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When Can Medical Documents be Disclosed in Court?
A recent ruling in Texas is important for physicians to know, because it shows that laws regarding disclosure can have exemptions. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 27, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Staff Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

Medical Laboratories in Canada Face Squeeze from a Retiring Labor Force, the Need to Acquire New Diagnostic Technologies, and Increased Demand for Lab Tests
In provinces across Canada, health systems are dealing with limited budgets, growing populations, and the need to transition to personalized medicine Medical laboratories in Canada have something in common with medical laboratories in most other developed nations. Demand for healthcare services exceeds capacity, even as the healthcare system struggles to find adequate funding. This puts […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 26, 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

How One State Tamed the Med-Mal Crisis; MoreHow One State Tamed the Med-Mal Crisis; More
National trend reflected in state's claims experience; challenge to state law rejected; family of seizure patient sues hospital; broadcaster's bum right foot -- malpractice or self-inflicted? Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - August 20, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Column Source Type: news

Milestone Scientific claims CompuFlo meets interim goals in IDE trial
Milestone Scientific‘s (OTC:MLSS) epidural & intra-articular subsidiary said today that the investigative device exemption trial of its CompuFlo epidural computer controlled system has returned successful interim results. The Compass trial is designed to asses the safety and effectiveness of the epidural space verification of CompuFlow, which identifies and confirms epidural space locations, Livingston, N.J.-based Milestone Scientific said. The company said the pivotal IDE study has enrolled 200 patients to date. “The interim analysis of the Compass study clearly achieved the goal set by the FDA IDE investi...
Source: Mass Device - August 19, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Pain Management Software / IT Milestone Scientific Inc. Source Type: news

Is Your Lab Paying Your Practice an Illegal Kickback?
A recent case alleges one lab paid physicians improper fees to use their services. Make sure the same isn't happening at your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 16, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Operations Referrals Source Type: news

Failure to Heed Patients’ Privacy Requests Raises ‘Big Data’ Concerns in England: Offers Lessons for How Clinical Pathology Lab Test Data Should Be Protected in U.S.
National Health Service agency admits to releasing information on 700,000 patients who opted out of nation’s new centralized medical-information database In the United States, the debate is ongoing about how healthcare data is used while at the same time protecting patient privacy. The outcome of this debate will be increasingly important for medical laboratories because—in […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 14, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice dark daily home page Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Management & Operations Ars Technica UK Beth McCarron-Nash big data Care.data clinical laboratory Glyn Source Type: news

50 Shades of Malpractice50 Shades of Malpractice
Malpractice cases range from crazy to shocking to sad to frustrating. Here are some of the most notorious cases from each of our 50 states. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - August 13, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Male doctors more likely to face legal action than female colleagues
Male doctors are almost 2.5 times more likely to have medico-legal action taken against them than female doctors, according to the findings of a new study. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Litigation / Medical Malpractice Source Type: news

Female doctors are less likely to face being struck off or sued for negligence 
Regulator the General Medical Council has seen a 64 per cent increase in complaints between 2010 and 2013. Medico-legal action includes doctors facing disciplinary action and malpractice claims. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Pathologists Participate in Medicare’s Quality Reporting and e-Prescribing Programs, but 40% of Providers Opt for Penalties over Compliance
Among all medical specialties, pathologists have a high rate of participation in both Medicare reporting programs Many pathologists are aware of Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic-Prescribing Incentive (e-prescribing) Program. But what is less known is that up to 40% of eligible doctors nationwide are opting to not participate and thus get paid […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 12, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Anders Gilberg Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clinical laboratory College of Source Type: news

Congress Takes Aim at Healthcare Technology Data Blocking in a Move That Might Benefit Many Clinical Pathology Laboratories
CMS wants pathologists and other healthcare providers to report “every issue—small, medium and large,” when someone gets in the way of information sharing Federal health officials are taking steps to end technology vendors’ “data blocking” practices that inhibit the electronic transfer of patient information. This is a tactic that has proven costly for pathology groups […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 10, 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 Andy Slavitt athenahealth Source Type: news

Reliable, High-Quality Clinical Laboratories Continue to Be in Short Supply in Nigeria Despite Efforts to Upgrade Accreditation and Professionalism
Government officials and laboratory scientists urge citizens to ‘patronize only approved medical laboratory facilities and demand quality services’ In Nigeria, government officials and medical laboratory scientists are speaking out about the poor state of medical diagnoses across the country despite their efforts to upgrade accreditation and professionalism of the clinical laboratories that operate in Nigeria. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 7, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Afriglobal Medicare Limited Anthony Emeribe Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists Source Type: news

Alert! ICD-10 Conversion Is Now 56 Days Away and Could Put Financial Squeeze on Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups
Big question for medical laboratory managers is whether Medicare, private health insurers, and medical claims clearinghouses can make a smooth changeover when processing lab test claims using ICD-10 codes Conversion to ICD-10 is now only 56 days away! Physicians are not the only ones with a large stake in the conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 5, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing American Health Information Management Association american medical association Billing clinical laboratory Coding Collect Source Type: news

National Practitioner Data Bank
The NPDB is a federal information repository dedicated to improving health care quality, promoting patient safety, and preventing fraud and abuse. It contains information on medical malpractice payments and certain adverse actions related to health care practitioners, entities, providers, and suppliers. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - August 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Malawi: Health Workers in Trouble
[Malawi24] Practicing health workers in Malawi must brace for tough punishments over involvement in incessant drugs and equipment theft, in the wake of revelations that most of them are behind the malpractice. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 4, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

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