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Sharp rise in Brazilian paper retractions
Study indicates growing scientific malpractice, but experts say shift may indicate improved standards. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - January 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

CMS Says Obamacare Premiums to Increase by an Average of 7.5% in 2016, But Squeeze on Consumers’ Wallets Will Vary Depending on Where They Live
UnitedHealthcare announces it may exit the federal marketplace because of slow growth and higher-than-expected claims; clinical laboratories may see less reimbursement Health insurance premiums in 2016 for plans offered through federal Obamacare exchanges (more formally known as the Health Insurance Marketplace) will see an average rate hike on midrange plans of 7.5%. This amount may […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - January 4, 2016 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Accountable Care Act centers for medicare and medicaid services clinical laboratory Daily Caller D Source Type: news

Medical Liability and the Neonatologist
Medical malpractice litigation is a fact of life. The American tort system is outcomes based, and a poor outcome often leads to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Neonatologists practice in a complex setting that deals with critically ill infants at a high risk for complications and poor outcomes. Understanding the components of medical malpractice, recognizing areas of risk, and practicing within a system of prospective risk management can go a long way to not only reduce the risk of litigation but also improve patient safety and ultimately patient outcomes. (Source: NeoReviews recent issues)
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - January 4, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Donn, S. M. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

ONC Releases Final Rule for Stage 3 Meaningful Use: What Most Affects Clinical Laboratories and Anatomic Pathology Groups
Meaningful Use Stage 3 focuses on interoperability, which is good news for medical laboratories that must spend time and money to develop effective LIS-EHR interfaces On December 15, 2015, the final rule for Stage 3 meaningful use (MU) went into effect. By now, pathologists and clinical laboratory managers and personnel are well-acquainted with the MU […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 23, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations allscripts API application programmin Source Type: news

Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Being Squeezed by ‘Balanced Billing’ Dispute That Puts Providers, Hospitals, and Insurers at Odds
Health plans increasingly refuse to pay out-of-network providers who they claim often inflate their charges, leaving patients with unexpected medical bills  As health insurers narrow their provider networks in an effort to lower costs and hold down premiums, clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups may increasingly be designated as out-of-network providers and find themselves struggling […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 21, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology aetna America’s Health Insurance Plans Center for Patient Partnerships Source Type: news

Even as Medicare ACOs Delivered Mixed Results in 2014, Primary Care Physicians Were Awarded Biggest Share of Bonus Payments
AJMC study shows ACOs that allocate majority of shared savings to primary care providers are more likely to generate savings When it came time to pay bonuses to Medicare’s Pioneer ACOs and Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs based on 2014 results, a substantial proportion of the payments went to primary care physicians compared to hospitals […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 18, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Accountable Care Organization ACO AJMC American Journal of Managed Care Source Type: news

Physicians Favor Malpractice Screening Panels to Deter SuitsPhysicians Favor Malpractice Screening Panels to Deter Suits
Eight in 10 physicians cited pretrial screening panels as the best way to discourage malpractice suits in a new Medscape survey. This tort reform has a disappointing track record, experts say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Medical Professional Liability in Psychiatry - Martin-Fumadó C, Gómez-Durán EL, Rodríguez-Pazos M, Arimany-Manso J.
INTRODUCTION: The safety of patients and the risk of malpractice claims are overriding concerns in medicine and psychiatry. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Claims for alleged malpractice in psychiatry managed by the Council of Colleges of Physicians of Catalonia bet... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - December 11, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Dermatologists Wary Despite Low Malpractice Risks; MoreDermatologists Wary Despite Low Malpractice Risks; More
Liability concerns affect even the least likely to be sued; these doctors want to see the public vote on caps; hospital's failure to diagnose leads to a fat award. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - December 10, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Malpractice and Medicine: Who Gets Sued and Why?Malpractice and Medicine: Who Gets Sued and Why?
The Medscape 2015 Survey on Malpractice reveals the ongoing unhappiness that physicians experience with this dysfunctional system. Is there hope? Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - December 8, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Holiday-Based Personal and Financial Security Issues
This time of year allows for people to fall victim to scams, both online and in person. Here are ways to avoid them. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 8, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Law & Malpractice Training Work/Life Balance Operations Source Type: news

New Institute of Medicine Report Finds Diagnostic Errors Continue to Put Americans at Risk
Pathologists and clinical laboratories could help reduce error rate through greater collaboration with providers Expect the topic of diagnostic mistakes to get more media attention in coming years. That is consistent with the efforts of healthcare policymakers to improve patient safety while making it easier for consumers to access information about the quality and cost […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 7, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation american society for cli Source Type: news

