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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

Stronger malpractice laws may not prevent surgical complications
(Reuters Health) – More aggressive malpractice climates don’t necessarily protect patients from surgical complications, a new study suggests (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Get Serious About Coding Compliance in 2017
It's time to get serious about your compliance plan for improper coding and billing issues and overpayments. Here are five actions to take. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - January 10, 2017 Category: Practice Management Authors: Michael Sacopulos, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Coding Compliance Patient Confidentiality Source Type: news

Malpractice in the Management of Small Bowel Obstruction Malpractice in the Management of Small Bowel Obstruction
Dr Lowenfels comments on a 33-year review of malpractice lawsuits arising from patients diagnosed with small bowel obstruction, published in the journal Surgery.Medscape General Surgery (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: General Surgery Viewpoint Source Type: news

Malpractice Crisis? Leading Republicans and Experts Disagree Malpractice Crisis? Leading Republicans and Experts Disagree
The incoming HHS secretary wants to boldly reform the malpractice system, saying hundreds of billions are wasted on “ lawsuit abuse ” and defensive medicine. Industry experts say premiums and claims are down and “ it ’ s a wonderful time for doctors. ”Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Where Is Evidence-Based Medicine When You Need It?
(MedPage Today) -- Problem is, EBM holds no weight in malpractice litigation (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - January 5, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Ohio's 20-week abortion ban worries doctors facing medical emergencies
Ohio's 20-week abortion ban could put doctors in an "untenable position" of facing a criminal charge if they act on a pregnancy emergency or a malpractice lawsuit if they wait too long, a Columbus gynecologist says, and it could have implications for training of new physicians. But state Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Kettering Republican who was one of the two lead sponsors of the Senate Bill 127, does not believe prosecutors would use the law to question how close to death a woman must get before a doctor… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 3, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Five stories that will make you pay attention to your health
Yeah, yeah, yeah. How many times have you been told you need to pay attention to your health? And how often have you avoided that advice? No more. Read the five stories below, and you’ll be better for it. These stories were published in The Washington Post’s Health and Science section over the past year, […]Related:Dozens of couples went to a top fertility clinic. It may have used the wrong sperm.An addiction crisis along ‘the backbone of America’Top Republicans say there’s a medical malpractice crisis. Experts say there isn’t. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Advocating for Private Direct Practice Models
While there are a number of legal challenges, private direct care models are an enticing way for physicians to become less dependent on plan reimbursement requirements. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 31, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: James Eischen Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Practice Models Productivity Source Type: news

Dozens of couples went to a top fertility clinic. It may have used the wrong sperm.
Unable to make babies on their own, more than two dozen couples went to a top-flight fertility clinic in the Netherlands for help. But the clinic has announced it may have been leaving old sperm on its tools for more than a year — and now those couples face the prospect of raising a stranger's biological child. […]Related:An addiction crisis along ‘the backbone of America’Top Republicans say there’s a medical malpractice crisis. Experts say there isn’t.The head of the FDA defends the importance of drug effectiveness (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Five stories that will make you pay attention to your health
Yeah, yeah, yeah. How many times have you been told you need to pay attention to your health? And how often have you avoided that advice? No more. Read the five stories below, and you’ll be better for it. These stories were published in The Washington Post’s Health and Science section over the past year, […]Related:An addiction crisis along ‘the backbone of America’Top Republicans say there’s a medical malpractice crisis. Experts say there isn’t.The head of the FDA defends the importance of drug effectiveness (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An addiction crisis along ‘ the backbone of America ’
The young woman sat on a city bench in Athens, Ohio, smoking a Marlboro. She told me her name is Keri, she’s 29, and she has a 10-year-old daughter and a history of drug addiction and mood disorders. She’d just been to a court hearing to get custody of her child. Bad as things are […]Related:Five stories that will make you pay attention to your healthTop Republicans say there’s a medical malpractice crisis. Experts say there isn’t.The head of the FDA defends the importance of drug effectiveness (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Top Republicans say there ’ s a medical malpractice crisis. Experts say there isn ’ t.
Top Republicans say a medical malpractice crisis is threatening U.S. health care: Frivolous lawsuits are driving up malpractice insurance premiums and forcing physicians out of business. Doctors and hospitals live in fear of litigation, ordering excessive tests and treatments that make health care unaffordable for Americans. That’s why House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and […]Related:Five stories that will make you pay attention to your healthAn addiction crisis along ‘the backbone of America’The head of the FDA defends the importance of drug effectiveness (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - December 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ohio's 20-week abortion ban worries doctors facing medical emergencies
Ohio's 20-week abortion ban could put doctors in an "untenable position" of facing a criminal charge if they act on a pregnancy emergency or a malpractice lawsuit if they wait too long, a Columbus gynecologist says, and it could have implications for training of new physicians. But state Sen. Peggy Lehner, a Kettering Republican who was one of the two lead sponsors of the Senate Bill 127, does not believe prosecutors would use the law to question how close to death a woman must get before a doctor… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 30, 2016 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

In the Workplace 2017: How Arkansas Employers Can Deal with Medical Marijuana
Editor's Note: This is the first of five articles this week by the labor and employment team at the law firm of Wright Lindsey Jennings of Little Rock examining key trends for employers and the workplace in 2017. Here's a quick look at important employment issues that could arise next year. Now that Arkansas is the latest state to have a medical marijuana law on the books, Arkansas employers must be prepared to address this issue. Although the amendment to the Arkansas Constitution is effective immediately, it should take some time for most Arkansas residents to take advantage of the approved use of medical ...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - December 26, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

10 Steps to Help Make Your Practice Labor Compliant
Protect your practice from potential legal problems over labor laws. Here are 10 steps you can take. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 24, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Keith Gutstein Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Source Type: news

New Safe Harbor Rules around Referrals Established
More insight and important takeaways for physicians with regards to the final rule around safe harbors for the Anti-Kickback Statute. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 22, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Stark Referrals Source Type: news

State tort reform reduces orders for x-rays
Tort reforms that make it harder to sue physicians have a stronger effect on...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Malpractice nondisclosure terms can vary Ortho surgeons spend $2B per year on 'defensive medicine' NEJM: Radiology suits are uncommon, payouts below average Tort reform could curb 'defensive imaging,' study suggests AJR study finds holes in malpractice expert witness testimony (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - December 22, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Safe Harbors under Anti-Kickback Statute Expanded for Docs
A new rule creates certain " safe harbor " provisions under the Federal Anti-Kickback Statue with regards to transportation. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 21, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news