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Medicare Price Cuts May Slow Total Overall Hospital Spending Growth
Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will want to stay abreast of what emerging data is revealing about the broader impact of slowed growth in Medicare spending Contrary to the predictions of some analysts, a recent study suggests that slowing Medicare price growth by lowering hospital reimbursements will slow hospital utilization and spending for all age […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 19, 2014 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 Affordable Care Act of 2010 Centers for Studying Health System Change Source Type: news

NFL DEA Raid Targets Doctors, Prescription Risk
Opiate prescribing can be a high risk activity for doctors if compliance measures aren't implemented. This risk is magnified when dealing with celebrities. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 18, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog News Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: Gas Gangrene Image, Malpractice Reform & ED Use, Boston Internist Opportunity (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 17, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

How Healthcare Reform Handcuffs Doctors, Creates IssuesHow Healthcare Reform Handcuffs Doctors, Creates Issues
Too much data entry; continuing worries about malpractice, and the push to squeeze costs are among the challenges that physicians continue to wrestle with. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

EHR Malpractice Risks; Hospital Liability Claims Rise; MoreEHR Malpractice Risks; Hospital Liability Claims Rise; More
The latest malpractice news developments, covering EHRs, hospitals, and political developments. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Column Source Type: news

Medical Malpractice Reform (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Alternative approaches to medical malpractice suits. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - November 12, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Holiday Season Liability Issues for Medical Practices
The holiday season presents recurring non-malpractice risks for doctors and their practices that can have serious legal consequences. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 11, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Four Major Health Laws Affecting Doctors
Although healthcare is riddled with potential legal issues, there are several key laws that every physician should understand. Here are four of them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 11, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Melesa Freerks Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

California Clinical Laboratory Association’s Annual Conference Showcases How Medical Labs Are Using EMPIs and Similar Technologies to Deliver More Value
Progressive pathologists and lab leaders are looking ahead to the day when fee-service reimbursement is replaced by budgeted payment and similar arrangements SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—More than 100 clinical laboratory owners and lab executives gathered here this week for the annual meeting of the California Clinical Laboratory Association (CCLA). Because the medical laboratory testing marketplace in […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 10, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology & Bookman Annual Conference Atlas Medical California Clinical Labor Source Type: news

State Law HIPAA Claims Not Preempted by Federal HIPAA
State HIPAA laws typically work in tandem with federal rulings. And, in the case of legal action, related state statutes are found to apply. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 6, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

California Nixes Random Drug Testing for Docs
(MedPage Today) -- Voters also said "no" to higher caps on malpractice awards. (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - November 6, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Avoid Staff Benefit Issues at Your Medical Practice
Five recommendations to help ensure your medical practice has clear, consistent staff benefit and compensation policies that comply with state law. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 5, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Staff Salary Survey Operations Source Type: news

HealthLoop teases payer pilot, HealthKit integration
HealthLoop, the Mountain View, California-based doctor-patient communication startup, is looking for ways to make patient engagement pay. In addition to its recent team-up with a California malpractice insurer, the company has launched at least one payer pilot to try to demonstrate an ROI, founder Dr. Jordan Shlain reported at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston. […] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 4, 2014 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jonah Comstock Tags: Uncategorized Apple HealthKit Epic HealthLoop patient engagement payer reimbursement Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Malpractice Reform Won’t Do Much to Reduce Health Spending
Evidence shows that “defensive medicine” practiced by doctors fearing lawsuits is only a tiny bit of overall care. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 3, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Malpractice Suits and Litigation (Civil) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

The New Health Care: Malpractice Reform Won’t Do Much to Reduce Health Spending
Evidence shows that “defensive medicine” practiced by doctors fearing lawsuits is only a tiny bit of overall care. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By AARON E. CARROLL Tags: Malpractice Suits and Litigation (Civil) Health Insurance and Managed Care Prices (Fares, Fees and Rates) Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

Laws that protect physicians from malpractice lawsuits may not change the way they practice
This study suggests that even when the risk of being sued for malpractice decreases, the path of least resistance still may favor resource-intensive care, at least in hospital emergency departments,” Waxman said. Support for the study was provided by the Veterans Affairs Office of Academic Affiliations through the VA Health Services Research and Development Advanced Fellowship Program, and the core funding programs of the RAND Health and the RAND Institute for Civil Justice. Other authors of the study are Michael Greenberg, Susan Ridgely and Paul Heaton of RAND, and Dr. Arthur Kellermann of the Uniformed Services Uni...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - November 1, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Malpractice Dangers of New Medical DevicesMalpractice Dangers of New Medical Devices
Medical devices carry their own malpractice risks -- whether the device is faulty, or the physician has misused it. Here's why you need to watch out. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - October 31, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Fewer Malpractice Claims Paid in U.S.
Award amounts also declining, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Occupations, Health Statistics (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Well: Living With Cancer: Not Talking About Medical Mistakes
Doctors make mistakes, but they don’t like to talk about them, writes Susan Gubar, who suffered from medical mistakes made during surgery to remove ovarian cancer. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 30, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By SUSAN GUBAR Tags: Malpractice Surgery and Surgeons Cancer Living With Cancer Featured Ovarian Cancer Source Type: news

