Clinical Laboratory Accuracy and Quality Is under Increased Scrutiny as Precision Medicine Puts Diagnostics in the Spotlight
As the public gains awareness of the role clinical laboratories play in modern healthcare, increased engagement and understanding of the technology underlying many of these advances could create risk for labs without transparent reporting protocols to both patients and the public In recent years, consumers have continually raised the bar in their expectation of quality […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 26, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations News From Dark Daily American Society of Clinical Oncology anatomic pathology a Source Type: news

Family awarded $47 million in newborn's disfigurement case
The parents of a girl who suffered permanent scarring as a newborn at a Pennsylvania hospital have been awarded $47 million, which their attorneys say is the biggest payout ever in a federal medical malpractice suit in the state (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Anatomic Pathologists Who Work in Independent Reference Laboratories Can Now Provide Diagnostic Services for CLIA-Approved Hospitals without Need for Additional Credentialing and Privileging
(Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 19, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations ambulatory care anatomic pathologist CLIA clinical laboratory Source Type: news

Anatomic Pathologists Who Work in Independent Reference Laboratories Can Now Provide Diagnostic Services for CLIA-Approved Hospitals without Need for Additional Credentialing and Privileging
The Joint Commission’s recent alteration to the Introduction to Leadership (LD) Standard LD.04.03.09 makes it easier for off-site and independent reference laboratories to service CLIA-hospitals and other CLIA-approved healthcare facilities Anatomic pathologists working for reference laboratories can now provide diagnostic services to hospitals, critical-access hospitals, and ambulatory care facilities in the US based on the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 19, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations ambulatory care anatomic pathologist CLIA clinical laboratory Source Type: news

Former Hershey Medical Technologist Floyd Benko Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Failing to Follow Procedures when Performing Clinical Laboratory Tests
The indicted medical laboratory technician will also be required to pay back more than $69,000 to Hershey Medical Center It what may be a unique first for the clinical laboratory industry, a medical technologist in Pennsylvania has been found guilty of a criminal felony for failing to perform certain cancer genetic tests according to approved […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 5, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology BRAF clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report EGFR epiderma Source Type: news

Former Hershey Research Technologist Floyd Benko Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Failing to Follow Procedures when Performing Clinical Laboratory Tests
The indicted research technologist will also be required to pay back more than $69,000 to Hershey Medical Center [Editor’s Note: Press releases and documents from the Department of Justice and various news stories about this matter are inconsistent as to the specific medical laboratory certification held by Floyd Benko. He is described in some write-ups as a […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Kenya:Kenyatta Hospital Doctors Perform Surgery on Wrong Patient
[Nation] A neurosurgeon has been suspended for opening up the head of the wrong patient in one of the worst cases of medical malpractice to become public at Kenyatta National Hospital. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Misdiagnosis after CT scan spurs $1.5M malpractice verdict
The jury for a malpractice suit delivered a $1.5 million fine to a Virginia...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: No second chance: Lawsuits set to rise across the board Reducing CT malpractice risk: Simple, but not easy? Misdiagnosis is most common malpractice claim Half of radiologists will be sued by age 60, study suggests Gender, demographics influence risk of malpractice suits (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - February 28, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

When Missing a'Zebra' Can Land You in Court When Missing a'Zebra' Can Land You in Court
Physicians are generally unlikely to face a malpractice suit for misdiagnosing a rare disease, which affects about 1 in 10 people. But the results of a delayed or wrong diagnosis can be devastating or lethal.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Amputee From Flesh-Eating Bacteria Can't Receive Cash Award Amputee From Flesh-Eating Bacteria Can't Receive Cash Award
Woman with limbs amputated needs special legislation to collect her award; patients have longer to submit a malpractice claim; one state throws out med-mal caps.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Column: CPLR and special cases of medical malpractice
This article looks at recent changes to the CPLR, and two recent decisions from the Court of Appeals, … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 13, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Scott Duquin Source Type: news

Hunt orders review in wake of Bawa-Garba negligence case
There is to be an urgent review of clinical malpractice cases, after concerns that workforce pressures were not taken into account in a recent high profile case involving a paediatrician. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - February 6, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Sudden Shutdown of Claritas Genomics After Five Years as A Leading Source of Pediatric Genetic Testing Surprises Clinical Laboratory Industry
Operations ended last week after reports suggested the end came as a result of misalignment of goals among investors in a lab company many considered to be successful One contributing factor the surprise announcement that the owners of Claritas Genomics were closing the clinical laboratory company may have been the struggle to get payers to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 29, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology Boston Children's Hospital Cerner Cor Source Type: news

