Your Practice Made Perfect

This podcast series provides support, protection, and advice for today’s medical professionals. Brought to you by SVMIC, a mutual insurance company that is 100% owned and governed by our policyholders.


Episode 020: Ready, Set, Start-Up

Jun. 15, 2018  Brian Fortenberry talks to Sheri Smith to learn more about setting up a private practice like a business. They discuss how SVMIC can offer recommendations on vendors and professionals, as well as providing a practice startup toolkit that includes checklists and medical records retention details for each state.


Episode 019: Pushing the Limits

Jun. 08, 2018  Charmy Shrode, VP of Underwriting, continues to talk with Brian Fortenberry about policies for medical liability coverage. They discuss how far a policy can extend (from you as an individual to your solely-owned practice) and how some plaintiff attorneys prefer to sue an entire entity rather than an individual.


Episode 018: Read the Coverage

Jun. 01, 2018  Join Brian Fortenberry as he talks to VP of Underwriting, Charmy Shrode, about the intricacies of policy documents, information, and coverage. A policy is a contract between the insured and the insurer—don’t be guilty of putting it away in a drawer without reading it first.


Episode 017: The Technology Angle of Attack

May. 25, 2018  As technology becomes even more integrated with healthcare and care management, security becomes a larger threat to medical professionals. In this episode, Kari Stern from NAS talks with host Brian Fortenberry about claims, coverage, and data management practices within Cyber Security.


Episode 016: The Case of Nothing Noted

May. 18, 2018  SVMIC Claims Attorney, J. Baugh discusses Eliza James’ malpractice case with Brian Fortenberry. Baugh thoroughly reviews the complete lack of continuity of care, including the multiple mistakes made by her providers, errors with her medical charts and labs, and overall poor communication with the staff which ultimately led to her death.


Episode 015: Taking Great Pains

May. 11, 2018  In this week’s episode of "Your Practice Made Perfect," Brian hosts Julie Loomis of SVMIC for a discussion on the opioid epidemic. Loomis, an expert in risk management, details the state-by-state legal and medical implications of opioid misuse and abuse.


Episode 014: Get Down to Business

May. 04, 2018  When practicing medicine, a doctor can be employed by a hospital system or large group, or they can run their own private practice. In this week's episode, Board-certified orthopedic physician, John Lytle chats with Brian about the particulars that come with running a private practice vs. being in a large hospital group.


Episode 013: The Case of Reduction Results

Apr. 27, 2018  This week, we review a closed claim case involving 18-year-old Samantha Smith who suffered complications from a breast reduction surgery. SVMIC Vice President of Claims, Ken Rucker, walks us through the ins-and-outs of Samantha's multiple procedures and the resulting deformities from infection.


Episode 012: Mind Your Business

Apr. 20, 2018  Steve Dickens is SVMIC's Medical Practice Services expert who consults doctors on the business side of practices. In this episode, he discusses recommendations on contract negotiations, interactions with colleagues, and thinking through exit strategies as it relates to employment agreements.


Episode 011: No Pain Is The Game

Apr. 13, 2018  In this week’s episode, we look at developments with pain management and pain medication with a specialist and medical expert. Dr. Blake discusses the Opioid epidemic as a national crisis, better and more appropriate treatments, and how physicians should approach patients struggling with pain.


Episode 010: The Case of Time Ticking Away

Apr. 06, 2018  Host Brian Fortenberry chats with SVMIC attorney Katy Smith about the closed claim where a toddler receives treatment due to a tick bite. Together, they review the communication issues between physicians, the lack of continuity in care, and the misdiagnosis that led to the patient dying from a related infection.


Episode 009: The Case of Running Back Rundown

Mar. 30, 2018  In this week’s episode, host Brian Fortenberry interviews former nurse and current malpractice attorney, Stephanie Deupree about a closed claim case. Ms. Deupree details the medical treatment and experience of a 16 year old football player who had their leg amputated after a severe injury on the field.


Episode 008: Blame Boomerangs Back

Mar. 23, 2018  Brian Fortenberry chats with SVMIC Attorney Jim Howell about another Closed Claim Case. They discuss the liabilities and the details of a bowel perforation that was initially missed in the doctor-ordered CT scans and led to the patient’s death.


Episode 007: HIPAA Know-How – Part 2

Mar. 16, 2018  In Part 2 of our 2 part series, we continue our chat with HiPAA expert, Loretta Duncan. Brian asks about the ins-and-outs of HIPAA’s requirements for security with electronic information.


Episode 006: HIPAA Know-How – Part 1

Mar. 09, 2018  In this week’s episode we take a deep dive into the world of HIPAA compliance with Loretta Duncan of SVMIC. In Part 1 of our 2 part series, we cover rules, requirements, and restrictions as it relates to protecting privacy with health information.


Episode 005: Things to Consider Before You Commit: Joining a Group Practice

Mar. 02, 2018  When joining a group practice, there is more to consider than salary and location. In this episode, Dr. Matt Perkins and host, Brian Fortenberry chat about what to think through before you partner up.


Episode 004: Confessions of a Recovering Addict

Feb. 01, 2018  In this powerful episode, Dr. Bob shares his personal story with Brian. Dr. Bob has struggled with alcohol and drug addictions since his early youth all the way through medical school and well into his practice.


Episode 003: The Ins and Outs of Malpractice Policies

Feb. 01, 2018  Brian Fortenberry interviews Charmy Shrode, VP of Underwriting at SVMIC. Ms. Shrode explains the key differences between traditional insurance policies and malpractice insurance, the legal differences from state-to-state, and why medical professionals should prepare for the worse.


Episode 002: The Balancing Act of Work and Life

Feb. 01, 2018  In this episode, Brian Fortenberry chats with Dr. Bob Berkompas. As a Primary Care Physician, Dr. Berkompas shares how he balances a hectic work life with three children, medical committees, professional associations, and being active in his church, all while still keeping his promise to his family.


Episode 001: The Case of the Cancelled Appointment

Feb. 01, 2018  Brian Fortenberry details the Henry Jackson case and discusses with Claims Attorney, J. Baugh. Together, they review Mr. Jackson’s sinus issues and the mishandling of his care through a faulty appointment tracking system with his ENT.