Patient Safety

The Risks of Administering COVID-19 Vaccinations and How to Avoid Them

COVID-19 vaccinations have begun in the United States with the rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and now the Moderna vaccine, which have been made available to healthcare workers. With 2 more vaccines currently in stage 3 clinical trials, it is likely that doctors will be administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public in the upcoming …

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What is Informed Consent?

            Most medical procedures involve a degree of risk for patients, for that reason it is important that doctors inform patients about the risks and potential side effects that can arise from a medical procedure. Informed consent in medicine is the process by which a physician fully explains a medical treatment or procedure to a …

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How Should Pediatricians Handle Anti-Vax Parents?

               Misinformation Regarding Vaccines Misinformation regarding the science behind vaccines has spread like wildfire over the past few years, causing many parents to question if they should have their children vaccinated. The number of children going unvaccinated in the United States has unfortunately led to the return of viruses that were previously thought to have …

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Reducing Diagnostic Errors is Critical for Physicians

Missed or delayed diagnosis is the number one reason for malpractice lawsuits against physicans according to data from The Doctors Company. The following risk management tips, based on the most in-demand articles on the company’s website in 2013, all suggest ways physicians can reduce the chance of diagnostic error: Be certain that there is a …

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Accountable Care Organizations Lowering Risk and Rates

The California Medical Association defines an ACO as “a collection of physicians who join together to coordinate care, share clinical information and report on quality measures.”  A key part of healthcare reform, ACOs are intended to improve the quality of patient care.  In theory this improvement may translate to improved claims experience (e.g. fewer and less …

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While the Debate Rages On

When we’re talking about millions of people without health insurance, that’s simply too many lives in the balance, no matter what percentage they may represent…In the overall, providing them with the best care possible, regardless of their insurance status, is one of the very best ways to solve the healthcare crisis and avoid medical malpractice suits at the same time.