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PAs and Malpractice Risks: A PA's Perspective
I have heard some physicians use malpractice risks as a reason to not work with PAs. Here's how I respond. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 20, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Staff Source Type: news

Reduce Malpractice Risks When Treating Cardiac Patients
Internists, family physicians, and other physicians are often named in cardiology-related malpractice claims. Here are some ways to lessen your risks. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 20, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: David B. Troxel, MD Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

California Regulators Find Many Problems with the Provider Directories That Health Insurers Make Available to Consumers
In California, a survey found significant inaccuracies in provider directories posted online—may trigger action by regulators to have insurers address this problem Transparency in healthcare is an important trend. In recent years, much attention has been given to increasing the transparency of the prices charged to patients by hospitals, physicians, and medical laboratories. But now […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 20, 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 Management & Operations AHIP America’s Health Insurance Plans Anthem Bl Source Type: news

Incomplete Informed Consent as Good as None at All
Informed consent traditionally attempts to indemnify liability. Without disclosing risk and cost, it creates it. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 19, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: James Doulgeris Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

New Testosterone Lawsuit Names Physicians as Defendants
Testosterone attorneys for the Onder Law Firm report that a new lawsuit accusing prescribing physicians of medical malpractice has been added to the testosterone lawsuit multidistrict litigation.(PRWeb March 18, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/testosterone-lawsuit/heart-attack/prweb12589861.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - March 19, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

NCoBC: 3 ways nurse navigators can reduce your malpractice risk
More money is paid out for breast cancer claims than for any other form of (more) (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 18, 2015 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Physician Beware: Ruling Expands Reach of Anti-Kickback
Court determines that an illegal referral can exist even if a physician plays no role in determining what provider a patient obtains services from. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 18, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Malpractice Risks When Diagnosing Patients; MoreMalpractice Risks When Diagnosing Patients; More
New report highlights the source of diagnostic errors; Will nursing homes enjoy this wider protection?; Celebrity med-mal suit withdrawn, at least for now Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - March 17, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Does Your Clinical Laboratory or Pathology Group Have the Effective Leaders It Needs During These Challenging Times?
On May 5-6 in New Orleans, leadership will be a major theme when “the U.S. Army War College meets the Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management” in a special workshop for executive leaders of labs and pathology groups Some would argue that leadership in medical laboratories today has something in common with the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 16, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketi Source Type: news

Regional Pressures May Drive Wasteful Ca Screening (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Screening likely prompted by fear of malpractice, physician preference, poor record-keeping. (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - March 14, 2015 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

Six Things to Know About the Next Generation ACO Model
CMS' newest shared-savings payment and delivery care model features higher risks and higher rewards. Here's how it differs from current ACO models. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 13, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Blog Fee Schedule Survey Law & Malpractice Payers Practice Models Source Type: news

Advocacy for Physicians is a Catch-22
Many physicians compare efforts to initiate policy changes to trying to move a mountain with a shovel, and indeed it sometimes takes just as long. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 13, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Kyle Bradford Jones, MD Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Practice Models Source Type: news

The games we play: A troubling dark side in academic publishing
An autism researcher and an Oxford professor have exposed what appears to be a substantial case of academic malpractice, highlighting the vital role of peer review and the dangers faced by whistle-blowers Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 12, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Pete Etchells and Chris Chambers Tags: Science Psychology Autism Controversies Peer review and scientific publishing Source Type: news

Lawsuit Highlights Dangers of Physician Self-Referral
If you as a physician have ownership interests in any facility that you refer patients to, be sure you are in compliance with federal and state statutes. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 12, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Stark Partnerships Source Type: news

Simple Ways to Ward Off a Lawsuit
Healthcare is two parts: the process and the outcome. The latter can get you sued, but how you handle and behave during the process can protect you. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 11, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: David J. Norris, MD Tags: Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Private Planes Pose a Significant Risk for Doctors
Harrison Ford's airplane crash is another unfortunate event that can be used as a teachable moment for physicians and their financial future. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 10, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

There is No Perfect State for Physicians to Practice
A new ranking of best states for physicians to practice by the AAPS has its limits, but provides interesting food for thought. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 8, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog News Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Best States to Practice Healthcare Reform Source Type: news

Finally: An End to Malpractice Litigation?Finally: An End to Malpractice Litigation?
A proposal before the Georgia and Florida legislatures to stop suing doctors, offering instead a compensation system that benefits doctors and patients alike, could become a template for the nation. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Column Source Type: news

New Legislation Helps Remove Telemedicine Barriers
The Interstate Medical Licensure Compact could make it easier for physicians to engage in medicine freely across state borders. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 4, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Technology Technology Survey Source Type: news

