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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

Crumbling Boundaries Between Patients and Doctors
The relationship between physicians and their patients is at the core of medical practice. However, outside forces are changing the physician-patient dynamic. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 22, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Patients Mobile Physician Productivity Source Type: news

Attention Anatomic Pathologists: Do You Know Medicare Is Prepared to Change How You Are Paid, Beginning on January 1, 2017?
Because of MIPS (a section of Medicare’s MACRA law), in coming years pathologists who participate will receive a bonus of as much as 9%, while those who do not participate will be penalizing up to 9% If you are an anatomic pathologist, are you prepared to be paid more by Medicare starting on January 1, […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 22, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark R Source Type: news

Governing private security in New Zealand - Bradley T.
The remarkable growth of private security has focused attention on the increased vulnerability to poor standards and malpractice among those now reliant upon it. A common international response to this increased risk has been the introduction and/or reform... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Community-Based Prevention Source Type: news

Medical Mistakes Make It Dangerous To Go To A Hospital
It seems like someone I know gets sick almost every week. At my age, this is expectable and acceptable. What is completely unexpected and unacceptable is how often doctors and hospitals make serious mistakes. I have written about this in three previous blogs, each describing or explaining one or another aspect of outrageously incompetent medical care. "Why Are Medical Mistakes Our Third Leading Cause of Death?" http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5888408 "High Tech Medicine Can Be Bad for Your Health" http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/8331406 "We Have Too Many Specialists and Too Few General Practition...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dentist Desmond D'Mello is struck off
A string of malpractice allegations were found proven against Desmond D'Mello  after a whistle-blower exposed the poor levels of cleanliness at his practice in Gedling, Nottinghamshire. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Desmond D'Mello allegations proven by General Dental Council
A dentist who sparked "the biggest NHS patient recall in history" committed a string of malpractice offences, a panel finds. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Inbox: Asset Protection in Volatile Times
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 - August 12, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Personal Finance Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Painkiller Prescription under Increased Scrutiny from DOJ
Recent fines and arrests should show physicians there is heightened scrutiny on their prescribing of painkillers. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 11, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Risk Management Source Type: news

The rise of telemedicine
By John D. Halamka, MD As reimbursement evolves from fee for service to alternative payment models, incentives will shift from treating sickness to keeping the population healthy.   New investments will be made in technologies that reach into the home and enhance care team communication.     2016 saw an acceleration of telemedicine/telehealth.   2017 will see exponential growth. Telemedicine is hard to define.   It could be real time video teleconferencing between clinicians (a consult), between a patient and clincian (a visit), or group to group  (tumor board discussion).    It coul...
Source: Mass Device - August 11, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Life as a Health Care CIO Source Type: news

Difficulties of Big Data: The Anesthesiology News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, few physicians account for the bulk of malpractice claims (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - August 11, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Desmond D'Mello who sparked NHS recall of 22,000 patients insists he cared for them
Desmond D'Mello, who ran the Daybrook Dental Practice in Gedling, Nottinghamshire faces more than 50 allegations of malpractice - a series of alleged hygiene failure. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can the Olympics Threaten Your Medical Practice?
Medical practice owners and risk managers face a wide variety of risks including some surprising ones, like supporting your favorite Olympic athletes. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 9, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Marketing Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

After AACC Presentation, Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos Failed to Convince Clinical Laboratory Scientists and the News Media about Quality of Its Technology
Clinical chemists at AACC pointed out that Holmes did not present data as promised. Instead, she did a speech that advertised her company’s latest medical lab analyzer DATELINE: PHILADELPHIA—By now, the clinical laboratory industry and the world knows that Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes took the stage here last Monday at the annual meeting of the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 8, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AACC a Source Type: news

Practice Rounds: More Narcotics for Cranky Patients
Docs say they feel pressure from hospitals to make patients happy by prescribing narcotics. Also, text messaging patients may be the next frontier. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 4, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Law & Malpractice Technology Patient Portals Patients Source Type: news

Can You Turn Away a Bed Bug Ridden-Patient?
Does your patient have bed bugs and if so, can you refuse to offer them treatment? Our resident health lawyer, Ericka Adler answers this question. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - August 3, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Difficult Patients Compliance Source Type: news

Challenge to medical liability law could complicate pre-suit process
A medical liability case, even if successful, can cause financial, emotional and reputational harm to a physician —and also to the patient who brings the suit. A 2013 amendment to the Florida Medical Liability Act, which requires the plaintiff to release relevant health information to determine whether a claim for medical liability is meritorious, is under threat in the Florida Supreme Court. At stake inWeaver v. Myers is whether the Florida Medical Malpractice Act, which requires the plaintiff to authorize the release of otherwise confidential health information as a condition of bringing a lawsuit for medical liab...
Source: AMA Wire - August 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Authors: Troy Parks Source Type: news

