Positive Outlook – Issue 8.0 – Nov 2014

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

This section is written by one of our insured physicians describing events and situations in the real clinical world.  Doctors are constantly put in situations of doing what is best for their patients while trying to avoid a target on their backs at the same time.

Stephen Zabinski, MD is one of our insured orthopedic surgeons.  In this issue, he discusses an important situation:  How to deal with a procedure-related complication.  Though the example below is orthopedic, it pertains to any situation where things don’t go according to plan. READ MORE.

CDC HIV/AIDS Science Facts: CDC Releases Revised HIV Testing Recommendations in Healthcare Settings

Effective September 2006, CDC has revised its recommendations for HIV testing in healthcare settings. The Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Healthcare Settings aim to make HIV testing a routine part of medical care in addition to expanding the gains made in diagnosing HIV infection among pregnant women.

The Recommendations replace CDC’s 1993 Recommendations for HIV Testing Services for Inpatients and Outpatients in Acute-Care Settings and they update portions of CDC’s 2001 Revised Guidelines for HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral and Revised Recommendations for HIV Screening of Pregnant Women. READ MORE.

EHRs Are Full of Legal Risks

Many physicians are so concerned about being sued for malpractice that they routinely order unnecessary tests and procedures to practice defensive medicine. And yet, when it comes to legal risks in using their electronic health records (EHRs), their concern is often nonexistent, experts assert.

Many doctors use their EHRs in nonstandard ways, without considering how this may affect them in a liability suit. Or they gloss over other aspects of using an EHR. READ MORE.

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