All Announcements

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 www.callcopic.com/education.


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 www.callcopic.com/education. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Heronema at (720)858-6129 or sheronema@copic.com.

    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.

    September 19, 2017

    Recent Grants Funded Through 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:

    • Lab to Combat Human Trafficking—Formalizing protocols and instituting a system-wide anti-trafficking training program for staff and leadership at Denver Health.
    • Montrose Memorial Hospital—Identifying areas for quality improvement at the hospital with a focus on reducing hospital-acquired infections.
    • Project Angel Heart—Support for the Meals for Care Transitions program, which aims to reduce the risk of and financial penalties associated with hospital readmissions.
    • Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative—The collaborative is creating a regional registry of data regarding infants referred to hospitals for treatment of encephalopathy.
    • University of Nebraska Foundation—Simulation-in-Motion is a state-wide mobile education system which brings simulator training to 420 EMS sites in rural areas of the state.

    For more information on these and other initiatives funded by the Foundation, visit the COPIC Medical Foundation’s Grants in Action page.

    September 12, 2017

    2017 Nebraska Humanitarian Award Recipient – Dr. Christina Fernandez

    Congratulations to Dr. Christina Fernandez, who was recently awarded the 2017 Nebraska Humanitarian Award in honor of Harold E. Williamson. Dr. Fernandez was recognized and presented with the award at the NMA Annual Meeting dinner this past Friday, September 8th.

    A practicing physician of 12 years and a longtime advocate for the underserved population, Dr. Fernandez started serving on the Live Well Omaha Kids Executive Committee while participating in the formation of the Maya Community Health Collaborative in 2007. Dr. Fernandez then partnered with CUSOM Advocated to found the Bethlehem House partnership, which pairs medical students with at-risk, first-time mothers throughout the pre-natal and postpartum period. As if that wasn’t enough, Dr. Fernandez got involved in creating programs such as the “Healthy Families in South Omaha” and the “Foster Healthy Weight in Youth” while serving on the Board for Families in Action and volunteering as the Medical Director of Healthy Eating with Resources, Options and Everyday Strategies (HEROES) program. A force within her community, Dr. Fernandez continues to dedicate her time, money, and resources to make a difference.

    The COPIC Medical Foundation’s annual Nebraska Humanitarian Award recognizes a volunteer physician in Nebraska and provides a $10,000 grant to the health-related nonprofit organization of the recipient’s choice. After reviewing an impressive slate of candidates, Dr. Fernandez was selected as the 2017 recipient of this award, and she elected to provide her grant to Families in Action, the only standalone grassroots nonprofit in Nebraska to win a National Award from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Innovation in Health and Wellness.

    September 06, 2017

    Upcoming "Inside COPIC" Programs in September and November

    “Inside COPIC: An Intensive Look at the World of Patient Safety and Medical Liability” is a program in which participants learn from and interact with our leadership team. The program consists of two sessions: 1) An “Inside Look at COPIC,” which covers topics including key safety and risk principles (e.g. communication, documentation, systems failures, human factors), early reporting, claims data and trends, the 3Rs Program, elements that make a case defensible, and an overview of COPIC’s structure and resources; 2) A Claims Committee meeting to see the process we undertake to review open, de-identified claims.

    Please join us at one of our upcoming “Inside COPIC” programs. The full two-session format of the “Inside COPIC” program is worth 6 COPIC points (3 points for each session) and will be offered two more times throughout the year. Download the 2017 Boot Camp Flyer for additional details.

    Sept. 20-21
    LOCATION: Loveland - Medical Center of the Rockies

    • Inside COPIC Day 1 – Inside Look at COPIC (9/20); 5:30 to 8:30pm
    • Inside COPIC Day 2 – Claims Committee (9/21); 7:30am to Noon

    Nov. 8-9
    LOCATION: Denver - COPIC

    • Inside COPIC Day 1 – Inside Look at COPIC (11/8); 5:30 to 8:30pm
    • Inside COPIC Day 2 – Claims Committee (11/9); 7:30am to Noon

    Registration is available at www.callcopic.com/education. You can also email Carmenlita Byrd at cbyrd@copic.com or call her direct line at (720) 858-6131. The first 36 participants to sign-up will receive confirmation emails within 48 hours and waiting lists will be collected for the dates that fill-up.

