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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: 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

14 Situations Where Physicians Should Lawyer Up
Practices might be inclined to take on a legal issue on its own. Here are a few situations when they should hire a lawyer instead. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 24, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Contracts Stark Source Type: news

14 Situations Where Physicians Should Lawyer Up
Practices might be inclined to take on a legal issue on its own. Here are a few situations when they should hire a lawyer instead. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 23, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Contracts Stark Source Type: news

Ethical Malpractice in American Clinical Oncology Ethical Malpractice in American Clinical Oncology
An epidemic of greed is sweeping through the field of oncology. We need to fix it NOW, says Dr Lundberg.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Real Estate Investment Risks for Physicians
When investing in real estate, there are several common, but often overlooked, practices that physicians should abide by. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Facing the Medical Licensing Board
A Deputy Attorney General shares experiences and offers advice for physicians who face a Medial Licensing Board. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 15, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Sacopulos, JD Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers HIPAA Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Addressing Physician Sexual Misconduct
A lawyer points to recent cases for examples of the importance of members of the medical community reporting sexual misconduct. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Training Patient Relations Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

Back to School: What Physicians Need to Know
It's almost back to school time for most of America. Doctors need to be aware of seasonal issues and manage risks whether they have children or not. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 8, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Use of trauma scoring systems to determine the physician's responsibility in cases of traumatic death with medical malpractice claim - Arslan MN, Kertmen Ç, Melez DO, Evcuman D, Büyük Y.
BACKGROUND: Traumatic injury is near the top of World Health Organization list of leading causes of death, and one of the major factors affecting mortality is the severity of the trauma. During medical intervention for trauma patients, some injuries may be... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Senate Passes Right-to-Try Bill Senate Passes Right-to-Try Bill
An amendment cracks the door open to malpractice suits against physicians who prescribe experimental drugs for patients with life-threatening illnesses.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - August 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Does Your Practice Need a Legal Check-up?
Don't just count on an administrator to keep track of legal obligations - your practice may need a formal legal check-up. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 1, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David M. Rosenberg-Wohl Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Source Type: news

Medical Fraud can be Difficult to Prove
Although allegations of fraud are common in a medical practice, they can often be more difficult to prove than most people realize. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 29, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Third Time Not the Charm for Obamacare Repeal
Following an action-packed morning in the Senate, the latest attempt to repeal Obamacare failed after three Republicans voted against the effort. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Patients Source Type: news

Informed Consent and the Medical Practice
A recent case in Alabama highlights the importance of filling out informed consent papers thoroughly in order to avoid ending up in a courtroom. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 27, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Collaboration between Pathologists, Medical Laboratories, and Hospital Staff Substantially Reduced Hospital-Acquired Infections, AHRQ Reports
Decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) overall since 2010 attributed to increased attention to safety protocols and practices by hospital staff in cooperation with clinical laboratory services It’s now been almost nine years since the Medicare Program stopped paying hospitals and other providers for certain hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Included in this list are hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 26, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology adverse drug events agency for healthcare research and quality AHRQ AJCP American Journal of Clinical Path Source Type: news

Oregon medical practitioners face fewer malpractice payments (Infographic)
Health care law frequently involves the painful realm of medical malpractice, an area where Oregon is showing improvement and compares favorably to other states. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 21, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brandon Sawyer Source Type: news

Veteran Oregon trial lawyer sees medical malpractice cases declining (Q & A)
Gordon Welborn, managing partner at Portland's Hart Wagner LLP, has been taking cases to court in Oregon for 30 years. He explains how health care law differs in Oregon and how it's trending. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Brandon Sawyer Source Type: news

Veteran Oregon trial lawyer sees medical malpractice cases declining (Q & A)
Gordon Welborn, managing partner at Portland's Hart Wagner LLP, has been taking cases to court in Oregon for 30 years. He explains how health care law differs in Oregon and how it's trending. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Brandon Sawyer Source Type: news

Urologist Loses Lawsuit for Removing Wrong Testicle Urologist Loses Lawsuit for Removing Wrong Testicle
Jury rejects doctor's anatomically questionable defense; no malpractice crisis in one southern state; in another state, those who've been harmed by medical error may find it difficult to get justice.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

