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Many GPs misunderstand discharge letter shorthand
Survey reveals a more than a quarter of GPs misinterpret six common abbreviations Related items from OnMedicaMissed diagnoses and drug errors make up bulk of GP malpractice claimsGuidance to help care home patients get right medicinesA collaborative cure for NHS discharge communicationsNHS issues warning on poor discharge communicationHospitals discharge processes putting patients at risk, Healthwatch England finds (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 4, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

User Errors Are Top Reason for EHR-Related Malpractice Claims
User error, such as incorrect data input, contributes to the majority of medical malpractice claims that involve electronic health records. (Source: Caring for the Ages)
Source: Caring for the Ages - August 1, 2015 Category: Health Management Authors: Alicia Gallegos Source Type: news

New York Sen. Dean Skelos, son plead not guilty to bribery, extortion
New York state Sen. Dean Skelos and his son, Adam, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of bribery and extortion, The Wall Street Journal reported. Dean and Adam Skelos are accused of pressuring a medical malpractice insurance company into giving Adam Skelos a job. The men were indicted in Manhattan in May. They pleaded not guilty to that indictment. Two additional charges of bribery and extortion were added last week. Dean Skelos, a Republican, stepped down as the Senate majority leader in… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - July 30, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Is Legislation to End Malpractice Lawsuits Realistic?Is Legislation to End Malpractice Lawsuits Realistic?
Legislation in Georgia and Florida would end to malpractice lawsuits (and the need for malpractice insurance). The only problem, says the author, is that the math doesn't add up. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - July 30, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Asset Protection: How Many LLCs Do You Need?
A common and recurring question I get from doctors is, "How many LLCs do I need?" The best answer requires a fact specific look at your assets. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 28, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Revenue Cycle Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Using an EHR Can Be Ethically Challenging
The inherent flaws in this doctor’s EHR system has created an ethical dilemma, which he says cannot be solved. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 27, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Daniel Essin, MA, MD Tags: Blog Health IT Law & Malpractice EHR Meaningful Use Source Type: news

Clinical Pathology Labs Take Note: Death March for Fee-For-Service Payment Model Continues as Support for Change Gathers Steam
Payment reform unlikely to require legislation or raft of new regulations, but shift to value-based payment model will cost clinical labs and pathology groups Today there is wide recognition in healthcare that the days of fee-for-service (FFS) medicine are numbered. But what is less certain is how fast government and private payers will introduce other […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 27, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jessica Dyer Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice dark daily home page Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement News From Source Type: news

Reduce Physician Liability in Patient-Addiction Cases
Here are six steps to protect yourself and your practice from malpractice suits stemming from a patient's prescription addiction. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Instituting a Successful BYOD Policy for Your Practice
Physicians want access to patient data on the go, but practices need to have a secure BYOD policy. Here are a few steps to protect data within the EHR. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 22, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aine Cryts Tags: Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform EHR Source Type: news

Obesity Now the Rule: Rheumatology Network and ConsultantLive
(MedPage Today) -- Also, huge malpractice discounts and the range of illnesses connected to shift work. (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - July 21, 2015 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Three Steps to Preventing Data Breaches in Your Practice
Practices are more at risk for breaches than ever before. Here are a few steps to protect data in the EHR and elsewhere. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 21, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aine Cryts Tags: Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice EHR Compliance Source Type: news

Two Lab Leaders Present Different Ways to Help Physicians Get Greater Value from Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing
In response to healthcare’s transformation, a pathologist and a lab CEO describe two powerful ways that medical laboratories can collaborate with physicians, patients, health systems, and health insurers to deliver more value DATELINE: Phoenix, Arizona—It may be appropriate that, with the pace of change heating up in both healthcare and the clinical laboratory industry, it […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 21, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jessica Dyer Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Uncategorized Accountable Care Organization ACO BMJ British Medical Journal clinic Source Type: news

Health Diagnostic Laboratory Puts Itself Up for Sale as Virginia Medical Lab Company Solicits Bids for Auction
HDL also got approval to question executives from UnitedHealthcare in court over unpaid claims, its third dispute with a health insurance company Following a string of major setbacks, Health Diagnostic Laboratory (HDL) of Richmond, Virginia, put itself up for sale last week. This action comes after HDL’s announcement in April that it would pay more […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 20, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jessica Dyer Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice dark daily home page Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing Ma Source Type: news

Before a Medical Data Breach, Begin Your Response Plan
Having a data breach response plan on paper isn't enough. Practice staff expected to implement it must understand and be equipped to execute their tasks. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 16, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Leonardo M. Tamburello Tags: Blog Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice Technology Patients Source Type: news

