risk management

Increasing CME and CE Compliance Audits

Effective immediately, the Licensing Program of the Medical Board of California has increased the number of audits conducted for continuing medical education (CME) compliance by physicians as well as continuing education (CE) compliance by licensed midwives from 1% to 10%.

New Prescription Forms Required for Controlled Substances

Effective January 1, 2019, new prescription forms with uniquely printed serialized numbers are required for controlled substances.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released notices that explain the serial number format and the reporting requirements.  Notices from the Medical Board of California and the California State Board of Pharmacy have also been sent out to prescribers and pharmacists. 

6 Ways to Prevent Patient Injury and Ultimately Avoid Lawsuits for Physicians

Risks surround physicians every single day, ranging from alleged diagnostic errors to inadequate follow-up.  This is where risk management comes in and is so crucial to practicing healthcare professionals.  Risk management is a series of strategies designed to reduce the likelihood of injury to the patient and also reduces the likelihood that a suit will result if an injury occurs. 

Starting a Successful Private Practice – Laying the Foundation 

Opening up your own practice can be a long and laborious process but the long-term rewarding benefits can enrich your life.  Some examples of these benefits include enhanced physician-patient relationships and the freedom to practice guided by your own personal and professional goals.  Building a solid foundation in the early planning stages will prepare you for a successful practice in the future.  The necessary steps to start building this foundation are described below. 

Is Your Private Practice Fully Covered?

Running a private practice includes the storing and using of personal and private data that includes things like emails, patient files, financial records, inventories, etc.  Nowadays, with technology advancing so quickly, a risk of breach in the business network and private data is so high that private practices and doctors’ offices are now seeking out cyber liability insurance.  This insurance can cover you in the following situations: