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Will robots replace doctors? Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 19 November 2018 17:42
 
Charles Dinerstein, MD, MBA, in a November 18, 2018 KevinMD post, states:
 
Among the many recurring topics, this year has been the impact of machine learning in our lives, especially the implications for our future work life. Prophecies range from ubiquitous utopian machine servants to a dystopian ravaging, hollowing out the work and economic standing of the middle and lower classes.
 
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Last Updated on Saturday, 05 January 2019 11:03
 
Employer Liability vs. Workers’ Comp: Know The Difference? Print E-mail
Written by Tom Murphy | Danna-Gracey   
Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:05

Confusion can reign when it involves employers trying to determine if something falls under their workers’ compensation coverage or their employer liability coverage. The fact is, many employers/medical practices do not even carry employer liability insurance, otherwise known as EPLI. In Florida, any non-construction employer with four (4) or more employees is required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. There is no requirement for employers to carry EPLI.

Employer liability insurance is becoming ever more important for all businesses, since we have been seeing a rapid increase in complaints and claims in the world of medical practices in the past two years and with the recently formed #MeToo movement. This, combined with the rise of social media, has created the perfect storm for the increase in employer liability claims. The most prevalent claims currently being experienced are employer retaliation, sexual harassment, and discrimination.

The aforementioned issues and many others fall under employer liability and could be serious enough to lead to an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint or a lawsuit, or both. In 2017, almost 6,700 sexual harassment complaints resulted in a recovery of almost $46 million from employers to the EEOC, an increase of almost 15% from 2016, and the numbers keep growing. This does not include personal claims and lawsuits, which cost employers far more in defense and payments.

Conventional wisdom has always taught us that politics, religion, and sex are topics we should refrain from discussing at work. Given the current political atmosphere in this country, as well as other hot-button issues and the explosion of social media, employers should be mindful of these issues and would be well-advised to implement policies to prevent or reduce these problems. It may be time to update the employee handbook.

Workers’ compensation is fairly simple and straightforward, with the exception of allowing attorneys into the system that was set up to be “no-fault” and designed to compensate employees regardless of fault involving an injury on the job. Workers’ compensation pays for all reasonable medical bills, as well as lost time, with the goal of returning the injured employee back to work at the earliest opportunity.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:12
 
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Print E-mail
Written by JAMA   
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:26
 
Being physically active is one of the most important actions individuals of all ages can engage in to improve their health. In the United States, an estimated $117 billion in annual health care costs and about 10% of premature mortality are associated with inadequate physical activity (not meeting the existing aerobic physical activity guideline). The evidence reviewed by the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee for the newly released Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition (PAG) is clear-physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, sleep better, and reduce the risk of many chronic diseases.
 
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 12:27
 
When Western Medicine Fails Patients and Clinicians Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 05 November 2018 15:16
 
Kimberly Rogers, MD writes about the failings of western medicine in a Nov. 3, 2018 KevinMD post. She asserts that:
 
We physicians are being failed...by a broken fee-for-service healthcare system that squeezes us with 10-15 minute visits, which does not allow us the necessary time to have...crucial conversations with our patients and does not reimburse appropriately for...preventive service. We're being failed by a system that forces us to choose the fastest option to treat a problem - the prescription pad.
 
Read more in the current issue of Week in Review>> https://conta.cc/2QlD7pC.
 
Last Updated on Monday, 05 November 2018 15:19
 
Amgen Cuts Repatha's Price 60% as Scrutiny of Drug Costs Heats Up Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:03
 
Patrice Wendling reports for Medscape on October 24, 2018:
 
Amgen announced today it is lowering the cost of its cholesterol-lowering drug, evolocumab ( Repatha), by roughly 60%. The move was designed to increase demand by lowering out-of-pocket costs, especially for Medicare patients, who currently pay between $280 and $370 a month in out-of-pocket costs, but will now pay $25 to $150 a month, Amgen officials said in a telephone press briefing.
 
Read more in the current issue of Week in Review>> https://conta.cc/2Q4gG8g
 
Last Updated on Monday, 29 October 2018 11:11
 
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