Medical malpractice case could mean more money for injured patients
The case started with a dental assistant who went into surgery for carpal-tunnel syndrome and ended up suffering a perforated esophagus. Now, nearly eight years later, the case could be another blow to a controversial 2003 law that limited the amounts of money injured patients can receive in medical-malpractice cases. A South Florida appeals court ruled last week that the law's limits on pain-and-suffering damages --- known in legal parlance as non-economic damages --- are unconstitutional in personal-injury… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 7, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jim Saunders Source Type: news

Homicide committed by psychiatric patients: psychiatrists' liability in Italian law cases - Terranova C, Rocca G.
Interest in psychiatrists' professional liability in Italy has increased in recent years because of the number of medical malpractice claims. Professional liability for failure to prevent violent behaviour by psychiatric patients is particularly debated. T... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Is This Shocking Behavior by Physicians Really Malpractice?Is This Shocking Behavior by Physicians Really Malpractice?
If no medical error or physical harm is involved but the doctor behaved really badly, should he or she be sued? See what your colleagues think. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - July 2, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Treating LGBT Patients at Your Medical Practice
Whether physicians personally agree or support LGBT rights should be a non-issue when it comes to providing the best possible care for all patients. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 1, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Operations Patient Relations Source Type: news

Six Potential HIPAA Threats for PHOs and Super Groups
For PHOs and super groups, one practice's misstep to put everyone at risk. Here are six potential threats to avoid and the best way to stay safe. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 27, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Art Gross Tags: Blog Employment HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

11 Tips for Choosing (and Keeping) a Psychotherapist
Psychotherapy isn't just for people who are anxious, depressed, or experiencing a dramatic life crisis. In fact, most people stand to benefit from talking openly about their thoughts and feelings with a neutral, nonjudgmental professional who guides them through their challenges. But how to choose one? What to look for? Finding a therapist is more of an art than a science, but there are principles and guidelines that can help. These tips will help you assess the ability of any therapist to meet your needs and provide you with effective counseling treatment. 1. Find a psychotherapist who makes you feel comfortable. Take the...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Read Cybersecurity Policies Closely
A couple of words can mean the difference between being covered for a certain event and not being covered. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 25, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Common LLC Myths Continue to Harm Doctors
LLCs can be great tools if used the right way, unfortunately many of them are being actively marketed to doctors for the wrong reasons. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 23, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Is a Certificate of Merit the Answer to Lawsuits?; MoreIs a Certificate of Merit the Answer to Lawsuits?; More
A meeting of the minds (sort of) on liability reform; one state's eye-popping drop in med-mal filings; a plaintiff claims a podiatrist committed malpractice and wasn't a qualified provider; and more. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - June 23, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Column Source Type: news

Reason for Lawsuit in Spinal Cord Injury Affects OutcomeReason for Lawsuit in Spinal Cord Injury Affects Outcome
Find out which factors may influence the final verdict in spinal cord injury malpractice cases. Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

HIPAA Could Hurt, Not Help, Data Privacy and Security
HIPAA may actually be harmful as it distracts attention and diverts resources away from those actions that might actually improve privacy and security. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 22, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Daniel Essin, MA, MD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Four Ways Medical Practices Create Employee Disputes
Avoid employee disputes against your practice before they start by steering clear of these four common bad habits by physicians and owners. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 18, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Paul Edwards Tags: Blog Hiring Firing Law & Malpractice Staff Operations Source Type: news

Fraud Risk Connected with Medical Directorships
The OIG fraud alert warns physicians to be wary of compensation arrangements that could violate the Anti-Kickback Statute. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 17, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

A Physician's Role in Dismissing Staff
While dismissing a staff member from your practice can be unpleasant, it is vital that you, as the physician leader, be involved. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 11, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rebecca Fox, MD Tags: Managers Administrators Hiring Firing Law & Malpractice Staff Source Type: news

OCR HIPAA Audits, Phase II Reminders
Physicians should be aware that Phase II of OCR's HIPAA Audits have commenced. Here is a short check-list to prepare your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 11, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Audits Risk Management Source Type: news

CMS Issues New Telemedicine Guidelines and Approves Seven New Procedures in Move to Further Encourage Telehealth Initiatives
As the Medicare program expands telemedicine services, the opportunity may arise for sub-specialist pathologists to offer consultation services across state lines More use of telemedicine across state borders has long been predicted as a way to improve access to care—particularly for patients in rural areas—as well as to give physicians and patients access to talented […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 10, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management Source Type: news

LLC Asset Protection Basics for Doctors
One common tool that attorneys and non-attorney promoters alike often use to protect physician assets is the limited liability company or LLC. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 9, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Hard Cases: When the Influence of a Patient’s Former Doctor Lingers
In a field with no one right answer, a doctor must deal with patients’ wanting a course of action that the doctor finds perplexing, if not wrong. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 8, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D. Tags: Ethics (Personal) Doctors Malpractice Hard Cases medicine and health Featured Source Type: news

