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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

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