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New Technologies, Learning Curves and Patient Safety
According to a recent study, adopting new medical technologies too quickly can lead to an increased risk of patient harm. As reported in Modern Healthcare, the authors of the study “advise hospitals to avoid using new devices without first considering the education, training and awareness needed to ensure safety.” Specifically, the lead author writes that “there is a need for standardized training programs, rules governing surgeon competence and credentialing, and guidelines for hospitals to follow when novel technologies become available.”>>Read More
Patient-Centered Movement Growing, Evolving
The focus on and interest in patient-centered care has been growing steadily in recent years, and several PCMH (Patient-Centered Medical Home) recognition programs have formed as a result. The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) program has become the “front runner,” according to a recent article in Physicians Practice (subscription may be required).>>Read More
Utilizing Checklists a Good Risk Management Practice
According to a recent article from HealthLeaders Media, new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services show that surgical checklists are unused in 10 percent of hospitals. The article’s author, Cheryl Clark, had a similar reaction to our own first thoughts: “Given the evidence of how surgical checklists can reduce deaths and complications, it’s a mystery why nearly 10 percent of hospitals still don’t mandate their use and why another 12 percent can’t say for certain whether or not checklists are being used.”>>Read More
DFS Approves 2.1% General Increase in MLMIC Premiums but Physicians Also Receive 5% Dividend Credit
MLMIC insured physicians should soon be receiving notices that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) established a 2.1% base rate increase for MLMIC physicians for the policy year beginning July 1st. DFS also approved several specialty and territory rate changes requested by MLMIC, ranging from -10% for anesthesiology and pediatrics and -5% in orthopedic surgery and obstetrics to +5% for cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, bariatric surgery, emergency medicine and neurology. Physicians practicing in Manhattan and the Lower Hudson Valley, as well as physicians practicing in the Rochester area, were also given modest reductions. Furthermore, MLMIC will be providing a 5% dividend credit to the vast majority of its insured physicians that renew on July 1.
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Advertising and Providing Advice over the Internet: Cautions and Concerns
With the expansion of Internet social media encompassing all types of businesses, including the practice of medicine, physicians may become enticed to participate on the many platforms that are available to them. Aside from standard websites or Facebook pages providing basic information about your group or practice, the offering of additional services, such as the ability for both patients as well as non-patients to schedule appointments or seek medical advice, is vastly becoming the norm..
Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC) was formed in 1975, in cooperation with the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY).
It is a mutual professional liability insurance company, which means that it is owned by the healthcare providers it insures. Headquartered in New York City, MLMIC has field representatives throughout the State, as well as three regional offices located in Syracuse, East Meadow, and the Albany area.
Management and direction of MLMIC is accomplished through a Board of Directors, comprised of physicians, dentists, and hospital administrators. Policyholders have full voting rights on management issues. MLMIC is an active participant in the national organization, Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), and has been a leading force in development of risk management programs and systems, cause of loss identification, and patient safety education.
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