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British surgeon fined £10,000 after callously branding his initials in a patient's liver
(Natural News) In one of the more bizarre cases of medical malpractice to hit headlines, a “top surgeon” from the United Kingdom has been convicted on two counts of “assault by beating” after he was caught branding his initials into the liver of one of his patients during a procedure. The woman whose liver was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Precision Medicine Requires Targeted Cancer Therapies, but Payers Reluctant to Pay for Some Genetic Testing Needed to Match a Patient with Right Drug
Clinical labs and pathology groups know how advances in targeted therapies and genomics far outpace providers’ and patients’ ability to know how best to use and pay for them One fascinating development on the road to precision medicine is that many new cancer drugs now in clinical trials will require a companion genetic test to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 12, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations anatomic pathology and Cancer Genetics BR Source Type: news

5 Legal Areas to Watch in 2018
Here are some of the important legal areas to keep an eye on in health care during 2018. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 11, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Health IT Law & Malpractice Career Personal Health Records Source Type: news

Federal Regulators Issue Notice to DTC Test Company Orig3n That Its Purchase of Interleukin Genetics Could Involve CLIA Compliance Issues
CMS sends letter to Orig3n notifying the genetic test company that it may not have the required certifications to market its genetic tests Orig3n’s recent ill-fated “DNA Day” promotion to offer free genetic tests during an NFL football game this past fall pushed Orig3n into the media spotlight. The Massachusetts-based biotech company—which sells 18 different […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 10, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology biomarkers centers for medicare and medicaid services CLI Source Type: news

Self Defense For Physician Captive Owners
Many doctor-owned captive insurance companies are ticking times bombs of legal and financial liability. Here's what you need to know. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 9, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Operations Source Type: news

Woman sues over nude photos taken during surgery
Sheila Harosky alleges invasion of privacy and medical malpractice, among other claims (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Netherlands University Researchers Question Validity of More Than 30,000 Published Scientific Studies; Findings Have Implications for Medical Laboratories
Radboud University researchers fear oncology, molecular biology, pharmacology, and other cell-centric medical research efforts are at risk due to verification that at least 30,000 studies published in 33,000 scientific journals included data derived from misidentified or contaminated cell lines Many research findings that underpin the science behind various diagnostic technologies used regularly by clinical laboratories […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 27, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Adam Marcus American Type Culture Collection anatomic pathology ATCC cell biology cell lines Cellosaurus clinical laboratory DSMZ ECACC Source Type: news

House Passes Restrictions on Some Malpractice Awards
(MedPage Today) -- Measure would set nationwide limit of $250,000 on non-economic damages (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - December 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

EHR Systems Continue to Cause Burnout, Physician Dissatisfaction, and Decreased Face-to-Face Patient Care
New study published in the Annals of Family Medicine (AFM) indicates that despite efforts to improve EHR usability and efficiency, primary care physicians continue to spend more than 50% of their workdays on computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and other clerical tasks instead of engaging in direct patient care Do electronic health record (EHR) systems […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 22, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing AMA american medical association anatomic pathology Brian G Arndt MD Christine A Si Source Type: news

When Someone at Your Practice Receives a Subpoena
Physician practices receive subpoenas for documents every day. Here's what your practice staff needs to know when you receive one. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 20, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Source Type: news

Physicians, Don & #039;t Rely on Forms to Fire Employees
Physicians who solely rely on forms and checklists to terminate an employee are making a huge mistake, says this lawyer. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 15, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David M. Rosenberg-Wohl Tags: Hiring Firing Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Source Type: news

2017 Legal Round-Up for Physicians
A lawyer outlines some of the most prominent legal cases from 2017 and explains what physicians can learn from them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Compliance Operations Source Type: news

American Clinical Laboratory Lawsuit Charges HHS Ignored Congress ’ Intent When Collecting Market-Rate Data for 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule
In filing Monday, lawsuit seeks to force HHS to comply with PAMA’s statutory requirements and to withhold applying the new Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule until HHS has revised the final rule appropriately Many clinical laboratory executives will welcome the news that a lab industry trade association has filed a lawsuit in federal court in an […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 12, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations News From Dark Daily 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule rates Source Type: news

Doctors & #039; Captive Insurance Companies Causing Headaches
Here's how many captive insurance company owners, including many doctors, are being exposed to expensive legal defense costs on top of huge surprise tax bills. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Revenue Cycle Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Lobbying on Behalf of Clinical Laboratories Improves Medicare ’s Outpatient Payment Rules
While proposals might change before the final CMS draft, lobbyists see potential for improving Medicare payment totals and structures in the upcoming 2018 outpatient rule and physician fee schedule At this time, efforts by medical laboratories to lobby and educate Medicare officials and members of Congress about the flaws in the Medicare program’s market study […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 11, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management Source Type: news

