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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Doctors support malpractice provision in SGR bill
A little-noticed provision in legislation to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula would protect doctors from lawsuits based on their performance on federal quality measures. Language contained in H.R. 2, the
Source: Skin and Allergy News - April 8, 2015 Category: Dermatology Tags: CARD Practice Economics CHEST Practice Economics CEN Practice Economics CNN Practice Economics CPN Practice Economics EM Practice Economics FPN Practice Economics HOSP Practice Economics IMN Practice Economics OBGYN Practice Economics Source Type: news

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

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

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

Pathologists and Clinical Lab Executives Take Note: Medicare Has New Goals and Deadlines for Transitioning from Fee-For-Service Healthcare Models to Value-Based Reimbursement
Alternative payment models and value-based payment schemes create financial unknowns for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups What happens to pathologists and clinical laboratories when fee-for-service reimbursement ceases to be the primary payment method for anatomic pathology services and medical laboratory tests? After all, fee-for-service reimbursement for lab tests is what underpins today’s financial model […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 1, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology ACA Accountable Care Organization ACO anatomic pathology Atlas Medical Source Type: news

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

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

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

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

Healthcare Changes Present New Physician Liability Risks
Change can impact a physician’s two key risk exposures: professional liability and long-term disability. Here's how to reduce your risks. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Suing for Defamation Over a Negative Online Review
If a patient posts a negative review of you or your practice after a visit, there are six key elements you need to prove for it to truly be defamatory. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 27, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Marketing Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Source Type: news

How Following the Standard of Care Can Get You SuedHow Following the Standard of Care Can Get You Sued
Following clinical guidelines issued by specialty societies, insurers, and even state legislatures may not protect you in a malpractice suit. See what your colleagues have to say about that. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 27, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Several Studies Identify Problems in Reporting of Clinical Trial Data; HHS and NIH Propose Tougher Requirements for Reporting Clinical Trial Results
Even federal agencies are feeling the consequences of increased transparency as studies uncover serious problems in how data from clinical trials is made available to the public Increased transparency is coming to clinical trials because of proposed new federal rules. Although the greatest impact will be on drug trials and pharmaceutical research, experts believe that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 27, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jessica Dyer Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations News From Dark Daily Source Type: news

Physician Owned Distributorships, What You Should Know
A False Claims Act case brought by the Department of Justice highlights the importance of these arrangements. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Partnerships Physician Compensation Source Type: news

JAMA Report Highlights Inaccuracies in Pathologists’ Breast Cancer Diagnoses
Study done by researchers at the University of Washington determined that diagnostic concordance with consensus expert panel missing in nearly 25% of breast cancer cases studied Standards of quality in clinical care are increasing at a steady pace and anatomic pathology is no exception. The most recent example is the publication of a study in […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 25, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jessica Dyer Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Source Type: news

Uncertainty and Litigation Fears Drive ED Docs to Overimage (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- But more than malpractice reform is needed, says study author. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - March 24, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests
Study found 97 percent said they had patients undergo procedures that weren't medically needed Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Medical Services (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Household Employees Create Legal Issues for Doctors
Few domestic employers realize they are responsible for the same wide range of legal and tax issues at home that they are in their medical practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

Obama’s $215 Million Precision Medicine Initiative: Will Congress Fund It and Can It Advance Genetic Testing and the Value of Clinical Laboratory Services?
As proposed, the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative would incorporate a large, volunteer study cohort in innovative ways Even as a new presidential initiative to boost precision medicine makes headlines, there is uncertainty as to how the program can be funded. The Precision Medicine Initiative was announced by President Obama on January 30, 2015. Many pathologists, […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 23, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology cancer Clinical Chemist clinical laboratory dna sequencing electroni Source Type: news

High Court Gives Teeth to Physician Exclusion Cases
Can a Supreme Court ruling on teeth whitening make the case against physician exclusion in narrow networks, exchange plans, etc.? Perhaps. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 22, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog News Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

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