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Chronic Pain Malpractice Claims on the RiseChronic Pain Malpractice Claims on the Rise
More claims are now associated with chronic pain management, especially for certain procedures, such as cervical neuraxial injections, device implantations, and opioid prescriptions. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Anesthesiology News Source Type: news

Raising Malpractice Bar Does Not Change Care IntensityRaising Malpractice Bar Does Not Change Care Intensity
Researchers have found that resource-intensive practice did not diminish in three states that changed their laws. The data suggest malpractice reform may not reduce costs as much as projected. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 16, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine News Source Type: news

Giving physicians immunity from malpractice claims does not reduce 'defensive medicine'
Conventional wisdom says that a lot of medical care in the United States is 'defensive medicine' prescribed because doctors want to protect themselves from the risk of malpractice lawsuits. But a new study that examines three states where emergency room doctors were given immunity from malpractice claims finds that such protections do little to reduce the cost of medical care. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 15, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Malpractice laws that favor doctors fail to cut health costs: study
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For decades, it's been the conventional wisdom that U.S. healthcare costs are high because doctors order expensive tests to protect themselves from malpractice lawsuits, but new evidence says that assumption is wrong. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Doctors Still Order Unneeded Tests Despite Malpractice Reform
A new study undercuts the age-old argument from doctors that they have to practice “defensive medicine” due to fears of being sued in a court system they say favors plaintiff patients. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 15, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Japsen Source Type: news

Limiting Malpractice Claims May Not Curb Costly Medical Tests
ER charges haven't declined in 3 states with legislative reforms, study saysSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Emergency Medical Services (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - October 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Multi-national Gathering of Clinical Laboratory Professionals Assesses Benefits and Problems with Point-of Care Testing in Toronto this Week
Pathologists and medical laboratory professionals heard speakers from Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada discuss the latest developments in POCT TORONTO, ONTARIO—Spirited discussion always results when pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals discuss point-of-care testing (POCT). That was certainly true during a special POCT workshop that took place here this week. Attendees came from as far away […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 15, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations News From Dark Daily Alere and Beckman Coulter clinical laboratory Edward Dunn Gamma-Dynacare Laborato Source Type: news

Legal Issues: Can Doctors Treat Unaccompanied Minors?
Here's what physicians and medical practices should do if a parent asks if his child can be seen without the parent being present. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 15, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Making It More Difficult to Sue Physicians for Malpractice May Not Reduce 'Defensive Medicine'
Malpractice reform has been advocated by many experts as a key to reining in health care costs. Three states raised the standard for malpractice in the emergency room to gross negligence, but that did not translate into less-expensive care. (Source: RAND)
Source: RAND - October 15, 2014 Category: Health Management Authors: RAND Corporation Source Type: news

Liability Checklist: Buying a Medical Practice
Physicians who buy a medical practice assume a large spectrum of risk beyond their personal medical malpractice liability. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 14, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Partnerships Personal Finance Source Type: news

Malpractice Insurance Premiums Nudge Down AgainMalpractice Insurance Premiums Nudge Down Again
One expert says tort reform and patient-safety improvements are likely causes of the continued rate decline. Some Miami and Long Island physicians, however, still pay whopping premiums. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 13, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Judge Awards $725K, Turns Screw on VA Hospital in Malpractice Lawsuit
A U.S. District Court judge in Little Rock recently found that a surgeon at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Little Rock had botched a surgery and awarded the 75-year-old patient $725,000. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - October 13, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Anatomic Pathology Labs Adopt New Ways to Package, Transport, and Store Specimens to Reduce Formalin and Improve Staff Safety in Operating Theaters and Histology Laboratories
Seeking ways to improve efficiency and cut costs, labs aim to use less formalin One seldom-reported development in anatomic pathology is the new priority histology laboratories are giving to employee safety. Labs have long recognized that exposure to the dangerous chemicals used in processing tissue creates risk for histotechnologists. Today, a rising number of medical […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 13, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice dark daily home page Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News cancer carcinogen Chemical Regulation Reporter clinical la Source Type: news

Ebola Misdiagnosis Raises Liability Concerns
The misdiagnosis of the Dallas Ebola patient who recently died raises several liability issues for physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 9, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice EHR Risk Management Source Type: news

Liability Issues for Sellers of Medical Practices
Selling a medical practice involves vital planning issues beyond the sales transaction. Liability and risk management planning should be part of every financial plan for sellers. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 7, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Reduce Malpractice Risks: Infectious Diseases
The first imported case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. underscores the need for practices to actively address risks associated with infectious diseases. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 7, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Ebola lawsuits would face high hurdles in Texas
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Potential suits against the Dallas, Texas hospital that sent home a patient later diagnosed with Ebola face long odds in the face of state medical malpractice laws. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

