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The Sentinel: October 2019

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Informed Consent

Risk Topics  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

Where there is a bad outcome in claims, we frequently find the consent process, or at least, documentation of that process, was lacking. Plaintiffs’ attorneys are eager to assert the old adage that, “if it’s not documented, it wasn’t done.” While that is not necessarily true, it ...

No Perfect Cases

Closed Claim Review  |  John T. Ryman, JD

On June 1, a 24-year-old obese female patient at 11 weeks gestation presented to the OB-GYN clinic to see Dr. Smith.[1] She had been treated at the clinic for her three prior pregnancies. At the patient’s visit on September 3, Dr. Smith scheduled the patient for a three-hour glucose tolerance test (GTT)...

Managing the Quality of Patients' Wait

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Patients now wait 24 days to see a specialist, up 30 percent since 2014, according to a survey of specialists in the 15 largest U.S. metro areas.[1] As patients wait longer just to get open appointments to see their physicians, making them linger another 30-plus minutes in the reception area on the day of the...

CMS Final Rule - Omnibus Burden Reduction

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

On September 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a Final Rule titled "Omnibus Burden Reduction." While the rule focuses on processes within health care facilities, a multitude of these changes will impact physicians practicing there. To highlight a few areas, CMS ruled: 1. Portable ...

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