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The Family History Question You Can & #039;t Ask of Patients
It'd be nice to ask a new patient about their family history with malpractice lawsuits. Unfortunately, that's not allowed, as this physician finds out. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jon Carter Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Source Type: news

Why Practice & #039;s Must Report a Data Breach
A recent settlement highlights the importance of medical facilitates reporting a breach of protected health information in a timely manner. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Training Source Type: news

How to Handle an Audit from Medicare or Other Payers
Regardless of who the payer is or the stated purpose, every potential audit inquiry should be taken seriously by your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 21, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Law & Malpractice Audits Contracts Payers Source Type: news

Coverage of Alexion Investigation Highlights the Risk to Clinical Laboratories That Sell Blinded Medical Data
Despite blinding data and following protocols, a recent investigation in Bloomberg Businessweek shows that clinical laboratories can be at risk in deals with pharmaceutical and big data companies While big data is transforming how healthcare is both researched and applied, it also offers opportunities for clinical laboratories to create additional revenue from the endless streams […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 21, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Adam Tanner aHUS Alexion Ancestry AncestryDNA atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome big data cl Source Type: news

7 Takeaways from Real-Life Malpractice Cases
Malpractice incidents are unfortunate for all involved, but can provide insightful lessons for practices. Here are seven takeaways from real-life suits. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 20, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steph Weber Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Compliance Source Type: news

Stop Signing Doctor & #039;s Notes to Avoid Being Sued
There is a precedent happening in pediatrics as helicopter parents and overbearing daycare centers have created a sharp increase in " doctor's notes. " (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Leann DiDomenico McAllister, MBA Terence Redmond McAllister, MD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Patient Relations Source Type: news

The Do & #039;s and Don & #039;ts of Medical Malpractice
Don't let a lack of communication, EHR misadventures, or failure to be prepared lead to a damaging malpractice suit at your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice EHR Training Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

The Current State of Tort Reform
In this video exclusive for Physicians Practice, Michael Matray, host of Healthcare Matters, drills down on a pair of medical liability tort reform bills currently under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Matray Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Compliance Source Type: news

House Considers Bill to Reform Malpractice Laws
(MedPage Today) -- Vote expected in near future (Source: MedPage Today Surgery)
Source: MedPage Today Surgery - June 16, 2017 Category: Surgery Source Type: news

Can Tort Reform Get Rid of Silly Lawsuits?
At least one doctor expresses his desire for malpractice reform to enacted, to put an end to frivolous lawsuits. Don't send in the clowns! (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jon Carter Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Compliance Source Type: news

Republicans Insist They're Being Transparent With Their Hidden Health Care Bill
WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans, after holding closed-door meetings with President Donald Trump and senior administration officials on their still-secret health care bill, declared Tuesday that actually, they are being transparent. “Nobody’s hiding the ball here. You’re free to ask anybody anything,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters, when asked about the charge from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that Republicans are “ashamed” of the Obamacare repeal bill they are writing. Although Republicans later backed down, just two hours before McConnel...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 Mistakes That Can Lead to Lawsuits
A lot of things can lead to a malpractice lawsuit. Here are 10 mistakes seen by an attorney with experience in helping docs avoid suits in the first place. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Sacopulos, JD Tags: Employment Jobs Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Asset Protection Makeover: Millions of Dollars Safer
The conclusion of a physician couples'risk management overhaul sees them become millions of dollars safer. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Five EHR-Related Medical Malpractice Landmines
EHRs have yet to become a major problem in medical malpractice, but the potential is there, experts say. Here are a few areas of EHR use to caution. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Health IT Law & Malpractice EHR Compliance Source Type: news

Telemedicine Wins Big in Texas, After Lengthy Battle
How does the recent telemedicine ruling in Texas correlate to mail-order pharmacies? Martin Merritt explains in this blog. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Health IT Law & Malpractice Technology Source Type: news

9 Gifts that Violate the Anti-Kickback Statute
Receiving cash for a referral is the most obvious gift that violates the Anti-Kickback Statute. Here are eight more. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Skepticism, Distrust of HIT by Healthcare Consumers Undermines Physician Adoption of Medical Reporting Technologies, But Is Opportunity for Pathology Groups, Clinical Laboratories
New studies show number of Americans who are unwilling to reveal private health information is growing, hindering medical technology developers Healthcare consumers appear not only to be raising their expectations of the quality of care they receive, but also in the privacy and security of their protected health information (PHI) as well. This is an […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 9, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Uncategorized Black Book clinical laboratory cyberattacks cybersecurity Dark Daily dark intelligence g Source Type: news

eClinicalWorks Settlement Implications for Physicians
Physicians can learn a lot about risk analysis from the recent EHR vendor False Claims Act and subsequent settlement. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 8, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Billing and Collections EHR Source Type: news

