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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

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