September 2008

More and Better Patient Information = More Lawsuits for Physicians

January 14, 2010

MDNG Primary Care

A recent lawsuit against the major pharmacy chains highlights the liability risks of having too much information about a patient. Essentially, the more information you have at your desktop computer, the more you know or really should know about your patient. But as the amount of information you are expected to know increases, the greater your legal responsibility and lawsuit risk becomes.

Expert Medical Witnesses: Should You Get Involved? We Plead the Fifth

September 16, 2008

Feature Articles

Many physicians are skeptical about getting involved in the practice, and rightfully so. Sermo and other online physician communities are rife with posts and comments from physicians who know colleagues who have stretched the truth or even lied on the stand because of personal beliefs or compensation.

The Ratings Game

September 16, 2008

Feature Articles

The rise of social networking websites that encourage patients to rate their physicians and discuss their experiences has some practitioners worried about the damage a malicious review could do to their practice.

The EAR Party's End

September 16, 2008

Cover Story

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems hold great promise. However, like many new technologies, the difficulty of achieving EHRs' promise has been vastly underestimated, as have the risks. The current national initiatives pushing for widespread EHR implementation may be leading us into an unmapped minefield.

Social Media Notebook: Get on Board the Health Internet Train

September 16, 2008

Columns

According to an article published in the June 17, 2008 edition of the New York Times, declining reimbursements, managed care, physician shortages (especially in primary care), and concerns about malpractice are contributing to doctors' discontent.

Tech Talk: The Contract You Never Read

September 16, 2008

Columns

One of the most important legal documents in your practice may have a significant impact on your finances. And even though you (or someone in your practice) agreed to abide by its terms and conditions, it's highly likely that you have never even read it.