How to prevent a frivolous medical malpractice lawsuit
There are 50,000 medical malpractice lawsuits filed per year. Each doctor has a 5 percent chance of being sued each year, and every doctor will be sued at least once in 20 years. 70 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits are non-meritorious and are dropped. These represent 35,000 frivolous lawsuits. Until now, there is no way to Read more… How to prevent a frivolous medical malpractice lawsuit originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - January 5, 2023 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Malpractice Source Type: blogs

Top Healthcare IT Today Resources, Articles, Videos, and Podcasts
This article is so old, it’s kind of sad that it’s still getting so much traffic.  It is fascinating to see how we thought about Facebook and healthcare in 2014. What the EMR Industry Can Learn From Facebook – Seems like people care about Facebook and Healthcare.  Although, this article is from 2012. HIPAA vs HIPPA – Fun Friday – I’m glad some humor made the top list since I enjoy humor as much or more than the next person.  Plus, Bad HIPPA Takes is a great Twitter account. Top Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Companies – Looks like the interest in RPM started before 2022.  Lots of ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - January 2, 2023 Category: Information Technology Authors: John Lynn Tags: C-Suite Leadership Healthcare IT Fun Friday healthcare IT today Top Health IT Articles Top Health IT Podcasts Top Health IT Videos Source Type: blogs

Lofgren, Cheney Request Technical Fixes to Electoral Count Reform Act
Andy CraigReps. Zoe Lofgren and Liz Cheney were the primary sponsors of theHouse ’s version of Electoral Count Act reform, which was passed by the House earlier this year. That bill is unlikely to proceed now, with attention focused instead on the more bipartisan Electoral Count Reform Act (ECRA), sponsored by a  group of senators led by Susan Collins and Joe Manchin. Leaders in both parties have expressed a desire to prioritize ECRA for passage by the end of the year. When the Senate Rules Committee advanced ECRA before the midterms, they made a  handful of changes that addressed some of the House’s concerns, such ...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 10, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Andy Craig Source Type: blogs

Americans May Finally Get Access to OTC Naloxone
Jeffrey A. SingerI havewritten for years that the Food and Drug Administration should make the opioid overdose antidote naloxone over ‐​the‐​counter. Public health attorney Corey Davisspoke of how urgent it is for the FDA to move quickly to reclassify this safe and effective harm reduction tool and a Cato Institute conference in 2019.Even though, as I andothers have pointed out, the FDA Commissioner can unilaterally reclassify the prescription ‐​only drug as over the counter, the FDA has been deferential to the naloxone manufacturers, who have been reticent to submit applications. Over the past s...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 7, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Jeffrey A. Singer Source Type: blogs

Courts Should Take “Jawboning” Claims Seriously
Thomas A. BerryMark Changizi, Daniel Kotzin, and Michael Senger were frequent Twitter users who often wrote with skepticism or criticism of the government ’s approach to COVID-19, such as questioning the effectiveness of masks or vaccines. At various times, they had posts removed by Twitter for allegedly violating its misinformation policy. Eventually, they were each banned or suspended from Twitter altogether.All three have sued, but they aren ’t suing Twitter to be reinstated. Instead, they’re suing various federal government agencies and officials. They allege that Twitter was coerced by multiple formal government...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - December 7, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas A. Berry Source Type: blogs

THCB Quickbite: Julian Flannery, CEO, Summus
Julian Flannery is CEO of Summus, which I can’t pronounce (it’s Sue-mus like lawsuit not Sum-mus like math, despite the 2 Ms!). It’s a multidimensional referral platform which combines primary and specialty virtual care for employers, a white-label service for hospitals to deliver their specialty care, and now a peer-to-peer escalation model for specialists to talk to AMC-based specialists & get 2nd opinion reviews. Around 1.4m members on the platform and it’s seen massive usage growth in last 12 months–Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt Julian Flannery virtual care Source Type: blogs

A careless misdiagnosis. A death. A lawsuit.
They loved long walks through the woods in California. They were sweethearts in high school through college. If they wanted to take a break from their walks, the dogs would gang up on them and insist on continuing. The trees, the skies, the quiet, the fresh smell of pine and wildflowers. And on one clear Read more… A careless misdiagnosis. A death. A lawsuit. originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 24, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs

The New Cato Handbook Is Now Online
David BoazTheninth edition of the Cato Handbook for Policymakers is published online today. A print edition will arrive in due course, but we wanted to make it available now for current and newly elected members of Congress. The Handbook has been published periodically since 1995, to coincide with presidential or midterm elections. In this edition ’s 77 chapters my Cato Institute colleagues offer hundreds of policy suggestions for members of Congress, agency and administration officials, and state policymakers. Many chapters propose big, systemic changes that would address fundamental policy problems. Other chapters...
Source: Cato-at-liberty - November 16, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: David Boaz Source Type: blogs

