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The Sentinel: May 2021

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Good Medicine Deserves to Be Defended

Closed Claim Review  |  John T. Ryman, JD

“Do a good turn daily.” – BSA Scout slogan The sky was filled with twinkling blue-white stars promising a fair day ahead when Dr. Able[1] climbed into his car to head for the hospital. A 70’s classics station played unnoticed in the background as Dr. Able mentally reviewed his schedul...

Cybersecurity Resources to Protect Your Practice

Cyber Security  |  Loretta Verbeck, MS, FACMPE, CHC

It is difficult to make it through an entire week without a new cyberattack making the news. The FBI reported in their 2020 Internet Crime Report 791,790 complaints regarding cybercrime last year, representing an increase of more than 300,000 over 2019.  The reported losses from these crimes exceeded $4....

Risk Matters: Unsolicited Test Reports

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

When an unsolicited test result is received regarding an established patient of the practice, it should be handled the same way as one that was personally ordered. Contact the patient, notify the ordering physician, and, if appropriate, arrange for needed follow-up care. Do not automatically assume normal res...

Sequestration Holiday Extended

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) put a temporary hold on Medicare claims in March. The pause in processing resulted from pending legislation to extend the removal of the 2% sequestration cut to Medicare reimbursement. On April 13, Congress voted to continue the sequestration relief throu...

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