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Proofreading Tips for Business Professionals to Prevent Harmful Typos

February 2, 2018

Typographical errors are not just a concern for fastidious grammar geeks and English teachers. They can have a real impact on your business and your reputation. They can suggest a carelessness that might reduce your credibility, and could result in factual errors that could have practical implications. Understanding a bit about how the brain processes written words—coupled with some simple proofreading tips for business professionals—can help prevent these problems.

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Filed under: Article, Practice Manager, Physician, Practice Communication, Public Relations & Communication

Can Curatives Kill? Reducing the Risk of Medication Error

January 26, 2018

Adverse Drug Events and Medication Errors

An adverse drug event (ADE) is defined as “harm experienced by a patient by exposure to a medication.”1 The Institute of Medicine says an ADE is “an injury resulting from drug‐related medical interventions.”2 Like any adverse event, occurrence of an ADE does not necessarily indicate an error or poor quality care. However, adverse drug events account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 120,000 hospitalizations annually.1

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Filed under: Prescribing & Medication, Article, Practice Manager, Physician, Medication Errors

Decreasing Opioid Overdose Risk for New Patients on High-Dose Opioid Therapy for Chronic Pain

January 19, 2018

The most conservative addiction and overdose prevention policies and procedures can’t protect a primary care clinician from inheriting a patient who is taking high doses of opioids for chronic pain. In many cases, because of the patient’s limited resources and/or the limited number of specialists in the community, primary care clinicians are expected to satisfy the patient’s needs for specialty care, including pain management, mental health and physical therapy. Although there is no perfect solution for clinicians faced with these challenging patients, the following recommendations can decrease the risk of overdose and increase the chance that patients can be transitioned to safer pain management:*

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Pain Management, Prescribing & Medication, Best Practices, Practice Manager, Physician, Opioids

Summary of CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

January 19, 2018

The CDC guidelines are structured around 12 main recommendations that address various aspects of opioid pain management. The guidelines are controversial and, like clinical guidelines, they do not represent the standard of care and do not require conformance. However, it is likely they will be offered as support for a standard of care argument in medical malpractice lawsuits. The recommendations are summarized below.

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Pain Management, Prescribing & Medication, Article, Practice Manager, Physician, Opioids

Preventing Pain Medication Overdose Deaths: Case Studies and Best Practices

January 19, 2018

The majority of NORCAL claims involving pain medications involve overdose deaths. This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who has been watching, listening to or reading recent news.

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Prescribing & Medication, Article, Practice Manager, Physician, Opioids
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