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The Sentinel: March 2023


The Tale of Two Appendectomies

Closed Claim Review  |  Kathleen W. Smith, JD

Appendicitis is a well-known medical condition.  According to the National Institutes of Health, five to nine people out of every 100 will develop appendicitis during their lifetime.[1]  It is most common in younger patients, teenagers, and individuals in their 20s, but appendicitis can happen to pa...

Convenience: Delivering on Patient Experience

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

CVS and Oak Street. Amazon and One Medical. Walgreens and Village Medical. Dollar General and DocGo On-Demand. The list could go on and on. Brought on by the allure of the size and stability of the health care market, retailers are partnering, acquiring, or infusing cash into health care start-up companies. W...

Farewell to the Public Health Emergency

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The federal government’s declaration of a “public health emergency (PHE)” on January 27 2020 is finally coming to an end. On May 11, 2023, the PHE concludes – following a lengthy three-year period combatting COVID-19. While there may be no end in sight to the disease that caused the wo...

Risk Matters: Treating Family Members

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

In general, physicians should not treat themselves, members of their own family, or people with whom they have an intimate relationship.  There are specified limited exceptions such as in emergency settings, where there is no other qualified physician available, and for short-term, minor problems.  ...

Gratitude or Gift: The Perils of Physician Gifts to Patients and Referral Sources (Part 1 of 2)

Practice Management  |  Mark A. Ison, J.D.

“In some industries, it is acceptable to reward those who refer business to you. However, in the Federal health care programs, paying for referrals is a crime.”  U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General, A Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medi...

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