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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 Safety & Quality of Care

Strategies for Increasing Patient Safety with Opioids

January 23, 2020

Acting Secretary of HHS in 2017 declared a public health emergency to address what he called a “national opioid crisis.” It’s easy to see why. The number of people dying from opioid overdoses is increasing1 and the economic burden of prescription opioid misuse alone is estimated at $78.5 billion a year in the U.S.2 Furthermore, due to the increased scrutiny by law enforcement and regulatory agencies and the risk of dependency and overdose there are increased liability risks for physicians related to opioid prescribing.

In this special report, the risk management experts at NORCAL offer recommendations supporting sound pain management principles for mitigating these risks and increasing patient safety with opioids.

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Filed under: Pain Management Specialist, Pain Management, Prescribing & Medication, Special Report, Practice Manager, Physician, Opioids, Patient Safety & Quality of Care

3 Steps to Responding to Negative Online Comments

September 24, 2019

The growth of online physician rating sites is causing a lot of physicians to feel like they’re losing control of their reputations. When seeing negative comments online, it’s natural for professionals to want to respond immediately to defend their reputations. But is that always the best course of action?

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Filed under: Special Report, Practice Manager, Physician, Physician Ratings, Reputation Management, Patient Experience

Recognizing the Signs of Physician Burnout

September 4, 2019

Nearly half of U.S. physicians—44%—report feeling burned out, with 59% citing too many bureaucratic tasks as the chief contributor.¹ This is a serious concern, because physician burnout can lead to patients suffering adverse events² or leave physicians unable to express empathy and compassion with their patients.³

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Filed under: Special Report, Practice Manager, Physician, Physician Burnout, Physician Wellness

Foster a Safer Clinical Encounter with Medical Chaperones

June 10, 2019

The healthcare setting often involves sensitive and intimate exams that present challenges other businesses don’t face. Medical chaperones can provide a level of comfort for patients and may help ensure the best possible experience for patients and physicians alike. In so doing, the likelihood of a sexual misconduct allegation based on a misunderstanding is greatly reduced.1 And while the case study below involves a physician and this article references physicians throughout, the lessons and recommendations are applicable to any healthcare professional.

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Medical Ethics, Article, Practice Manager, Physician
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