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The Sentinel: April 2023


Risk Matters: New 2023 Live Risk Education Seminar

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

We are excited to announce the 2023 Risk Education live seminar “Challenging Relationships in Medicine”.  The program will take an in-depth look at professional relationships in medicine. Attendees will examine distressed behaviors, conflict management, emotional intelligence, and effective c...

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

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

Note: If you missed Part 1 of this article in the March 2023 Sentinel, please click here to read it. Ethical Obligations Codes of professional ethics typically address (and prohibit) the payment or receipt of kickbacks, but also may address the separate and sensitive issue of whether a provider may accept ...

APP Supervision and Diagnostic Tests: Clarification from CMS

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

If your medical practice offers imaging services, a recent clarification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires attention. The March 16 2023 memo entitled: “Supervision Requirements for Diagnostic Tests: Manual Update” outlines the circumstances for which advanced pra...

The Hazards of Using Foreign Medical Scribes

Practice Management  |  Stephen A. Dickens, JD, FACMPE

Scribes have long been employed in medical practices as a tool to increase the productivity of physicians and practitioners by lessening the demand on their time for documentation in an electronic health record (EHR). A well trained and competent scribe does exactly that. Given the staffing challenges of rece...

Grace Under Fire

Closed Claim Review  |  William "Mike" J. Johnson, JD

“You’re a LIAR!”  The plaintiff’s attorney passed close to the defendant physician as he leveled the accusation in front of the jury.  The physician handled this charge as he did the entire trial: with grace and composure. The trial showcased two very different trial practice...

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