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Malpractice Claims Study is Helping Plastic Surgeons Get Better

A recent closed claim study by a malpractice carrier helps plastic surgeons make changes that will improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.
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Health Insurance Reform Could Lead to Abandoned Patients

Health reform that leaves millions without coverage could lead to patient abandonment when patients cannot afford to get needed tests and treatments.
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This is Why Advance Directives Should Be Clinical, Not Legal Documents

The advantages of having an advance directive that is easily modifiable to reflect the changing wishes of a dying individual far outweighs the concerns of those who advocate for a legalistic approach.
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Scribes are the Fastest Growing Medical Field and Providers are Concerned

In spite of the increase in the number of scribes, there is little standardization in their training or clarification of their appropriate role within the EHR.
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Two Words Can Soothe Patients Who Have Been Harmed: We’re Sorry

When a medical mistake causes serious harm, it is far better to apologize and compensate than deny and defend.
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What To Do When Patients Want To Record Their Doctor Visits

“Doctor, can I record our conversation today?” Have you ever heard that question from a patient or a patient’s family member? What are the pros & cons of allowing those recordings in clinic or the operating room?
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Why Do Doctors Make Diagnosis Errors?

Physicians fail to diagnose accurately for many reasons including biases and premature closure of the decision-making process.
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Discussing Cost with Patients Before Treatment is a Win-Win

Discussing therapeutic uncertainties as well as financial commitment prior to treatment allows patients to make more informed decisions for care.
Why Do Internal Medicine Doctors Get Sued—and What Can We Learn

Why Internists Get Sued and What To Do About It

A recent study of closed claims against Internists provides insight into what motivates patients to pursue lawsuits and the system failures that lead to patient harm.