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Why Is Therapy So Expensive?
After a bout of breakup-induced anxiety and depression, 31-year-old New York City resident Emily Taylor decided to look for a therapist. But finding a mental health professional to accept her Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plan proved to be nearly impossible. “I spent days looking for therapists near me that were covered by my insurance,” Taylor said. “For the very few I did find, I spent over five hours on the phone trying to get appointments, [only] to find that they were either not accepting new patients or the wait time was two months.” Taylor was able to locate plenty of highly rev...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Stupid Proposal For GOP To Save Face On Healthcare Reform
Congressional Republicans have now positioned themselves firmly between a rock and a hard place on healthcare reform. This would be highly amusing if it weren’t for the seriousness of the subject matter, which could accurately be described as a life-or-death subject for millions. Republicans now have the choice of voting for a bill which is massively unpopular with the public (increasingly so, as a matter of fact), or admitting to their own voting base that they’ve been flat-out lying about the evils of Obamacare for the past eight years. That’s a tough choice, because no matter what route they take, it i...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Letter to the Editor: The Real Numbers of Malpractice Risk
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - May 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: news

Bankruptcy Clawbacks Create New Headaches for Physicians
If physicians didn't have enough to worry about with fraud, they should be wary of bankruptcy trustees seeking " claw backs. " (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Personal Finance Source Type: news

Latest ACA Repeal Effort Soundly Rejected by AMA, Others
Medical advocacy groups continue to oppose the GOP's healthcare repeal efforts, speaking out against the latest iteration of the AHCA. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Population Health Law & Malpractice Billing and Collections Healthcare Reform Source Type: news

Five Doctors Tell'How I Survived After Being Sued'Five Doctors Tell'How I Survived After Being Sued '
For a physician, getting sued for malpractice is extremely personal. Physicians who were sued describe the range of emotions they felt, and how it changed their lives and the way they view patients.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Could McKesson Settlement Set a Precedent That Would Require Clinical Laboratories to Track Physician Test Ordering?
McKesson agreed to pay a $150 million settlement for not reporting suspicious opioid orders and this case establishes a precedent that could ensnare other providers In today’s world of the Internet-of-Things, it is becoming easier to collect data on every purchase made by individuals and companies. That ability to track the actions of consumers and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 26, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Betsy C Jividen clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

A Physicians Asset Protection Makeover
Asset protection and risk management tips to help physicians stay up to date in an area where one misstep could prove costly. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 25, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Training Work/Life Balance Source Type: news

A Physician & #039;s Asset Protection Makeover
Asset protection and risk management tips to help physicians stay up to date in an area where one misstep could prove costly. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 25, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Training Work/Life Balance Source Type: news

Inbox: Is Your Practice Violating HIPAA?
In our recurring blog " Inbox, " we get reader feedback on adhering to HIPAA laws and whether or not DPC is a fit for your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 24, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: HIPAA Law & Malpractice Operations Practice Models Source Type: news

Why Some Consumers Love the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Coverage and Some Consumers Hate It
Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers need to understand the reasons why different consumers have entirely different financial experiences with the health insurance obtained under the ACA One of the interesting consequences of the Affordable Care Act is that there are different classes of consumers who have completely different experiences with the health insurance coverage obtained […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 24, 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 ACA Affordable Care Act AHCA American Health Care Act clini Source Type: news

13 Red Flags Your Pain Patient is a Drug Seeker
While prescription registries have made it easier to track down drug seekers, they are not foolproof. Here are red flags you should be looking out for. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Linda Girgis, MD Tags: Pearl Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Patient Relations Pearls Source Type: news

HIPAA and Social Media
HIPAA laws can be broken in one social post, don't let your practice fall victim to simple social media indiscretions. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 18, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Kyle Haubrich, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Operations Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

Report: House bill would raise the bar for medical malpractice plaintiffs
Republican legislators reportedly want to put a $250,000 cap on the damages plaintiffs can win from physicians in medical malpractice lawsuits, raising concerns among medical device makers. The bill would impose new limits on lawsuits involving care covered by government health insurance programs, including some product liability suits, according to the New York Times. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said the measure would constrain “frivolous lawsuits that unnecessarily drive up health care costs,” the newspaper reported, but Democrats and plaintiffs’ attorneys said they fear it wou...
Source: Mass Device - April 17, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Product Liability Wall Street Beat Capitol Hill Source Type: news

For This Practice, Following HIPAA is Complicated and Messy
A practice is discovering that the universal truth around HIPAA compliance is there is no universal truth. Every scenario is different. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Leann DiDomenico McAllister Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Compliance Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

