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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

Inheriting an IRA Can Present Unexpected Problems for Physicians
Asset protection is an increasing concern for many doctors. Not understanding that a large IRA inherited from a parent is vulnerable could be a tragic error. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 14, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steven Podnos, MD, CFP Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

Court Says Patients Can't Sue for HIPAA Privacy Breach
State case ruling indicates that patients may lack standing to successfully sue practices for potential damages due to a HIPAA breach. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 13, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

HIE Use Rises along with Adoption of EHRs, but Full Interoperability Remains Elusive for Hospitals, Physicians, Clinical Labs, and Pathology Groups
The majority of the nation’s hospitals and physicians now use electronic health records and most of these EHR users are already exchanging clinical data with regional HIEs Pathologists tracking the adoption of EHR systems by hospitals and physicians will be interested to learn that, according to the federal government, more than 80% of hospitals and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 11, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology AHA American Hospital Association. Medicare clinical laboratory Source Type: news

Reducing CT malpractice risk: Simple, but not easy?
Malpractice risk is part of practicing medicine, and although radiologists (more) (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 11, 2014 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Obesity malpractice claims up 64%, study shows
Read the full story on MD Consult: Obesity malpractice claims up 64%, study shows (Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories)
Source: MD Consult: News: Top Stories - July 11, 2014 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Firing a Physician: 3 Issues to Consider Before Termination
If you decide to terminate a physician or other provider at your practice, here are three key things to keep in mind to help your remaining staff and patients. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 9, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Hiring Firing Law & Malpractice Contracts Source Type: news

Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealth Agree to Share Data with HCCI to Give Consumers a Free, Comprehensive Source for Comparing Healthcare Prices and Quality
Scheduled to launch in early 2015, the Health Care Cost Institute’s free online tool will give consumers access to data on provider prices and quality It’s a significant sign of the times when three of the nation’s biggest health insurance companies agree to share data on healthcare prices and utilization specifically so that consumers can […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 9, 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 aetna Castlight Health Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Clearheal Source Type: news

Asset Protection for Doctors Requires Specialized Legal Help
Asset protection is a vital part of every physician's essential legal and financial plan; unfortunately, most doctors don't know how to pick the right legal help. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 8, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Terminating Therapy, Part V: Therapist Termination
I can’t act as an apologist for all therapists. It's clear that not all therapists were taught how to provide a good termination, and even if they were, not all practice it.read more (Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center)
Source: Psychology Today Relationships Center - July 1, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP Tags: Psychiatry Relationships Self-Help Therapy blog series endings. empowerment Graduation malpractice psychotherapy Ryan Howes termination Source Type: news

Florida Malpractice Lawyer Comments On Florida Supreme Court Ruling On...
Howard Pomerantz believes in the protections of the injured. The recent decision by the Supreme Court of Florida is helpful to those injured, as it eliminates statutory caps on non-economic damages,...(PRWeb June 30, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/05/prweb11810389.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - July 1, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Progress Traps and the 340B Drug Pricing Program
Hospitals are not only marking up and selling 340B-discounted drugs, but also buying up clinics to take advantage of the discount – a clear "progress trap." (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 29, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog News Law & Malpractice Operations Patient Relations Payers Source Type: news

Over 1,000 U.S. veterans killed by disastrously inept VA hospital system
(NaturalNews) A newly issued report by a U.S. senator found that more than 1,000 U.S. veterans likely died in the past decade because of malpractice in regard to a lack of proper and timely care from the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) medical centers.The report from Sen... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In Military Care, a Pattern of Errors but Not Scrutiny
Internal documents depict a military medical-care system in which scrutiny is sporadic and avoidable errors are chronic. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By SHARON LaFRANIERE and ANDREW W. LEHREN Tags: Defense Department United States Defense and Military Forces Malpractice Civilian Casualties Hagel, Chuck Veterans Hospitals Emergency Medical Treatment Source Type: news

Five Missteps to Avoid When Communicating Electronically with Patients
Communicating electronically with patients is convenient, but also risky. Here, a risk management professional shares some of the biggest mistakes to avoid. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aubrey Westgate Tags: Law & Malpractice Compliance Technology Patient Relations Source Type: news

Poor Off-site Record Policies Put Practices at Risk of HIPAA Violations
Physicians sometimes fall behind in their paperwork and take work home to complete. Are you aware of the risks that raises for your practice? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators HIPAA Law & Malpractice Contracts Source Type: news

Report: Bad VA care may have killed more than 1,000
More than 1,000 veterans may have died in the last decade because of malpractice or lack of care from Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, a new report issued by the office of Sen. Tom Coburn finds. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Register now for Diagnostic Error in Medicine 7th International Conference
Diagnostic Error in Medicine 7th International Conference 14-17 September 2014 │ Atlanta, Georgia │ DEM2014.org Diagnostic error is the leading cause of medical malpractice claims in the U.S. and is estimated to cause 40,000-80,000 deaths annually. One in every ten diagnoses is wrong and one in every thousand ambulatory diagnostic encounters result in harm. Rapid changes and new developments are promising signs that reducing error in medical diagnostics is certainly on the horizon. Join like-minded professionals to learn more about this patient safety and quality care delivery issue. Register now and attend the Diagnos...
Source: Midcontinental Region News - June 24, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: Health Sciences Libraries Source Type: news

