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Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case

February 24, 2020

Facing a lawsuit can be an upsetting and often intimidating process. Coming from the medical environment, you may not have exposure to the complexities of the legal system, and you may have questions about how it works. Added to that, you may also be dealing with emotions ranging from confusion to anger. To help you prepare for what’s to come, NORCAL Group offers this Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case to provide an overview of the general litigation process as well as recommendations to help you through it.

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Filed under: Litigation & Claims, Business of Medicine

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

False Advertising of a Medical Practice Leads to Allegations of Fraud

August 26, 2019

Physician advertising is controlled by state and federal laws and regulations. Violating these regulations can lead to medical board discipline and fines, can complicate the defense of liability claims, and may not be covered by medical liability insurance policies. State laws may also allow patients to sue the physician for damages if they were injured by the false or deceptive advertising.1

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Filed under: Case Study, Practice Manager, Marketing & Practice Building, Business of Medicine

Challenging Indemnity Clauses in Healthcare Business Contracts

August 26, 2019

To “indemnify” or to “hold harmless” means to insure another party’s risk. Indemnity clauses appear in a wide variety of business contracts, including those between physicians, their groups, and the hospitals in which they treat patients. When a physician signs a contract to join a medical group, and the contract has indemnification language, the physician may be agreeing to take responsibility for the group’s malpractice liability if both are named in a lawsuit. Consequently, physicians should be wary of signing any contract with an indemnity/hold harmless clause.

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Filed under: Case Study, Practice Manager, Business of Medicine

Understanding the Risks Associated with Medical Directorships

August 26, 2019

A medical directorship may seem like a reasonable way to bring in extra income without investing a lot of time and effort. However, depending on the arrangements, a medical director’s duties can be extensive and the liability issues not always obvious. Therefore, it is important to understand the legal, regulatory, and professional liability coverage issues prior to accepting a medical director position.

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Filed under: Case Study, Practice Manager, Business of Medicine
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