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Bill Kanich, MD

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Hurricane checklist for your practice or hospital

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Sep 8, 2017 4:12:34 PM

With Hurricane Harvey’s recent devastation of the Texas gulf coast fresh in our memories, and Hurricane Irma about to make landfall in Florida, now is a good time to consider your practice’s preparation for a hurricane or any other disaster. It's not too late to prepare! While not every eventuality can be anticipated, there are a few basic steps you can take that will give your practice the best chance of returning to patient service as quickly and completely as possible after a natural disaster.

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Topics: Practice Management

Don't Get Lost in Translation

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Aug 3, 2017 4:47:46 PM

Compliance requirements with ACA Section 1557

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued the final rule for Section 1557, the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Topics: Healthcare Industry

MagMutual Introduces Shoulder Dystocia App

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Jul 18, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Over the past ten years, MagMutual has spent an estimated $15 million dollars defending cases involving shoulder dystocia and associated complications. While the majority of these cases involved quality medical care, they were frequently difficult to defend because important aspects of the delivery were not recorded or were only partially documented in the medical record.

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Topics: Healthcare Industry

Time to start reporting measures for the MACRA Quality Payment Program

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Jul 12, 2017 1:00:00 PM

The clock is ticking on the initial reporting period for MACRA; the actions you take now will determine your Medicare reimbursement rates in 2019. If you plan to participate in MIPS, failure to take any action will result in a 4% negative adjustment to your Medicare reimbursement in 2019.  An overview of MACRA and its potential impact on your practice can be found here.

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Topics: Legal and Regulatory

Coordination of Care: Keep Patient Info from Falling through Cracks

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Jun 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Accurate information about a patient’s past history is vital for decision making in every physician-patient interaction. In addition, proper documentation is essential for care that may be provided in the future by yourself or other physicians. Coordination of care is as much of a patient safety challenge as making an accurate diagnosis or ordering the appropriate treatment. The path of care from the initial complaint to completion of treatment is far from seamless. Sometimes it can be full of obstacles – such as the potential to misunderstand or not see important information, including details that could pose serious risks for the patient. Many medical liability cases involve poorly coordinated care that results in harm to a patient.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Healthcare Industry

Specialty Focus: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Jun 2, 2017 4:16:59 PM

Case #1

A 28-year-old G1 P0 female presents in active labor after an uncomplicated pregnancy. She progressed adequately in labor, getting an epidural at 6cm dilatation. After delivery of the fetal head, the head partially withdraws back into the birth canal (turtle head) and this was immediately noted. A modified McRoberts’ maneuver was done with suprapubic pressure without success.

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Topics: Patient Safety

5 Tips for Physician Recruiting

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on May 18, 2017 12:27:00 PM

Physician recruiting is a fact of life for any practice. Whether it’s replacing a retiring solo practitioner, adding an employee physician to a three-person partnership, or adding additional manpower to a large, multi-specialty clinic, physician recruitment is inevitable and the financial stakes are high. 

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Topics: Hospital Management, Healthcare Industry, Practice Management

Essential Medical Skill Can Change Physician Behavior and Improve Patient Outcomes

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Apr 27, 2017 1:49:32 PM

A recent Emergency Medical Journal article[1] examined the relationship between empathy and litigation. The authors enrolled two groups of patients into a randomized, double-blind controlled trial. The subjects watched simulated discharge discussions between physicians and standardized patients; half of the videos differed only by the inclusion of two brief empathy statements. These verbalizations included: 1) a reflection on the patients' concerns about their symptoms, and 2) a reflection on their health awareness.

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Topics: Patient Safety

FDA Boxed Warning Required for Fluoroquinolones

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Apr 14, 2017 1:30:00 PM

On May 12, 2016, the FDA released an announcement advising that the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options. For patients with these conditions, fluoroquinolones should be reserved for those who do not have alternative treatment options.

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Topics: Patient Safety

Physicians Prone to Medical Liability Claims

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Apr 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM

NEJM Study shows 1% of physicians accounted for one-third of all paid claims

A study in the January 2016 New England Journal of Medicine[1] analyzed paid medical liability claims, (an indemnity payment made to an injured party), and the physician’s name was reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) to determine if the characteristics of claim-prone physicians could be identified.

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Topics: Patient Safety, Healthcare Industry

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