Iowa Medical Society, in collaboration with a number of Iowa healthcare organizations, will be hosting a Provider Burnout and Professional Resiliency Conference on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at the Marriott West Des Moines. This multidisciplinary, day-long conference will offer general and breakout sessions covering topics such as recognition and prevention of burnout, facing the stigma of being a provider with mental health issues, and panel discussions with professionals who have experienced burnout.

For more details, including registration information and agenda, please visit the IMS event page.

January 09, 2018

COPIC's "Giving Tree" Provides Gifts for Underprivileged Families

For the fourth consecutive year, COPIC partnered with our longtime friends at Inner City Health Center to provide gifts for underprivileged families and children this holiday season. COPIC employees picked ornaments from COPIC’s “Giving Tree,” then purchased and brought in the gifts represented on each ornament. The gifts were then presented to the children and families at the Inner City Health Center on Saturday, Dec. 16th.

Inner City Health Center is a private, non-profit, volunteer-based health care facility committed to improving the health of low-income and uninsured families. To make a donation to Inner City Health Center, or more information on the center, visit

January 02, 2018

2018 Nebraska Physicians Advocacy Breakfast

The 2018 Nebraska Physician Advocacy Breakfast is Tuesday, January 23rd and there’s still time to sign up! This is a great opportunity to advocate for the issues that affect Nebraska’s health care community and connect with your senator.

To register, visit

December 26, 2017

Looking Back on 2017–COPIC’s Year in Review

​​Health care was filled with change in 2017—new challenges emerged, aspects of care delivery evolved, and technology continued to have an influential role. However, what did not change was COPIC’s steadfast commitment to supporting medical professionals and improving patient safety. Here are some highlights from 2017: 
  • COPIC continued its efforts to expand our regional footprint. Our presence has grown in Iowa, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, while also making our services available in states such as Arizona, North Dakota, and Minnesota. 
  • During the 2017 Colorado legislative session, COPIC tracked approximately 50 proposed bills, reviewed 18 bills, and engaged on 11 bills to provide input prior to enactment. 
  • As new issues emerged or current issues changed, COPIC provided educational activities to help address these timely matters in health care. 
  • In 2017, COPIC received more than 24,278 calls on issues that ranged from HIPAA requirements to best practices in human resources. 
  • The COPIC Medical Foundation provided grants that helped fund initiatives such as human trafficking education, managing and mitigating risk, and meals for care transitions. 
To learn more, read the full “A Look Back on 2017: Our Commitment to Improve Health Care” article that appeared in the December 2017 issue of COPIC Topics.

December 20, 2017

Recent Grants Funded Through the COPIC Medical Foundation

The COPIC Medical Foundation supports organizations and initiatives that improve health care outcomes, patient safety and quality of care. Recent grant funding from the Foundation went to the following initiatives:

  • Fremont Health FoundationFunding  for simulation lab equiptment to be used by health care professionals and students of nursing. Existing space at the medical center will house the simulation lab.
  • Harm Reduction Action Center (fiduciary: Colorado Nonprofit Development Center)Funding will go toward six provider awareness courses that will focus on working with patients who inject drugs. These will be held at various hospitals and Dr. Don Stader will be participating in the trainings.
  • Northeast Iowa Community College FoundationFunding will go toward training on an obstetrics dilation simulator to enhance the health care education programs offered by the college. Cervical dilation has been identified as an area in which students could benefit from additional training. Simulator will also be available for providers and rural hospitals. Students hail from Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois.
  • Unity Point Health – St. Luke’s Foundation—Funding will go toward the first-year subscription to the Efficient Online Competency Program – enhancing the skills of both clinical and non-clinical staff. St. Luke’s is acting as the pilot site within its network. If successful, the program will be rolled out to the Unity Point Health family of hospitals and clinics in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

December 13, 2017

Register for the Colorado Opioid Safety Summit

The Colorado Opioid Safety Summit will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 8am-3:45pm at the Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows.

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), is proud to host the first Colorado Opioid Safety Summit. This Summit will bring together a broad range of experts to increase participant knowledge of the state of Colorado's opioid epidemic and progress in opioid reduction strategies. Discover the new, innovative strategies Colorado hospitals are using to combat the opioid epidemic. Participants will receive a variety of tools, resources and best practices.

The registration fee is $25. To register, click here. Registration deadline is Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

December 06, 2017

12/31/2017 Deadline to Earn COPIC Points

We are approaching the 12/31/17 deadline for eligible insureds to earn COPIC points and qualify for the preferred premium discount. Insureds who have at least 3 COPIC points at the end of the year receive the discount, which is applied to the subsequent year’s policy renewal.

There is still time to earn COPIC points through on-demand courses or by attending in-person seminars. Join us for one of our upcoming in-person seminars:

  • Dec. 5th—“EHR Bootcamp: Welcome to Cyberia" held in Omaha, NE
  • Dec. 15th—“Top Ten Issues in Patient Safety and Risk Management" held in Grand Junction, CO
  • Dec. 19th—“How Docs Think" held here at COPIC; Denver, CO
  • Dec. 20th—"Social Media & Liability Issues" held in Lonetree, CO

Please visit for a current listing of courses and seminars.

You can access your COPIC points history by logging into the Service Center. When you enter the Service Center, you will see the “Account Details” page, which provides a summary of your account information including your COPIC points balance. If you feel our records are inaccurate please send an email to with the missing information so that we can research and correct your COPIC points profile prior to year-end.

*Please note that of the AHPs listed, only those who are charged an associated premium for coverage with COPIC are eligible to participate in the program. For eligible AHPs, the same participation guidelines apply.