Lawsuits After Primary and Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty Lawsuits After Primary and Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty
A better understanding of the common reasons for malpractice claims after TKA could help reduce the number of malpractice suits.Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

9 Costly HIPAA Settlements in 2017
This year's HIPAA settlements ran the monetary gamut and included the first ever fine levied due to untimely breach reporting. Here's an overview. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 5, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steph Weber Tags: HIPAA Law & Malpractice Technology Personal Health Records Source Type: news

Durotomy: A common complication of spinal surgery -- and an important factor in some malpractice cases
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Incidental durotomy -- small tears of the outer membrane of the spinal cord -- are a common occurrence in spinal surgery, and may lead to litigation. Most malpractice cases associated with dural tear end in a ruling in favor of the surgeon, reports a study in the journal Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

You Thought HIPAA Was Tough? Try GDPR
Wondering what GDPR is? An attorney breaks down everything you need to know about the new data security law. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Are Payers Ganging up on Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups? Is this a Trend or Simply a Sign of Tougher Financial Times?
Medical laboratories today struggle to submit clean claims and be promptly and adequately reimbursed as health insurers institute burdensome requirements and audit more labs Across the nation, clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups of all sizes struggle to get payment for lab test claims. Veteran lab executives say they cannot remember any time in the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 29, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Malpractice Fears Continue to Motivate Physicians Malpractice Fears Continue to Motivate Physicians
Malpractice fears continue to motivate physicians; the Supreme Court declines to review a records dispute; apologies expressing fault are shielded; record settlement for injured boxer and family.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Avoiding Medical Office Holiday Party Liability
Medical practices must follow basic rules and good management principles to avoid serious holiday party liability. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Staff Source Type: news

Typical Mistakes When Applying a Common Stark Exception
Unlike the Anti-kickback Statute (AKS), when Stark Law applies, the only safe way to make a referral is to fit squarely within an exception. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 26, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

An Analysis of Malpractice Litigation in Plastic Surgery An Analysis of Malpractice Litigation in Plastic Surgery
A new study examines the trends in malpractice litigation in plastic surgery and discusses the importance of expert witness testimony.ePlasty, Open Access Journal of Plastic Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Cap on non-economic malpractice damages goes to Wisconsin Supreme Court
The medical malpractice case of a Milwaukee woman who won a $15 million jury verdict after her four extremities were amputated is set for a Wisconsin Supreme Court review. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Cap on non-economic malpractice damages goes to Wisconsin Supreme Court
The medical malpractice case of a Milwaukee woman who won a $15 million jury verdict after her four extremities were amputated is set for a Wisconsin Supreme Court review. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Detective says juror bribery claim in Iowa trial was a hoax
A detective says a letter purporting to be from a juror who was bribed to rule for the University of Iowa in a medical malpractice trial was likely a hoax by someone upset with the verdict (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Are South African Health Workers Being Silenced Into Malpractice?
[Daily Maverick] "There is really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard." The words of Arundhati Roy, a writer turned human rights activist, rang particularly true through the course of the Life Esidimeni saga. The 118 deceased residents who have now risen to 141 were the preferably unheard - their cries for help through pressure sores and other unaccounted wounds, signs of starvation and dehydration, all fell on deaf ears. However, it is only in retrospect we (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How to Handle Employee and Patient Complaints
Every practice has them: disgruntled employees and patients. Here's how to handle their complaints and avoid lawsuits. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David M. Rosenberg-Wohl Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Compliance Staff Source Type: news

Pope Urges Lawmakers to Protect People with Healthcare Laws
Pope Francis asked lawmakers to be sure healthcare laws protect " all, " not just the privileged population. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Population Health Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Sexual Harassment and Your Medical Practice
Asset protection for physicians takes many forms. Recent events involving sexual harassment are a risk every doctor must protect against. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Lawsuits: Most Doctors Say There Was No Trigger Event Lawsuits: Most Doctors Say There Was No Trigger Event
Some say that if physicians made fewer errors, there wouldn't be malpractice suits. Other say that lawsuits are about money, not errors. Will patient rapport help avert a lawsuit?Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: None Article Source Type: news

Thinking About Keeping Over-payments? Think Again
Keeping overpayments can end up costing a healthcare organization dearly. Here's what you need to know. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Continued ‘Aggressive Audit Tactics’ by Private Payers and Government Regulators Following 2018 Medicare Part B Price Cuts Will Strain Profitability of Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups
Medical laboratory leaders must take steps to protect their lab’s financial stability and know how to prepare and respond to investigations and regulatory threats Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups may soon face a new normal that includes more frequent and tougher audits by both private payers and the government, resulting in larger monetary demands. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 6, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Blue Cross Blue Shield Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services cigna clinical laboratory Dark Daily David W. Source Type: news