Well: Living With Cancer: Not Talking About Medical Mistakes
Doctors make mistakes, but they don’t like to talk about them, writes Susan Gubar, who suffered from medical mistakes made during surgery to remove ovarian cancer. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By SUSAN GUBAR Tags: Malpractice Surgery and Surgeons Cancer Living With Cancer Featured Ovarian Cancer Source Type: news

Well: Living With Cancer: Not Talking About Medical Mistakes
Doctors make mistakes, but they don’t like to talk about them, writes Susan Gubar, who suffered from medical mistakes made during surgery to remove ovarian cancer. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 30, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: By SUSAN GUBAR Tags: Malpractice Surgery and Surgeons Cancer Living With Cancer Featured Ovarian Cancer Source Type: news

Living With Cancer: Not Talking About Medical Mistakes
Doctors make mistakes, but they don’t like to talk about them, writes Susan Gubar, who suffered from medical mistakes made during surgery to remove ovarian cancer. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By SUSAN GUBAR Tags: Malpractice Surgery and Surgeons Cancer Living With Cancer Featured Ovarian Cancer Source Type: news

Living With Cancer: Not Talking About Medical Mistakes
Doctors make mistakes, but they don’t like to talk about them, writes Susan Gubar, who suffered from medical mistakes made during surgery to remove ovarian cancer. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 30, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: By SUSAN GUBAR Tags: Malpractice Surgery and Surgeons Cancer Living With Cancer Featured Ovarian Cancer Source Type: news

HIPAA Breaches Affect All Involved Parties
The confidentiality and integrity of protected health information should be a primary goal for all who handle it. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 30, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Managers Administrators HIPAA Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Participation in EHR Donation Program Requires Due Diligence
EHRs can be expensive for small practices. But a stipulation of the Stark Law allows a hospital to donate funds and partner with you for meaningful use. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 29, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: JoAnna Haugen Tags: MGMA 2014 Law & Malpractice EHR Meaningful Use Stark Partnerships Source Type: news

Malpractice insurer turns to digital health to reduce claims
MIEC, an Oakland, California-based medical malpractice insurer, has teamed up with HealthLoop to turn the startup’s mobile and web-based communication platform toward a new use-case: decreasing the number of malpractice claims brought against a doctor or hospital. “It is well known that most litigation cases are not due to actual malpractice or ‘bad surgeons,’ but […] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 29, 2014 Category: Information Technology Authors: Jonah Comstock Tags: Uncategorized HealthLoop malpractice malpractice insurance MIEC orthopedic surgery patient engagement patient-doctor communication Source Type: news

ACEP: Avoid but Don't Blame the Tort (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Malpractice lawsuits are avoidable, but tort reform hasn't delivered on its promises. (Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine)
Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine - October 29, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: news

Narrow Networks Mean Shrinking Opportunity for Pathology and Clinical Medical Laboratories
Pathology groups and medical laboratories may benefit if federal and state legislators legislate broadening of provider networks Insurers are increasingly using narrow networks as a business strategy to control costs. As a consequence, more consumers are complaining even as some excluded providers are suing health insurers. For pathologists and clinical laboratory managers, this accelerating trend […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 29, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News ACA aetna Anthem Blue Cross California centers for medicare and medicaid services clinical laboratory C Source Type: news

Year-end Tax Issues, a Field Guide for Doctors
The last 60 days of the year are a key selling window for both good and bad tax reduction schemes. Make sure you cover all your bases. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

HIPAA Compliance: 3 Changes to Patient Rights
At the MGMA 2014 conference, attendees learned about key elements of HIPAA compliance they may be overlooking. Many have to do with changes to patient rights. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: MGMA 2014 Health IT Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Patients Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

Preparing for a HIPAA Audit: Tips and Resources
The HIPAA audit program under the Office for Civil Rights is expanding and changing. Is your practice prepared? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: MGMA 2014 HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

