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Scottish NHS staff whistleblowing helpline to continue
Staff in Scotland ’s health service will continue to have access to external support should they have any concerns about patient safety or malpractice, the Scottish government has announced. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 17, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

What Every Lab Needs to Know about the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Price Cuts That Take Effect in Just 157 Days, on Jan. 1, 2018
Another big question is whether the lobbying of medical laboratory and pathology societies can educate and convince members of Congress to delay and reform the PAMA Final Rule that uses the market price study of what private payers pay for lab tests Coming in just five months are the deepest, most painful clinical laboratory test […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 17, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Uncategorized ACA Affordable Care Act Anatomical Pathology centers for medicare and medicaid services CL Source Type: news

Medicaid Cuts Maintained in New Obamacare Repeal Bill
Senate GOP leadership released a revised version of its healthcare bill, upping opioid crisis capital, among other changes, but Medicaid funding is still due to be cut. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Blog Population Health Law & Malpractice Patients Source Type: news

Criminal Investigation Trends in Healthcare
A lawyer lays out three trends from upcoming investigations and criminal cases that physicians should keep in mind. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Drops Coverage for Non-Emergency ER Visits; Medical Laboratories Could See Drop in ER Clinical Lab Test Orders
Experts concerned people will be unable to judge a true emergency from a minor health concern; patients could be left with a big ER bill if they are wrong Here’s a groundbreaking way payers are keeping healthcare costs down: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia sent letters to its members in May […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 14, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing ACEP Affordable Care Act American College of Emergency Physicians Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia clinical laboratory Source Type: news

An Asset Protection Warning for Doctors
With their livelihood on the line, doctors need to be careful with who they listen to while seeking asset protection. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 11, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Career Personal Finance Source Type: news

Opioid Prescriptions Falling, CDC Says
According to new data from the CDC, opioid prescription rates fell over a five-year period from 2010 to 2015, but are still triple where they were in 1999. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 7, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Practice Models Source Type: news

Ways to Avoid Sabotaging Your Malpractice Defense Ways to Avoid Sabotaging Your Malpractice Defense
Physicians can take many steps to avoid being sued. But if a lawsuit occurs, there are mistakes to avoid that will help them to prevail.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - July 5, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

D.C. Week: CBO Scores Senate Bill a Win on Deficit, Loss on Coverage
(MedPage Today) -- Also, Trump names Surgeon General pick, House takes on malpractice law (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 1, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

House Passes Federal Medical Malpractice Bill
On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would limit plaintiff damages to $250,000 in most medical practice lawsuits. It moves to the Senate. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Readers Argue Over Obamacare Repeal, Retail Clinics
Readers are split on whether or not the Senate's version to repeal the Affordable Care Act would serve the American people well. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 30, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Compliance Source Type: news

EHRs Not Designed with Real People in Mind, Expert Opines
Dr. Robert Wachter wrote the book on the failings of health IT and the effect these systems have on patient safety. He joined us for the Pearls podcast. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 29, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Health IT Law & Malpractice EHR Technology Source Type: news

House Passes Bill to Cap Malpractice Noneconomic Damages House Passes Bill to Cap Malpractice Noneconomic Damages
The bill now faces an uphill challenge in the Senate, where Democrats can filibuster what they view as infringement on injured plaintiffs'rights.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Alert 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 Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

This GOP Health Bill Proposes New Limits To Medical Malpractice Awards
The bill H.R. 1215 would limit awards for non-economic damages — such as pain and suffering — to $250,000. President Trump supports the bill, but many others across the political spectrum don't.(Image credit: FangXiaNuo/Getty Images/iStockphoto) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - June 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michelle Andrews Source Type: news

The Best Ways to Deal with a Disappointed Patient
Disappointed and angry patients are more likely to sue you for malpractice. Our advisory board shares tips on how to avoid this situation. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 27, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Physicians Practice Staff Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Patient Relations Source Type: news

Asset Protection: Physicians Face Varying Seasonal Risks
Physicians face many risks beyond just malpractice; we take a look at one big liability issue in the news and preventable seasonal risks. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 27, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Career Compliance Training Source Type: news

Legal Pain Management for Physicians
Legal advice on how to ensure you don't get in trouble for negligent conduct in taking care of a patient with a drug-seeking problem. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 25, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Source Type: news

