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Employed vs independent doctors: Numbers don’t tell the whole story

By: Marni Jameson Carey (www.aid-us.org) The news comes as no surprise: “For the first time in the United States, employed physicians outnumber self-employed physicians,” says a new study released this month by the American Medical Association. Let’s set aside for a moment that this finding, which the AMA deemed a “milestone,” as if this were an accomplishment,…

Terminating Patient Relationships

Julie Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare Systems Patient Safety, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel Just as it is an acceptable and reasonable practice to screen incoming patients, it is acceptable and reasonable to know when to end patient relationships that are no longer…

Physician Employment Agreements

By Bill Fleming, The Doctors Company   Bringing a new physician into a growing practice can be exciting for both the group and the new hire. But even the best professional relationships can come to an end, and clarity at the beginning will serve all parties well, particularly if a departure is accompanied by hard…

Stand-Alone Tail Coverage

STAND-ALONE TAIL COVERAGE Over the last few years more insurance carriers have started writing Stand-Alone Tail Coverage.  A Stand-Alone tail is basically a separate tail insurance policy written by another insurance company that didn’t write the original claims made policy (i.e., they were not the incumbent carrier).  During the hard market, Stand-Alone Tail coverage didn’t…

Lawsuit Survival Tips for Physicians

A physician incurs nearly $200,000 in medical student loan debt, graduates in the top 10 percent of her class, and dedicates the past 14 years to providing care to patients. One day, out of the blue, the local sheriff’s office serves her with a lawsuit. Perhaps it is regarding a familiar patient, or maybe a…

Settling a Malpractice Suit is Seldom a Straightforward Decision

Source: Skin & Allergy News 8/12/14 By: ALICIA GALLEGOS Sometimes it makes sense to settle a malpractice lawsuit, but making that decision is seldom straightforward, according to legal experts. Top reasons to settle a case include indefensible actions, inadequate malpractice insurance, and an expert review that concludes a failure to meet the standard of care,…

In-Office Dispensing

Because of pressures to increase revenue and patient satisfaction, the practice of dispensing prescriptions in-office is becoming more common. Done safely, an in-office dispensing system can be a win-win situation for both patients and a practice. In-office dispensing saves the patient time and increases convenience because it removes the need to pick up medications at…

Patient Safety in Anesthesia

Adverse anesthesia events can occur despite the sophisticated monitors in use. Most adverse events should not occur but do because alarms have been silenced or were silenced at the end of the prior case and not reactivated. (Be aware that some machines do not automatically reset the alarm.) Do not neglect pulse oximeter and CO2…

System Dangers: How EHRs Can Contribute to Medical Malpractice Claims

Shortly after electronic health records (EHRs) began to be widely adopted, The Doctors Company and other medical professional liability insurers became aware of their potential liability risks. We anticipated that EHRs would become a contributing factor in medical liability claims. However, due to the three- to four-year lag time between an adverse event and a…
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