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Practice-Hospital Lease Agreements: 15 Key Provisions
Leasing your medical practice to a hospital? You may want to consider these 15 contract provisions to ensure your practice is protected for the future. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 30, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dennis J. Alessi Tags: Blog Employment Law & Malpractice Contracts RVU Performance Physician Productivity Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Dozens of doctors accused of serious malpractice 'retire early to avoid disciplinary hearings' 
Conservative MP Stephen Barclay, pictured, has said he has obtained figures showing 39 doctors have removed themselves from the GMC register rather than face a disciplinary hearing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Avoid Audits: Make Sure Your Medical Billing Practices Are Above Board
In light of continuing Medicare fraud, it is vital to review your coding and billing procedures. Prevention is key to avoiding expensive take-backs. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Audits Risk Management Source Type: news

The Medical Malpractice Trap for Physicians
Here are five things that physicians can do to mitigate the risk of not only frivolous suits, but legitimate ones. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: James Doulgeris Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Operations Patient Relations Source Type: news

8 Malpractice Dangers in Your EHR 8 Malpractice Dangers in Your EHR
Many doctors use their electronic health records in ways that could potentially make the EHR evidence in a malpractice lawsuit, and strengthen the case against them. Here's how to be careful. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Classifying 'Independent Contractors' in Your Medical Practice
Misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor has serious ramifications for medical practices. Make sure you know the distinction. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 26, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Staff Source Type: news

Higher Enrollment in Medicare Advantage Plans Means that More Local Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Lose Access to these Patients
Health insurers offering Medicare Advantage plans are narrowing their networks and favoring the national clinical lab companies over local medical labs and pathology groups Enrollment in Medicare Advantage health plans is booming. This development is not auspicious for local medical laboratories, hospital lab outreach programs, and anatomic pathology groups because the private health insurers operating […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 25, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Aetna. patient-centered care America’s Health Insurance Plans Avalere Health Care Cigna Ca Source Type: news

Understanding Physician Co-Management Arrangements
In the new value-based reimbursement environment, co-management arrangements can align the interests of physicians and hospitals. Here's what you need to know. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 24, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Employment Law & Malpractice Contracts Operations Physician Compensation Source Type: news

India reviews state hospitals to end widespread corruption
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The Indian government on Saturday ordered a review of activities at all state-owned hospitals to end what the health minister called systemic corruption, as part of the new administration's crackdown on malpractice in the healthcare sector. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Under Proposal, CME Speakers No Longer Exempt from Sunshine Act
CMS is proposing to withdraw the Sunshine Act exemption for payments made to healthcare providers who serve as speakers for accredited CME programs. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 20, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Finance Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

Six Phrases to Avoid When Talking with Patients
The chief patient safety officer at medical malpractice insurer The Doctors Company identifies six common communication missteps physicians make. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 20, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Training Patient Relations Source Type: news

2014 Great American Physician Survey Results
Get unique insight into the personal and professional lives of physicians through the results of the 2014 Great American Physician Survey, Sponsored by Kareo. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 20, 2014 Category: Practice Management Tags: Great American Physician Survey Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Work/Life Balance Operations Patients Performance Practice Models Personal Finance Source Type: news

2014’s Healthcare Price Transparency Report Card Reveals Few States Are Making It Easy and Fast for Consumers to See the Prices Charged by Hospitals, Physicians, and Medical Laboratories
One reason is that the healthcare price websites operated by most states are inadequate, ‘poorly designed or poorly functioning’ Efforts to encourage price transparency at hospitals and other providers are making little progress. That’s one conclusion to be made from the second annual Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws, that gave a failing grade […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 20, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement aetna all-payer claims databases APCDs Catalyst for Payment Reform clinical laboratory CPR Francois d Source Type: news

Independent Contractors a Serious Asset Protection Issue for Doctors
Physicians face a wide variety of exposures beyond medical malpractice claims including both labor and tax claims for misclassified contractors. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 19, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Audits Source Type: news

Medical Office Leasing Basics
Understanding the principles of leasing medical office space will enable practices to negotiate a lower-cost and equitable leasing agreement. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 18, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Operations Overhead Source Type: news

Apologize-and-Pay Laws Don't Keep Docs Out of Data BankApologize-and-Pay Laws Don't Keep Docs Out of Data Bank
HHS ruled that payments to injured patients under state laws removing medical malpractice from the courts still must be reported to what many physicians consider their professional Hall of Shame. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

