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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

Malpractice Reform Won't Save Money
Two problems loom large over the American medical care system. First, we spend outrageous amounts of money on healthcare, with too many patients receiving too many services at too high a price. Second, our malpractice system is an international embarrassment, with too many healthcare providers sued by too many patients for too little reason. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 28, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel Source Type: news

Fraud and ID Theft Targeting Physicians
As tax season approaches, tax scams targeting doctors once again spike. Here are some basic tips for protecting yourself from criminals and the IRS. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 27, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joan Rivers' daughter filed a malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York medical clinic that treated her mother days before her death, saying doctors there posed for selfies with their sedated celebrity patient even as her vital signs were plunging. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New York clinic that treated comic Joan Rivers sued over her death
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The daughter of late comedienne Joan Rivers filed a medical malpractice lawsuit on Monday against the New York outpatient clinic that treated the entertainer a week before her death last year. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Seven Tips for Avoiding HIPAA Penalties in 2015
HIPAA "willful neglect" violations can cost medical practices hundreds of thousands of dollars. Here's how to prevent them from occurring at your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 25, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Kim C. Stanger Tags: Blog Managers Administrators HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Only 2% Of My Cancer Patients Have Had This Checked
I saw a patient recently who has stage four breast cancer. She’d been to some of the best hospitals and specialists for care. Before she came to me she’d had a mastectomy and chemotherapy. Then the cancer spread to her backbone and she had radiation treatment. Yet still, after all that time and until she came to my clinic, no one had mentioned a possible estrogen problem. No one ever bothered to measure her estrogen. They never looked at whether her breast cancer was estrogen positive or progesterone positive. The rates of most cancers have stabilized. Most cancers aren’t a death sentence the way they use...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 23, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Jeff Brodsky Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Records Requests: Is Your Practice HIPAA Compliant?
What is a provider supposed to do to ensure HIPAA compliance with copying charges when a request for medical records is made? It’s not always easy. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 21, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators HIPAA Law & Malpractice EHR Compliance Technology Patient Relations Source Type: news

Managing Medical Lawsuit Risk with EPLI Insurance
Medical practice risk extends beyond patient care into liabilities such as employee lawsuits. Managing this risk requires a multidisciplinary approach. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 20, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Staff Source Type: news

Employment Manuals as Asset Protection for Doctors
Medical professionals and their practices face many types of risk outside the strict scope of medical malpractice liability. One major recurring risk to doctors is employment-related lawsuits that can be mitigated by following some simple steps. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 13, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Staff Risk Management Source Type: news

Do Some Clinical Laboratory Companies Oversell Prenatal Genetic Screening Tests?
A growing number of media stories claim medical lab companies that develop genetic screening assays oversell the accuracy of such tests and fail to educate parents and doctors about the risks of false positives and false negatives In response to growing concerns by consumers about the accuracy of some proprietary genetic screening assays, several media […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 12, 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 abortion amniocentisis Benjamin Hamar Beth Daley Boston Glo Source Type: news

How Payments Work in Co-Management Arrangements
Here's a primer on how co-management agreements work in healthcare, a pay-for-performance tool picking up steam among physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 11, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Partnerships Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Risk and suicide in open door institutions. Liability and phorensic issues - Toro-Martínez E.
Suicide is a complex issue and a source of discussion between different disciplines. Suicide assessment and management research had received a huge attention in the field. Argentina has a legal framework focused on protecting human rights. Malpractice and ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

A To-Do List for Medical Practice Compliance Officers
Every medical practice should have a compliance officer. Here are 15 tasks to assign this important individual. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 7, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Alicia Shickle, CHC, CPC, CPCO, CPPM Tags: Blog Managers Administrators HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Risk Management Operations Source Type: news

Five Common HIPAA Compliance Issues to Avoid
As we head into 2015, among the many items to consider is whether your medical practice’s operations are compliant with HIPAA. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 7, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators HIPAA Law & Malpractice Patients Source Type: news

Physician Asset-Protection Basics to Understand in 2015
Doctors must understand the basics of asset protection as a key part of their personal and professional success. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 6, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Malpractice Insurance: What’s on the Horizon for 2015?
Malpractice insurance pricing has been stable and even declining for the past several years, but will the trend continue? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 4, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Records Requests: 5 Best Practices for Practices
Information requests consume significant resources and represent a real area of risk for medical practices. Here are the top five actions you should take. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 27, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Carly Stockdale Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice EHR Compliance Training Operations Patient Relations Source Type: news

Enforcement of FDA’s Unique Device Identification Law Begins as Hospitals, ASCs, and Nursing Homes Must Now Report Adverse Patient Events from High-Risk Medical Devices
Some clinical laboratory and pathology equipment are Class III (high-risk) medical devices and may be eventually subject to FDA adverse patient event reporting rules Effective on September 1, 2014, providers using Class III (high-risk) medical devices are required to report adverse patient events involving such devices. That reporting is to include the unique device identification […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 26, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology anatomic pathology Center for Medicare and Medicaid Source Type: news