Healthcare Fraud 101: Under False Claims Act Investigation
When your practice is under a False Claims Act investigation, here are some steps to take from a legal perspective. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Human Trafficking: What Physicians Need to Know
Physicians need to know the signs of human trafficking so they can successfully diagnose, treat, and report an incident. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Training Patients Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

Malpractice claim rate against U.S. physicians drops
The rate of malpractice claims paid against U.S. physicians has dropped across...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Taking care of logistics can reduce errors in emergency radiology State tort reform reduces orders for x-rays 5 ways to create a culture of safety in radiology Malpractice nondisclosure terms can vary NEJM: Radiology suits are uncommon, payouts below average (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - April 13, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Dizziness, malpractice, and the otolaryngologist - Tolisano AM, Song SA, Ruhl DS, Littlefield PD.
PURPOSE: To assess malpractice claims related to the management of dizziness in otolaryngology in order to improve care and minimize the risk of litigation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective review of the LexisNexis "Jury Verdicts and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 12, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Falls Source Type: news

Pelzman's Picks: Surviving a Critical Illness
(MedPage Today) -- Also, malpractice reform, the rise of disability (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - April 11, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

2017 Vacation Asset Protection Issues for Physicians
The most advantageous part of asset protection is risk management, avoiding and limiting predictable risks before they happen. Last month, I covered some of the seasonal and family related risks  that affect physicians at home and times like spring break and summer vacation. This post will highlight some precautions that should be taken when you are away this summer. But first, here are two new travel risks related to current events and politics. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - April 11, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Operations Personal Health Records Source Type: news

Patient aggression towards different professional groups of healthcare workers - Kowalczuk K, Krajewska-Ku łak E.
INTRODUCTION: Patient aggression affects healthcare quality and, in extreme situations, may even lead to medical malpractice. Little is known, however, about the specific distribution of health care professionals' exposure to patient aggression in various ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Aetna CEO Declares Affordable Care Act in ‘Death Spiral’ in a Speech of Interest to Pathologists and Medical Laboratory Professionals
Aetna’s CEO Mark Bertolini highlights how the current system increases costs for both insurers and consumers At the moment, probably no issue is more politicized than that of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called Obamacare. Because it controls the design of health insurance coverage, it also influences the way health plans pay hospitals, physicians, […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 10, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations ACA aetna Affordable Care Act Avalere Source Type: news

Letter to the Editor: The Real Numbers of Malpractice Risk
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - April 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter to the Editor Source Type: news

Fewer malpractice claims succeed, but payouts rise
Shift may reflect changes in laws that place a cap on damage claims, Harvard study author suggests (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doing Business with Family is Risky
Without asset protection, physicians face a litany of risks in both their personal and professional lives. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Career Risk Management Work/Life Balance Source Type: news

Paid Malpractice Claims Cut in Half From 1992 to 2014 in U.S.
But, increase in mean compensation amounts and percentage of paid claims exceeding $ 1 million (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - March 28, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pathology Source Type: news

Study finds decline in medical malpractice claims
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital found paid medical malpractice claims for physicians in the United States declined during the past two decades. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fewer Successful Malpractice Claims in U.S., but Higher Payouts
Tort reform laws may help explain findings, researchers saySource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Patient Safety (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malpractice Payment Rates Down for All Specialties Malpractice Payment Rates Down for All Specialties
The overall rate of paid medical malpractice claims made on behalf of US physicians fell by more than half between 1992 and 2014, a new study has shown.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

American Clinical Laboratory Association ’s Annual Meeting Takes Place in Washington, DC, as Congress Considers First Obamacare Repeal-and-Replace Bill
CMS Director speaks at ACLA meeting; acknowledges that labs are alerting the agency to problems with Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) private payer market reporting, but did not say whether a delay in implementing either reporting or lab test fee cuts would be possible WASHINGTON, DC—Last week, it was symbolic that, as members of […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 27, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing Management & Operations ACA ACLA Affordable Care Act Alan Mertz american clinical laborat Source Type: news