    August 30, 2017

    COPIC Points Reminder

    ​We are approaching the 12/31/2017 deadline to earn COPIC points to be eligible for preferred premium status on your 2018 renewal. Eligible insureds who have at least 3 COPIC points at the end of the year receive the associated premium discount. Please note these additional details about the COPIC Points Program:
    • It occurs on a one-year cycle.
    • If participants earn more than 3 COPIC points in a given year, they can roll over excess points to apply to the subsequent year (up to a maximum of 6 points).
    • New physicians automatically receive the premium discount, but need to participate in the program during their first full year of being COPIC-insured to maintain the discount for the subsequent year.
    • The program is the same for full- or part-time physicians.
    • The following allied health professionals (AHPs) are now eligible to participate in the COPIC Points Program: Anesthesiology Assistants, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants.*
    Earn COPIC points through on-demand courses or by attending in-person seminars. Please visit www.callcopic.com/education 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 copicpoints@copic.com 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.

    August 22, 2017

    COPIC Medical Foundation Accepting Grant Applications Thru Sept. 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 September 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 Lindsey Sidener at (720) 858-6071 to learn more about the COPIC Medical Foundation and our eligibility requirements or visit www.copicfoundation.org to download a grant application form.

    August 16, 2017

    COPIC's 2017 Fall Conference Schedule

    COPIC will be sponsoring and presenting several conferences and events this fall in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Minnesota. To find out where COPIC will be exhibiting in the 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!

    August 08, 2017

    Nominate a Colorado Physician for the 2017 COPIC Humanitarian Award

    Each year, COPIC honors a Colorado physician for his or her volunteer medical services and contributions to the community outside of their day-to-day lives. If you know a worthy candidate, please nominate him or her for this award.

    The recipient of the award receives a $10,000 grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to be provided to a 501(c)(3) organization of the recipient's choosing (on his or her behalf) to fund ongoing efforts to deliver and/or improve health care.

    We established this award in remembrance of Harold E. "Hal" Williamson. His encouragement and active participation led to the establishment of the COPIC Medical Foundation.

    Download a nomination form or visit the COPIC Medical Foundation page to learn more and see profiles on past winners.

    August 03, 2017

    Subscribe to Financial Focus E-Newsletter

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

    July 25, 2017

    Recent COPIC Medical Foundation Grants

    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:

  • Human Trafficking Education—The Lab to Combat Human Trafficking will be formalizing protocols and instituting a system-wide anti-trafficking training program for staff and leadership at Denver area hospitals. This program will be shared with other facilities and providers.
  • Managing and Mitigating Risk on the Western Slope—Montrose Memorial Hospital will implement tools and processes to improve patient outcomes in their Quality Improvement program.
  • Meals for Care Transitions—Project Angel Heart will be piloting this new program with medically-tailored meals designed to reduce the risk of and financial penalties associated with hospital readmissions.
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    For more information on these and other initiatives funded by the Foundation, visit the COPIC Medical Foundation’s Grants in Action page.

    July 19, 2017

    Connect with COPIC on Facebook

    COPIC’s Facebook page is another way we connect with insureds, partners, and the health care community. We share information on employee projects, COPIC Medical Foundation activities, and useful links to health care news.

    How do I "Like" COPIC on Facebook?
    1. Go to www.facebook.com/COPICCompanies and login to your Facebook account. (Click the "Sign Up" button if you need to create a new account).
    2. Once you are on COPIC’s profile, just click the "Like" button underneath the top cover photo.
    3. Make sure we are selected to show up in your news feed by hovering over the "Following" tab. A drop down will appear, under "In your news feed," please select "Default," and under "Notifications," select "On" if you want to be updated when we post new information. Please feel free to comment on posts or share them with others.
     
    COPIC also has LinkedIn profiles for COPIC Companies and COPIC Financial Service Group. If you are active on LinkedIn, we recommend that you connect with us there too.

     

    July 12, 2017

    Nebraska Legislation from the 2017 Session

    “The Legislative Landscape” article in the July Nebraska Bulletin newsletter outlines several bills that are of interest to the medical community. The session saw passage of 173 bills of the 667 that were introduced. An additional 67 bills were amended into other bills, and four bills were vetoed by the Governor.

    The following are key legislative bills that impact health care:

    • LB 223 – Allows a prescriber to authorize a designee to use the state's new prescription drug monitoring system.
    • LB 88 – Adopts the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.
    • LB 92 – Prohibits insurers from excluding a service from coverage solely because the service is delivered through telehealth.
    • LB 487 – Prohibits physicians from being held liable for the acts or omissions of another person who administers non-patient specific asthma medication prescribed by the physician for use under a school’s asthma and allergic response protocol.