Avoiding Medical Malpractice
(MedPage Today) -- Must reads about the latest news and trends in healthcare careers (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - June 23, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Luteolin: How To Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
More than 100 women die of breast cancer in the U.S. every day. It's the second leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. But in my opinion, many of those women really die of a tragic medical error. Let me explain… Millions of women in the U.S. have taken Big Pharma's hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Their doctors prescribe it to try to relieve the symptoms of menopause. Like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and weight gain. But what the drug companies try to pass off as hormones are actually synthetic concoctions. They are fake versions of the estrogen and progesterone that your body makes ...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 23, 2017 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Senate AHCA Bill Draws Sharp Criticism from Medical Groups
The Senate repeal and replace of Obamacare was published this week and like the House version, it faces strong resistance from medical groups. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 23, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Population Health Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Source Type: news

The Family History Question You Can & #039;t Ask of Patients
It'd be nice to ask a new patient about their family history with malpractice lawsuits. Unfortunately, that's not allowed, as this physician finds out. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jon Carter Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Source Type: news

Why Practice & #039;s Must Report a Data Breach
A recent settlement highlights the importance of medical facilitates reporting a breach of protected health information in a timely manner. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Training Source Type: news

Why Practices Must Report a Data Breach
A recent settlement highlights the importance of medical facilitates reporting a breach of protected health information in a timely manner. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Training Source Type: news

How to Handle an Audit from Medicare or Other Payers
Regardless of who the payer is or the stated purpose, every potential audit inquiry should be taken seriously by your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 21, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Law & Malpractice Audits Contracts Payers Source Type: news

Coverage of Alexion Investigation Highlights the Risk to Clinical Laboratories That Sell Blinded Medical Data
Despite blinding data and following protocols, a recent investigation in Bloomberg Businessweek shows that clinical laboratories can be at risk in deals with pharmaceutical and big data companies While big data is transforming how healthcare is both researched and applied, it also offers opportunities for clinical laboratories to create additional revenue from the endless streams […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 21, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Adam Tanner aHUS Alexion Ancestry AncestryDNA atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome big data cl Source Type: news

7 Takeaways from Real-Life Malpractice Cases
Malpractice incidents are unfortunate for all involved, but can provide insightful lessons for practices. Here are seven takeaways from real-life suits. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 20, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Steph Weber Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Compliance Source Type: news

Stop Signing Doctor & #039;s Notes to Avoid Being Sued
There is a precedent happening in pediatrics as helicopter parents and overbearing daycare centers have created a sharp increase in " doctor's notes. " (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Leann DiDomenico McAllister, MBA Terence Redmond McAllister, MD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Patient Relations Source Type: news

The Do & #039;s and Don & #039;ts of Medical Malpractice
Don't let a lack of communication, EHR misadventures, or failure to be prepared lead to a damaging malpractice suit at your practice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Law & Malpractice EHR Training Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

The Current State of Tort Reform
In this video exclusive for Physicians Practice, Michael Matray, host of Healthcare Matters, drills down on a pair of medical liability tort reform bills currently under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 19, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Matray Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Compliance Source Type: news

House Considers Bill to Reform Malpractice Laws
(MedPage Today) -- Vote expected in near future (Source: MedPage Today Surgery)
Source: MedPage Today Surgery - June 16, 2017 Category: Surgery Source Type: news

Can Tort Reform Get Rid of Silly Lawsuits?
At least one doctor expresses his desire for malpractice reform to enacted, to put an end to frivolous lawsuits. Don't send in the clowns! (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jon Carter Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Compliance Source Type: news

Republicans Insist They're Being Transparent With Their Hidden Health Care Bill
WASHINGTON ― Senate Republicans, after holding closed-door meetings with President Donald Trump and senior administration officials on their still-secret health care bill, declared Tuesday that actually, they are being transparent. “Nobody’s hiding the ball here. You’re free to ask anybody anything,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters, when asked about the charge from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that Republicans are “ashamed” of the Obamacare repeal bill they are writing. Although Republicans later backed down, just two hours before McConnel...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 Mistakes That Can Lead to Lawsuits
A lot of things can lead to a malpractice lawsuit. Here are 10 mistakes seen by an attorney with experience in helping docs avoid suits in the first place. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Sacopulos, JD Tags: Employment Jobs Law & Malpractice Risk Management Source Type: news

