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Docs Can More Freely Transport Patients Under Updated Law
A new rule creates certain " safe harbor " provisions under the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute with regards to transportation. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 21, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Study finds state tort reforms linked to decreases in radiography utilization
(Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute) According to new research from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, state tort reform has been associated with a decrease in physician ordering of radiographs. The study, published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), examines the extent to which radiography use is influenced by malpractice liability pressure among office-based physicians. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Malpractice Premiums Trail Inflation for Some Physicians Malpractice Premiums Trail Inflation for Some Physicians
The cost of malpractice insurance has been creeping down since 2008, and some physicians are paying less for it than they did in 2001 on an inflation-adjusted basis.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - December 17, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Fraud and Embezzlement Issues Target Doctors at Year End
A recurring pattern of fraud and embezzlement peaks at the end of each year. What practices must be aware of, both internally and externally. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 13, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Social media guidelines for our clinicians
We recently published this guideline at BIDMC based on the input from a multi-disciplinary working group.   I thought it might be useful to share with the community, since many healthcare organizations are at the early stage developing social media policies. 1.  Why do consumers interact with an organization’s social site? In general, there is a perception gap between the reasons consumers interact with companies on social sites and why the companies think they do. (Source: IBM Report: From Social Media to Social CRM) After discounts and purchases (not applicable to BIDMC), consumers ranked reviews and prod...
Source: Mass Device - December 12, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Life as a Health Care CIO Source Type: news

The Ugly Case of Healthcare Fraud in Texas
More than 20 healthcare professionals from a hospital in Texas are being charged with a kickback conspiracy involving over $500 million in insurance claims. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 8, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Billing Compliance Source Type: news

No Practice is Immune from the False Claim Act, Stark Law
A recent case exemplified why every practice — regardless of size — needs to play by the rules when it comes to the False Claims Act and Stark Law. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 8, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Stark Source Type: news

The Power of Nice in the Age of Mean
The demeaning insults, the angry diatribes, the total disrespect and disregard of any opinion that isn't an exact replica of our own. And we're just talking about this past Thanksgiving dinner. Millions of our own beloved relatives and friends could not resist talking turkey about their political views, red, blue, purple, green and rainbow colored. (Who knew that tryptophan could be such a life-saver, mercifully putting to bed myriad arguments with a self-satisfied snooze before the pumpkin pie was served?) And now with the winter holidays approaching, the familial season of good tidings and cheer might well snowball into...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Saving Our Doctors and Ourselves
Heather Hanson “This case is killing me.” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard those five words.  I defend doctors when they are sued for negligence.  I am a medical malpractice defense attorney, but attorneys are also called “counsel.” Most of my time is spent counseling.  Medical malpractice cases are made up of allegations, and sometimes the allegations are true. More often, in my experience, they’re not. Either way these cases make doctors doubt themselves, their patients, and the health care system. Sometimes doctors know they made a mistake. This is a good time to...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - December 6, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter e-patient movement empowered patient medical malpractice defense Moral Injury Source Type: news

Saving Our Doctors and Ourselves
Heather Hansen “This case is killing me.” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard those five words.  I defend doctors when they are sued for negligence.  I am a medical malpractice defense attorney, but attorneys are also called “counsel.” Most of my time is spent counseling.  Medical malpractice cases are made up of allegations, and sometimes the allegations are true. More often, in my experience, they’re not. Either way these cases make doctors doubt themselves, their patients, and the health care system. Sometimes doctors know they made a mistake. This is a good time to...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - December 6, 2016 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter e-patient movement empowered patient medical malpractice defense Moral Injury Source Type: news

Safety at the Practice Takes on a New Meaning
OSHA recently introduced harsher penalties to employers who are violating workplace safety guidelines. Here's what you have to know. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 30, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: David Hurton Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Audits Compliance Staff Source Type: news

Florida & #039;s Ruling on Suicide Puts Physicians at Risk
A recent ruling on patient suicides by the Florida Supreme Court puts physicians at added risk for something they have little control over. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 27, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jeanine Joy, Ph.D. Tags: Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Patient Relations Source Type: news

Being Excluded from Participating Medicare and Medicaid is a Reality
A New Jersey physician's actions of submitting thousands of false claims to Medicare and Medicaid cost him more than a fine. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 24, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Medical Billing Collections Source Type: news

