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Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain: Case Studies and Best Practices

October 14, 2022

In 2020 (the latest year for which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data are available), 68,630 Americans died of opioid-involved overdose—a 37.6 percent increase over 2019*, and the largest yearly increase in opioid-involved overdose deaths in two decades.1 A total of 16,416 (23.9 percent) of those deaths involved prescription opioids.1 Approximately 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them,2 and between 8 and 12 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain will develop an opioid use disorder (OUD).2 It’s no surprise, then, that overdose death involving opioids is referred to as “a public health emergency”3 and an epidemic.4

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Filed under: Pain Management, Best Practices, Practice Manager, Physician, Opioids, Patient Care, Medication Management, Claims Rx

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

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

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
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