Orthopedics

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
Cynthia Morrison, RN, CPHRM, and Amy Wasdin, RN, CPHRM
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
Michelle Swift, JD, RN
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
Robin Diamond, JD, RN, and Miranda Felde, MHA, CPHRM
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

FEB 18, 2016
Are Decisions Shared?
Robin Diamond, JD, RN
There is a growing emphasis on patient-centered care and shared decision making in healthcare.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Orthopedics Closed Claims Study and Infographic

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.

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

DEC 02, 2014
Diagnostic Error in Medical Practice by Specialty
David B. Troxel, MD
This closed claim review focuses on the variance between specialties in the incidence of diagnosis-related error.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

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.

DEC 10, 2013
An Analysis of Orthopedic Claims
David B. Troxel, MD
A recent orthopedic claims analysis pinpointed the types of unexpected outcomes that result in malpractice allegations.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

DEC 08, 2013
Defective Devices
Jerrald R. Goldman, MD, and Victoria H. Rollins
Depending on the category of an implantable device recall, a physician practice can be responsible for taking appropriate corrective action.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

OCT 03, 2013
Medical Clearance
Susan L. Marr, MSA, CPHRM
Medical clearance should involve an exchange of information between the surgeon and the assessing physician to mitigate risk to the surgical patient.

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

JUL 19, 2013
Orthopedics: Informed Consent
Robert Morton, ARM, CPHRM, and Dana Faber, RN, BS
Inadequate informed consent communication between the surgeon and the patient/family is a top factor contributing to claims against orthopedists.

MAY 22, 2013
A Failure to Rescue
Jerrald R. Goldman, MD, and Jacqueline Ross, PhD, RN
Experts in this orthopedic case involving a complex fracture were critical of the surgeon's failure to consider alternative diagnoses.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

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.

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