Off Script- You might not want to be so hasty in writing off-hand prescriptions for your friends and family.
Conclusion We went into medicine to help people. It seems so easy to just write the antibiotic prescription when a nurse says she has a UTI and she tells you that she even dipped her own urine. Don’t get me wrong: having the privilege of writing prescriptions is a perk of the profession. However, we need to follow the policies that we’ve agreed to through our board of medicine (appropriate evaluation and documentation), not use hospital equipment for work not involving hospital patients, and be aware of the malpractice risk when we care for people off the books. Dr. Silverman is chairman of emergency medicine a...
Source: EPMonthly.com - November 21, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Taja Whitted Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

The Battle Rages On for Malpractice Caps The Battle Rages On for Malpractice Caps
In this state, the battle rages on; inflammatory comment upends med-mal trial; mock trial fosters empathy between residents and law students.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape FamilyMedicine Headlines - November 16, 2016 Category: Primary Care Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

An Advocate for Universal Healthcare Coverage
In light of the election, America is united in not knowing what lies ahead. This doctor uses this time to reflect on our health system and its many issues. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 15, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jennifer Frank, MD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Compliance Source Type: news

Radiologist found liable for malpractice in Israel for causing a patient's suicide by sending a "bad news" report: can this happen in the United States? - Berlin L, Sosna J, Halevy D.
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to present an example of a non-U.S. lawsuit in which a radiologist was found negligent in the case of a psychiatric patient who died by suicide after reading a radiology report sent directly to him. CONCLUS... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Medical Marijuana: A Fact of Life for Arkansas Employers (Stuart Jackson Commentary)
The election is over, and Arkansas is now the latest of many states to have a medical marijuana law on the books.  Although the new amendment to the Arkansas Constitution is effective immediately, it should take some time for the approved use of medical marijuana to begin. At the very least, someone has to design and print the required "Registry Identification Cards" for users — unless one of your employees shows up with a registry identification card from another state and claims to be a "visiting qualifying patient."   So, what does the new law do? It allows (among other things) "...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - November 10, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Could radiologists be found liable for patient suicide?
If a patient commits suicide after receiving imaging exam results he or she...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: The 3 biggest threats to radiology No need to panic: Malpractice suit rates remain stable SaferMD helps radiologists reduce malpractice risk Malpractice nondisclosure terms can vary NCoBC: 3 ways nurse navigators can reduce your malpractice risk (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - November 9, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Real Life Stories Show Doctors a Need for Defensive Planning
Recent headlines illustrate the wide range of risks that doctors should be legally and financially prepared to face during the course of their career. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 8, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Patients Personal Finance Source Type: news

Real Life Stories Show Doctors Need Defensive Planning
Recent headlines illustrate the wide range of risks that doctors should be legally and financially prepared to face during the course of their career. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 8, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Patients Personal Finance Source Type: news

Barriers Restricting Access to EHR Data in Support of Patient Safety and Privacy Laws Can Lead to Diagnostic Errors, Some Involving Clinical Laboratory Tests
What causes diagnostic errors? This was the question asked by researchers at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (EDVA) in Houston. It is also a question of great interest to pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists, since the failure of physicians to properly order and interpret medical laboratory tests can be a cause of diagnostic […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 7, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Politics and Medicine — Strange Bedfellows
A recent study suggests that physicians differ in their approach to emotionally charged issues, like abortion, based on political affiliation. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 2, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Risk Management Partnerships Source Type: news

INBOX: Physicians Recommend Dumping ACA
In our recurring blog " Inbox " we share comments from physicians and practice administrators telling us what keeps them awake at night. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 6, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Boston Scientific loses bid to toss $19m pelvic mesh loss
Boston Scientific (NYSE:BSX) yesterday lost its bid to overturn an $18.5 million loss in a product liability lawsuit brought by a quartet of women alleging that its Obtryx pelvic mesh caused their injuries. A jury in West Virginia federal court in November 2014 found Boston Scientific liable to 4 women following a 10-day trial; the trial judge later ordered the Marlborough, Mass.-based company to pay each of the 4 women damages ranging from $3.25 million to $4.25 million (the 4th plaintiff later settled her case out of court and it was dismissed). Boston Scientific last year asked Judge Joseph Goodwin, of th...
Source: Mass Device - October 4, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Product Liability Wall Street Beat Women's Health Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits Source Type: news

