Five Common HIPAA Compliance Issues to Avoid
As we head into 2015, among the many items to consider is whether your medical practice’s operations are compliant with HIPAA. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 7, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators HIPAA Law & Malpractice Patients Source Type: news

Physician Asset-Protection Basics to Understand in 2015
Doctors must understand the basics of asset protection as a key part of their personal and professional success. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 6, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Malpractice Insurance: What’s on the Horizon for 2015?
Malpractice insurance pricing has been stable and even declining for the past several years, but will the trend continue? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 4, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Records Requests: 5 Best Practices for Practices
Information requests consume significant resources and represent a real area of risk for medical practices. Here are the top five actions you should take. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 27, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Carly Stockdale Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice EHR Compliance Training Operations Patient Relations Source Type: news

Enforcement of FDA’s Unique Device Identification Law Begins as Hospitals, ASCs, and Nursing Homes Must Now Report Adverse Patient Events from High-Risk Medical Devices
Some clinical laboratory and pathology equipment are Class III (high-risk) medical devices and may be eventually subject to FDA adverse patient event reporting rules Effective on September 1, 2014, providers using Class III (high-risk) medical devices are required to report adverse patient events involving such devices. That reporting is to include the unique device identification […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 26, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology anatomic pathology Center for Medicare and Medicaid Source Type: news

The Inadequacy of HIPAA Policies and Procedures
The importance of HIPAA policies and procedures should not be overlooked. Doing so can be costly. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 18, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Staff Risk Management Source Type: news

Physicians and Gifts: A Legal Primer
Before you give — or receive — a gift this year, understand the federal and state laws that govern gifts to physicians and medical practices. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 17, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Stark Referrals Source Type: news

The Important Insurance Policy Many Physicians Overlook
Umbrella coverage is one of my first and strongest recommendations to physician clients. Here's why. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 15, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steven Podnos, MD, CFP Tags: Blog Finance Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

California Supreme Court to Review Malpractice Cap Law AgainCalifornia Supreme Court to Review Malpractice Cap Law Again
Voters there just rejected a ballot proposition that would have raised the limit on noneconomic damages from $250,000 to $1.1 million. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

DIY Concierge Medicine Programs
If you're considering concierge medicine, do you become a DIY-er, or do you look to experts? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 11, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Wayne Lipton Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Medical Billing Collections Practice Models Physician Compensation Source Type: news

In Florida, UnitedHealthcare’s New Clinical Laboratory Benefit Management Program Triggers Objections from Physicians and Excludes Most Medical Laboratories
College of American Pathologists and associations for family physicians and ob-gyns in Florida have asked UnitedHealthcare to discontinue implementation of BeaconLBS system Medical laboratory testing is at the center of a contest of wills in Florida. On one side is a health insurer that wants to require physicians to obtain pre-notification or preauthorization for a […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 8, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology 80 laboratory tests ACOG advance notification American Congress of Obs Source Type: news

New CMS Rule Cracks Down on Past Medicare Offenders
A new rule by CMS to punish "bad actors" and new concern with the Independent Payment Advisory Board highlight the problem with Medicare and Medicaid. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 7, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

HIPAA-Related Fines Climb to $6.8 and $32.5 Million
Federal HIPAA violations and state law causes of action are nothing to ignore. The penalties are substantial. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 4, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Medical Practice Clinical Labs: Top Pitfalls to Avoid
For medical practices with clinical laboratories, compliance with formal proficiency testing must be a priority. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 3, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Finance Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Operations Source Type: news

Four Ways to Reduce Diabetes Care Malpractice Risks
Diabetes care can raise some unique malpractice risks. Watch this 60-second video to learn what steps your practice should be taking to reduce the risks. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Training Source Type: news

Holiday Scam Warnings for Physicians
Good asset protection goes far beyond mitigating malpractice risks. Some exposures, like financial fraud and identity theft, peak during the holidays. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Technology Personal Finance Source Type: news

Letter: Let Experts, Not Juries, Handle Malpractice Cases
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - December 1, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter Source Type: news

Free Drug Samples to Patients Come with Restrictions
At present, the question of providing free, or reduced costs drugs to patients, is a multifaceted problem which defies easy solutions. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 1, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patients Source Type: news

Life After a Malpractice Lawsuit
After a malpractice lawsuit, it’s tough to get back in the game. But physicians who take the right approach find that a fulfilling career still awaits them (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 30, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sue Larsen Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Using Doctors With Troubled Pasts to Market a Painkiller
Five of the 20 physicians who received the most money from Insys, maker of Subsys, a powerful painkiller, recently faced legal or disciplinary action. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By KATIE THOMAS Tags: United States Pain-Relieving Drugs Doctors Malpractice Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Texas Insys Therapeutics Inc. Source Type: news

Drug Maker Gave Large Payments to Doctors With Troubled Track Records
Five of the 20 physicians who received the most money from Insys, maker of Subsys, a powerful painkiller, recently faced legal or disciplinary action. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By KATIE THOMAS Tags: United States Pain-Relieving Drugs Doctors Malpractice Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Texas Insys Therapeutics Inc. Source Type: news

Suicide medical malpractice: an educational overview - Sher L.
A malpractice lawsuit is in the legal category of an action in tort, which is a demand for compensation for the damages that have occurred. For a physician to be found liable to a patient for malpractice, four essential elements must be proved to sustain a... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 22, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Whistleblower Lawsuits at U.S. Clinical Pathology Laboratories Are Rising
When a clinical laboratory or pathology company uses sales schemes or business practices that violate federal law, employees unhappy about this situation often file whistleblower lawsuits Whistleblower activity across the medical laboratory industry seems to be increasing. This can be both a positive and a negative trend for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers. On the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 21, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology bostick laboratories clinical laboratory medical laboratory stark laws whistleblower Source Type: news

MediLeaks.in: A site for whistleblowers against medical malpractices
“We are especially targeting industry insiders who can expose systematic delinquencies, possibly with evidence,” says Alam Singh. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - November 21, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

MediLeaks.in: A site for whistleblowers against medical malpractices
“We are especially targeting industry insiders who can expose systematic delinquencies, possibly with evidence,” says Alam Singh. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - November 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Your Medical Practice's Social Media Policy Adequate?
A social media policy is critical for all medical practices. Here are three key items that every policy should include. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 19, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Nick Hernandez Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Training Operations Patient Relations Source Type: news

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