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Doctors and nurses in surgery make mistakes that can be resolved with conflict resolution programs

Conflict Resolution Programs Prevent Malpractice Suits

A recent study shows that conflict resolution programs (CRPs) can be successful in preventing both litigation and monetary settlements for adverse medical events not involving negligence, reports MedPage Today The study was led by Michelle Mello, Ph.D., J.D., of Stanford University. Mello and her colleagues reported their findings in the

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doctor consulting with patient and wife regarding informed consent

Court Decision Has Far-Reaching Implications for Informed Consent

A recent court decision in Pennsylvania may have far-reaching implications for surgeons and other physicians who regularly obtain informed consent. Although the decision is binding only in Pennsylvania, it should serve as a warning for providers all across the United States. The case involved a woman with a nonmalignant brain

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Physician Burnout May Improve with Mindfulness Training

The rate of burnout among healthcare providers has been increasing in recent years. According to the AMA Wire, the rate of burnout among U.S. physicians ranged from 40 to 60 percent in 2017. Emergency room physicians reported the highest burnout rate, followed by ob-gyns, family physicians and internists. The specialty

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Settlement Highlights HIPAA Data Breach Rules

Healthcare providers are in a uniquely vulnerable position in the event of a data breach because both they and their “business associates” are required to comply with HIPAA’s Breach Notification Rule. This vulnerability was recently underscored by a settlement between CoPilot Support Services Inc. and the state of New York.

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physician employees worry about malpractice coverage gaps

Do Physician Employees Need Malpractice Insurance?

The medical profession has seen dramatic changes over the past 10 years. For example, more and more doctors are leaving individual or small group practices to become physician employees. According to a New York Times report, nearly 60 percent of the nation’s family practitioners and pediatricians, half of its surgeons

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Health and Safety Training: A Must for Small Businesses

If you own a small business, health and safety training for your employees may be the furthest thing from your mind. Dealing with daily operations, budgets, payroll, employee issues and  ever-increasing regulatory demands are almost certainly much higher on your list of to-dos. Nevertheless, failing to provide your staff with

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A Strange Twist in Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Trial

In a strange twist in an already unusual case, the CEO of a Pennsylvania health system has been compelled to testify for the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice trial. Dr. David T. Feinberg, president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health System, will testify in the case of Dr. Jennifer

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