ACOs Are Learning to Use Big Data
Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers could find opportunity to add value as providers learn to use big data to improve patient outcomes and lower costs Early adopter accountable care organizations (ACOs) are establishing data warehouses. This is a first step in collecting and analyzing healthcare big data. The move toward integrated care makes big data […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 4, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Accountable Care Organization ACO Aledade Allina Health big Source Type: news

Florida Rheumatologist Says UnitedHealthcare’s Management Program for Clinical Laboratory Tests Could Jeopardize Patient Care
Miami physician asks why UnitedHealthcare requires use of the BeaconLBS system for authorization for recommended medical laboratory tests that may help identify lymphoma early In Florida, the confrontation between one of the nation’s largest health insurance corporations and physicians, clinical laboratory managers, and pathologists continues. The source of this confrontation are the restrictive and burdensome […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 2, 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 American College of Rheumatology and t Source Type: news

Data Breach Reporting Requirements for Medical Practices
The Anthem data breach illustrates the need for physicians to outline protocols in their practice to comply with new HIPAA reporting requirements. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Source Type: news

How to Apologize for a Medical Error
Apologizing to a patient when an error occurs is critical to reducing malpractice risks, but it's very difficult to do the right way. Here are some tips. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Four Interactions that Lead to Malpractice Lawsuits
Four key physician-patient communication problems increase the likelihood of a lawsuit. Here's what they are, and how to avoid them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Four Ways to Reduce Your Malpractice Risks
Providing excellent clinical care can reduce the likelihood of a lawsuit, but the clinical side is not the only area to focus on. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Law & Malpractice Staff Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Navigating a HIPAA Breach at Your Medical Practice
Understand the ins and outs of a HIPAA breach and, more importantly, avoid them with 12 strategies to enact at your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Douglas M. Nadjari Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Risk Management Patients Source Type: news

Asset Protection Lessons from Bruce Jenner's Accident
A real-life example shows us that personal liability insurance and large umbrella policy are vital parts of a strong asset protection plan for physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Cyber Risk Q&A: Is Your Medical Practice Protected?
The recent Anthem record breach underscores a growing threat to all of us in the healthcare industry. But proper risk management can help you fight back. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 22, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Technology Source Type: news

Texas AG Probes Physician Investment in Pharmacies
A Texas case investigating physician investment in compounding pharmacies could have nationwide implications for any form of ancillary service. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 22, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Physician Compensation Referrals Source Type: news

How to React to Angry Patients
Handling a confrontation with an angry patient is critical to malpractice risk management. Here are five tips handle difficult encounters appropriately. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 18, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Training Patient Relations Source Type: news

Complying with the 60-Day Rule: Tips for Medical Practices
CMS guidance on the 60-day rule can be confusing. Here are some answers to common questions physicians and managers have regarding compliance. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 18, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Compliance Medical Billing Collections Source Type: news

Tort Reform Won't Help Anything; MoreTort Reform Won't Help Anything; More
Damage caps and tort reforms aren't helpful; lawmakers seek to reinstate damage caps; will popular malpractice website disappear?; law would restrict med-mal claimants to patients. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - February 18, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Should Patients Be Permitted to Record Doctor Visits?Should Patients Be Permitted to Record Doctor Visits?
If patients used their smartphones to record doctor visits, it might help with compliance. Or it might become evidence in a malpractice case. Is recording kosher? See what your colleagues think. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

ABCs of Healthcare Corporate Compliance Programs
Outside of an Obamacare repeal, it is nearly certain that mandatory requirements of compliance programs are here to stay. Here's how to prepare. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 15, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Compliance Operations Source Type: news

Most GPs fear rising threat of legal action
88% of GPs say likelihood off being sued is growingRelated items from OnMedicaApologise early to resolve complaintsMissed diagnoses and drug errors make up bulk of GP malpractice claimsRecord number of medical negligence claims predicted for JanuaryLitigation reform could save NHS billions, argues medical defence bodySharp rise in patient claims against GPs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Rep. Gary Palmer Tries To Stir Up Climate Change Controversy That Just Doesn't Exist
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Rep. Gary Palmer falsely claimed on a radio show that temperature data used to measure global climate change have been “falsified” and manipulated. Palmer, a Republican from Alabama, cited the so-called Climategate episode of five years ago, in which emails written by climate scientists purportedly showed evidence of data manipulation, and a more recent accusation of climate scientists tampering with data from temperature monitoring stations. The Climategate scandal has been subject to several separate investigations, all of which exonerated all scientists in...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 12, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Partnership of Illumina and bioMérieux Proposes an Epidemiology Service to Provide Hospitals and Public Health Officials ‘Out-of-the-Box’ Genomic Pathogen Solutions
This collaborative effort with microbiology labs will keep microbiologists at the forefront of infectious disease diagnostics A partnership of San Diego-based genome sequencing company Illumina, and the French multinational, in vitro diagnostics company bioMérieux, plans to launch a next-generation sequencing (NGS) epidemiology service that will allow microbiologists to rapidly identify strains that threaten hospital inpatients […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 11, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Pathology bioMerieux clinical laboratory epidemic Epidemiology genot Source Type: news

