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Informed Consent Liability & Lawsuits: 3 Ways to Get Sued

Informed Consent Liability & Lawsuits: 3 Ways to Get Sued

The doctrine of informed consent requires healthcare providers to inform patients of the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a proposed treatment. Legally, patients must have firsthand knowledge of their treatment options and the likely consequences of those choices, which allows them to make more informed choices. Patients are afforded the right to refuse proposed treatments...

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“Don’t Tell My Mom”: A Guide to HIPAA Compliance for Minor Patients

“Don’t Tell My Mom”: A Guide to HIPAA Compliance for Minor Patients

As a healthcare provider, when a minor patient approaches you and pleads, “Don’t tell my mom,” abiding by your patient’s wishes is anything but simple. In fact, HIPAA offers no protection to minors and requires healthcare providers to release a minor patient’s medical records to the child’s parent or guardian when requested. This guide to...

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Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

Trump Administration Moves to Scale Back Fines Imposed on Nursing Homes

If the safety and quality of nursing home services decreases, elderly and disabled patients may seek an alternative means of care, such as that offered by in-home health.  Home health providers can provide the individualized care that patients and their families seek, and they can often significantly delay an individual’s transition into a full-time care...

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Erin Jackson’s article in Massage & Fitness Magazine untangles employee-independent contractor distinction

Erin Jackson’s article in Massage & Fitness Magazine untangles employee-independent contractor distinction

Partner Erin Jackson's latest article in Massage and Fitness Magazine is titled Independent Contractor or Employee?: Common mistakes invite government scrutiny,...

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Provider Alert: Mibelas birth control pills recalled, packaging error could cause unexpected pregnancy

Provider Alert: Mibelas birth control pills recalled, packaging error could cause unexpected pregnancy

Providers who have prescribed Mibelas should also reach out to these patients to notify them of the recall.  They may also wish to encourage back-up contraception until the patient’s next menstrual cycle and monitoring for unexpected...

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Cherokee Nation seeks to hold large companies accountable for opioid crisis

Cherokee Nation seeks to hold large companies accountable for opioid crisis

The lawsuit asserts that “he brunt of the epidemic could have been, and should have been, prevented by the defendant companies acting within the U.S. drug distribution industry, which are some of the largest corporations in America. These drug wholesalers and retailers have profited greatly by allowing the Cherokee Nation to become flooded with prescription...

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How to Obtain Informed Consent from Non-English Speaking Patients

How to Obtain Informed Consent from Non-English Speaking Patients

Patients who feel that they received treatment to which they didn’t consent may feel betrayed by their providers and distrustful of the medical system.  This does patients and providers a disservice, and it undermines the patient’s dominion over his/her body. "Patient autonomy" isn't a buzzword; it's a...

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How to Apologize to Your Patients: Why You Should Say “I’m sorry” More Often

How to Apologize to Your Patients: Why You Should Say “I’m sorry” More Often

Imagine for a moment that the patient couldn’t sue you.  How would it change your behavior?  Would you be honest? Would you…<<GASP>>…apologize?  I’d venture a guess that you’d exclaim, “I’m...

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