British surgeon fined £10,000 after callously branding his initials in a patient's liver
(Natural News) In one of the more bizarre cases of medical malpractice to hit headlines, a “top surgeon” from the United Kingdom has been convicted on two counts of “assault by beating” after he was caught branding his initials into the liver of one of his patients during a procedure. The woman whose liver was... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Precision Medicine Requires Targeted Cancer Therapies, but Payers Reluctant to Pay for Some Genetic Testing Needed to Match a Patient with Right Drug
Clinical labs and pathology groups know how advances in targeted therapies and genomics far outpace providers’ and patients’ ability to know how best to use and pay for them One fascinating development on the road to precision medicine is that many new cancer drugs now in clinical trials will require a companion genetic test to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 12, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations anatomic pathology and Cancer Genetics BR Source Type: news

5 Legal Areas to Watch in 2018
Here are some of the important legal areas to keep an eye on in health care during 2018. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 11, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Health IT Law & Malpractice Career Personal Health Records Source Type: news

Federal Regulators Issue Notice to DTC Test Company Orig3n That Its Purchase of Interleukin Genetics Could Involve CLIA Compliance Issues
CMS sends letter to Orig3n notifying the genetic test company that it may not have the required certifications to market its genetic tests Orig3n’s recent ill-fated “DNA Day” promotion to offer free genetic tests during an NFL football game this past fall pushed Orig3n into the media spotlight. The Massachusetts-based biotech company—which sells 18 different […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Self Defense For Physician Captive Owners
Many doctor-owned captive insurance companies are ticking times bombs of legal and financial liability. Here's what you need to know. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 9, 2018 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Operations Source Type: news

Woman sues over nude photos taken during surgery
Sheila Harosky alleges invasion of privacy and medical malpractice, among other claims (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Netherlands University Researchers Question Validity of More Than 30,000 Published Scientific Studies; Findings Have Implications for Medical Laboratories
Radboud University researchers fear oncology, molecular biology, pharmacology, and other cell-centric medical research efforts are at risk due to verification that at least 30,000 studies published in 33,000 scientific journals included data derived from misidentified or contaminated cell lines Many research findings that underpin the science behind various diagnostic technologies used regularly by clinical laboratories […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 27, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Adam Marcus American Type Culture Collection anatomic pathology ATCC cell biology cell lines Cellosaurus clinical laboratory DSMZ ECACC Source Type: news

House Passes Restrictions on Some Malpractice Awards
(MedPage Today) -- Measure would set nationwide limit of $250,000 on non-economic damages (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - December 26, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

EHR Systems Continue to Cause Burnout, Physician Dissatisfaction, and Decreased Face-to-Face Patient Care
New study published in the Annals of Family Medicine (AFM) indicates that despite efforts to improve EHR usability and efficiency, primary care physicians continue to spend more than 50% of their workdays on computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and other clerical tasks instead of engaging in direct patient care Do electronic health record (EHR) systems […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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When Someone at Your Practice Receives a Subpoena
Physician practices receive subpoenas for documents every day. Here's what your practice staff needs to know when you receive one. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 20, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Source Type: news

Physicians, Don & #039;t Rely on Forms to Fire Employees
Physicians who solely rely on forms and checklists to terminate an employee are making a huge mistake, says this lawyer. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 15, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David M. Rosenberg-Wohl Tags: Hiring Firing Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Source Type: news

2017 Legal Round-Up for Physicians
A lawyer outlines some of the most prominent legal cases from 2017 and explains what physicians can learn from them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Compliance Operations Source Type: news

American Clinical Laboratory Lawsuit Charges HHS Ignored Congress ’ Intent When Collecting Market-Rate Data for 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule
In filing Monday, lawsuit seeks to force HHS to comply with PAMA’s statutory requirements and to withhold applying the new Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule until HHS has revised the final rule appropriately Many clinical laboratory executives will welcome the news that a lab industry trade association has filed a lawsuit in federal court in an […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 12, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations News From Dark Daily 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule rates Source Type: news

Doctors & #039; Captive Insurance Companies Causing Headaches
Here's how many captive insurance company owners, including many doctors, are being exposed to expensive legal defense costs on top of huge surprise tax bills. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Revenue Cycle Management Personal Finance Source Type: news

Lobbying on Behalf of Clinical Laboratories Improves Medicare ’s Outpatient Payment Rules
While proposals might change before the final CMS draft, lobbyists see potential for improving Medicare payment totals and structures in the upcoming 2018 outpatient rule and physician fee schedule At this time, efforts by medical laboratories to lobby and educate Medicare officials and members of Congress about the flaws in the Medicare program’s market study […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Lawsuits After Primary and Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty Lawsuits After Primary and Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty
A better understanding of the common reasons for malpractice claims after TKA could help reduce the number of malpractice suits.Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

9 Costly HIPAA Settlements in 2017
This year's HIPAA settlements ran the monetary gamut and included the first ever fine levied due to untimely breach reporting. Here's an overview. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 5, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steph Weber Tags: HIPAA Law & Malpractice Technology Personal Health Records Source Type: news

