Legal

Assessing States’ Practice Environments

Few would argue that the practice environment for physicians is the same everywhere.


Spouses and International Locum Tenens Work

You took the leap: You signed on to a locum tenens position overseas.


Getting to the Root of Malpractice Claims

More malpractice claims are related to diagnosis than to any other single aspect of care, medical liability insurer Coverys found in an analysis of almost 11,000 closed claims from 2013 through 2017.


Sitting: A New Growth Industry in Liability?

With extended periods of sitting being associated with a range of health issues, healthcare facilities may risk future liability if they do not provide options that get more employees on their feet.

Researchers at Drexel University argue that permitting employees to have a cause of...


Optimizing the Tax Benefit of Charitable Giving

Some of the do’s and don’ts of ensuring that donations are tax-deductible are well-known: Give to qualifying tax-exempt groups that are organized exclusively around religious, educational and some other specific purposes, but avoid donating to organizations involved in political activism.


Boiling Down Issues behind Malpractice Lawsuits

In the realm of medical malpractice, factors that motivate claims against physicians are many-faceted.

However, in a review by The Doctors Company, a Napa, California-based, physician-owned medical malpractice insurer, three key issues prompted most patients’ allegations of...


International Medical Graduates’ Burgeoning Role in U.S. Health Care

Approximately 25 percent of physicians in the United States who are actively engaged in patient care are international medical graduates (IMGs), the AMA Journal of Ethics noted in a 2016 commentary.


Walking the Hospital Security Tightrope

A well-trained team of armed security personnel may improve safety in healthcare facilities, experts say. However, this approach carries risks, and analysts emphasize the need for a multipronged approach to security.


Study Finds Marked Increase in Marijuana Use among Pregnant Women

Use of marijuana by expectant mothers in the United States rose 62 percent from 2002 through 2014, raising concerns among researchers even as legalization of pot has spread.


A Push for Drug Price Transparency

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in 2015 suggested nearly three-fourths of Americans consider drug prices unjustifiably high. Citing concerns about negative perceptions of drug pricing, the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians recently offered recommendations...