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Few Frivolous Claims of Malpractice End in Payment
(MedPage Today) -- Death or disabling physical injury involved in 86% of paid claims (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - January 27, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Physicians, Don’t Give Away Your IP to Employers
As a doc, if you’ve come up with a great invention, you might be contractually obligated to hand over that IP to your employer. Here’s how to avoid that. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 27, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Technology Operations Source Type: news

Hospitals in New York State and throughout the United States Are Advertising to Attract the Growing Number of Medical Tourists from Canada
Syracuse, New York, aims to position itself as the healthcare destination of choice for Ontarians right across the border who are weary of waiting for free healthcare from their provincial health service There is a new twist in medical tourism! United States hospitals are advertising to Canadians who are frustrated by increasingly long waiting times […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 27, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Bacchus Barua clinical laboratory cnn David Mankiewicz Electric Strategies Fraser Institute Managed Ca Source Type: news

Medical Malpractice Concerns and Defensive MedicineMedical Malpractice Concerns and Defensive Medicine
Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer is a leading cause of malpractice suits filed in the US. Does fear of a lawsuit influence the behavior of pathologists interpreting breast specimens? American Journal of Clinical Pathology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Medicare Program Officials Affirm Meaningful Use Stage Three to Continue Even As the Agency Moves to Implement MACRA’s Value-Based Payment Law
Clarification comes just a week after one CMS official had discussed the end of Meaningful Use at a conference in San Francisco Talk about mixed messages! Is the federal Meaningful Use (MU) program about to end? Or is it going to continue and evolve in significant new ways? Alert pathologists and clinical laboratory executives may […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 25, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations American Hospital Association american medical association Andy Source Type: news

Attention Pathologists! New Prostate Cancer Test Has CPT Code, NCCN Guideline Recommendation, and Potential Market of One Million Prostate Biopsies Annually
OPKO Health’s 4Kscore test predicts the rate of high-risk prostate cancer and may become a useful business case study for other labs developing proprietary diagnostic tests Clinical laboratories and biotech companies with new medical laboratory tests are struggling to win coverage by Medicare and private payers. How big is this problem? There are currently tens […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 22, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology 4Kscore Test american medical association Source Type: news

Shaping the Unseen Force of Culture
Discussions about pharma organizations wanting to embrace patient-centricity inevitably include the topic of culture change - a topic at the core of eyeforpharma's recently published Whitepaper, Patient-Centered Culture by Design. However, according to James Heskett, Baker Foundation Professor Emeritus at the Harvard Business School, many discussions about organizational culture cover only the “soft” benefits to the work environment, or those that are intangible and difficult to measure. He says, “Such talk is useful, but it leaves culture low on the to-do list of leaders.” Heskett is...
Source: EyeForPharma - January 20, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr Nicola Davies Source Type: news

Cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro Hospitals Turn Away Patients, Shut Doors, Prompting Healthcare Crisis in Brazilian City
State governor declares ‘state of emergency’ and asks central government for aid to get healthcare facilities reopened in city that will host 2016 Summer Olympics As U.S. healthcare officials look to contain the spiraling cost of care in this country, government leaders in Brazil are facing an unprecedented healthcare crisis that has caused cash-strapped public […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 20, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Agence France-Presse Barbara Bastos clinical laboratory Deloitte International Business Times Luiz Fernando Pezão Marcelo Castro medical labo Source Type: news

Here's a new approach to settling medical malpractice claims in Kentucky
Americans spend billions of dollars every year on lawyers, court fees and other expenses related to medical-malpractice lawsuits. Nationally, costs associated with medical-malpractice lawsuits are nearly $56 billion per year — 2.4 percent of the country's total health care spending, according to a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health published in Health Affairs, cited here by Forbes. That's one problem Kentucky Senate Bill 6 hopes to help solve. The pre-filed bill would establish… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 15, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Baylee Pulliam Source Type: news

Federal Government Report on EHR Interoperability Pinpoints Barriers to Information Exchange; Questions Value of Meaningful Use Requirements
Some health IT experts criticize the Government Accountability Office report for ‘incomplete research’ and failure to focus on ‘person-centered interoperability’ Several years after paying billions of incentive dollars to thousands of hospitals and physicians to encourage adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), federal officials remain frustrated at the lack of interoperability among the competing EHR […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 15, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Arien Malec California Association of Health Information Exchanges clinical laboratory Source Type: news

Using cloud-based computing to improve complex care
For children with complex medical needs, care coordination across medical specialties is a major pain point, as is communication across multiple provider systems. And patients aren’t the only ones feeling the burden. Consider these startling statistics: $25-$45 billion is wasted annually in the U.S. due to poor communication in health care. $45 billion has been invested in tools that record and bill for care, but don’t manage care. 40 percent of medical malpractice claims stem from poor communication. Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, and Kenneth Mandl, MD, of the Boston Children’s Hospital Computational Health...
Source: Mass Device - January 14, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news

