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5 Common Allegations Used in Home Healthcare Lawsuits

Written on August 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm, by

The demand for home health care businesses is growing – especially as baby boomers become part of the elderly population. A lot of people, regardless of age, prefer having services provided in their home if they’re required to receive ongoing care versus going to a nursing home. Taking care of people in their homes also  Continue Reading »

5 Tips for Reducing the Risk of Lawsuits for Outpatient Medical Facilities

Written on July 14, 2016 at 10:45 pm, by

Outpatient medical facilities offer medical services, procedures and tests that can be performed without an overnight stay. These types of facilities include ambulatory surgery centers, imaging facilities, dialysis centers and physical therapy centers to name a few. Patients often have the perception that physicians work primarily for the outpatient center, though often this is usually  Continue Reading »

5 ways doctors violate HIPAA regulations without knowing it

Written on July 13, 2016 at 8:02 pm, by

In the age of laptops, smart phones, social media, and text messaging, stringency around patient privacy must be a constant consideration for physicians. Here are the top five ways doctors violate HIPAA regulations without knowing it and steps they can take to decrease the occurrence of a HIPAA violation. #1: Texting patient information – We  Continue Reading »

5 Tips to Avoid Lawsuits by Managing Disclosure after a Clinical Adverse Event

Written on July 12, 2016 at 6:41 pm, by

Healthcare providers go into the profession to take care of people and help them get well when they are sick or injured. Unfortunately, with all good intentions, sometimes bad things happen. Whether it’s a post procedure complication, a medical error or other significant adverse event, the way the situation is managed after the fact can  Continue Reading »

5 Tips for Reducing Cyber Security Risk in Telemedicine

Written on June 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm, by

E-visits are just one way technology is revolutionizing the delivery of health care and challenging traditional medical regulations. The term “telemedicine” embraces everything from stateside dermatologists scrutinizing images of soldiers’ skin lesions from another country to wearable sensors monitoring elderly patients’ vital signs at home. Specialists at major medical centers regularly consult with doctors at  Continue Reading »

5 Things to Know When Your Physician Client Needs Stand-Alone Tail Coverage

Written on March 24, 2016 at 4:50 pm, by

Maintaining seamless malpractice coverage is a critical issue for all physicians. The evolving health care industry with its consolidations, buyouts and changing delivery models continues to create a need for physicians and physician groups to purchase extended reporting period or “tail” coverage for their current medical malpractice policies. The explosion of hospitalist groups, locum tenens  Continue Reading »

5 Steps to Handling a Crisis Scenario in a Healthcare Facility

Written on March 9, 2016 at 8:02 pm, by

Imagine that you are a healthcare professional in charge of an outpatient clinic. A patient comes in for a routine procedure and the clinician performing the service was perceived to be invasive. The patient alleges that he or she was molested. What do you do first? Who do you call and how can you contain  Continue Reading »

5 Ways Healthcare Documentation Can Prevent Lawsuits

Written on January 12, 2016 at 7:50 pm, by

In healthcare, it’s critical to have complete, accurate, legible, and secure documentation in medical records to help reduce the risk of lawsuits. Whether records are handwritten or electronic, there are necessary steps to take with each and every patient encounter. Here are 5 specific ways proper documentation can prevent patients from suing their healthcare provider.  Continue Reading »

Top 5 Things Non-Standard Physicians Should Consider when Purchasing Medical Malpractice Insurance

Written on October 8, 2015 at 10:28 pm, by

Non-standard physicians and surgeons are practicing doctors who have had claims frequency or severity issues, board actions or have been, or are currently on probation. It can often be difficult for non-standard physicians to find affordable malpractice insurance coverage because they are considered a higher risk by insurance companies. This blog post addresses what physicians  Continue Reading »

5 Questions to Ask Before Planning Risk Management Strategies in Long Term Care Facilities

Written on September 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm, by

What if every staff member was asked to define risk management? It’s likely that no two responses would match. It’s even possible that some responses would be incorrect. In all likelihood however, everyone questioned would agree that risk management is essential given the increasingly litigious environment of long term care. It’s important for every staff  Continue Reading »