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Demystifying Medical Malpractice Litigation – Live Seminar

PRI will be hosting another 5% Premium Discount and Mandatory Excess Program entitled Demystifying Medical Malpractice Litigation. A CME and MOC program. Learning Objectives Describe the elements of negligence, statute of limitations, and defense strategies for medical malpractice claims.  Explain what to do/how to prepare for the differing stages of litigation. Discuss [...]

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High Dose Opioids

Whether you are a physician, an NP, PA, an RN, or any other health care provider, if it comes to your attention that a patient is on a high dosage of morphine equivalent units of an opioid, bring it to the attention of the prescribing entity. One of the easiest reminders [...]

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The Electronic Medical Record – A Patient Safety Tool

The implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has been challenging and has added complexity to the delivery of healthcare. Despite the challenges, there are benefits that many EHRs bring to the support of clinical decision making. In a national survey of doctors who use EHRs, 88% report that their systems produce clinical [...]

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CPT Codes Suggested by Medical Device Salespeople

Beware of sales people attempting to sell you a new and improved machine that will miraculously double your income. Do NOT take as gospel the CPT codes they “suggest” you use. Often, they will show you examples of how well their clients did billing under these codes. YOU are responsible for [...]

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Driving While Intoxicated

Even though the police pulled you over while you were not treating patients, if you plead to even a misdemeanor, that will be reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, also known as your permanent professional report card. If you have been either found guilty by a jury or admitted your [...]

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Defense Verdicts in Decubitus Ulcer Malpractice Claims

PRI is prevailing in defending decubitus ulcer malpractice claims. The history of decubitus ulcer litigation is an interesting one that is mired in misunderstanding. Unfortunately, at the turn of the millennium, some well-intentioned quality and safety organizations coined the term ‘never event’ to denote adverse events that should “never” occur in [...]

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Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) Forms

Please do not forget to sign your Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) forms, electronically or otherwise. It must be a valid signature of else the government, under the False Claims Act can claim fraud! A substitute signature is NOT valid! This was just recently decided by a federal district court in [...]

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PRI Interviews Dr. Jo Shapiro on the Impact of Physician Peer Support

“We're very social animals if you will. And feeling isolated is very stressful. So how to overcome that?  Well first of all just having anyone reach out to you and offer peer support right there you're having a peer say I've been there and you're not alone…”   Dr. Jo Shapiro is [...]

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CDC Guideline for Chronic Pain and Prescribing Opioids

The CDC has advised of "misapplication" of the CDC Guideline for Chronic Pain and Prescribing Opioids. It states in part: "When opioids are started, clinicians should prescribe the lowest effective dosage. Clinicians should avoid increasing dosage to 90 or more morphine equivalent units per day. The recommendation statement does not suggest [...]

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A patient falls while leaving the office. Is it Medical Malpractice?

If a patient falls while leaving the office and injures herself, is it medical malpractice? I hate to sound like an attorney, but it depends. If the patient was discharged after anesthesia and was unsteady on her feet, maybe. If the doctor’s medical assistant negligently helped the patient off the examining [...]

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Recent News From PRI

The Electronic Medical Record – A Patient Safety Tool

The implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) has been challenging and [...]

PRI Interviews Dr. Jo Shapiro on the Impact of Physician Peer Support

“We're very social animals if you will. And feeling isolated is [...]

How Does Physician Employment Compare with Private Practice Ownership?

Are employed physicians better off than independent doctors? According to a [...]

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