COVID-19/Infection Control

Feb 27, 2024
COVID-19 and Patient Safety in the Medical and Dental Office
Debra Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company, Part of TDC Group
As COVID-19 persists across the spectrum of healthcare, medical and dental practices must remain mindful of new variants, infection rates, vaccines, protocols, and resources.

Sep 06, 2023
Flu, RSV, or COVID-19? Convergence of Three Viruses Creates Risk of Diagnostic Errors
Debra Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
Understanding the differences between the flu, RSV, and COVID-19 will help prevent misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis when patients present with respiratory symptoms.

Professional Education
COVID-19: Malpractice Claim Allegations and Protections
Malpractice claims related to the pandemic’s early days are now reaching courts. What types of claims will we see related to COVID-19? And will the qualified immunities enacted to protect healthcare professionals withstand challenges? Learn more by reading two articles, "Malpractice Lawsuits and COVID-19: Top Allegations and Protections for Healthcare Professionals" and "The Pandemic’s Impact on Malpractice Claims" and answering the five CME questions.
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Jun 05, 2023
Malpractice Lawsuits and COVID-19: Top Allegations and Protections for Healthcare Professionals
Peter A. Kolbert, JD, Senior Vice President for Claims and Litigation Management, Healthcare Risk Advisors, part of TDC Group
Malpractice claims related to the pandemic’s early days are now reaching courts. What types of claims related to COVID-19 will we see? And will the qualified immunities enacted to protect healthcare professionals withstand challenges?
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Mar 21, 2023, Business Insurance
The BI Interview with Dr. Richard Anderson of The Doctors Company
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Doctors Company and TDC Group, discusses medical malpractice exposures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and how broad changes in the healthcare sector will alter the liability landscape.

Mar 13, 2023
A Message From Our Chairman: Reflections on the Pandemic’s Three-Year Anniversary
As we pass the three-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) on May 11, it is a time for reflection, looking back on the exceptional challenges faced, the incredible heroism we witnessed from all healthcare professionals, and the lessons learned.

Sep 16, 2022
Reduce Patient Safety Risks With Vaccinations, Including COVID-19
Debra Kane Hill, MBA, RN, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company
Vaccine administration is usually regarded as a simple office procedure, often performed without the direct supervision of the physician or a licensed professional. Although vaccinations are a routine procedure, physicians and staff should remain vigilant about patient safety considerations. Whether you’re seeing children for COVID-19 vaccinations or adults for travel abroad or general disease prevention, take time now to assess the vaccine administration protocol in your practice.

Video Sep 13, 2022
Past, Present, and Future of COVID-19
Bob Wachter, MD, spoke with author and public health expert Andy Slavitt, who served as a senior advisor to the White House’s pandemic response team under President Biden, to discuss the latest issues in public health and the response to COVID-19 in the United States.

Video Aug 27, 2021
What Is the Current Status of COVID-19 Litigation in the U.S.?
Marco Spadacenta, Senior Vice President of Claims for The Doctors Company, explains the current status of COVID-19 litigation and what we may see in the future.

Video Aug 27, 2021
Do Cardiologists Face Particular Challenges Stemming from COVID-19?
Marco Spadacenta, Senior Vice President of Claims for The Doctors Company, outlines the three main challenges cardiologists face in treating COVID-19 patients.

Video Aug 27, 2021
How Can Physicians Prepare Themselves Now to Best Defend a COVID-19-Related Lawsuit?
Marco Spadacenta, Senior Vice President of Claims for The Doctors Company, offers advice on how to prepare now in the event of a COVID-19 lawsuit.

Video Aug 27, 2021
What Types of Claims Can We Expect to See Filed as a Result of COVID-19?
Marco Spadacenta, Senior Vice President of Claims for The Doctors Company, details the different kinds of claims we may see filed as a result of the pandemic.

Jun 17, 2021
Deferred, Delayed, Disrupted: Mitigating Risks from Care During COVID-19
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Doctors Company and TDC Group
The pandemic has disrupted healthcare so thoroughly that in some sense, COVID-19 has affected all of healthcare. The effect on care has been stunning in magnitude. By mid-2020, more than 40 percent of U.S. adults had delayed medical care or avoided it entirely, including care for urgent and emergent complaints.

May 14, 2021
Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19, and the Future of Pandemics
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Doctors Company, and Leader of the TDC Group of Companies
Artificial intelligence (AI) has proven of value in the COVID-19 pandemic and shows promise for mitigating future healthcare crises.

Video Mar 09, 2021
How Will COVID-19 Impact the Severity of Malpractice Claims?
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, chairman and chief executive officer of The Doctors Company and the TDC Group of Companies, examines how COVID-19 will impact the severity of medical malpractice claims.

Mar 03, 2021
Universal Masking Calls for More Structured Communication in Healthcare
David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer, The Doctors Company, and for the TDC Group of Companies
COVID-19 calls for the adoption of structured communication systems across the board. Chief Medical Officer Dr. David L. Feldman highlights steps individuals and institutions can take today.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Mar 03, 2021
Flexibility and Communication Save Lives in NYC: Incorporating Lessons Learned Through Waves of COVID-19
Andrew D. Racine, MD, PhD, Systems Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Montefiore Health System, and Executive Director of the Montefiore Medical Group
Guest author Dr. Andrew Racine shares valuable insights gleaned from treating patients during the first surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.
From The Doctor’s Advocate

Video Jan 08, 2021
The Increased Use of Telehealth During the Pandemic
David L. Feldman, MD, MBA, FACS, chief medical officer of The Doctors Company and the TDC Group of companies, joins Katy Schuler, MSc, Marketing Manager for CRICO Strategies, to discuss the future of telehealth and potential liability risks.

Dec 14, 2020
Before COVID-19, Outlier Medical Malpractice Verdicts Were Rising—What’s Next?
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Doctors Company, and Leader of the TDC Group of Companies
Severity—the average cost of a medical malpractice claim—continues its relentless increase. Though severity has been rising since at least the 1970s, in recent years we have seen a sharp increase in outlier verdicts, which exceed common policy limits and often set records for their venues. Before the pandemic, nearly all states had seen these extraordinarily large awards, but whether the pace of these awards will be affected by the pandemic is unknown. Some U.S. states have adopted limited liability protections for physicians during COVID-19, but those protections may be tested in the courts.

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A Message From Our Chairman

Richard E. Anderson
MD, FACP

Reflections on the Pandemic’s Three-Year Anniversary

As we pass the three-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic and the end of the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) on May 11, it is a time for reflection, looking back on the exceptional challenges faced, the incredible heroism we witnessed from all healthcare professionals, and the lessons learned.

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