    COPIC will follow the state's agencies whose work has just begun in establishing rules and policies to enact those bills that have become law. COPIC will keep you apprised as requirements change that may impact your practice.

    July 05, 2017

    Practice Administrator Advisory Group Meeting: Cyber Liability

    COPIC’s Practice Administrator Advisory Group meetings are designed to address timely issues on the minds of insured practice administrators. These meetings also offer an opportunity to network with peers and share insight.

    WHEN: Wednesday, July 19, from 11:30am-1pm (lunch will be served)
    WHERE: COPIC's Office (7351 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, CO 80230)
    WHAT: The focus will be on cyber liability—common threats, steps to take to protect your practice, responding to data breaches, and support provided by COPIC’s embedded cyber liability coverage. Angie Klein of COPIC’s Claims Department will be the presenter at this meeting.

    Unable to make it in person? We can bring the meeting to you! Thanks to our video conferencing services we are able to provide the meeting in a webinar format. If interested in this option, please make sure to register two weeks prior.

    To register or if you have any questions, please contact Diane Laff (720) 858-6165 or dlaff@copic.com.

    June 20, 2017

    New Seminar: The Opioid Crisis–The Pain that Won't Go Away

    “The Opioid Crisis Part I— The Pain that Won't Go Away” is a seminar that will be held on Wednesday, July 12 from Noon to 1:00pm at Parker Adventist Hospital (Pine A Conference Room). This seminar examines the scope of the opioid problem and uses the guidance of the CDC, FDA, medical boards, and other best practices to describe approaches to practice more safely with opioids. Learning objectives include the following:

    • Describe the current opioid epidemic, state and national data, and the various contributions to it.
    • State the difference between tolerance, physical dependence, and addiction.
    • Distinguish the specific liability risks in the medical treatment of pain, including misdiagnosis, over prescribing or under prescribing, overdose, abandonment, diversion, and vicarious liability.
    • Review guidelines and apply tools to use in prescribing in the setting of chronic pain.

    To register for this seminar, please visit callcopic.com/education.

    June 14, 2017

    COPIC-Sponsored Medical Residents Attend Telluride Patient Safety Week

    COPIC-sponsored medical residents attended a patient safety summer camp last week (June 4-9) in Telluride, Colorado. The Academy for Emerging Patient Safety Leaders: The Telluride Experience is a week-long summer camp where medical residents and health science students are brought together to learn more about patient safety and to help create collaborative projects focused on risk reduction and quality improvement. The annual Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp aims to identify, support and develop future health care leaders and champions in patient safety, transparency and open communication between patients, patient-advocates, and caregivers.

    Read over students’ reflections on their week at the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp on The Telluride Experience blog page. To learn more about The Academy for Emerging Patient Safety Leaders: The Telluride Experience, visit www.telluridesummercamp.com.

    June 06, 2017

    Colorado Legislation from the 2017 Session

    “The Legislative Landscape” article in the June COPIC Topics newsletter outlines the key health care related bills that were passed by Colorado's General Assembly during the 2017 legislative session. COPIC will be keeping tabs on the execution of these bills and other statutes impacting the health care system.

    • Senate Bill 142
      Requires that mammography reports provided to patients include information that identifies the patient’s breast tissue classification based on the breast imaging reporting and data system established by the American College of Radiology.
    • Senate Bill 146
      Modifies provisions relating to licensed health professionals’ access to the electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).
    • Senate Bill 207
      Clarifies the intent for establishing a coordinated behavioral health crisis response system. The bill puts systems in place to help Colorado end the use of jails and correctional facilities as placement options for individuals placed on emergency 72-hour mental health holds (if they have not also been charged with a crime). It also enhances the ability of emergency departments to serve individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
    • House Bill 1284
      Creates a state program for performing checks in the Colorado Adult Protective Services (CAPS) database and requires facilities to perform checks prior to hiring employees who will provide direct care to at-risk adults.
    • House Bill 1322
      Allows a discretionary exception for a licensee to report domestic violence if: 1) victims are at least 18 years of age and 2) the victim indicates a preference that an injury not be reported. The bill maintains medical discretion and conforms with HIPAA requirements already in place.

      May 31, 2017

      Summer Nebraska Education Opportunities

      Ownership in the Medical Practice: An HR Perspective
      Speaker: LaNee Reynolds
      Omaha—July 24; Omaha Marriott
      Kearney—July 25; Holiday Inn
      Lincoln—July 26; Embassy Suites

      This seminar touches on mantras that every practice/facility should implement in order to create a more respectful and accountable work environment where employees feel safe to share ideas, nurture working relationships, and keep the practice/facility safe from risk.

