Positive Outlook – Issue 6.0 – May 2014

Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Anti-coagulation following elective or emergency surgery has become a dismal swamp of litigation. Should a post-op spine decompression be anti-coagulated?

If not, and the patient develops a significant or life threatening PE, you could be sued. On the other hand, if you do, and the patient develops a postop hematoma and neurologic loss, you may also be sued. READ MORE.

Medical Offices and the For Need Employment Practices Liability Insurance 
What growing area of loss is affecting the medical community? The answer is employment-related claims. These claims include losses from sexual harassment, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour issues. Not that these aren’t enough, but a medical practice is also exposed to charges of discrimination and harassment from 3rd parties, including delivery services, drug reps and patients, as well as allegations of patient molestation. READ MORE.

Mcare Act Update
We want to remind you that Section 511 of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (Mcare) Act passed in 2002 sets forth the appropriate manner for making corrections to a patient’s medical record in Pennsylvania. It also establishes that it is unprofessional conduct to make alterations to a record or to otherwise eliminate information in a record that would give rise to a professional liability action. READ MORE.

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