A small but growing number of physicians are asking patients to sign agreements pledging not to post negative remarks about them on Web sites that allow the public to rate medical encounters.
Court in Arkansas ruled that hospital acted improperly when it used a credentialing policy that denied admitting privileges to doctors with interest in competing hospitals.
Patient safety was one of the most important topics at this year's Annual Clinical Meeting at ACOG.
The looming health-care crisis will bring about a sea change in the practice of medicine, predicts this expert. He assesses whether specialized teams or a return to capitation will likely win out and gives tips on preparing your ob/gyn practice for an uncertain future.
Here's how new regulations will affect ob/gyns.
Sick of high premiums? If you're willing to control risk in your practice and be involved in decisions, this non-traditional liability insurance option may be for you.
The practice of medicine has become too complex for ob/gyns to rely solely on their memories to keep patients safe. A mishap during the test flight of the B17 bomber taught its designers the value of a preflight checklist, and clinicians can likewise benefit from preprocedure checklists.
Dr. Carrie Klima discusses the value of educating patients in a group setting, rather than one on one.
As the burden of uncompensated care mounts, some companies are offering credit histories to help screen prospective patients and collect overdue bills.
Fear of litigation, damage to reputation, and ostracism by peers have been responsible for a "code of silence." The wiser course in most circumstances is to reveal one's mistakes, and have a well thought out protocol for providing full disclosure.