From Gypsy to The Sopranos, what do real psychotherapists think of TV shrinks?
The Sopranos put a mobster through analysis. Now Gypsy is making a psychotherapist the star of the show. Does TV get it right – or is gross malpractice just dramatically inevitable?This is the age of the fictional psych, instantly canonised in the person of Tony Soprano ’s analyst, Jennifer Melfi, beautifully developed by Gabriel Byrne withIn Treatment, and given a shonky Netflix-over by Naomi Watts inGypsy.WhenThe Sopranos came out, the richness of the territory was astonishing; I sometimes wondered not why it hadn ’t much been done before, but why all TV series didn’t do it, why PresidentJosiah Ba...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - July 18, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Zoe Williams Tags: Drama Psychiatry Television Culture & radio The Sopranos Naomi Watts Gabriel Byrne US television Film Sam Taylor-Johnson Mental health Crime drama Psychology Source Type: news

Scottish NHS staff whistleblowing helpline to continue
Staff in Scotland ’s health service will continue to have access to external support should they have any concerns about patient safety or malpractice, the Scottish government has announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

What Every Lab Needs to Know about the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Price Cuts That Take Effect in Just 157 Days, on Jan. 1, 2018
Another big question is whether the lobbying of medical laboratory and pathology societies can educate and convince members of Congress to delay and reform the PAMA Final Rule that uses the market price study of what private payers pay for lab tests Coming in just five months are the deepest, most painful clinical laboratory test […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 17, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Uncategorized ACA Affordable Care Act Anatomical Pathology centers for medicare and medicaid services CL Source Type: news

Medicaid Cuts Maintained in New Obamacare Repeal Bill
Senate GOP leadership released a revised version of its healthcare bill, upping opioid crisis capital, among other changes, but Medicaid funding is still due to be cut. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Blog Population Health Law & Malpractice Patients Source Type: news

Criminal Investigation Trends in Healthcare
A lawyer lays out three trends from upcoming investigations and criminal cases that physicians should keep in mind. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Drops Coverage for Non-Emergency ER Visits; Medical Laboratories Could See Drop in ER Clinical Lab Test Orders
Experts concerned people will be unable to judge a true emergency from a minor health concern; patients could be left with a big ER bill if they are wrong Here’s a groundbreaking way payers are keeping healthcare costs down: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia sent letters to its members in May […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 14, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing ACEP Affordable Care Act American College of Emergency Physicians Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia clinical laboratory Source Type: news

An Asset Protection Warning for Doctors
With their livelihood on the line, doctors need to be careful with who they listen to while seeking asset protection. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 11, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Career Personal Finance Source Type: news

Opioid Prescriptions Falling, CDC Says
According to new data from the CDC, opioid prescription rates fell over a five-year period from 2010 to 2015, but are still triple where they were in 1999. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 7, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Practice Models Source Type: news

Ways to Avoid Sabotaging Your Malpractice Defense Ways to Avoid Sabotaging Your Malpractice Defense
Physicians can take many steps to avoid being sued. But if a lawsuit occurs, there are mistakes to avoid that will help them to prevail.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - July 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

D.C. Week: CBO Scores Senate Bill a Win on Deficit, Loss on Coverage
(MedPage Today) -- Also, Trump names Surgeon General pick, House takes on malpractice law (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 1, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

House Passes Federal Medical Malpractice Bill
On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would limit plaintiff damages to $250,000 in most medical practice lawsuits. It moves to the Senate. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Readers Argue Over Obamacare Repeal, Retail Clinics
Readers are split on whether or not the Senate's version to repeal the Affordable Care Act would serve the American people well. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Compliance Source Type: news

EHRs Not Designed with Real People in Mind, Expert Opines
Dr. Robert Wachter wrote the book on the failings of health IT and the effect these systems have on patient safety. He joined us for the Pearls podcast. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 29, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Health IT Law & Malpractice EHR Technology Source Type: news

House Passes Bill to Cap Malpractice Noneconomic Damages House Passes Bill to Cap Malpractice Noneconomic Damages
The bill now faces an uphill challenge in the Senate, where Democrats can filibuster what they view as infringement on injured plaintiffs'rights.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Alert 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 Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

This GOP Health Bill Proposes New Limits To Medical Malpractice Awards
The bill H.R. 1215 would limit awards for non-economic damages — such as pain and suffering — to $250,000. President Trump supports the bill, but many others across the political spectrum don't.(Image credit: FangXiaNuo/Getty Images/iStockphoto) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michelle Andrews Source Type: news