Best Practices

When and How to Report a Medical Malpractice Insurance Incident or Claim

Many of my clients hesitate to report a potential incident or claim to their medical malpractice insurance carrier because they fear a cancellation notice or the loss of claims-free credits. Have you had or do you know of an incident, claim, or potential claim that you did not report to your current insurer? Not every concern needs to be reported; but, what happens if an incident is not reported...

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Why you should get a COVID-19 vaccine – even if you’ve already had the coronavirus

Vaccination produces a much stronger and more consistent immune response than infection. Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment via Getty Images   A few weeks ago, a message popped up in the corner of my screen. “What do you think about people who have recently had COVID–19 getting the vaccine?” A friend of mine was eligible for a COVID–19 vaccine, but she had recently gotten over an infection with...

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On Vacci-Dating: Singles Seem Enamored of Sharing Vaccination Status Online. Is That Wise?

As cold weather descended upon Washington, D.C., last fall, I deleted my dating apps. I had tried a few video-chat dates when the pandemic was new last spring. They were fun and novel at the time, and felt like a “quarantine experience.” By summer, I went on several physically distant dates in the park. But once the temperature started dropping, meeting outside lost its appeal. First dates are...

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Misconceptions About Assessing Conditions

We educate a good bit about documentation of a proper assessment, use the acronyms M-E-A-T or T-E-A-M and still see skimpy notes with an “assessment” that doesn’t pass muster – from providers who, by now, should be on board with the concept. It occurred to us that maybe they don’t understand what is meant by the term or are unclear that their charting doesn’t meet the standard. The Cambridge...

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How some drugs can turn into a cancer-causing chemical in the body

When consumers get a prescription drug from the pharmacy, they assume that it’s been tested and is safe to use. But what if a drug changes in harmful ways as it sits on the shelf or in the body? One dangerous result has been the creation of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), a probable carcinogen, in certain drugs. NDMA is found in chlorinated water, food and drugs in trace amounts. To minimize...

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Tampa’s Mayor vs. a Covid-Era Super Bowl

With its lively music scene and Ybor City historical district full of bars and restaurants, Tampa has a nightlife hard to beat anywhere in Florida. The city will have a big reason to party on Sunday — as the site of Super Bowl LV and the first city to host its own football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in the championship game. The expected arrival of thousands of exuberant fans and the usual...

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