Malpractice Risks to Consider as More Practices Utilize Advanced Practitioners
As use of care teams increases, physicians need to ensure their malpractice policies fully protect them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 22, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Staff Source Type: news

Many Physicians Deciding not to Proceed with EHR Adoption in a Development that Could Affect Clinical Laboratories Offering LIS-to-EHR Interfaces to Doctors
One problem for physicians is that many EHR products that earned Meaningful Use Stage 1 certification have not gained Stage 2 certification Growing numbers of physicians are deciding that continuing in the federal government’s electronic health records (EHRs) incentive program is not a winning proposition. This is not an auspicious development for the nation’s clinical […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 20, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology American Association of Family Practitioners clinical laboratory Source Type: news

Conflict Resolution Tips for Physicians
Physicians are likely to be challenged with conflict in their practices. It is important to know how to approach it in a positive manner. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 19, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Partnerships Source Type: news

Malpractice Lawsuits Aren't Just About Money
I saw the caller-ID and immediately picked up the phone; it was an old friend from college. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 18, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Steve Cohen Source Type: news

Castlight Health Insurance, Launched by Gen Y Entrepreneurs, Offers Employers a Cloud-based Price Transparency Tool to Help Employees Shop for Low-Cost Healthcare Plans
Like Oscar Healthcare in New York, this California-based health insurance company is using technology to make it easy for individuals to see providers’ prices, including medical laboratory test prices Another group of Generation Y entrepreneurs has entered the marketplace with their unorthodox business model for a health insurance company. One cornerstone feature is a tool […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 16, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations aetna bay Castlight Health Catalyst for Source Type: news

Castlight Health Offers Employers a Cloud-based Price Transparency Tool to Help Employees Shop for Low-Cost, High Quality Health Services
Similar to Oscar Healthcare in New York, this California-based enterprise technology company offers services to make it easy for individuals to see providers’ prices, including medical laboratory test prices Another company has entered the marketplace with their unorthodox business model to support health insurance programs. One cornerstone feature is a tool that enables both employers and beneficiaries […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 16, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations aetna bay Castlight Health Catalyst for Source Type: news

Hospital's Efforts to Boost Patient Safety Pay Off
Study found obstetric malpractice claims dropped by half after program was put in place Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Facilities, Patient Safety (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Battle to Topple Obamacare Heats Up; MoreThe Battle to Topple Obamacare Heats Up; More
The fight to overturn Obamacare; a possible setback in malpractice; an encouraging trend for some doctors; acceding to a patient's wishes?; and more. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - June 12, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Expert Column Source Type: news

Obstetric malpractice claims dip when hospitals stress patient safety
(Yale University) A Connecticut hospital saw a 50 percent drop in malpractice liability claims and payments when it made patient safety initiatives a priority by training doctors and nurses to improve teamwork and communication, hiring a patient safety nurse, and standardizing practices, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 10, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The Myth of Secrecy in Asset Protection Planning for Doctors
When it comes to asset protection, keeping investments "secret" does not benefit investors, and may even place them at risk of fraud. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 3, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Business Associate Agreements: What Medical Practices Need to Know
Let's take the mystery out of business associate agreements. Here's when you need to use them and why. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 1, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Contracts Source Type: news

Pathologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists in India Call for Active Government Regulation in Response to Ongoing Problems with Quality of Medical Laboratory Tests
In the $5 billion a year Indian diagnostics laboratory industry, only 1% of laboratories are accredited Pathology and clinical laboratory testing in India is growing at a double-digit pace. However, pathologists and medical laboratory scientists are raising the alarm about a disturbing lack of quality and accuracy that exposes patients to unnecessary harm. In fact, […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 30, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations clinical laboratory College of American Pathologists Dark Daily Dr. Lai Pathlabs Source Type: news

When Medical Practice Staff Return After FMLA Leave: What to Know
Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act and what it requires can help medical practices avoid costly missteps. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Risk Management Source Type: news

Shared Liability? Consultants, Pharmacists, and the EPShared Liability? Consultants, Pharmacists, and the EP
Emergency physicians often work with consulting specialists and pharmacists, but who is held liable in the event of a malpractice case? The Journal of Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Five Ways Doctors Can Better Prepare for, Survive Malpractice Lawsuits
Malpractice lawsuits are never pleasant, but physicians that are proactive before, during, and even after a lawsuit will have a better outcome. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeffrey D. Brunken Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Certain Pathologists Found Themselves in the ‘Highest Paid’ Media Spotlight after Medicare Officials Published Physician Pay Data for 2012
For first time since launch of the Medicare program, CMS released data on Medicare payments to individual physicians Once again, Medicare officials have stuck a blow for price transparency. On April 9, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released data on total payments made to individual physicians for the year 2012. In […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 23, 2014 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations american medical association Center for Source Type: news

Don’t Sue Me! Malpractice Pitfalls in Hospital MedicineDon’t Sue Me! Malpractice Pitfalls in Hospital Medicine
Most clinicians with long careers will one day find themselves on the receiving end of a medical liability claim. Dr. Franklin Michota offers advice on how to minimize the risk of being sued. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - May 22, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine Expert Interview Source Type: news

Is Your Malpractice Lawyer Giving the Best Possible Defense?Is Your Malpractice Lawyer Giving the Best Possible Defense?
A malpractice insurer's attorneys might be torn between trying to do what's best for the doctor and watching the insurer's bottom line. Here's what to do if you doubt their motives. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - May 22, 2014 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news