Fewer Successful Malpractice Claims in U.S., But Higher Payouts
MONDAY, March 27, 2017 -- The rate of paid medical malpractice claims in the United States has declined significantly, dropping nearly 56 percent between 1992 and 2014, researchers report. At the same time, the average payout for successful... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 27, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Paid medical malpractice claims decrease
(Brigham and Women's Hospital) Researchers report that the overall rate of claims paid on behalf of all physicians dropped by 55.7 percent. Pediatricians had the largest decline, at 75.8 percent, and cardiologists had the smallest, at 13.5 percent. After adjusting for inflation, researchers found that the amount of the payment increased by 23.3 percent and was also dependent on specialty. Neurosurgery had the highest mean payment, and dermatology had the lowest. The percentage of payments exceeding $1 million also increased during the same time period. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Paid Medical Malpractice Claims Decrease
Researchers report that the overall rate of claims paid on behalf of all physicians dropped by 55.7 percent. Pediatricians had the largest decline, at 75.8 percent, and cardiologists had the smallest, at 13.5 percent. (Source: BWH for Journalists)
Source: BWH for Journalists - March 27, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Paid Medical Malpractice Claims Decrease
Researchers report that the overall rate of claims paid on behalf of all physicians dropped by 55.7 percent. Pediatricians had the largest decline, at 75.8 percent, and cardiologists had the smallest, at 13.5 percent. (Source: BWH News)
Source: BWH News - March 27, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Mitigate Risk: Physician Background Checks
Colorado is one of only six states that doesn't require doctors to undergo criminal records checks, but change is on the way. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 23, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Staff Risk Management Operations Source Type: news

Texas Senate Passes Bill Allowing OBs To Keep Info From Pregnant Women
The Texas Senate passed a controversial bill on Tuesday that critics argue would empower doctors to lie to pregnant women. Senate Bill 25, which will now be sent to the Texas House, prevents parents from suing their medical provider if their baby is born with disabilities, even if that doctor discovered the condition during routine prenatal testing and failed to inform the parents. The architects of the so-called “wrongful-birth” bill have argued it would protect children with disabilities and prevent doctors from facing unnecessary lawsuits. “It is unacceptable that doctors can be penalized for embr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Succession Planning 101 for Private Practices
If you are thinking of retiring, or even if you aren't, make sure you have a viable succession plan in place. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 20, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Chris Mann Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Operations Source Type: news

New CMS Chief Confirmed Amid Controversy
Controversy continues as the GOP healthcare bill clears its first hurdles. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 17, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Blog Population Health Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Source Type: news

Seasonal Asset Protection Issues for Physicians
Protecting your assets as a doctor often means thinking outside of the practice walls, where the things you work so hard for can be at risk. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Healthcare Fraud 101: The False Claims Act
A look into the False Claims Act and how the federal government will aim to prosecute wrongdoers. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Operations Source Type: news

ACA Replacement Plan Ripped Apart by Medical Groups
Medical groups like the AMA and AHA are against the GOP's Affordable Care Act replacement bill, the AHCA, which faces a long road towards becoming law. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Population Health Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Medical Billing Collections Source Type: news

Does a State's Malpractice Climate Affect Quality of Care?
(MedPage Today) -- Study suggests hostile malpractice climates don't result in improved outcomes (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - March 7, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Here Are Some Scary Things That Can Happen To You In A Hospital
After heart disease and cancer, the third greatest cause of death in America is medical mistakes, according to Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Martin Makary. Makary, who says medical screw-ups claim the lives of at least 250,000 people a year, has urged the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to add medical errors to its annual list of the leading causes of death. His analysis was published in The BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal, last May ― and he probably shouldn’t hold his breath waiting for the CDC to act. A spokesman for the CDC agrees that medical errors are important and merit a...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protecting Practices from a Significant Billing Error
What happens when a practice accidentally bills for a procedure that has never been performed. Here are ways to ensure you never find out. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - March 1, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Does the Fear of Being Sued Promote Quality? Does the Fear of Being Sued Promote Quality?
A long-held malpractice/defensive medicine belief is scrutinized.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

GOP Again Proposes Malpractice Tort Reform, With a Twist GOP Again Proposes Malpractice Tort Reform, With a Twist
A $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages and other limits on plaintiffs would kick in when their healthcare coverage involves a federal program, subsidy, or tax benefit.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Physicians, Protect Your Assets against these Tax Scams
Physicians, make sure to avoid these 12 scams when filing your taxes this year. Six make you the victim, six make you the criminal. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 28, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Embezzlement Compliance Source Type: news

Arkansas House Votes to Put Tort-Reform Proposal on Ballot
LITTLE ROCK - The Arkansas House has voted to place on the ballot a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorney's fees and punitive damages in lawsuits. The House voted 66-30 Monday for the joint resolution and sent it back to the state Senate to consider a House amendment. A previous version of the proposal passed the Senate earlier. Supporters say the proposal would reduce legal judgments against health care providers, which they say would lead to a decrease in medical malpractice insurance rates. If eventually approved by voters, the proposal would cap punitive and non-economic d...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - February 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

APRNs:'What Level of Malpractice Insurance Do I Need?'APRNs:'What Level of Malpractice Insurance Do I Need? '
An APRN who is working as an RN asks the question, but the answer applies to any nurse.Medscape Nurses (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Ask the Expert Source Type: news