The Inadequacy of HIPAA Policies and Procedures
The importance of HIPAA policies and procedures should not be overlooked. Doing so can be costly. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 18, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Staff Risk Management Source Type: news

Physicians and Gifts: A Legal Primer
Before you give — or receive — a gift this year, understand the federal and state laws that govern gifts to physicians and medical practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 17, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Stark Referrals Source Type: news

The Important Insurance Policy Many Physicians Overlook
Umbrella coverage is one of my first and strongest recommendations to physician clients. Here's why. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 15, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steven Podnos, MD, CFP Tags: Blog Finance Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

California Supreme Court to Review Malpractice Cap Law AgainCalifornia Supreme Court to Review Malpractice Cap Law Again
Voters there just rejected a ballot proposition that would have raised the limit on noneconomic damages from $250,000 to $1.1 million. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

DIY Concierge Medicine Programs
If you're considering concierge medicine, do you become a DIY-er, or do you look to experts? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 11, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Wayne Lipton Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Medical Billing Collections Practice Models Physician Compensation Source Type: news

In Florida, UnitedHealthcare’s New Clinical Laboratory Benefit Management Program Triggers Objections from Physicians and Excludes Most Medical Laboratories
College of American Pathologists and associations for family physicians and ob-gyns in Florida have asked UnitedHealthcare to discontinue implementation of BeaconLBS system Medical laboratory testing is at the center of a contest of wills in Florida. On one side is a health insurer that wants to require physicians to obtain pre-notification or preauthorization for a […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 8, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology 80 laboratory tests ACOG advance notification American Congress of Obs Source Type: news

New CMS Rule Cracks Down on Past Medicare Offenders
A new rule by CMS to punish "bad actors" and new concern with the Independent Payment Advisory Board highlight the problem with Medicare and Medicaid. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 7, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

HIPAA-Related Fines Climb to $6.8 and $32.5 Million
Federal HIPAA violations and state law causes of action are nothing to ignore. The penalties are substantial. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 4, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Medical Practice Clinical Labs: Top Pitfalls to Avoid
For medical practices with clinical laboratories, compliance with formal proficiency testing must be a priority. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 3, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Finance Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Operations Source Type: news

Four Ways to Reduce Diabetes Care Malpractice Risks
Diabetes care can raise some unique malpractice risks. Watch this 60-second video to learn what steps your practice should be taking to reduce the risks. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Training Source Type: news

Holiday Scam Warnings for Physicians
Good asset protection goes far beyond mitigating malpractice risks. Some exposures, like financial fraud and identity theft, peak during the holidays. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Technology Personal Finance Source Type: news

Letter: Let Experts, Not Juries, Handle Malpractice Cases
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - December 1, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter Source Type: news

Free Drug Samples to Patients Come with Restrictions
At present, the question of providing free, or reduced costs drugs to patients, is a multifaceted problem which defies easy solutions. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 1, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patients Source Type: news

Life After a Malpractice Lawsuit
After a malpractice lawsuit, it’s tough to get back in the game. But physicians who take the right approach find that a fulfilling career still awaits them (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 30, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sue Larsen Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Using Doctors With Troubled Pasts to Market a Painkiller
Five of the 20 physicians who received the most money from Insys, maker of Subsys, a powerful painkiller, recently faced legal or disciplinary action. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By KATIE THOMAS Tags: United States Pain-Relieving Drugs Doctors Malpractice Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Texas Insys Therapeutics Inc. Source Type: news

Drug Maker Gave Large Payments to Doctors With Troubled Track Records
Five of the 20 physicians who received the most money from Insys, maker of Subsys, a powerful painkiller, recently faced legal or disciplinary action. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By KATIE THOMAS Tags: United States Pain-Relieving Drugs Doctors Malpractice Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Texas Insys Therapeutics Inc. Source Type: news

Suicide medical malpractice: an educational overview - Sher L.
A malpractice lawsuit is in the legal category of an action in tort, which is a demand for compensation for the damages that have occurred. For a physician to be found liable to a patient for malpractice, four essential elements must be proved to sustain a... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 22, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Whistleblower Lawsuits at U.S. Clinical Pathology Laboratories Are Rising
When a clinical laboratory or pathology company uses sales schemes or business practices that violate federal law, employees unhappy about this situation often file whistleblower lawsuits Whistleblower activity across the medical laboratory industry seems to be increasing. This can be both a positive and a negative trend for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers. On the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 21, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology bostick laboratories clinical laboratory medical laboratory stark laws whistleblower Source Type: news

MediLeaks.in: A site for whistleblowers against medical malpractices
“We are especially targeting industry insiders who can expose systematic delinquencies, possibly with evidence,” says Alam Singh. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - November 21, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

MediLeaks.in: A site for whistleblowers against medical malpractices
“We are especially targeting industry insiders who can expose systematic delinquencies, possibly with evidence,” says Alam Singh. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Your Medical Practice's Social Media Policy Adequate?
A social media policy is critical for all medical practices. Here are three key items that every policy should include. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 19, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Nick Hernandez Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Training Operations Patient Relations Source Type: news