What Are Legal Issues that Affect Health?
Discussion Health does not exist in the vacuum of the office or hospital visit. Therefore the social needs of the patient and family must also be addressed to promote the health of the individual, family and the community also. “Legal needs are adverse social conditions with legal remedies that reside in laws, regulations or policies.” Benefit denial is a common example. The patient such as the one above who was denied educational assistance initially had a social need that would have becomes a legal need because access to the system is prescribed by law. The first medical-legal partnership in the U.S. was esta...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 6, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

PAs and NPs: 4 Legal Considerations for Practices
Demand for nonphysician providers has grown exponentially, but not all medical practices are taking the proper precautions and considerations. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 1, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Medical Practice Sales: 8 Legal and Financial Issues
There are many legal and financial issues beyond the mechanics of the sale transaction that planners must address with medical practice owners and executives. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 30, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

Avoiding Malpractice and Cultural Blindness Teaching Culturally Responsive Mental Health Interventions (Jeffrey Ring PhD )
(Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded)
Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded - September 30, 2014 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Is Your PA or NP Putting You at Risk of Malpractice?
PAs and NPs can be great assets to practices, but physicians need to take proper precautions. Here are three liability coverage must-haves. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Staff Source Type: news

Understanding Hospital-based Coverage Contracts
Here's an overview of hospital-based coverage contracts involving physicians and five key compliance tips to keep in mind. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Contracts Source Type: news

ACOs Are a Viable Way to Avoid Anti-trust Violations
ACOs enable collaboration between hospitals and physicians because of protections provided under the healthcare reform law. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice ACO Compliance Partnerships Source Type: news

Celebrity Patients Require Extra Supervision
If your practice regularly treats high profile patients, you should develop a special VIP protocol for your physicians and staff. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 23, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Updating HIPAA Business Associate Agreements: 3 Steps
Your practice's business associates can lead to HIPAA issues. Here are three tips to ensure your vendors can ensure the safety of protected health information. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 23, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Nelson GomesWiks Moffat Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Contracts Operations Source Type: news

Physicians Targeted by Income Tax Fraud Scheme
Physicians in Texas and nationwide are the focus of an income tax fraud scheme. Here's what you need to know to protect yourself and your finances. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 21, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog News Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

Claims, liabilities, injures and compensation payments of medical malpractice litigation cases in China from 1998 to 2011 - Li H, Wu X, Sun T, Li L, Zhao X, Liu X, Gao L, Sun Q, Zhang Z, Fan L.
BACKGROUND: Although China experienced great improvement in their health system, disputes between patients and doctors have increasingly intensified, reaching an unprecedented level. Retrospective analysis of medical malpractice litigation can discover the... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 20, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Supervision vs. Collaboration in Physician-PA Teams
Having good practice environments in every state for physician-PA teams is good for our patients and good for physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 19, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Staff Source Type: news

Securing Your Practice Against Data Breaches
No business is safe from cyber attacks. Physicians can benefit from both performing due diligence and purchasing insurance to mitigate the risk of loss. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 18, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

To Find Patients at Highest Risk, Hospitals Combine Consumer Data with Clinical Information—Including Clinical Laboratory Results
Health systems using big data in this manner include Carolinas Healthcare System and UPMC Health Big data is all the rage in healthcare these days. However, one interesting development in this field is how hospitals are integrating consumer data with clinical data to identify patients at high risk. For example, if the post-surgical heart patient […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 17, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations ACA Accountable Care Organizations Affordable Care Act big data Capital Blue Cro Source Type: news

Healthcare Investments: Ask the Right Questions
Every investment or venture into which a physician enters must be carefully scrutinized to assure compliance with several state and federal laws. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 17, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Compliance Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Celebrity Death Shines Spotlight on Surgical Centers
As freestanding surgical centers continue to proliferate, physicians should keep a close eye on patient care standards, compliance, and asset protection. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 16, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Partnerships Source Type: news

Six Ways to Mitigate HIPAA Violations
This 60-second video clip will help your medical practice identify six ways to reduce the likelihood of a HIPAA breach due to cyber crime. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 16, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Technology Source Type: news

Wall Street Journal Writes about Federal Investigation of Health Diagnostic Laboratory and Certain Specialty Medical Lab Test Companies
Did “processing fees” paid by certain clinical laboratory companies to physicians represent an inducement that violated federal anti-kickback laws? Once again, allegations of fraudulent practices at a fast-growing clinical laboratory company have made national headlines. This time it was a front-page story in The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that last week discussed the controversy surrounding Health […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 15, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology anti-kickback violations Anu Saad clinical laboratory Department of Justice DOJ federal investigation HDL Source Type: news

