News and Insights

Your Role in the Patient Experience

October 22, 2019

Shivhon Adkins, MPA, Founder Medical Receptionist Network, Practice Manager Advocare Newborn Network Focusing on the overall patient experience is the responsibility of everyone in the office or organization who have direct contact with your patient population. However, it ismanagement’s responsibility to understand, document, measure and report on how your front desk and clinical staff are … Read more

Between the Rock and the Hard Place

October 10, 2019

Lewis Sharps, MD, CEO, Positive Physicians Insurance Company I wrote the below article in 2016 as a warning that the Medical Malpractice Marketplace was shifting from a soft competitive market to a harder market for physicians with rate increases in the future. Unfortunately I was right. As a physician driven company, we are very sensitive … Read more

Integrated Risk Management System – “It Is Cheaper to Prevent a Claim Than Win One.”

January 16, 2018

Positive Physicians Insurance Exchange has developed and implemented the first “Integrated Risk Management Program” which creates a direct interface between the physicians (insureds), their practices, and our risk manager. The company is very proud of this accomplishment. We believe that this program decreases frequency and severity of litigation. In addition, at no cost to our … Read more

IME Insurance Malpractice Suit-Adams vs. Gelman

February 16, 2017

Adams v. Gelman, concerning IME Insurance, was decided on November 10, 2016. The case involved three insurance claimants who jointly filed a lawsuit against a Delaware physician claiming that his work for insurance companies over decades, and perceived bias in favor of those companies, amounted to fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, battery, racketeering, and conspiracy. … Read more

FAQ: Medical Malpractice Concerning Narcotic Pain Medication Addiction

February 16, 2017

FAQ: If a patient gets addicted to a narcotic pain medication, who’s fault is it and could it be considered medical malpractice? To figure out if a patient’s addiction to pain medications constitutes medical malpractice, you have to prove that the patient’s doctor was negligent. This means that the doctor did not act reasonably in … Read more

Positive Outlook – Issue 13 – July 2016

July 16, 2016

“BETWEEN THE ROCK AND HARD PLACE” By Lewis Sharps, MD STORM CLOUDS ON THE HORIZON Is the next malpractice crisis just over the horizon? Independent data released by Diederich Healthcare compares Total National Payouts for Medical Malpractice Settlements year over year. From 2003 to 2012 payouts decreased each year. Since 2012 Total National Medical Malpractice Payouts have increased … Read more

Is There Any Hope for Malpractice Reform?

November 9, 2015

Anne L. Finger, MA – Http://Www.Medscape.Com There Are Rays Of Hope Medical Malpractice Continues To Loom Large In The Minds Of Just About Every Practicing Physician. Claims And Rates Are Declining, But The Problem Of Lawsuits Against Physicians Is Far From Tapering Off. And Upcoming Changes In Medicine Due To Doctor/Hospital Consolidations And Uncertainty About The … Read more

It’s Not Just Large Data Breaches That Matter

November 1, 2015

By Jonathan Krasner   We Are All Well Aware Of The Epidemic Of Large Data Breaches That Have Been Occurring Recently.  Anthem, Blue Cross, UCLA, The List Goes On And On.  Over 143 Million Records Breached To Date – An Astounding Figure!  Since 2009, When The Office Of Civil Rights “Wall Of Shame” Came Into … Read more

8 Steps to Winning Your Malpractice Lawsuit

June 10, 2015

Mark Crane – Http://Www.Medscape.Com A Lawsuit Can Strike Without Warning If You Haven’t Yet Been Sued For Medical Malpractice, The Sad Truth Is That You Very Well May Be At Some Point In Your Career. By Age 65, 75% Of Physicians In Low-Risk Specialties Will Have Been Sued, Compared With 99% Of Physicians In High-Risk Specialties, … Read more

Reviewing the first HITECH breach penalty dealt by HHS

June 10, 2015

Patrick Ouellette – Http://Www.Healthitsecurity.Com/ Last Week, Department Of Health And Human Services (HHS) Announced That Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C. (APDerm) Of Concord, Mass., Will Pay $150,000 In Data Breach Fines. The Most Interesting Part Of The News Wasn’t The Amount Of Money That APDerm Had To Pay – It Was The Fact That The Fine Was The First … Read more

5 Unexpected Ways You Could Get Sued

June 10, 2015

Michael J. Sacopulos, JD – Http://Www.Medscape.Com Introduction Strange Things Often Happen When It Comes To Medical Malpractice Claims. From Missed Diagnoses To Missing Sponges, You May Think You’ve Heard It All Before. But There Have Been Some Shocking Twists On Medical Liability. Here’s To Hoping That We Can Learn Some Hard Lessons By Proxy. Patient Not Warned To … Read more

Patients Who Won’t Sue Their Doctors — Even When They Could

June 10, 2015

Mark Crane – Http://Www.Medscape.Com When Bad Things Happen To Patients Patients Experience Adverse Outcomes Due To Medical Negligence Every Day. Although Physicians Have Legitimate Worries About Being Sued, The Fact Is That Fewer Than 10% Of Those Patients And Families Will Actually File A Malpractice Suit.[1] Why Do So Many Patients With Valid Claims Decline To Sue … Read more

Dealing with a medical mistake: should physicians apologize to patients?

June 10, 2015

Norman G. Tabler, Jr. – Http://Www.Medicaleconomics.Modernmedicine.Com To Err Is Human. Every Physician At Any Experience Level Has Made A Medical Error. Sometimes Mistakes Can Cause Harm To Patients. How Should A Physician Respond? Is There A Role For An Apology, Or Will That Lead To A Lawsuit? Most Medical Errors Go Undetected, And Most Of Those That … Read more

Positive Outlook – Issue 9.0 – Feb 2015

February 16, 2015

20% discount on HIPAA Service program through PPIX. Play Now! Complying with the HIPAA Security Rule and satisfying the Meaningful Use Core Objectives that require a Security Risk Analysis can be a confusing, time consuming and expensive process for a busy medical practice.  However, it no longer need be for PPIX clients thanks to a … Read more