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Presents Scientific Data to Clinical Laboratory Chemists and Pathologists at AACC in Philadelphia
Yesterday’s presentation by Holmes was made to an audience that was clearly skeptical, and she was careful to avoid discussions about her company’s many issues and federal investigations DATELINE: PHILADELPHIA, PA.—Yesterday, Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos, Inc., took the stage at the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo (AACC), the nation’s biggest […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 2, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laborat Source Type: news

Group Seeks to Close Malpractice Reporting'Loophole '
(MedPage Today) -- Not all physicians with malpractice claims are named in NPDB (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - July 31, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

5 Things to Know When Your Practice Gets a Nasty Review
If your practice gets a nasty review, here are some legal and practical considerations to note. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 28, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Yulian Shtern, Esq. Tags: Blog Marketing Law & Malpractice Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Physicians, Changes to DOJ Penalties are Coming
Why Aug. 1 is an important for physicians to know, with regards to Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) and the False Claims Act (FCA). (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 28, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Source Type: news

Recent Headlines Show Why Doctors Need Asset Protection
Asset protection shouldn't just be limited to malpractice. Here's why you need to looking beyond just that one area. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 26, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: HIPAA Law & Malpractice Compliance Personal Finance Source Type: news

Well: In a Hospital, Health Care Until the Clock Runs Out
In a changing health system, hospitals have become little more than a way station. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D. Tags: Hospitals Malpractice Seizures (Medical) Source Type: news

Supreme Court Issues False Claims Act Opinion
Stricter government standards for the FCA suggest that physicians who do not meet all measures of compliance could be required to refund claims payment. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 24, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Payers Physician Compensation Source Type: news

Recording Conversations with Patients, Other Parties
Physicians may want to record their patients or other parties. What should they know before they engage in such practices? (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 20, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Staff Patients Source Type: news

Morning Break: Wrestling and Brain Damage; Buffet Bets on Malpractice; Neti Pot Win
(MedPage Today) -- Health news and commentary from around the Web, gathered by the MedPage Today staff (Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Geriatrics - July 19, 2016 Category: Geriatrics Source Type: news

CMS Issues PAMA Final Rule That Aims to Cut Medicare’s Clinical Laboratory Test Price Schedule Sharply Beginning in 2018
Analysis shows new rule requires data gathering effort that favors larger medical laboratories and thus threatens community labs that serve smaller towns and rural areas When The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued their Final Rule for lab test market price reporting under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) last […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 18, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management Source Type: news

CMS Issues PAMA Final Rule That Aims to Cut Medicare ’s Clinical Laboratory Test Price Schedule Sharply Beginning in 2018
Analysis shows new rule requires data gathering effort that favors larger medical laboratories and thus threatens community labs that serve smaller towns and rural areas When The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued their Final Rule for lab test market price reporting under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) last […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 18, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management Source Type: news

Captive Insurance Companies Draw IRS Eye
Captive insurance companies can bring significant benefits to physicians, yet the risk of an IRS audit can increase. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 14, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Audits Physician Compensation Source Type: news

How the ACA and Medicaid Expansion Are Affecting Patient Bad Debt at Hospitals, Pathology Groups, and Clinical Laboratories
The amount of patient debt healthcare providers face depends on multiple, complex factors, including whether they engaged in Medicaid Expansion Often the challenges facing hospitals and medical pathology laboratories are similar. So it is with patient debt. Blame that on two trends. One is the increase in the number of patients with high-deductible health plans. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 13, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations ACA Advisory Board Affordable Care Act Source Type: news

Physician Asset Protection in an Uncertain Economy
The economy is an uncertain state. Physicians would be wise to take proactive measures to protect their assets in case of another recession. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 12, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Operations Personal Finance Source Type: news

Captive Insurance Can Bring Windfall to Physicians
Captive insurance companies allow physicians to pool their malpractice premiums, so that any risk is distributed across the group. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - July 11, 2016 Category: Practice Management Authors: Erica Sprey Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Operations Physician Compensation Source Type: news

More Clinical Laboratories and Genetic Testing Companies Are Sharing Gene Sequencing Data That Involve Variations
The National Institute of Health’s ClinVar public database of genetic variation is demonstrating good accuracy, and a handful of clinical labs are learning to share and review this relatively small genetic database In the analysis of genomic variants, data sharing is proving to be an important tool for researchers, scientists, pathologists, and clinical laboratory scientists. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 11, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Ambry Genetics Broad Institute Clinical Research S Source Type: news