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Optimize Your EHR to Manage Risks: Case Studies and Best Practices

November 11, 2020

Although electronic health records (EHRs) have many benefits, studies reveal unexpected patient safety and liability risks associated with their use. The speed at which EHR technology is advancing and the speed with which hospitals and medical practices are implementing these systems can partially explain this increased risk exposure.1 Optimizing an EHR (using it to its full potential) can deflect some of this risk. However, the importance of optimizing an EHR can be overlooked amid the struggle to provide quality patient care while complying with regulations and participating in government incentive programs.2

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Filed under: Digital Health, Electronic Health Records, Medical Records & Documentation, Article, Practice Manager, Physician

Telemedicine Offers Advantages for Practices, But Liability Risks Remain

July 1, 2020

Telemedicine continues to grow at an impressive rate as increasing numbers of providers adopt it in their practices, and the technology continues to improve for connecting with and delivering virtual care to patients. But along with the advantages that telemedicine offers both providers and patients, there are also liability risks to consider.1

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Filed under: Digital Health, Article

Adolescent Consent and Privacy: Case Studies and Best Practices

June 25, 2020

Adolescent autonomy and privacy are affected by a tangled web of state and federal laws that clinicians are expected to know and abide by. As a rule, adolescent patients cannot give consent for their own medical treatment before they reach the legal age of majority, which, in most states, is 18. The circumstances in which adolescent patients can consent to their own medical treatment vary by state; however, most states have consent exceptions based on an adolescent’s legal status (e.g., married, emancipated) and select medical conditions (“sensitive medical conditions”).

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Filed under: Article, Patient Care

Can Curatives Kill? Reducing the Risk of Medication Error

May 11, 2020

An adverse drug event (ADE) is defined as “harm experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to a medication.”1 The Institute of Medicine says an ADE is “an injury resulting from a medical intervention.”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 100,000 hospitalizations annually.1

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

Managing Risk on the Business Side of Medicine: Case Studies and Best Practices

August 26, 2019

Running a medical practice involves making business decisions that can increase the risk of adverse patient outcomes, professional liability, and regulatory violations. Yet, the skills and training that support conscientious, excellent medical care do not always facilitate skilled business decision-making.1,2

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Filed under: Article, Practice Manager, Business of Medicine
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