The 3 biggest threats to radiology
Radiology has long been an attractive field for physicians-in-training, with...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Top 5 trends from RSNA 2015 in Chicago ARRS: 6 reasons to be optimistic about radiology New ACR CEO Thorwarth bullish on radiology's future How to take action against radiology threats: Part 2 How to take action against radiology threats: Part 1Comments: 10/3/2016 5:16:44 AMraduser1 Ezekiel Emanuel.....Ezekiel Emanuel.....hmmm........where have I heard that name before? Oh yeah, that's right. He is/was a leading architect and proponent of ObamaCare. The same guy whose prediction for the suc...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 3, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Practice Rounds: Increasing Federal Subsidies for ACA
The presidential candidates have diametrically opposed positions on healthcare and Congress may be the culprit for out-of-control drug costs. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 30, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

New tool for recognizing physician distress, preventing suicide
  Physicians die by their own hands at much higher rates than do members of the general public —40 percent higher in males and 130 percent higher in females—so recognizing and responding to physician distress is crucial. Physicians themselves are uniquely positioned to do this for their colleagues, but many are uncomfortable intervening and unsure what steps to take if they do get involve d. A new resource offers guidance in successfully identifying distressed colleagues and helping them get the care they need. Risk factors for physicians may be similar to those for the general public, but many physician...
Source: AMA Wire - September 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Timothy Smith Source Type: news

A Woman Dies After Childbirth, and Her Husband Asks Why
Amy Lam, who prematurely gave birth in her bathroom, bled to death after a series of surgical procedures at Harlem Hospital Center. Now her family has accused the hospital of malpractice and negligence. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SAMANTHA SCHMIDT Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Hospitals Malpractice Harlem Hospital Center New York City Source Type: news

Medical Errors Should Not Be Our 3rd Leading Cause of Death
Suppose two jumbo jets crashed every day, killing a total of about 365,000 people in a year. Remarkably enough that's about the level of carnage caused every year in our country by avoidable medical mistakes. We would never tolerate such an incredible loss of life were it caused by recurring plane crashes (or most anything else). The Federal Aviation Authority would be given immediate and unlimited funding to figure out exactly why the planes were crashing and to do whatever it takes to make them safe again. In fact, complete reporting of mistakes, and constantly correcting them, has made flying in a commercial plane abo...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Captive and Life Insurance Sales Plans Target Doctors
Here are some of the vital basics doctors and their advisors need to know about captive and life insurance sales plans. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 27, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Finance Law & Malpractice Audits Source Type: news

Can Losing a Malpractice Suit Cost You Your House? Can Losing a Malpractice Suit Cost You Your House?
Many doctors fear that if they are sued for malpractice and lose their case in court, they could lose their greatest personal asset--their house. But is it true? See what your colleagues think.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Compliance or Preventative (Legal) Care for Practices
Here are eight elements of an effective corporate compliance program, which can prevent healthcare fraud and abuse before it ever starts. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 22, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Yulian Shtern, Esq. Tags: Law & Malpractice Audits Compliance Stark Source Type: news

Task Force Hones in on Medicare Fraud
Here are a few lessons practices can take from the recent announcement of criminal charges brought up against three physicians by a federal task force. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 22, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Law & Malpractice Embezzlement Compliance Stark Source Type: news

The Doctors' Company: Malpractice Claims Down
(MedPage Today) -- Communication with patients, diagnosis still problems (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 21, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The Doctors Company: Malpractice Claims Down
(MedPage Today) -- Communication with patients, diagnosis still problems (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 21, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Case-by-Case: Anatomy of Malpractice
(MedPage Today) -- Case studies illustrate common pitfalls (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 21, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

In 2017, to Offset Declining Reimbursement and Shrinking Budgets, Savvy Clinical Laboratories Are Using LEAN to Improve Service and Intelligently Cut Costs
Nation’s most experienced lab operations managers, cost-cutters, and Lean experts will gather to share successes and proven ideas at Lab Quality Confab on October 18-19, 2016 Most hospitals and health systems are in the first stages of developing their budgets for 2017. Clinical laboratory administrators and pathologists at these institutions report three common factors are […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 21, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations American Associatio Source Type: news