Walmart Health Plan Praised as Affordable, Superior Option to Obamacare Exchange Coverage While Offering Expanded Provider Networks
Yet financial pressures on insurers continue to increase premiums and potentially squeeze reimbursement rates for clinical laboratories and pathology groups Walmart shoppers expect to find low prices on the retailer’s shelves, but the discounter’s full-time employees may be surprised to learn their company healthcare plan is also a low-cost leader. This is a significant finding […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - December 4, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: chris garcia 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

Good and Bad Medicare Reimbursement Changes in 2016
A recently released final rule from CMS on reimbursements changes in 2016 includes good and bad news for physicians. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 3, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Physician Compensation Source Type: news

When to Permit Voice Recordings in Your Practice
Patients have many legitimate reasons for recording their doctor's visit. But before you say "yes" make sure to understand state and federal statutes. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Sue Jacques Tags: Pearl Law & Malpractice Technology Patient Relations Patient Confidentiality Mobile Pearls Source Type: news

How to Avoid Filing a Report to the NPBD
There are ways for physicians to avoid filing a report to the National Practitioner Databank (NPDB) when they are being sued for malpractice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Operations Source Type: news

How to Avoid Filing a Report to the NPDB
There are ways for physicians to avoid filing a report to the National Practitioner Databank (NPDB) when they are being sued for malpractice. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - December 2, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ericka L. Adler Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Operations Source Type: news

Letter: Don't Be Quick to Scrap Malpractice Reform
No abstract available (Source: Emergency Medicine News)
Source: Emergency Medicine News - December 1, 2015 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Letter Source Type: news

JACR: Nonradiologists Shape Debate on Appropriateness, Reimbursement for Medical Imaging
Reston, VA — Health services and policy researchers are shaping today’s debate over appropriateness of imaging care and reimbursement models for imaging services. The Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), in collaboration with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, explores their impact on radiology in a December special issue, offering original articles from nonradiologists and nonphysicians. “Data generators are mostly health economists and health services researchers. Visionary physicians understand the need to familiarize themselves with this literature,” note guest editor...
Source: American College of Radiology - November 30, 2015 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Rice University Researchers Publish Study about Variation in Drop-to-Drop Samples of Capillary Blood Collected by Fingerprick and Used for Clinical Laboratory Testing
Researchers determined that as many as nine successive capillary blood drops must be collected and tested to achieve results that would be comparable to testing with venous blood A new study is raising questions about the implications of using fingerprick blood samples for point-of-care tests. Done by researchers at Rice University’s Department of Bioengineering, the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 30, 2015 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 American Journal of Clinical Pathology Source Type: news

A Stroke of Luck for Overregulated Healthcare Industry
On Friday the 13th, a ruling against the FTC was a stroke of good luck for the rest of the healthcare industry, which is already overregulated. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Martin Merritt, JD Tags: Blog HIPAA Law & Malpractice Healthcare Reform Compliance Source Type: news

In India, Professionally-trained Pathologists Intensify Calls for the Government to Crackdown on Unregulated Medical Laboratories
Newspapers in this populous nation regularly publish stories about clinical laboratories that produce inaccurate lab test results that cause patient harm In the healthcare systems of many countries across the globe, one common issue involves the accuracy and reliability of medical laboratory test results produced by clinical pathology laboratories. In most of these countries, a […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 27, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations clinical laboratory clinical pathology Commonwealth of Nations pathology D.Y. Pati Source Type: news

Experts Say Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Produced Mixed Results in 2014 Even as Enrollment Continues to Grow Significantly
Clinical laboratories and pathology groups can expect to see more growth in the number of patients served by ACOs and that will require labs to have a new pricing strategy Will ACOs be the next big thing in American healthcare? Many people are betting that will be true as the number of ACOs continues to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 25, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations Accountable Care Organization Andy Slav Source Type: news

Stopping Holiday Fraud at Your Medical Practice
Your holiday can turn south if you allow employees within your practice to defraud your business. Watch out for these schemes. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Ike Devji, JD Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Risk Management Operations Source Type: news

Clinical Laboratories Considering Total Laboratory Automation Are Increasingly Using Lean Methods to Develop Proposals, Select a Vendor, and Implement the Solution
Top-performing medical laboratories are using Lean to help craft RFPs, evaluate TLA options, then implement the automated systems to achieve optimal quality and productivity In recent years, there’s been a big change in how clinical laboratories purchase total laboratory automation (TLA) solutions, and then integrate this automation into their lab operations. Using a strategy that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 23, 2015 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 Testing Beckman Coulter B Source Type: news

