APR 20, 2017
The Opioid Epidemic: Resources and Insights
The dramatic increase in opioid use over the past few decades has resulted in an opioid-related epidemic of addiction and death. These expert resources, including data analysis that shines a light on trends in opioid claims, can help address this important issue.
APR 17, 2017
Prescribing Opioids Safely: How to Have Difficult Patient Conversations
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and opioids account for over 60 percent of those deaths. Building a strong doctor-patient rapport can help facilitate tough conversations with patients about opioid prescriptions and reduce risks that could lead to malpractice suits.
FEB 17, 2017
Up for Review: Five Keys to Managing Online Criticism
No matter how professional and caring a doctor you may be, eventually you will face criticism on the web. Here are five keys to managing that criticism.
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.
NOV 08, 2016
Meeting the Challenges of the Nonadherent Orthopedic Surgical Patient
Orthopedic surgeons can reduce potential liability by following these tips for managing nonadherent patient behavior.
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 21, 2016
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
We analyzed closed physical medicine and rehabilitation claims to better understand what motivates allegations of injury.
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
AUG 26, 2015
Orthopedics Closed Claims Study and Infographic
The study of 1,895 orthopedics malpractice claims identified the most common patient allegations and the specific factors contributing to patient injury.
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.
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.
JUL 22, 2014
Orthopedic Advisory Board
In 2014, we launched our Orthopedic Advisory Board. We invited top practitioners from around the country to join our patient safety, claims, and underwriting leaders to discuss key issues facing orthopedic physicians today.
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.
OCT 03, 2013
Medical clearance should involve an exchange of information between the surgeon and the assessing physician to mitigate risk to the surgical patient.
JUL 19, 2013
Orthopedics: Informed Consent
Inadequate informed consent communication between the surgeon and the patient/family is a top factor contributing to claims against orthopedists.
NOV 21, 2012
Interactive Guide for Orthopedic Physicians
Our interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of malpractice exposure in your orthopedic practice.