November 28, 2017

COPIC Hires Connor Macey as Account Manager

COPIC is pleased to announce that Connor Macey has joined the company as the Colorado Account Manager. In this role, Mr. Macey will manage inside sales opportunities in Colorado with our existing agent partners and new clients. Before joining COPIC, he held positions as an associate broker for a commercial real estate firm in Denver and was an account manager for a local title insurance company. Mr. Macey was a Dean’s List Honor Roll student at Creighton University and graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in Finance.

Please join us in welcoming Connor Macey to COPIC!

November 21, 2017

COPIC's Legislative Action Center

As always, COPIC will continue to keep you aware of specific legislative priorities involving health care and alert you so you can be informed and get involved. You can always find the latest information by visiting COPIC's Legislative Action Center ( When you're on the Legislative Action Center, scroll to the bottom of the page and make sure you are signed up for the Action E-List. By doing so, you will get emails when important issues arise and have an opportunity to make your voice heard to help educate legislators.

November 14, 2017

Sign-Up for the Financial Focus

COPIC Financial Service Group’s quarterly e-newsletter covers timely topics about business and personal insurance as well as financial planning and other services. Concise, at-a-glance articles include helpful information and links to resources on topics such as health care reform, trends in cyber liability, retirement planning, benefits of life insurance, and more.

The November 2017 issue of the Financial Focus e-newsletter was emailed to subscribers on November 1st. Sign-up to have Financial Focus delivered directly to your inbox. You can also access the Financial Focus archive to view previous issues.

November 07, 2017

COPIC Recognition Event in Nebraska

On Wednesday, November 15th COPIC will be hosting an event to recognize the accomplishments, milestones, and stakeholders in our Nebraska community. We will recognize the attorneys whose commitment to defending good medicine helps maintain Nebraska’s stable medical liability environment and honor our insureds whose courageous perseverance at trial both humble and inspire us.

The COPIC Medical Foundation will also be honoring our partners whose commitment to the Nebraska healthcare community has made a lasting and meaningful impact. Visit the COPIC Medical Foundation’s website to learn more about the Foundation’s history and current activities.

November 01, 2017

COPIC Receives Endorsement from Iowa Medical Society

We are proud to announce that COPIC was recently selected by the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) to be the preferred medical professional liability insurance provider for its members. Partnerships with prominent organizations that support medical professionals are an essential part of how we deliver on our mission. This endorsement reinforces our efforts to expand regionally and provide a better option to the more than 6,200 Iowa physicians, residents and medical students who are part of IMS.

October 26, 2017

Updated Minors and Risk Booklet for Nebraska and Iowa

An updated version of the Minors and Risk booklet is now available for both Iowa and Nebraska. This guide is designed to increase a health care professional’s understanding when legal issues involving minors arise. It includes information on key issues such as:

  • A parent’s rights and duties, and delegation of parental power.
  • Circumstances in which minors can provide informed consent for medical treatment.
  • Emergency prescriptions, care, and treatment for minors.
  • Child abuse and reporting.
  • Recommendations for common scenarios involving minors.

This resource is available for COPIC insureds to download under the “Practice Management Resources” section (located near the bottom of the page) on the Medical Guidelines and Tools page. Please note: you will need to be logged in with your username and password to access the booklet.

October 18, 2017

New 3Rs® Program Videos

COPIC now has two videos available about our 3Rs Program that may be utilized to address unanticipated outcomes in a way that preserves the physician-patient relationship while addressing patients' needs. The following videos are posted on our website and can be accessed at

3Rs Overview Video
  • Describe the importance of disclosure of an unexpected outcome by the providers to the patient.
  • Offers a general understanding of the 3Rs Program goals and guidelines.

3Rs Case Consideration Video
  • Outline the initial steps to have a case considered in the 3Rs Program.
  • Describes the 3Rs process in terms of provider responsibilities and the support COPIC provides.
  • List the key details of what the 3Rs Program can offer COPIC insured providers and their patients.

October 11, 2017

Remaining 2017 Nebraska Education Opportunities

EHR Boot Camp: Welcome to Cyberia
Speaker: Michael Victoroff, M.D.

This fast-paced, interactive seminar features a COPIC clinical informatics specialist who has been studying the up and downsides of health information technology for more than 30 years. Dr. Victoroff will lead a discussion of current issues and trends in information technology using numerous examples from the patient safety and professional liability worlds.

  • Omaha: December 5; Omaha Marriott
  • Lincoln: December 6; Embassy Suites

Both programs are from 8am-12noon, registration begins at 7:30am. Attendees will receive 2 COPIC points. Please RSVP online at If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Heronema at (720)858-6129 or

    October 04, 2017

    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, an annual campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The campaign asks you to reflect on your online vulnerabilities and consider how you might protect yourself, and your medical practice, from cyber threats and data breaches.

    Health care is one of the top industries that consistently faces threats of data breaches (both paper and electronic files) due to the information that is collected such as social security numbers, dates of birth, and billing records. If a physician or medical practice experiences a privacy or security breach that involves protected health information or confidential data, there can be substantial financial and reputational costs. According to recent surveys conducted by the Small Business Authority, Symantec and the National Cybersecurity Alliance, the vast majority of U.S. small businesses lack a formal Internet security policy for employees, and only about half have even rudimentary cyber-security measures in place.

    For more general information on cybersecurity and cyber threats, visit the National Cyber Security Awareness Month’s website. For more information on cybersecurity as it relates to the coverage provided in COPIC policies, see the Cyber Liability Coverage page on our website. You must be logged in to the COPIC website in order to access this information.

    For previous announcements, please see the Archives links on the top right of this page.