Aug 19, 2019
Electronic Health Records Continue to Lead to Medical Malpractice Suits
We analyzed 216 medical malpractice claims that closed from 2010 to 2018 in which EHRs contributed to patient injury. The pace of these claims grew, from a low of seven cases in 2010 to an average of 22.5 cases per year in 2017 and 2018. As EHRs approach near-universal adoption, they may become a more prevalent source of patient safety risk.
Physical Examination and Its Impact on Outcomes
Advancements in technology improve the timeliness and accuracy of many diagnoses but the technology does not replace a thorough physical examination. For some diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, herpes zoster, cellulitis, and Bell’s palsy the PE is the only diagnostic tool available. This short course makes the case for reversing the downward trend for physical examinations.
Video Sep 27, 2018
Future of Healthcare: Physicians Won't Recommend Their Profession
The Future of Healthcare Survey of over 3,400 doctors shows physicians are disenchanted with practicing medicine, largely because of technologies and payment models they say are interfering with the doctor-patient relationship and their ability to provide quality care. Despite continuing volatility in the industry and resulting dissatisfaction, one of the predominant themes captured in this survey is the concern physicians share for their patients and the quality of the care they receive.
Video Jul 30, 2018
What to Expect from Litigation: Dr. Go's Perspective
This video features cardiologist Darlene M. Go. Dr. Go discusses the malpractice claim that was made against her and how the support of her insurer, her attorney, and expert witnesses helped her win her case.
Jul 27, 2018
Distracting Devices in Healthcare: Malpractice Implications
Digital distraction in healthcare is emerging as a great threat to patient safety and physician well-being. Personal electronic devices can create a digital distraction so engaging that it consumes awareness, potentially preventing healthcare providers from focusing on the primary task at hand—caring for and interacting with patients.
Jun 26, 2018
Remote Patient Monitoring: Handling Real-Time Data
Remote medical devices allow healthcare providers to closely monitor patients outside of the office, which can help improve patient health and contain healthcare costs. This article outlines the liability risks doctors face with using remote devices to monitor patients.
Video Nov 27, 2017
Cardiology: Innovations in Patient Safety
Sandeep S. Mangalmurti, MD, JD, a cardiologist at Basset Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York, describes changes his practice made to improve patient safety based on the data and recommendations in The Doctors Company’s Cardiology Closed Claims Study. First, the study outlined the liability pitfalls of certain medications, particularly cardiovascular medications, which have inherent risks even when used correctly. As a result of the study, Dr. Mangalmurti seeks to manage anticoagulants more carefully and to be clear about who has responsibility for their administration.
Cardiology: Preventing Adverse Outcomes
This activity shares insights from an analysis of closed claims involving cardiology. It identifies the most common risks and the system and process improvements that enhance patient safety and mitigate factors that can lead to adverse events and lawsuits.
Nutrition Science for Health and Longevity: What Every Physician Needs to Know
The critical role that patient education plays in improving healthcare outcomes is a reoccurring lesson in our studies. This CME activity helps physicians better engage with patients about nutrition to improve their heart health and achieve better outcomes.
Oct 24, 2017
General Practitioners and Misdiagnosed Cardiovascular Disease
A study by The Doctors Company and CRICO Strategies found that a significant proportion of liability cases involving cardiovascular disease were due to errors of diagnosis and the real liability danger doesn’t come from unusual or ambiguous cases, but from the relatively straightforward ones.
Oct 24, 2017
Physicians Can Be at Risk When Homebound Patients Refuse Help
Physicians are focusing on treatment plans that include the kind of care patients need at home. However, physicians face potential liability when patients refuse help that is offered or neglect to follow up as instructed.
Oct 24, 2017
Doctors Examine Injury Risks with Malpractice Closed Claims
Taking a close look at research into real-life malpractice claims and incorporating some of the findings into their practices is one way physicians are reducing risks of adverse events.
Feb 18, 2017
Up for Review: Five Keys to Managing Online Criticism
No matter how professional and caring a doctor you may be, eventually you will face criticism on the web. Here are five keys to managing that criticism.
Jan 25, 2017
Taking the Risks to Heart: Misdiagnosis of Heart Disease
Differences in the early symptoms and signs of an impending heart attack in women may make diagnosis more difficult compared to men.
Dec 29, 2016
Cardiology Closed Claims Study
This review of 429 cardiology malpractice claims identifies the most common patient allegations and the specific factors contributing to patient injury.
Nov 30, 2016
Watch for the Signs: Screen All Patients for Suicidal Thoughts
Patients with suicidal thoughts or ideation appear occasionally in physician encounters. Any patient, no matter what issue is being treated and in any setting, could be at risk for suicide. A consistent and formal screening process, plus a response plan, will protect both the patient and the physician.
Oct 26, 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.
Sep 20, 2016
Money Talks: Discussing Cost with Patients Before Treatment Is a Win-Win
The physician needs to be involved in making sure that the patient is informed and educated about the financial burden of surgical and medical treatments. Doing this before proceeding with treatment can help lower the risk of a malpractice claim even when the medical outcome doesn’t meet the patient’s expectations.
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.