Understanding Today’s Trends in Healthcare and the Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Testing Marketplace
Recent White Papers detail solutions for implementing new payment strategies for medical laboratories and pathology groups Clinical diagnostic laboratories, pathology groups and healthcare institutions are carrying significant and potentially unsustainable levels of unreimbursed services. Although bad debt and uncompensated care in the healthcare industry are not new, they have been increasing at the same time […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 13, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Barbara Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Source Type: news

Hospitals Receive a Reprieve from CMS Recovery Audits
In a new ruling, CMS agrees to partially pay pending hospital claims in exchange for withdrawal of claims appeals. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 12, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Audits Medical Billing Collections Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Despite multiple malpractice payouts, doctors often keep practicing
CBS News investigates effectiveness of state medical boards at stopping dangerous physicians (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Media Reports of Health Insurers’ Reluctance to Reimburse for Genetic Tests, Thus Angering Many Patients and Causing Medical Laboratories to Go Unpaid
Pathologists should take note that an increasing number of patients who want genetic tests are complaining when they learn their insurance plan will not pay for such tests Concerned about the increased cost of genetic tests, health insurers are becoming reluctant to pay for many types of molecular diagnostics and gene tests. When refusing to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 12, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations AHIP America’s Health Insuran Source Type: news

FDA’s Unique Device Identifier Program for In Vitro Diagnostic Devices Used by Clinical Laboratories Set to Begin September 24
Donor screening assays and in vitro diagnostic tests, including laboratory-developed tests, are now classified as IVDs and require a UDI label Later this month, a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rule will take effect that requires unique device identifiers (UDIs) on most medical devices. This will include analyzers, instruments, and automated systems used by […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 10, 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 Management & Operations and in vitro diagnostic test ARUP Laboratories ce Source Type: news

$2 million grant funds study on the effects of malpractice risk, incentives on cardiac testing
(George Washington University) Steven Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and health policy at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received a two million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effect of malpractice risk and financial incentives on cardiac testing, which will inform ongoing state malpractice reforms and federal payment reform. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Nation’s Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Face Greatest Pressure to Cut Costs and Deliver More Value Than at Any Other Time in Past 25 Years
Blame it on shrinking hospital budgets and reduced lab testing prices; successful labs are using Lean, Six Sigma, and process improvement to reduce expenses and boost quality Topic number one at clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups across the nation is cost-cutting, for two reasons. First, it is budget time at hospitals and labs are […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 8, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Ope Source Type: news

Termination of Network Provider Contracts
If you have been terminated by a provider, or notified you will be terminated, here's what you should know to know your recourse as a medical practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 7, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Contracts Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

HIPAA and Mental Health: Answers to Top Doc Questions
There are not always clear answers under HIPAA, particularly when it comes to mental health issues. Here is some guidance. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 3, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Source Type: news

FDA Pushes Forward with Plans to Regulate Laboratory-Developed Tests, in a Move that Will Impact Many Clinical Laboratory Companies and Pathology Groups
It was national news when the FDA sent notice to Congress on July 31 that it planned to issue draft guidance on regulation of LDTs After sitting in a state of suspended animation for several years, the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) plans to regulate laboratory-developed tests are now front and center. On July 31, […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 3, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology and Why You Should Prepare Now” clinical laboratory Dark Daily FDA Food & Drug Administration in vitro Source Type: news

Military Medicine: Smaller Military Hospitals Said to Put Patients at Risk
Many of the hospitals run by the armed forces are so small and the trickle of patients so thin that doctors and nurses say their ability to properly treat serious illnesses is compromised. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ANDREW W. LEHREN Tags: Womack Army Medical Center United States Defense and Military Forces Malpractice Afghanistan War (2001- ) Iraq War (2003-11) Health Insurance and Managed Care Veterans Hospitals Reed, Walter, National Military Medical Center Landrieu, Ma Source Type: news

Military Medicine: Smaller Military Hospitals Said to Put Patients at Risk
Many of the hospitals run by the armed forces are so small and the trickle of patients so thin that doctors and nurses say their ability to properly treat serious illnesses is compromised. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - September 2, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ANDREW W. LEHREN Tags: Womack Army Medical Center United States Defense and Military Forces Malpractice Afghanistan War (2001- ) Iraq War (2003-11) Health Insurance and Managed Care Veterans Hospitals Reed, Walter, National Military Medical Center Landrieu, Ma Source Type: news

The Current Malpractice Insurance Market: Coverage Red Flags for Docs
From inadequate cyber insurance to poor RAC audit coverage, many physicians are purchasing policies that could result in big losses down the line. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 31, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Understanding 'Commercial Reasonableness'
Here's what the requirement to be "commercially reasonable" means under the Stark Law and Anti-kickback Statute and what physicians need to know. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 31, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Contracts Operations Source Type: news