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How the Greeks Explained the World
Looking at civilizations of Greek and Roman antiquity, we feel confident we can judge them. Were the people of antiquity better or worse off than us? Did they live under authoritarian or democratic governments? Did they cultivate the sciences? Did they live in harmony with the natural world? And what was their legacy? Depending on our education, each one of us living in the twenty-first century may have something to say or can probably answer these questions. In my case, I am slightly biased in favor of Greek antiquity because I lived that antiquity, though more than two thousand years later in modern Greece. My addition...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Lawsuits Related to Point-of-Care Emergency UltrasoundLawsuits Related to Point-of-Care Emergency Ultrasound
Are you aware of the legal risk associated with emergency POC ultrasound? Read about these malpractice cases and learn how they turned out. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Suing the Government Over Bad Healthcare; Finding Fault; MoreSuing the Government Over Bad Healthcare; Finding Fault; More
Suing the government over bad care just got easier; finding fault with emergency medicine; when a cow in the road qualifies as medical malpractice. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - May 19, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Column Source Type: news

Avoiding Legal Troubles Stemming from EHR Liabilities
EHRs can pose a liability for providers: If used incorrectly or not double checked for accuracy, providers can be at risk for a malpractice lawsuit. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 15, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C Tags: Blog Health IT Law & Malpractice EHR Technology Source Type: news

In Malpractice Settlements, Injured Parties Often Agree to Keep MumIn Malpractice Settlements, Injured Parties Often Agree to Keep Mum
Most medical malpractice settlements include some type of nondisclosure clause, but the restrictions may go beyond what's necessary to improve patient care, a study at one Texas health system suggests. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Asset Protection Issues for Doctors Facing Divorce
Many doctors transfer assets to a spouse as part of an asset-protection plan. But, this strategy does not consider what might happen in a divorce. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 12, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

In malpractice settlements, injured parties often agree to keep mum
(Reuters Health) - Most medical malpractice settlements include some type of nondisclosure clause, but the restrictions may go beyond what's necessary to improve patient care, a study at one Texas health system suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Malpractice settlement details often hidden, safety effects unsure
The majority of malpractice settlement agreements made by a Texas health system included clauses that prevented details about the case from being released, but there was little standardization or consistency in such provisions, according to a study published online May 11 in JAMA Internal... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - May 11, 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

Malpractice nondisclosure terms can vary
There is little standardization or consistency in nondisclosure clauses in (more) (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 11, 2015 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Waiving Patient Payments a Kind, but Problematic, Gesture
You may want to help patients experiencing financial difficulties and you can, but be sure to do it the right way to avoid a payer audit and penalty. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 10, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Medical Billing Collections Patient Relations Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Responding to Negative Online Patient Reviews: 7 Tips
Before you fire off a response to a negative patient review, here are seven things to consider. You don’t want to post something potentially worse online. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 8, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Marketing HIPAA Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Patient Relations Source Type: news

Speakers from UCLA, Alverno Clinical Laboratories, and TriCore Reference Labs Discuss the Creation of Value-Added Lab Services at 20th Annual Executive War College
Primary themes were healthcare’s transition away from fee-for-service and how innovative medical laboratories are delivering more value with lab testing services NEW ORLEANS, LA.—Two clear themes for clinical labs and pathology groups emerged from yesterday’s opening presentations at the 20th annual gathering of the Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management. Transitioning from Fee-For-Service […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 6, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Source Type: news

Physicians Must Be Wary of Conflict of Interest
Promoting commercial products, like television's Dr. Oz, can present a conflict of interest for physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 6, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Scope of Practice Varies by State
Advanced practitioners have various qualifications, but be sure you understand your state's scope of practice laws. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 5, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Shelly K. Schwartz Tags: Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Staff Physician Productivity Source Type: news

Liberia: GAC Implicates Two Superintendents
[NEWS] The General Auditing Commission (GAC) has indicted in its audit report, two superintendents for various financial malpractices in the amount of L$323,900.00 intended to fight the Ebola virus. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 5, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Theranos Selects Phoenix Metro to Plant Its Flag and Enter the Competitive Market for Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing
As predicted by Fortune Magazine in its coverage of Theranos, with its expansion into Phoenix, the lab company is getting its closest scrutiny from pathologists and medical technologists Recent developments in Phoenix, Arizona, make it clear that Theranos has chosen this desert metropolis to be the launching pad for its much-publicized proprietary clinical laboratory testing […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 4, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing clinical laboratory Dark Daily Elizab Source Type: news

Tax Court Rules on Physician-Hospital Employment Bonuses
A recent U.S. Tax Court ruling should provide food for thought for physicians accepting guaranteed bonus payments from their hospital employer. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Employment Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Direct Primary Care: What Physicians Need to Know
With the increased buzz around the direct primary care model, here's what you need to know about the private healthcare transition. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 30, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: James J. Eischen, Jr.Michael Campbell Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Medical Billing Collections Operations Practice Models Source Type: news