6 ways health care providers can reduce fraud, waste and abuse risks in 2016
Health care providers such as hospitals and doctors face a variety of legal risks: malpractice, tax, and fraud, waste and abuse. Recent cases have shown that fraud, waste and abuse exposure can dwarf the risk of malpractice and tax liability. Providers participating in federal health care programs (Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE) are obligated to assess their fraud, waste and abuse risks and take steps to minimize those risks. Failure to do so exposes them to severe criminal, civil and administrative… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 14, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Michael J. Bittman Source Type: news

Why Curing Cancer Is Not a ‘Moonshot’
Here are some things that have been compared to moonshots: Google Books, nuclear fusion, Google Glass, artificial brains, drone delivery, getting from New York to London in one hour, a really big home run. Here are some things that actually are moonshots: going to the moon. Of all of the metaphors that have gotten shiny at the elbows, it’s the beleaguered “moonshot” that may be the worst. President Obama rolled it out again during his final State of the Union address when, expressing a desire to cure cancer once and for all, he called for a moonshot to get the job done. The audience applauded as audiences...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - January 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized Cancer health moonshot NASA President Kennedy President Nixon President Obama state of the union War on Cancer Source Type: news

6 Tips for Young Docs Reviewing a Job Offer Contract
Young doctors are eager to start their career. However, don’t just sign your offer contract without taking these pieces of advice into account. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 13, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Operations Source Type: news

Arkansas Hospitals Keep Buying Physician Clinics
When hospitals buy physician clinics, the results are mixed: higher costs for patients and their insurers, more revenue but lower profits for hospitals, fewer hassles but less autonomy for doctors. But the trend, which is as evident in Arkansas as it is nationally, shows no signs of going away. This week, Arkansas Business debuts a new list: Hospital-Owned Physician Clinics. It’s a tricky list, ranking the hospitals that own clinics by the total number of physicians they employ directly. Because doctors may practice at more than one clinic, we have asked hospitals to list all of the clinics they operate, but we did n...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - January 11, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Sharp rise in Brazilian paper retractions
Study indicates growing scientific malpractice, but experts say shift may indicate improved standards. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - January 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

CMS Says Obamacare Premiums to Increase by an Average of 7.5% in 2016, But Squeeze on Consumers’ Wallets Will Vary Depending on Where They Live
UnitedHealthcare announces it may exit the federal marketplace because of slow growth and higher-than-expected claims; clinical laboratories may see less reimbursement Health insurance premiums in 2016 for plans offered through federal Obamacare exchanges (more formally known as the Health Insurance Marketplace) will see an average rate hike on midrange plans of 7.5%. This amount may […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 4, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Accountable Care Act centers for medicare and medicaid services clinical laboratory Daily Caller D Source Type: news

Medical Liability and the Neonatologist
Medical malpractice litigation is a fact of life. The American tort system is outcomes based, and a poor outcome often leads to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Neonatologists practice in a complex setting that deals with critically ill infants at a high risk for complications and poor outcomes. Understanding the components of medical malpractice, recognizing areas of risk, and practicing within a system of prospective risk management can go a long way to not only reduce the risk of litigation but also improve patient safety and ultimately patient outcomes. (Source: NeoReviews recent issues)
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - January 4, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Donn, S. M. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

ONC Releases Final Rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use: What Most Affects Clinical Laboratories and Anatomic Pathology Groups
Meaningful Use Stage 3 focuses on interoperability, which is good news for medical laboratories that must spend time and money to develop effective LIS-EHR interfaces On December 15, 2015, the final rule for Stage 3 meaningful use (MU) went into effect. By now, pathologists and clinical laboratory managers and personnel are well-acquainted with the MU […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 23, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations allscripts API application programmin Source Type: news

Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Being Squeezed by ‘Balanced Billing’ Dispute That Puts Providers, Hospitals, and Insurers at Odds
Health plans increasingly refuse to pay out-of-network providers who they claim often inflate their charges, leaving patients with unexpected medical bills  As health insurers narrow their provider networks in an effort to lower costs and hold down premiums, clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups may increasingly be designated as out-of-network providers and find themselves struggling […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 21, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology aetna America’s Health Insurance Plans Center for Patient Partnerships Source Type: news

Even as Medicare ACOs Delivered Mixed Results in 2014, Primary Care Physicians Were Awarded Biggest Share of Bonus Payments
AJMC study shows ACOs that allocate majority of shared savings to primary care providers are more likely to generate savings When it came time to pay bonuses to Medicare’s Pioneer ACOs and Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs based on 2014 results, a substantial proportion of the payments went to primary care physicians compared to hospitals […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 18, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Accountable Care Organization ACO AJMC American Journal of Managed Care Source Type: news

