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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

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

Situational Awareness Errors and Brain Damage, Death Situational Awareness Errors and Brain Damage, Death
Research finds that situational awareness errors may have contributed to catastrophic outcomes in most recent anesthesia malpractice claims.Anesthesiology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology Journal Article Source Type: news

An Overview of Recent Legal Troubles for Physicians
Recent legal cases show why physicians need to remain buttoned-up tight when it comes to the legal side of practicing medicine. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Billing Compliance Career Source Type: news

Questions Docs Must Ask Before Buying Life Insurance
Before buying life insurance, physicians need to consider a plethora of factors. Here are the most important of the bunch. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Contracts Risk Management Source Type: news

One in Five Americans Experience Medical Errors
There are long-term consequences of medical errors on patients, including emotional distress, financial well-being, and fractured family relationships. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 6, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Patients Source Type: news

Malpractice Premium Trends Belie Malpractice Crisis Malpractice Premium Trends Belie Malpractice Crisis
Another year of lower rates for malpractice insurance partly reflects a continued lull in claims frequency, according to a new report from Medical Liability Monitor.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

15 women sue Nebraska surgeon for botched surgeries
Fifteen women have filed malpractice lawsuits claiming that an Omaha, Nebraska plastic surgeon left them disfigured and in pain. Reversing the damage could cost many thousands of dollars. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

15 women sue Nebraska surgeon for 'botched surgeries'
Fifteen women have filed malpractice lawsuits claiming that an Omaha, Nebraska plastic surgeon left them disfigured and in pain. Reversing the damage could cost many thousands of dollars. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Is Your Malpractice IQ?
(MedPage Today) -- Take this malpractice quiz to test your liability acumen (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 3, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Warning: Physician Owned Liability is Far-reaching
A recent kickback case against a spine surgeon and his fianc ée underscores the importance of physicians understanding of anti-kickback and Stark laws. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Risk Management Training Source Type: news

How Close Is the End of Private Practice Pathology as We ’ve Known It?
Payers are cutting reimbursements for anatomic pathology services, making it essential for every pathology group to understand its financial present and future Certain pathology business leaders are warning their colleagues that the era of private pathology group practice domination of the anatomic pathology marketplace is about to end. The only question is how rapidly the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 25, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations AIM Specialty Health anatomic pathology Avalon Healthcare Solutions BeaconLBS Br Source Type: news

Avoiding Malpractice in Refractive Surgery Avoiding Malpractice in Refractive Surgery
Dr Christopher Rapuano looks at new data on how an avoidable error may be costing ophthalmologists millions.Medscape Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology Viewpoint Source Type: news

Keeping a Practice Compliant for Deaf Patients
What do you have to know about ensuring your practice is following the rules of the Practice Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 20, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

' Loser Pays' Tort Reform Debated at AAFP Delegates' Congress'Loser Pays' Tort Reform Debated at AAFP Delegates' Congress
Proposal seeks to discourage frivolous and costly malpractice lawsuits. Some say this would unfairly limit options for plaintiffs, particularly low-income patients.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Republicans Eye Last-Ditch Attempt to Repeal Obamacare, Again
Just two weeks ago, the forecast for Republicans was bleak: the GOP had dramatically failed to repeal Obamacare earlier in the summer, and reports of tension on Capitol Hill made it seem unlikely they would pull it together. But in a startling reversal of fortune over the last week, Republicans lawmakers have resuscitated a new effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The bill in question, Graham-Cassidy, named for its co-sponsors Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Bill Cassidy, has earned the White House’s backing, and received tacit support on Tuesday from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It is better ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Congress Donald Trump Health Care Healthcare Lindsey Graham Mitch McConnell Obamacare Source Type: news

Sean Spicer ’s Emmys Appearance Rewarded His Lies With Fame
“This will be the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period — both in person and around the world.” So declared Sean Spicer, the supposed-to-be disgraced former press secretary, during a surprise guest at the Emmys last night. If Hollywood is a hotbed of anti-Trump sentiment, you wouldn’t have known it last night. After his brief appearance making fun of the most famous time he lied to the American people, the supposedly-disgraced press secretary posed backstage for pictures with celebs. Gross. I’m all in support of well-placed humor, especially for politicians. (I just wrote a book on ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Litt Tags: Uncategorized 2017 emmys Television Source Type: news

Hospital-Doctor Clawback Provisions in Employment Contracts
Watch out for aggressive language in hospital employment agreements requiring physicians to recoup all payments to insurance companies. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 17, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Employment Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Source Type: news

Hospital-Doctor Clawback Provisions in Employment Contracts
Watch out for aggressive language in hospital employment agreements requiring physicians to recoup all payments to insurance companies. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Employment Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Source Type: news

Medical Laboratories Could Be Threatening the Survival of Horseshoe Crabs
Horseshoe crabs have been utilized by the biomedical industry to save millions of lives around the globe for years. But now researchers fear the practice of bleeding them may be threatening their survival Many medical laboratory scientists are aware that horseshoe crabs are harvested to get their blue blood and the limulus amebocyte lysate, or […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 15, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Source Type: news

Statistical vigilantes: the war on scientific fraud – Science Weekly podcast
Hannah Devlin delves into the case of a shamed Japanese scientist to explore how statistical malpractice is damaging science - whether employed knowingly or notSubscribe& Review oniTunes,Soundcloud,Audioboom,Mixcloud&Acast, and join the discussion onFacebook andTwitterOn paper, the Japanese anaesthesiologist Yoshitaka Fujii was a dazzling model of scientific productivity. Over two decades, he held posts at five institutions, associate positions at two more, and published more than 200 papers. In some years, he published a dozen randomised control trials – and it was this superhuman publication record that sta...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Presented by Hannah Devlin and produced by Max Sanderson Tags: Science Medicine Technology Source Type: news

How to Protect your Assets during a Natural Disaster
With hurricane season in full effect, an asset protection specialist gives his advice on protecting your professional assets in the event of a natural disaster. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Risk Management Source Type: news

Physicians Say Up to 30% of Treatment Unnecessary
(MedPage Today) -- Cite'fear of malpractice'as top reason for unnecessary care (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - September 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Americans Getting Medical Care They Don't Need
Survey of doctors suggests a fear of malpractice is the biggest reason why (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Overtreatment Is Common, Doctors Say
Doctors surveyed believed that 20.6 percent of all medical care was unnecessary, including 22 percent of prescriptions. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Malpractice Doctors Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

Many Americans Getting Medical Care They Don't Need
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 -- Unnecessary medical care is common in the United States, and a fear of malpractice seems to be a main driver for ordering unneeded tests and treatments, a new survey finds. Other factors include patient demand and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 6, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Reducing Liability Risk When Collaborating With NPs Reducing Liability Risk When Collaborating With NPs
Attorney Carolyn Buppert outlines five ways for physicians and nurse practitioners to avoid malpractice liability when collaborative practice is required by state law.Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Ask the Expert Source Type: news

Surgical Residents Vulnerable to Malpractice Claims Surgical Residents Vulnerable to Malpractice Claims
Malpractice claims involving surgical residents during a 10-year period were frequently decided in favor of the plaintiff and associated with a median $900,000 payout.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery News Source Type: news

EHR Vendors Seek Clarity from CMS
The HIMSS EHR association submits a letter to CMS, expressing concern and offering suggestions for MACRA payment requirements. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 25, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Healthcare Policy Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform EHR Source Type: news

EHR Vendors Seek Clarity from CMS
The HIMSS EHR association submits a letter to CMS, expressing concern and offering suggestions for MACRA payment requirements. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 25, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform EHR Source Type: news