      Compliance Boot Camp: Everything You Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask
      Speaker: David Ginsberg
      Omaha—Sept. 18; Omaha Marriott
      Kearney—Sept. 19; Younes Conference Center
      Lincoln—Sept. 20; Embassy Suites

      This seminar provides up-to-date information on the latest issues and trends affecting practices/facilities regarding compliance. With all the changes in health care, compliance must take center stage to ensure the safety of your practice/facility.

      Please RSVP online at www.callcopic.com/education. Questions? Contact Stephanie Heronema at (720) 858-6129.

      May 24, 2017

      New Website Resource for Cyber Risks

      COPIC partners with NAS Insurance to provide cyber liability coverage embedded in our policies. As part of this coverage, insureds have access to NAS cyberNET—a website that offers resources to help prevent or mitigate the damages from data breaches and other cyber risks.

      NAS cyberNET offers support in the following areas:

      • Cyber training
      • Sample policies
      • Incident response plans
      • Best practices

      Please note that you have to be logged in with your username and password to access this page.

      May 15, 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 May 2017 issue features articles on "spring cleaning" your finances, what you need to know about renewing a lease, the benefits of tax-advantaged and 529 savings vehicles, and steps to protect your home against wildfires.

      Sign-up for Financial Focus and we will deliver each issue directly to your inbox. You can also access the Financial Focus archive to view previous issues.

      May 08, 2017

      Nominate a Nebraska Physician for the 2017 COPIC Humanitarian Award

      Each year, COPIC honors a Nebraska physician for his or her volunteer medical services and contributions to the community outside of their day-to-day lives. If you know a worthy candidate, please nominate him or her for this award.

      The recipient of the award receives a $10,000 grant from the COPIC Medical Foundation to be provided to a 501(c)(3) organization of the recipient's choosing (on his or her behalf) to fund ongoing efforts to deliver and/or improve health care.

      We established this award in remembrance of Harold E. "Hal" Williamson. His encouragement and active participation led to the establishment of the COPIC Medical Foundation.

      Download a nomination form or visit the COPIC Medical Foundation page to learn more.

      April 25, 2017

      Now Available: 2017 COPIC Education Catalog

      Curious as to what types of seminars and courses COPIC is offering this year? Then take a look at the 2017 COPIC Education Catalog—a downloadable PDF that provides a comprehensive list of education activities along with descriptions, length of time to complete, associated COPIC points/CME credits, and more.

      You can also view a current schedule of planned activities and register to attend these on our Courses and Seminars page.

      Interested in scheduling a seminar at your practice or facility? Contact Carmenlita Byrd at cbyrd@copic.com or (720) 858-6131.

      April 18, 2017

      COPIC’s 2016 Annual Report Now Available

      Our Annual Report includes key facts and figures, along with accomplishments we achieve with our insureds and partners in health care. The following are some of the items highlighted in the report:

      • Our expansion with a regional focus.
      • Involvement with key legislative advocacy in Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa.
      • Support provided by our HR Services, COPIC Financial Service Group, and more.
      • Highlights of our 2016 grants and winners of the COPIC Humanitarian Award.

      An electronic version of the 2016 COPIC Annual Report is now available for download. To request a hardcopy of the report, please email kkumlin@copic.com.

      April 11, 2017

      2016 Colorado Humanitarian Award Recipient - Dr. Monte Uyemura

      Congratulations to Dr. Monte Uyemura, who was recently awarded the 2016 Colorado COPIC Humanitarian Award. Dr. Uyemura is a Family Practice physician who has spent the majority of his career in Wray, where he was the Medical Director for its hospice for 20 years. He has been known to make house calls to patients during their final stages of life and he started an organization with his wife called “The Space,” which is a place for community members (young and old) to come together for creative activities.

      The COPIC Medical Foundation’s annual Humanitarian Award recognizes a volunteer physician in Colorado and provides a $10,000 grant to the health-related nonprofit organization of the recipient’s choice. After reviewing an impressive slate of candidates, Dr. Uyemura was selected as the 2016 recipient of this award.

      Read more about Dr. Uyemura in the “ 2016 COPIC Humanitarian Award Recipient—Dr. Monte Uyemura” article from the April 2017 COPIC Topics newsletter.

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