Hard Cases: When the Influence of a Patient’s Former Doctor Lingers
In a field with no one right answer, a doctor must deal with patients’ wanting a course of action that the doctor finds perplexing, if not wrong. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D. Tags: Ethics (Personal) Doctors Malpractice Hard Cases medicine and health Featured Source Type: news

Complying with the HIPAA Nondisclosure Rule
Under the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, patients can request a restriction on disclosure of PHI to a payer if they pay out of pocket, in full for a service. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 8, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: HIPAA Law & Malpractice Patients Payers Source Type: news

User errors are top reason for EHR-related malpractice claims
User error, such as incorrect data input, contributes to the majority of medical malpractice claims that involve electronic health records. Of 97 EHR-related malpractice claims that closed from January 2007 to June 2014, 64% involved user errors, while 42% related to system factors, according to... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - June 5, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: CARD Practice Economics CHEST Practice Economics CEN Practice Economics CNN Practice Economics CPN Practice Economics EM Practice Economics FPN Practice Economics HOSP Practice Economics IMN Practice Economics OBGYN Practice Economics Source Type: news

Some Accountable Care Organizations Are Showing Improved Patient Outcomes and Lower Costs: Still Unclear How Payment Will Be Made for Clinical Laboratory Tests
Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups should develop business strategies designed to support better patient outcomes and reduced costs for ACO patients Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are not only growing in number but some ACOs are also reporting outcomes that indicate their value-based reimbursement model may produce better results for patients than traditional fee-for-service (FFS) […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 5, 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 Organizations clinical Source Type: news

Four Medical Practice Embezzlement Red Flags
Keep an eye out for these four scenarios at your practice to avoid being the victim of embezzlement. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Janet Kidd Stewart Tags: Law & Malpractice Embezzlement Staff Risk Management Source Type: news

Avoid Embezzlement at Your Medical Practice
Learn from victimized practices and protect your own office from theft with these simple strategies. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Janet Kidd Stewart Tags: Law & Malpractice Embezzlement Staff Risk Management Source Type: news

How I Got Embezzled
One physician describes how her former practice closed its doors after its chief financial officer led it to financial ruin. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Asela C. Russell, MD Tags: Law & Malpractice Embezzlement Revenue Cycle Management Risk Management Source Type: news

Facing Personal and Professional Threats as a Physician
Not everything becomes a viable threat, but you can never be too cautious in protecting yourself, your family, your practice, and your reputation. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Who Should Fire Medical Practice Staff?
Firing a medical practice staff member is never easy. Here's how to determine who should do it, and how. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 1, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Shelly K. Schwartz Tags: Managers Administrators Hiring Firing Law & Malpractice Staff Source Type: news

Your Guide to Firing Medical Practice Staff
Firing a medical practice staff member is never easy, but there are some ways to minimize the potential aftershocks. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 1, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Shelly K. Schwartz Tags: Hiring Firing Law & Malpractice Staff Source Type: news

The New Health Care: To Be Sued Less, Doctors Should Consider Talking to Patients More
Studies say that good communication matters more than anything else in preventing malpractice suits. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 1, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Doctors Malpractice Suits and Litigation (Civil) Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

The New Health Care: To Be Sued Less, Doctors Should Consider Talking to Patients More
Studies say that good communication matters more than anything else in preventing malpractice suits. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Doctors Malpractice Suits and Litigation (Civil) Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

Jury in the Bronx Awards $45 Million for a Death After Surgery
Edward Beloyianis was paralyzed at 14 as a result of a spinal operation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. He died eight years later of complications of the paralysis. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS Tags: Edward Beloyianis Malpractice Paralysis Spine (Body Part) Surgery and Surgeons New York-Presbyterian Hospital Source Type: news

Medicare Fraud: One Item Every Physician Should Avoid
Recent court rulings underscore the importance of maintaining compliance with Medicare billing. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 28, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Personal Liability Issues for Doctors in the Summer
Summer is officially upon us and with it comes increased personal liability and safety issues doctors and their families need to consider carefully. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Physicians: Safeguard Your Online Reputation in 5 Steps
You cannot stop a patient from defaming you online, but taking these steps can help lessen the reputational damage of a single negative review. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 22, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Marketing Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Source Type: news

South Africa: Free State Hospitals Swamped By Malpractice Cases
[News24Wire] The Free State Department of Health is facing 184 malpractice cases to the value of R700m against it - and not a single employee has been dismissed for malpractice in the last 11 years, according to the local DA. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 21, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news