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Actors and the Art of Better Patient Communication

Standardized patient encounters (using actors as simulated patients) are helping doctors learn how to improve their communication skills. Mt. Sinai's Morchand Center for Clinical Competence has adapted an SP methodology for hospitalists to train more than 1,845 residents in various specialties across New York City.
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In Primary Care, Who Gets Sued and Why?

Because nurse practitioners (NPs) are growing in importance as providers of primary care, The Doctors Company analyzed malpractice claims against NPs and compared them with primary care physicians to see if there were any differences in malpractice liability patterns. The study has important implications for primary care practices utilizing NPs.
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An Expert’s Guide to Surviving Physician Lawsuits

Getting sued for medical malpractice is not only common, but it is also one of the most traumatic events of a physician's career. The Doctor's Company offers expert guidance on what to do if a claim is filed against you.

The Impact of Poor Communication on Medical Errors

Communication failures are a contributing factor in 27% of medical malpractice claims. Eliminating them could reduce medical errors and patient injury.
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E-Prescribing: A Powerful Tool in the War Against Opioid Abuse

Between 3% and 9% of drugs that are diverted for abuse are tied to fraud and forgery of paper prescriptions. This is a blind spot we can no longer live with.

Physicians are At Risk When Patients Refuse to Listen

Treatment plans that include the kind of care patients need at home are becoming more common, but physicians face potential liability when patients refuse help that is offered or neglect to follow up as instructed.
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Why Have Low Safety Standards for Dental Anesthesia?

The idea that dental anesthesia is somehow different than anesthesia for any other type of procedure is just not true. So why are safety standards lower?

Cosmetic Surgery Patient’s Leaked Identity Leads to Malpractice Claim

A closed claim by a cosmetic surgery patient whose photo showed up in search results highlights the dangers of working with unfamiliar digital technology.

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.

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.