The Inbox
  editor@epmonthly.com RE: Throwing stones “We’re ignoring the 300 lb gorilla…” Dear Editor, I enjoyed your article and agree with Hoffman’s conclusions. However, medicine is avoiding the 300 pound gorilla in the room. The main causes of over testing that I see are 1) the administration expects us to increase income, 2) There have been studies that show that patients assess the quality of care by the number of tests that are ordered- I have never met a Medicaid patient that did not relish tests, and 3) the incompetence of the physician ordering the test. I have seen poor physicians o...
Source: EPMonthly.com - September 19, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt McGahen Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Interviewing 102: Making a Match that Will Last
  A successful job interview looks beyond the offer letter There are many ways one might define a successful interview in a typical scenario; usually, job offer = successful interview. But for an EM physician in most markets, the offer is almost a given. A successful interview can and should be so much more than getting an offer or making a great impression. A truly good interview is rather a step in the process of making the best possible match. As you’ve likely heard before, a large percentage of EP’s stay in their first job less than two years. And while a portion of that group can be attributed to situ...
Source: EPMonthly.com - September 19, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt McGahen Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Donald Trump Trusts Dr. Oz, But A Bunch Of Doctors Don't
WASHINGTON ― Unlike recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump has not released detailed medical records to the public. Instead, he is discussing his health with Mehmet Oz, a celebrity doctor a number of other doctors don’t trust. Oz serves as director of the integrative medicine center at Columbia University. Last year, a group of doctors suggested he should be fired from Columbia’s medical faculty. The group, which included physicians from Stanford University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, pointed to Oz’s “disdain for science and for evid...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is The Shocking News of the Sugar Industry's Influence Over Harvard Researchers Really Shocking?
Hey, Sugar, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Today, the Journal of the American Medical Association dropped an alleged bombshell when it disclosed that the sugar industry lobby influenced research on coronary heart disease by effectively bribing Harvard researchers to promote the theory that dietary fat, and not sugar, causes heart disease. The story is trending on Facebook at this very moment, and the JAMA Facebook post states that "Policymaking committees should consider giving less weight to food industry-funded studies, and include mechanistic and animal studies as well as studies appraising the ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Malpractice Risk: The Dangers of False Positives Malpractice Risk: The Dangers of False Positives
An erroneous diagnosis borne from a misinterpreted test result can subject patients to unnecessary procedures, emotional trauma, and medical regimens that can alter their lives.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - September 14, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Higher Deductibles and Co-Insurance Costs Squeezing Healthcare Consumers ’ Wallets; A Reasons for Clinical Labs to Make Lab Test Prices Easy to See
Two new studies show patients are being increasingly burdened with a greater share of healthcare costs, which requires providers, including medical labs, to collect more money from patients at time of service Although wage increases remain stagnant, consumers now pay a steadily increasing share of their healthcare costs. That’s because of rising deductibles, co-insurance, and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 14, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing ACA aetna Affordable Care Act Barbara Gniewek clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Emily Adrion Health Care Source Type: news

More Tax, Legal Scams Targeting Doctors at Year End
Asset protection for doctors is a proactive science, says attorney, Ike Devji. Avoid common tax scams at the end of the year. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - September 13, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Self Pay Personal Finance Source Type: news

Missouri woman who lived with needle lodged in back wins large judgment
Woman has lived with a hypodermic needle lodged in her back for nearly seven years; awarded a $507,000 judgment in a medical malpractice lawsuit (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - September 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How to Utilize Medical Practice Consultants Effectively
Physicians may understand they need help with certain practice issues, but may not know to go about securing that help. Here's how to get started. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 31, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Susanne Madden Tags: Pearl Managers Administrators Law & Malpractice Operations Pearls Source Type: news

Malpractice claims related to tooth extractions
AbstractObjectiveThe aim of this study was to analyze malpractice claims related to tooth extractions in order to identify areas requiring emphasis and eventually to reduce the number of complications.Material and methodsWe compiled a file of all malpractice claims related to tooth extractions (EBA code) between 1997 and 2010 from the Finnish Patient Insurance Centre. We then examined the data with respect to date, tooth, surgery, injury diagnosis, and the authority ’s decision on the case.ResultsThe material consisted of 852 completed patient cases. Most of the teeth were third molars (66 %), followed by first ...
Source: Dental Technology Blog - August 24, 2016 Category: Dentistry Source Type: news

Texas Dermatopathology Laboratory Under Fire for Genetic Testing Scheme Targeting Soldiers Near Fort Hood
CBS News investigation alleges Cockerell Dermatopathology used service members to bill military health insurance system for millions of dollars of unnecessary screening tests Following its investigation, CBS News reported allegations that a Texas dermatopathology laboratory has bilked the military healthcare system out of millions of dollars by enticing service members to sign up for unnecessary […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 24, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology American Academy of Dermatology CBS News Clay Cockerell clinical laboratory Cockerell Dermatopathology Dark Daily dark intelli Source Type: news