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Closed Claim Review: Good Things Come for Those Who Persevere

Closed Claim Review  |  William "Mike" J. Johnson, JD

The rural surgeon took the patient to surgery around midnight.  Her condition was miserable: relentless nausea, vomiting, and dry retching.  The hour may have been late, but the patient was prepped and had been NPO after a previously done scope. The surgeon had placed the patient on several antiemet...

Ransomware 2.0 - The New Generation of Ransomware

Cybersecurity  |  Rana McSpadden, FACMPE

On May 7, 2021, the U.S. felt firsthand the consequences of a ransomware attack when the Colonial Pipeline Company was hacked by the criminal cybergroup DarkSide. This hack disrupted a major infrastructure system and caused panic for many Americans.  Even though Colonial Pipeline paid the $4.4 million ra...

Hold Harmless: MIPS Cost Category

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

On May 20, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that the hotly debated cost category will be reweighted to 0% for 2020, effectively eliminating it from scoring as part of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Advocates for physicians – including the American Medica...

Risk Matters: Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure, and Wrong-Patient Surgery

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

Few medical errors are as indefensible as those involving patients who have undergone surgery on the wrong body part, undergone the incorrect procedure, or had a procedure performed that was intended for another patient. These “wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors” (WSPEs) are termed ...

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