January 15, 2016, Healthcare Risk Management
Concurrent Surgeries: How Much Is Too Much?
In this article, Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, discusses the issue of concurrent surgeries, which was recently brought to light in a series of reports by The Boston Globe. She explains the liability and patient safety risks of this type of surgery and promotes full disclosure of concurrent surgery to patients. [Credit: Healthcare Risk Management, AHC Media, www.ahcmedia.com or (800) 688-2421.]
November 28, 2015, Modern Healthcare
Easy on Those Apps: Mobile Medical Apps Gain Support, But Many Lack Clinical Evidence
Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, senior vice president, patient safety and risk management, The Doctors Company, is among experts who discuss the potential benefits and risks of the use of mobile apps to monitor patients.
November 19, 2015, The Doctor Weighs In
How to Teach Patient Safety to Young Clinicians
This column by David Mayer, MD, highlights the 11th Annual Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: Telluride Experience in Napa, California, founded by Dr. Mayer and sponsored by The Doctors Company Foundation. The weeklong experience teaches future clinicians effective communication skills that foster safe patient care and transparency. The article also features insight from Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, chairman and CEO of The Doctors Company, on the importance of speaking up when faced with a possible safety issue.
November 2, 2015, Physicians News Network
Achieving Better Outcomes in Orthopedics: Study Focuses on Doctor-Patient Communication
Ralph A. Gambardella, MD, chairman and president of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles and a member of The Doctors Company and its Orthopedics Advisory Board, discusses a study of 1,895 closed orthopedic medical malpractice claims from 2007 to 2014 by The Doctors Company. In this article, Dr. Gambardella outlines orthopedic risks and offers tips for orthopedic teams to minimize liability exposure and improve patient safety.
October 27, 2015, FiercePracticeManagement
ACA-Driven Malpractice Liability: 3 New Areas of Risk
Rob Francis, chief operating officer at The Doctors Company, discusses new liability risks emerging under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a series of articles, “ACA-Driven Malpractice Liability: 3 New Areas of Risk.” Besides the introductory article, the series also includes “Malpractice Risk: Cost-Containment and Care ‘Rationing’,” “Malpractice Risk: Quality Initiatives and the Standard of Care,” and “Malpractice Risk: Patient Volume and Productivity Pressure.”
October 25, 2015, Medical Economics
Avoiding an EHR-Related Malpractice Suit
David B. Troxel, MD, medical director at The Doctors Company, discusses increased malpractice risks associated with electronic health records (EHRs), citing information from a recent study of 97 closed EHR-related claims. The top reason for a claim, discovered in The Doctors Company’s analysis, was incorrect data input and other user errors.
October 16, 2015, Becker’s ASC Review
11 Key Strategies to Reduce Orthopedic Surgery Complications—and Resulting Claims
This article on reducing claims and complications highlights The Doctors Company’s analysis of 1,895 orthopedic closed malpractice claims. Darrell Ranum, JD, vice president of patient safety and risk management at The Doctors Company, and Ralph Gambardella, MD, chairman and president of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles and member of The Doctors Company’s Orthopedic Advisory Board, recommend how to provide better patient care and reduce the risk of malpractice claims.
October 12, 2015, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare
Navigating Risks in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
This article outlines a detailed analysis of 562 closed breast cancer medical malpractice claims from 2009 to 2014 by The Doctors Company and CRICO Strategies. Darrell Ranum, JD, CPHRM, vice president of patient safety and risk management at The Doctors Company, and Penny Greenberg, RN, MS, and Dana Siegel, RN, CPHRM, of CRICO Strategies, discuss top findings in the study and provide insights to reduce risks and improve patient safety.
October 7, 2015, Medscape
How Orthopedists Can Get Off the List of Most-Sued Doctors
David B. Troxel, MD, medical director at The Doctors Company, highlights the most common reasons orthopedists are sued—citing information from a recent study of malpractice claims against over 2,100 orthopedists—and offers insights on reducing liability and improving patient safety.
October 1, 2015, Physicians Practice
Communication Issues Can Lead to Malpractice Claims
David B. Troxel, MD, medical director at The Doctors Company, discusses key findings in a study of 1,895 claims brought against orthopedists. The Doctors Company’s analysis of these claims revealed the most common patient allegations and the top factors that contributed to patient injury.