How templates can make you a better doctor
“If it ain’t written down, it didn’t happen.” We’ve heard that before. And it’s so true. Good medical documentation is essential because it reflects your clinical thought process. Your notes are crucial for continuing care, ensuring you are compliant with billing, and protecting you in case of a lawsuit. Your notes are the expression of Read more… How templates can make you a better doctor originally appeared in (Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog)
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - November 12, 2022 Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Physician Health IT Source Type: blogs

Weekly Roundup – November 12, 2022
Welcome to our Healthcare IT Today Weekly Roundup. Each week, we’ll be providing a look back at the articles we posted and why they’re important to the healthcare IT community. We hope this gives you a chance to catch up on anything you may have missed during the week. CIO Insights from CHIME’s Fall Forum. John Lynn attended the CHIME Fall Forum and tuned in to the CIO panel, where longtime and interim CIOs shared their thoughts on how the CIO role has changed, how CIOs can help to address burnout, and how to guide their organizations into the future. Panelists also talked about the path forward for digital innovatio...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 12, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Brian Eastwood Tags: Healthcare IT Healthcare IT Today Weekly Roundup Source Type: blogs

What Duplicate Patient Notes Reveal About Health Care and Its Records
Bloat in patient notes has been alarming doctors for some time. The American Medical Informatics Association began a project to reduce patient documentation to 25% of its current volume by 2025. This task won’t be solved by any single organizer or sector; the AMIA calls on providers and health systems, Health IT vendors, and policy and advocacy groups to join the effort. A recent study in a JAMA publication, “Prevalence and Sources of Duplicate Information in the Electronic Medical Record,” helps drive discussion of bloat forward by focusing on one manifestation: the duplication of text from one patient n...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 11, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Andy Oram Tags: AI/Machine Learning Ambulatory Clinical EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT AdvancedMD Amazon Comprehend Medical AMIA billing CipherHealth Cloudticity Cumberland Heights Foundation Donna Pritchard Doug McGill EHR Document Source Type: blogs

What Is The Good Samaritan Law?
The term “Good Samaritan” comes from the gospel of Luke. In the parable told by Christ, a Samaritan helped a Jew who had been beaten and robbed. At the time, the Samaritans and Jews were mortal enemies. Through the parable, Jesus attempts to redefine what it means to be a good neighbor. Reading some recent conversations on the good Samaritan law in a few online forums, I’m reminded not of the biblical parable, but of the parable of the six blind men describing an elephant. Remember that one? One guy feels the side and thinks an elephant is like a wall, the other feels the tail and thinks an ele...
Source: The EMT Spot - November 10, 2022 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Steve Whitehead Tags: EMT Source Type: blogs

Meta Faces Legal Firestorm As Hospitals Cite Its Pixel Tool In Health Data Breaches
Two health systems have become the latest healthcare organizations to name a web tracking tool created by Meta (formerly Facebook) as responsible for their data breach.  This comes as the social media giant faces a growing number of lawsuits alleging that the tool improperly collects and sells sensitive patient health information. Both of the recent incidents, which were announced in mid-October, involved a Meta tracking tool known as Meta Pixel. Meta Pixel is a snippet of JavaScript code that allows companies to track visitor activity on their website. It works by loading a small library of functions that companies can u...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 9, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: C-Suite Leadership Healthcare IT Hospital - Health System Security and Privacy Advocate Aurora Health Dignity Health Facebook LiveWell Medstar Health System Meta Pixel MyChart Northwestern Memorial Hospital Novant Health UCSF Med Source Type: blogs

Modernizing Medicine To Pay $45 Million To Settle False Claims, Kickback Allegations
EHR vendor Modernizing Medicine has agreed to pay $45 million to the federal government to settle a whistleblower suit alleging that the vendor engaged in varied kickback schemes as well as causing its provider customers to submit false claims. The lawsuit was filed in 2017 by law firms Phillips and Cohen LLP and Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. The US Department of Justice joined the case in March 2022, which now targeted founders and executives Dan Cane and Dr. Michael Sherling as well as ModMed, after conducting its own investigation. The whistleblower in the case is Amanda Long, who joined the company in 2014 and exited her ...
Source: EMR and HIPAA - November 4, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Anne Zieger Tags: Ambulatory C-Suite Leadership EMR-EHR Health IT Company Healthcare IT Amanda Long Dan Cane Dr. Michael Sherling EHR Whistleblower False Claims Healthcare Kickbacks Inform Diagnostics meaningful use Miraca Life Science Modernizi Source Type: blogs

Weekly Overseas Health IT Links – 29th October, 2022.
This report presents CDC findings on telehealth use trends in 2021. It includes data from the National Health Interview Survey, a nationally representative household survey conducted throughout the year by the National Center for Health Statistics. ----- Used Telemedicine in 2021?New data shows which groups have been most likely to use a health care option popular during the pandemic.By Christopher WolfOct. 13, 2022, at 12:01 a.m.More than 1 in 3 adults used telemedicine in the past year in 2021, ac...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - October 29, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs