The Doctor’s Advocate | First Quarter 2016
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Industry and Company News: First Quarter 2016

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Members: Stay Informed About Population Health and Earn CME Credits

Throughout 2016, The Doctors Company and GE Healthcare Camden Group are presenting a series of complimentary webinars focused on population health management, with insights into clinical integration and value-based care.

The webinars are exclusively for members of The Doctors Company and their nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other practice professionals. For information and registration, go to www.thedoctors.com/cme.

Upcoming Webinars:

April 7   Clinical Guidelines and Protocols & Assessments and Surveys
May 12 Depression & Behavioral Health
June 9 Health Coaching

These educational activities are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. These educational activities are designated for ADA CERP continuing education credits.

Regulatory Risk: We’ve Got You Covered 

Many members are unaware that their medical liability coverage includes MediGuard®, which provides legal representation for administrative actions. Contact us immediately if you ever receive a complaint from a medical board or a notice about any disciplinary proceeding. Your claims specialist will take immediate action to protect you. 

For more information about MediGuard, go to www.thedoctors.com/Coverages/MediGuard

To locate your Regional Claims Office, go to www.thedoctors.com/claims

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The Doctor’s Advocate is published by The Doctors Company to advise and inform its members about loss prevention and insurance issues.

The guidelines suggested in this newsletter are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. They attempt to define principles of practice for providing appropriate care. The principles are not inclusive of all proper methods of care nor exclusive of other methods reasonably directed at obtaining the same results.

The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.

The Doctor’s Advocate is published quarterly by Corporate Communications, The Doctors Company. Letters and articles, to be edited and published at the editor’s discretion, are welcome. The views expressed are those of the letter writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or official policy of The Doctors Company. Please sign your letters, and address them to the editor.

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