Positive Outlook – Issue 4.0 – Nov 2013

Primary Care Malpractice Cases ‘More Difficult to Defend’

Medscape, September 30,2013
Failure or delay in diagnosis is usually the cause of allegations against primary care physicians. The authors blame the problems on breakdowns in humdrum office processes such as updating patient and family histories, ordering tests, managing referrals, and following up with patients. The authors indicate that safeguards can be implemented to cure office dysfunction. READ MORE.

Apology Bill– Signed by PA Governor Tom Corbett on Oct. 23, 2013
On October 23, 2013, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 379 into law, which allows healthcare providers to apologize or make compassionate gestures to patients and patient’s relatives or representatives without those statements being used against them in subsequent medical malpractice litigation or administrative actions. READ MORE.

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