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The Sentinel: November 2017


How Much Is Your Practice Really Worth?

Practice Management  |  Michael Cash, MHSA, FACMPE

At some point, every practice undergoes physician transitions as physicians join, retire, merge and separate from groups. Advanced planning and communication can help facilitate the process. When physicians wait until the last minute, options are limited and decisions tend to be reactive to the market conditi...

An Illusion of Communication

Closed Claim Review  |  J. Baugh, JD, CPA

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” - George Bernard Shaw SVMIC has written articles and given seminars over the years about the importance of communication as it relates to providing medical care to patients.  This article focuses on a case...

An Analysis of Oncology Closed Claims

Specialty Spotlight  |  Carolyn Akland, MBA, RN, CPHQ, LNCC

Unexpected adverse outcomes can lead to allegations of medical malpractice; however, in the oncology specialty, many of the adverse outcomes are not unexpected.  Nevertheless, the stressors of a lawsuit are devastating. Being aware of potential vulnerabilities can help reduce exposure.  This article...

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule 2018 Overview

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

Within just hours of the release of the Final Rule concerning the 2018 revisions to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) on November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the ruling that governs the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) for the coming year. Although overshadowed by ...

It Takes a Village

Risk Matters  |  Julie Loomis, RN, JD

Electronic Health Records offer the potential for vast improvement in continuity of care, legibility and accurate recordkeeping. However, to most practitioners, that goal seems light years away. This is due to many factors out of the user’s control such as technology, design and integration issues. The ...

CMS Unveils Numerous Changes to Quality Payment Program (QPP)

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The number of clinicians required to heed Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) next year and beyond got smaller, thanks to new language in the program’s final rule for 2018. In issuing the rule on November 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) effectively raised the b...

Is the Cloud Safe?


It seems that another cyber attack is in the news every week. Cyber criminals are trying to acquire personal information at an alarming rate, and the healthcare industry is a particular target.  Patients’ protected health information (PHI) often contains birthdates and social security numbers, and ...

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