From Vaccines to Creationism, Ben Carson’s Views Perplex Some
Ben Carson answered questions on a variety of topics, including vaccines, creationism and his decision to run for president. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: STEVE EDER and PAM BELLUCK Tags: Presidential Election of 2016 Malpractice Football Creationism and Intelligent Design Carson, Benjamin S Vaccination and Immunization Source Type: news

Musical Medical Malpractice
A cartoon about a doctor that is getting sued for a real strange reason. Medical malpractice can come in all different forms. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 19, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Jon Carter Tags: Law & Malpractice Source Type: news

State Claims Commission Awards Metheny Family $2M
The Arkansas Claims Commission has ordered the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences to pay $2 million to the family of a man whose surgeon operated on the wrong side of his brain. The claims commission on Tuesday released its order in the case of Cody Metheny, who was 15 years old in 2004 when he had surgery at Arkansas Children's Hospital to correct a seizure disorder. Doctors operated on the wrong side of Metheny's brain, causing what Metheny's parents called "extensive and permanent, irreparable harm," including deteriorating intelligence, "psychotic delusions" and "continuing seizures.&q...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - November 18, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Advice for Volunteering in a Medical Disaster Response
Volunteering to help in an international crisis is laudable. But make sure to conduct your due diligence first. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 17, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Don Pedersen, PhD, PA-C Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Mentoring Work/Life Balance Practice Models Source Type: news

Cleaning the House of Medicine
A recent report in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights prevailing medical practices that should be "reconsidered" in 2015 based on the weight of evidence. The paper, appropriately, is written in the matter-of-fact style customary for the peer-reviewed literature. To some extent, that semblance of analytical calm belies the storm swirling between the lines of the report, and the mess it has long been making in the House of Medicine. The authors, for instance, note that excessive zeal for cancer screening results in "unnecessary surgery and complications." As a statement, that is rather bland, and even when...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How the False Claims Act Can Hurt Physicians
A recent ruling against a pharmaceutical company shows physicians how the False Claims Act can hurt them legally and financially. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - November 12, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA Tags: Blog Law & Malpractice Compliance Contracts Source Type: news

New Holding Company Prepares Arkansas Mutual for Expansion
A.M. Best Co.’s succinct announcement that Arkansas Mutual Insurance Co. had achieved an A rating was the culmination of two years of work by the Arkansas-only medical malpractice carrier to get ahead of a changing market. “This now solidifies Arkansas Mutual for decades to come,” President Corey Little said last week. “It’s not pride: It’s what happens in every state with a home-state mutual.” Arkansas Mutual was formed eight years ago to create in-state competition for the out-of-state carriers that swept in when St. Paul Cos. abandoned the med-mal market completely in 2001. Afte...
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - November 9, 2015 Category: American Health Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include safety of kidney donation, off-label use of prescription drugs, death in middle age, and spending and malpractice (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - November 7, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Clinical Pathology Laboratory Managers Use Lessons in the Best of Medical Laboratory Quality to Improve Lab Operations and Patient Safety
Nation’s largest gathering of clinical laboratory Lean, Six Sigma, and process improvement practitioners took place in New Orleans this week DATELINE: NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—More than 300 of the nation’s leading quality improvement practitioners in clinical laboratory operations came together this week to share, learn, and master the best approaches to improving the quality of medical […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 6, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Pathology ACP american college of ph Source Type: news

High-Spending Doctors Less Likely to Be SuedHigh-Spending Doctors Less Likely to Be Sued
Providing more care than necessary may work to lower a doctor's risk of being accused of malpractice, suggests a new U.S. study. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Defensive medicine lowers number of malpractice suits
Stephen FellerBOSTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Doctors who practice defensive medicine -- conducting extra tests and procedures -- are subjected to fewer malpractice lawsuits, according to a new study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High-spending doctors less likely to be sued
(Reuters Health) - Providing more care than necessary may work to lower a doctor's risk of being accused of malpractice, suggests a new U.S. study. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Well: ‘Defensive Medicine’ May Lower Malpractice Risks
Doctors who ordered the most tests were least likely to be sued by patients. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 5, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Doctors Malpractice Live Featured Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