Physicians Favor Malpractice Screening Panels to Deter SuitsPhysicians Favor Malpractice Screening Panels to Deter Suits
Eight in 10 physicians cited pretrial screening panels as the best way to discourage malpractice suits in a new Medscape survey. This tort reform has a disappointing track record, experts say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Medical Professional Liability in Psychiatry - Martin-Fumadó C, Gómez-Durán EL, Rodríguez-Pazos M, Arimany-Manso J.
INTRODUCTION: The safety of patients and the risk of malpractice claims are overriding concerns in medicine and psychiatry. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Claims for alleged malpractice in psychiatry managed by the Council of Colleges of Physicians of Catalonia bet... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - December 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Dermatologists Wary Despite Low Malpractice Risks; MoreDermatologists Wary Despite Low Malpractice Risks; More
Liability concerns affect even the least likely to be sued; these doctors want to see the public vote on caps; hospital's failure to diagnose leads to a fat award. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - December 10, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Malpractice and Medicine: Who Gets Sued and Why?Malpractice and Medicine: Who Gets Sued and Why?
The Medscape 2015 Survey on Malpractice reveals the ongoing unhappiness that physicians experience with this dysfunctional system. Is there hope? Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - December 8, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Holiday-Based Personal and Financial Security Issues
This time of year allows for people to fall victim to scams, both online and in person. Here are ways to avoid them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 8, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Law & Malpractice Training Work/Life Balance Operations Source Type: news

New Institute of Medicine Report Finds Diagnostic Errors Continue to Put Americans at Risk
Pathologists and clinical laboratories could help reduce error rate through greater collaboration with providers Expect the topic of diagnostic mistakes to get more media attention in coming years. That is consistent with the efforts of healthcare policymakers to improve patient safety while making it easier for consumers to access information about the quality and cost […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 7, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation american society for cli Source Type: news

Walmart Health Plan Praised as Affordable, Superior Option to Obamacare Exchange Coverage While Offering Expanded Provider Networks
Yet financial pressures on insurers continue to increase premiums and potentially squeeze reimbursement rates for clinical laboratories and pathology groups Walmart shoppers expect to find low prices on the retailer’s shelves, but the discounter’s full-time employees may be surprised to learn their company healthcare plan is also a low-cost leader. This is a significant finding […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 4, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: chris garcia 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

Good and Bad Medicare Reimbursement Changes in 2016
A recently released final rule from CMS on reimbursements changes in 2016 includes good and bad news for physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Physician Compensation Source Type: news

When to Permit Voice Recordings in Your Practice
Patients have many legitimate reasons for recording their doctor's visit. But before you say "yes" make sure to understand state and federal statutes. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sue Jacques Tags: Pearl Law & Malpractice Technology Patient Relations Patient Confidentiality Mobile Pearls Source Type: news

How to Avoid Filing a Report to the NPBD
There are ways for physicians to avoid filing a report to the National Practitioner Databank (NPDB) when they are being sued for malpractice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Operations Source Type: news

How to Avoid Filing a Report to the NPDB
There are ways for physicians to avoid filing a report to the National Practitioner Databank (NPDB) when they are being sued for malpractice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Operations Source Type: news

Letter: Don't Be Quick to Scrap Malpractice Reform
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - December 1, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter Source Type: news

JACR: Nonradiologists Shape Debate on Appropriateness, Reimbursement for Medical Imaging
Reston, VA — Health services and policy researchers are shaping today’s debate over appropriateness of imaging care and reimbursement models for imaging services. The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), in collaboration with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, explores their impact on radiology in a December special issue, offering original articles from nonradiologists and nonphysicians. “Data generators are mostly health economists and health services researchers. Visionary physicians understand the need to familiarize themselves with this literature,” note guest editor...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 30, 2015 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Rice University Researchers Publish Study about Variation in Drop-to-Drop Samples of Capillary Blood Collected by Fingerprick and Used for Clinical Laboratory Testing
Researchers determined that as many as nine successive capillary blood drops must be collected and tested to achieve results that would be comparable to testing with venous blood A new study is raising questions about the implications of using fingerprick blood samples for point-of-care tests. Done by researchers at Rice University’s Department of Bioengineering, the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 30, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology American Journal of Clinical Pathology Source Type: news

A Stroke of Luck for Overregulated Healthcare Industry
On Friday the 13th, a ruling against the FTC was a stroke of good luck for the rest of the healthcare industry, which is already overregulated. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Compliance Source Type: news

