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The Sentinel: April 2021


Closed Claim Review: Juries Get Good Medicine

Closed Claim Review  |  Stephanie Walkley, JD, BSN

Martha Mae Randolph, an active 74-year-old female with a history of esophageal stricture, GERD, and hiatal hernia presented to the office of general surgeon, Dr. Cameron Smith.[1] Approximately one year earlier, Dr. Smith had performed a robotic Nissen fundoplication with hiatal hernia repair. Although Mrs. R...

Don’t Take the Bait in 2021

Cybersecurity  |  Brian Johnson

2020 was a difficult year, unprecedented in many ways.  As organizations across all industries scrambled to implement work-from-home strategies, healthcare organizations faced the COVID-19 pandemic head on.  Hospitals and medical practices focused on caring for patients, but sadly cybercriminals pou...

Open Notes Mandate Starts Now

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

In May 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program Final Rule, which is designed to provide patients and providers secure access to health informat...

Risk Matters: Informed Consent

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

Last month, we discussed the importance of the informed consent discussion to prevent malpractice claims.  As a follow-up, remember that it is the discussion that takes place between the provider and the patient (or patient’s legal representative) that constitutes the basis for the consent to be &l...

Getting Paid for Vaccine Administration

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services more than doubled the reimbursement for COVID vaccines as of March 15, 2021; the payment rate is now approximately $40 per dose. For up-to-date information on payment rates for Medicare, see COVID-19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibodies | CMS . If your practice i...

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