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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

5 Steps to Avoid Being a Ransomware Victim
Two attorneys with expertise in cybersecurity outlined steps practices should take to minimize the threat of ransomware at HIMSS17. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Milly Dawson Tags: Conference Report Conferences/HIMSS 2017 Health IT Law & Malpractice Technology Source Type: news

Tech Partnerships Bring Help, Potential Trouble to Docs
Old government regulations need to adapt to new healthcare technologies, advises a former DOJ attorney. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 21, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Keith L. Martin Tags: Conference Report Conferences/HIMSS 2017 Health IT Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Stark Source Type: news

Your Practice Website Must be ADA Compliant
Most think only of their facility and job accommodations are required to be under compliance by ADA. Your practice's website has to be compliant too. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Sacopulos, JD Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Doctors, Learn from Asset Protection Horror Stories
An asset protection plan can go horribly wrong for doctors if they are not well informed. Here are a few instances where this happened. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 14, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Personal Finance Source Type: news

Do & #039;s and Don & #039;ts with the EHR and Malpractice
From documenting care in real time to being as specific as possible, there are steps you can take to minimize malpractice risk. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 13, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Aine Cryts Tags: Health IT EHR Technology Source Type: news

Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary
Rep. Tom Price was confirmed by the Senate along party lines as the next Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Gabriel Perna Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Payers Practice Models Source Type: news

Healthcare Fraud 101: An Overview of the Key Statutes
An overview of the four federal healthcare fraud statutes and what your practice can do to avoid violating any of them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - February 9, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sara Kropf Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Audits Compliance Stark Source Type: news

At Your Defense: Medical Malpractice Stress Syndrome Takes Its Toll
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - February 1, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: At Your Defense Source Type: news

Expanding the Emergency Room Model: 'Central Care System' Could Help Americans Gain Universal Health Care Access
By Dr. Sudip Bose, MD -- There are many reasons why emergency rooms are dangerously overcrowded. With millions of Americans lacking adequate access to primary care providers, emergency rooms have become the primary health care system and safety net for the uninsured, underinsured and those without access to other medical care.1 Overcrowded and with overworked staffs, ERs are perilously close to collapse in many places. (See my other article on ERs here: Our Nation's Emergency Rooms). In fact, many already have closed their doors.2 There is an increased demand for emergency department care, as hospital emergency rooms have ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

To tackle the post-truth world, science must reform itself
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 27, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Recent Case Highlights Liability Landmines for Physicians
Some physicians will have a lot more to worry about this year than having to lose 10 pounds or improving their healthy eating habits. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 26, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Billing Compliance Source Type: news

What Do People Misunderstand About the Healthcare Industry?
What should everyone know about the health insurance industry that most people don't? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO and Co-Founder of PolicyGenius, on Quora. The health insurance industry is a prime target for consumer anger - and rightfully so in a lot of cases. Plans are confusing, billing errors are common, and premiums and deductibles seem to rise every year. But while many might think health insurance companies are to blame and are rolling in rich profit margins, that's not the c...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

George H. Haddad -- Unsung Excellence In Medicine
Ever wonder about the people who make our health care system work at a time when reports of greed, fraud, profiteering and harmful malpractice are rampant and remedies are not advanced? I was recently reminded how hard these proficient and caring physicians, nurses and physician assistants are working day after day and how their commitment to patients and their profession receives so little recognition. The sad occasion for these reflections was the passing this month of Dr. George H. Haddad, an alert 101-year-old surgeon who had worked for many years in New York City's public hospitals. Growing up in Egypt, he graduated...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Asset Protection: Insurance Issues Most Doctors Overlook
Always make sure you are covered for various liability insurance blind spots before they become an issue. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 24, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Billing and Collections Compliance Source Type: news

The Problem with the New OIG Safe Harbor Regulations
As Otto Von Bismarck once said, " If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made. " That's true for new Safe Harbor regulations. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 22, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Payers Source Type: news

Is There Still a Need for Malpractice Reform? Is There Still a Need for Malpractice Reform?
Republicans finally have a chance to do something about tort reform, but is it still a problem for physicians?Medscape Reader Polls (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

2% of Physicians Involved in Half of Malpractice Settlements
(MedPage Today) -- But few doctors are sanctioned (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 15, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news