Solo or Small Group Physician Practice

JUN 12, 2017
Cyberattacks Threaten Patient Safety
When it comes to cybersecurity, more than money and IT security are at risk—patient safety is also compromised by a cyberattack.

JUN 01, 2017
Patient Safety Information for Closing a Practice
Follow these guidelines for emergent or nonemergent practice closures.

MAY 22, 2017
MACRA Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint: How to Get Started Now
Physicians and practice managers may feel as if they’re being left at the starting line, there is still time to get in the MACRA race. This article has tips no matter where you are in the process.

JAN 05, 2017
The Faintest Ink
Carol Murray, RHIA, CPHRM, Patient Safety/Risk Manager II.
Complete and timely documentation of the medical record not only enhances patient care, but it also serves to strengthen your credibility if you are called upon to defend that care.

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.

APR 04, 2016
Frequently Asked Questions: Medical Records Issues
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, and Richard F. Cahill, JD
Our experts answer frequently asked questions about medical records, such as length of retention, how to destroy hard copy paper records, and making backups of electronic health records.

JAN 06, 2016
Requests to Amend a Medical Record
Susan L. Marr, MSA, CPHRM
When a patient requests an amendment to the medical record, the record should contain both the patient's request and the physician's response.

DEC 15, 2015
Challenges in Cultural Diversity: Protect Your Patients and Yourself
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Physicians are increasingly faced with providing care to a multicultural society complicated by literacy issues.

DEC 01, 2015
In-Office Dispensing
Susan L. Marr, MSA, CPHRM, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, and Debbie Hill, MBA, LHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager II
In-office dispensing saves the patient time and increases convenience, as well as reduces pharmacy call backs and provides additional revenue for the practice.

SEP 22, 2015
Are Your Prescribing Practices Secure?
Prescription theft and abuse is a real and growing problem, making it imperative for physicians to protect themselves and their practices.

JUL 08, 2015
Laboratory and Diagnostic Test Tracking in Ambulatory Practice
Dana Faber, RN, BS, Patient Safety Risk Manager
Inadequate clinical laboratory and diagnostic test tracking is a top factor leading 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.

FEB 25, 2015
Documenting Staff Competency
Nurses, medical assistants, and other clinical staff must be properly trained and certified. Physicians, or qualified supervisors, should observe staff members as they conduct specific procedures and document their performance.

FEB 23, 2015
Arranging Locum Tenens Coverage
Follow these requirements when selecting a locum tenens to serve in your place.

FEB 01, 2015
Patient Selection for Elective Procedures
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
The patient selection process is a valuable tool for loss control, because many claims occur with patients who are not appropriate candidates for a procedure.

AUG 01, 2014
Medical Records Disposition When Closing a Practice
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
The physician or physician group practice is responsible for making appropriate arrangements for the disposition of medical records when a practice closes.

JUN 19, 2014
Medical Record Retention
Richard Cahill, JD.
A number of variables affect the length of time a physician should keep a medical record, such as state and federal laws, medical board and association policies, and the type of record (for example, an adult patient versus a pediatric patient record).

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
Frequently Asked Questions: Treating Patients in a Difficult Economy
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, and Richard Cahill, Esq.
Our experts answer questions about billing issues, including when patients are unable or unwilling to pay doctor charges.

JUL 22, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Credentialing and Privileging: Non-Physician Practitioners
Credentialing and privileging of non-physician practitioners can create areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

JUL 22, 2013
Interactive Guide for Hospitals: Credentialing and Privileging: Medical Staff
Credentialing and privileging of medical staff can create areas of potential malpractice exposure, and this guide can help uncover risks.

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.

FEB 20, 2013
When Prescribing Drugs, a Physician Has a Duty to Warn Patients
The prescribing physician, not the drug manufacturer, has the responsibility or "duty to warn" a patient of a prescription drug's side effects.

OCT 01, 2012
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Electronic Medical Records
This interactive guide focuses on risks seen in office practices that use an electronic medical record (EMR).

SEP 01, 2011
Medication Safety
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
Medication safety is a critical component of safe patient care, whether it is general medication knowledge or a provider's awareness of all medications that a patient is taking.

JUL 01, 2011
The Role of the Medical Assistant in Your Office Practice
Susan Shepard, MSN, RN
A medical assistant (MA) can be a valuable addition to an office practice, but MAs should not perform tasks outside their scope of practice.

JUL 01, 2011
Addressing Patient Issues and Other Challenging Situations
Pamela Willis, BSN, JD
Proactively address issues with patients through clear communication.

DEC 01, 2010
Interactive Guide to Patient Safety for Dentists and Dental Specialists
This interactive guide is designed to help you uncover areas of potential malpractice exposure in your dental practice.

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