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The Midwest Medical Legal Advisor provides legal information for healthcare providers and administrators, malpractice insurance professionals, and attorneys.

23Mar, 2015

Malpractice Payments Decrease

By |March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor, Risk Management, Tort Reform|Tags: , , |0 Comments

According to a new study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in the past ten years, the rate of medical malpractice claims resulting in some sort of payment has seen a drastic reduction. The study examined data from the National Practitioner Data Bank and the American Medical [...]

3Feb, 2015

Why you shouldn’t view your spouse’s PHI (and share with a coworker).

By |February 3rd, 2015|Categories: Health Care Law, HIPAA, HITECH, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor, Risk Management|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Recently, a federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit that an Ohio woman filed claiming that a hospital did not safeguard her EMR (electronic medical records). In an interesting twist, the woman alleged that her husband, who worked at the hospital, was able to access her EMR and share them with [...]

30Dec, 2014

It’s HIPAA time!

By |December 30th, 2014|Categories: Disciplinary Actions, HIPAA, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor, Risk Management|Tags: , , |0 Comments

I thought I'd spend the next few blogs discussing the joy that is HIPAA compliance.  Previously, I blogged about two NMC employees who had been fired after viewing the protected health information of Dr. Richard Sacra, one of the patients treated at the NMC for ebola.  The potential fines and penalties [...]

23Dec, 2014

Selfies are fun (unless you are performing surgery)!

By |December 23rd, 2014|Categories: Disciplinary Actions, Health Care Law, HIPAA, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Let's be honest.  Selfies are fun.  They are great ways of capturing the moment.  Like my daughter and I on the merry-go-round at FunPlex this summer.  Selfies can also get you in lots of trouble. I can honestly say I have  never had a doctor or other health care provider [...]

16Dec, 2014

Contracts for Doctors

By |December 16th, 2014|Categories: Health Care Law, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor, Risk Management|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

It is not unusual for a doctor to be asked to sign a contact governing his or her employment and/or ownership of a business as a doctor.  The issues to consider in reviewing these contracts are many: -          Med mal insurance -          Staffing (nurses, assistants, etc) -          Provision of medical equipment [...]

10Dec, 2014

Black box to be used to record surgery?

By |December 10th, 2014|Categories: Health Care Law, HIPAA, Litigation Tips, Medical Malpractice, Midwest Medical Legal Advisor, Nebraska Hospital-Medical Liability Act, Risk Management|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Surgeons: how would you like every move of the surgeries you perform recorded with a “black box” type device?  Such a device would make a record of every movement during a surgery, and potentially, provide real-time feedback to identify mistakes.  Not only would it record the surgery itself, it could record [...]

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