Medical Malpractice News

15Jan, 2018

Resources for QPP and MACRA

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Implementing the requirements for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) under MACRA can be difficult and confusing for many medical practices.  Large groups and healthcare systems undoubtedly have an advantage over smaller practices because they can hire people, sometimes even departments, to interpret and employ the new regulations.  Fortunately for the smaller private practice and solo practitioners there are resources available to help with the transition. Last year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made changes to one of the two QPP tracks, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), […]
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8Dec, 2017

Medical Malpractice Insurance Claims

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More than half of the physicians in the United States have been named in a medical malpractice lawsuit, and yet when it happens most physicians will say they are surprised by the suit.  Why are they surprised when everyone generally knows that malpractice suits happen all the time?  The answer is that doctors and other healthcare providers are doing their best to provide quality care for their patients, and most believe they have good communication and relationships with those patients.  The problem is that it isn’t easy to please everyone, […]
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5Jan, 2017

Looking Back and Looking Forward

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    Well, it is that time of year again; 2016 is over and the resolutions have begun in preparation for the next 365 days. This week you may have noticed your co-workers showing up to work promptly after a tough morning workout, your friends are all ordering salads at lunch, and everyone around you seems to be unusually organized. We experience all of this plus plenty of reflection at the start of every New Year, but this year we leave 2016 with a lot more on our minds. It […]
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23Nov, 2016

Will Practicing Population Health Management Reduce Medical Malpractice Risk?

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Medical malpractice insurance companies are enthusiastic about practices that improve healthcare and patient safety. Sometimes that enthusiasm results in lower medical malpractice insurance premiums for physicians, but sometimes companies’ rates are slower to respond to new innovations than healthcare providers would like. With the current push toward a goal of improving quality of care while reducing costs, Population Health Management (PHM) is presented as one way to reach that goal. While providers are eager to see lower premiums, most medical malpractice insurance companies are taking a wait-and-see approach. The insurance […]
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11Nov, 2016

HIPAA Compliant Texting in the World of Medicine

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One of the most convenient ways to communicate is through text messaging. However, in the world of medicine and privacy laws, it is not so easy to keep up with HIPAA compliant texting regulations. The problem with SMS text messaging is that it is not compliant with the requirements under the HIPAA privacy rule. There are not secure data banks where the information is stored and there is no secure way to ensure the intended party received the text. Regular SMS texting is not a safe or legal option and […]
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