Durotomy: A common complication of spinal surgery -- and an important factor in some malpractice cases
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Incidental durotomy -- small tears of the outer membrane of the spinal cord -- are a common occurrence in spinal surgery, and may lead to litigation. Most malpractice cases associated with dural tear end in a ruling in favor of the surgeon, reports a study in the journal Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

You Thought HIPAA Was Tough? Try GDPR
Wondering what GDPR is? An attorney breaks down everything you need to know about the new data security law. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Are Payers Ganging up on Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups? Is this a Trend or Simply a Sign of Tougher Financial Times?
Medical laboratories today struggle to submit clean claims and be promptly and adequately reimbursed as health insurers institute burdensome requirements and audit more labs Across the nation, clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups of all sizes struggle to get payment for lab test claims. Veteran lab executives say they cannot remember any time in the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 29, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Malpractice Fears Continue to Motivate Physicians Malpractice Fears Continue to Motivate Physicians
Malpractice fears continue to motivate physicians; the Supreme Court declines to review a records dispute; apologies expressing fault are shielded; record settlement for injured boxer and family.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Avoiding Medical Office Holiday Party Liability
Medical practices must follow basic rules and good management principles to avoid serious holiday party liability. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Staff Source Type: news

Typical Mistakes When Applying a Common Stark Exception
Unlike the Anti-kickback Statute (AKS), when Stark Law applies, the only safe way to make a referral is to fit squarely within an exception. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 26, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

An Analysis of Malpractice Litigation in Plastic Surgery An Analysis of Malpractice Litigation in Plastic Surgery
A new study examines the trends in malpractice litigation in plastic surgery and discusses the importance of expert witness testimony.ePlasty, Open Access Journal of Plastic Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Cap on non-economic malpractice damages goes to Wisconsin Supreme Court
The medical malpractice case of a Milwaukee woman who won a $15 million jury verdict after her four extremities were amputated is set for a Wisconsin Supreme Court review. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Cap on non-economic malpractice damages goes to Wisconsin Supreme Court
The medical malpractice case of a Milwaukee woman who won a $15 million jury verdict after her four extremities were amputated is set for a Wisconsin Supreme Court review. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Rich Kirchen Source Type: news

Detective says juror bribery claim in Iowa trial was a hoax
A detective says a letter purporting to be from a juror who was bribed to rule for the University of Iowa in a medical malpractice trial was likely a hoax by someone upset with the verdict (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - November 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

South Africa:Are South African Health Workers Being Silenced Into Malpractice?
[Daily Maverick] "There is really no such thing as the 'voiceless'. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard." The words of Arundhati Roy, a writer turned human rights activist, rang particularly true through the course of the Life Esidimeni saga. The 118 deceased residents who have now risen to 141 were the preferably unheard - their cries for help through pressure sores and other unaccounted wounds, signs of starvation and dehydration, all fell on deaf ears. However, it is only in retrospect we (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How to Handle Employee and Patient Complaints
Every practice has them: disgruntled employees and patients. Here's how to handle their complaints and avoid lawsuits. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David M. Rosenberg-Wohl Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Compliance Staff Source Type: news

Pope Urges Lawmakers to Protect People with Healthcare Laws
Pope Francis asked lawmakers to be sure healthcare laws protect " all, " not just the privileged population. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Population Health Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Sexual Harassment and Your Medical Practice
Asset protection for physicians takes many forms. Recent events involving sexual harassment are a risk every doctor must protect against. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Risk Management Patient Relations Source Type: news

Lawsuits: Most Doctors Say There Was No Trigger Event Lawsuits: Most Doctors Say There Was No Trigger Event
Some say that if physicians made fewer errors, there wouldn't be malpractice suits. Other say that lawsuits are about money, not errors. Will patient rapport help avert a lawsuit?Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: None Article Source Type: news

Thinking About Keeping Over-payments? Think Again
Keeping overpayments can end up costing a healthcare organization dearly. Here's what you need to know. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Continued ‘Aggressive Audit Tactics’ by Private Payers and Government Regulators Following 2018 Medicare Part B Price Cuts Will Strain Profitability of Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups
Medical laboratory leaders must take steps to protect their lab’s financial stability and know how to prepare and respond to investigations and regulatory threats Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups may soon face a new normal that includes more frequent and tougher audits by both private payers and the government, resulting in larger monetary demands. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 6, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Blue Cross Blue Shield Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services cigna clinical laboratory Dark Daily David W. Source Type: news

Medical Malpractice Liability in the EHR
The EHR is creating some risk and liability for providers. Some of these risks are obvious and some are not. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 3, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephen H. Hanson, PA-C Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice EHR Compliance Technology Source Type: news

7 Steps to Addressing Addiction within Your Practice
What if the opioid epidemic hits your practice and forces one of your providers to check into rehab? Here are some questions to ask yourself. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 1, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Source Type: news