Positive Outlook – Issue 1.0 – Jan 2013

Informed Consent Legal Length Discrepancy 
Studies have shown that a signed consent form does not guarantee that the patient is completely aware of the specific nature of the treatment, and that patients remain insufficiently informed, even when extraordinary steps are taken to provide comprehensive information and to ensure patient understanding…READ FULL ARTICLE.

Malpractice Risks With NPs and PAs in Your Practice
Mark Crane – Jan 03, 2013

The growth in the number of physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) has been enormous and is likely to intensify. This trend will have a dramatic impact on physicians, whether employed or in private practice, in terms of both liability issues and day-to-day practice…READ FULL ARTICLE.
Lost in Transition – Coordinating Care Between Inpatient and Primary Care Physicians
By: Renee H. Martin, JD, RN, MSN- Counsel to Positive Physicians Insurance Exchange

Hospital discharge is the most frequent type of care transition, occurring 39.5 million times each year. Research shows that 19% of discharged patients experience an adverse event, such as an emergency department (ED) visit or readmission, within three weeks of discharge. A 2003 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that more than half of all preventable adverse events occurring soon after hospital discharge have been associated with poor communication among care professionals. The declining presence of primary care providers in hospitals has not been adequately accompanied by systems to ensure that patient data are transferred to subsequent caregivers. …READ FULL ARTICLE.

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