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Avoid Ambiguity in Pathology Reports to Improve Communication

March 26, 2021

A pathologist’s main objectives in writing a pathology report are to communicate the diagnosis and create a permanent record.1 The entire purpose of specimen procurement and pathology consultation may be defeated if the pathology report is inaccurate, incomplete, difficult to read, or difficult to understand.2

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Filed under: Best Practices, Patient Care

Telehealth Offers Advantages for Practices, But Liability Risks Remain

July 1, 2020

In the first half of 2020 — the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic — telehealth experienced extraordinary growth as social distancing protocols, concern over spreading the virus, and other pandemic realities spurred demand and adoption. While this growth has receded since that time, usage remains well above pre-pandemic levels and the regulatory environment remains dynamic.1

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Filed under: Digital Health, Best Practices

Parental Concerns with Adolescent Vaccines

June 25, 2020

While the number of people getting vaccinations for their children is relatively stable,1 some parents and guardians are hesitant about or refuse vaccines, or they want to depart from the recommended schedule. Researchers have identified seven primary reasons for this:2,3,4

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Filed under: Best Practices, Patient Care

Consent for Treatment of an Adolescent: When Divorced Parents Disagree

June 25, 2020

Complicated family dynamics are often on full display in family practice and pediatric offices. Situations involving divorced or separated parents who disagree about their child’s treatment are a typical reason that insured physicians contact the NORCAL Risk Management department for advice. Sometimes the issue is about access to medical records. And, on occasion, a clinical problem is not at the forefront, but the parents are involving their children’s physicians in the family’s difficulties.

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Filed under: Best Practices, Patient Care

Adolescent Health Information Privacy

June 25, 2020

Adolescent privacy laws vary in significant ways from state to state and may conflict with federal laws.1 In addition to minor consent laws, clinicians treating adolescent patients should be familiar with state and federal medical information privacy laws as they relate to adolescent healthcare and should develop clear policies and protocols for appropriately protecting this confidential information.

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Filed under: Best Practices, Patient Care
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