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The Sentinel: November 2019

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Communication Is Key

Closed Claim Review  |  Jeff Williams, JD

In the practice of pediatric medicine, physicians care for arguably the most innocent and vulnerable subset of our population, children. When a child suffers an adverse outcome while under the care of a physician and other caregivers, it has a profound effect on the family, the medical providers, and, often, ...

Informed Consent: Best Practices

Risk Topics  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

This article is the second in a series of two; the first appeared last month and can be accessed here.  In the previous article, we discussed important concepts of the informed consent process, including the need to document the discussion. What are best practices when documenting consent? Documentation...

Primary Care First: Applications Now Being Accepted

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Primary care physicians in Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia, and 23 other states are invited to apply for Primary Care First, the latest payment model by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Applications are accepted from practices that meet certain basic criteria, like having an electronic he...

Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

What’s Ahead for 2020? On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the highly anticipated Final Rule for the 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS). Although the PFS is specific to Medicare reimbursement, CMS’ dictums have significant influence over all insurers. Per...

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