How Tort 'Reform' Ruins Health Care for Everyone
Ebola-infected Thomas Eric Duncan was misdiagnosed in an emergency room and sent home in Texas, a state where patient safety deteriorated significantly when hospital emergency rooms were immunized for negligence. Beloved comedian Joan Rivers died during an office-based procedure in New York, where an extraordinary 12 percent of adverse events during such procedures result in death. Medical negligence is suddenly on our national radar as we wonder, "How could these things happen?" Perhaps that question is something positive to come from these tragedies. It makes for perfect timing to talk about alarming new rese...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stark In-office Ancillary Exception Is Worth Preserving
Despite a recent expose by The Wall Street Journal, the in-office ancillary exception to the Stark Law will remain the most commonly used tool by practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 26, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Physician Productivity Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Smart Ways to 'Bargain Shop' for MedMal Insurance
Physicians have a great opportunity to bargain shop for high quality malpractice insurance. But they must remember their priorities, and above all, buy quality. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 26, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Public Citizen Decries Fall in Malpractice Payments
(MedPage Today) -- Payments drop but errors don't, group says. (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - October 25, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Public Citizen Decries Fall in Malpractice Awards
(MedPage Today) -- Payments drop but errors don't, group says. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 25, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

HIPAA and Patient Interactions
Robert M. Tennant of the MGMA explores how to keep patient interactions at your medical practice HIPAA compliant. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Keith L. Martin Tags: MGMA 2014 HIPAA Law & Malpractice Staff Operations Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

HIPAA's Effect on Medical Practice Work Flow
Robert M. Tennant of the MGMA looks at the effect HIPAA is playing on the daily work flow at medical practices nationwide. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Keith L. Martin Tags: MGMA 2014 Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice Operations Source Type: news

How HIPAA Is Affecting Medical Practice Health IT
Robert M. Tennant of the MGMA looks at the effect HIPAA is playing on the use of health IT at medical practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Keith L. Martin Tags: MGMA 2014 Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

No Drop in Malpractice Payments When Caps Rise to $500KNo Drop in Malpractice Payments When Caps Rise to $500K
A study has found that payments are reduced up to 20% with $250,000 caps; effects varied by specialty. California will vote soon on Proposition 46, which would raise the cap to $1.1 million. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Five Common Sources of HIPAA Breaches
While new technology brings great opportunities to medical practices, it also raises new challenges when attempting to keep protected health information secure. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 24, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: MGMA 2014 HIPAA Law & Malpractice Technology Source Type: news

Three Recent Legal Developments That Affect Physicians
Make sure you are aware of these legal changes: medical malpractice cap limits; third-party billing practices; and enforcement of Notice of Privacy Practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 23, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Do Virtual Patient Visits Increase Your Risk of Being Sued?Do Virtual Patient Visits Increase Your Risk of Being Sued?
If you offer video consultations to patients online, are you exposing yourself to a whole new type of liability suit? Experts at major malpractice insurers and virtual physician networks weigh in. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - October 22, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Tax Scams Targeting Doctors: Frivolous Arguments
The end of the year is a time when doctors begin thinking of ways to reduce their income tax exposure. Be wary: it is also a time rife with abusive tax plans. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 21, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Kentucky Medical Malpractice Attorney Rob Shelton Comments on Report...
Louisville KY medical malpractice lawyer Rob Shelton discusses concerns about $3.5 billion in payments from medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies to doctors, hospitals.(PRWeb October 18, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/medical-malpractice/lawyer-ky/prweb12252475.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - October 18, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Well: When Doctors and Nurses Work Together
A group of doctors and nurses at Yale-New Haven Hospital has been quietly working to change the culture of “defensive medicine” that so many have come to accept as inevitable. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 16, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D. Tags: Doctors Malpractice Suits and Litigation (Civil) Pauline Chen Featured Nursing and Nurses Doctor and Patient Source Type: news

Well: When Doctors and Nurses Work Together
A group of doctors and nurses at Yale-New Haven Hospital has been quietly working to change the culture of “defensive medicine” that so many have come to accept as inevitable. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D. Tags: Doctors Malpractice Suits and Litigation (Civil) Pauline Chen Featured Nursing and Nurses Doctor and Patient Source Type: news

Well: When Doctors and Nurses Work Together
A group of doctors and nurses at Yale-New Haven Hospital has been quietly working to change the culture of “defensive medicine” that so many have come to accept as inevitable. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 16, 2014 Category: Nutrition Authors: By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D. Tags: Doctors Malpractice Suits and Litigation (Civil) Pauline Chen Featured Nursing and Nurses Doctor and Patient Source Type: news

Cybersecurity Guidance Applies to BA Data Breaches
Confidentiality, integrity, and encryption are all items that need to be addressed within a medical practice's data security policy for business associates. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 16, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Managers Administrators HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news