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The Impact of EHR Burdens on Physician Burnout

September 29, 2020

Physician burnout is associated with two-fold increased odds for unsafe care, unprofessional behaviors, and low patient satisfaction according to one study.1 Another study shows that electronic health records (EHR) contribute to physician burnout due to the increased clerical burden that disrupts the time spent with patients.2 Like many other healthcare issues, preventing physician burnout is cheaper and safer than managing the downstream consequences. In this special report, the risk management experts at NORCAL offer strategies to address stress caused by EHRs.

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Filed under: Special Report, Professional Wellness

Preventing HIPAA Data Breaches to Safeguard Your Digital Practice

January 23, 2020

The digital practice—the electronic storage, access, sharing, and monitoring of health information—promises increased convenience, improved patient care, and lower costs.1 But this electronic access to medical records also brings with it the risk of cyberattacks and new avenues for employee error and misuse that could put sensitive patient data at risk of exposure and your practice at risk of violating state and federal regulatory and privacy laws.

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Filed under: Digital Health, Cybersecurity, Special Report, Practice Manager

Strategies for Increasing Patient Safety with Opioids

January 23, 2020

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services declared a public health emergency to address the opioid crisis.1 But while increased awareness and better prescribing practices have helped, there is still cause for concern. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died of an opioid overdose and an estimated 1.7 million suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioids.2 For the physician, scrutiny by law enforcement and regulatory agencies brings increased liability.

In this special report, the risk management experts at NORCAL Group offer recommendations supporting sound pain management principles to help mitigate these risks and improve patient safety.

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