NOV 29, 2016
Watch for the Signs: Screen All Patients for Suicidal Thoughts
Patients with suicidal thoughts or ideation appear occasionally in physician encounters. Any patient, no matter what issue is being treated and in any setting, could be at risk for suicide. A consistent and formal screening process, plus a response plan, will protect both the patient and the physician.
OCT 25, 2016
Optimize the EHR: Better Workflow Means Better Work-Life Balance
There are tools that can streamline patient care and payment workflows in the electronic health record (EHR). By dedicating time and effort up front to optimize the EHR, physicians can get relief from administrative tasks, reduce duplicate entry of data, and save time by not having to search for records in multiple places.
SEP 20, 2016
Money Talks: Discussing Cost with Patients Before Treatment Is a Win-Win
The physician needs to be involved in making sure that the patient is informed and educated about the financial burden of surgical and medical treatments. Doing this before proceeding with treatment can help lower the risk of a malpractice claim even when the medical outcome doesn’t meet the patient’s expectations.
MAY 12, 2016
Specialty Advisory Boards: Bringing Together Expertise
We provide forums for healthcare leaders to exchange ideas and identify ways to help us advance the practice of good medicine.
From The Doctor’s Advocate
MAR 30, 2016
Undiagnosed Heart Disease in Women Poses Malpractice Risk
Differences in the early symptoms and signs of an impending heart attack in women may make diagnosis more difficult compared to men.
APR 20, 2015
Mid-level Practitioner Liability—Preventive Action and Loss Reduction Plan
This booklet can help practitioners avoid liability risks when hiring or working with mid-level practitioners.
FEB 03, 2015
Cardiology Closed Claims Study and Infographic
The study of 429 cardiology claims identified the most common patient allegations and the specific factors contributing to patient injury. Download the study and the infographic.
JAN 21, 2015
Working with Patients Who Do Not Follow the Treatment Plan
Patients who do not follow the treatment plan may become high liability risks because their behavior often exacerbates existing health problems, which can lead to negative outcomes.
DEC 15, 2014
Remote Patient Monitoring: Real-Time Patient Data, Real Liability Risks
Remote medical devices allow healthcare providers to closely monitor patients outside of the office, which can help improve patient health and contain healthcare costs. This article outlines the liability risks doctors face with using remote devices to monitor patients.
DEC 20, 2013
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Office Practices
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your practice.
AUG 27, 2013
Be Aware of the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest That Killed "Tony Soprano"
Healthcare providers need to be on alert for the risk factors of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), including high blood pressure, obesity, use of illegal drugs, and nutritional imbalances.
APR 04, 2010
Examining the Provider's Role
A case study involving a patient with chronic atrial fibrillation examines the issue of a consulting provider's role in the management of a patient's medical condition.