The Sunshine Act: How to Report, Dispute Physician Payments
Not only is it important that physicians report payments via the Sunshine Act, but also verify they match the amount the gift-giver is also reporting to CMS. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 17, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog News Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Physician Sunshine Act Reviews Need to Be Done Soon
The deadline for reviewing records and reporting compliance with the Sunshine Act is Aug. 27. There are several tools to make that task easier for physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 14, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Mobile Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Exit Strategies for Doctors: Common Legal Mistakes to Avoid
Many doctors are working on selling their practices. Here are four common legal areas that could pose problems. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 12, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Recent Study Estimates that 5% of Patients in Outpatient Settings Are Misdiagnosed, Offering Pathologists an Opportunity to Provide More Consultations to Doctors
This spring, researchers at the VA Hospital in Houston published a study revealing that one in 20 patients in outpatient settings are misdiagnosed Publication of new peer-reviewed clinical studies indicates that, within the United States, more than 5% of outpatients—or 12 million people—are misdiagnosed annually. Few pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists would dispute this number because every […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 11, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Barbara Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations agency for healthcare research and quality AHRQ Center for Innovations in Quality Source Type: news

CMS Seeks to Repeal Sunshine Act Exemption for CME
An attempt by CMS to repeal a Sunshine Act exemption for payments made to speakers at accredited CME events has physician associations hopping mad. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 10, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Finance Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

Avoiding Negative Dysphagia OutcomesAvoiding Negative Dysphagia Outcomes
Find out about the important role nurses play in avoiding negative dysphagia-management outcomes and potential malpractice lawsuits. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

HIPAA Business Associates and Civil Monetary Penalties
Anyone involved with protected health information at your medical practice can be the one who gets you fined for a HIPAA violation. So due diligence is a must. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 7, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

States Could Soon Require Random Drug, Alcohol Tests for Docs
The use of drugs and alcohol by physicians is a well-known public health risk, but is California's proposal to randomly drug and alcohol test physicians the answer? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 6, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Congress Delays Implementation of ICD-10 for another Year to Placate Physicians; Delay Could Cost Healthcare Industry Up to $6.6 Billion
Physicians oppose transition to ICD-10 altogether after a new AMA study reveals costs for implementation are triple the original estimates By now, most clinical laboratory managers and pathologists  know that the date for implementing ICD-10 was pushed back by one year. This happened when Congress enacted a temporary fix to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 6, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Barbara Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Medical Student Debt Exposure Extends to Family Members
Becoming a guarantor for medical student loans can place undue strains upon family income and assets. Develop a plan first, before committing to help a loved one. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 5, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

CLMA Is Launching New Program to Help Clinical Laboratories Develop Patient-Centric Services and Deliver More Value to ACOs and Medical Homes
To help medical laboratories understand how to deliver patient-centric lab testing services, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) has launched its “Increasing Clinical Effectiveness” (ICE) program. CLMA President Paul Epner (pictured above) will be conducting a free webinar about the ICE program on August 12 and the details of ICE and the webinar can be […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 4, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Barbara Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Accountable Care Organizations ACOs clinical l Source Type: news

Medical Practices See No New Patient Increase, Despite ACA
More than 8 million patients have signed up for insurance due to the ACA, according to HHS, but where are all of them? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 4, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Patient Relations Referrals Source Type: news

California Asks: Should Doctors Face Drug Tests?
A battle over a proposal, packed away in a broader initiative meant to raise the financial cap on medical malpractice awards, is being closely watched across the country. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 2, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By ADAM NAGOURNEY Tags: Referendums Doctors Malpractice Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Levinson, Daniel R Consumer Watchdog Alcohol Abuse Tests and Examinations Health and Human Services Department Brown, Edmund G Jr California Source Type: news

California Asks: Should Doctors Face Drug Tests?
A battle over a proposal, packed away in a broader initiative meant to raise the financial cap on medical malpractice awards, is being closely watched across the country. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - August 2, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: By ADAM NAGOURNEY Tags: Referendums Doctors Malpractice Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drug Abuse and Traffic Levinson, Daniel R Consumer Watchdog Alcohol Abuse Tests and Examinations Health and Human Services Department Brown, Edmund G Jr California Source Type: news

Clinical Chemists and Medical Laboratory Scientists Gather in Chicago for American Association of Clinical Chemistry and ASCLS Joint Meeting
Among the hundreds of lab industry vendors exhibiting, there were more companies showing LIS and lab informatics products this year than last year CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Anytime 20,000 clinical chemists and medical laboratory scientists gather in the same place, at the same time, there is sure to be many different opinions about the state of laboratory medicine and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 1, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Barbara Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations AACC american association of clinical chemistry American Society Source Type: news

Factors Physicians Should Consider When Participating in ACOs
Physicians have a multitude of options when structuring ACOs. Make sure you understand all the legal requirements before committing your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 31, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice ACO Payers Source Type: news

Malpractice Insurance
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Source: About.com Health Careers - July 31, 2014 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: healthcareers.guide at about.com Tags: careers Source Type: news

