Risk Managment

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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SB 1159 and How it Impacts Employers in California

Several weeks ago, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 1159 into law. SB1159 establishes the presumption (which previously did not exist) that certain employees who test positive for COVID-19 contracted the virus at work. This means for purposes of workers compensation benefits employers must now prove an employee DID NOT contract the virus in …

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Safely Re-Opening a Medical Practice Amid COVID-19 Concerns

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many non-essential healthcare businesses to shut down or modify their operations for the last few months. As restrictions are being lifted and many businesses are beginning to re-open, it is important for healthcare businesses to understand the necessary steps to take before opening their doors to the public again.   …

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What Steps Should Doctors Who Perform Elective Surgeries be Taking NOW

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, many medical professionals and their businesses have been prevented from working and have been forced to shut their doors. This has been especially problematic for plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons, medspas and others that primarily perform elective or non-emergent procedures. A few suggestions we have for our clients in the cosmetic …

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COVID-19 Useful Resources and Links for Physicians

NORCAL COVID-19 patient safety resources  Medical Protective COVID19 Resources TDC Telehealth Resources Resources for Plastic Surgery: Collected resources from American Society of Plastic Surgeons Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services: Fact Sheet: Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program for Providers and Suppliers During Covid-19 EMERGENCY COVID-19 Federal Stimulus Summary from California Medical Association …

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Which Physician Specialties are at the Highest Risk for Malpractice Claims?

In 2017, JAMA Network published their findings on the physician specialties who paid the most in malpractice claims from 1992 to 2014. Their analysis was based on data from the National Practitioner Data Bank and includes almost 20 million physician-years of data, characterized by physician specialty, with all dollar amounts being adjusted to 2014 dollars. …

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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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Common Medical Malpractice Terms and What They Mean

Medical malpractice insurance can be confusing. There are many commonly used terms and phrases used in malpractice insurance that most people are unfamiliar with. If you have found yourself wondering what your medical malpractice insurance broker is talking about or just want to learn a little more about what goes in to a policy, hopefully …

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What is Telemedicine?

  Introduction to Telemedicine Telemedicine is the use of electronic communication, such as video calls, digital photography, instant messaging, telephone and email, to provide clinical services to patients, without an in-person patient visit. Some of the most common uses for telemedicine are follow-ups, medication management and remote specialist consultations. Telemedicine can be much more convenient …

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