Mutual Matters

Human Trafficking: Resources to Help Recognize and Respond

Posted by Jordan Greenbaum, MD on May 24, 2018 11:47:33 AM

Human trafficking involves the engagement of a person in labor or sexual exploitation using force, fraud or coercion. It is a significant public health issue that is associated with numerous adverse physical and behavioral health effects. Research suggests that child and adult victims are likely to come into contact with healthcare professionals. In a recent study, almost 90% of sex trafficking survivors reported seeking medical services at some point during their victimization.[1]

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

Informed Consent is Not Just a Piece of Paper

Posted by Dana N. Taylor, MHA, CPHRM, CPPS on May 10, 2018 12:15:00 PM

For years you’ve been told that informed consent is a process, not just a piece of paper. That’s true, and now there’s increasing scrutiny of those forms by regulatory agencies. What we’ve found, as with many of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations, is that enforcement by state Department of Health investigators and review by The Joint Commission surveyors has been somewhat inconsistent. Interpretation of the regulations largely depends on the investigator’s or surveyor’s background. New Conditions of Participation (CoP) from CMS went into effect in 2007, but several hospitals and physician practices aren’t aware of all the changes.

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

Prescribing Controlled Substances in Georgia

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on May 7, 2018 9:37:23 AM

When initially prescribing controlled substances , the physician must:

  • Obtain a medical history
  • Conduct a physical examination (in a documented emergency can prescribe an amount to cover less than 72 hours without the physical exam)
  • Obtain informed consent
  • Make a diligent effort to obtain prior diagnostic records related to the condition for which the controlled substances are being prescribed and prior pain treatment records and document such efforts (not applicable if the condition is terminal) 
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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

FAQs - Texting or Emailing Patients

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Apr 12, 2018 11:58:00 AM

Can I text or email my patients?

Yes, healthcare providers can communicate with patients via text messages, but only if:

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

ALERT – New Florida Opioid Law

Posted by Carrie Lowe, JD on Apr 5, 2018 12:05:00 PM

By Joshua D. Aubuchon, Nichole Lydon and Carrie Lowe

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

FDA Alert: Prescibing Clarithromycin to Patients with Heart Disease

Posted by Dana N. Taylor, MHA, CPHRM, CPPS on Mar 6, 2018 12:00:00 PM

A new FDA alert issues a warning about prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) for patients with heart disease due to a potential increased risk of cardiac problems or death that can occur years later. The FDA recommendation is based upon a review of a ten-year follow-up study of patients with heart disease from a large clinical trial. 

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

Complicated Communication: Discussing Unexpected Outcomes 

Posted by Marshaleen King, MD on Feb 8, 2018 12:05:00 PM

Case Scenario

A 32-year-old woman underwent emergency cesarean section due to fetal bradycardia. Her C-section was complicated by an injury to her bladder which was repaired immediately by her obstetrician.

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

FDA Alert: Betrixaban Approved for Extended VTE

Posted by Marshaleen King, MD on Jan 25, 2018 1:00:00 PM

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In 2017, betrixaban, a factor Xa inhibitor, became the first drug to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for hospital and extended duration (35 to 42 days) VTE prophylaxis.

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

Misdiagnosed Ectopic Pregnancy – Another Example of Cognitive Bias?

Posted by Bill Kanich, MD on Dec 28, 2017 1:15:00 PM

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

Is Thrombolysis Only for a Crisis?

Posted by Marshaleen King, MD on Dec 21, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Indications for Thrombolytic Therapy in Patients with Acute Pulmonary Embolism

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Topics: Patient Care and Interaction

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