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Corner Office: Meet Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Corner Office: Meet Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

FAST FACTS Hometown: Versailles, Kentucky Family: Wife Jennifer, three children Hobbies: History, genealogy, baseball and travel. Currently reading: Dreamland, The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones   Medical News: Why did you take on this role? What attracted you to it? Ben Chandler: My family has always interested in health policy, especially

Compounding pharmacies: Data analytics bull’s eye is on you.

By Shawn Stevison The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently completed an analysis regarding payments for DME infusion drugs, as well as an issuance in June 2016 of the “High Part D Spending on Opioids and Substantial Growth in Compounded Drugs Raise Concerns.” If you are not familiar with those two reports from HHS OIG,

Keep Your Team Trained and Informed

Office staff is a critical component of a medical practice. Patients often have more interaction with staff than physicians. Properly trained and educated staff can be strong protection against a professional liability claim. Consider the following risk tips for office staff issues: ·     Prepare written job descriptions for all staff. Review each staff member’s job description

Maintain Accurate Medical Records

A medical record is crucial to the defensibility of a case; occasionally it can be the biggest hurdle. The primary purpose of a medical record is to provide a complete and accurate description of the patient’s medical history. This includes medical conditions, diagnoses, the care and treatment you provide, and results of such treatments. A

Set and Review Policies and Procedures

A policy and procedure manual is an important tool for defining practice operations. In well-run practices, there is one set of rules every staff member understands and follows. The alternative is risky—procedures that vary from physician to physician or between staff members make it easy for errors or omissions to occur. Develop a comprehensive manual

Track and Follow up on Your Tests

Missed or delayed diagnosis is one of the most often litigated allegations in medical malpractice.1 These claims often result from tracking and follow-up procedure failures. Lab testing is one of three key areas (the others are referrals to specialists and missed/canceled appointments) where tracking and follow-up are vitally important. A retrospective study researched the frequency