Morning Break: How To Win A Malpractice Suit
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff. (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 30, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Is the New 'Assistant Physician' Role Good for the Healthcare System?
It's no secret that the United States is facing a serious physician shortage. But how far should we go to ensure adequate access to patient care? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 30, 2014 Category: Practice Management Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Staff Patient Relations Source Type: news

A Doctor's Right of Self Defense and the Law
Carrying and using a weapon for self defense while in a professional environment can bring grave consequences; both for physicians and their institutions. Be aware of legal provisions in your state. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 29, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Legal Pitfalls of Electronic Patient Communication
From texting to Facebook messages, communicating with patients electronically has always raised legal questions. Here are the answers to keep your practice safe. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Shelly K. Schwartz Tags: Law & Malpractice Risk Management Patient Relations Mobile Source Type: news

Shoulder dystocia malpractice claims becoming more common
Read the full story on MD Consult: Shoulder dystocia malpractice claims becoming more common (Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories)
Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories - July 28, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Investing in Ancillary Service Providers: Legal Risks for Physicians
A tax and business formation lawyer shares the legal risks physicians must consider prior to investing in or working for ancillary service providers. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 27, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Finance Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

The Role Physicians Play in Life Care Planning
By helping patients and their families design a life care plan, physicians can help them to navigate the complexities of a catastrophic or serious injury. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 24, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Physician Compensation Source Type: news

CVS MinuteClinic to Use Epic EMR in Support of Nationwide Growth Plan, also Opens Possibility of Accessing Clinical Laboratory Data from Local Providers
It’s an interesting statement about how CVS, the national pharmacy chain, believes it can expand its MinuteClinic health services while also integrating data feeds with HIEs In another demonstration of how fast healthcare is transforming, the pharmacy chain CVS Caremark Corp. will implement the Epic electronic medical record system (EMR) in its MinuteClinic sites nationwide. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 23, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology .Blue Button allscripts Carl Dvorak Cleveland Source Type: news

OIG Issues Special Fraud Alert: Lab Payments to Referring Physicians
Physicians who maintain financial arrangements with laboratories to which they refer should be aware of a new special fraud alert. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 23, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Tax Tips for Doctors Volunteering Their Services This Summer
Many physicians travel and volunteer their services. However, if you plan to deduct your volunteer-related expenses, there are rules that you should know about. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 22, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

Hospital Agrees to Pay $190 Million Over Recording of Pelvic Exams
Johns Hopkins Hospital will compensate more than 7,000 women in what experts said was one of the largest medical malpractice cases of its kind. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By TRIP GABRIEL Tags: Suits and Litigation (Civil) Johns Hopkins Hospital Women and Girls Levy, Nikita Source Type: news

Pathologist Michael LaPosata, M.D., Delivers the Message about Diagnostic Management Teams and Clinical Laboratory Testing to Attendees at Arizona Meeting
Conducted by Sunquest, the meeting introduced medical laboratory professionals to  ideas and improved patient outcomes that result when pathologists actively help physicians select the right lab tests and understand how to act upon the results PHOENIX, ARIZONA—Most pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists are quick to agree that overutilization of medical laboratory tests is a major […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 21, 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 clinical laboratory Dark Daily diagnostic managem Source Type: news

Medical Liens Could Hurt Your Payer Mix
If your practice accepts medical liens as part of your payer mix, it's a good idea to have a specific follow-up plan in place. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 19, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: P.J. Cloud-Moulds Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Billing and Collections Revenue Cycle Management Source Type: news

To Help Physicians and Patients, Medical Laboratories with BRCA Breast Cancer Tests Are Posting Mutation Data into ClinVar’s BRCA Database
Innovative use of crowdsourcing allows pathologists and genetic scientists to create a sizeable database of BRCA mutations that is accessible to clinicians and patients There’s a new development in the longstanding battle over proprietary healthcare data versus public sharing of such information. Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will be interested to learn that, when it […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 18, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Ambry BRACAnalysis BRCA BRCA-mutation test breast cancer cDNA Center for Medicare & Medicai Source Type: news

Is There Any Hope for Malpractice Reform?Is There Any Hope for Malpractice Reform?
Is the malpractice situation getting any better? Which current developments could help doctors in coming years? Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

ACA Poses New Malpractice RisksACA Poses New Malpractice Risks
ACA poses new risks, panel says; A-Rod drops medical malpractice suit; can damage caps be applied retroactively?; and the number of lawsuits drops in Pennsylvania. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Column Source Type: news

8 Steps to Winning Your Malpractice Lawsuit8 Steps to Winning Your Malpractice Lawsuit
Being sued for malpractice is traumatic, but by taking certain actions, you can increase your chances of coming out of it intact. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 15, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news