The Anthem Healthcare Data Breach: What It Means
When it comes to asset protection many physicians mistakenly focus only on medical malpractice risk. Recent news reports illustrate other serious risks. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 10, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Technology Source Type: news

Three Ways Physicians Can Reduce Drug Misuse
New data from Quest Diagnostics suggests while the rate of misuse of prescription drugs is high, there are strategies for physicians to use with patients. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 9, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Leland McClure, PhD Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Results of Undercover Assessment Suggest Clinical Laboratory Companies Need to Raise the Bar on Quality Control of Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests
Three out of five NIPT laboratories returned normal or negative test results for samples taken from non-pregnant women in undercover test performance assessment Clinical laboratory companies that offer genetic tests may want to be on the alert. Secret shoppers are submitting specimens for the purpose of assessing the quality, the accuracy, and the clinical relevance […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 9, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology aneuploidy screening Anthony Gregg Ariosa Diagnostics Benjamin Hamar Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center BIDMC cell-free feta Source Type: news

Eleven Outrageous HIPAA Violations
They did what?! Eleven costly mistakes healthcare providers have made when dealing with confidential patient information. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 8, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Knee Replacement Device Unapproved, but Used in Surgery
The maker of the OtisKnee surgical guides started selling them before seeking clearance from the Food and Drug Administration, which later rejected the application. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By MARSHALL ALLEN and OLGA PIERCE Tags: ProPublica Malpractice Medical Devices Surgery and Surgeons Stryker Corporation SYK NYSE Knees Implants American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Source Type: news

Class Action Lawsuit Filed in California Names Quest Diagnostics Incorporated as Defendant and Alleges Violation of Antitrust Laws involving Medical Lab Testing
Quest has not yet commented on the lawsuit, which was filed by three individuals who had clinical laboratory tests performed by the nation’s largest public lab company In California last Thursday, three California residents filed a class action lawsuit charging Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX) with acquiring competitor medical labs, paying kickbacks to physicians, and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 2, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing News From Dark Daily acquiring competitor labs acquisition of competitors aetna and Colleen Duffy-Smith Blue S Source Type: news

The HIPAA Threat Tied to Online Patient Behavior
When patients "check in" via social media, it may help cyber-thieves check out their personal information, something practices should be aware of. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 1, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog News HIPAA Law & Malpractice Patients Source Type: news

Support for PAs Grows Among Patients, State Regulators
Recent research indicates that PAs can improve the healthcare system, and recent policy changes help ensure that they have the opportunity to do so. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 30, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C Tags: Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Staff Patient Relations Source Type: news

'Vast Majority' of Neurosurgeons Practice Defensive Medicine
More than three-fourths of US neurosurgeons practice some form of defensive medicine--performing additional tests and procedures out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, new research reports. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

In the United Kingdom, Medical Laboratory Professionals Gather to Explore Disruptive Diagnostic Technology, ISO 15189, and How Labs Can Add Value
Two-day conference attracted an international audience of clinical laboratory scientists and addressed major trends in healthcare and laboratory medicine DATELINE: BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—This week in the industrial heartland of the United Kingdom, pathologists and medical laboratory professionals gathered for the 13th Annual Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine (FiLM) conference. The hot topics were new quality management standards […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 30, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations News From Dark Daily ACB Association for Clinical Biochemistry clinical laboratory Source Type: news

'Vast majority' of neurosurgeons practice defensive medicine
(Wolters Kluwer Health) More than three-fourths US neurosurgeons practice some form of defensive medicine -- performing additional tests and procedures out of fear of malpractice lawsuits, reports a special article in the February issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

DOJ Fines Physicians for Fraud Schemes
The recent imposition of penalties by the DOJ in two instances should cause physicians to re-evaluate their policies and practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Partnerships Source Type: news

Defensible Medicine Slashes Malpractice Premiums
Defensive medicine makes it more likely that you will be sued. Defensible medicine? Now, that puts you on malpractice insurers’ "A" lists. Here's how. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: James Doulgeris Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Source Type: news