Industry News
November 1, 2015 - It’s Not Just Large Data Breaches That Matter
ppix-admin -

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 Continue reading ...Read More

June 10, 2015 - Dealing with a medical mistake: should physicians apologize to patients?
Norman G. Tabler, Jr. -

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? ...Read More

June 10, 2015 - Patients Who Won’t Sue Their Doctors — Even When They Could
Mark Crane -

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 physicians and medical institutions? ...Read More

June 10, 2015 - 5 Unexpected Ways You Could Get Sued
Michael J. Sacopulos, JD -

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....Read More

June 10, 2015 - Reviewing the first HITECH breach penalty dealt by HHS
Patrick Ouellette -

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 handed out because of a HITECH violation....Read More

June 10, 2015 - 8 Steps to Winning Your Malpractice Lawsuit
Mark Crane -

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, according to results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. [1] . ...Read More

June 9, 2015 - Is There Any Hope for Malpractice Reform?
Anne L. Finger, MA -

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 impact of the Affordable Care Act may bring more developments....Read More