Medical Malpractice News

29Apr, 2016

When to Release: Medical Records, Privacy, Custodial Issues, and Compliance

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  In today’s environment it can sometimes be very difficult to know when and to whom you should, must, or must not release medical records. In cases where there are questions of parental custody, custodial disputes, suspected abuse, and other complicating factors, particularly those involving minors, it is imperative that doctors know what both federal and state regulations require, and have a plan in place to make sure that everyone in the practice follows those regulations.  
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29Feb, 2016

New Malpractice Risks Associated with Electronic Health Records

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When electronic health records (EHRs) first came on the scene the healthcare industry and medical malpractice insurance companies believed they would reduce the risk of medical malpractice claims. One of the main reasons for this belief was that many of the common malpractice risks at the time were connected to paper, handwritten medical records. Doctors are notorious for having poor handwriting, and in a great deal of malpractice cases they couldn’t even read their own writing. Adding to the problem was a system where a doctor or nurse could easily […]
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22Jul, 2015

Are You Ready for ICD-10?

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As a medical provider or practice administrator are you prepared to transition to ICD-10? Many practices are ready for the new system, but some are way behind and will have medical claims rejected if they aren’t using the appropriate codes. In order to avoid billing problems with Medicare and Medicaid medical providers need to get up to speed on ICD-10. The World Health Organization has created the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, called ICD-10. It is a system of codes for medical records that includes diseases, symptoms, […]
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2Apr, 2015

Carrots and Sticks: Electronic Health Records, Meaningful Use, and Your Practice

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Six years ago Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. With those pieces of legislation came major changes to the way doctors and other healthcare workers would process the information that they work with every day. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) or Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) were to be universally adopted and implemented from the small rural family practice to the largest hospitals in the nation. And in many ways, this goal is being realized. In 2008, the year before these rules were codified only 17% of doctors and 9% of hospitals were using EHRs. As of a few weeks ago according to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) those numbers are at 65% and 80% respectively. And we think those numbers will continue to climb this year and in the coming years, for at least two primary reasons.
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4Feb, 2015

Clinical Decision Support Systems and Malpractice Risk

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Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs) comprise one of the fastest growing and most widely discussed areas of Health Information Technology (HIT) in existence today. CDSSs have been defined as “Active knowledge systems which use two or more items of patient data to generate case specific advice,” (Wyatt J, Spiegelhalter D, 1991); or there’s this from Robert Hayward of the Center for Health Evidence, “Clinical Decision Support Systems link health observations with health knowledge to influence health choices by clinicians for improved health care.”
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