Asset Protection Makeover: Millions of Dollars Safer
The conclusion of a physician couples'risk management overhaul sees them become millions of dollars safer. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Five EHR-Related Medical Malpractice Landmines
EHRs have yet to become a major problem in medical malpractice, but the potential is there, experts say. Here are a few areas of EHR use to caution. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 12, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Health IT Law & Malpractice EHR Compliance Source Type: news

Telemedicine Wins Big in Texas, After Lengthy Battle
How does the recent telemedicine ruling in Texas correlate to mail-order pharmacies? Martin Merritt explains in this blog. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Health IT Law & Malpractice Technology Source Type: news

9 Gifts that Violate the Anti-Kickback Statute
Receiving cash for a referral is the most obvious gift that violates the Anti-Kickback Statute. Here are eight more. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Skepticism, Distrust of HIT by Healthcare Consumers Undermines Physician Adoption of Medical Reporting Technologies, But Is Opportunity for Pathology Groups, Clinical Laboratories
New studies show number of Americans who are unwilling to reveal private health information is growing, hindering medical technology developers Healthcare consumers appear not only to be raising their expectations of the quality of care they receive, but also in the privacy and security of their protected health information (PHI) as well. This is an […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 9, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Uncategorized Black Book clinical laboratory cyberattacks cybersecurity Dark Daily dark intelligence g Source Type: news

eClinicalWorks Settlement Implications for Physicians
Physicians can learn a lot about risk analysis from the recent EHR vendor False Claims Act and subsequent settlement. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 8, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Billing and Collections EHR Source Type: news

What It's Like To Have Postpartum Depression In Rural America
After her daughter’s birth, Jeanne Sager, 34, felt so distraught that she feared leaving the house. “It was June, the weather was gorgeous, but I wouldn’t venture to the front porch,” she says. Sager had postpartum depression, the No. 1 complication of pregnancy that affects almost 20 percent of new mothers. According to Postpartum Support International, women may become depressed at any time during the first year after giving birth. While the exact cause is unknown, stressors, such as hormonal fluctuations, sleep deprivation and lack of social support, may contribute to this mental health diso...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Ways to Cover a Physician & #039;s Departure from Your Practice
You have an obligation to ensure patients are protected and retained when their physician leaves your practices. Here's what to do. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 7, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka Adler Tags: Blog Healthcare Careers Law & Malpractice Contracts Source Type: news

What to Do When You are Sued for Malpractice
Have you gotten a notice that you are being sued for malpractice? Here are some steps you should take, experts say. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 6, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Angela Watkins Tags: Law & Malpractice Compliance Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Federal Medical Tort Reform Faces Uphill Climb
Despite a Republican Congress and White House, experts are skeptical about federal medical tort reform bills becoming law. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 5, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: David Raths Tags: Law & Malpractice Compliance Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Practice Owners Dwindling in the U.S.
For the first time ever, practice owners no longer represent the physician majority, according to a new AMA study. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - June 2, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Dylan Fisher Tags: Employment Law & Malpractice Operations Practice Models Source Type: news

How Trump ’s Cybersecurity Order Affects Physicians
A recent executive order to ensure federal computer systems are safe from attack has implications for medical practices as well. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 25, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Health IT HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Clinical Laboratory Companies, Hospitals, and Other Providers Preparing to Comply with FASB ’s ‘ASC 606–Revenue Recognition Standard’
All medical laboratory companies and hospitals following GAAP must comply as early as 2018 and 2019; revenue and profit impact can be either beneficial or negative There is a big change coming to clinical laboratory companies, hospitals, and other providers that report their organization’s financial performance under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Such organizations will […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 24, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology AICPA American Institute of CPAs ASC 606 Baker Tilly casey hayes clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark Source Type: news

Trump Budget Revives Malpractice Damage Caps Trump Budget Revives Malpractice Damage Caps
The White House said tough tort reform measures would save the federal government $55 billion over 10 years, part of the $3.6 trillion it's trying to cut.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Physician Asset Protection: Estate and Retirement Plans
A continued look at a two-physician couple and the multi-million dollar difference a complete risk-management planning update made to their family. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - May 23, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Risk Management Personal Finance Source Type: news