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(Group Practice Journal) October 2013 – The next few years will be busy—to say the least—for the nation’s top medical groups and provider organizations. Mergers, acquisitions, transitioning to accountable care organizations (ACOs) or other delivery models, and adapting to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will make for a volitile few years filled with opportunities and hurdles to jump…

(California Broker) October 2013 – The world of physicians will continue to change dramatically in the next few years, as will the world of brokers, agents, and insurance companies that serves their needs. Disability coverage is one of the key needs that physicians face. The nation’s physicians are aging rapidly—especially in California. Nearly half of the state’s MDs will be 65 by 2020. “In addition, many physicians are working longer either out of necessity or desire in order to build their financial portfolio…

(Physicians Practice) August 2013 – When my father started an insurance company for physicians back in 1969, virtually every physician in the nation was independent or at least in a somewhat autonomous small group kind of practice. Fast-forward 40-plus years and today fewer than 40 percent of physicians are in solo private practice. This trend will likely continue as physicians retire and younger physicians join the profession with a more corporate-healthcare mindset…

(Physicians Risk Management) July, 2013 – MGIS’ VP of Operations for MGIS Underwriting Managers Molly Farrell is featured as an expert on the topic of the implications of rude or discourteous staff. Molly discusses the fact that kindness is more than just a customer service issue, but it can be the factor that pushes a dissatisfied patient into contacting a lawyer. The article stresses the importance of being prepared in an instance where rudeness leads to a malpractice lawsuit and to have the proper procedures in place should a situation arise…

(HFMA HFM Magazine) July, 2013 – While many medical malpractice risks are reasonably well understood and broadly discussed, there is one that experts increasingly point to as a potential “sleeper”: traumatic brain injury (TBI). In this article, MGIS’s Molly Farrell discusses some of the key factors that can affect liability along many different facets of the care continuum…

(Physicians Practice) July 5, 2013 – Many MDs are concerned about the new HIPAA Omnibus rule that takes effect on September 23, 2013. These new regulations cover many areas, including privacy and breach notifications for unsecured protected health information (PHI). Some physicians fear that the new HIPAA regulations could increase malpractice exposure…

(California DO) Summer 2013 – Even the best physicians face the possibility of a lawsuit on an almost daily basis. However, research shows that many lawsuits today are not about medical errors, but about poor communication and misunderstanding. Ensuring effective communication should become a systematic and integrated approach into overall efforts to minimize errors, improve outcomes, control med-mal costs, maintain contracts, and manage the reputation of your practice…