<strong>When Things That ‘Could Never Happen’ Do Happen, You Must Have a Plan</strong>

When Things That ‘Could Never Happen’ Do Happen, You Must Have a Plan

We’re no mathematicians, but the odds of a vehicle crashing through the front door of an urgent care center have go to be awfully slim. And yet, it happens—very recently in Tiffin, OH, in fact. As reported by The Advertiser-Tribune there, a driver hit the accelerator instead of the brake when pulling into a parking space in front of the clinic. No one was injured. However, believe it or not, in addition to having to …

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<strong>A ‘Doctor’ by Any Other Name…Could Be Cause for Sanction</strong>

A ‘Doctor’ by Any Other Name…Could Be Cause for Sanction

Nurses who go to the necessary lengths to earn their Doctor of Nursing Practice degree deserve to be addressed as “Dr.” in correspondence and when interacting with colleagues and patients. Apparently there’s a thin line between that and self-reference, however. As reported in a post on Nurse.org, a nurse practitioner who did earn her DNP has been fined $19,000 by the County of San Louis Obispo (California) District Attorney’s Office for calling herself “Dr. Sarah” …

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Warning: Social Media Posts Don’t Have to Name Names in Order to Violate Patient Privacy

Warning: Social Media Posts Don’t Have to Name Names in Order to Violate Patient Privacy

Optimistically, you could presume that urgent care employees get the urge to post about their shift on social media because they’re proud of the work they do. Or, they may just find certain cases newsworthy or to have a novel aspect that would be of interest to friends and followers. Most, if not all, would understand that identifying a patient by name would be unethical and illegal. An ugly legal case unfolding in Florida right …

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Ensure You Can Justify Every Prescription, or Face the Consequences

Ensure You Can Justify Every Prescription, or Face the Consequences

An osteopathic physician in Illinois was just sentenced to 1 year in prison for writing alprazolam prescriptions for patients for nontherapeutic use. According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, he 1) didn’t examine the six patients he was prescribing for, 2) knew there was no medical need for the drugs, and 3) had knowledge that the drugs would be sold or abused. Not surprisingly, it was also shown that …

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Unlikely? Yes, but You Must Be Prepared for a Vehicle Crashing Through Your Door

Unlikely? Yes, but You Must Be Prepared for a Vehicle Crashing Through Your Door

The fact that it’s so newsworthy will tell you the odds of a car crashing through your front door are pretty low. That doesn’t minimize the consequences when it happens to you, though. The operators of WellNow Urgent Care in Huber Heights, OH are finding that out the hard way right now. As noted in an article published in the Dayton Daily News, two people were injured when a vehicle collided into the building; one …

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Unnecessary X-Rays—and Related Billing—Land a Physician in Prison

Unnecessary X-Rays—and Related Billing—Land a Physician in Prison

A physician in California has been sentenced to 7 years in prison after being convicted of ordering “excessive and medically unnecessary x-rays to healthy patients” and subsequently billing both Medicare and Medi-Cal as reported in MedPage Today. State law enforcement first caught wind that something in the practice could be amiss in 2016. Upon investigating the cases of 10 reportedly randomly selected patients, they say they found evidence of medically unnecessary x-rays and fraudulent billing. …

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It May Be Tough to Find Good Staff These Days, but Beware Cutting Corners in Your Search

It May Be Tough to Find Good Staff These Days, but Beware Cutting Corners in Your Search

A post currently on the California Radiologic Health Branch (RHB) website—a resource for the state’s licensed radiology techs—should serve as a timely reminder to thoroughly check the backgrounds of prospective new hire. The missive recounts how one individual with an extensive rap sheet that includes convictions for sexual battery, false imprisonment, grand theft, and other felonies was able to use phony documents to gain employment as an RT in clinics, hospitals, and medical offices in …

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Are You Doing Enough to Keep Sex Offenders Away from Your Patients?

Are You Doing Enough to Keep Sex Offenders Away from Your Patients?

You want the best, most reliable clinicians for your patients. And their performance is essential to your future success. There’s more to capability than experience and clinical skill, however, and there could be red flags in an otherwise stellar candidate’s past that they’d be unlikely to mention in an interview. The headlines out of Clallam County, Washington offer a bracing reminder of that as an emergency room physician there has been arrested and charged with …

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It’s Now Harder for Physicians to Be Prosecuted for Opioid Rxs—but That Doesn’t Diminish the Risks

It’s Now Harder for Physicians to Be Prosecuted for Opioid Rxs—but That Doesn’t Diminish the Risks

The Supreme Court of the United States just issued a ruling that will make it more difficult for prosecutors to bring charges against physicians on the grounds that they violated the Controlled Substances Act. In a 6–3 vote, SCOTUS rejected lower courts’ convictions of a pair of pain specialists in Alabama and Arizona. Justice Stephen Breyer’s majority opinion expressed that the existing regulatory language is “ambiguous.” It went on to advise that future prosecutorial efforts …

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Failing to Follow Proper Protocols Could Bring Headaches—and Affect Patient Outcomes

Failing to Follow Proper Protocols Could Bring Headaches—and Affect Patient Outcomes

Failing to Follow Consultation Protocols Could Bring Headaches—and Affect Patient Outcomes An urgent care provider in Chillicothe, OH has been flagged by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General allegedly for failing to follow the prescribed consultation process. Per a post by EHR Intelligence, the OIG claims that the provider intended for a patient with a T12 vertebrae compression fracture to receive chiropractic care at the Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) clinic. …

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