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

Tax Court Rules on Physician-Hospital Employment Bonuses
A recent U.S. Tax Court ruling should provide food for thought for physicians accepting guaranteed bonus payments from their hospital employer. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Employment Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Direct Primary Care: What Physicians Need to Know
With the increased buzz around the direct primary care model, here's what you need to know about the private healthcare transition. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 30, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: James J. Eischen, Jr.Michael Campbell Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Medical Billing Collections Operations Practice Models Source Type: news

Is Legislation to End Malpractice Litigation Realistic?Is Legislation to End Malpractice Litigation Realistic?
Legislation to replace malpractice litigation with a no-fault, lawyerless system of redress has been proposed in Georgia and Florida. Does it have a chance of passing? See what your colleagues think. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Four Ways to Handle Cyber Conflict and Negative Reviews
Anonymous, electronic remarks can be hurtful to your pride and medical practice. Here are four ways to handle potentially detrimental online reviews. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sue Jacques Tags: Pearl Marketing Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Mobile Pearls Source Type: news

Medical Directorship Responsibilities and Precautions
Many physicians enter into medical directorship arrangements hoping to "get rich quick" while unsuspectingly jeopardizing their medical license. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Nick Hernandez Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Operations Source Type: news

IRAs Present Asset-Protection Issues for Doctors
While creditor protection for IRAs is provided by law, there are several other important asset-protection issues doctors need to consider. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 28, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

OIG Offers Overbilling, Kickback Guidance to Hospitals
The OIG may very well be signaling its intention to hold boards, or even individual board members, responsible for oversight responsibility for their organizations. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Three Risk Management Strategies for Physicians
Tailored risk management can reduce healthcare costs. While your insurer does its best to reduce your risk, here are three ways physicians can do the same. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Defamation Suits Against Patients: Three Big Risks
If you can't ignore a bad online patient review and are considering a defamation suit vs. a patient, here are three things to consider first. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Marketing Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Source Type: news

Medical malpractice cap passes Missouri Legislature
A bill that would return caps to medical malpractice suits has been passed by the Missouri Legislature and is now awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision on whether to sign it. The legislation passed the Senate 28-2 and the House 125-27. Missouri law currently allows for no caps on such lawsuits, leaving physicians vulnerable to limitless judgments. That’s been the case since 2012, when the Missouri Supreme Court eliminated caps. The bill, if signed into law, would place a $400,000 cap on noneconomic… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 22, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Corey Noles Source Type: news

Are CLIA Inspections of Clinical Pathology Laboratories Getting Tougher? Why It Pays to Achieve “Inspection Readiness”
Experts say that CLIA inspections are becoming more rigorous, with inspectors taking more interest in how medical labs comply in the areas of personnel, PT, and quality control Recent reports indicate that regulatory inspections of clinical laboratories are getting tougher. Some pathologists and medical lab managers acknowledge that they’ve had to scramble in response to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 20, 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 Anne Daley Chi Solutions CLIA CLIA deficiencies CLIA inspec Source Type: news

Military Medicine: Service Members Are Left in Dark on Health Errors
The nation’s 1.3 million active-duty service members are in a special bind, virtually powerless to hold accountable the health care system that treats them. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 20, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: SHARON LaFRANIERE Tags: Defense Department United States Defense and Military Forces Ethics and Official Misconduct Malpractice Deaths (Fatalities) Robinson, Ronald Source Type: news

Military Medicine: Service Members Are Left in Dark on Health Errors
The nation’s 1.3 million active-duty service members are in a special bind, virtually powerless to hold accountable the health care system that treats them. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SHARON LaFRANIERE Tags: Defense Department United States Defense and Military Forces Ethics and Official Misconduct Malpractice Deaths (Fatalities) Robinson, Ronald Source Type: news

Changing Attitudes Spark Movement Against Intersex Surgeries For Infants & Children
CHICAGO (AP) — She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and a yearning, youthful desire to be just like all the other girls. Only she wasn't. Doctors first noticed her slightly enlarged genitals, and then discovered she had testes inside her abdomen and male chromosomes. And so began a series of surgeries to make things "right." Jennifer Pagonis was born intersex, an umbrella term for several conditions in which an infant's reproductive anatomy doesn't conform to standard definitions of male or female. The physic...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

PAs at Alabama's Table to Fix Broken Healthcare System
PAs have always taken a team approach to medicine. That focus is applicable to policy issues as well as clinical ones. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 17, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Patients Physician Productivity Source Type: news

Doctors Applaud SGR Bill's Malpractice Protection Doctors Applaud SGR Bill's Malpractice Protection
The recent SGR bill passed by Congress contains a provision that protects physicians from lawsuits based solely on a certain type of data. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - April 16, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

OIG Settlements Prove Physician Fraud Continues
The activities of a few bad physicians in the healthcare industry will continue to make the business of healthcare an overly regulated one. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 15, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Stark Source Type: news

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