Higher Physician Spending Tied to Lower Risk for Malpractice Claims (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM Physicians who spend more money per patient are at lower risk for subsequent malpractice claims than those who spend less, potentially bolstering the case for defensive medicine, … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - November 5, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Well: ‘Defensive Medicine’ May Lower Malpractice Risks
Doctors who ordered the most tests were least likely to be sued by patients. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 4, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Doctors Malpractice Live Featured Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

Well: ‘Defensive Medicine’ May Lower Malpractice Risks
Doctors who ordered the most tests were least likely to be sued by patients. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - November 4, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Doctors Malpractice Live Featured Tests (Medical) Source Type: news

Higher medical spending led to fewer malpractice claims
Greater than average spending was associated with reduced risk of incurring a malpractice claim across all physician specialties in a study of almost 25,000 doctors published Nov. 4 in the BMJ. The finding is consistent with widespread beliefs that higher resource use – sometimes defined as... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - November 4, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

10 New Malpractice Concerns, and How to Avoid Them10 New Malpractice Concerns, and How to Avoid Them
New guidelines, organization, and technology can create unexpected malpractice risks; being aware of these situations can help you avert them. Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Business of Medicine Headlines - November 4, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

The Patient Satisfaction Survey: A Diagnostic Tool
A properly constructed and thoroughly analyzed patient satisfaction survey can help a practice retain its patient base. (Source: Physicians Practice)
Source: Physicians Practice - October 29, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Stephanie Cuomo, R.N. Tags: Law & Malpractice Operations Patient Relations Patients Source Type: news

Two FDA Inspection Reports Show Theranos’ Blood-Collection ‘Nanotainer’ Was an Uncleared Class II Medical Device
FDA details findings from visits by five federal inspectors at California clinical lab company over 10 days in late August and early September; heavily redacted reports outline 14 compliance deficiencies Two reports released Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) brought more bad news to Theranos, of Palo Alto, California. The clinical laboratory company […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 28, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Labor Source Type: news

Pennsylvania Supreme Court reverses Zimmer win in $20m knee implant lawsuit
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court yesterday reversed a state appeals court’s decision to overturn a $20 million verdict against Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) in a knee implant lawsuit. Plaintiff Margo Polett claimed she re-injured her knees while making a Zimmer promotional video, after a double knee replacement procedure in 2006 using Zimmer’s Gender Solutions devices. Polett claimed that activities she engaged in for the video, including riding a bicycle and running on a treadmill, resulted in new damage to her knees. She and her husband sued for negligence, saying that injuries incurred duri...
Source: Mass Device - October 28, 2015 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Orthopedics Zimmer Biomet Source Type: news

More Doctors to See Jail Time in Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services Case, but Question Remains: Will Federal Prosecutors Send Lab Executives and Doctors to Jail in the Health Diagnostics and Singulex Case?
Recent federal Justice Department memorandum issues guidance designed to seek accountability from individuals and combat corporate misconduct Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers who want a tougher crackdown on labs and physicians that violate anti-kickback laws welcome the news that in the past year federal courts have sentenced 13 physicians to jail terms of 12 to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 26, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing aetna Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services blood-testing company BLS BlueWave Healthcare Consul Source Type: news

Because It Remains Tough to Achieve Interoperability among EHRs, Congress is Proposing Legislation to Resolve That Issue in Ways That May Help Medical Laboratories
One new federal law forbids health IT vendors and providers from deliberately blocking information-sharing with competing EHR systems Several years deep into its effort to get physicians and hospitals to use electronic health record (EHR) systems, the federal government has yet to come up with a way to improve interoperability—the ability of EHRs to interface […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 23, 2015 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations 21st Century Cures Act athenahealth Care Everywhere Centers for Medicare & Medicai Source Type: news

Malpractice premiums flat in 2015, but changes could be ahead
Physicians paid about the same in liability insurance premiums in 2015 as in 2014, and analysts don’t see costs changing anytime soon. A nationwide survey of insurers by the Medical Liability Monitor shows that 71% of insurance premiums did not... (Source: Skin and Allergy News)
Source: Skin and Allergy News - October 20, 2015 Category: Dermatology Source Type: news

A Small Indiana Town Scarred by a Trusted Doctor
Nearly 300 patients have filed lawsuits against a local cardiologist and his two partners, claiming that they performed needless operations. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - October 17, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: JULIE CRESWELL Tags: Doctors Malpractice Heart Community Hospital Munster (Ind) Suits and Litigation (Civil) Arvind Gandhi Medical Devices Defibrillators Pacemakers Emergency Medical Treatment Indiana American College of Cardiology Source Type: news