Malpractice Claims from the COVID-19 Pandemic: More Questions Than Answers
Updated April 21, 2021: The pandemic has raised pressing questions around preventive measures, vaccines, and safe treatment, but it has also obscured one key lingering uncertainty for medical professionals: Where are all the medical malpractice claims?
Pre-Procedural Screening and Testing During COVID-19
Updated April 2, 2021: Throughout the pandemic, surgeons have faced many challenges in adapting to new situations. Now that facilities have resumed elective surgeries, surgeons are facing additional challenges in evaluating and scheduling patients who have recovered from COVID-19. The strategies highlighted here can help ensure a consistent approach in keeping both patients and providers safe.
Communicating with COVID-19 Vaccine-Hesitant Patients: Top Tips
Updated March 30, 2021: As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues across the United States, physicians should be prepared to answer questions from patients about the various vaccines, particularly since some patients remain hesitant about receiving a vaccination. This includes implementing a practice plan to educate patients and guide them to an informed decision about the vaccines available within their community.
COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Medical Liability Protection Actions
Updated March 26, 2021: During the COVID-19 pandemic, The Doctors Company has continued to advocate for comprehensive liability protections across the country for healthcare providers and facilities. Every executive order and every piece of legislation that has been enacted in support of healthcare providers and their patients involved active advocacy efforts by state and national organizations—including medical and specialty societies, hospital associations, and The Doctors Company.
Avoid Risks When Treating Stressed Patients During COVID-19
Updated March 12, 2021: While most pandemic resources are directed at screening for COVID-19 and treating affected patients, there is another important aspect of this public health crisis: the impact on your patients’ mental health. Fear and uncertainty are driving dramatic increases in stress, anxiety, and depression among adult patients, as well as children. While your patient’s immediate physical well-being is the primary concern, you also must consider the potential legal liability that can come from failing to adequately screen patients for suicide risk and/or not taking the proper steps when needed.