Med Mal Archive

And the Survey Says: Active EMR Use May Significantly Reduce Malpractice Liability

A peer-reviewed article published today indicates that physicians who adopt and actively utilize electronic medical records (also known as “electronic heath records”, “EMR” or “EHR”) are almost 50% less likely to have a history of a paid medical malpractice claim. The survey, which was published in today’s issue of Archives of Internal Medicine concluded the

Jury Awards Deaf Patient $400,000 for Doctor’s failure to Provide Interpreter

In a remarkable development, a New Jersey jury has just awarded a deaf patient $400,000 for her doctor’s failure to provide an American Sign Language (“ASL”) interpreter. According to the complaint filed by the patient, Irma Gerena, she was referred to a Jersey City-based rheumatologist in 2004. She alleged that she visited the rheumatologist for

North Carolina to Publish Data Regarding “Confidential” Med Mal Settlements

Under a new North Carolina regulation, details regarding North Carolina medical malpractice settlements will soon be posted online for patients to view. Confidential out-of-court settlements have long been the option of choice for medical malpractice defendants in North Carolina and elsewhere. However, if the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners gets its way, North Carolina

E-Prescribing Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Regular readers of this blog will recall our recent discussion concerning the new ‘carrot’ of a 2% bonus that is being offered to electronic prescribers by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”). Perhaps you will also recall our blog regarding the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (“DEA”) efforts to make E-prescribing more attractive by eliminating

Technology as a Safeguard against Medical Malpractice Claims.

A growing chorus of health care industry experts, physicians’ groups, politicians and medical malpractice insurance carriers are urging doctors to adopt new technologies to reduce the likelihood and costs associated with medical malpractice. Most of this focus has been on electronic prescribing, medical practice management software and electronic medical records. Electronic Prescribing Sloppily written prescriptions

Practicing Preventive Legal Medicine

I am including below excerpts from an article I recently had published in Florida Medical Business Journal, Florida’s leading medical business journal. I apologize in advance to those who practice outside of Florida; however, most of the principles discussed in this article are applicable to doctors practicing in any state with the United States. Practicing