To Tweet or Not To Tweet – Using Social Media in Your Medical Practice
While using social media can help grow your medical practice, it can also cause problems. Social media can blur the line between a professional and social relationship, and it can negatively impact society's view of physicians. Laura Petersen offers advice to medical professionals on how to use social media cautiously.
Tools of the Trade: Servicing the Client
Individuals and business owners unaccustomed to litigation may be unfamiliar with legal terms used by an attorney in his or her reports to the insurance company. Dave Collins explains some of the terms one might see in a letter from the defense attorney to the insurance company.
The Latest on an Insurer’s Obligation to Honor a Medicare Lien
A federal court ruled that an insurance company did not act in bad faith for "delaying" payment of a settled claim until Medicare defined its lien, despite the fact that the plaintiff himself found the prolonged process vexing.
Open Medical Rights and My 46-Year-Old Comp Case
John Kamin relates the story of one client who has undergone multiple surgeries since a work-related injury in 1965. When dealing with a case involving a younger worker that may develop complications, albeit many years down the road, closure of medical rights has great potential value.
Workers’ Comp Case Law Update – Fall 2011
Chris Galanos looks at three 2011 appellate court decisions, including Mulligan v. Industrial Commission, in which the First District expanded on the Fourth District's 1996 decision in Ghere v. Industrial Commission, which dealt with which types of physicians are bound by the "48 hour rule."
Even Helpful Treatment May Constitute Medical Battery
Care should be taken to ensure strict adherence to hospital policies on consent. Ordering treatment, even when done with well-founded concern for the patient, may subject the medical professional to claims of battery where the patient fails or refuses to consent.