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The Preventable Danger of Patient Identity Errors

Patient identity mistakes are dangerous. It is why we urgently need a national patient identifier that is tied specifically to every single patient.
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How to Provide Culturally Competent Care

Things physicians can do to acquire and maintain skills in order to provide culturally responsive and appropriate care to the increasingly diverse population of patients in the United States.

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?

Why Do Doctors Make Diagnosis Errors?

Physicians fail to diagnose accurately for many reasons including biases and premature closure of the decision-making process.

Understanding the Suicide Risk of Your Patients

Most people who commit suicide have received healthcare services in the year prior to death, usually for reasons other than mental health issues or suicidal thoughts. It’s a strong reminder that any patient—no matter what issue is being treated and in any setting—could be at risk for suicide.

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 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.

How to Deliver Better Care for Obese Patients

Healthcare providers & facilities face risks if they are not prepared to accommodate obese patients, but there are ways to improve the patient's experience & mitigate risk.

From Surprise and Disappointment to Anger and a Lawsuit

It is very difficult to be objective when you are a party to an incipient lawsuit. Controlling the course of events prior to the onset of mutual hostility is key to avoiding malpractice actions.
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4 Ways You Can Improve Your Patients’ Engagement

Patient engagement has emerged as a key component of reducing the likelihood of an adverse outcome - both clinical and medicolegal.
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It’s Time to Get Serious About Protecting Patient Privacy

Long-awaited federal audits are finally here under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
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How to Make Hospital Medicine Safer and Avoid Lawsuits

To reduce risks for hospitalized patients, we need to understand where patients are vulnerable, what systems can fail, and whether there are areas where physicians have knowledge deficits.