Oncology

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 23, 2016
Know Your Source: Protect Your Patients and Your Practice from Unsafe Medications
Susan Marr, MSA, LHRM, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
There is a growing network of rogue wholesale drug distributors selling potentially unsafe drugs in the U.S. market. To combat this threat, the FDA has launched the Know Your Source campaign to ensure physicians are aware of the problem and to help them play their part in protecting the integrity of the U.S. drug supply chain.

DEC 11, 2015
Managing Pigmented Skin Lesions: Early Detection and Diagnosis of Melanoma
The prognosis of a melanoma depends on early diagnosis and removal of the primary lesion before it can metastasize.

OCT 19, 2015
Navigating Risks in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: How Physicians Can Enhance Patient Safety
Patients diagnosed with breast cancer must navigate the complex healthcare system while dealing with the emotions of their diagnosis, relying on the expertise, communication, and empathy of caregivers who practice in environments with inherent risks. A study by The Doctors Company and CRICO Strategies reveals the top patient safety risks in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and how to reduce those risks.

OCT 01, 2015
What Do You Know About Breast Reconstruction?
Breast cancer is a devastating diagnosis and the treatment tends to have a direct impact on a woman’s self-esteem, especially if there has been a mastectomy or partial mastectomy. Just knowing breast reconstruction is an option is consoling; it offers hope for many patients. Yet physicians and patients typically have questions about the process of breast reconstruction.

Breast Cancer Resources

OCT 01, 2015
Breast Cancer Resources
These resources can assist physicians in decreasing risks when diagnosing and treating patients with breast cancer.

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.

DEC 10, 2014
Editorial Comment on Maintenance of Certification
David B. Troxel, MD
Dr. Troxel suggests ways to restructure the MoC examination process to adapt it to changes in the healthcare delivery system.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

SEP 04, 2014
Conflicting Guidelines on Mammograms Can Pose Risks
Breast cancer screening guidelines issued by national organizations and medical specialties have inconsistent recommendations about mammogram screening ages and intervals, which can create potential liability for delayed or missed diagnoses. Learn how to reduce these mammography risks.

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.

NOV 01, 2013
CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
The official, peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society provides cancer care professionals with up-to-date information on all aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

OCT 01, 2013
Keeping Breast Cancer Risks at the Forefront Can Lead to Early Detection and Treatment
Jacqueline Ross, PhD, RN
Physicians should work closely with their patients to obtain a comprehensive history, because many risk factors for breast cancer are known. Screening continues to improve outcomes for patients with breast cancer.

SEP 10, 2013
A Perfect Storm
David B. Troxel, MD
This malpractice claim could have been avoided if the physician had put one simple policy in place.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

OCT 30, 2012
It Hurts: The Patient with Noncancer Pain
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, and Howard Marcus, MD, FACP
Physicians who treat acute and chronic pain need to be comfortable and secure in their competency and cognizant of the correct dosing guidelines, which may have dramatically changed in the past decade.

JUL 01, 2011
Keys to Patient Safety for Oncology
Susan L. Marr, MSA, CPHRM
Doctors can reduce potential liability in oncology by taking risk management steps, such as maintaining a system for tracking lab tests and imaging results.

MAY 01, 2000
Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP
Physicians must maintain a high index of suspicion of cancer and exclude diagnosis with certainty to minimize risk of missed or delayed diagnosis.

FEB 01, 2000
Reducing Delays in Diagnosing Breast Cancer
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, and John K. Cherry, MD, FACS
A review of closed claims reveals the major causes of missed or delayed breast cancer diagnoses.

JAN 01, 1999
Reducing Delays in Diagnosing Lung Cancer
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP
Lung cancer is common in both men and women, and its presenting manifestations are protean. Delayed diagnosis occurs when a recognized sign or symptom receives inadequate evaluation or when x-ray findings are missed or not thoroughly tracked.

JAN 01, 1999
Reducing Delays in Diagnosing Colorectal Cancer
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP
This study reveals the primary reasons for delayed diagnosis of colorectal cancer and encourages routine colorectal screenings to minimize delay.

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