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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Medical Records and Their Legal Significance

Medical Records and Their Legal Significance

Medical records document the services/treatments provided to a patient as well as the outcomes. In a medico-legal context, medical records reveal professional integrity and demonstrate what the healthcare provider did. Given the significance of medical records during medical records review in both medical and legal contexts and the fact that they come under intense scrutiny, … Continue reading Medical Records and Their Legal Significance

Wrong-Site Surgery – Medical-Legal Risks Involved

Wrong-Site Surgery – Medical-Legal Risks Involved

Wrong site, wrong patient, and wrong procedure surgeries are grave patient safety incidents that are avoidable. However, these occur mainly due to healthcare providers not effectively using the available preventive measures. Medical malpractice cases stemming from such avoidable events are mostly settled in favor of the injured patient. The evidence required for malpractice litigation is … Continue reading Wrong-Site Surgery – Medical-Legal Risks Involved

Independent Medical Reviews May Come at a Price

Independent Medical Reviews May Come at a Price

A quick, non-judicial way to resolve disputes regarding medical treatment provided to injured employees, an independent medical review or IMR is a request the injured worker can make to the claims administrator. This appeal is made when a request by a treating physician for a particular course of medical treatment is denied or modified by … Continue reading Independent Medical Reviews May Come at a Price

When Is a Lawyer a Business Associate under HIPAA?

When Is a Lawyer a Business Associate under HIPAA?

Under HIPAA, a business associate is a person/entity that performs certain functions/activities that may involve the use or disclosure of PHI (protected health information) on behalf of, or provides services to, a covered entity. Covered entities include healthcare providers and payers that carry out certain transactions electronically – doctors, hospitals, dentists, clinics, labs, pharmacies and … Continue reading When Is a Lawyer a Business Associate under HIPAA?

Malpractice Liability in Surgeries Done to the Wrong-site of the Body

Malpractice Liability in Surgeries Done to the Wrong-site of the Body

Wrong site surgery is one of the major reasons that give rise to medical malpractice cases, and this occurs when surgery is performed on the wrong site of the body. It is also when surgery is performed on the wrong patient or the surgical procedure itself is wrong. It has been found that wrong site … Continue reading Malpractice Liability in Surgeries Done to the Wrong-site of the Body

Workers’ Compensation Insurance – From an Employer Perspective

Workers’ Compensation Insurance – From an Employer Perspective

Workers’ compensation insurance offers coverage for occupational injury and illness and the costs include medical costs and any wage replacement (indemnity) payments. The insurance company will pay this dollar amount to settle a claim. Employers may experience considerable indirect costs as a study done by the Stanford University Department of Civil Engineering points out. These … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation Insurance – From an Employer Perspective

Medical Case Chronology – a Crucial Medical Review Service

Medical Case Chronology – a Crucial Medical Review Service

Medical case chronology is a very important, value-added medical review service that attorneys can use when handling medical negligence, mass tort and personal injury cases. A well-prepared chronology will have a complete list of pertinent information associated with a patient in sequential order, providing each and every detail such as provider and record type. Complex … Continue reading Medical Case Chronology – a Crucial Medical Review Service