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.
MAR 16, 2017
Analysis of Medication-Related Claims from The Doctors Company
Dr. David Troxel reviews 1,770 closed by The Doctors Company in which patient harm involved medication factors.
From The Doctor’s Advocate
MAR 01, 2017
Boost Patient Safety: How Doctors Can Reduce Risks with Vaccinations
Physicians should always be attentive to the importance of timely vaccines against infectious diseases for patients of all ages. Whether you’re seeing patients for back-to-school immunizations or preparing adult patients for travel abroad, this article can help you assess the vaccine administration protocol in your practice to reduce risks and enhance patient safety.
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.
JAN 24, 2017
Taking the Risks to Heart: Misdiagnosis of Heart Disease
Differences in the early symptoms and signs of an impending heart attack in women may make diagnosis more difficult compared to men.
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 23, 2016
Internal Medicine Closed Claims: What Can We Learn?
Our analysis of closed internal medicine claims identifies top allegations and the most common factors that contribute to patient injury.
From The Doctor’s Advocate
MAY 12, 2016
Obesity: A Common Comorbidity in Malpractice Claims
This case study effectively illustrates the challenges of caring for morbidly obese patients.
From The Doctor’s Advocate
DEC 15, 2015
Challenges in Cultural Diversity: Protect Your Patients and Yourself
Physicians are increasingly faced with providing care to a multicultural society complicated by literacy issues.
AUG 26, 2015
Medical Malpractice and Preparticipation Sports Physicals
Physicians should be aware of liability risks associated with preparticipation sports physicals.
AUG 04, 2015
On Alert: What All Doctors Need to Know About Alzheimer’s Disease
As the population ages, Alzheimer’s is becoming a more common cause of death. Early diagnosis of dementia, requiring the expertise of a neuropsychiatric physician who specializes in dementia, is essential to allow for maximum quality of life. Physicians of all specialties should become familiar with the early signs of this disease in order to refer patients with symptoms to a specialist for further testing.
JUL 08, 2015
Laboratory and Diagnostic Test Tracking in Ambulatory Practice
Inadequate clinical laboratory and diagnostic test tracking is a top factor leading to patient injury.
JUN 23, 2015
Employing Advanced Practice Providers: Balancing Benefits and Potential Malpractice Risks
Advanced practice providers (APPs), like physician assistants and nurse practitioners, perform both routine and complicated medical services for hospitals and medical practices across the country, improving patient access to healthcare. However, practices and hospitals that use APPs must also be aware of potential liability risks. Implementing effective risk management measures will help ensure that the benefits of using APPs are not at the expense of increased liability exposure.
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 24, 2015
Rising Number of Measles Cases Creates Numerous Patient Safety Issues
New cases of measles (rubeola) are once again making national headlines. Physicians should implement effective screening protocols, infection control techniques, and patient education to reduce liability risks and promote patient safety.
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 29, 2014
An adequate referral tracking system can help reduce risks and help you provide safe, high-quality care.
OCT 07, 2014
Communication Is Key to Improving Diabetic Patient Outcomes and Reducing Liability
It’s not uncommon for diabetic patients to file claims against their diabetes care team for failure to properly diagnose, supervise, monitor, and/or treat their disease. This article outlines ways physicians can have effective conversations with their patients to decrease malpractice risks.
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.
JUN 25, 2014
Rising Number of Infectious Disease Cases Creates Patient Safety Issues
Infectious diseases and their inherent liability risks are becoming more common. This article highlights ways physicians can increase patient safety and reduce liability risks when outbreaks occur.
MAY 08, 2014
An Overview of Obesity-Related Claims
The Doctors Company continues to see an alarming increase in lawsuits that involve obese 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 20, 2013
Mid-level Practitioners: Shared Benefits, Shared Risks
Doctors who work with physician extenders must be aware of their respective roles and the liability exposures that may result.
MAY 16, 2013
Johns Hopkins Launches Online Pain Certificate for Primary Care Physicians in 2013
Members of The Doctors Company can obtain a 30 percent discount on the registration fee for a CME course created by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
From The Doctor’s Advocate
OCT 30, 2012
It Hurts: The Patient with Noncancer Pain
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.
APR 16, 2012
Medication-Related Errors and Liability: What Can You Do?
This article outlines strategies for mitigation of medication-related errors.
NOV 15, 2011
Diabetes Risk Management
Diabetic patients pose unique risk management concerns for physicians.
SEP 01, 2011
A Tragic Lesson in Drug Safety
This case study highlights the dangers of not being fully knowledgeable about a prescribed medication.
MAR 01, 2008
Getting Sued for Breast Cancer
Suits involving breast cancer are the most common cause of malpractice litigation in the United States. This article lists the most common issues that lead to claims.