What It's Like To Have Postpartum Depression In Rural America
After her daughter’s birth, Jeanne Sager, 34, felt so distraught that she feared leaving the house. “It was June, the weather was gorgeous, but I wouldn’t venture to the front porch,” she says. Sager had postpartum depression, the No. 1 complication of pregnancy that affects almost 20 percent of new mothers. According to Postpartum Support International, women may become depressed at any time during the first year after giving birth. While the exact cause is unknown, stressors, such as hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation and lack of social support, may contribute to this mental health diso...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Ways to Cover a Physician & #039;s Departure from Your Practice
You have an obligation to ensure patients are protected and retained when their physician leaves your practices. Here's what to do. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 7, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Contracts Source Type: news

What to Do When You are Sued for Malpractice
Have you gotten a notice that you are being sued for malpractice? Here are some steps you should take, experts say. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 6, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Watkins Tags: Law & Malpractice Compliance Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Federal Medical Tort Reform Faces Uphill Climb
Despite a Republican Congress and White House, experts are skeptical about federal medical tort reform bills becoming law. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 5, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David Raths Tags: Law & Malpractice Compliance Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Practice Owners Dwindling in the U.S.
For the first time ever, practice owners no longer represent the physician majority, according to a new AMA study. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 2, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Employment Law & Malpractice Operations Practice Models Source Type: news

How Trump ’s Cybersecurity Order Affects Physicians
A recent executive order to ensure federal computer systems are safe from attack has implications for medical practices as well. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 25, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Clinical Laboratory Companies, Hospitals, and Other Providers Preparing to Comply with FASB ’s ‘ASC 606–Revenue Recognition Standard’
All medical laboratory companies and hospitals following GAAP must comply as early as 2018 and 2019; revenue and profit impact can be either beneficial or negative There is a big change coming to clinical laboratory companies, hospitals, and other providers that report their organization’s financial performance under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Such organizations will […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 24, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology AICPA American Institute of CPAs ASC 606 Baker Tilly casey hayes clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark Source Type: news

Trump Budget Revives Malpractice Damage Caps Trump Budget Revives Malpractice Damage Caps
The White House said tough tort reform measures would save the federal government $55 billion over 10 years, part of the $3.6 trillion it's trying to cut.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Physician Asset Protection: Estate and Retirement Plans
A continued look at a two-physician couple and the multi-million dollar difference a complete risk-management planning update made to their family. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 23, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

DOJ Sues UnitedHealth, Alleges $1B Medicare Fraud
The Department of Justice filed its second lawsuit this month against UnitedHealth, alleging inflated risk adjustment payments. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Population Health Law & Malpractice Billing Compliance Billing and Collections Source Type: news

Bundled Payments for Joint Replacements Cuts Costs for Medicare; Hospitals Held Accountable for Quality of Care
Clinical laboratories must stay informed about the success of bundled-payment initiatives because they will need to negotiate a share of these payments where medical laboratory testing is involved Research published this year concluded that bundled payments for joint replacement services performed on Medicare patients reduce Medicare’s costs without negatively affecting patient outcomes. Because these types […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 19, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Acute Care Episodes AMA american medical association Amol S. Navathe MD PhD Baptist Health System bundled payments Source Type: news

ACA vs. AHCA: Readers Weigh In
In our recurring blog " Inbox, " we get reader feedback on the future of healthcare reform. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 18, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Billing and Collections Healthcare Reform Payers Source Type: news

CMS Abusing Authority to Revoke Medicare Participation
Why this is a challenging time for providers who are finding themselves penalized excessively by CMS and without appropriate recourse or justice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka Adler Tags: Law & Malpractice Compliance Payers Source Type: news

Malpractice Dangers in the Patient Handoff Malpractice Dangers in the Patient Handoff
Costly malpractice suits occur and patient safety may be compromised when patients are handed off from one physician's care to another. How can you prevent this from happening?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

In Medicine, Honesty Is the Best Policy
Admitting mistakes as a physician is never easy, but providing patients with the truth is part of a physician's job. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 16, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jennifer Frank, MD Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Performance Source Type: news