Medical Malpractice Liability in the EHR
The EHR is creating some risk and liability for providers. Some of these risks are obvious and some are not. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 3, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice EHR Compliance Technology Source Type: news

7 Steps to Addressing Addiction within Your Practice
What if the opioid epidemic hits your practice and forces one of your providers to check into rehab? Here are some questions to ask yourself. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 1, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Source Type: news

‘Death by 1,000 Knives’ Could Be Instore for Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Not Prepared to Comply with New Medicare Part B Regulations
Medical laboratory leaders and pathologists must be fully aware of the coming legal and regulatory changes taking place starting January 1, 2018, or risk fines and decreased reimbursements January 1, 2018, marks the start of new Medicare Part B price cuts for clinical laboratory  and anatomic pathology testing. But decreasing reimbursement rates is just one […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 1, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement CLIA clin Source Type: news

‘Death by 1,000 Knives’ Could Be in Store for Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Not Prepared to Comply with New Medicare Part B Regulations
Medical laboratory leaders and pathologists must be fully aware of the coming legal and regulatory changes taking place starting January 1, 2018, or risk fines and decreased reimbursements January 1, 2018, marks the start of new Medicare Part B price cuts for clinical laboratory  and anatomic pathology testing. But decreasing reimbursement rates is just one […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 1, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement CLIA clin Source Type: news

Medical Malpractice Claims Are Declining, But The Average Payment Is Rising
Patients who experience catastrophic outcomes due to health problems deserve financial support; but suing capable physicians shouldn ’t be the way to get it. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 31, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Hershey, Pennsylvania, Clinical Laboratory Technician Indicted in 2015 for Fraudulent Cancer Test Results Pleads Guilty to False Statement Charges
Indicted on charges related to 124 genetic cancer tests performed between 2013 and 2014, former Hershey Medical Center Research Technologist Floyd Benko pleads guilty to charges with a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison Wake up calls don’t come any clearer. False reporting of clinical laboratory test results will not be tolerated […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 30, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing BRAF gene mutation clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

Commercial Payers Aggressively Pursue Financial Arrangements
A recent case shows physicians that while commercial payers don't have badges and guns, they can hit your wallet hard. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 29, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Prepping a Practice for a Private Equity Transaction
Physicians interested in any transaction opportunity need to be familiar with the process, and the healthcare regulatory and legal issues that can delay or thwart a deal. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 27, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gary W. Herschman, Anjana Patel, Yulian Shtern, Esq. Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Source Type: news

Opioids and Medical Licensure Risks
Physicians need to be careful when it comes to prescribing opioids for many reasons including putting their medical license at risk. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 26, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Population Health Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

When and How to Say Sorry to Patients
(MedPage Today) -- Apologizing doesn't guarantee losing a malpractice suit -- but it might prevent one (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 25, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Halloween Liability Scares for Doctors
Doctors and practice managers must be aware of seasonal risks to avoid their medical practice becoming a little shop of horrors. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 24, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Staff Operations Source Type: news

EHR: A Bigger Role in Malpractice Claims
(MedPage Today) -- Design issues and lack of alerts are two contributing factors (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 22, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

A Physician & #039;s Case for Choosing the Lone Star State
Texas was one of the five Best States to Practice. Dr. Carlos Cardenas talks to us about what makes it so friendly to physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Law & Malpractice Best States to Practice Compliance Operations Source Type: news

Stark Compliance is Necessary and Punishment is Harsh
If you think non-compliance with Stark Law is no big deal, think again. There are consequences for ignoring it. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 18, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Medicare Officials Back Off a Proposal to Make Hospital Inspection Reports Publicly Available; CLIA Inspections of Medical Laboratories Are Still Not Public
The Joint Commission opposed the Medicare proposal while patient advocate groups say it is a setback for hospital transparency Powerful interests arrayed against greater transparency in the performance of hospitals, physicians, and medical laboratories have stopped a proposed Medicare program that would have allowed the public to see the results of hospital inspections. Stopped in […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 18, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing American College of Surgeons CDC centers for disease control and prevention centers for medicare and medic Source Type: news

Opioids Top List of Malpractice Claims Linked to Medications Opioids Top List of Malpractice Claims Linked to Medications
One problem is that some physicians cave into the requests of persuasive, pill-seeking patients against their better judgement, the medical liability insurer Coverys says in a new study.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news