In India, Professionally-trained Pathologists Intensify Calls for the Government to Crackdown on Unregulated Medical Laboratories
Newspapers in this populous nation regularly publish stories about clinical laboratories that produce inaccurate lab test results that cause patient harm In the healthcare systems of many countries across the globe, one common issue involves the accuracy and reliability of medical laboratory test results produced by clinical pathology laboratories. In most of these countries, a […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 27, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations clinical laboratory clinical pathology Commonwealth of Nations pathology D.Y. Pati Source Type: news

Experts Say Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Produced Mixed Results in 2014 Even as Enrollment Continues to Grow Significantly
Clinical laboratories and pathology groups can expect to see more growth in the number of patients served by ACOs and that will require labs to have a new pricing strategy Will ACOs be the next big thing in American healthcare? Many people are betting that will be true as the number of ACOs continues to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 25, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations Accountable Care Organization Andy Slav Source Type: news

Stopping Holiday Fraud at Your Medical Practice
Your holiday can turn south if you allow employees within your practice to defraud your business. Watch out for these schemes. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Operations Source Type: news

Clinical Laboratories Considering Total Laboratory Automation Are Increasingly Using Lean Methods to Develop Proposals, Select a Vendor, and Implement the Solution
Top-performing medical laboratories are using Lean to help craft RFPs, evaluate TLA options, then implement the automated systems to achieve optimal quality and productivity In recent years, there’s been a big change in how clinical laboratories purchase total laboratory automation (TLA) solutions, and then integrate this automation into their lab operations. Using a strategy that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 23, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Beckman Coulter B Source Type: news

From Vaccines to Creationism, Ben Carson’s Views Perplex Some
Ben Carson answered questions on a variety of topics, including vaccines, creationism and his decision to run for president. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: STEVE EDER and PAM BELLUCK Tags: Presidential Election of 2016 Malpractice Football Creationism and Intelligent Design Carson, Benjamin S Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Musical Medical Malpractice
A cartoon about a doctor that is getting sued for a real strange reason. Medical malpractice can come in all different forms. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 19, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jon Carter Tags: Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

State Claims Commission Awards Metheny Family $2M
The Arkansas Claims Commission has ordered the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to pay $2 million to the family of a man whose surgeon operated on the wrong side of his brain. The claims commission on Tuesday released its order in the case of Cody Metheny, who was 15 years old in 2004 when he had surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital to correct a seizure disorder. Doctors operated on the wrong side of Metheny's brain, causing what Metheny's parents called "extensive and permanent, irreparable harm," including deteriorating intelligence, "psychotic delusions" and "continuing seizures.&q...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - November 18, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Advice for Volunteering in a Medical Disaster Response
Volunteering to help in an international crisis is laudable. But make sure to conduct your due diligence first. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 17, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Don Pedersen, PhD, PA-C Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Mentoring Work/Life Balance Practice Models Source Type: news

Cleaning the House of Medicine
A recent report in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights prevailing medical practices that should be "reconsidered" in 2015 based on the weight of evidence. The paper, appropriately, is written in the matter-of-fact style customary for the peer-reviewed literature. To some extent, that semblance of analytical calm belies the storm swirling between the lines of the report, and the mess it has long been making in the House of Medicine. The authors, for instance, note that excessive zeal for cancer screening results in "unnecessary surgery and complications." As a statement, that is rather bland, and even when...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How the False Claims Act Can Hurt Physicians
A recent ruling against a pharmaceutical company shows physicians how the False Claims Act can hurt them legally and financially. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 12, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Source Type: news

New Holding Company Prepares Arkansas Mutual for Expansion
A.M. Best Co.’s succinct announcement that Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co. had achieved an A rating was the culmination of two years of work by the Arkansas-only medical malpractice carrier to get ahead of a changing market. “This now solidifies Arkansas Mutual for decades to come,” President Corey Little said last week. “It’s not pride: It’s what happens in every state with a home-state mutual.” Arkansas Mutual was formed eight years ago to create in-state competition for the out-of-state carriers that swept in when St. Paul Cos. abandoned the med-mal market completely in 2001. Afte...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - November 9, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include safety of kidney donation, off-label use of prescription drugs, death in middle age, and spending and malpractice (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - November 7, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Clinical Pathology Laboratory Managers Use Lessons in the Best of Medical Laboratory Quality to Improve Lab Operations and Patient Safety
Nation’s largest gathering of clinical laboratory Lean, Six Sigma, and process improvement practitioners took place in New Orleans this week DATELINE: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—More than 300 of the nation’s leading quality improvement practitioners in clinical laboratory operations came together this week to share, learn, and master the best approaches to improving the quality of medical […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 6, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Pathology ACP american college of ph Source Type: news

High-Spending Doctors Less Likely to Be SuedHigh-Spending Doctors Less Likely to Be Sued
Providing more care than necessary may work to lower a doctor's risk of being accused of malpractice, suggests a new U.S. study. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news