The Doctor’s Advocate | Fourth Quarter 2013
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We’ve launched a series of three-minute video risk tips designed for busy healthcare professionals.
“The Doctors Company has become the leader in efforts to reduce risk and keep physician practices safe,” said Robin Diamond, JD, RN, chief patient safety officer. “We encourage healthcare providers to watch these innovative video risk tips, share them with their colleagues, and, most importantly, put the suggestions shared in this series to work in their practices.”
Recent videos include “Reduce Medical Errors by Standardizing Patient Handoffs” (www.thedoctors.com/handoffs), “Four Tips for Providing Expert Testimony” (www.thedoctors.com/testimony), and “Top Tips for Avoiding HIPAA Violations” (www.thedoctors.com/violations).
When it comes to defending your livelihood and reputation, we seize every opportunity to gain the advantage. Our Annual Legal Summits are central to providing the industry’s most aggressive defense. We bring together our nationwide network of defense attorneys to share insights about developing litigation trends, the latest plaintiffs’ strategies, and successful defense practices.
We recently convened the 2013 Midwest Legal Summit—a meeting that gave more than 100 attorneys from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio the opportunity to hone their defense strategies.
Using findings from our groundbreaking Future of Health Care Survey, we’ve created an animated video that reveals how doctors view coming changes. View this video and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/doctorscompany.
You can also follow us on Twitter at @doctorscompany and find us on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Our commitment to protecting the practice of good medicine extends to delivering information on issues that matter to doctors.
Earlier this year, we asked members across the nation to participate in The Doctor’s Advocate reader survey. More than 2,100 physicians took the time to reply and to write in almost 500 comments outlining information they would like to see in future issues.
We received high marks for the relevance of our articles, and we learned that articles on claims case histories and analysis continue to be the most popular.
As a result of your comments, we’re adding a brief overview—“Article at a Glance”— to each main article to help you decide quickly if the content is relevant.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the reader survey. You’re helping us ensure that The Doctor’s Advocate continues to be a valuable member resource.
We recently distributed a $138,599 award to one qualifying member. It’s our highest Tribute® Plan award to date—and another milestone for our unrivaled member benefit. To see your estimated balance and project your award, sign in at www.thedoctors.com.
The Doctor’s Advocate is published by The Doctors Company to advise and inform its members about loss prevention and insurance issues.
The guidelines suggested in this newsletter are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. They attempt to define principles of practice for providing appropriate care. The principles are not inclusive of all proper methods of care nor exclusive of other methods reasonably directed at obtaining the same results.
The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.
The Doctor’s Advocate is published quarterly by Corporate Communications, The Doctors Company. Letters and articles, to be edited and published at the editor’s discretion, are welcome. The views expressed are those of the letter writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or official policy of The Doctors Company. Please sign your letters, and address them to the editor.