Is Legislation to End Malpractice Litigation Realistic?Is Legislation to End Malpractice Litigation Realistic?
Legislation to replace malpractice litigation with a no-fault, lawyerless system of redress has been proposed in Georgia and Florida. Does it have a chance of passing? See what your colleagues think. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Four Ways to Handle Cyber Conflict and Negative Reviews
Anonymous, electronic remarks can be hurtful to your pride and medical practice. Here are four ways to handle potentially detrimental online reviews. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sue Jacques Tags: Pearl Marketing Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Mobile Pearls Source Type: news

Medical Directorship Responsibilities and Precautions
Many physicians enter into medical directorship arrangements hoping to "get rich quick" while unsuspectingly jeopardizing their medical license. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Nick Hernandez Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Operations Source Type: news

IRAs Present Asset-Protection Issues for Doctors
While creditor protection for IRAs is provided by law, there are several other important asset-protection issues doctors need to consider. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 28, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

OIG Offers Overbilling, Kickback Guidance to Hospitals
The OIG may very well be signaling its intention to hold boards, or even individual board members, responsible for oversight responsibility for their organizations. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Three Risk Management Strategies for Physicians
Tailored risk management can reduce healthcare costs. While your insurer does its best to reduce your risk, here are three ways physicians can do the same. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Defamation Suits Against Patients: Three Big Risks
If you can't ignore a bad online patient review and are considering a defamation suit vs. a patient, here are three things to consider first. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Marketing Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Source Type: news

Medical malpractice cap passes Missouri Legislature
A bill that would return caps to medical malpractice suits has been passed by the Missouri Legislature and is now awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision on whether to sign it. The legislation passed the Senate 28-2 and the House 125-27. Missouri law currently allows for no caps on such lawsuits, leaving physicians vulnerable to limitless judgments. That’s been the case since 2012, when the Missouri Supreme Court eliminated caps. The bill, if signed into law, would place a $400,000 cap on noneconomic… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 22, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Corey Noles Source Type: news

Are CLIA Inspections of Clinical Pathology Laboratories Getting Tougher? Why It Pays to Achieve “Inspection Readiness”
Experts say that CLIA inspections are becoming more rigorous, with inspectors taking more interest in how medical labs comply in the areas of personnel, PT, and quality control Recent reports indicate that regulatory inspections of clinical laboratories are getting tougher. Some pathologists and medical lab managers acknowledge that they’ve had to scramble in response to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 20, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Anne Daley Chi Solutions CLIA CLIA deficiencies CLIA inspec Source Type: news

Military Medicine: Service Members Are Left in Dark on Health Errors
The nation’s 1.3 million active-duty service members are in a special bind, virtually powerless to hold accountable the health care system that treats them. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 20, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: SHARON LaFRANIERE Tags: Defense Department United States Defense and Military Forces Ethics and Official Misconduct Malpractice Deaths (Fatalities) Robinson, Ronald Source Type: news

Military Medicine: Service Members Are Left in Dark on Health Errors
The nation’s 1.3 million active-duty service members are in a special bind, virtually powerless to hold accountable the health care system that treats them. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHARON LaFRANIERE Tags: Defense Department United States Defense and Military Forces Ethics and Official Misconduct Malpractice Deaths (Fatalities) Robinson, Ronald Source Type: news

Changing Attitudes Spark Movement Against Intersex Surgeries For Infants & Children
CHICAGO (AP) — She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other girls. Only she wasn't. Doctors first noticed her slightly enlarged genitals, and then discovered she had testes inside her abdomen and male chromosomes. And so began a series of surgeries to make things "right." Jennifer Pagonis was born intersex, an umbrella term for several conditions in which an infant's reproductive anatomy doesn't conform to standard definitions of male or female. The physic...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

PAs at Alabama's Table to Fix Broken Healthcare System
PAs have always taken a team approach to medicine. That focus is applicable to policy issues as well as clinical ones. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 17, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Patients Physician Productivity Source Type: news

Doctors Applaud SGR Bill's Malpractice Protection Doctors Applaud SGR Bill's Malpractice Protection
The recent SGR bill passed by Congress contains a provision that protects physicians from lawsuits based solely on a certain type of data. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - April 16, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

OIG Settlements Prove Physician Fraud Continues
The activities of a few bad physicians in the healthcare industry will continue to make the business of healthcare an overly regulated one. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 15, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Stark Source Type: news

