Practice Management News

AAPA and NCCPA Partner to Campaign for Physician Assistant Recognition

AAPA and NCCPA Partner to Campaign for Physician Assistant Recognition

AAPA and NCCPA partner in a national advertising campaign to raise awareness of the PA profession.

Caring for Carriers: Do Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Have a Place in Primary Care?

Caring for Carriers: Do Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Test Results Have a Place in Primary Care?

A case and commentary published in the AMA Journal of Ethics discusses the ethics of primary care physician response to direct-to-consumer genetic testing results of concerned patients.

Barriers Found in PCP Knowledge of Surveillance of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Barriers Found in PCP Knowledge of Surveillance of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Barriers found among PCPs in surveillance of HCC indicate the need for clinical interventions, including provider education.

Legal Advisor

Communicating Care via Fax: NP Faulted for Negligence

Communicating Care via Fax: NP Faulted for Negligence

Use of a fax machine and lack of a timely response resulted in the demise of a patient and an accusation of gross negligence.

Is Clinician Testimony Allowable in a Sexual Assault Trial?

A nurse practitioner working in the safe child center of the outpatient pediatric wing of a regional hospital is called to testify in an abuse case.

HIPAA Violation Derails NP's Career

A HIPAA violation harms the successful career of a healthcare provider and causes problems for her former and current employers.

Malpractice News

Malpractice News

Should a "do not resuscitate" tattoo on an unconscious patient be honored?

A patient presented with COPD, diabetes, and atrial fibrillation and was found to have a large tattoo across his chest reading, "DO NOT RESUSCITATE," followed by his signature.

California penalties on medical errors do not reduce errors

A program in California where hospitals are penalized for preventable medical errors has failed to reduce the number of errors.

New York's proposed "Lavern's Law" halted in state legislature

A law aimed at helping victims of medical malpractice did not pass the New York State Legislature.

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