legal issues

Melanoma and the wrong siteWrong-site surgeries are preventable. In this article, Dr. Goldberg outlines a few measures.
How Good Are We?When presented with prescriptions that would cause serious interaction problems, what percent of pharmacists would notice the problem?
My employee performed unauthorized procedures. Am I negligentUnbeknownst to Dr. Derm is the fact that one of his medical assistants regularly performs cosmetic laser procedures, after hours, on his friends. Unfortunately, one of his friends had terrible complications.
It’s just usIt’s the time of year when state legislatures convene to do the people’s business. Which means it is also the time optometry undertakes legislation to expand scope of practice to better care for our patients. For better or worse, we are a legislated profession.
Legal considerations: The virtual consultDoes telemedicine, Skype, Facetime or other virtual means of interacting with patients suffice? Legal expert Alex Thiersch answers.
Patient and staff treacheryAs a cosmetic surgeon, you face unique legal threats from the ones you know most intimately on the job.
Legal considerations surrounding ‘big data’State and federal regulations, health information breaches, create a minefield of issues
How I prosecuted an embezzling employeeI discovered that an employee had been dispensing glasses to her family without collecting payment for the materials. After studying the relevant charts, I was certain that the activity was deliberately hidden from me.
Complying with disability rules for hearing-impaired patientsOne area of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance that can be confusing for medical practices is the obligation to provide sign language interpreting services to patients who are deaf and hard of hearing. That requirement is more stringent than many realize.
Medicolegal pitfalls of EMRs“EMRs (electronic medical records) have the potential to increase patient safety, improve outcomes, and create legible, accurate records, but, unfortunately, they also have the possibility of doing just the opposite,” said Herschel Lessin, MD, Children’s Medical Group, PLLC, Poughkeepsie, New York.