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NEW FROM THE OMS GUARDIAN

THE INFORMED CONSENT PROCESS: OVERCOMING LANGUAGE BARRIERS
Michael J. Stronczek, DDS, MS,
OMSNIC Director and Chair,
Risk Management Committee

 

Back in October, the OMSNIC Risk Management Committee announced the completion of the Informed Consent project. The Committee thoroughly reviewed and revised all of the informed consent forms and made the library of forms available on the website. In the weeks that followed the October release, OMSNIC received multiple calls requesting the consent forms be translated into U.S. Spanish. In response to our insured’s requests, OMSNIC’s newly-revised consent forms are being translated from English into U.S. Spanish, and will be available on www.omsnic.com in March.

 

 

Our goal was to provide our policyholders access to a library of consent forms written in the second most common language spoken in the United States. Our informed consent forms have been translated by a credible organization founded by a group of multilingual doctors, scientists and engineers. The process was managed by project managers who understand the complexities of both technical and linguistic challenges, and have experience translating informed consent forms. The project managers employed a robust translation process that included translation, editing, and proofreading. In addition, the new U.S. Spanish forms have been certified and vetted by some of OMSNIC’s own Spanish-speaking OMS. The translated forms mirror the English forms, a feature that will greatly assist you when addressing a Spanish-speaking patient. Similar to the English forms, these forms will easily convert into your EMR system.

 

 

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EMERGENCY ALERT

Please note, due to the recent flooding that took place in Cass, Cumberland, Iroquois, Lawrence, Marion, Menard, Moultrie, Pike, Richland, Sangamon, Vermilion, Alexander, Calhoun, Christian, Clinton, Douglas, Jackson, Jersey, Madison, Monroe, Morgan, Randolph, and St. Clair counties in Illinois these counties have been declared as disaster areas. As a result, for the period December 29, 2015 to February 29, 2016, or a later time if deemed reasonable given an individual policyholder’s circumstance, Fortress will insure that (1) Policies are not cancelled or non-renewed; (2) extensions are provided for policyholder’s to comply with policy provisions.

 

In the event an impacted policyholder has a disaster-related dispute or issue they feel is unresolved they should contact the Company at (800) 522-6670 or they may contact the Illinois Department of Insurance at (866) 445-5364, or file a complaint online at: https://mc.insurance.illinois.gov/messagecenter.nsf

 

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LATEST OMSNICase NOW AVAILABLE

OMSNICase is a collection of informative, real life patient case reports and studies. If your residency program has an interesting case that is well documented with photographs, we'd love to hear about it. To submit a case for your residency program, please refer to our OMSNICase Submission Guidelines to begin. You can contact RM@OMSNIC.com for a PowerPoint template to use to build your presentation. If your case is selected to be part of our "OMSNICase" series we will send your residency program $1,000.

 

 

 

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