Don't Make the Same HIPAA Mistakes as Other Practices
Step up HIPAA compliance by identifying what's getting other practices into trouble, and taking steps to avoid making the same mistakes. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 15, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: HIMSS15 Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Physician Bonuses Can Create Tax Liability Issues
Done incorrectly, big year-end bonuses can result in big trouble, as seen in the case of one Illinois physician. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 14, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Legal Pitfalls to Avoid When Using Your EHR
More malpractice cases relating to physicians' EHR use are occurring. Here's what to do to ensure such a problem does not happen to you. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 13, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: HIMSS15 Law & Malpractice EHR Risk Management Technology Source Type: news

EMRs can be costly in malpractice suits
The numbers drew audible gasps from the audience: $1.7 million here, $7.5 million there. These were damages hospitals had to pay plaintiffs as a result of malpractice cases whose verdicts hinged directly on the documentation – or lack thereof – in electronic medical records. At HIMSS15 on Monday, Keith Klein, MD, clinical professor of medicine at UCLA, presented four real-world cases where providers were penalized big bucks thanks to deficient use of their EMRs. Electronic Health Records read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - April 13, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Mike Miliard Tags: Online Only Clinical Electronic Health Records Health Information Exchange (HIE) Source Type: news

Health Diagnostic Laboratory and Singulex to Pay $48.5M to Settle Fraud Charges Involving Kickbacks and Unnecessary Testing as Feds Sue Two More Medical Labs and Three Executives on Similar Charges
Under the DOJ’s settlement agreement, HDL may need to pay as much as $100 million, according to a published report Health Diagnostics Laboratory Inc. (HDL), of Richmond, Virginia, and Singulex Inc., of Alameda, California, agreed to pay $48.5 million to settle charges that they violated the False Claims Act, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 13, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations $1.5 million $100 million $47 millio Source Type: news

Stark Law and Anti-Kickback: What Physicians Should Know
If you have federal health plan patient, you need to pay careful attention to the rules of the Stark Law and the federal Anti-Kickback Statute. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 12, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Stark Referrals Source Type: news

Three Steps to Remove a Negative Online Patient Review
If you can't ignore an online review and it is extremely damaging to your reputation as a physician, there are steps you can take to try to remove it. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 10, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Marketing Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Source Type: news

Doctors support malpractice provision in SGR bill
A little-noticed provision in legislation to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula would protect doctors from lawsuits based on their performance on federal quality measures. Language contained in H.R. 2, the
Source: Skin and Allergy News - April 8, 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

$17.8 million malpractice verdict against Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado has been hit with a $17.8 million verdict following a civil malpractice lawsuit in Arapahoe County District Court, according to an order filed March 31. The suit was filed by Jennifer Pressey, who brought the case on behalf of her 7-year-old daughter, Naomi Pressey. According to the suit, the child as an infant suffered complications during surgery at Children's and now suffers from intellectual disability and cognitive and motor skill impairment. A statement from… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Hospitals headlines - April 3, 2015 Category: Hospital Management Authors: Molly Armbrister Source Type: news

Physician Impairment — Consequences and Duties
Preparing for the worst possible scenarios by maintaining legal documentation is the only way a medical group can be prepared to protect itself. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 1, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Hiring Firing Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Mount Sinai boosts revenue in 2014, prepares expansion
Mount Sinai Medical Center reported greater revenue in the fourth quarter and throughout 2014, although profits took a dip. The non-profit hospital earned $6.7 million on revenue of $135.6 million in the fourth quarter. That’s compared to earnings of $13.4 million on revenue of $129.4 million in the same period a year ago. Its expenses for salaries increased as some employees earned merit awards, in addition to higher expenses for malpractice coverage and insurance, and greater costs for supplies. For… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 1, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Brian Bandell Source Type: news

Pathologists and Clinical Lab Executives Take Note: Medicare Has New Goals and Deadlines for Transitioning from Fee-For-Service Healthcare Models to Value-Based Reimbursement
Alternative payment models and value-based payment schemes create financial unknowns for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups What happens to pathologists and clinical laboratories when fee-for-service reimbursement ceases to be the primary payment method for anatomic pathology services and medical laboratory tests? After all, fee-for-service reimbursement for lab tests is what underpins today’s financial model […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 1, 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 ACA Accountable Care Organization ACO anatomic pathology Atlas Medical Source Type: news

House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits
The bill stipulates that quality standards used by Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act should not be used to show negligence by a doctor or a hospital. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - March 31, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: Medicare House of Representatives Doctors Malpractice Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Health Insurance and Managed Care Source Type: news

House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits
The bill stipulates that quality standards used by Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act should not be used to show negligence by a doctor or a hospital. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ROBERT PEAR Tags: Medicare House of Representatives Doctors Malpractice Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) Health Insurance and Managed Care Source Type: news

Childbirth malpractice cost HSE €67m over five years
Vast majority of payments a result of negligent clinical practice in hospitals (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - March 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CMS' Self-Disclosure Protocol: Good Intent, Bad Process
While the concept of physicians disclosing potential wrongdoing might appear valid on paper, it is actually more trouble that it is worth. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Stark Source Type: news