Advantages and Disadvantages of Electronic Health Records


An electronic health record (EHR) is a computerized collection of patient information in a digital format. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of electronic health records. [More]


The Importance of Patient Follow-Up Care


Timely follow-up with patients is vital for ensuring they're moving forward with the prescribed treatment plan. Find out more about the importance of patient follow-up care. [More]


The Importance of Patient Satisfaction in Healthcare


These days, delivering top-notch medical care involves more than just helping the patient get well. Learn more about the importance of patient satisfaction in healthcare. [More]


Importance of Doctor-Patient Communication


Clear communication is essential to the success of any relationship, especially the one that exists between a physician and their patient. Learn more about the importance of doctor-patient communication. [More]


Job Outlook for Physicians


Individuals interested in pursuing a career in healthcare should benefit from an abundance of job opportunities in the foreseeable future. Learn more about the job outlook for physicians. [More]


Data Security Breaches in Healthcare


Healthcare data breaches are all-too-common occurrences these days, and they pose a significant liability. Find out more about data security breaches in the healthcare industry and how you can prevent them. [More]


What Are the Different Types of Hospitals?


With the growing complexity of the healthcare system, there are so many different types of hospitals and medical facilities for patients to choose from. Find out what the different types of hospitals are and what differentiates them from one another. [More]


How Much Does Medical Malpractice Insurance Cost?


Medical Malpractice Insurance costs tend to vary among states and specialties. Learn and view our full expert overview of Medical Malpractice Insurance costs and what factors are involved. [More]


Going Bare - Are Doctors Required to Have Malpractice Insurance?


Doctors choose to go without Medical Malpractice Insurance for a variety of reasons. Make sure you know the risks involved before deciding. [More]


How Stand-Alone Medical Malpractice Tail Policies Can Save Money


The medical malpractice insurance environment is always changing and it's hard to know if you're getting the best deal. Click here to learn more about how stand-alone medical malpractice tail policies could save you money. [More]


Claims vs. Occurrence Medical Malpractice Insurance Explained


Claims made and occurrence policies in medical malpractice insurance can be hard to understand. Click here to learn the difference between the two and what they can offer your practice. [More]


The Differences Between Medical Malpractice Insurance Deductibles


One of the most confusing elements of medical malpractice insurance is often the deductable. Learn more about this aspect of your coverage and how to make sure that it meets your exact needs. [More]


Benefits of Slot Coverage for Medical Malpractice Insurance


If your practice involves part-time and full-time physicians, you may feel that you're being overcharged for medical malpractice insurance. Find out if slot coverage is the right option for you. [More]


The Election and Healthcare Reform


On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States of America. As of Wednesday morning, Mr. Trump had won 276 electoral votes – 270 electoral votes were needed to win the Presidential election. Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton (again as of Wednesday morning) had won 218 electoral votes. [More]


MACRA: Value is a mathematical equation


MACRA created a two-path payment system. Eligible Professionals (EPs), physician(s), and allied professionals can choose either the Merit-Based Incentive Program (MIPS), or the Alternative Payment Models (APMs). CMS’ stated goal for these payment options, noted from their website, is: “The MACRA QPP will help us to move more quickly toward our goal of paying for value and better care.” [More]


MACRA - Coming Reporting Burden


An area we view as a significant concern going forward relates to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physician(s) and allied professionals in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which repealed the outdated Medicare Part B Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR), and combined the existing quality reporting programs, the Physician Quality Reporting Program (PQRM), the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM), and the Medicare Electronic Health Records Incentive Program (EHR). [More]


Medical Device Cybersecurity


The risks of failure of computer network security and unauthorized disclosure of private information are well-established in healthcare. 2015 was a noteworthy year for large breaches in healthcare, with major hacks against payers and providers, including Anthem and UCLA. In early 2016, the threat of intrusion from ransomware came to the foreground, with Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital publicly disclosing a threat against them and paying a ransom, and many other providers announcing that they also routinely face such attacks (while not necessarily paying the ransom demanded). These ransomware demands threaten the ongoing business activities of the provider, but also patient care and reputation as well.
This paper will review the cyber security risks that medical devices may present and how current insurances may respond to bodily injury exposures. We will also examine the current regulatory oversight of medical device software and security and provide a framework to analyze which insurance policies might respond to the breach, the parties that might be implicated in the chain of responsibility and how those policies collectively respond to bodily injury arising out of the failure of security of a medical device. [More]


West Virginia and Florida Legislatures Take Steps to Address Primary Care Physician Shortage


Anticipated shortfall of primary care physicians in 2025 of between 12,500 to 31,100 unfilled vacancies. This shortfall is caused by a growing and aging population and increased participation in the U.S. healthcare system. While the number of medical school enrollments has increased by 6.2, the number of residency openings available for primary care physicians (including general and family practice, general internal medicine, general pediatrics, and geriatric medicine) has only increased by 1%. These openings represent only 14.5% of the residency positions offered. [More]


Medicare & Medicaid Costs and Increased Scrutiny


Almost two years ago in April 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released for the first time in 35 years data outlining provider reimbursements. A Wall Street Journal article noted at the time that the data released, which was from Calendar Year 2012, indicated the “top 1% of 825,000 individual medical providers accounted for 14% of the $77 billion in billing recorded in the data”. While this data is not new to the fraud investigators it certainly sheds a light for the public as to where the investigators might focus their efforts. [More]


What does it cost to defend a malpractice claim?


A question that comes up regularly is that of “defense” costs. Ask any person involved in an insurance claim that required a defense attorney how much the insurance company spent defending your case, and I doubt you will find anybody who knows know the true cost. [More]