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  • Does Trial Lawyer Advertising Pose a Growing Risk to Public Health?
    What would you do if you saw a TV ad about a lawsuit against a drug company over a medication prescribed by your physician that you were currently taking? In 2017, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) asked that question of 1,335 adults—500 of whom were currently taking or had taken one of 12 prescription drugs frequently targeted by personal injury lawyers. Nearly half of the survey respondents said they would definitely or probably stop taking the drug immediately after seeing the ad. When shown an actual TV lawsuit ad about a drug they or a household member had taken, more than half said they would reduce the dosage to below the prescribed amount. Read more
  • Terminating Patient Relationships
    By Julie Brightwell, JD, RN, Director, Healthcare Systems Patient Safety, Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management, The Doctors Company, and Richard Cahill, JD, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Read more
  • Challenges of Cultural Diversity in Healthcare: Protect Your Patients and Yourself
    Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Senior Director, Patient Safety and Risk Management Education, The Doctors Company Doctors are increasingly faced with providing care to a multicultural society complicated by literacy issues. Ensuring Read more
  • Hackers See Your Practice as Easy Money
    There are reports from around the country of dentists being hacked. One dentist reported that her patients received “aggressive” emails telling them they owed money for services they never received. Read more
  • Is Your Patient a Victim of Human Trafficking?
    Most healthcare providers are aware they have a responsibility to identify and report victims of child abuse, elder neglect, and domestic violence. Another type of abuse—human trafficking—is, however, on the Read more
  • Sexual Harassment Allegations in Healthcare: Rising Risks
    A successful and highly-respected pediatrician with an unblemished record over decades of practice learns of a HIPAA breach by a member of his clerical staff. After an investigation reveals the Read more
  • Contest: Join the Molar Madness and build the Best March Madness Bracket!
    Grand Prize Beer Tasting in Paradise Event Table at FDC2019Event Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 | 6-8 pm5-Course Beer Tasting with small plate pairings, hosted by Dr. Rudy Liddell.100 percent of Read more
  • Wearable Medical Devices Give Abundant Data and Risks
    Since 2013, the number of U.S. consumers tracking their health data with wearables has doubled.1 And that number continues to rise: During the third quarter of 2018, the wearables market Read more
  • Make Same-Day Care Work for Your Practice and Your Patients
    To meet patient expectations and remain competitive in today’s rapid-paced environment, more and more dentists are adopting same-day care models. Dentists who can provide diagnostics and care on the same day dramatically improve their patients’ health, resulting in higher patient loyalty. Read more
  • Patient Selection for Elective Procedures
    Many claims originate with patients who are not appropriate candidates for procedures. Having a well-planned and carefully executed patient selection process can help you identify patients who are good surgical candidates and those who may not be able to achieve satisfactory results. Read more
  • Three HIPAA Compliance Actions You Should Take Right Now
    Most providers today know HIPAA places certain standards on practices to keep patient’s Protected Health Information (PHI) safe. Failure to comply with these safeguards results in corrective actions and large Read more
  • Survey: Doctors Conflicted but Patients Still Top Concern
    Doctors are concerned about the quality of care they provide to patients—that is, after all, the reason they chose the profession. But doctors today report being so disappointed with the Read more
  • U.S. Surgeon General Discusses the Opioid Epidemic
    The Doctors Company 2018 Executive Advisory Board meeting—a gathering of some of the leading figures in medicine in the United States—featured a conversation between The Doctors Company Chairman and Chief Read more
  • Cybersecurity Insurance for Medical Practices: The Basics
    More medical practices are purchasing—or at least considering—an insurance policy to cover the substantial costs of a data breach. Medical malpractice policies often provide basic coverage for this threat, but Read more
  • Virtual Reality for Pain Management: An Alternative to Opioids
    In 2016, science teacher Bob Jester fell off a roof, broke 19 bones, and underwent surgery for his badly broken back. Doctors prescribed Oxycodone, an opioid, during Jester’s extended recovery. Read more
  • Sound Familiar? 6 Real Life Claims from FDA Services
    These are a collection of real claim scenarios from FDA Services (FDAS) staff.Hurricane Irma Claim  Recently, I worked with a member who had purchased a Business Owner’s Package Policy Extension, providing additional coverage for Read more

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