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Preventing Employee Error from Causing a HIPAA Data Breach

December 31, 2018

“The Healthcare vertical is rife with Error and Misuse. In fact, it is the only industry vertical that has more internal actors behind breaches than external.”1

Even with this grim realization, there is some good news for healthcare practices. Because more than half of healthcare data breaches are caused by inadvertent actions of employees, there is an opportunity for practices to greatly reduce their risk of attack with employee training and awareness that builds a pervasive “culture of security.”

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Filed under: Digital Practice, Cybersecurity, Information Security, Practice Manager, Special Report, HIPAA Privacy & Confidentiality

Strategies for Increasing Patient Safety with Opioids

August 27, 2018

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

Strategies for Addressing Parental Concerns About Vaccination

June 29, 2017

While the number of people getting vaccinations for their children is relatively stable,1 some parents are hesitant about or refuse vaccines, or want to depart from the recommended schedule, yet patient safety and public health goals call for physicians to discuss vaccination with parents in order to facilitate wide vaccine acceptance. In this special report, NORCAL’s risk management experts identify the most helpful strategies for communicating with parents about vaccination.

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Filed under: Patient Communication, Physician, Special Report, Pediatrics, Family Practice

Reducing the Risks of Abandonment Claims in Patient Termination

June 29, 2017

Terminating a physician-patient relationship is appropriate and ethical in a variety of circumstances. However, if the relationship is not ended appropriately, a physician could be liable for patient abandonment or for failure to diagnose or treat a condition. In this special report, NORCAL’s risk management experts present justifiable grounds for terminating a patient relationship and factors that may increase the risk of an abandonment claim.

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Filed under: Patient Relationship, Physician, Practice Manager, Special Report

4 Tips to Help Lower Medical Liability Risk

June 29, 2017

PIAA, the nation’s leading association representing medical professional liability insurance companies, has prepared a study showing comparative payment analysis of medical professional liability claims based on five years of loss causation data.

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Filed under: General Liability, Physician, Practice Manager, Special Report
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