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December 25, 2015, Medical Economics
Top 10 Challenges Facing Physicians in 2016
Julie Brightwell, BSN, JD, director of healthcare systems at The Doctors Company, discusses the potential liability risks of employing advanced practice providers, like nurse practitioners and physician assistants. She also explains how doctors can reduce these risks through careful documentation and procedures and good team communication.

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.

August 9, 2015, KevinMD.com
How to Survive the Stress of a Medical Liability Lawsuit
For physicians, the stress of a malpractice lawsuit can be all-consuming. David P. Michelin, MD, a gynecologic oncologist and a member of The Doctors Company, reflects on the stress a malpractice lawsuit caused him and offers tips on how to cope with the emotional impact of a claim.

June 25, 2015, U.S News & World Report
Staying Safe in the ER
This article on preventing errors in the emergency room highlights The Doctors Company’s study of 332 emergency medicine closed malpractice claims that found the most common patient allegation was failure to diagnose. The article also features Roneet Lev, MD, director of operations at Scripps Mercy Hospital Emergency Department in San Diego, California, and member of The Doctors Company.

June 5, 2015, Ob.Gyn. News
User Errors Are Top Reason for EHR-Related Malpractice Claims
David B. Troxel, MD, medical director at The Doctors Company, discusses the malpractice risks associated with electronic health records (EHRs) and highlights the company’s study of EHR-related malpractice claims closed from January 2007 to June 2014.

May 21, 2015, KevinMD
3 Changes that Can Improve Maintenance of Certification
David B. Troxel, MD, medical director at The Doctors Company, discusses maintenance of certification in the changing healthcare environment and potential improvements.

May 12, 2015, KevinMD
Tips to Avoid Medical Errors in the Emergency Department
Roneet Lev, MD, director of operations at Scripps Mercy Hospital Emergency Department in San Diego, California, cites The Doctors Company’s Emergency Medicine Closed Claims Study in her discussion of the malpractice liability risks faced by emergency medicine physicians.

May 4, 2015, POLITICO
Electronic Record Errors Growing Issue in Lawsuits
David B. Troxel, MD, medical director at The Doctors Company, explains how errors in electronic health records (EHRs) are part of a growing problem that increases liability risks.

May 4, 2015, Physician's Money Digest
Understand the Legal Impact of Physician Extenders
Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, senior vice president and chief patient safety officer for The Doctors Company, outlines the benefits and potential risks of employing physician extenders.

April 20, 2015, Medical Economics
Your Best Malpractice Defenses
Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, senior vice president and chief patient safety officer for The Doctors Company, outlines why it’s important for doctors to foster relationships with patients to mitigate malpractice liability risks.

March 30, 2015, The New York Times
House Provision Offers Doctors More Protection Against Malpractice Suits
Hal Dasinger, vice president of government relations at The Doctors Company, provides insight on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that gives new protections to doctors against medical malpractice lawsuits.

March 20, 2015, Physicians Practice
Reduce Malpractice Risks When Treating Cardiac Patients
David B. Troxel, MD, medical director at The Doctors Company, describes why all physicians should take note of a recent study of cardiology malpractice claims in which cardiologists are named, because other specialties also tended to be named in these lawsuits.

February 18, 2015, KevinMD
What We Can Learn From Cardiology-Related Malpractice Claims
Sandeep Mangalmurti, MD, a cardiologist and lead researcher at the American College of Cardiology Medical Liability Working Group, cites The Doctors Company Cardiology Closed Claims Study in his discussion of the wide cross-section of claims cardiologists face.

February 18, 2015, Cardiovascular Business
Dive into Cardiology Liability Claims Reveals Common Mistakes
Darrell Ranum, JD, vice president of patient safety for The Doctors Company, brings awareness to common claims against cardiologists and outlines how to mitigate these risks.

Winter 2015, CAPG Health
Top Business Risks for Medical Practices
Mike Rosenthal, vice president, The Doctors Company Insurances Services, discusses the business exposures beyond malpractice that practices face that can lead to high defense costs and significant fines and penalties.

January 18, 2015, KevinMD
Telemedicine Is a Growing Practice Model, But Beware of the Risks
While telemedicine has a lot to offer America’s health system, physicians must carefully consider when to incorporate it into the continuum of care and beware of potential risks, says B. Tilman Jolly, MD, member of The Doctors Company’s Executive Advisory Board and chief medical officer, Specialists On Call.

January 10, 2015, KevinMD
EMRs Can Hurt Physicians During Lawsuits. Here’s How.
Keith L. Klein, MD, explains how electronic medical records (EMRs) can lead to lawsuits or result in a weak defense by casting the physician in an unfavorable light. Dr. Klein cites a study by The Doctors Company of EMR-related closed claims from 2007 to 2013.

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