MGMA Survey Finds Gender Disparity in Physician Compensation
New survey shows difference in pay between male and female docs. CMS announces states now have until 2022 to meet Medicaid standards of care requirements. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Healthcare Fraud 101: Getting a Subpoena
Did you get a subpoena asking for documents or asking that you appear for testimony? Here's what you need to know. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Embezzlement Compliance Personal Finance Source Type: news

Minneapolis named best place for doctors to avoid burnout
The weather in Minneapolis is often cold, but when it comes to avoiding doctor burnout, it's No. 1. According to Medscape, a medical trade publication, Minneapolis ranks as the best place for physician satisfaction when it comes to a calm life coupled with professional and personal satisfaction. Factors used in the study include: the number of medical malpractice lawsuits, least punitive medica l boards, teamwork with physician assistants and nurse practitioners, local amenities and overall quality… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 10, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Patrick Rehkamp Source Type: news

Data Protection at Small Practices
A sequela of the virus that compromised your network may be a lawsuit from Edelson PC.  Edelson PC is a recognized leader in plaintiffs'class and mass action litigation with a special emphasis on technology and privacy cases.  Jay Edelson made national news last month by filing suit against MDLive, a telehealth provider focused on digital delivery of medical care. This Chicago-based attorney is smart and representative of a growing number of plaintiff lawyers focused on privacy issues. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Sacopulos, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Health Records Source Type: news

Part Two: A Physician & #039;s Asset Protection Makeover
The next chapter in a physician couples'risk management overhaul sees them getting proper life and disability insurance. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Work/Life Balance Personal Finance Source Type: news

Federal Judges Block Anthem-Cigna and Aetna-Humana Deals to Protect Market Competition and Healthcare Consumers
Mergers that would have reshaped the nation’s largest insurance companies would directly affect the provider networks independent medical laboratories rely on For pathology groups and medical laboratories, the news about two thwarted deals involving mega insurance companies might be seen as a positive development. The proposed deals—Anthem’s $48-billion bid to buy Cigna, and a proposed […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 8, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology aetna AMA american medical association Andrew Gurman MD Anthem antitrust Brent Snyder cigna clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intel Source Type: news

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson inquiry pledge from Tories
The Conservatives promise to hold an inquiry into Ian Paterson's "shocking" malpractice, if re-elected. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why Is Therapy So Expensive?
After a bout of breakup-induced anxiety and depression, 31-year-old New York City resident Emily Taylor decided to look for a therapist. But finding a mental health professional to accept her Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plan proved to be nearly impossible. “I spent days looking for therapists near me that were covered by my insurance,” Taylor said. “For the very few I did find, I spent over five hours on the phone trying to get appointments, [only] to find that they were either not accepting new patients or the wait time was two months.” Taylor was able to locate plenty of highly rev...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Stupid Proposal For GOP To Save Face On Healthcare Reform
Congressional Republicans have now positioned themselves firmly between a rock and a hard place on healthcare reform. This would be highly amusing if it weren’t for the seriousness of the subject matter, which could accurately be described as a life-or-death subject for millions. Republicans now have the choice of voting for a bill which is massively unpopular with the public (increasingly so, as a matter of fact), or admitting to their own voting base that they’ve been flat-out lying about the evils of Obamacare for the past eight years. That’s a tough choice, because no matter what route they take, it i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Letter to the Editor: The Real Numbers of Malpractice Risk
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - May 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: news

Bankruptcy Clawbacks Create New Headaches for Physicians
If physicians didn't have enough to worry about with fraud, they should be wary of bankruptcy trustees seeking " claw backs. " (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Personal Finance Source Type: news

Latest ACA Repeal Effort Soundly Rejected by AMA, Others
Medical advocacy groups continue to oppose the GOP's healthcare repeal efforts, speaking out against the latest iteration of the AHCA. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Population Health Law & Malpractice Billing and Collections Healthcare Reform Source Type: news

Five Doctors Tell'How I Survived After Being Sued'Five Doctors Tell'How I Survived After Being Sued '
For a physician, getting sued for malpractice is extremely personal. Physicians who were sued describe the range of emotions they felt, and how it changed their lives and the way they view patients.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Could McKesson Settlement Set a Precedent That Would Require Clinical Laboratories to Track Physician Test Ordering?
McKesson agreed to pay a $150 million settlement for not reporting suspicious opioid orders and this case establishes a precedent that could ensnare other providers In today’s world of the Internet-of-Things, it is becoming easier to collect data on every purchase made by individuals and companies. That ability to track the actions of consumers and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 26, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Betsy C Jividen clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news